President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected Igbos elders request to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB that was rearrested in June last year after jump bail condition and escape to London in 2018.
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Kenya after three years in exiles and was extradiated to Nigeria.
Since then, he is under DSS custody.
Some Igbo elders led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, November last year visited the President in Aso Rock and requested the unconditional release of the detained secessionist leader.
During the visit on November 19, 2021, Buhari had told them he would not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary but said he would consider their demand though “a heavy one.”
But speaking on Wednesday night during the television interview, the President said, “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.
“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.”