Igbo elders from the southeast and parts of the south-south said they had started to mobilize to lead a protest for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The elders under the aegies of Ndịnna Alaigbo Worldwide (NAW), who disclosed this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Chief Nwagoboso Mbana, said the protest will take place in the southeast and Abuja the federal capital territory of Nigeria.
The group called the arrest and incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu illegal and unjust, adding that the federal government of Nigeria treats the Igbo people like a conquered tribe in the country.
“Nnamdi Kanu is our son, we will not fold our hands and watch him languish in prison. We will therefore lead a demonstration for his release,” Mbana said in the statement.
NAW, which also said that they are engaging in other processes for Kanu’s release, called on the governors of the southeast to end the illegal arrests and killings by security agents in the region.
“Our children are being killed every day, this government treats the Igbo people like a conquered tribe and we will no longer accept it.
“We call on the governors of the southeast to end the killings and arrests by police and military in our communities. If you don’t do it within seven days, action will be taken against them,” the group said.
Kanu is being detained by the DSS since June 2021 after being seized in Kenya and illegally repatriated to Nigeria.
The government accuses him of treason and other baseless crimes for calling for a referendum on an independent state known as Biafra in the east of the country.