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Groups differ on political solution to Kanu, Igboho’s release

By Leo Sobechi (Abuja) and Anietie Akpan (Calabar)
18 January 2022   |   3:18 am
An Igbo group, Nzuko Umunna, has urged the Federal Government to explore political solution to agitations for Biafra and release of Kanu.

Nnamdi Kanu

An Igbo group, Nzuko Umunna, has urged the Federal Government to explore political solution to agitations for Biafra and release of Kanu.

This isas an Abia State High Court sitting in Umuahia is expected to deliver judgment tomorrow on human rights suit Kanu instituted against the Federal Government.

The Guardian recalled that Kanu had approached the court through his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, challenging alleged violation of his human rights and the 2017 military invasion of his family home.

In the suit, Kanu’s counsel prayed the court to declare Federal Government’s action in Kanu’s extradition from Kenya amid alleged torture and inhuman treatment.

In a statement issued by Executive Secretary of Nzuko Umunna, Ngozi Odumuko, the group pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to release Kanu and seek political solution to other issues emanating from his incarceration.

The group commended Ejimakor and Kanu’s legal team for exploring all legal options for Kanu’s release and urged the Federal Government to engage with Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) to save the country from needless distractions.

BUT the Biafra Nations League (BNL) has rejected Igbo elders’ calls for political solution to Biafra and Kanu’s release.

A statement issued in Calabar, Cross River State by the Chairman, Standing Committee of Senior Officials of BNL (SCSO), Godstime Ntukidem, faulted the Igbo elders for continuously begging President Buhari for negotiations, even after the President had insisted that he would not consider their demands unless Kanu behaved himself.

The group, therefore, urged Igbo leaders to stop pleading for Kanu’s release, because such an action amounted to dropping the struggle or accepting conditions, adding: “The Federal Government ought to call for negotiations and not Igbo elders”.

It also charged IPOB to reject any negotiation with Federal Government on Kanu’s release insisting that the January 23 ultimatum issued by the leadership of BNL remained sacrosanct.

“All officers of the group are working together to ensure that the decision of BNL, which was reached in Bakassi Peninsula is implemented in all areas of its influence,” it said, but warned that failure to release Kanu, Benjamin Onwuka and all Biafrans in detention would attract more aggressive agitations.