APA

African Press Association

Nigerian secessionist sticks to autonomy stance

Leader of Biafra State, Nnamdi Kanu

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – REPORTS that freed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was abandoning his stance on the independence of the
region from Nigeria have been dismissed as untrue.

Kanu, who is among the most outspoken figures agitating for the autonomy of the formerly independent state, has been released on bail.

He allegedly backed down on his stance following a meeting with former minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.

“While we are proud of having hosted the courageous IPOB leader when he paid a visit to FFK as part of his ‘Thank you tour’, we wish to state
categorically clear Kanu didn’t make such statement,” Fani-Kayode’s spokesman, Jude Ndukwe, said.

Ndukwe said their investigations revealed the emanated from the All Progressives Congress (APC) Media Centre, which he lampooned as “a
coordinated propaganda machinery of our collective traducers.”

“Our traducers are master propagandists. It beats our imagination that some people can’t still spot their work when they see it and dismiss same
even on its face value,” said Ndukwe.

APC is the ruling party of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari’s government has reacted brutally to protests for the independence of Biafra.

Kanu was arrested in 2015 and government defied court orders to release him.

Biafra was a secessionist state in eastern Nigeria, existing from 1967 to 1970.

It was incepted into Nigeria after a civil war and resultant hunger that claimed over 3 million civilians.

People in the region are advocating for autonomy, alleging marginalisation by the federal government.

– CAJ News

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