Now That Nnamdi Kanu Is Free

Nnamdi Kanu Is Free


Reports are all over town that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been discharged by a three man panel of Appeal Court Judges. I think, those who have kept faith with Afara ukwu man deserve my heartfelt congratulations.

The Federal Government has to lick its wounds of defeat for “executive recklessness” and should let the young man walk free. The beauty of democracy is the rule of law, and no matter how some of us might feel about the activities and utterances of the IPOB leader, it must be conceded that the Buhari led FG made Nnamdi Kanu into the hero he is today, and they have to live with the reality of his power and influence across the political landscape of the entire Igbo land and across Nigeria.

Anyone who broaches the idea of keeping Nnamdi Kanu in detention, one day longer is an enemy of the Buhari administration and Nigeria at large. Nnamdi Kanu is not the only person facing charges of terrorism or felony who will be freed, there are thousands of Boko Haram terrorists who are being secretly released from detention everyday, and Nnamdi Kanu, even though he made some very inciting statements that could be understood to have encouraged violence, never fired a single bullet anywhere in Nigeria.

For Nnamdi Kanu, this victory should afford him an opportunity to solidify his leadership position in the Southeast and his influence in the entire Nigeria. This is the time for him to take up the space with great leaders like Nelson Mandela, the Lai Lama, Ghandi and others in that category. Be at the forefront of restoring peace in the Southeast and disavow anyone who continues on the path of violence. This opportunity comes once in a hundred years.

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You may not become partisan, but you must get involved in the real political leadership. You must exploit the passion and loyalty of your many supporters, for good. I would have personally advised that you form an alliance with a political Party, after extracting some commitments from that Party, but those very close to you might think otherwise.


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