Release Nnamdi Kanu as parting gift to Ndigbo – Ibe begs Buhari
The newly appointed member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide
Advisory Council, Prof Gregory Ibe has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari
to hearken to several calls from many eminent Nigerians and release Mazi Nnamdi
Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
He said that doing so could become a parting gift to Ndigbo
and will also carve Buhari a place in the Igbo Hall of Fame.
Ibe made the appeal in a personal letter titled, “Passionate
Intercession For Compassionate Release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”.
The founder of Gregory University, Uturu, who said that
Ndigbo had been contributing to the development of Nigeria, however, said that
Kanu’s prolonged detention had exacerbated the deep-seated disillusionment in
the minds of the Igbos about the way they are valued or treated in Nigeria.
“While I acknowledge that there have been concerns regarding
some of his actions, inactions and rhetoric, it is essential to remember that
dialogue and engagement are preferable to protracted detention for addressing
“By releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, you have the chance to
demonstrate magnanimity, statesmanship, and to cultivate an inclusive attitude
among the Igbo people.
“It would demonstrate that, under your leadership, the
Nigerian government values the concerns and aspirations of all its citizens,
regardless of ethnicity”, Ibe said
He reminded President Buhari that the release of Kanu would
promote national healing, reconciliation, and unity as Nigeria proceeds
forward, saying that it would also help in constructing a stronger and
prosperous Nigerian nation, as well as address growing unrest in certain
regions of the country.
He recalled how citizens like Asari Dokubo, Government
Tompolo and Sunday Igboho, who upon release from detention, have integrated and
realigned themselves back to the societal task of nation building.
He said they were now promoting peace in their regions and
urged the outgoing President to release Kanu for peace to reign in the
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