We need to talk about Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu

It doesn’t help that he’s good looking. As the Nigerian Government racks it’s brain on what to do about the Kanu problem, the new figurehead for Biafra is racking up more devotees everyday.

No armchair revolutionary

Nnamdi Kanu is a British-Nigerian political activist agitating for Biafra, the mostly Igbo region in Nigeria. The Nigerian government probably did him a favour by detaining him in prison in 2015 for over a year without trial. Back then, he was not well-known beyond his area of concern. Now he seems to have introduced a new romanticism into the idea of separation. The country hasn’t seen anything like it since, well since Ojukwu. The fact that Kanu is even being compared to the first President of Biafra and the Commander of Biafra during the civil war is astonishing in itself. Crowds of thousands gather outside his house and he has been able to cause regional shutdowns in the south-east.

A threat to peace?

Restructuring is a hot topic right now in Nigeria which is why the government is so alarmed. Kanu, who studied political economics at Metropolitan university and is Jewish, has generated more debate on the taboo subject of the oil and gas rich south-east region separating from Nigeria. The Biafran War, also known as the Nigerian civil war, took place between 1967 and 1970 and cost millions of lives.