Nnamdi Kanu Must Account for What He is Doing Against Nigeria, Buhari Says


From Victor Osula, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, fourth left, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, seated, Goody Uwazorike, left, Senator Chris Ngige, Governor Hope Uzodinma, Bishop Sunday Onuoha and Ameachi jnr, during a visit of the Southeast elders to the president to plead for Nnamdi Kanu’s release, recently.



Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnadi Kanu, would have to face trial in the law court because “he has to account for what he is doing against Nigeria,” President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday.

Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, anchored by Seun Okinbaloye and Maupe Ogun Yusuf, at the Presidential Villa, and monitored by this medium, Buhari in response to the question to update his recent promise to a delegation of South East elders who requested him to look release Kanu, said, ” Kanu’s case is with the judiciary. Yes, there is possibility of political solution,  but he keeps sending out incorrect security communication about the country and I think he must account for what he has done. We are going to give him the opportunity to defend himself within the system.”

The southeast delegation which was led by first republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi and included, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Minster of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, old Anambra State former governor, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Barrister Goody Uwazorike and Amechi’s son had paid the president a visit at the Presidential Villa on November 19, 2021 to plead for the release of Kanu with the promise to ensure they get IPOB to forgo their ongoing separatist agitations and related killings in the Southeast.

In response to the request by the elder statesman, President Buhari promised to consider a lighter resolution but worried that such would interfere with the principles of separation of power between the Executive and Judiciary.

Buhari said, “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 a very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it,” he said.


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