President Muhammadu Buhari has been set a requirement by the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, or COSEYL, that he must meet before pleading with Nigerians for forgiveness.
According to Newsmen, the president pleaded for forgiveness from Nigerians on Friday, especially from individuals he might have offended while performing his job.
Buhari, who is scheduled to leave office in the coming weeks, begged Nigerians to forgive him for the failings of his administration.
However, in a statement released on Monday by its President General, Goodluck Ibem, COSEYL urged the president to first show self-forgiveness by freeing Nnamdi Kanu, the head of the IPOB, a banned organization.
According to the coalition, Buhari’s refusal to release Kanu despite the Appeal Court order, was disrespectful to the country’s constitution, stating that “respect [for] rule of law is the first step to genuine repentance.”
“Buhari should, first of all, forgive himself by obeying the Court of Appeal judgement and release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Department of State Services, DSS, custody before asking Nigerians to forgive him.
“Anyone who is genuinely asking for forgiveness must, first of all, repent from doing what is wrong and do the right thing by obeying the rule of law and respecting the fundamental human rights of fellow citizens,” the statement added.
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