Presidency wrong about me disappearing into thin air – Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu IPOB

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has disagreed with the Presidency over a statement on Wednesday about him disappearing ‘into thin air’.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, had called for the resignation of Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate minority leader, who earlier asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over rising insecurity in the country.

Mr Shehu said: “He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air. Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.”

Responding in a tweet on Thursday, Mr Kanu said the Presidency was wrong with the statement.

“On 29/01/2020, in his response to #BuhariResign @GarShehu tweeted that I jumped bail and disappeared ‘into the thin air.’ WRONG!” he said, urging the public to read his article published last November on the website of UK’s Independent newspaper.

Kanu said in the article that soldiers would have killed him on September 14, 2017, when his home in Abia State was invaded by the military.

“…I suppose for a minute or so I refused to believe what they were telling me: that the soldiers had come to kill me; I would be shot in the head, dumped among my dead companions in a shallow grave on the side of some road. They would say I had resisted arrest. That we had opened fire on the soldiers. That we were to blame. But we had no guns in the house. We only had our voices. And my men had been telling the soldiers they had no right to enter,” he wrote.