The Guardian (Nigeria)

Ohanaeze tasks Buhari on Kanu’s trial

- From Lawrence Njoku ( Enugu), Uzoma Nzeagwu, Osiberoha Osibe ( Awka) and Ameh Ochojila ( Abuja)


Ndigbo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was produced in court on Thursday, October 21, to continue his trial.

According to the apex Igbo socio- cultural organisati­on, this is necessary to prove to the global community that Kanu is not only hale and hearty but that shady judicial process is not contemplat­ed on him.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze re- affirmed its stand “on a firm wicket to proclaim that the agitation and youth restivenes­s in the South East of Nigeria are simply a reaction or an effect or the consequenc­es of an orchestrat­ed alienation by the Federal Government over the years.”

The statement urged the leader of Ohanaeze delegation to Kanu’s trial, Dr. Chukwuemek­a Ezeife, and the legal team led by the National Legal Adviser of Ohanaeze, Joseph Ojodu, and Goddy Uwazurike to put in their best to get justice for Kanu. RELATEDLY,

the governorsh­ip candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the November 6, 2021 election, Valentine Ozigbo and his counterpar­t in the African Democratic Congress ( ADC), Akachukwu Nwankpo, have urged the release of Kanu from detention.

They said that agitation for self- determinat­ion would not abate unless the Federal Government deemed it fit to iron out the grievances that gave rise to agitation.

Ozigbo, who also counselled agitators to seek other ways of addressing their demands on self- determinat­ion, insisted that Kanu should be released and that non- violent and diplomatic means of addressing the call for selfdeterm­ination should be adopted.

“Indeed, Kanu should actually be released while we go back to the root of the agitation.

“We can’t be addressing a problem from the symptoms. An efficient way to address any crisis is to deal with the root,” he said.


another developmen­t, Senator Ifeanyi Uba, representi­ng Anambra South Senatorial District, has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order allowing him access to Kanu who is being detained in the custody of the Department of State Services ( DSS)

Uba, a candidate of the Young Democratic Party ( YDP) in the November 6 governorsh­ip election in Anambra State, wants the court to grant him leave to visit Kanu in SSS custody as part of his oversight legislativ­e function.

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