Leadership Of IPOB: Kanu Created More Followers and Less Leaders

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Kanu who began broadcasting on Radio Biafra from his small room in London, UK rose to prominence after his 2015 arrest by the Nigerian Government. His arrest that year was heavily criticized by many who believed such act triggered emotions among people of the regions.

In April 2017, Kanu was released from prison on bail and by then, he had amassed overwhelming number of followers and sympathizers emanating from the most remote villages to cities in the South East. The Supreme leader, as some of his followers willingly chose to address him, seemed to be in total control of the organization, he appoints who does what and dethrones who he finds unworthy.

After his release from prison, Kanu was obviously the big masquerade that everyone had eyes on. He had rallies in different cities across the states in the South East. Those rallies sincerely had crowds that were never seen by this generation of people in the region.

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September, same 2017, Kanu’s home in Afaraukwu Ibeku, Abia state was invaded by the Nigerian Army, which according to IPOB left about 28 persons dead. The invasion which was suspected to be a counter force to the perceived threats imposed by Kanu’s gradual control of people of the region saw to disappearance of the IPOB leader.  A year later, 2018, Kanu reappeared in Israel. “I’m in Israel,” he said on Sunday in a broadcast on their popular radio station – Radio Biafra.

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu reappeared in Israel – Okanga Trumpeters, 2018

Fast forward to 2021, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested, or rather abducted in Kenya in what some Senior Advocates of Nigeria(SANs) have described as ‘Kidnap’ becuase it violated repatriation processes known by the international laws.

IPOB Leadership Without Nnamdi Kanu;

Following Kanu’s repatriation to Nigeria, the IPOB leader had to leave the affairs of the group to be run by its members. According to information circulated by IPOB, the next in line to preside over the organization’s affairs is the DOS, Directorate Of State.

Just weeks after Kanu was remanded in custody of Department of State Services, DSS, cracks in its leadership structure were revealing itself.

Kanu, while in DSS had earlier instructed Simon Ekpa, a lawyer and Finnish citizen to immediately take up the role of broadcasting on their radio channel- Radio Biafra. The instruction saw some divisions among people who are considered even top leaders in IPOB. It was alleged that Simon Ekpa, who calls himself ‘Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Disciple’ was not coming fort with criteria required of anyone who must broadcast from the station.

The allegation which was countered by many IPOB members and supporters online further created some hostilities among parties in the organization. An unconfirmed reports said that Simon Ekpa is not a registered member of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB. The question many are asking is why is someone who is not a member of IPOB be allowed to head one of the most sensitive departments of the organization.

The recently-cancelled ‘sit at home’ order by IPOB was yet another period which revealed the weakness in its leadership. It was seen that the only leader who the members have 100% loyalty to was Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Supreme leader. It is however worrisome that if Kanu ceases to exist today, there will either be no more IPOB or there will be multiple factions in the same organization.

Lead Council to Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor has made series of publications expressing his displeasure with reactions of some members of the organization regarding the cancelled sit at home, suggesting members’ failure to adhere to instructions.

“Great leaders don’t just create crowds and followers, they rather create more leaders”― Roy T. Bennett.

It would be expected that an organization as big as IPOB should be stacked with brave and disciplined persons who can lead the organization excellently, without the feeling of “I must Be The Head”.

Many who occupy sensitive positions in IPOB are not leading, they are not disciplined and certainly, they are bribe-able. They are simply waiting to grasp the opportunity that may come should Biafra be actualized.


… This Article Was Written By Ezugwu Joel, A Concerned Igbo Man



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