Kanu: Ohanaeze to write Tinubu, faults Buhari

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The apex Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has expressed disappointment over the failure of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to release the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, despite several pleas from stakeholders.

Kanu is currently facing trial on charges of treasonable felony and terrorism. His trial started after his arrest over his separatist activities in 2015. The case was however halted after he fled the country following a military invasion of his home in Afara-Ukwu, Abia State, while he was on bail in September 2017.

The IPOB leader was later arrested in Kenya by the Nigerian government in June 2021 to face trial and has since been incarcerated at the headquarters of the Department of State Services in Abuja.

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In an interview with Journalist, the spokesperson for the group, Alex Ogbonnia said, “Ohanaeze is not happy; we are sad that in spite of all the requests, pleas and efforts, they have not been able to release Nnamdi Kanu.

The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has said that releasing him will be the greatest thing Buhari will do for us now that he is leaving the office. It is unfortunate; I don’t know why he has refused to listen to us. In fact, that was the last wish of late President-General, Prof George Obiozor; that was his last wish and President Buhari did not listen. We are not happy about that.”

Asked if the group would meet with Tinubu after his inauguration, he said, “Sure we will; the government continues. The institutions of government will always remain. The struggle continues and we will continue to appeal to them to understand. It is also possible that on the day Buhari makes his last speech, he would releases him.”

The Anambra State Governor, Prof Charles Soludo, had said Kanu’s release would expose the real criminals in the South-East.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television programme, Politics Today, on Friday, Soludo stated that the continuous detention of the IPOB leader had made it difficult to identify his true supporters, noting that some people were hiding under the guise of the current situation to perpetrate crimes in the region.