The Igbo think tank, Nzuko Umunna, has for the umpteenth time, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and seek political solution to every other issue preceeding or arising from his detention.
Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group seeking self determination, has been in detention for several months after he was abducted in Kenya and ‘bundled’ to Nigeria.
The call for Kanu’s release comes as an Abia State High Court sitting in Umuahia is set to deliver judgment Wednesday, January 19, 2022 on a human rights suit brought before it by the IPOB leader.
Kanu is challenging what he called a violation of his human rights and the 2017 military invasion of his family home.
The suit, which was filed by Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, had asked the court to declare as illegal, the action of the Nigerian government in the ‘abduction’ of the IPOB leader in Kenya and his rendition to Nigeria to be allegedly tortured and dehumanized.
IPOB had, in a statement, insisted there would not be sit-at-home in South-east on that day but urged all members to storm the court.
But the Nzuko Umunna, in a press release Monday once again urged President Buhari to explore the opportunities provided by the intervention of South-east governors, South-east National Assembly Caucus, South-east Council of Traditional Rulers, representatives of Igbo Archbishops and and Bishops, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Pa Mbazulike Amaechi and some groups in the South-east to release Kanu and resolve his matter politically.
The statement, which was signed by Ngozi Odumuko, the executive secretary of Nzuko Umunna, in seeking immediate and political resolution, cited the earlier requests made by Igbo traditional rulers, representatives of Igbo Archbishops, Bishops and other Igbo leaders in that regard.
It noted that the “public opinion and sentiments show that Nigerians want Mr President to deploy political solution and release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”.
Commending Ejimakor and Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team for exploring all legal options for his release, the Nzuko Umunna urged the federal government to constructively engage with Kanu and all self determination leaders, including Chief Sunday Igboho, and save the country from undue distractions.
The group said: “Political solution will lead to permanent peace and sense of nationhood, as the country will only experience true progress in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.”