Nollywood actress Rita Edochie says the continued detention of the leader of the Biafran Indigenous People (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, will continue to divide Nigeria.
The 58-year-old actress, a strong supporter of the IPOB cause, is famous for appearing in Nollywood movies shot in Asaba, Delta State.
She is married to Tony, the younger brother of veteran actor Pete Edochie.
Mr. Kanu, a dual citizen of Nigeria and the United Kingdom, has been detained by the State Security Service (SSS) on terrorism charges brought against him since he was arrested in Kenya and returned to Nigeria in June 2021. .
He is on trial for terrorism and felony treason before Binta Nyako of the Abuja Federal High Court.
The Abuja Federal High Court on 14 November adjourned his trial indefinitely.
On her official Instagram page on Monday, Ms Edochie posted a clip of herself and the detained separatist leader.
She wrote: “As long as Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu remains in detention, Nigeria will never know peace. Ndi Igbo I lauwoke Ndi Igbo wake up. Onye Igbo can never smell the presidency without Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu. It is a spiritual thing.
“Fight first for your own, and God will end the battle. Ndi Igbo, let nothing happen to our big brother Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu. It will be our worst experience. Chukwu Okike Abiama is waiting for Ndi Igbo to act. God is not sleeping,” he wrote.
It is not the first time that the actress calls for the release of Kanu.
In February 2022, Ms Edochie called for her release saying the Biafra firebrand is not Nigeria’s problem.
In an Instagram post, the veteran actress urged lawmakers to be true to themselves and fix the problems they created.
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She said: “How can they be chasing shadows when they know who the natural enemies are? Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu is never your problem.
“Release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and face the problem you created yourself.”
In 2016, the 58-year-old actress revealed that she was sexually assaulted in elementary school and gave birth to a boy.
She began her career as a broadcaster at Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS).
Among the movies in which he has acted are ‘Love Delayed’, ‘Onye-Eze’, ‘No More War’, ‘Chain Reaction’, ‘1999’, ‘Abuja Boys’, ‘Censored Love’ and many others.