Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The former CBN governor Soludo made this call in Abuja on Thursday at the presentation of a book entitled, “The Politics of Biafra and the Future of Nigeria,” written by Chudi Offodile.
Soludo, who noted that Kanu was not popular until security agents arrested him last year, recalled that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was imprisoned for treason in the 1960s but that rather than cause him to be hated, made Yoruba people to love him the more.
According to Soludo, the continuous detention of Kanu would only make him a hero or a martyr and none would be able to stop the current Biafran agitation.
He cautioned that if Kanu was not freed, his imprisonment could be used as a campaign tool in 2019, like in the case of the pardoning of Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, which was used by Shehu Shagari to gain support in the 1980s.
Some of the prominent Nigerians at the event include, former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme; former Minister of Transport, Osita Chidoka; Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha.
By Ebere Ndukwu ….
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