For more than one years, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has been in detention for alleged treason
Peter Obi, the immediate past governor of Anambra state, has stated reasons why the IPOB leader should be freed immediately
Immediate past governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, has joined other top Igbo leaders currently demanding the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Nnadmi Kanu has spent over a year in detention on charges of treason. Some courts have ruled that he be granted bail but this has not been allegedly respected by the federal government.
While speaking with journalists in Enugu on Thursday, March 23, 2017, Obi noted that the use of force cannot win the current tension between the Igbos and the federal government.
According to him, the best way to resolve the tension is through dialogue.
“I wish to appeal to the Federal Government to change its hardline posture on this issue and yield to the persistent clamour for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafra activists so as to douse the tension in the country, especially in the soth-east and south-south geopolitical zones.
“The federal government should engage them in dialogue.
“Every agitation in the world is resolved through dialogue and not by means of force.
“This has been my consistent position, and I remember making the same point when I spoke at an event organised in Enugu in February 2016 by the Igbo Youth Movement,” Obi said warning the federal government to realise that the agitators in the eastern part of the country have their rights as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.
“To the best of my knowledge, the agitation for Biafra is not violent and does not violate either the Nigerian constitution or international laws.
“I, therefore, condemn the use of force against the agitators.
“The fact that they had been granted bails that were not obeyed makes it even more pertinent to set them free now.”
“We are in a democratic regime and it is important that the rule of law should be obeyed no matter whose case is involved,” he said noting that Nnamdi Kanu and others had been granted bail by some courts.