The Nigeria Consultative Forum (NCF) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately release the incarcerated leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The human rights group made the call yesterday in a statement signed by its president, Dede Uzor A, Uzor, in Abuja, the Federal capital.
The right body said the Federal Government of Nigeria should immediately adhere to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Arbitrary and illegal Detention.
They demanded that without further delay Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be set free from DSS facilities in Abuja where he is presently being detained.
The statement said Nigeria is a signatory to all UN protocols, which compels them to obey the decision of UN, stressing that Nigeria therefore should not hesitate in releasing the Biafran leader in compliance with UN decision
The rights group reminded the Federal Government of Nigeria that it had played big roles in the arbitration and resolution of crises in some African countries which again puts burden on it not to fail to abide by the directive of an international organisation like UN.
The group condemned the indifference and insensitivity of President Buhari in releasing Kanu in line with the UN resolution.
It would be recalled that a few months ago, some Igbo Elders led by Chief Mbazulike Amechi, a first Minister of Aviation paid a special visit to the President to appeal to him to release Kanu, in which he promised them to look into the problem with a view to releasing the Biafran agitator.
Unfortunately, these elders’ requests and advice were ignored by the President who allowed Kanu to languish in DSS cell.
His release, said the group, it has also become imperative due to the insecurity in the country which has snowballed to Abuja.
Many of Kanu’s supporters have been expressing fears that terrorists with the active connivance of some elements in the Federal Government can shoot their way into the DSS facility to snuff life out of him, hence the urgent need to release him. Dede Uzor advised.