9 July 2018
One of Nnamdi Kanu’s first acts on release from Kuje Prison on bail in May 2017 was a visit to former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode. Fani-Kayode is a rabid critic of Kanu’s jailers – the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari. Both Kanu and Fani-Kayode are certainly fiery characters and controversial.
The former minister called Kanu “the Lion of the East” and his “friend and brother”. But Fani-Kayode is a very unstable man whose public utterances have been a template in consistent inconsistency, as was highlighted here:
A former colleague of Fani-Kayode’s (and several others) has spoken about his history of drug abuse.
Kanu, the leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been missing since Nigerian soldiers raided his home in Afaraukwu, Abia State in September last year. This hasn’t stopped Fani-Kayode from waxing lyrical about their closeness and offering this recently on Kanu’s whereabouts:
Intelligence reports suggest that my friend and brother Nnamdi Kanu is being kept on a Nigerian naval warship far off the coast of Bayelsa and that Buhari intends to keep him there until 2019 and then drop him in the Atantic ocean after "winning" the February election…1/2
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) July 2, 2018
He and Kanu appear to be kindred spirits and information from a source that was close to Kanu informed Naijiant.com that the man who liked to be addressed as the “Supreme Leader” of IPOB was addicted to cocaine – as has also been alleged against his “friend and brother”.
The source, who is pro-Biafran secession from Nigeria, said Kanu’s followers were keen to recruit him months ago. But he rejected their wooing because he couldn’t stomach swearing the required oath of allegiance to the “Supreme Leader”. And he just couldn’t entertain being led by a “cocaine addict”.