President Buhari has ruled out the possibility of releasing the embattled leader of the secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group.
President Muhammadu Buhari has vehemently stated that he would not order the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Speaking on Wednesday night during a pre-recorded interview session aired on Channels Television, the President insisted that Nnamdi Kanu’s case was with the Judiciary and he could not override the judiciary process as it is an independent body. He reiterated that Kanu will remain in detention until he could respond to all charges leveled against him by the Judiciary.
“Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary. There is one institution that I wouldn’t dare interfere with. That’s the judiciary. Kanu’s case is with the judiciary,”President Buhari said.
Commenting further on the issue of constant insecurity in the country, the president accused Nnamdi Kanu of making derogatory and erroneous facts about the country’s economic and security condition over the years especially while he was out of the shores of the country. He therefore argued that Kanu must clear himself of every of such assertions.
“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 your country and thinking that you will never have to account for what you have been doing. Let him account for what he has been doing,” Buhari insisted.
“But what I wonder is when Kanu was simply in Europe, abusing this administration and mentioning too many things, I never thought really he wants to voluntarily come and defend himself on the accusations he has.
“So, we’re giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system and 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 in Nigeria, let him be listened to.
“But people who are saying he should be released, no, we cannot release him.”
Nnamdi Kanu is currently held in DSS custody.