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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has challenged President Bola Tinubu to come clean to prove that he is not pursuing ethnic cleansing against Ndigbo by releasing the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally on Friday, the 15th of December, his ruling is slated at the Supreme Court.
A statement by the spokesperson of the group, IPOB on Wednesday also noted that Ndigbo are eager to celebrate the xmas with him after his release.
The statement reads in parts ‘President Ahmed Bola Tinubu and his government have the opportunity to prove to Ndigbo that he is not pursuing an ethnic cleansing agenda by releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from illegal detention by the DSS in the coming days or through the pronouncement of the Apex Court of Nigeria.
‘Ndigbo at home and diaspora are waiting to welcome Mazi Nnamdi Kanu home this December for the Christmas celebration. Whether Nigeria believes it or not, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is the face of Biafra, and Ndigbo nation.
‘His pains are the pains of Biafra, and his joy is the joy of Biafra. The only people who despise Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are the criminals, the kidnappers, the insecurity profiteers, the enemies of peace, and all the enemies of Biafran nation and even Nigeria.
‘Mazi Nnamdi Kanu controls millions of followers across the globe. His lovers and supporters will be very happy if the government of President Tinubu releases him unconditionally on or before the 15th of December 2023’. Powerful said.
Powerful also reiterated that Kanu is not a security threat to Nigeria and should be released unconditionally.
He said ‘It will be ironic that the Nigerian President Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the Supreme Court Justices will hide under the pretence that some interested persons do not want Mazi Nnamdi Kanu released or hide under the bogus claims of National security risk as an excuse not to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
‘As long as the world is concerned, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not a national security threat to Nigeria. He and IPOB have been peaceful, and that is why more than 100 Nations of the world authorized the IPOB movement in their countries.
‘The eyes of the world are on the Supreme Court Justices of Nigeria. Not only Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be on trial on December 15, 2023, but the Nigeria Supreme Court, UN law on Self-determination, African Charter on Human and People’s Right, and International laws on Extradition will also be on trial.
‘The Nigeria Supreme Court will either save the Nigeria Judiciary’s battered image by going by the rule of law on December 15, 2023 or bend to the pressure from men of selfish interest and slide Nigeria into anarchy by endorsing illegality and keeping Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in detention.
‘Moreso, if President Ahmed Bola Tinubu allows himself to be used by saying some people from the Southeast advised him not to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, that means he has outsourced his authority and lacks power as the President of Nigeria.
‘The Supreme Court Justices should do Nigeria and themselves a favor by releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Posterity will be kind to the Justices, who will do the needful and release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a prisoner of conscience.
‘The release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will restore peace in the Eastern Region and give joy to Ndigbo and all Biafrans. But, his continuous persecution and illegal detention will further endanger the safety and security of Nigeria and, in particular, the entire Biafran territory.’