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Nnamdi Kanu’s health: Buhari warns of disastrous consequences if anything happens to IPOB leader



The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari immediately and unconditionally release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

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The group says the President should stick to his word at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and respect the rule of law with regard to Nnamdi Kanu.

The head of HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said in a statement that Buhari should arrange for Kanu’s release on bail in view of the IPOB leader’s deteriorating health.

The human rights group warned the Presidency, stressing that should anything untoward happen to the Abia-born agitator, it would spell doom for the country.

The human rights group is of the view that Kanu has been held in the custody of the Department of State Services in Abuja for over 14 months without bail since his alleged abduction from Kenya.

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the IPOB leader’s lead lawyer, had last week raised the alarm that the DSS was patronising a substandard local pharmacy to buy drugs for Kanu, who is allegedly suffering from excruciating pains caused by a gastrointestinal disorder.

HURIWA said, “The heinous report by the lead counsel for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on the condition of his client in the custody of the Department of State Services is altogether disturbing and alarming.

“We need the rule of law, an end to the crude and primitive treatment of detainees and the release of Kanu on health grounds to prevent anything from happening to him in detention, such as death, as he has an almost messianic following worldwide.”

At the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, President Buhari had promised that he would leave a legacy that respected and upheld constitutional democracy and the rule of law.

“The President claimed he was committed to strengthening democracy in Nigeria when he addressed world leaders in New York on Wednesday, but he does not respect freedom of expression, which is a fundamental principle of constitutional democracy and which the current administration has accused Kanu of violating on social media,” HURIWA said.

HURIWA pointed out that Sunday Igboho of the Yoruba nation was granted bail on health grounds by a Benin Republic court some months ago and wondered why Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja was delaying the IPOB leader’s bail application.


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