The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has mentioned the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu can be above the legislation if he’s launched unconditionally with out going through trial for the terrorism-related prices filed towards him.
The Northern group, subsequently, criticised the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to launch the separatist chief.
ACF acknowledged that Kanu can get a presidential pardon after he has been convicted, however it frowned on the demand for his launch whereas his trial continues to be ongoing.
The National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, mentioned anybody accused of committing a severe crime towards the state ought to be allowed to face the legislation.
He mentioned, “Why should somebody who is accused of serious crimes against the state be released by the executive because his tribal organisation has so demanded? If we start doing that there is no more rule of law again in Nigeria.
“If there is no rule of law, there is no democracy. If the man is convicted, we will understand if there is a plea to the president to grant him a pardon through the prerogative of mercy as stated in the constitution.
“We do not agree that a person accused of serious crimes against the state, the type that this Nnamdi Kanu is accused of should be freed.
“It appears Ohanaeze Ndigbo has always been in support of his activities some of which have cost a lot of lives, including those of security agents.
“If they are not against his alleged crimes, why demand his release without his going through the due process of the law? Is he above the law of the land?”