President Muhammadu Buhari says the leader of the outlawed indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, should defend himself in court for spreading false information about his regime while abroad.
Buhari said this in an interview that aired Wednesday night on Channels Television.
Recall that some well-respected Igbo- Elders under the direction of the Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, visited the President in Aso Rock and called for the unconditional release of the imprisoned Secession Leader.
During the visit on Sept. On November 11th, 2021, Buhari told them he did not want to interfere in the judiciary, but said he would consider their claim “difficult”.
But on Wednesday night during of the television interview, The President s agte: “There is one institution that I would not interfere in, that is the judiciary, Kanu’s case is with the judiciary, but I wonder when Kanu was safe in Europe, abused this government and mentioned too many things. I thought he would like to come and defend himself against the allegations.
“So we are giving him the opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to abuse us from Europe, like he’s not a Nigerian. Let him come here with us and then criticize us here. Nigerians know that I don’t intervene in the judiciary, let him hear it. But those who say he should be released, no , we cannot release him. “
When asked about the possibility of a political solution, Buhari said:” There is a possibility of a political solution. If people behave, everything well and good, but you cannot go to a foreign country and keep sending false economic and security problems (sic) against our country thinking that you would not be held accountable for what you have done for what he did. “
Kanu, 54 from the state of Abia, was arrested for the first time in 2017 for calling for the Southeast Zone to be separated from the Nigerian state.
However, he jumped on bail in June 2018 before going to the UK, despite saying he fled because his life in Nigeria was no longer safe.
After about three years abroad, the Federation Prosecutor General Abubakar Malami (SAN) announced at a press conference in Abuja on June 29, 2021 that the IPOB leader had been arrested again in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria, despite Kanu’s lawyers saying he was arrested again in Kenya and brought to Nigeria.
When he was arrested again in June 2021, Kanu was arrested again – before Judge Binta Nyako on terrorist charges brought by the AGF – Bureau raised against him. Kanu has since been held in custody by the Department of State Services in Abuja, while his trial continues on January 18, 2022.