Uchechi Kanu, the wife of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, wants the Nigerian Army to account for her husband’s whereabouts, else, people will not vote.
In an interview with BBC, Uchechi said that her husband’s disappearance should be the one of the issues that people should think about as they vote next year.
“In the next coming election, we need to have that in mind that for us to ever be better, we need to stand up. Yes, Nnamdi Kanu’s issue should be the number one thing. Where is he? You need to provide him; at least tell us where he is. You need to at least do something before you run an election, otherwise we aren’t going to vote.”
Nnamdi Kanu is wanted by the Nigerian government for alleged treason. Since his house in Abia state was raided by the army in September 2017, he has not been seen in public.
Although, the army denies knowing his whereabouts, Uchechi believes otherwise, noting that nobody in his family knows whether he is dead or alive.
On how life has been since she lost communication with him, Uchechi said its been difficult, especially as regards raising their child.
“He goes sometime… he says ‘Daddy’, and that kills me more, because I don’t know what to say to him,” she said.
She, however, refuted the claim that her husband’s action was illegal.
“What makes it illegal? Why? Why should that be treasonous? One asking for self-determination; how’s that a crime? It is not a crime.”
On insinuations that her husband kept his family in the safety of Britain and expected other people to die for a cause he could not bring his family in to fight for, Uchechi said such statements were insensitive, adding that the family has been the worst hit since he disappeared.
“Do they even know what I go through? Its something I can’t even explain. My parents in-law, I don’t know where they are. Nobody has a home. We are homeless. Is that not sacrifice? We are suffering it too. If someone says your family is not been affected, the person is the typical stupid African person we’re talking about. Because you need to reason that this man is at risk and when they go for him, the next person is his wife.”