The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reiterated its stance that the key to saving Nigeria lies in the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in detention since an extraordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria in June 2021.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
In a statement issued on Sunday by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group called on the Nigerian government to abide by the rulings of the Appeal Court that exonerated and acquitted Kanu.
IPOB warned that if the government persists in awaiting a Supreme Court verdict, it would be closely watched by the international community, potentially leading to the legalization of what it terms an “international crime of extraordinary rendition.”
The statement expressed dissatisfaction with the Save Nigeria Movement (SNM), a group critical of Honorable Obinna Aguocha, Chairman of the Federal House of Representatives ad hoc Committee investigating insecurity in some Abia State communities. Aguocha had urged the Nigerian government and the Department of State Services (DSS) to unconditionally release Nnamdi Kanu as a means to address insecurity in the Southeastern region.
IPOB questioned the intentions of SNM, asking how a group could claim to save a nation while simultaneously contributing to its downfall through ignorance. The group accused the Nigerian government of perpetuating insecurity as a pretext for continuing Kanu’s unlawful detention and of using organizations like SNM to attack those advocating for his release.
IPOB emphasized that the Nigerian government must adhere to the Appeal Court’s verdict, emphasizing that the eyes of the world are on the Supreme Court’s potential decision regarding extraordinary rendition.
The statement concluded by urging SNM and other concerned parties to call on the Nigerian government to respect human rights and uphold the rule of law if they are genuinely committed to saving Nigeria from further deterioration.