Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the top Igbo sociopolitical group, has requested that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, be released by the Federal Government as a Christmas present for the South-East.
On Sunday, Damian Okeke-Ogene, Vice-President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, made this appeal on behalf of the organization. He also stated that the people of the South-East had lost hope this Christmas if Kanu’s release wasn’t achieved.
Ohanaeze’s call comes before the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Federal Government’s case against Kanu on December 15, 2023.
Claims that prominent Igbo individuals, such as the region’s governors, were responsible for Kanu’s prolonged arrest were refuted by Okeke-Ogene.
“We don’t want to dwell too much on the politics surrounding Kanu’s release,” he stated. If he is freed on December 15, it will come long late because, up until now, nothing has been done about the two instances when competent courts of jurisdiction declared him not guilty and also freed him.
Therefore, we anticipate that the Supreme Court will treat it fairly and that President Bola Tinubu will see that the lives and money being lost on this matter are not worth it. This is what every Igbo man expects. Therefore, if he really wants peace to return to the area, he should release the guy as a Christmas present to the Southeast.
He blasted the federal government for not cooperating with the Finnish government to handle the problem of IPOB’s autopilot arm, which is run by Simon Ekpa, who is generally believed to be inciting disturbance in the area under the pretext of agitation.
Emma Powerful, the Media and Publicity Secretary for IPOB, voiced concerns with Justice Tsammani Haruna’s nomination to the Supreme Court prior to the Supreme Court’s decision.
Powerful said in a statement released on Sunday that Justice Haruna’s advancement was a reward for detaining Kanu at the Department of State Services, or DSS, without filing any charges.