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Mr. Femi Adesina who is a former spokesman to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, has opened up how that the former president stopped the elimination of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), from his hideout in 2021.
Adesina pointed out the then government had the option of eliminating Kanu but Buhari prevented such a move.
This was contained in Adesina’s book: “Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015-2023),” which was launched in Abuja last week.
He said Buhari did Kanu a favour by allowing his extradition to Nigeria.
Adesina said the former president disclosed this during his meeting with some Igbo delegation under the aegis of ‘Highly-Respected Igbo Greats’.
He quoted Buhari as telling the delegation: “In the past six years, I have developed a system where in which I don’t interfere with the judiciary. That was why in the case of Kanu, I said the best was to subject him to the system.
“Let him make his case in court instead of giving a terrible impression of the country from outside.
“I feel it is a favour to give him (Kanu) that opportunity. Government could have mobilized to eliminate him where he was, but we did not do that.”
The Eastern Updates recalls that in June 2021, Kanu was subjected to extraordinary rendition from Kenya to continue his trial for terrorism.
This followed the decision of the IPOB leader to breach his bail conditions and escape from Nigeria.
In the said Book, Adeshina also revealed that barely six months after being sworn in as Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari’s plane nearly crashed with him and his aides in November 2015.
Buhari is said to have been travelling to the Island of Malta to attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government when the plane ran into frightful turbulence that persisted for a long time.
The report said the turbulence was so severe that when the plane eventually landed in Malta, a deeply terrified President Buhari queried the pilot: “What kind of landing is this?” and the pilot had to tender an apology to the President and the other troubled passengers.