Concerned Advocates for Good Governance (CAGG) National Coordinator Olusegun Bamgbose has demanded President Muhammadu Buhari to release self-determination advocates Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho to the Southern Governors.
Nnamdi Kanu is now in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) after being rearrested in Kenya a few weeks ago and escorted back to Nigeria, while Sunday Gboho was detained in Benin Republic on Monday night and is being held in Cotonou.
Sunday Igboho is a key supporter for the Oduduwa Republic, whereas Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
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Bamgbose stated that the country is unquestionably at a crossroads in its political history, and that the future appears to be unpredictable, warning that stakeholders must exercise extreme caution to avoid disintegration, as Nigeria’s union has never been so fragile.
“The fact is that agitation becomes necessary and legitimate in any corner of the world where there is unfair treatment, injustice, and inequity. You can’t force someone to fall where you want them to fall,” the senior lawyer and presidential candidate for 2023 observed.
“We can’t claim to be one nation if there’s blatant tribal or clan discrimination. Agitation is a normal response to events in society.
“The Igbos have always complained about being heavily marginalized in the scheme of things, while the Yorubas are angry that Fulani herders are kidnapping their people, rapping their women, destroying their farms, and killing them. The one million naira question begging for answers is: how has President Buhari addressed these critical issues?”
“President Buhari cannot claim to be the father of the nation if he treats certain people like sacred cows while treating others like sacrificial lambs.
“It’s possible that clamping down on agitators won’t have a favorable outcome in the long term. The problems must be resolved. Even though I will never support any sort of armed resistance, one would expect President Buhari to take action in response to the agitators’ concerns.
“Jailing the agitators will not put an end to the agitation; rather, it would exacerbate it. I anticipate the Southern Governors to rise to the challenge and secure Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo’s release as soon as practicable.
“This problem can be handled in eight weeks. President Buhari should also be willing to release them to the governors of the South. Healing, not victimization, is what our country requires.
“If Buhari mishandles this problem, his government will suffer and will be listed in the international community’s black book.
“President Buhari should hold talks with the governors of the southern states and hand over the two agitators to them. This, I believe, would demonstrate to all Nigerians and the rest of the world that he is a leader to be reckoned with.
“He should also investigate their complaints and address them objectively. If President Buhari meets with Kanu, Igboho, and the Southern Governors at the Presidential Villa to fix this issue once and for all, it would be a good idea. “All the best to our President.”