Why I can't release Nnamdi Kanu - Buhari

"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," the president said.
Why I can't release Nnamdi Kanu - Buhari
Nnamdi KanuFILE

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has revealed why he can not free the embattled leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

WuzupNigeria reported that the 54-year-old was rearrested in June 2021, three years after his first arrest for demanding the secession of the South-East zone from the Nigerian State in 2017.

Since his extradition last year, two years after he jumped bail in June 2018 before fleeing to the United Kingdom, Kanu has been remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services in Abuja as he face terrorism charges.

However, Buhari revealed why Kanu can not be released during an interview aired on Channels Television on Wednesday night.

The President said, “There is one institution that I wouldn’t interfere with, that is 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.”

When asked about the possibility of a political solution, Buhari said, “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.”

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