UK-based counsel to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Bruce Fein, has written an open letter to Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu to reinstate his call for the immediate release of Kanu from detention.
In the open letter which was addressed to the President on recently, Fein said Tinubu needed to intervene in the detention of Kanu and ensure instant compliance with the order of the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on the Arbitrary Detention for the unconditional release of Kanu.
Fein urged Tinubu not to follow the footsteps of Muhammadu Buhari, who ignored the call for Kanu’s release, and hoped that the new government would be more willing to agree to a peaceful settlement.
Also, the American lawyer accused Buhari and his administration of exemplifying “lawlessness, including the unlawful attempted assassination, kidnapping and torture of Nnamdi Kanu” before his recapture by the Nigerian State.
Part of the letter read: “On multiple occasions, the Nigerian government denied me the right to meet with my client or to be present in the courtroom to observe Nnamdi Kanu’s proceedings and to consult but not to act as a licensed Nigerian practitioner.
“You confront a choice between becoming a firefight or being the fire. The former would crown you with a possible Nobel Prize. The latter could consign you to Dante’s Seve Circles of Hell as portrayed in his Divine Comedy.
“You would become a firefighter by immediately ending the criminal, illegal detention of Nnamdi Kanu as ordered by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Nigeria’s Court of Appeal over a year ago,” he wrote.
“Nnamdi Kanu is every bit or more the leader of Biafrans as Nelson Mandela was for South Africa’s blacks.
“He is fighting for a referendum to save his people from extinction at the hands of herdsmen terrorists and the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“Kanu and his group have the right to peacefully agitate for self-determination under international conventions.
“I am urging you to chart a new course towards a peaceful resolution of the contention between Kanu and the Nigerian State.
“History waits on you to do the right thing and earn your place of pride on its sacred pages.”
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