Actor and lawyer, Kanayo O Kanayo, on Wednesday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene, and release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the veteran actor expressed sadness about the heightened insecurity in the southeast region. He also stated that the sit-at-home days is not what residents of the southeast region are happy about, including state actors, saying “even government vehicles are off the road”.
Kanayo made known his thoughts in a video message to President Buhari on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Now-detained Kanu heads IPOB, a group he founded in 2012. IPOB is pressing for the secession of the Igbo ethnic group’s homeland, which covers part of southeast Nigeria. Nigerian authorities view IPOB as a terrorist group.
Kanu previously pleaded not guilty to seven charges including terrorism, calling for secession and knowingly broadcasting falsehoods about President Buhari, but he still has a date in court in April.
Watch Kanayo’s video here.
The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.