Umar Cau­tions against Kanu’s Rear­rest

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Gboyega Akin­sanmi

For­mer mil­i­tary Gov­er­nor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar (rtd), yes­ter­day cau­tioned against the plan by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re-ar­rest the leader of Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.

Umar, Chair­man of Move­ment for Unity and Progress (MUP), noted that Kanu “is not a com­mon crim­i­nal as the gov­ern­ment ap­pears to think,” not­ing that it would be po­lit­i­cally un­wise to re­voke his bail and re-ar­rest him.

He can­vassed the po­si­tion in a state­ment he per­son­ally signed yes­ter­day, not­ing that Kanu’s seem­ing mil­i­tant ap­proach “is the re­sult of the strong arm tac­tics with which the fed­eral gov­ern­ment deals with him.”

He faulted the plan of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment “to ap­proach the Fed­eral High Court in Abuja to re­voke the bail granted him Kanu and have him re­ar­rested. This is both dan­ger­ous and po­lit­i­cally un­wise.

“This is both dan­ger­ous and po­lit­i­cally un­wise. Kanu is not a com­mon crim­i­nal as the gov­ern­ment ap­pears to think. On the con­trary, he is a bit­ter young man fight­ing for a fairer deal for his Igbo kins­men.”

“Kanu is not a com­mon crim­i­nal as the gov­ern­ment ap­pears to think. On the con­trary, he is a bit­ter young man fight­ing for a fairer deal for his Igbo kins­men. His seem­ing mil­i­tant ap­proach is the re­sult of the strong arm tac­tics with which the fed­eral gov­ern­ment deals with him.

“His long in­car­cer­a­tion be­fore a court granted him bail tes­ti­fies to this. Like Kanu, many Ig­bos gen­uinely feel marginalised since they be­long to the cat­e­gory of those who gave Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari only 5 per cent of their votes and ap­peared to have fallen out of his favour.”

The for­mer mil­i­tary gov­er­nor ex­plained that Buhari’s in­sis­tence that the unity of Nige­ria “is a set­tled is­sue is a na­tion­al­is­tic wish and is no sur­prise com­ing from a vet­eran of civil war fought to keep the coun­try one.”

How­ever, Umar noted that Buhari’s state­ment “does not take into ac­count the mood of the coun­try as in­di­cated by the grow­ing ag­i­ta­tions for self de­ter­mi­na­tion, re­struc­tur­ing and many other sim­i­lar de­mands.“

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