The chief of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima has mentioned the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu shouldn’t be launched.
According to him, Kanu should face the wrath of the legislation for his alleged atrocities towards the Nigerian state.
Shettima mentioned Kanu has dedicated extra atrocious injury to the nation than any particular person or group since after the Nigerian Civil War that lasted 30 months.
After the civil warfare, Nigeria has had the misfortune of getting army dictators together with retired Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and the late Gen. Sani Abacha.
The nation has additionally been terrorised by Boko Haram, ISWAP and extra not too long ago bandits, who’ve killed 1000’s of individuals and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.
But in keeping with Shettima, releasing Kanu will additional compound the safety challenges within the nation and adversely have an effect on President Muhammadu Buhari’s authorities.
The Northern group chief made these remarks following Buhari’s promise to contemplate releasing the IPOB chief following a go to by some Igbo leaders to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Buhari had made the remarks throughout a gathering with some South-East leaders below the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi on the State House, Abuja.
Amaechi pleaded with the president to launch Kanu, reasonably than go for a army choice.
But, Shettima confused that Kanu’s launch would undermine what he has finished to Nigeria because the IPOB chief.
Shetitima’s submission means that the abortion of democracy, clampdown on the press and civil rights societies, and killing of pro-democracy figures by the Abacha regime together with actions of terrorist teams had been milder in comparison with Kanu’s name for self-determination for the South-East folks.
There have additionally been lethal assaults on farmers and communities by suspected herders and bandits.
“There is the potential of undermining the implications of what this man (Nnamdi Kanu) did to the nation and by implication, if he’s allowed to go unpunished, it could be sending the unsuitable message. Nobody within the historical past of this nation has finished extra injury to this nation for the reason that civil warfare than this younger man.” Shettima told DailyPost.
“If at the end of the day, they allow him to go unpunished after what he has done, the implication is that nobody will ever commit any offence of this nature and be punished because everybody will always refer to him.
“And this means that the constitution is automatically suspended in the country. This means that some people can just commit any crime at the expense of over 200 million Nigerians and get away with it. Somebody can kill, pronounce killing and still get away with it; then what is the essence of condemning people to death for killing, murder when compared to what this man (Kanu) did?
“This is just a way of undermining the laws of our land, and indirectly they are saying the government of the day can be easily influenced. This means somebody can commit any offence and then come to Buhari or any other government after this and seek forgiveness.”
The AYCF National President also described Kanu as not remorseful for his actions.
He added, “This man is not even remorseful, indirectly, it’s like the government is begging him to continue with what he’s doing, and he would go unpunished.
“The consequence is that, if he is allowed to go unpunished, we would end up having millions of Kanu rising, even, if he decides not to go ahead with further actions.
“If he is allowed to go, he (Kanu) will come out boasting that he did not beg to be released. He is not remorseful and there is nothing to show he regrets his actions, and anybody can do such and get away with it; we are not in Banana Republic for God’s sake.
“The law must take its full course and I hope it’s not what I’m thinking because nobody has done the kind of damage this man has done to this country; and up till date, we have not recovered from the consequences of what he has done to this country, we are watching.
“If we allow him to go unpunished, then we are saying that the country should produce millions of him. With him alone, look at the damage he has done to his region, but for us in the North, we would ensure he has no sympathiser.
“Nobody is saying he should be dealt with without committing any crime, but if he is found wanting; then he should be made to face the consequences of his actions since the matter is in court.”