What Will Happen to Nigeria if Nnamdi Kanu Is Freed Without Prosecution, Northern Coalition Reveals

What Will Happen to Nigeria if Nnamdi Kanu Is Freed Without Prosecution, Northern Coalition Reveals

  • The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) said releasing IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu will turn Nigeria to a lawless state
  • This follows a request by some prominent Igbo leaders asking President Buhari to release the detained Biafra secessionist agitator
  • The northern coalition accused Kanu of instigating the killings of more than 1,230 northerners between 2017 and 2020

Kano - The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against releasing Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

Recall that Buhari had said he would consider releasing Kanu who is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Nnamdi Kanu: What Will Happen to Nigeria if IPOB Leader Is Freed Without Prosecution, Northern Coalition Reveals
The Coalition of Northern Groups says Nigeria will become a lawless state if Nnamdi Kanu is freed without prosecution. Photo credit: Uche Goodluck Okonji
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The president said this on Friday, November 19, after some Igbo leaders tabled the request before him at the State House.

However, speaking at a press conference in Kano on Monday, November 22, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, CNG spokesperson, said northerners will hold President Buhari responsible for “the blood of its people unlawfully shed through the activities of Kanu”, The Cable reported.

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Kanu accused of instigating killings of more than 1,230 northerners

Making case against his release, Suleiman said between 2017 and 2020, Kanu allegedly instigated the killings of more than 1,230 northerners living in parts of Nigeria.

He added that several million worth of businesses, properties and valuable assets belonging to northerners across the south-eastern cities were destroyed on the instructions of Kanu within the same period.

The CNG spokesman also alleged that Kanu and his group had killed over 400 security personnel., Daily Trust also stated.

He said any attempt by Buhari to release Kanu without prosecuting and punishing him “would inadvertently reduce Nigeria to a completely lawless state where criminals of all shades will commit crimes against the country and then ask their leaders to stand for them”.

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Suleiman added that Kanu's release will create a bad precedent "where criminals of all shades will commit crimes against the country, and then ask their traditional rulers and other regional or tribal leaders to press for their release."

Nnamdi Kanu: Why you should not free IPOB leader, ACF tells Buhari

In a related development, the Arewa Consultative Forum has argued against granting amnesty to Kanu.

The pan-Northern socio-political organisation said Kanu cannot be trusted and should not be granted amnesty.

The ACF's national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, stated this in an interview with The Punch on Monday, November 22.

Source: Legit

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