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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has ruled out the bail option for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu citing several reasons.
He said Kanu, who is currently on trial, was being given every opportunity under the law ‘to justify all the uncomplimentary things said against Nigeria while he was in Britain.’
This was even as he reiterated his commitment to leave office for the next administration in May 2023.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said this at a bilateral meeting with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.
The statement was titled ‘Another term for me? No! The first person who tried it didn’t end very well.’
On notions that Kanu was not allowed to see his lawyers privately, the President said the detained separatist is being given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things he said against Nigeria while he was in Britain.
‘He felt very safe in Britain and said awful things against Nigeria. We eventually got him when he stepped out of the United Kingdom, and we sent him to court. Let him defend all that he said there.’
He said considering Kanu’s jumping of bail earlier, the Federal Government may not consider granting him such a privilege anymore.
Buhari said, ‘His (Kanu’s) lawyers have access to him. Remember he jumped bail before, how are we sure he won’t do it again if he’s admitted to bail?’
On the keenness expressed by the PM to help Nigeria in the area of security, the President said helping to stabilise Libya could be an initial good step, as the fall of Muammar Gaddafi after 42 years in power unleashed his armed guards on countries in the Sahel, ‘and they are causing havoc everywhere, as the only thing they know how to do is to shoot guns.’