Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has embarked on certain activities recently which make it clear he is ready to go back to prison.
Kanu previously was locked up in Kuje Prison between October 2015 and April 2017 for for championing the secession of Biafra from Nigeria.
One would think spending almost two years in jail would ease his agitation but it turns out to be just a phase in Kanu’s plot to see Biafra become an independent state.
We take a look at why Kanu remains resolute to return to jail as it were.
Biafra Secret Service
News recently went round of Nnamdi Kanu inspecting a group of officers supposedly recruited for what was known as the Biafra Secret Service. Such act goes to show his preparedness to spy on the Nigerian government in order to achieve the independence of Biafra from the country.
Going against conditions of his release
One of the conditions for his release from prison was that he stopped meeting with any groups; but he has been in such meetings.
Yemi Osinbajo, just before the return of the president, Muhammadu Buhari from medical vacation, condemned any individuals and groups making hate speeches and urged them to stop or face the music.
Kanu however has continued to agitate for Biafra and his speeches are mostly characterised by hate and bigotry as he calls for secession of the Igbo land from Nigeria.
His popularity continues to soar despite criticism from some quarters. Nnamdi Kanu, who was previously based in Europe has now been turned by the Nigerian government into a credible apostle of a resurgent Biafran revolution.
Presently he has over 8,000 followers who are ready to leave the country in a tense state should he be rearrested by the government.
And Kanu is a master of symbolism. He is exploiting the Jewish symbol; to signal to the world that Igbos are being persecuted. He visits symbolic sites of the civil war to prick the injured part of the Igbo consciousness and mobilise the people.
Ready to die for the cause
Nnamdi Kanu or ‘Biafra Jesus’ as he is popularly called, has always proudly told whoever cares to listen that he is ready to die for the Biafra cause, a belief he once penned in a poem he wrote while detained in Kuje Prison.
Not one to be easily intimidated
Nnamdi Kanu is not easily intimidated, as it spurs him to do more on the contrary.
In his recent comments, he has not been swayed by threats and orders of President Buhari against IPOB, and other agitating groups.
His previous arrest generated protests
His previous arrest has attested to the fact that he is very popular amongst his kinsmen who now see him as a credible apostle of Biafra and this makes Kanu a time bomb that could lead to a repeat of the 1966 coup that led to unprecedented bloodshed in the country.