Uchechi Okwu-Kanu, the wife of the controversial director of Radio Biafra, has revealed why her husband, Nnamdi Kanu, supports the idea of the independence of the Biafra state.
Kanu's wife, who believes her spouse, detained by the Nigerian state security service (DSS) since the middle of October 2015, is a prisoner of conscience, has granted an interview to the IB Times UK.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other pro-Biafran groups call for the independence of territories that formed the Biafran Republic in 1967 which was re-captured by Nigeria in 1970.
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Kanu, who is the leader of the separatist movement, was arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society. The IPOB leader has pleaded not guilty.
Uchechi Okwu-Kanu says: “It is the British who laid the foundation of Nigeria... And these people [ethnicities and tribes of Nigeria] are of different culture, different religion, different belief, different understanding of life.
“So we all are different in several ways, in every way. So, we are not actually meant to be together. You must have heard about the Biafran war. My mom was born then, a few years before the war. We sort of defended ourselves. We defended ourselves for over a long period of time,” she added.
Kanu's wife continued that Biafrans are now suffering, despite supplying resources to other parts of Nigeria.
“We don't have better schools, we don't have better roads, we don't have anything, not even jobs.
“So that is why what they are doing is to leave. So, I would say referendum is not a bad idea, it is not a bad option, but the people need to understand why we want Biafra.
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“And that's what Nnamdi Kanu is doing, sanitising his people, creating awareness. And you can see that a lot of people have woken up from their slumber. Most people who are sleeping have come to realise that this is really what it should be. I mean, if he is released and then he stops, it means he's been defeated or he doesn't know what he wanted in the first place.
“But if you know the reason why you are asking for something: you are asking for bread because you are hungry, and then you are thrown into jail. Then you released from the jail, but still didn't receive your bread, you are still hungry. So he would continue, he will, yes,” Kanu's wife concluded.
Watch the full interview below: