The presidency on Tuesday reacted to the reappearance of the Supreme Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Mr. Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, spoke on Kanu’s reappearance after 13months in an interview on the BBC Hausa Service.
“If it happens to be true, the video footage showing Mr Nnamdi Kanu; the truth has been revealed about his alleged assassination against Nigerian government,” Mr Shehu said.
Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts had been unknown since September 2017 after the Operation Python Dance by the Nigerian Army at his residence in Abia State.
Kanu in his recent statement claimed that the Nigerian Army killed 23 of his people in the invasion.
His group, IPOB; his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor; and his family had repeatedly accused the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Government of being responsible for Kanu’s disappearance.
The Biafra secessionist leader however appeared in a video on Friday praying in Israel and he also made his first public broadcast on Sunday from Israel.
In his Sunday broadcast, he said; “I have returned full-time and I am coming home and I will bring hell with me.”
According to report, the Israel government allegedly said that Kanu did not enter the country recently, adding that the video could be an old footage.
Mr. Shehu while speaking on Tuesday morning however noted that the Nigerian government was falsely accused and put under pressure that Kanu had either been killed or kidnapped by the government.
“This fairy tale went up to United Nations General Assembly where some IPOB members staged a protest accusing Nigeria government of kidnapping and even killing of Mr. Kanu,” Shehu said.
Shehu further noted that now that he has reappeared, the world will know who lied between the government and those that made the false accusations.