When he disappeared in 2017, the media was filled with the buzz and many alleged that Kanu had been killed. Others said the military was keeping him for planned assassination at a later date. It was more of “different folks, different strokes.”
The Vanguard Newspaper of October 16 2017, has this to say on some of the reactions: “His lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told AFP: ‘Only the army can tell us where he is. Either they arrested him or they killed him.'”
In the same newspaper, his brother also tacitly alleged that Kanu may have been killed by the military . Commenting on the military operation and the bullets holes left behind in its wake, he said: ” ‘They were so numerous. They started to shoot from 200 metres (650 feet) away,’ Prince Emmanuel told AFP by telephone”. According to Prince Emmanuel, Nnamdi Kanu was inside the building when all that happened.
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode remarked that Nnamdi Kanu was on a Naval warship off the coast of Bayelsa and that the Nigerian Military was keeping him for possible elimination after February, 2019. He tweeted:
The sudden reported appearance of Nnamdi Kanu therefore raises more questions than answers.
Were Kanu brother and his lawyer aware of his whereabouts or was Kanu a master strategist who trusted no one? If they were aware and lied about it, was it right to have done so? Should all those who indicted Buhari and the Nigerian military without evidence be held to account? Why does Kanu keep silent all the while when he knows that he is safe in far away Israel? Was the picture in Israel recent or was it just a deception that Kanu was in Israel?
Where then did the eminent Nigerian and public affairs commentator, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, get his evidence that Kanu was on a Naval warship? Does it then mean that the intelligence reports that he relied on were not correct? Should he continue to trust this source for information on serious issues of national security, and indeed any issues at that? Or was he in the know that Kanu had escaped and all his comments were just diversionary?
By his appearance, has Kanu unwittingly boosted Buhari chances of winning the 2019 General Elections? And is this action by Kanu worthy of a true warrior who wants to carve Bıafra out of Nigeria?
The questions go on and on. And the world is talking about it. Trust Nigerians, they are not left out. You can be a part of the Kanu death and reincarnation conversation. And why not, if you are concerned about Nigeria in 2019 – and beyond?