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‘Why Nnamdi Kanu wrote Joe Biden to preserve Biafra’s interest’


Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, former Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, said the letter by the leader of the denounced Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to President Joe Biden was in furtherance of his rage for the breakdown of the country and the setting up of the Republic of Biafra.

He also made it known that the US refusal to relocate AFRICOM from Stuttgart, Germany, to Nigeria also co-occur with Kanu’s plea that the US should not sell arms to Nigeria.

Akinterinwa aid, “Since Kanu is requesting that the US should not supply arms to Nigeria, it is very logical; why would Nnamdi Kanu accept the relocation when AFRICOM is most likely to be an instrument against what Kanu is asking for – the Republic of Biafra?”

The foreign policy expert explained that Buhari perpetrated a diplomatic faux pas by directing his request for security assistance to the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, during their virtual meeting instead of President Biden.

Meanwhile, a security expert, AIG Augustine Iwar (retd.), said the US’ response to Kanu’s petition would be determined by American strategic interest in the country.

Iwar, however, noted that it would not be good for the US not to come to Nigeria’s assistance, adding that Kanu simply wanted the nation to implode.

The retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police said, “If the country implodes, it would justify what he has been saying. I think the US strategic interest in this part of the world will dictate what they will do and I’m not sure it is politically and strategically beneficial to the US if Nigeria collapses.”

Also, retired Col. Hassan Stan-Labo admitted Kanu’s cause for complain but noted that nearly every Nigerian had a complaint against the Buhari regime, stressing his grievance was not enough reason to support criminals to destroy the country.

According to Col Hassan, if the US rejected the offer to sell arms to Nigeria, their judgment would not be based on Kanu’s appeal or opinions.

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