Biafra | Why are many top politicians trooping in and out of Nnamdi Kanu’s house? Since his release from detention following stringent bail conditions, the home of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has become the new ‘Dubai’. Dubai is one of the busiest cities in the world for tourists and traders. Such has reportedly become the situation in Kanu’s home where many of the politicians in Nigeria have taken their time to visit recently. According to sources, Kanu may not have known that his popularity is being latched on by the politicians, many of whom have continued to eye elective seats or work to remain relevant in the zone and the country.
The source said as the politicians look ahead to further political relevance especially among their people, it is just important that they relate with Kanu, who has since become a major ‘object’ in the eyes of the poor and downtrodden. Some, according to him, have coughed out up to N150 million just to have audience with Kanu. This is however not officially verified. According to him, many of the politicians who have visited Kanu have not really discussed issues relating to his agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra with him. All they care about, he said, is to have a photo-shoot with him and display on social media with the aim of creating the impression that they support the fight for Biafra. The source quoted someone as telling him: “These politicians are not interested in discussing anything with Nnamdi Kanu, they do not even think there is anything to discuss with the young man. They are only interested in the pictures that go out to the public.
“They only want to be seen as supportive of the Biafran cause, even though, they’ve had opportunities in power without doing anything to advance the Biafran course. Some of these politicians are also very corrupt, they stole too much money while in power that even if Kanu charges N1 billion for a photo session with them, they will oblige him as long as they feel it will enhance their political chances.” Nelson Ekujumi, a civil rights activist based in Lagos, told reporters that though he does not subscribe to Biafra, it remains unfortunate to have people reaping where they did not sow. He wondered why the same people running to pay homage now did not visit him while he was in detention.
“Life is such that people do not want to take the risk with you when you are undergoing pains. When the effort succeeds, a lot of people want to benefit from it. It is natural. It is also unfortunate that we live in a society today where people want to reap where they have not sown. For people to now want to lean on his image is unfortunate,” he said while advising that the right to self-determination must be done in accordance with the law rather using it to seek political relevance. He said if there was equity and justice in Nigeria, many of those supporting such agitations would not take part in it. He also said some people from the region do not actually support the course but that what they clamour for is to have a Nigerian where everyone is treated equally.