IPOB: I Can’t Release Nnamdi Kanu, He Should Defend Himself In Court – Buhari

Following the arrest and detention of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly stated that Kanu should defend himself in court for peddling false information about his regime while he was overseas.

Buhari made this known on Wednesday night in an interview on Channels Television.

According to the president, “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.”

He noted, “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.”

 Buhari was asked if there could be a political solution and he answered “There is a possibility of a 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 against our country and thinking that you would not account for what you have been doing. Let him account for what he has been doing.”

This is coming after some respected Igbo elders visited the president on the 19th of November, 2021 to request for an unconditional release of Kanu, in which the president said he would consider their demand.



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