Former Nigerian Senator, Samuel Anyanwu has challenged south east governors of Igbo extraction, traditional rulers, religious and political leaders in the South East to unite against injustice meted out on the zone. He further stated that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), remains innocent of the whole allegations leveled against him by the Nigerian government until a competent court of higher jurisdiction proves otherwise.
Senator Anyanwu, who represented Owerri Senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly, made this known in a statement issued on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media, Ikenna Onuoha. While condemning the height of insecurity and unjust arrest of innocent citizens in the South East zone, Senator Anyanwu enjoined south east governors of Igbo extraction to urgently wade into the matter to dialogue with the Federal Government in order to fast-track the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, stated that following the arrest of the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB ), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Nigerian Government, I call on South East Governors to unite against injustice meted out at the zone.”
The statement reads in part; “I appealed to Igbo leaders not to shy away from identifying with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, maintaining that so far, no court in the land has convicted him of any offense and as such he is innocent and should not be abandoned.”
Senator Anyanwu therefore urged the Igbos to toe the same line of action the Yoruba leaders adopted in defending their own, Mr Sunday Igboho, pointing out that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest should not scare anyone away from speaking against marginalization of the zone by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to his words and I read; “When the Igbo begin to desert their own to incarcerate in the prison, strangers will seize to accord respect to them. All hands must be on deck irrespective of political affiliations to ensure the speedy release of one of our very own brother Mazi Nnamdi kanu. As an Igbo man, no way shall we deny him even if convicted”.
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