Why I Cannot Release Nnamdi Kanu – Buhari Insists

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has ruled out the option of releasing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

In his latest interview with Channels Buhari said he would not interfere with the Judiciary.

Vanguard reports that some Igbo leaders had met with Mr President to request for the unconditional release of Kanu.

President Muhammadu Buhari

In his response, Buhari said its a difficult decision to take but will consider.

However, when asked if he would release KANU, Mr President said: “We cannot release Nnamdi Kanu.

“There is no political solution to it. His case is for the judiciary. One of the things I promised myself is never to interfere with the jobs of the judiciary.

“I have given him the opportunity to defend himself.

“Kanu has been insulting us. He has been given incorrect figures and comments against us.

“He needs to account for what he did.

Recalled that Kanu, the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, is standing trail of treasonable charges preferred against him by the federal government.

Speaking in a Channels Television interview, Buhari said he would not interfere with the judiciary, as confirmed by Daily Trust.

“There is one institution that I wouldn’t interfere with, that is the judiciary, Kanu’s case is with the judiciary but what I wonder is when Kanu was safely in Europe, abusing this administration and mentioning too many things, I thought he wants to come and defend himself on the accusations.

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“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to be abusing us from Europe as if he was not a Nigerian. Let him come here with us and then criticise us here.

“Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary, let him be listened to. But those who are saying that he should be released, no, we cannot release him.”

Abdullahi Abubakar

Abdullahi Abubakar is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri.He is a teacher and passionate about Journalism and writing in general. He works with Today Post as a senior Editor and is currently living in Gombe.

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