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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

World Igbo Congress urges Nigerian Govt to release Nnamdi Kanu, embrace political solution

World Igbo Congress urges Nigerian Govt to release Nnamdi Ka

In a strongly worded letter addressed to President Bola Tinubu, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abass, the World Igbo Congress (WIC) has called on the Nigerian government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as a gesture of goodwill and a step towards national healing.

The letter, signed by WIC Chairman, Sir Festus Okere, and Secretary General, Sir Chris Ogara, highlights the case of Nnamdi Kanu as a reflection of a larger, more systemic issue that confronts not only Nigeria but nations worldwide - the struggle for self-determination and the response it provokes from the state apparatus.

The WIC urged the government to embrace a political solution, stating that releasing Nnamdi Kanu would be a significant step towards addressing the underlying issues driving the agitation for self-determination. The letter also appealed to the judiciary to uphold the tenets of fair trial and justice without bias or influence.

Furthermore, the WIC called on the people to stand together for the principles of fairness, equality under the law, and the right to self-determination. The letter emphasized that the case of Nnamdi Kanu is not just an isolated incident but a symptom of a broader issue that requires a comprehensive and inclusive approach.

It reads in part, “Today, World Igbo Congress writes to you to discuss a matter of grave concern, a scenario that tests the very foundations of our beliefs in fairness, justice, and the rule of law. The case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not just an isolated incident but a reflection of a larger, more systemic issue that confronts not only Nigeria but nations worldwide—the struggle for self-determination and the response it provokes from the state apparatus.

“To the government, we say: Embrace a political solution. Release Nnamdi Kanu as a gesture of goodwill and a step towards national healing. To the judiciary, we urge: Uphold the tenets of fair trial and justice without bias or influence. And to the people, we appeal: Stand together for the principles of fairness, equality under the law, and the right to self-determination."

The WIC's letter comes at a time when tensions are high in the Southeast region, with many calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and an end to the military crackdown on IPOB members. The Nigerian government has been accused of human rights abuses and suppression of dissenting voices, allegations it has repeatedly denied.

The WIC's appeal for a political solution and the release of Nnamdi Kanu is seen as a significant intervention in the ongoing crisis, and many are watching to see how the government will respond to this call for dialogue and reconciliation.

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