President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to follow the route of honor by ordering the release of imprisoned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu, according to Chief Chekwas Okorie, the founding national chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
Okorie stated that securing Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom would unquestionably bring in a new era of peace and security for people and property, particularly in Nigeria’s Southeast and South South geopolitical zones.
He added that one immediate effect of Kanu’s release would be the automatic cessation of the financially detrimental stay-at-home Mondays in the Southeast geopolitical zone.
According to Okorie, criminals who have been hiding out as IPOB-affiliated liberation fighters will soon be exposed for what they really are.
On Friday, he said that it is fortunate that the Appeal Court verdict comes just before the country’s election campaign, and that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, would have little need to worry about security in Nigeria’s South East and South South geopolitical zones.
“I join millions of Nigerian residents and concerned Diaspora Communities in the joy of the well-considered verdict of the Court of Appeal that dismissed and acquitted the troubled IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, October 13, 2022,” he said in his letter of appeal to the president.
“I salute the three Justices of the Court of Appeal who delivered this momentous decision with courage, forthrightness, erudition, and dispassion. In a similar vein, I admire the team of erudite Counsel that successfully defended Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for their dedication, fortitude, discipline, diligence, and excellent professionalism.
“I urge and actually plead to the Federal Government of Nigeria, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to accept the Court of Appeal’s decision in the interest of peace and preserving the country’s unity.
“I further urge the President to grasp the occasion and use his exceptional presidential dispensation to grant pardons to more detainees who are now being held in different correctional facilities across the nation and are being held on charges that are identical to theirs. As we eagerly await the Federal Government’s speedy release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from the DSS facility in accordance with the Court of Appeal’s ruling, I fervently implore the nation of Nigeria to appropriately celebrate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom.
“A new age of peace and security of life and property, especially in the Southeast and South South geopolitical zones of Nigeria, would undoubtedly reign in with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release. The automatic halting of the financially crippling stay-at-home Mondays in the Southeast geopolitical zone is one of the immediate advantages of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release.
“In a similar vein, the criminals who have been hiding out as freedom fighters under the guise of IPOB will now be exposed for what they really are. It is fortunate that the Appeal Court ruling arrived at the start of our country’s election season. In Nigeria’s South East and South South geopolitical zones, at least, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, would have the barest minimum security concerns.
“The immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has nothing to lose and everything to gain for the Federal Government and the good people of Nigeria. It is now up to President Muhammadu Buhari to exercise leadership and magnanimity in the contentious Mazi Nnamdi Kanu situation.