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Why govt should free Nnamdi Kanu, by group

Kanu and IPOB members.| File photo

‘Granting Kanu state pardon would end the agitations in the South-East’

By Ahmed Sule

The Movement for the Advancement of National Transformation, (MANTRA) has called on the Nigerian government to free the detained leader of Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The group said that granting Kanu state pardon would end the agitations in the South-East.

 The group made the appeal following the release of Mr Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba nation activist, by the Beninese government.

Recall that the DSS reported that Sunday Igboho and his lieutenants engaged officers of the secret police in a fierce gun battle on July 1, 2021 at his residence in Soka, Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, after which he was arrested in Benin Republic, while attempting to flee to Germany and had since remained in detention until Monday when he was set free.

In a statement signed by the Convener of MANTRA, Chief Jude Ndukwe, and made available to Nigeria News Flight, the group described the release of Sunday Igboho as a welcome development and an indication that the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidency is not that of vendetta or vindictiveness and is not interested in persecuting its citizens.

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“It is based on this that we urge President Tinubu to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from the custody of the DSS and free him to return home to his loved ones.

 “Anything short of this will strengthen the suspicion of Nigerians that this is a sectional government with a sectional agenda.

“What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. We believe very strongly that there was no way Sunday Igboho would have been released without any intervention from the Nigerian government. We hereby request strongly that the same principles applied to Mr Sunday Igboho be applied to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu whose release will no doubt assuage the frayed nerves of youths of the South-East and help restore peace and security in the region.’’

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