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Consider Political Solution for Nnamdi Kanu’s Release Before May 20 – Igbo Group to Tinubu, Akpabio

Posted by Thandiubani on Fri 19th Apr, 2024 -

The congress urged President Bola Tinubu’s administration to release Kanu as a step towards national healing.


President Bola Tinubu has been urged by the World Igbo Congress, WIC to explore political solution for the case involving Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, before his next court appearance slated for May 20.
According to the group, President Bola Tinubu’s administration should release Kanu as a step towards national healing.
WIC made the call in a letter addressed to Tinubu, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass, and was signed by Chairman, Sir Festus Okere, and Secretary General, Sir Chris Ogara.
The letter reads partly: “Today, World Igbo Congress writes to you to discuss a matter of grave concern, a scenario that tests the very foundations of our beliefs in fairness, justice, and the rule of law. The case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not just an isolated incident but a reflection of a larger, more systemic issue that confronts not only Nigeria but nations worldwide—the struggle for self-determination and the response it provokes from the state apparatus.”
On the issue of a political solution, Congress said: “In the light of these transgressions against justice and fairness, we are compelled to advocate for a political solution—a solution that transcends the narrow confines of legal battles and ventures into the broader realm of human compassion, national unity, and the acknowledgment of the peoples’ right to self-determination. Such a solution recognizes that the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu serves no constructive purpose but only deepens the divisions within our society. It acknowledges that true peace and progress stem from dialogue, understanding, and respect for human rights, including the right to self-determination.
“To the government, we say: Embrace a political solution. Release Nnamdi Kanu as a gesture of goodwill and a step towards national healing. To the judiciary, we urge: Uphold the tenets of fair trial and justice without bias or influence. And to the people, we appeal: Stand together for the principles of fairness, equality under the law, and the right to self-determination.
“Several pathways to resolve Nnamdi Kanu’s case and secure his freedom before the next trial date include: Adherence to the 2018 African Union decision condemning the proscription of IPOB and the arrest of its members, which binds the current Nigerian President due to the principle of government continuity.
“Compliance with the United Nations’ calls for de-proscription of IPOB and for Kanu’s unconditional release based on the right to self-determination and condemnation of his extraordinary rendition.
“The Nigerian government is urged to respect a Federal High Court judgment mandating Kanu’s release, highlighting the constitutional requirement to enforce such decisions nationwide.”

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