The Igbo apex socio-political group, Ohanaeze-Ndigbo, has warned the Federal Government against the move to revoke the bail granted the pro-Biafra agitator, Nnamdi Kanu, on the grounds that he breached the conditions for his bail.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), the separatist group led by Kanu, and a former Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Roland Owie, joined Ohanaeze-Ndigbo to reject the government move. The development came on a day Arewa youths, who withdrew their quit notice to Igbo people living in the North, said their action was to honour President Muhammadu Buhari. Meanwhile, the youths said the goal of the quit notice had been achieved as notable Igbo leaders have disowned the “mad (pro-Biafra) agitation coming from the South-East”.
The Federal Government had, on Friday, asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to revoke the bail granted Kanu, who is being prosecuted alongside others on treasonable felony charges. The government alleged acts of serial violation of the bail conditions imposed on the pro-Biafran leader by the court. It explained that instead of the IPoB leader to use the opportunity of his bail to attend to his health needs, as pleaded before the court granted him bail, Kanu went ahead to inaugurate a security outfit known as Biafra Security Service, saying this constituted a threat to national security.
The Ohanaeze-Ndigbo, in a response to the government move, yesterday, said it was provocative, biased and a breach of the Constitution. The President of the Igbo group, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, in a statement, noted that the Attorney General of the Federation looked the other way when some Arewa youths committed what was akin to treason by breaching the rights of other citizens and when they withdrew their quit notice did so on qualified terms. He said although he and many Igbo leaders did not agree with the persuasions of Kanu, he, nonetheless, maintained, in a statement that the AGF got it wrong.
Ohanaeze’s Statement “It has just been brought to my notice that the Attorney-General of the Federation has approached the court to incarcerate Nnamdi Kalu for flouting his bail conditions. “I am amazed that the distinguished attorney is prepared to contest the superiority of the provisions of the Constitution on fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and freedom of association over an erroneous judicial proclamation violating those rights. I am equally miffed by the audacity with which the Attorney-General displays his bias without regard to his oath of office.
“A few hours ago under the watchful eyes of the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and in total defiance of the Head of State’s proclamation of the rights of a citizen of Nigeria to live anywhere in Nigeria and to do business anywhere in Nigeria, the Arewa Youths, pretending to withdraw their quit notice gave qualifications to the Head of State’s proclamation, issuing conditions for enjoyment of citizenship status. “These same Arewa youths are supposed to have been arrested on the orders of the Governor of Kaduna State and the Inspector General of Police for acts of treason, conversion and sedition. As the Chief Law Officer of the Federation, the Attorney-General looks the other way. He does not go to court to seek an order of arrest or prosecution”.
Nwodo pointed out that Kanu, as a citizen of Nigeria, was free to hold any point of view, no matter how displeasing to anyone, so long as they were not inciting or provoking any criminal activities.