The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) says it’s wrong for President Buhari to release Kanu outside the court processes as such would reduce Nigeria to a lawless state where criminals commit crimes and ask their leaders to press for their release.
In a press conference in Kano, the Coalition, which consists of rights and Civil organisations in Northern Nigeriia, said’
“We especially note, with deep sense of concern, the unrelenting desperation by certain interest groups in the South East to subvert the due process of justice and tamper with the judicial processes since Kanu’s arraignment,”
The Coalition, through its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman warned that the “North would not remain idle when its people are deliberately targeted and killed while the alleged perpetrators are shielded by their leaders.”
It added that the North “would hold President Buhari responsible for the blood of Northerners unlawfully shed through the activities of Kanu in the event he succumbed to pressure to release the IPOB leader.”
“The North has today realised that he (Buhari) places more premium on the pursuit of votes and political popularity than he does for the sanctity of lives of Northerners and security personnel who stake their lives in the service of the nation.”
The Coalition said the Igbo group that visited Buhari to ask for Kanu’s release has vindicated its position that the criminal activities of Kanu was fully supported by the vast majority of Igbo elders, politicians, religious leaders, traditional rulers, and people of the South East.
NEWSCASTARS.COM learnt Yakasai, in an interview with Daily Sun, said
“The country is enjoying a harmonious relationship among its various ethnic groups which would be affected if Kanu is released.
“I am also concerned that the delegation has the capacity of giving the impression that the activities of Nnamdi Kanu and his group enjoy a widespread popularity among Igbo people, an impression which is not true” he said.