- A recent resolve by the Federal Government to seek alternative measure to addressing the matters involving IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho has been commended
- The commendation was given by the leaders of the Afenifere group and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo organisation
- The two groups urged FG to always seek peaceful and unifying strategies to resolving political issues in Nigeria
Two socio-political organisations, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Afenifere group have commended the Federal Government's plan to seek political solutions to the matter involving the detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.
The two groups in different statements backed the remarks made by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami on FG's possible resolution to the criminal charges levelled against the duo.
Punch reports that the organisations also called for the immediate release of Kanu and Igboho from detention.
Afenifere reacts to AGF Malami's comment on Kanu and Igboho
In his reaction, the leader of Afenire, Ayo Adebanjo, had asked the FG and Malami to do the right thing to ensure the release of Kanu and Igboho.
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Describing Malami's statement as a welcome development, Adebanjo said the people don not enjoy it when the government does things wrongly.
"If they do the right thing, we will encourage them. After all, we want this country to move forward. But nobody will encourage them when they put this country on the map to disgrace us."
He also said that it is wrong for the government or anyone to label people clamouring for freedom within the ambits of law.
“People are clamouring for freedom and you say they are terrorists. I disagree with him (Malami), particularly being a lawyer. Let them release them (Igboho and Kanu); they are freedom fighters. We are in a constitutional democracy; don’t give them the impression that they are criminals.”
Ohanaeze Ndigbo's reaction to remarks by AGF Malami
On the other hand, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in its statement signed by its president-general, Professor George Obiozor, urged the FG to learn from history by deesisting from wras that cannot be won.
Obiozor also urged the FG to always seek peaceful options to resolving issues for the unity and peace co-existence of Nigerians.
“The common Igbo refrain is equity and justice. Therefore, it is hoped that a political solution to the current security challenges will go a long way in sustaining the corporate existence of Nigeria.”
Arrest, detention and trial of Kanu and Igboho
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kanu, who was arrested by operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) has remained in the custody of the secret police and is facing charges bordering on terrorism and treasonable felony.
Igboho on the other side was arrested during his stay in the Benin Republic and has remained in detention in a Beninese detention facility since July 19, with the FG working to extradite him.
However, the IPOB leader appeared in court on Wednesday, November 10, for the commencement of his trial before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
At the court, immediately Kanu's case was called by the court's registrar, the IPOB who approached the dock said his lawyer including an American has been denied access into the courtroom.
To this, the judge asked whether he would like to represent himself, and Kanu answered in the negative.
The judge also expressed her displeasure over the absence of the lawyers and led counsel who the DSS prosecutor informed the court staged a walk out over failure of his team members to access the courtroom.
She further adjourned the matter to January 19 and 20, 2022 for commencement of trial.