Umar Cautions against Kanu’s Rearrest
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.“