- Igbo leaders who visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, November 19 asked the president to release Nnamdi Kanu
- Responding to the request, President Buhari said he will consider it, but noted that he won't interfere with a judicial process
- The president, however, stated that the trail of the IPOB leader is an opportunity for him to defend himself
Kanu, who is currently standing trial for treason, is in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The president made the promise on Friday, November 19 while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja.
Buhari told the 93-year-old statesman:
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“You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary.
“God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”
Making reference to when Kanu jumped bail, got arrested, and brought back to the country, Buhari noted:
“I said the best thing was to subject him to the system. Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.”
Speaking earlier, Chief Amaechi described the situation in the southeast as “painful and pathetic,” adding that businesses had collapsed, education was crumbling, and fear was the order of the day.
Igbo Leaders Meet Buhari in Aso Rock Over Nnamdi Kanu
Legit.ng had earlier reported that notable leaders from the southeast geopolitical zones on Friday, November 19 met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
Apart from Amaechi, others in attendance are a former governor of Anambra state, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.
Also in the delegation were the co-chair, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Mr. Tagbo Amaechi, and Chief Goddy Uwazurike.
Southeast Leaders Hail IPOB for Cancelling Sit-at-Home
Recall that traditional and religious leaders from the southeast recently thanked IPOB for reiterating their cancellation of the sit-at-home orders on Mondays in the region.
Spokesmen of the leaders; Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, His Grace Chibuzo Okpoko, among others, commended IPOB for listening to their appeal to call off the sit-at-home order.
They, however, stated that the difficulties experienced by lawyers of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in the Federal High Court should be addressed immediately by the federal government.