It’s Thursday and Newsbreak travels back in time to July 2017 when Nnamdi Kanu said his now-proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) would kill former President Olusegun Obasanjo if he attempts to harm the IPOB leader.
IPOB is a controversial group canvassing for the secession and sovereignty of Eastern Nigeria.
Kanu’s threat came after ‘Obj’ commented that Nigerians must do everything possible to stop the campaigning for the secession of Biafra, a cause spearheaded by Kanu.
The former president made the comment while speaking at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja during the launch of the biography of the late Brigadier Zakariya Maimalari earlier same year (2017). He stressed that a failure to put an end to the Biafra agitation could lead to a repeat of the 1966 coup and the other events that eventually culminated in the civil war.
The Biafran agitator responded with a threat to the elder statesman.
“I remember Obasanjo calling us names. They said we must eliminate Kanu and for those words coming out from his mouth, he is going to die,” Kanu declared as reported by multiple credible news outlets at the time.
“I told Obasanjo that I have given instructions to IPOB should anything happen to me. Everything that comes from Obasanjo’s lineage will die the same day at the same time. It is a standing instruction to IPOB.
“Wherever they are, we will kill them ourselves at the same time, the same day, 12 noon, wherever we find them all over the world. I am not like anything they have seen before,” Kanu boasted.
The pro-Biafra leader is currently detained at the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja.