The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The President had said he would consider the request of Igbo leaders who visited him last week and begged for his release.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, CNG spokesperson, said northerners will hold Buhari responsible for “the blood of its people unlawfully shed through the activities of Kanu”.
According to Suleiman, between 2017 and 2020, Kanu allegedly ordered the killings of about 1,230 northerners living in various parts of Nigeria, as well as the destruction of several million dollars worth of companies, residences, and precious assets belonging to northerners.
“Several millions worth of businesses, properties and valuable assets belonging to northerners and citizens of other regions were destroyed across the south-eastern cities on the instructions of Nnamdi Kanu within the same period,” he said.
The CNG spokesman also alleged that Kanu and his group had killed over 400 security personnel.
The statement reads further, “Any attempt by the president to accede to the demand to release, without prosecuting and punishing Kanu, will inadvertently reduce Nigeria to a completely lawless state where criminals of all shades will commit crimes against the country, and then ask their traditional rulers and other regional or tribal leaders to press for their release.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.