President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to examine a “heavy” plea for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is now on trial in Nigeria’s capital.
He made the commitment while visiting a delegation from the Highly Respected Igbo Greats, which was headed by First Republic legislator and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House in Abuja on Friday, according to reports.
In his opinion, Kanu’s unconditional release is in violation of the theory of separation of powers between the Executive and the Judicial branches of government.
President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the 93-year-old statesman, “You’ve placed an extraordinarily tough obligation on me as the leader of our nation.” The ramifications of your request are quite severe in nature. No one would argue that I have addressed or interfered with the functioning of the judiciary in the previous six years, since I became President of the United States. It is God who has preserved your life and given you a clear brain at this age, as well as a very quick recall. A large number of individuals half your age are already perplexed. However, the demand you placed on me was substantial. “I’ll take it into consideration.”
While reiterating his policy of non-interference with the judiciary, the President said that when Kanu skipped bail, was apprehended, and returned to the nation, “I felt the best thing to do was to submit him to the system.” Allow him to present his case in court rather than presenting a very terrible image of the nation to the outside world. I consider it a personal favor to provide him with this chance.”
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the President expressed his condolences to Chief Amaechi, who had just laid to rest his wife, and prayed for her soul to rest in peace with him.
He characterized the situation in the South East as “sad and dismal,” adding that companies had fallen, education was failing, and terror pervaded the airwaves across the region.