Free us Kanu as a Christmas gift, Ohaneze Ndigbo begs Tinubu

Detained IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

Published by: Heal the Eye By Alex Enebeli Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide on Tuesday appealed to President Bola Tinubu to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to the Igbo people of the South East as a Christmas gift. Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, made the appeal in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu. He noted that Kanu's incarceration created an unnecessary excuse for terrorism in a region that had hitherto lived in peace and pursued its occupation wherever it went with patriotic zeal. He added that his release would be a highly valued Christmas gift to the Igbos of Nigeria and all other Nigerians who were committed to a peaceful and secure country. “I want, on behalf of all Igbos across the world, to appeal to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to use his good offices to guide the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. “Kanu’s case is well known to all Igbos and Nigerians. Many believe that the release of Nnamdi Kanu poses no threat to our democracy or social cohesion and peace. “Furthermore, a Nigerian court issued a ruling that Kanu should be released. Many Nigerians across the 36 states and Abuja also appealed for his release,” Iwuanyanwu said. He added that as President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Leader of the Igbos across the world, he brought this matter to a joint meeting of the South, South West, South East and Middle Belt of Nigeria as they unanimously endorsed that Kanu should be released. . He said he was making a strong appeal to Tinubu to help secure Kanu’s release. “We remember with sadness that this region was a theater of war. The war claimed the lives of many Nigerians. Additionally, businesses and properties were completely destroyed. “In 1970, when the war ended, the Igbos returned completely impoverished. “I warn that all parties must avoid anything that could once again turn Igboland into a theater of war. “I further argue that, in addition to the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the federal government should adopt a non-kinetic approach to the security problem in the Southeast. I, in collaboration with the governors and other leaders of South East Nigeria, call for amnesty for those who at this time are expressing all forms of unrest in the South East; and that they will be given the opportunity to earn a decent living. “God bless and protect our President, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the Igbo leader prayed.