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The youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo says there will be war and breakdown of law and order in the geopolitical zone if IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu is arrested by the Nigerian government.
Last week, a Nigerian court gave order for the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
The group specifically made reference to the “previous killing and brutalization” of people belonging to the region, which led to an increase in the demand for Biafra after Kanu was released on bail in 2017.
The youth wing of Ohaneze called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and grant “presidential pardon” to Kanu.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and its Secretary General Okwu Nnabuike, made the appeal in statement.
The statement read:
“The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide received the pronouncement and re-arrest order of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by a Federal High Court in Abuja with rude shock and disbelief.
“Weighing the implications of such action, it may destabilise the fragile peace that have returned to the southern part of Nigeria, especially the South-East and South-South after the sad experiences witnessed during his first arrest and subsequently the untimely death of innocent Igbo youth and women that characterized his first arrest and detention.
“And there is no need to escalate the tension already established in the South-East over the menace of herdsmen ravaging parts of Igboland.”
The group said the re-arrest order would make the region feel bad about the second term of President Buhari.
The group therefore urged the President to show compassion to the whole of Ndigbo and pardon Kanu.
Recalled that a Federal High Court in Abuja last week (Thursday) ordered the arrest of Kanu after he failed to show up for the continuation of his case.
The judge also said the trial would continue despite the absence of Kanu from court.
Kanu is rumoured to be in Israel at the time the court gave its order of his re-arrest.