The South East Caucus in the Senate has pleaded with the federal government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In a statement released in Abuja on Thursday, the caucus urged the Federal Government to comply with the Appeal Court’s judgment ordering Kanu’s immediate release.
It further recommended that the Federal Government should not appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court.
For the sake of national unity and the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians, the caucus urged the presidency to make use of the opportunity afforded by the Appeal Court’s judgment and consider a political solution to the Kanu/IPOB dispute.
It cautioned, however, that going to the Supreme Court might spark divergent interpretations, which would be detrimental to the nation’s unity and corporate existence.
The statement reads in part, “We should be mindful of our diversity and the strengths we as a country derive there from. This is the time to show magnanimity and statesmanship. The Appeal Court has provided the leeway for the authorities to walk the talk as ones desirous of preserving Nigeria’s unity and respect for her diversity.
“Not appealing the matter and resorting to political solution will in no way question the enormous powers of the federal government, rather it would enhance its prestige as a government in love with all segments of the Nigerian society.
“Accordingly, we as a Caucus and stakeholders in the Nigeria project appeal to Mr. President, to remember the promise he made to a delegation of elders of Igboland sometime ago and release Nnamdi Kanu, especially now that the Appeal Court by that ruling removed the burden of interference from him. Going on Appeal would ultimately negate that kind gesture,” the caucus stated.
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (Majority Whip), Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Minority Whip), Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator Uche Ekwunife (Iyom), Senator Stella Oduah, Senator Sam Egwu, and Senator Obinna Ogba are among those who have signed the declaration (Ochendo).
Senators Chimaroke Nnamani, Micheal Nnachi, Onyewuchi Ezenwa, Rochas Okorocha, Frank Ibezim, and Patrick Ifeanyi Uba are the others.