A faction of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural organization, on Saturday, faulted comments by a former Militant leader, Asari Dokubo, that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, should not be released from DSS custody.
The Igbo group said contrary to Dokubo’s claim, Kanu’s continued incarceration has caused unimaginable insecurity in the Southeast, insisting that the Biafra agitator be granted a presidential pardon.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the faction’s Secretary-General said Kanu’s detention was destabilizing and crumbling the economy of the Southeast.
During his visit to President Bola Tinubu, the former militant leader had said Kanu should not be released, claiming that releasing Kanu would be a reward for criminality and murder of innocent people.
But Isiguzoro asked the President to release Kanu in the interest of national unity.
Speaking with DAILY POST, Isiguzoro said: “Asari Dokubo’s grandfather is Igbo from a place called Abam in Arochukwu area of Abia State, so he’s our grandson. We understand there was a little misunderstanding between him and our son, Nnamdi Kanu.
“Dokubo is entitled to his opinion. In the past few years, there have been accusations between Asari and Kanu regarding the training of IPOB members, and it generated verbal tantrums.
“This led to some Northern and other groups saying Kanu must be taught a lesson. This is where Ohanaeze steps in, and we have discussed this remark that releasing Kanu will amount to criminality.
“We want Asari to know that when the then Nigerian Government declared him wanted, it was an Ohanaeze man, Uche Okwukwu, that harboured him, and we know that he has assisted Kanu in the past.
“Igbos demanding Kanu’s release is not because they are against him facing the law, but his continued incarceration has destabilized and crumpled the economy of the Southeast; it has brought untold hardship, unimaginable insecurity to the region which has affected schools and some governors losing control of their states.
“We want to tell Asari that its high time we unite the country, but a presidential pardon from Tinubu, who was never the architect of his incarceration, should be given to all prisoners of conscience, including the IPOB leader, Henry Okah, and others because Nigeria is divided along ethnic and religious lines.
“A lot of criminals will capitalize on Kanu’s incarceration to cause havoc, which would make things too bad.”