The family of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has queried the South-East governors for allegedly failing to transmit Kanu’s demands to the Federal Government.
Kanu’s younger brother, Emmanuel, who made the disclosure in Umuahia, Abia State capital, said the IPOB leader, who is currently in detention, had met with the governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo leaders in Enugu before the military raided their country home in September 2017.
Emmanuel revealed that their family was not happy that their son was being portrayed as a secessionist in some quarters “whereas he means well for the entire Igbo race.”
He said, “When my brother was released from prison in 2017, the South-East governors together with Ohanaeze Ndigbo leaders met in Enugu about the reasons for Biafra agitation, which he championed.
“My brother made some demands during the meeting, which the Federal Government was waiting to receive afterwards, but instead of conveying the outcome of the meeting to the Federal Government, the governors, for reasons best known to them, reneged and the next thing that followed was (Operation) Python Dance.”
“Let them explain why they did not convey to the Federal Government the demands made by my brother. Or are they saying that his demands were not genuine?”
“Kanu told the Federal Government to make Enugu International Airport a grade one airport so that our people in different parts of the world can easily fly in without having to stop over first in Lagos or Abuja.
“He demanded that River Niger be dredged to reduce the heavy cost of importation which our people who dominate the sector painfully bear.
“He also demanded that Owerri airport, which our people contributed money to build in the days of Sam Mbakwe, be upgraded to a functional cargo airport. The Federal Government is using revenues generated from our oil to build airports and other infrastructures in other zones but our fathers levied themselves to build Owerri airport, yet the Federal Government has failed to upgrade and maintain the sweat of our fathers.
“My brother also demanded that the Port Harcourt and Calabar seaports be made to operate in full capacity so that big ships can be berthing in them.
“He equally demanded the revival of all moribund industries in the South-East and South-South to provide job opportunities for thousands of our youths graduating from higher institutions.
“He demanded functional rail lines in the South-East and South-South regions; good primary healthcare and steady electricity supply.
“Are such demands not genuine? Why then did they not convey them to the Federal Government? If they did, what answers did they receive?
“Why would somebody resort to criminalising my brother as a secessionist while he has made genuine demands which our leaders shied away from?
“Could it be that those blackmailing him are doing so out of envy, maybe feeling that he was taking the shine out of them. But I want them to understand that people are created for different roles in destiny.”
Emmanuel maintained that his brother committed no crime to warrant his rendition and continued detention, and renewed the call for his unconditional release.
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