Constitutional lawyer Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has begged President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB).
He insisted that his protracted detention would further aggravate the insecurity in the southeast.
He spoke while delivering a lecture at Nnamdi Azikwe University in Awka, Anambra State titled: ‘Nigeria in the throes of insecurity towards 2023:Any panacea?” during the 11th Zik’s lecturer series.
“Nnamdi Kanu is not a separatist, he is fighting a self-determination course that is globally recognised. IPOB didn’t start violent, it was peaceful until September 14 when the army invaded Kanu’s home.
Let me seize this opportunity to beg Mr. President, on bended knees, without prejudice, to release Nnamdi Kanu. We’re not saying he should subvert justice. What will bring peace to the region is not his continued detention,” he added.
Ozekhome described as laughable claims that Nigeria was indivisible, saying those with such claims should better learn from the breakaway Republic of Russia, Ukraine Central Asia, among others.
He regretted that successive leaderships had taken the nation’s unity, indivisibility and indissolubility for granted, stressing the indices that guarantee unity must be nurtured.
The lecture was organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Institution
He said: “I heartily guffaw at times when I hear Nigerian leaders mouth moral platitudes and ineffective liberal disquisitions about the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria.
“I roar with laughter, because, old Russia made the same historical mistake. It was forced to dissolve on December 26, 1991 by declaration No. 142 – H of the Soviet the Republic of the Supreme Soviet.”
While citing the renowned African writer, Prof. Chinua Achebe that Nigeria’s trouble is squarely leadership failure, the guest lecturer added that followership constituted another major outstanding challenge confronting the nation.
He further frowned at the “taking a bow” mantra of the National Assembly members, especially for sensitive positions, describing it as a disaster waiting to happen.