The South East Council of Traditional Rulers and the Igbo Arcbishops and Bishops of Peace and conflict resolution, have sent messages to the Federal Government demanding for the immediate release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Nnaemeka Achebe, the Chairman of the traditional rulers’ council, who is also the Obi of Onitsha, made this known in a statement he jointly issued with a representative of the bishops, Chibuzo Opoko, on Tuesday.
This statement was also signed by other representatives of the council and the bishops; Lawrence Agubuzu and Valerian Okeke, respectively.
The two groups explained how they have consistently “undertaken extensive and behind-the-scenes consultations” for peace in the South-east and resolution of insecurity in the region based on “justice, equity, fairness, love, mutual understanding and respect” of all persons.
“In furtherance of this, we have also supported the call for the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government to douse the current tension across the South-east and create an atmosphere for collaboration towards a constructive resolution of the issues,” they said.
We recall that less than a week ago, the Court of Appeal in Abuja discharged Nnamdi Kanu, sticking out all the charges held against him, rendering them unlawful, ordering his release from custody.
The court said that Nnamdi Kanu was “extra-ordinarily renditioned to Nigeria” and the action was a breach to his fundamental human right.
In response to why he has not been released yet, the Federal Government says that the Court of Appeal only discharged the IPOB leader but did not acquit him.