Towards the end of 2013 I was sensitized to the vitriolic broadcasting being done by Radio Biafra, then only online. I was first drawn by a video I saw in which Nnamdi Kanu and Arinze O. on visit to Anambra were recorded harassing northerners by Ezu River.
In January of 2014, I decided to call in to the station. Before I spoke as can be heard in the audio provided here [https://youtu.be/EbNCBllNiWM], Nnamdi Kanu declared that then president Goodluck Jonathan was an Igbo man. He claimed the entire South south as Igbo.
I introduced myself as “Smart Alex.” Interesting he did not notice this was a peeve.
At the time Nigeria was being freely decimated by Boko Haram and then president Goodluck Jonathan with his army chief General Azubuike Ihejirika were using the terror to plunder billions of dollars and dancing on our graves.
I challenged Nnamdi over what I called his hypocrisy and dishonesty. “Why do you support Jonathan and Ihejirika when they fail to deliver or move towards delivering “Biafra” your advertised objective?”
I saw Nnamdi and his Radio Biafra as merely a sponsored tool of Goodluck Jonathan or a group of wicked foreign sponsored cretins bent on supporting and sponsoring anything or person (including Boko Haram) that will kill and destroy Nigerians and Nigeria.
We recollect that in 2011, Norway terrorist and mass murderer Anders Brevik’s manifesto had stated support of a Biafra mission as part of the agenda of his extremist cult. See:
“Critical to multiculturalism (Anti-kulturmarxistisk) Anti-racist Pro Progress Party (maybe right) Pro Israel (+ support for Armenia, Christian Copts / Maronite / Assyriere, cultural conservative Indians, support for the establishment of a Christian state Biafra, Southern Nigeria and support to the establishment of a Christian state in Sudan, support for Russian / Thailand / Philippines / China + Fighting Jihad)”
Nnamdi who broadcast freely out of the United Kingdom, openly spewing statements of direct incitement and terror was not acting alone.
In our conversation, Nnamdi claimed that Jonathan setting up a “Sovereign National Conference” was his ticket to Nnamdi’s using Radio Biafra to openly campaign for Goodluck Jonathan to Easterners.
He failed to build a cogent case. I pointed out that Abacha and Obasanjo had in the past done the very same.
Nnamdi Kanu from my personal interaction is very dangerous young man. He built his media empire by taking advantage of the shared frustration of Nigerians, using this anger we all have (had) with our legislative and executive criminal governments to gather together and tribalize youth and manipulate them towards a way out thorough inciting terror and attempted violent secession. A boy who has openly broadcast for the murder of an Igbo chief, he is a national security threat that must be taken seriously.
The grievances of the South East must however also be taken seriously and explored for prevalence, with options of address including the possibility of referendum. We must explore if they do want something, what they want and how many people want it. We must not push perhaps legitimate concerns under the carpet.