- The Arewa Consultative Forum has advised President Buhari against approving the Igbo leaders’ request for the release of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu
- Emmanuel Yawe ACF national press secretary said the president should allow Kanu to spend his day in court
- The group added that Igbo leaders have accused President Buhari of nepotism , should he also decide to free shepherds charged with various crimes
The Arewa Consultative Forum has opposed an amnesty for Nnamdi Kanu, den imprisoned leader of the banned secession group, the indigenous people of, pronounced Biafra (IPOB).
The sociopolitical organization from across the north said Kanu was untrustworthy and should not be granted an amnesty .
The national PR secretary r of the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, said this in an interview with The Punch on Monday November 22nd
The President t had the request on Described Friday November 19 as extremely difficult but said he would consider it.
Follow the rule of law – ACF says Buhari
Instead of freeing Kanu, the ACF has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to obey the rule of law and bring the IPOB leader to justice on the charges brought against him.
Yawe said :
“What would happen to the case against him (Kanu)? The suitcase would be thrown away? If he (Buhari) releases him, that is the end of the case. We have a democracy and there is a due legal process; There is a separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive. If someone is brought to justice, it is now up to the judiciary whether the person is guilty or not.
“The president who is part of the executive cannot bring a case to court and then decide for himself by you let the person go free and tell him (canoe) to go free. We adhere to the rule of law.
“When Kanu was arrested again, we warned that he should not be tried out of court; we said he should be tried under the law and now we find it strange that someone who has been charged is released without trial. ”
Buhari will be charged with nepotism if he does releases arrested shepherds
The ACF clerk went on to say that Igbo leaders would accuse President Buhari of nepotism if he began to release shepherds caught for cruel crimes .
“If Buhari starts to release shepherds who are caught molesting people, they would complain that he it does because he is a Fulani man but now they are pressuring him to release an Igbo man who was also caught molesting other Nigerians. It’s not right. “
Yawe said that the ACF as a group is” totally against any form of amnesty “, regardless of person or group.
Nigerians disagree with Buhari talking about the release of Nnamdi Kanu
While some advised the President not to interfere by releasing Kanu, others believe that the release of the Biafra secession agitators is a welcome development.
In response, Okehi Fatimah Zahara said:
“Better tell the president not to get in interfere with the work of the judiciary, make each government organ work independently. After his term in office he should leave no room for bad references. Buhari will leave the presidency by God’s grace in 2023 and Nigeria as a country will remain after his departure. People watch whatever he’s writing down now, others are ready to give references. “