Dear friend Kanou (born 25 September 1967) is a British-Nigerian political activist who supports the independence of Biafra and its separation from Nigeria. He created the Indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in 2014 and is the leader. The primary objective of IPOB is the restoration of Biafra separatist state that existed in the eastern region of Nigeria during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970).
Biography of Nnamdi Kanu
Dear friend Kanou
September 25, 1967
Isiama Afara, Abia State, Nigeria
Isiama Afara, Abia State, Nigeria
Political economist, activist, media personality
Indigenous peoples of Biafra
The evening of Kanu’s speech
Youth and education
Kanu was born on September 25, 1967 in Isiama Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State— within the claimed territory of the Republic of Biafra months after declaring independence from Nigeria. His father, The Word of King Kanu of Israel (JP), and his mother, The kingdom of Nennene Kanuwere traditional Nigerian monarchs.
He attended Library Avenue Elementary School and then went to Umuahia Government College for his secondary studies. He studied geography at University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and moved to the UK before graduating. He then proceeded to Guildhall University of Londonwhere he studied politics and economics.
He began his activism for the independence of Biafra while working as a director and presenter for Radio Biafra below Ralph Uwazuruikethe head of the Movement for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB), who claimed in a meeting in Kaduna, Nigeria on June 12, 2014, that he had handed over Radio Biafra to Nnamdi Kanu, head of IPOB, but Kanu disappointed him. Before founding Radio Biafra in 2009, which argued for the establishment of an independent Igbo state and was broadcast in Nigeria from London, Kanu was a relatively unknown person. In 2014, he created the IPOB.
Kanu promoted Biafra separatism as head of UK-registered radio station Radio Biafra. Kanu has been detained for more than a year despite numerous court orders ordering his release after he was arrested in Lagos, Nigeria, for treason on October 14, 2015. Kanu regularly appeared in court wearing a head covering and shawl of prayer. In court, he claimed he “believes in Judaism”, considers himself a Jew and frequently guides his Biafra people to participate in various prayers and Jewish religious observances. On April 28, 2017, Kanu was released on bail and released from prison.
After escaping justice and jumping bail, Kanu became a key player in the insurgency in southeastern Nigeria, which led to low-intensity conflict in early 2021 as Nigerian security services attempted to repress IPOB strong arm, the Eastern Security Network. Kanu insisted that despite the fighting, IPOB pledged to find a peaceful settlement and achieve independence for Biafra without resorting to force. He was arrested by Interpol in June 2021 and handed over to Nigeria.
Nnamdi Kanu is married to The evening of Kanu’s speech, a lawyer who lives in the UK, but is originally from Abia State, Nigeria. They got married on January 5, 2016 and the marriage is blessed with a child, named My lord.
Arrest and detention
On October 14, 2015, the State Security Service (SSS) FeGovernment of Nigeria arrested him in his hotel room at Hotel Golden Tulip Essential in Ikeja, Lagos State. On October 18, 2015, it was reported that Kanu had been detained by Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (SSD), in Lagos State. Kanu had informed his lawyers of this arrest.
On October 19, 2015, it was revealed that Nnamdi Kanu had been released on bail following a secret arraignment at Wuse 11 Magistrate’s Court. However, the bail was found to be “controversial” and there are had allegations that the DSS only made the announcement in order. to “quiet the agitated people of Biafra.”
Court of First Instance
The Department of State Services (SSD) obtained a “secret court order to imprison Nnamdi Kanu,” according to reports. The Abuja Magistrate’s Court ordered the DSS to present Kanu in court on November 23, 2015. In an interview, Kanu’s lawyer, Vincent Obettaclaimed that the prosecutor gave him in court a document containing a court order authorizing the Department of State Services (SSD) to detain Kanu for the next three months to “conclude what they claim is an investigation into terrorism and terrorist financing”.
Release and disappearance
Vanguard reported that Kanu was released on bail on October 20, 2015. Kanu was eventually released on bail by Justice Binta Nyako for health reasons, despite the media supporting IPOB’s goals, calling the bail “controversial” and alleging that the DSS announced the bail just “to calm restless people of Biafra.”
After the Nigerian military invaded Kanu’s residence in September 2017, resulting in the deaths of 28 IPOB members, Kanu disappeared from public view. There was much speculation about its location, with IPOB members accusing the Buhari administration of kidnapping him. However, unattributed images and videos that appear to place him in Israel surfaced in October 2018. In June 2021, he was arrested by Interpol and handed over to Nigeria.
Kanu’s detention in 2017 was illegal, violated his human rights and was “unlawful” under national and international law, according to Justice Benson Anya of the decision of the Abia State High Court on January 19, 2022. In addition, Anya ruled that Kanu should receive N1 billion from the Nigerian government as compensation for the violation of his basic human rights. Despite this decision, Kanu was still detained and the trial continued while additional charges were brought against him and the other charges were still being discussed. A researcher from a political risk analysis firm named Ikemesit Effiong suggested that Kanu’s final conviction was still likely, as “the political will exists to make an example of a separatist leader who has caused the central government more than its fair share of headaches”.
Kanu has, since beginning his advocacy, made highly controversial comments on various occasions.
Death threats and calls for violence
- In September 2015, in a fiery speech to the Igbo World Congress in Los Angeles, Kanu said, “We need guns and we need bullets” in reference to the armed conflict.
- In 2015, after Deeper Christian Life Ministry Superintendent Guillaume Kumuyi declared that Nigeria would remain united, Kanu threatened his life saying “Pastor Kumuyi should be stoned and treated with care if he comes to Aba for his planned crusade.
- In 2017, a video of Kanu was released in which he made an open death threat to former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. He had told a gathering of supporters at his home that if anything bad happened to him, IPOB members should eliminate Obasanjo and his lineage. This was in reference to Obasanjo’s statement at a rally in Abuja that everything must be done to stop the IPOB.
- Kanu said, “Nigeria must prepare for war; we are coming to annihilate you, my secret service is already studying the zoo and strategizing” referring to the IPOB armed attacks. “If you find anyone in your village asking for Radio Biafra, kill the bastard Hausa, Fulani or Yoruba baboon. Let them keep searching while we keep tweeting for #Biafra.
- Hate speech against other ethnic groups and Igbos who do not support it, as well as racist anti-black rhetoric:
- “The Niger Deltans are cowards; we know what to do with them. The states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Edo and Cross Rivers are our territory, and anyone who tries to oppose us will be crushed.
- “Yoruba Pentecostalism is the reason why the Fulani invade us today.”
- “Any army they [the Federal Government] sent to Biafraland will die there. None will come back alive. Even if it means sacrificing my people, I will.
His current net worth is not available.
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