ABUJA — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed on Friday plans to grant unconditional pardon to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu as requested by elder statesmen from the South-East.
A group of Highly Honored Igbo Men, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi paid a visit to the number one citizen of the country at State House, Abuja.
Among the delegates are; former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, former President of Igbo socio-cultural group, Aka Ikenga, Goddy Uwazurike, and Tagbo Amaechi.
Buhari said in a statement obtained by Mandy News that he will consider Igbo leaders’ demand and release Nnamdi Kanu.
What Igbo Leaders Told Buhari:
Mbazulike Amaechi promised to warn Kanu over his statements if he is released to him, saying, “he would no longer say the things he had been saying.”
- I control Kanu “not because I have anything to do with IPOB, but I am highly respected in Igboland today.”
- “I don’t want to leave this planet without peace returning to my country.
- I believe in one big, united Nigeria, a force in Africa. Mr. President, I want you to be remembered as a person who saw Nigeria burning, and you quenched the fire.”
What Buhari Said About Nnamdi Kanu Release
Reacting to Mbazulike Amaechi’s request, Buhari said “your demand for Nnamdi Kanu’s release is heavy. I will consider it.”
- “In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary.
- God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with a very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”