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Release Nnamdi Kanu Now! – Soludo, Pat Utomi Leads Igbo Leaders to Abuja, Demands Release of IPOB Leader

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While addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, a Pan Igbo group – Nzuko Umunna – has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately release the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The former Central Bank (CBN) governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, who led the group, said the Buhari-led federal government must obey court orders in order to release the embattled Kanu.
Soludo who was flanked by Prof.‎ Pat Utomi, Dr. Udenta Udenta and other Igbo professionals also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of abandoning its social contract with Nigerians.
It was reported earlier that a group of prominent Igbo professionals led by the CBN governor, met up with Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the IPOB in prison.
The group would later converged for a press conference at Chelsea hotel in Abuja by 3:00pm today, to relay the feedback of their visit.
Delivering the statement of the group in Abuja on Tuesday, Soludo said; “We are a delegation of Nzuko Umunna, a pan-Igbo group. We visited Nnamdi Kanu to hear his own point of view as well as share our own point of view with him.
 
“We believe that Nigeria has the potential to be great, and like most countries has its own challenges. Nigeria has never been more divided than now. Most discerning patriots have come to the conclusion that Nigeria as currently structured is destined to be a failed state‎.
 
“It is our considered view that most of the agitation is in response to a looting elite. We do not condone violence. We note that in 2015 Nigerians voted for change. As the ruling party, the APC has it a duty to deliver to the Nigerian people.
 
“So far, APC seems to have abandoned its cardinal duty to Nigeria. We are in a state of emergency at all levels. We demand the urgent release of Nnamdi Kanu, and his colleagues as part of the process of engineering a new Nigeria.
 
“No citizen of Nigeria deserves the treatment that is being meted to Nnamdi Kanu and his colleagues‎. Nnamdi Kanu is not above the law, and he should not be put below the law.”
Soludo also cited cases in which the government failed to release Kanu despite court orders as an example of how he had been put below the law.
Prof. Utomi‎, who responded to questions on behalf of the group, spoke against the secret trial of Kanu, saying “it has no basis at all”.
Utomi said the group would approach the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the matter if it became necessary.
‎”We will do everything that is necessary, we will internationalise the issue. When you incarcerate Nnamdi Kanu, it is not he that is incarcerated but the people of conscience. We are asking that all citizens get a fair share under the law. We are looking at the genuine reform of Nigeria
 
“We are going to be consistent. We will keep engaging all stakeholders on a global level. It is time we keep talking about these things.”

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