What I told Nnamdi Kanu – Edwin Clark


Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has revealed what he told leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, over the Biafra struggle.

The arrowhead of the agitation for a separate Biafran country is in detention following his surprise arrest while outside the country.

Speaking on the matter in an interview with BBC, Clark said Kanu and his people had a genuine cause but his approach was inappropriate.

He said, “I told him(IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu) that he has a good fight, that the people of the East are being neglected. They have only five states, whereas other regions have six. In fact, one has seven. Based on what? Nobody knows.

“For every appointment that is being made in this country, the Igbo are shortchanged. If Universities are being distributed per state, they will have five. Others will have six while North-West will have seven. This is despite the Igbo forming the third leg when this country was created.

“So, they have a good complaint, but going about it wrongly.

“How can Rivers State or Akwa Ibom become part of Biafra? They are dreaming for still thinking about the Eastern Region of those days.”

On Kanu’s re-arrest, Clark said, “‘I hope the Federal Government will give him a fair, decent and open trial. Because, up till today, I do not understand how the Federal Government got him back into Nigeria.

“We remember the days of Umaru Dikko who was put in a big box and brought back to Nigeria. I don’t know how this young man (Kanu) was brought back to Nigeria.”