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I’ll consider Kanu’s release – Buhari tells Igbo leaders

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PRESIDENT, Muhammadu Buhari today said he will consider an unconditional release for  the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently standing trial for treason, although he said it was a weighty demand from Igbo.

 According to him, the demand runs contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers between the Executive and Judiciary,adding  however, that he will consider it nevertheless.

  Buhari stated this at State House, Abuja. while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and former  Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at the villa.

  Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement entitled, ‘President Buhari to Igbo Leaders: Your Demand for Nnamdi Kanu’s Release is Heavy. I Will Consider It’,affirmed the ptesident’s position.

  Speaking to the delegation led by the 93-year-old statesman, Buhari said “You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious.

  “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.”

  The president while stressing his policy of non-interference with the judiciary, said he decided to hand the IPoB leader to the system after his arrest and return to the country.

  “I said the best thing was to subject him to the system. Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from the outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.”

  The president condoled with Amaechi, who recently buried his wife, praying that her soul would rest in peace.

  The nonagenarian had described the situation in the Southeast as “painful and pathetic,” lamenting that businesses have collapsed, education is crumbling, and a reign of fear.

  He pleaded for a political, rather than military solution, requesting that if Kanu was released to him as the only First Republic Minister still alive, “he would no longer say the things he had been saying,” stressing that he could control him, “not because I have anything to do with IPoB, but I am highly respected in Igboland today.”

  The high powered delegation that visited the president include, former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Methodist Church Bishop, Sunday Onuoha, former President of Igbo socio-cultural group, Aka Ikenga, Goddy Uwazurike and Tagbo Amaechi.

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