The South East Revival Group (SERG) has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately abide by the resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in order to prevent the opening of a new front in the country’s ongoing civil war. This is especially important given the current level of insecurity in the majority of the nation.
The Nigerian and Kenyan governments were recently indicted by the UN for Kanu’s extraordinary rendition, torture, and ongoing incarceration without due process.
As a result, the UN concurred and advised the Federal Government to free Kanu without conditions right away.
However, the SERG called on the government to be responsible and reasonable in managing the UN’s proposals as part of the bitter pills Nigeria must chew to minimize armed conflict in the nation in a statement signed by its president and national coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu, over the weekend.
The statement read in part, “For the United Nations to ask the Federal Government to pay adequate compensation for the arbitrary violation of the fundamental human rights of Nnamdi Kanu, it then becomes clear that the world body has found grave infractions in the process of rendition and detention of the IPOB leader.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari administration must be proactive enough to immediately free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and open a channel for addressing the root causes of the renewed Biafran agitations in the South East in the general interest of peace, security and national integration.
“The Federal Government must learn lessons from the unfortunate but avoidable insurgency in the North East, which has spread to other parts of the country and escalated as a result of the arbitrary killing of the Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf.
“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and open a channel for dialogue with aggrieved citizens, not only in the South East but across the country, in order to find lasting peace in the country.
“This has become expedient as the Nigerian security forces will eventually be overwhelmed if avoidable war fronts are opened in all parts of the country, which will be inimical to national peace and development.”
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