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Activist urges government to pardon detained agitators

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu   |   04 October 2016   |   1:22 am
Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu

A rights activist, Nnamdi Nwokedi has appealed to the Federal Government to pardon all agitators and release them from custody as the country celebrates the 56th independence anniversary.

Nwokedi told reporters yesterday in Enugu that the best anniversary celebration gift that the government could offer Nigerians was to release all those locked up as a result of agitating for their rights. He said this would foster peace in the country.

He specifically advocated the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), Nnamdi Kanu and members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

Nwokedi said: “I am convinced that these agitations did not just happen, something triggered it. Since we have known the issues which led to it, why don’t we release these people in the spirit of the celebration and begin to address those issues which they raised for the benefit of the country?

“I want to ask the Federal Government to revisit the issue of these agitators and grant them pardon since we are celebrating our freedom.”

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