I have been thinking of this, given the massive popularity Nnamdi Kanu has gotten since he was released. Did he read about a similar plan by the Zikist Movement in the 1940s?
In the 1940s the Zikist Movement, a radical youth led organization decided that the gentlemanly way Nigerian nationalists were going about the independence agitation was to just not going to do. So, they decided to become more radical. According to Nduka Eze, a foremost Zikist, the Zikists hoped that as a result of their agitation the colonial authorities would arrest Zik, a move they hoped would spark an uprising that would lead to Nigeria’s independence.
But following a crackdown on the movement, the British decided not to arrest Zik but rather to negotiate with him and other nationalists, and on October 1 1960, they gave Nigeria its independence without having to a war of independence with the Zikists and other nationalists.
So, my question is this: did Nnamdi Kanu read about the Zikist plan to use any arrest of Zik to start a popular uprising? Since his release, Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB movement have certainly gotten more popular.
So, what do you think, guys?