The leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said he was granted conditional bail to be “caged” along with the secessionist group.
You will recall that Kanu, who is facing trial for alleged treason, was granted bail in April, 2017 by a federal high court sitting in Abuja.
He, however, skipped bail after flouting all the conditions given to him by the court, including a ban on public speaking.
The IPOB leader subsequently went into hiding after his father’s house was invaded in Abia state only to reappear in Israel about two weeks ago.
Speaking during a broadcast on Radio Biafra, Kanu insisted that the solution to the Biafra agitation will be conducting a referendum.
In a statement by Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, Kanu was quoted to have said:
“Their problem is Nnamdi Kanu and the solution to their problem is referendum. They gave me conditional bail to cage me and IPOB but I refused.
“We are not going to vote because we’re too intelligent for that nonsense. I am not interested in the politics of Biafrans, all I want for my people is freedom”.
The IPOB leader said that the Igbo have been voting for years, adding that “absolutely nothing” has come out of it.
“It is either Biafra or we die trying to get Biafra”.
He also blamed the region’s leaders for the travails of IPOB. He said:
“It was Ohaneze Ndigbo and South-east governors that stopped federal government dialogue with IPOB. For that, the ban on Ohaneze Ndigbo stands till tomorrow.
“Anywhere or anytime Ohaneze Ndigbo gathers for anything in Biafra land, it should be disrupted. Being an IPOB is a very unique privilege”.