Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress Chieftain, APC, has lambasted Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over his agitation for Biafra.
Igbokwe said Kanu lacks knowledge of war because he never witnessed the Biafra civil war.
The aide to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu spoke in an interview with BBC Pidgin, disclosing why he celebrated the rearrest of Kanu.
He recalled how the IPOB leader once directed his followers to kill him and his family for opposing Biafra agitation.
According to Igbokwe: “Kanu said, on Radio Biafra, that if they see me, his boys, they should behead me and kill all my children, destroy my home and I played it down but I put my life in the hands of God and that of my family because I was asking myself, I was like has it gotten to this, that you cannot hear voices that are not saying no, we can’t go this way.
”I’m older than him; I saw the civil war, he didn’t see the civil war. I know what we went through, I couldn’t go to school during the civil war, I was in Primary 5 when the war started in 1967, and after the war, I started again from Primary 5, and I understand what played out, the casualties, the pain, the tears, the losses, my father lost his business and we said, do we have to go through this way again?
“Having seen it all because I know what he doesn’t know and I have seen what he has not seen, I have the experience, I have seen it all and I have the history behind me. Has it gotten to this that if you have dissent voices then the person has to be killed?
“It could have been worse, many people died. I am not celebrating death; I’m just thanking God that at least I may be a little bit free. Again, I’m looking at the big picture too; do we have to go this way again?”