Biafra: Why Reno Omokri turned against Nnamdi Kanu
Activist and former presidential spokesperson, Reno Omokri has withdrawn his support for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
Omokri in a statement shared on social media on Wednesday said his decision is a result of his experience with Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters after he shared a video showing the IPOB leader insulting members.
The statement reads, “I have never supported any separatist or secessionist agenda but I have supported and defended the right of any Nigerian to express himself and associate freely. It does not matter to me where such a person comes from.”
“Before Nnamdi Kanu was arrested, I did not know who he was. I just defended his right to freedom of expression and association. However, a former Presidential candidate on Tuesday sent me a tape of Nnamdi Kanu dissolving the UK branch of IPOB and tongue lashing the members.”
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“I was shocked and refused to believe what I heard until I was directed to an IPOB channel where this same audio was broadcast. After I published the video on my page the most shocking thing happened. Various persons who claimed to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra descended on my page and insulted me, attacked me, and accused me of collecting money from Buhari.”
They even said Nnamdi Kanu can insult anyone he liked and I should leave him alone and so I went into deep thought. If Kanu eventually gets Biafra and I am a minority in that Biafra, what would be my fate?”
“I am not Yoruba, but because of me, these IPOB members insulted the Yoruba clan. Somebody even threatened to kill me if I ever stepped into Onitsha. My experience with Mr. Kanu’s supporters made me have a rethink. Looking back to those broadcasts, it has become obvious to me that Kanu himself made IPOB (not the Igbos as Buhari claims) a dot in a circle.”
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“Who would want to be a minority in a country ruled by Kanu? You speak your mind and you may be shot on the spot,” Omokri said in the statement.