Stop politicising Nnamdi Kanu’s release, MASSOB tells S’East govs


Ikenna Obianeri, Awka

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has asked the governors in the South-East to stop politicising the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The MASSOB founder and leader of the Biafra Independence Movement, Ralph Uwazuruike, in a viral video on Saturday, faulted the way governors and senators from the South-East region are “politicising” Kanu’s release.

Kanu has been in DSS detention since his rendition from Kenya in 2021.

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Uwazuruike, who faulted the South-East politicians, said that even President Bola Tinubu does not have the absolute powers to order Kanu’s immediate release without seeking advice from the National Security Adviser.

In a statement also made available to journalists on Saturday and signed by the group’s Director of Information, Chris Mocha, Uwazuruike said, “It was not the Attorney General of the Federation, who is a Federal Government lawyer or the President, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces that is holding Kanu, but the security chiefs.

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“Rather than meet the service chiefs, including the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, and Chief of Defence Staff, the approach being taken by the governors and senators from the zone is faulty.”

Uwazuruike advised the governors of the region to meet the NSA with a convincing security report on why Kanu needs to be freed, stressing that once this is done, the IPOB leader would certainly be released the next day.

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He stated that rather than meeting the National Security Adviser, who usually advises the President based on his available security report from South East, the governors and senators were busy “hobnobbing in Abuja taking photographs and claiming to be working for his possible release without following the proper procedures”.

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