Top Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned the Federal Government of Nigeria against leaving the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to die in Directorate of State Services (DSS) custody.
This came after his brother Emmanuel Kanu and attorney Ifeanyi Ejiofor raised alarm on Kanu’s health condition after a routine visit at the Department of State Service cell. According to Emmanuel, the Biafra leader is critically ill and has not been granted access to his doctors by the DSS.
Ejiofor disclosed Kanu “is currently suffering from gastrointestinal illness, which necessitates the constant use of antacids and other available medical treatments.”
“The DSS has refused to allow him to have even the smallest amount of prescribed painkiller, which could have given him short-term respite.”
While reacting in a statement titled, “Nnamdi Kanu Must Not Die in Prison,” Ohanaeze said the report was worrisome to any fair-minded patriotic Nigerian.
According to the statement, the group’s President General, Ambassador George Obiozor, has advised President Buhari many times on Kanu’s issue beyond the courts or the using force, stating that it needs a political solution.
The statement read: “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, and several eminent Igbo have repeatedly appealed to the heart of Mr President to release Nnamdi Kanu on the premise of a political solution. The only living legend among those that fought for Nigeria’s independence and the Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, presented the request to Buhari when he visited Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, as his last wish.
“Earlier before that, Mbazulike had also met the President in Aso Rock, Abuja for the same reason. In the interim, common sense will ask – why deny Nnamdi Kanu the necessary access to a medical doctor? This is very curious and raises a lot of questions.
“Finally, it is common knowledge that the incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu has rather contributed to the enormity of insecurity in the South-East and one wonders what will happen if, by the utter carelessness, negligence or unnecessary victimisation, something untoward happens to Nnamdi Kanu.”
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