The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that if he does not keep his solemn commitment and free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the now-proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), his integrity and reputation will be jeopardized.
HURIWA reminded President Buhari that it would be disheartening if he failed to keep his word when confronted with an unimpeachable petition for the release of detained Kanu.
President Buhari, according to the group, expressed the greatest optimism to a team from the South East led by First Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, who visited him in Abuja to intervene for the leader of the separatist movement.
It was noted that President Buhari indicated that while he would examine the request for the IPOB leader’s unconditional release, it was a tough demand to make, especially because the case was in court.
HURIWA encouraged President Buhari to give the South East a merry Christmas present by releasing the detained Kanu before Christmas, according to a statement released by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Director of Media, Miss Zainab Yusuf.
According to HURIWA, the release of IPOB’s incarcerated leader will usher in a period of sober contemplation and discussions for a sustainable peace to reign in Nigeria’s South East and the country as a whole.
“People watched President Muhammadu Buhari from all over the World discussing with reputable traditional, non partisan and spiritual leaders of Igboland who visited him to plead for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the President accepted to consider the request.
“But many weeks after, the Prisoner of conscience detained for canvassing for peaceful self determination has not been released. In the Spirit of Christmas we urge President Muhammadu Buhari to release the IPOB leader and to integrate the Igbo speaking population into the top positions in the internal security architecture of the Country to restore a sense of belonging “.