Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has urged the Buhari government to handle Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, matter with care, stating that putting him behind bars will not end the agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra.
Mr Bamgbose said this while reacting to the news that follows the activist’s re-arrest and arraignment and detention at the Department of State Service on Tuesday.
The legal practitioner also urged the government to look into the grievances of the agitators and turn things around in the South East, adding that this is the only way agitations in the region can end.
While speaking to Dialy Post, Mr Bamgbose said, “The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB is sudden and shocking. I couldn’t believe the news when I heard it. The Federal Government must have done serious underground work for not less than 5 months to have apprehended the famous IPOB leader.
“I equally have this strong feeling that most likely, the UK government was carried along by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The arrangement must have been kept top secret between Nigeria and the UK. This is a very serious diplomatic move.
“However, the Federal Government of Nigeria should realize that putting Kanu behind bars will not end Biafra’s agitation. The government must as a matter of urgency address the issue of alleged marginalization. The main issue must be addressed.
“The arrest and detention of Kanu can’t end Biafra agitation, The Government should look into their grievances and turn things around in the South East. This is the only way out to bring the Biafra agitation to an end.
Buhari should do more to let the South East region feel the presence of the Federal Government.”
While the news of Nnamdi Kanu was making rounds on the internet leaving many in doubt whether or not it’s true, SurgeZirc NG reported that Kanu’s Lawyer Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor confirmed the re-arrest in a statement that was shared on social media.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, announced Nnamdi Kanu re-arrest during a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.