Supreme leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu yesterday disclosed that he ran out of the country for his dear life at the heat of Nigerian Army’s Operation Python Dance, but stated that he has now returned fully and is “coming back with hell”.
In a live broadcast from Jerusalem, the first in the last 17 months, Kanu disclosed that he had moved out of his Afaraukwu Ibeku home in Abia State before soldiers on ‘Operation Python Dance II’ raided his father’s compound and killed people, including his sister.
The live broadcast, monitored on the ‘Radio Biafra’ Facebook page, comes two days after social media came alive with a video showing the Umuahia prince praying in Israel 13 months after he disappeared with whereabouts unknown.
The IPOB leader, who is facing charges of treasonable felony at the Federal High Court in Abuja, had called for a boycott of elections in Anambra last November if government failed to set a date for referendum.
The call for boycott failed as clashes occurred last September – two months before the Anambra election, between IPOB members and soldiers when the military commenced an operation in South-east states.
Kanu has now insisted that IPOB members would not participate in the 2019 general elections or any other election in Nigeria until the Federal Government approves the date for referendum on Biafra.
“IPOB will liberate Biafra and we will not take part in any election until we get a referendum. This is non-negotiable; we will achieve this by every means necessary. We thank Israel for all the contributions they made to IPOB,” he said.
On why he ran away, the IPOB leader said: “When I left the prison, they granted me bail and asked me not to speak, in order to cage me and insult the custom of IPOB. They invaded our home because I preached the gospel of Biafra.
“I was preparing to go to court on October 14, when Buhari sent soldiers to kill me, because he didn’t want me to go to Abuja; also, because they knew I have no case to answer.
“No mortal can kill me. They have failed and they will continue to fail. I will soon return to Biafra land. Israel has taught me that they can run, but they can’t hide for long.
“They desecrated the compound, a royal compound. They killed everything, even our dog. I was in my home preparing to go to Abuja when they invaded my home and in intention to kill me, they killed our dog and my cousin, Adaku.”
He stated that what he passed through in the hands of the Nigerian army on September 14 last year was better imagined than experienced, stressing that he did not jump bail as being speculated, but ran for dear life.
“The notion that I jumped bail is a lie and deceit to deceive Nigerians.
“Senator Abaribe is a brave man; his name will be written in gold in our history as a people. I am eternally grateful to him and all my sureties for standing by me through the trials. I didn’t jump bail, violence was foisted on me and I ran for safety. I will return.”
Kanu who was based in London, UK, was arrested alongside three others on October 14, 2015 in Lagos. Justice Binta Nyako on April 25, 2017, granted him bail on health grounds and adjourned the matter to November. Troops on Operation Python Dance and IPOB clashed before the adjourned date.