After a long hiatus, Radio Biafra, official radio station instituted to serve as a mouthpiece for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), reportedly resumed activities on the airwaves on Sunday by announcing the shocking sack of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in a 6.am to 7.am broadcast.
The shocking announcement of Kanu’s removal is said to have raised fears of the possibility of another movement springing up just as IPOB had allegedly mutated from Raph Uwazuruike’s Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
According to reports, a top national security source, while reacting to the return of Radio Biafra, noted that: “All had been quiet on the IPOB front recently. The organization has been receding from the public consciousness as many Igbo people began to openly talk against the separation and disunity agenda of IPOB. The Federal Government has been reaching out to the South-East and their State Governors have taken a hard stand against IPOB accusing the organization of pursuing anti-Igbo interests; now comes this totally new and unexpected development”.
It is reported that the radio’s programme started with a lady announcer, Ifeoma Okorafo announcing that the station has now returned back on air and IPOB was restructuring.
She further said, “Mazi Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu, the former Director of Radio Biafra is hereby dismissed and removed as Director of Radio Biafra following extensive and intensive consultations”
She added that, “Mazi Ezenwachukwu Sampson Okwudili has been picked to replace Kanu.
Giving reasons for Kanu’s removal, the Radio Biafra announcer outlined the following:
“(A) Personalization of the Biafran struggle and derailing from the core objectives of IPOB as a grassroots movement.
(B) Kanu’s actions and his decisions to incite members of IPOB towards violence leading to the death of many innocent young people in Onitsha, Aba and Umuahia is totally unacceptable and grossly irresponsible.
(C) Kanu privately collected £14m and another $22m to purchase landed properties abroad in his name and that of his father Igwe Israel Kanu in a clear case of monkey dey work baboon dey chop.
(D) Kanu turned our collective struggle into a money-making enterprise for himself and his father. Thus the monies contributed by enterprising and hard-working Igbo youths across the world are being collected and converted by one man and his father while pretending to be sacrificing for the cause.
(E) Upon his release from detention in April 2017, one expected Kanu to drum up support for the release of his colleagues and co-detainees such as Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi. These are our brothers who were arrested at the same time with him and they should not be forgotten. We hereby demand their release. Kanu, since his release, has never spoken about them or appealed for the release of these our freedom fighters. Instead, he has been going about collecting chieftaincy titles and having a messianic swagger that even allowed full-blooded Igbomen to kneel down and kiss his feet.
(F) Kanu threw away the original meaning of our collective struggle for personal gain and vain glorification. IPOB believes in democracy as a solid base of any modern state, the rule of law, and will always reject violence in all its ramifications”.
It is however, reported that the security agencies are not yet sure on what to make of Kanu’s removal.
According to reports, the security agencies are not exactly excited with the development and, as noted by a source “the saying that the devil you know is better than the angel you do not know is particularly true in security circles. See it this way; Kanu had issued an order that the people of Anambra state should boycott the gubernatorial elections and people told him he was talking nonsense. That was the end of his moral authority. Now we have to return to the drawing board to learn about those behind this latest development. It’s frustrating.”
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is yet to be seen publicly since he fled his Abia home after his family compound was raided some weeks back by the Military