The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, declared that the planned negotiation with the Nigerian federal government will not hold if its incarcerated leader, Nnamdi Kanu is absent from the meeting.
The pro-Biafra secessionists’ demands for the unconditional release of its leader was made known in a statement signed its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, and e-mailed to The Trent. “We are not securing bail for our leader, we are after his freedom,” Powerful declared.
“For Buhari to continue to keep Kanu in custody after a court of competent jurisdiction had granted him (Kanu) bail is enough corruption,” the statement said.
“They don’t know this man called Nnamdi Kanu. They can’t intimidate Kanu by dumping him in prison. He can’t beg anybody for his freedom.
“Instead of our leader to renounce Biafra, he would renounce Nigeria publicly, mark our words.
“We are not after securing bail for our leader; we are after his freedom and freedom for the people of Biafra.
“Even a child born today knows that any attempt to tamper with Nnamdi Kanu’s life will bring about catastrophic consequences.
“Should anything happen to Kanu, Somalia will be a paradise, compared to what will happen in Nigeria.
“We are not asking for anything short of his immediate and unconditional release, as ordered by an Abuja Federal High Court”.
Kanu has been declared a prisoner-of-conscience by a coalition of human rights groups in Nigeria. The coalition, led by Intersociety, says he is being held without trial and because of his peaceful advocacy or the cause of Biafra.