Obey Your Court And Release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Now – Abia PDP tells FG
The Abia PDP received with great joy the news that a Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday October 12, 2022 discharged and acquitted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of the 15-count charge preferred against him by the federal government of Nigeria.
This news is cheering and worth celebrating, coming at a time when Nigeria is in dire need of healing, to necessarily unite the country and harness the benefits of our diversity. The court ruling has also reinforced our belief that the judiciary is all said, the hope of the common man.
Unfortunately, the reports we received regarding the comments of the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami and the National Security Council that the Appeal Court merely discharged Mazi Nnamdi Kanu but did not acquit him and that the federal government is looking for other options to continue to incarcerate him is not welcome.
At a time like this, the best we can do is to urge the federal government to obey the court and show that it has respect for the rule of law which is one of the pillars on which our democracy stands.
Abia PDP recalls gleefully that President Muhammdu had on several occasions said that he will not interfere with the judicial process of the Nnamdi Kanu Trial, and had also told Igbo leaders of thought led by elder statesman, Chief Mbazulike Amechi that he would explore a political solution to the matter.
Having failed in his promise to use a political option to resolve the matter, the insistence by the federal government to continue to keep him even after a court has discharged and acquitted him amounts to double-speak and does not show good faith in our democracy and the continuous existence of our country as one indivisible unit.
Abia PDP wishes to remind the federal government that flagrant display of court orders, especially one that rests on the fundamental issue of Nigeria’s unity only widens our fault lines, deepens our mutual distrust for one another and can never lead to building a united and prosperous nation all of us would be proud of.
We call on the federal government to consider it a matter of urgent national importance and release Mazi Nnamdi Nnamdi Kanu as the court has discharged and acquitted him.
We also call on Abians, the entire Igbo nation and Nigerians to remain steadfast and respectful to the laws of the lands and hope that the federal government would do the right thing in the coming days.
PDP – Power to the People
Hon. Elder Abraham Amah
Abia PDP Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary