The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Council has once again spoken up about the detention of the supreme leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government.
The president of the group’s Imo chapter, Mr Chidi Ihemedu urged President Buhari to release the IPOB leader in the interest of peace. He added that beyond the charges Kanu was faced with, he had a right to speak up if he felt things weren’t going well in the country or against his people.
“I want to say that there is no need for the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu. In fact, there is no need at all. You have arrested him for alleged charges but the situation now does not warrant the continued detention of the young man.”
“Apart from giving him the publicity of being a political detainee, he should be let go. And mind you, he is entitled to his agitation. There is nothing wrong in agitation. After all, we have people that agitated in one way or the other for Nigeria’s independence.”
Ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s April 8 hearing, a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi has said that he believes the IPOB leader would be released soon.
Amaechi along with other Igbo leaders met with the President last year to effect Nnamdi Kanu’s release. He said,
“Although, I am disappointed that up until now, Buhari has not released him despite assurances he gave to us on the day we visited him in Aso Rock, all hope is not lost as we are sure that Kanu will soon be released based on the ongoing negotiations.”