Elderly Nigerians, including Tanko Yakasai and General Ibrahim Bata Haruna (rtd), also known as IBM Haruna, have warned President Muhammadu Buhari against pardoning IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently incarcerated.
Afaraukwu, Kanu’s home town in Abia State, was attacked by military in 2017 and he departed the country, jumping bail.
Treason charges have been filed against the head of the African People’s Liberation Army (APLA).
Kanu’s release had been requested by Igbo leaders recently, and President Muhammadu Buhari had suggested he would consider it.
It was Yakasai’s opinion that Kanu should not be awarded amnesty since he had declared war on Nigeria and provoked the deaths of numerous security personnel.
He claimed that if he were Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, he would not pardon the head of the breakaway organisation.
You may forgive and pardon whoever you want because President Buhari has the authority to do so,” Yakasai remarked. I can’t stop him from doing that (forgive Kanu), but if I were him, I wouldn’t do that either.
As a nationalist, I have fought for this country and been imprisoned many times for this country…. I am a passionate nationalist.”
What was Nnamdi Kanu’s contribution to Nigeria and the Igbo people? Biafra was not brought by him; rather, he had encountered Biafra when he was little. It’s up to President Muhammadu Buhari since he’s in charge of Nigeria.
Northerners, in especially the Hausa-Fulani, are the people Nnamdi Kanu despises the most.
Hausa and Fulani are not the same people.” Yakassai said he has no ability to block President Muhammadu Buhari from pardoning Nnamdi Kanu, but he will not support it.
IBM Haruna sees releasing Haruna without a trial as a violation of the Constitution’s guarantee of the judiciary’s duty.
Disappointing that the legislation is not implemented equitably to everyone,” he remarked. When I was a soldier, we had coup makers, and they were tried and executed as a result of the conflict.
Because of these instances and fast-fought battles to the point of treason, people’s lives are being wasted in the name of politics.” An example is Kanu. Is it out of date?
Leaders of the (Igbo) ethnic group have asked that he should be freed without a trial, which is in direct conflict with constitutional provisions about the function of the judiciary since it is meant to be in executive power.”
IBM Haruna’s response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to consider Kanu’s release: “Well, he’s the president. He is a politician.
We may go back to the civil war, loss of lives and economic losses of 1966, so I’ll just tell him that he’ll have to do the right things if he doesn’t.”
So, we had to return and complete the game that these individuals are reenacting today. “It’s a real letdown.”
Kanu and other secessionists should not be pardoned in order to re-unite the nation and solve Igbo discrimination, according to him. “We can’t continue like that. People’s primary motivation will be to amass as much as possible.
The problem would not have arisen at all if we had properly adhered to legislation, as well as our country’s core interests and welfare track. Governments prefer to utilise authority or the right use of the stick to unite people behind the necessities of our nation’s growth and development, and these things continue to appear.
Prescriptions are bad because the leadership is blamed, and that’s why they’re wrong. First and foremost, they’re short-sighted in an attempt to solidify a position they know they don’t deserve.'” “