Chris Steven, Abuja
An Igbo socio-political group called ‘Nzuko Umunna’, comprising prominent
leaders from the Igbo ethnic race, including former governor of the
Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) Professor Charles Soludo, and former Presidential aspirant, Professor Pat Utomi, have again called for the immediate release of the leader of Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday on behalf of the group on Professor Soludo lamented the continued detention of the IPOB leader describing it as unlawful even as he condemned the killing of IPOB members in the South East.
Reading the position of the group, the former CBN governor said he and his team had visited Kanu at the Kuje Prison where he is being kept since his arrest.
His words : “We visited Nnamdi Kanu to hear his own point of view as well as share our own point of view with him. We demand the urgent release of Nnamdi Kanu, and his colleagues as part of the process of engineering a new Nigeria.
No citizen of Nigeria deserves the treatment that is being meted to
Nnamdi Kanu and his colleagues.
Nnamdi Kanu is not above the law, and he should not be put below the law.”
The group criticized FG’s penchant to disregard court rulings, adding that
government’s attitude of obeying only “favourable court rulings” is
unhealthy for the peace of the country.
Nigeria has the potential to be great, and like
most countries has its own challenges”, but added that the country “has
never been more divided than now.”
Most discerning patriots have come to the conclusion
that Nigeria, as currently structured is destined to be a failed state.
It is our considered view that most of the agitation is in response to a
looting elite. We do not condone violence.
We note that in 2015 Nigerians voted for change. As the ruling party, the
APC has it duty to deliver to the Nigerian people. So far APC seems to have abandoned its cardinal duty to Nigeria. We are in a state of emergency at all levels.”
Nnamdi Kanu is facing treason charges by the federal government. He
had been granted bail on many occasions but the government has refused to
The former CBN Governor was joined at the press conference by a
former chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC,
Sam Amadi and other Igbo leaders.