Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday claimed that he was allowed a sovereign Biafran state while in detention, but he rejected it because there was no Rivers and Benue states in the country that was offered him.
Kanu, who spoke when leaders of Igbo civil society coalition visited him at his Umuahia country home, said he was also given an oil block and “mansions” in Dubai but rejected them because they were “greek gift” to make him back down on the Biafra struggle.
According to him, “They gave me Biafra in prison with only the five Igbo states; I said no, I want Benue and Rivers.
“Self actualization is not war. We are not for war. We are not talking of war but self actualization. Self determination is not war. Any elite that interprets self determination to be war does not understand English.
“Biafra is coming; there is nothing that can stop it, no matter the level of intimidation and blackmail. Some people are running around, saying why must it be Nnamdi Kanu, why not me. I am not an elite, I was born to restore Biafra.”
The IPOB leader berated the Igbo elite and leaders for what he termed their anti-Biafra activities, blaming them for the “poor” state of infrastructure in the South-East.
He continued, “They can’t buy us with money. If I can turn down oil block, turn down mansions in Dubai, what can they offer us? All the roads in Biafra land are in deplorable condition, yet we have elites who are just interested in their pockets.
“All the roads in Biafra are bad. Apart from Okpara (late Michael Okpara), Mbonu Ojike and Sam Mbakwe, I have not seen any elite in Igbo land. Let them show us what they have done, no roads, no water, nothing. Because they are in Abuja, they are now elites, let them show us what they have done for the people as elites.
“They said everything has price, I told them that Nnamdi Kanu has no price. All of you here know my wife, I sacrificed her for two years; so what can they offer me.”