Mrs. Uchechi Kanu, the wife of the man spearheading the Biafra secession from Nigerian, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, says that her husband’s disappearance should be the major issue that will dictate discourse as Nigeria votes in 2019 general elections.
“In the next coming election,” she said, “we need to have that in mind that for us to ever be better, we need to stand up, she added.
“Yes, Nnamdi Kanu’s issue should be the number one thing: where is he? You need to provide him; at least tell us where he is. You need to at least do something before you run an election, otherwise we aren’t going to vote,” she said in an interview with BBC’s Nkem Ifejika, on Monday,
Kanu whose group the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been proscribed by the Federal Government has not been seen since September 2017 after the Nigerian Army stormed his residence in Abia State.
The Army has since denied knowing his whereabouts, however, Mrs. Kanu says that the Nigerian Army are responsible for her husband’s disappearance and should consequently tell the world what happened to him as nobody knows whether he is dead or alive.
The Federal Government of Nigerian through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had also denied any knowledge of his whereabouts since the Operation Python Dance that destroyed his residence in Umuahia.
Mr. Orji Uzo Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, had sometime in 2017 said that there was credible information that Kanu had fled to the United Kingdom, a statement vehemently denied by IPOB.
On how life has been since the disappearance of her husband she said, “It is difficult,” adding that raising their kids without their father and the children saying things that sometimes breaks her heart.
“He goes sometime… he says ‘Daddy’, and that kills me more, because I don’t know what to say to him,” she said.
She also maintained that Kanu’s actions was legal adding that he acted within the ambit of the law.
“What makes it illegal? Why? Why should that be treasonous? One asking for self-determination; how’s that a crime? It is not a crime.”
Regarding statements in some quarters that Kanu’s family was in Britain and he expects other people to die for his ambition but could not bring his family home to join his fight, she described such statement as insensitive insinuations made by typical stupid African person.
“Do they even know what I go through? I can’t even explain,” she said, adding that his immediate family is homeless and suffering too.
“Is that not sacrifice?” she asked, adding that such insinuation could only be made by those she called “Typical stupid African person”.