By Muhammad Salisu – The Concerned Citizens for Peace and Security in Nigeria, COCPSIN, on Monday, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against “considering” the Igbo leaders’ request to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Recall that Ohaneize Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, had met with Mr Buhari, demanding for an unconditional release of Mr Kanu, as a way of addressing the security situation in the entire South-East region.
But issuing a joint statement on Monday, the Coordinator of the peace group, Lawal Ishaq and Secretary, Salisu Shittu, said the President should not “consider” the demand of the Igbo leaders.
The group said: “We see the call or demand for the release of terrorist’s leader Nnamdi Kanu, by the leaders of Igbo race as clearly the manifestation of the truth that they are supporting the killings of innocent Nigerians including our security agencies by Kanu’s lead dreaded IPOB.
“What becomes of the lives of those innocent Nigerians, that were killed, what becomes of the lives of those that were injured and left with indelible scars, what becomes of the lives of our security agencies that were brutally killed by the dreaded IPOB group on the instructions of Nnamdi Kanu,” the group asked.
The statement further cautioned the President against interfering in the judicial system of the country, adding that should Mr Kanu be released, “posterity will not be kind to Mr Buhari, promoting killings against his innocent citizens, destruction of our Commonwealth and causing uncertainty in the country.”
“Mr President, you lack any moral compass to consider the release of Nnamdi Kanu, when litigation is in process, therefore, we caution that your action would only promote high-level impunity,” the group added.
While urging Mr Buhari to maintain the status ante, the group advised the President to be guided by his sense of integrity.