The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has reacted to the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari in considering an unconditional release for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Specifically, the CNG has warned Buhari such a move; adding that it would hold the president responsible for the lives of its people lost through the activities and utterances of Kanu.
1st News reports that the group made this known during a press conference held on Monday, November 22, 2021.
The development comes after Igbo leaders visited the president at Aso Rock on Friday; demanding an unconditional release for Nnamdi Kanu. Consequently, Buhari had described their request as a heavy one. Nevertheless, he had stated that he would give it some consideration.
In its reaction, the CNG condemned the request of the Igbo leader as an attempt to subvert the course of justice.
Speaking at a press conference in Kano on Monday; spokesman of the coalition, Abdul-Azeen Suleiman, criticised Buhari’s response to Igbo leaders. He vehemently opposed the move to consider freeing Kanu, adding that it would be a grave miscarriage of justice.
“The North would hold Buhari responsible for the blood of its people unlawfully shed through the activities of Kanu; in the event he succumbs to the Igbo pressure to release him.
“Several millions worth of businesses, properties and valuable assets belonging to Northerners and citizens of other regions were destroyed across the South-Eastern cities on the instructions of Nnamdi Kanu,’’ he stated.
‘’The demand and Buhari’s disturbing promise to consider it without minding the number of soldiers; policemen and thousands of other innocent Nigerians already murdered and presently physically threatened by IPOB militants; on the express orders of Kanu suggest a lack of sense of responsibility on the part of those in power.
“Buhari’s response to the Igbo leaders’ demand could also signal a dangerous endorsement of the amassing of the huge number of arms already imported by IPOB terrorists and their sponsors; which are already being used to cause mayhem across the country.
“This has also further exposed the extent of complicity and docility of our clerics and other community leaders; who were in the forefront of urging tolerance from Northerners when they came under incessant attacks; but could not find the voice to speak today.”
‘’Any attempt to release Kanu will inadvertently reduce Nigeria to a completely lawless state; where criminals of all shades will commit crimes against the country; then ask their traditional rulers and other regional or tribal leaders to press for their release.”
Equally important, the Northern coalition warned Buhari to stand fast and refuse to be cajoled into interfering with the standard principle of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary.
1st News reports that Nnamdi Kanu is standing trial for terrorism-related charges and treasonable felony.