– Kanu’s wife reacts to the allegations that her husband can renounce the struggle for Biafra freedom
– She described the detention of Kanu as singular act of tyranny and injustice
– Ms Kanu further called on President Buhari to enlist her husband in the negotiation team with Niger Delta Avengers
Uchechi Okwu-Kanu, the wife of the controversial director of Radio Biafra, has reacted to the news that her husband Nnamdi Kanu renounced Biafra movement. In the interview granted to the IBTimes UK she has denied her husband is giving up on the fight for independence, describing the allegations against Kanu as incorrect and insulting. Ms Kanu said: “Anybody thinking that my husband will renounce Biafra is certifiably insane.
“This type of news as distressing as it is, is laughable because no group can postulate what my husband can or cannot do or say. This is not only an insult to our belief but also a despoliation of our rights as a people perpetrated by dishonourable minds.” “It is now apparent that the charges against my husband are politically motivated and not a judicial process as President Buhari would have the world believe,” Okwu-Kanu continued.
“This singular act of tyranny and injustice against my husband amongst others is reprehensible to every reasonable mind and is one of the critical reasons for the emergence of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) who have in their quest, consistently called for the release of my husband which President Buhari has underplayed.
Subsequently, Nnamdi Kanu should be present at any negotiations and I can refer President Buhari to F.W. de Klerk of South Africa on how to negotiate with a freedom fighter.” Kanu’s wife made the remarks as the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta claimed that the federal government was discussing the probable release of the IPOB leader and director of Radio Biafra, if he renounced his fight for a breakaway.
In response to the accusations, IPOB also released a statement noting their leader had not “consented to any agreement“.
Biafra leader is standing trial on six counts of treasonable felony charges in Nigeria. Kanu was arraigned in Lagos in October 2015 on conspiracy and terrorism charges, which were later changed. During his first media chat in December 2015, President Buhari said that Kanu would not be released amid fears he could jump bail and escape to the UK, as he holds both a British and a Nigerian passport.