Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has hailed the judgement of the Appeal Court on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal in a unanimous verdict on Thursday acquitted Kanu of all terrorism charges against him and thereby discharged him.
In a swift reaction, the National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said the appellate jurists “are men of courage who decided to apply the true letters of the law.”
While describing the judgement as legendary, Okwu said it aligned with the group’s earlier stand that “Nnamdi is a prisoner of conscience who is being held for challenging the injustices against his people. “The worst of it all was his abduction from Kenya which has now been proved to be illegal by the Appellate Court. “We have also consistently said it that IPOB is not a terrorist group but a situation created by obvious marginalization against Ndigbo in the affairs of Nigeria. But rather than address these injustices, the government resorted to clamping down on the agitator, whereas armed terrorists and bandits are being pampered.
“We are glad that the Appeal Court has finally put an end to this unjust trial and persecution. Political solution, as we advocated before, remains the way out of this kind of situation. “Having said this, we urge the Federal Government to immediately comply with this order of the Appeal Court.
“We also urge the government not to consider appealing the judgement but to let it slide for the sake of peace and security of lives and property as the incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has done more harm than good,” Okwu further advised.