A video of an Igbo masquerade has gone viral; one in which the masquerade was kneeling to beg President Muhammad Buhari to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu during #FreeNnamdiKanu protest in London.
Nigerians living in London, United Kingdom, took to the streets in protest; demanding the unconditional release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Kanu was arrested by the Nigerian government in Kenya; and later extradited to Nigeria. During a #FreeNnamdiKanu protest held in London, a masquerade was captured kneeling down; appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to release the detained IPOB leader.
Some of the protesters also waved the Biafran flag in the video shared on social media; as they chanted, “Free Nnamdi Kanu now”, “Free Nnamdi Kanu now.”
Meanwhile, An American lobby firm, BW Global Group, has reportedly engaged the United States government over the arrest of the leader of IPOB. According to TheCable, Foreign Lobby, a Washington-based platform, quoted BW as saying it “had been in touch with the State Department and Congress” about the arrest of Kanu.
It was gathered that the pro-Biafra activist signed a contract with BW Global Group; to help promote IPOB in a bid to achieve its secession objective of Biafra.
1st News reports that Nnamdi Kanu was repatriated to Nigeria in late June after being arrested in Kenya. The activist had been standing trial in Nigeria over alleged treason before jumping bail.
He has since attributed his action to fears over his safety.
The activist was away from Nigeria for four years until he was repatriated and arraigned in court in Abuja on June 29. However, his lawyers had claimed that he was kidnapped and unlawfully brought back to Nigeria. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the detained IPOB leader, alleged that he was held for eight days; before being turned over to Nigerian authorities. Also, he had accused Kenyan authorities of torturing and dehumanizing the activist.