Before Nnamdi Kanu started speaking on Radio Biafra, many of us had heard of Biafra before but were never interested. We knew of MASSOB and their activities but we never took them seriously because we knew they can't do more than just make a point.
Infact, some of us that aren't Igbo never saw ourselves any close to the ideologies and we never saw the possibilities of Biafra freedom. Even many Igbos treated the Biafran quest as child's play.
But when Mazi Nnamdi Kanu started speaking on Radio Biafra with his electrifying voice and convincing tone, it dawned on us that Biafra is beyond the Igbo but that BIAFRA is for Biafrans. It dawned on every Biafran that attempted to listen to him that the time for Biafra restoration has come. Many of us started seeing visions as the Lord started revealing the future to those that have eyes to see.
Our eyes opened to the reality of Nigeria's great sin against our people and Biafra's imminent freedom. It was like the veil fell off our eyes. Suddenly, we stopped being afraid to die, we stopped being afraid to talk, we stopped being afraid to demand for freedom.
Our enemies were not lost in the whole show, suddenly, they noticed that everyone wants to hear the thunderous sound of the voice of the man from London. Initially, they ignored because they took it for granted. They must have said "don't mind that small boy, it's youthful exuberance that's worrying him, no one will take him serious and he will be frustrated and abandon the campaign" or "ignore him abeg, he is looking for his own share of the national cake, don't worry let's watch him if the people takes him serious we will call him, threaten him and bribe him and it will be over".
But to the surprise of our enemies, the people believed him in a hurry. So they came fast and arrested him. To their greatest amazement, an IGBO MAN refused bribe! What! You gave an Igbo man oil well in a platter of gold and he debunked it?! Then, this is serious.
They wanted to kill him right there in the prison but it was all over the world and his followers were protesting day and night, the dangers of killing him will be worse than releasing him so they released him on impossible conditions with the mindset of giving him time to make up his mind to accept the bribe they offered.
Instead of him to accept, he rather came to the public to reveal the things they required of him in the secret and thwarted all their efforts. He went ahead ignoring their inhumane conditions and continued sensitising Biafrans. This pissed them off and they knew it was all over. It was either they kill him or see Biafra restored without them doing nothing to stop it. So they came for him.
After the attack, they thought we would give up like a child whose father has been defeated but we remained resolute. We kept on protesting, we kept on writing, we kept on demanding for justice because BIAFRA is justice.
Now, many people want to tell us what we should do and how we should do it. But before, Nnamdi Kanu came they didn't know what to do or how to do what to do for if they knew better they would have done better before he came.
We have passed through the huddle and we are almost home. We are not in a hurry and we are not confused.
Prepare for referendum and obey the high command.
Tari Nemi is a revolutionary writer and a refined teacher