The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Wednesday, cajoled South-East governors and other political stakeholders of the region for keeping mum over the continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu despite last Thursday’s Appeal Court ruling which discharged Kanu on the remaining seven count charges preferred against him by the federal government. The court’s decision was anchored on the fact that Kanu’s rendition from Kenya to Nigeria was illegal
However, the attorney general and minister of justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, has refused to obey the judgement, stating that the federal government would explore more grounds to try him.
There have been cries, urging the Buhari government to comply with the judgement. However, the South-East Governors’ Forum has kept mum over the development.
A statement by the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, Wednesday, called on governors of the region to take a stand on the matter.
The statement, signed by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, read, “Following the landmark judgment of October 13, 2022, by the Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja that unequivocally discharged and acquitted Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of all the trumped-up charges brought against him, the silence from South-East governors and political leadership gives room for concern.
“We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are compelled to ask Igbo governors, senators, House of Representative members, ministers, House of Assembly members in every state in Biafraland why the silence over the continued illegal detention of their son, despite the fact that a court of competent jurisdiction, the Court of Appeal, has discharged and acquitted him of all the charges brought against him by the Nigerian government?
“IPOB has been observing the countenance of Igbo politicians from the moment the Appeal Court ruled in favour of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and wonders whether this silence is as a result of these leaders being afraid of the government or whether they are accomplices to the kidnapping and extraordinary renditioning of their son?
“If they are afraid of the Fulani cabal who are running the affairs of this country, it means they are cowards and are unworthy to represent our people in every event in Nigeria.
“IPOB is asking these questions because our patience is not and will not be infinitely elastic. The continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the DSS, notwithstanding the Court of Appeal ruling and the accompanying silence from the South-East political leaders, leaves much to be desired.
“The ruling of the Court of Appeal should embolden the South-East governors and politicians of the South-East extraction to demand that the rule of law be upheld rather than be concerned or afraid of being witch-hunted if they stand firm and strong in condemning the utterances and actions of Alhaji Abubakar Malami and the APC government.
“Malami and his people can hate Biafrans, especially Ndigbo, as they like but their hatred cannot take the grace of God from us and will never stop justice from prevailing in the case of Mazi Nnamdi Ka the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
“Igbo leaders and stakeholders should stand as men and women with balls and make their stand known to us. This is not the time to remain silent or sit on the fence.
“Malami has already said that Igbo leaders will decide if our leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will be released or not. It means that Malami knows that there is a conspiracy between the fovernment and Igbo politicians.
“We are advising South-East governors and Igbo political leaders that their long quietness over Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s illegal detention will not help them. If they can keep mute at a time like this, it means all their calling and visitation to llease was just hypocrisy.
“We expect them to be speaking at the top of their voices, shouting, and calling for this terrorist government to honor their own words.
“They should remember that President Buhari promised them not to interfere with the judiciary and that the judiciary will decide MNK’s faith. Since the judiciary has decided, why are these leaders mute?
“If other people from other ethnic groups can openly call on this government to obey the Appeal Court ruling, why are Igbo leaders hiding under their wives wrapper?
“Now is the time for all politicians, traditional rulers, elders, religious leaders, women’s groups, and businessmen and women to stand up against this government’s decision and demand the release of their great son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”
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