The Federal Government Tuesday reacted to the reappearance of the Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu months after he was declared missing.
Kanu, the embattled leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, was last seen in public in September 2017 before Nigerian soldiers raided his residence in Umuahia.
While uncertainty trailed his whereabouts, with IPOB even suggesting that he was killed by Nigerian troops, the separatist leader resurfaced in Israel last weekend as he was seen praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
“I’m in Israel,” Kanu said on Sunday in a broadcast on his outlawed pirate radio station – Radio Biafra.
Reacting to the development, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media assistant, Garba Shehu, in an interview on the BBC Hausa Service said: “If it happens to be true, the video footage showing Mr Nnamdi Kanu; the truth has been revealed about his alleged assassination against the Nigerian government.”
Shehu said the Nigerian government was put under pressure over false accusations that Kanu had either been killed or kidnapped.
“This fairy tale went up to United Nations General Assembly, where some IPOB members staged a protest accusing Nigeria government of kidnapping and even killing of Mr. Kanu,” Shehu said.
Kanu during his broadcast on Sunday said he would return to the country soon and also called his supporters to boycott the February general elections until there is a referendum on the status of Biafra.