The president of Nigeria in the person of President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed his plans on the fate of the Igbo leader Nnamdi Kalu.
The President together with the Igbo leaders which was led by the First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi (seated) at the State House, Abuja on Friday.
The President has made it known to the public that an unconditional release of the head of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who is still currently standing trial for treason, runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers between the Judiciary and Executive.
The president had said that the demands of releasing Nnamdi Kalu is quite heavy but he will consider it nevertheless.
President Buhari made this known on Friday while he was receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by the First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity disclosed this in a statement titled ‘President Buhari to Igbo Leaders: your demand for Nnamdi Kanu’s release is heavy. I will consider it’.
Stating on the delegation led by the 93-year-old statesman, in the presidents words “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.”
Laying more emphasis on his policy of non-interference with the Judiciary, the President made mention of when Nnamdi Kanu jumped bail, got arrested and was brought back to the country, “I said the best thing was to subject him to the system. Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from the outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.”
The President shared his condolence with Amaechi, who buried his wife recently, praying that her soul would rest in perfect peace.
Nonagenarian had described the situation in the Southeast as “very painful and pathetic,” lamenting that businesses have collapsed, education is crumbling, and a reign of fear arising.
He has pleaded for a political, rather than military solution, making a request that if Kanu should be released to him as the only First Republic Minister still alive, “he would no longer say the things he had been saying,” stressing that he could control him, “not because I have anything to do with IPOB, but I am highly respected in Igboland today.”
Amaechi made it known to him twice, saying he had interfaced with Nnamdi Kanu in the past, and the latter rescinded orders earlier which was given on civil disobedience.
He said in conclusion “I don’t want to leave this planet without peace returning to my country. I believe in one big, united Nigeria, a force in Africa. Mr President, I want you to be remembered as a person who saw Nigeria burning, and you quenched the fire.”
People thaf visited the delegation were; former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, former President of Igbo socio-cultural group, Aka Ikenga, Goddy Uwazurike and Tagbo Amaechi.
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