Rita Edochie, a well-known Nollywood actress and television personality, has declared that Nigeria will never be at peace until the federal government releases Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
While opposing Nnamdi Kanu’s ongoing arrest following the Appeal Court ruling, she warned that anything bad may happen to him in detention.
The actress, who called on the people of the south-east to unite and demand Kanu’s release in an Instagram post on Monday, also emphasized that the south-east could never achieve its campaign for the president without Kanu’s support.
She said, “The continuous detention of Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu will keep dividing Nigeria. So long as Kanu is still being detained, Nigeria will never know peace. Ndi Igbo I laugh, ndi Igbo wake up. Onye Igbo can never smell presidency without Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu.
“It is a spiritual thing. Fight for your own first, and God will finish the battle. Ndi Igbo let nothing happen to our great brother Nnamdi Kanu because it’s going to be our worst experience. Chukwu okike abiama is waiting for Ndi Igbo to act. God is not sleeping.”
Kanu was discharged from the 15-count terrorism charges brought against him by the federal government by the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal in October 2022, and the appellate court, in a unanimous decision, faulted the process by which Kanu was brought before the Federal High Court to answer to the 15-count terrorism charges.
After his illegal arrest and extradition from Kenya to Nigeria in June 2021, the separatist leader has been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Nnamdi Kanu is facing treasonable felony charges brought by the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in the High Court in response to years of campaigning for an independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.
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