Kanu’s long road to Uhuru
Will Nnamdi Kanu, director of pirate Radio Biafra, ascend Mount Uhuru after his agonising his ordeal in the detention of the Department of State Security? Will his rhetoric fall flat like those of some before him?
The fair-skinned Biafra secessionist has captured the imagination of thousands of Igbo youth in his call for the actualization of the Land of the Rising Sun. Kanu has dared the Nigerian State; he has roused their aspiration and frenzied dreams of their own country outside Nigeria.
It does not matter if you agree with him or not, one thing is true; without financial inducement or hope of any material reward, he has galvanised a generation of South East youths, like none before him in the region.
But with his incarceration for over 90 days, and with the dire intent of the Nigerian government to put him in his place, does Kanu have the ability to deal the hand that will see him stay the course in his agitation for his people?
Does he possess the mettle of Che Guevara but without the beret and gun? Will he succeed where the grand visioner of Biafra, Dim Ojukwu, failed? Will he be able to give the Igbo significance in a united Nigeria?
There is little doubt that 2016 will help shape the Nnamdi Kanu discourse but only if he imbibes the Mandela spirit.