Release Nnamdi Kanu if your apology to Nigerians is genuine – IPOB tells Buhari

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The special counsel to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s plea for forgiveness from those he might have hurt.

Ejimakor, who criticised Buhari’s self-determination policy, saying it led to extrajudicial killings of agitators, challenged the President to order the release of Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), if his apology is to be taken as genuine.

Kanu’s lawyer disclosed this via a Twitter post on Saturday, in reaction to Buhari’s apology to Nigerians, begging for forgiveness of those he had hurt.

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Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June 2021 after President Buhari-led Nigerian government arrested him in Kenya and returned to Nigeria for continuation of his trial on treasonable felony and terrorism charges leveled against him by the government.

However, the Nigerian Court of Appeal in its judgment in October 2022 discharged and acquitted the Southeast secessionist group leader and ordered his immediate and unconditional release from detention.

But the Nigerian government objected to the appellate court’s ruling and appealed the judgment at the Supreme Court while Kanu remained in detention.

On Friday, President Buhari asked Nigerians that feel hurt by his actions or policies to pardon him, because “we are all humans.”

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The president had said, “Having been a Governor, Minister and the President twice, I think God has given us an incredible opportunity to serve as your president. And I thank God for that. So, please whoever feels I have done wrong to, we are all humans.

“There is no doubt I hurt some people and I wish you will pardon me. And those that think that I have hurt them so much, please pardon me.”

Reacting, Ejimakor said, “Dear President Muhammadu Buhari. Your policy on self-determination led to extrajudicial killings, detentions, torture and an infamous extraordinary detention.

“Prove that your apology is genuine by freeing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and all detained on account of self-determination.”

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