The discussion of the Igbo leaders with President Muhammadu Buhari on how to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, seems to be fruitful with the response of Mr. President.
General Buhari stated that he will consider the demand of the leaders. However, the President has been warned to stop having plans to pardon the separatist.
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), urged the President to allow Kanu to continue his legal battle.
” The demand and Buhari’ s promise to consider their request represent nothing but a grand conspiracy to condone and impose mayhem on the Nigerian state, ” AbdulAzeez Sulaiman, the spokesman of the group stated.
Reacting to the news, the youths from the Southeast region under the aegis of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) have blasted the Northern group for intervening in the affairs of Kanu instead of being more concerned about the insecurity in the region.
SaharaReporters disclosed that the Igbo youths condemned the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) for not opposing the reintegration of Boko Haram terrorists but we’ re against the freedom of Nnamdi Kanu who engages in self- determination which the Nigeria Constitution recognised.
This was made known in a statement released on Tuesday by the President- General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike.
He said, ” Arewa youths have never given such opposition to the release and reintegration of so- called repentant Boko Haram terrorists but were against the release of Nnamdi Kanu, a freedom fighter.
” We have consistently made it clear that Kanu is engaging in self- determination, which is recognised under the international law and conventions. ”
He added that Nigerians from the Southern part are expecting their Northern colleagues to be more concerned about Boko Haram, activities than Nnamdi Kanu’ s case.
” This is why the Arewa youths will talk the way they did. One expects that they should be more concerned with the worsening activities of bandits and Boko Haram, than Nnamdi Kanu. “