Buhari to Kanu: We Won't Release You, Defend Your Utterances In Court - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Buhari to Kanu: We Won't Release You, Defend Your Utterances In Court


The Daily Crucible |  Thursday, January 6, 2022

The President Muhammadu Buhari again says he will not interfere with the judiciary process in respect of the 54 - year old  leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, urging the embattled Kanu to defend himself in court for peddling false information about his regime while he was overseas.

Buhari stated this in an interview aired on Channels Television on Wednesday night 

The Daily Crucible recalls that some prominent Igbo elders, including Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, had late last year visited the President in Aso Rock, pleading with him to unconditionally set free the detained secessionist leader.

During the visit in November, Buhari made it clear to the Igbo leaders that he would not want to interfere in the affairs of the judiciary, another arm of government but promised to weigh their demand which he deemed at the time as “a heavy one.”

But speaking on Wednesday night during the Channels television interview monitored by our reporter, the President asked Kanu to go give account of his utterances and actions in court and defend himself there.

He also noted that political solution to Kanu's case or similar matter is possible if only people could adopt good behaviour and give up problematic ones.

“There is one institution that I wouldn’t interfere with, that is the judiciary, Kanu’s case is with the judiciary but what I wonder is when Kanu was safely in Europe, abusing this administration and mentioning too many things, I thought he wants to come and defend himself on the accusations.

“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to be abusing us from Europe as if he was not a Nigerian. Let him come here with us and then criticise us here. Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary, let him be listened to. But those who are saying that he should be released, no, we cannot release him.

“There is a possibility of political solution. If people behave themselves, all well and good but you can’t go to a foreign country and keep on sending incorrect economic and security problems (sic) against our country and thinking that you would not account for what you have been doing. Let him (Kanu) account for what he has been doing," Buhari said.

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