According to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the leading Igbo socio-cultural group, if Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who are outlawed, is released, the unrest in the country’s South-East will end.
A fundamental rights enforcement lawsuit brought by Kanu over alleged inhumane treatment in jail by Department of State Security Services employees was dismissed only a few days prior to this.
Remember that Simon Ekpa’s IPOB organisation was still posing a threat to the area when Kanu was being held in custody for more than two years.
The instructions were given by Ekpa, who recently declared a two-week stay-at-home period in the South East. Ekpa is based in Lahti, Finland.
Kanu’s ongoing detention, according to Ohanaeze spokesperson Alex Ogbonnia, led to the unrest in the area. He also added that the situation is a manifestation of the social injustice experienced in the area.
We have been steadfast in our demands for Nnamdi Kanu’s release, he declared. We think that the unrest has been exacerbated by the issue surrounding what happened to Nnamdi Kanu. The societal injustices committed against the South-East are now showing up in what is happening there.
“The Nnamdi Kanu issue will need a diplomatic and political resolution; it is not a matter of bringing him to justice, keeping him behind bars, or imprisoning him; rather, doing so will fuel further uproar and worsen the situation.
When asked if Kanu’s release would reduce the tension in the South-East, the man responded, “If he (Kanu) is released, at least people like Simon Ekpa would not have anything else to say again. Nnamdi Kanu cannot be used as a pretext by anyone to wreck havoc in the nation.