Lead Biafra agitator, Nnamdi Kanu, clocks 55 today, Sunday, the 25th day of September 2022. Newsbreak.ng shares with you ten interesting facts about the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader which you possibly might have not heard of or read before.
Check out the fascinating information about Nnamdi Kanu below:
(1) Kanu believes in Judaism and considers himself a Jew and oftentimes has led his ‘Biafran’ people to various Jewish prayers and religious observations. According to him, his ethnic group are descendants of the lost tribe of Israel who settled in West Africa.
However, it is unclear how and when he converted to Judaism and if it has been accepted by mainstream Jewish authorities.
(2) Kanu is married to Uchechi Kanu. On Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, while still in detention, their union was blessed with a baby boy who was delivered in an undisclosed hospital.
(3) Kanu, the man behind Nigeria’s separatists spent more than one year-and-a-half in jail without trial on treason charges. Following his second widely-known arrest in Kenya in June 2021, he has been incarcerated in the custody of Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS), Abuja, for over 14 months.
(4) Kanu grew up in Nigeria’s southeast and went to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). He moved to the United Kingdom (UK) before graduating due to incessant strikes.
(5) Kanu holds both Nigerian and British nationality.
(6) Kanu is the first son of a family of seven. He has two brothers and two sisters.
(7) Around the time of his traditional wedding, Kanu was ‘beaten up seriously and he sustained injuries’, according to his late father, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu in an interview with Punch in 2016.
(8) Before his arrest by the DSS in 2015, Kanu had been arrested in the past.
He was arrested in 2008 or thereabout.
According to his later father, his arrest was engineered.
“Nnamdi was enlightening the others involved in the pro-Biafra struggle and Uwazuruike (Ralph, of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB) was not happy about that. After that, he (Nnamdi) returned to London to continue the struggle from there,” Eze Israel Okwu Kanu said.
(9) Kanu had been in self-exile since 2017 when he fled the shores of Nigeria. However, In June 2021, he was arrested by Interpol in an African country and handed over to Nigerian authorities.
(10) Now-banned IPOB, which Nnamdi Kanu founded in 2012 is believed to be the largest Biafran separatist organization in Nigeria.
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