Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been at the fore of the fight for the actualization of Biafra.
The pro-Biafrans say there is progress and believe that Biafra Republic will be actualized very soon.
However that may be, there are fears as regards what the leadership of a sovereign state of Biafra would look like.
From close observation and critical reasoning, there are pointers that the leaders of Biafra when and if actualized, will not be Nnamdi Kanu.
Below are four reasons why the Radio Biafra director might not be handed the position.
1. Greed for power
For now, it does seem that the Igbos are united in their quest for actualizing Biafra, however, if the orders are given and the secession is successful, it will baffle many as to the chaos that will erupt regarding the leadership of the Biafra Republic.
Four reasons why Nnamdi Kanu will never be president of Biafra
The Igbos are power drunk and they see themselves as equal and superior to their peers, hence, it will not just be a case of giving it to the man who was jailed, for the movement, especially because many others died in the process.
Bearing this in mind, everyone would feel entitled to the position when the time is right, and in that time a Kanu would have to fight for the position with others interested in the race.
Politics is a game, anybody can win.
2. The main men are underground
There is no movement with great magnitude that does not have the backing and support of some big-shots in the government or in business. There are those who silently monitoring and financing the Biafra movement in Nigeria, men who Kanu alone and other key leaders, know.
These are the men who will rise after Biafra is actualized, they will raise their sleeping heads to take that which “rightly belongs to them”.
It will be easy for such men to be crowned leaders of the Republic, while men like Kanu are honored as freedom fighters for the movement.
Perhaps, men like Kanu will be given some great roles and financial benefits, but not the seat of power itself.
3. The MLK case
It is not all those who have the dream or begin the fight for a course, that get to see the dream come to pass. Martin Luther had a dream, and so did many black Americans of his day, however, they did not get to see the dream come to pass in the person of Barack Obama – who became the first black president of the United States of America.
General Ojukwu also had the dream for Biafra but is not alive this day and would never know of its actualization if it happens. Hence, Kanu like these believers before him, may not be around to see the dream coming to pass.
4. Biafra may come, but the time is not now
The Nigerian government as of today, will do anything to ensure that the nation is not divided. It will take so much to achieve a Biafra Republic, even if an Igbo man becomes the president.
It is a very daunting task, because so many signatures have to be appended for a referendum, and many more rigorous processes afterwards.
One can be sure that if the processes are weighed, then it would be a very long time before Biafra can be achieved without bloodshed.
No one can tell when and how the Biafra Republic will be achieved, but there is a chance that it well might not be in the time of Nnamdi Kanu.
Soonest Nathaniel is a writer with Naij.com where this article was first published.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.