Nnamdi Kanu accuses Army of plotting to kill him, to re-consider ‘non-violent’ struggle

Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday announced his group would re-consider its “non-violent” separatist struggle amid military operation in Nigeria’s Southeast.

This was contained in a statement reported by Punch Newspapers. Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, however, told PREMIUM TIMES he had been unable get through to Mr. Kanu by phone and, so, could not confirm the statement reported to have been personally signed by the IPOB leader. 

“On Friday the 15th of September 2017, the leadership of IPOB through the instrumentality of the Directorate of State (DOS) headquartered in Germany, will be meeting to vote on the viability or otherwise of continuing our struggle in this non-violent manner,” Mr. Kanu was quoted as saying.

“There is urgent need to begin the process of defending ourselves in the face of relentless murderous attacks from the Nigerian state,” he added. 

There is tension in the South-east, especially Abia State, Mr. Kanu’s home state, where the Nigerian Army commenced Operation Python Dance 2 on Sunday. 

Mr. Kanu announced he would break talks with the South-eastern governors, claiming he had uncovered an alleged assassination plan by the Nigerian military on his way to the meeting scheduled for Friday. 

He and the governors had met in Enugu on August 30 for talks to mitigate tension in the region.

Another meeting was slated for Friday. 

But Mr. Kanu said he would not be available for the coming meeting. Apart from the alleged planned assassination, he said was busy attending to those “injured and bereaved” following the military operation. 

He also said the schedule clashed with the meeting to review his group’s policy of non-violence. 

“In view of the concerted effort by the oppressive Nigerian state to shatter the peace and tranquillity of the South-East and the rest of Biafraland through military intimidation, it has become necessary for me to clarify why, regrettably, I may not be able to attend Friday’s meeting with the South-East governors as earlier agreed, for three main reasons.

“We are currently busy attending to our dead and injured from this latest round of unprovoked military onslaught against innocent civilians in our own land. All the casualties so far were shot by men of the Nigerian Army deployed to my house and those stationed along motor ways leading into Umuahia my hometown.

“I have been reliably informed also, that a detachment of … soldiers responsible for the murder of innocent unarmed IPOB family members have now been stationed near Enugu to ambush and assassinate me on my way to the meeting with the governors on Friday,” he was reported to have said. 


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  • aisha ani

    Dead man walking!

    • Senator D

      Yet you send your military to a “dead man walking”??? Your brain is to be re-examined by Bubu’s physician…

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Perhaps I was wrong to think you are rational or even remotely capable of rational thoughts.

        Ol’boy, go take ya melecine this morning before you begin commit cloths for Street.

        • Senator D

          No wonder your father left your mother… You were the wrongest mistake ever committed by them both…

          • Keke

            The zoo have their different way of reasoning , that’s y they wl continue to be in zoo for ever.. Nnamdi kanu $ IPOB are brave, outstanding $ unshakeable… here comes biafra

  • Tahir Bunu-hamza

    Gwal maddi yya’eh!

  • Reality

    It’s high time we defend ourselves.

    • pheliciti

      Hope not just online…..be bold enough to join then on ground.
      It’s easy to send another person’s child on a death errand.

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Igbo people said a psychiatric patient should lead them?

  • Daniel

    Unless a measure of self- defence is employed , the Nigerian government does not listen.

    It is critical at this juncture to review the non-violent approach.

    At least we can see how the Niger Delta militants deal with the FG.

    You must have your gun and mouth at the same time.

  • Senator D

    IPOB is supposed to be the wake-up call for other minority groups but my people rather joined the Hausa Fulanis to fight against the Ibo…IPOB is raising genuine concerns about the feelings of every true Nigerian but my cowardly people are rather too weak just murmuring in the background hoping that IPOB succeeds before we can ride on their back to ask for referendum too… I have told our leaders that we need to support the call for rewriting the Nigerian constitution to reflect true Federalism and Republic…

  • Senator D

    You f00L! They are talking about marginalization which is of-course the feelings we have here too from the minority group I belong. By the way who are you to challenge my opinion? Id1ot!

  • Senator D

    The Hausa Fulanis have taken over our land and forced us into a corner. ONLY the Ibos have shown courage to confront them twice… An1mal like you… I pray they succeed… If you know what we are subjected to in our lands you won’t come here to spill those bile and nonsensical words coming from your rotten buca cavity!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Remove the insults in your post and let us debate the points you wish to put across.

      The use of vituperative languages in discussions only signposts your poor upbringing or lack of home training, Master Senator D.

      • Senator D

        Argue against what is happening in my Lands? Are you okay? Can I come to your house take your land, rape your wife and daughters and force you to embrace a religion if NOT I will not have any economical or political gains? Our fathers submitted but despite that they are NOT satisfied they kill us everyday YET no press covers the news. We are denied admission to State owned Universities… Currently, the present governor has refused to repair our roads and has even bought over some of the elders…We are really praying and hoping the Ibo people will succeed it will help us push our own fight against marginalization in our region…

  • Senator D

    You need to verify who your father is from your mother… I suspect she has alot to tell you…

  • Senator D

    Lilliputians as used in Gulliver’s travel were NOT midgets as you are supposing here but rather a group of people who defended their tuff against the “Giant”… So stop using expression that you know nothing about… Mumu…

  • Anasieze Donatus

    NNAMDI KANU,PLEASE I BEG YOU IN WHATEVER YOU BELIEVE TO IMMEDIATELY RECONSIDER YOUR NON VIOLENT AGITATION. BE BRAVE AND DO IT NOW.I AM TIRED OF THIS TOO MUCH TALK TALK AND NO ACTION.IF YOU TRY IT AND LAST A WEEK,I WILL BE YOUR APOSTLE PETER.