Exclusive Interview With IPOB Member Nnamdi Obi Who Was Recently Released From Prison

The Travails of a Freedom Fighter, the Nnamdi Obi Story

The Travails of a Freedom Fighter, the Nnamdi Obi Story

An Interview with Biafra Times

Nnamdi Obi is a freedom fighter, a member of the self-determination seeking group, IPOB. Last year he was arrested and unlawfully detained by the Nigerian security operatives who, rather than safeguarding lives and property, have turned a terror to those they are supposed to protect. Biafra Times correspondent, Victoria O. C. Agangan, approached him for an interview. Note; BTC as used below denotes Biafra Times Correspondence. Excerpts:

BTC: Can we meet you?

Obi: My name is Nnamdi obi.

BTC: I take it you are a bona-fide Biafran. May I know which part of Biafra you come from?

Obi: I am from Lilu in omanbala which is popularly known as Anambra. Lilu is under Ihiala local government Area.

BTC: Waoh! That was where my dad served during the war. I was there as a child with my parents.

Obi: Wonderful.

BTC: Kindly tell me what made you join IPOB and why you decided to go into the Biafran struggle.

Obi: Joining IPOB was a dream-come-true because right from childhood I hate injustice. I don’t stay where someone’s right is being infringed upon. Freedom fighting has been in my blood right from childhood. When I met this family called IPOB lead by MAZI Nnamdi kanu, I was grateful.

BTC: As a young man with family and great aspirations, were you not scared to undertake such a risky project?

Obi: (Smiles). Did u say risky? Freedom fighting is in the blood. Once the blood is in you, you won’t even be preached to fight for your right. Sometimes the things I do for Biafra to come people see them as a risk. But I don’t see them as a risk, I see them as doing the necessary things, this is my right.

BTC: Was your family in support of the step you took and what challenges have you been faced with since the struggle?

Obi: My family has never supported me at all. Even when I was in prison they never visited me except my blood brother that visited two times. My family at large doesn’t support what I am doing but that doesn’t stop me from pushing on till Biafra comes.

BTC: Many people have called freedom fighters various names and even hate the very mention of IPOB, does this not worry you?

Obi: There is one quote I learnt from our leader MAZI Nnamdi kanu. He said “I like the doubt people are having for Biafra restoration. It will make them to respect us more when Biafra comes.” So their hatred and insults don’t move me at all. It only keeps me stronger because at the end Biafra shall come.

BTC: Waooh! Your family never supported you? Tell me what has become your motivation for sticking to your decision?

Obi: What has motivated me is IPOB. That slogan of onuru ube nwanne agbala oso really took place in prison. Some IPOB members made sure I never lacked while in prison.

BTC: Can you share with me why you were arrested and kept in prison since January? What was your offense?

Obi: Since December 2019 instead. I was arrested because Biafra flag was found in my car. For possessing the flag, I was labeled a terrorist and also a promoter of terrorism. So holding a Biafran flag was my offense.

BTC: Gosh! That is quite unfair. What was your reaction? Who were those that arrested you?

Obi: My reaction was laughter in my mind and I was willing to meet my ancestors if that is the price to pay. JTF arrested me. A Combined team of air force, navy, army and DSS.

BTC: You were ready to die? How noble of you. I wish some youths out there will understand and appreciate the prices people like you have paid and are willing to pay for Biafra.

Obi: Yes I was dearly willing to die because Nigeria herself is a death trap.

BTC: How come the joint military force came after you? Were they pre-informed?

Obi: I guess they were not pre- informed. They were doing stop and search at that very junction called MCC in Aba.

BTC: Okay. They all were assembled together for stop and search in a peaceful zone?

Obi: Yes. They left Sambisa forest where there is security challenge and come down here to torment us.

BTC: The world needs to know about this. South East is not a war zone and the military invasion of such a peaceful zone is very unwelcome. Tell me, you must have met other brethren in prison, how would you describe their plights? What is their state of mind?

Obi: My dear sister I met many men. I said men with rough and brutal faces that have spent years … I mean years, in prison. They have spent 5 to 11 years. Preaching to them was not easy because they are not smiling at all. When I was in prison I always think about their plight not even mine because I know that IPOB will surely get me out in no distant time.

BTC: Were they IPOB members or just innocent victims?

Obi: They were not IPOB members. Some were innocent victims.

To be continued…

(The Biafra Times)

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