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Umuahia - The Ibeku Youth Association has issued a strong call for the immediate and unconditional release of their kinsman, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

In a communique jointly signed by the National President, Mr. Martins Chiedozie Nwosu, and the National Secretary, Mr. Chibuzor Onwukamuche, and read to the press by Mr. Nwosu at Isieke, the Ibeku ancestral home in Umuahia, the association expressed deep sadness over Kanu's prolonged detention. The group highlighted that his continued incarceration persists despite court rulings that have ordered his release, at least on bail.

"It saddens our hearts, as peace-loving and law-abiding citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that one of us – our own dearest brother - Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has long been detained and incarcerated by the DSS in Abuja, despite court rulings to release him," the communique stated.

The Ibeku youths emphasized that Kanu has been a steadfast advocate for truth, equity, and justice for the Igbo tribe and the Eastern region of Nigeria, likening his struggle to that of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. They argued that his detention has become unbearable for his kinsmen and has contributed to insecurity in the Eastern part of Nigeria.

The association pointed out that other activists, such as Omoyele Sowore and Sunday Igboho, who faced similar charges, have been released by the Federal Government. They appealed to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to extend the same consideration to Kanu. The youths believe that such a gesture would reinforce the national unity espoused in the Nigerian National Anthem, which emphasizes unity despite ethnic and linguistic differences, and would help restore peace in the Eastern region.

"We remind our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, that Messrs. Sowore and Igboho, who were also charged with similar offences, have all been released and discharged by the Federal Government of Nigeria. We, therefore, pray that our dear President extends this same gesture to our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu," the communique added.

The Ibeku Youth Association also called on key political figures, including Governor Alex Otti, Senator Austin Akobundu (Senator representing Abia Central), and Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu (Deputy Speaker, Federal House of Representatives), to support efforts for Kanu's release.

They urged the Ohaneze Ndigbo to advise political commentator Reno Omokri to moderate his statements regarding Kanu’s situation and implored politicians to refrain from politicizing his detention, instead working objectively towards his release.

The appeal by the Ibeku youths underscores the ongoing tension and calls for justice and peace in the Eastern part of Nigeria, highlighting the broader implications of Kanu’s detention on national unity and security.


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