Nnamdi Kanu Condemns South-East Killings, Urges Non-Violent Resistance

Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has condemned in the strongest terms the spate of killings in the South-East region of Nigeria. Addressing journalists during his appearance at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Kanu reiterated IPOB’s commitment to non-violence and disassociated the group from the recent violent incidents.

Kanu, accompanied by his legal team, specifically denounced the recent killing of five soldiers in Aba, Abia State. He emphasized that these violent acts contradict the core principles of IPOB. “I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence. IPOB was founded on principles of non-violence, and we remain steadfast in that stance,” Kanu declared. He highlighted the human cost of these violent acts, noting that “some of these soldiers are our own people, and their families are mourning. We cannot condone violence; we seek freedom.”

Further elaborating on IPOB’s mission, Kanu said, “All the making of young widows is totally condemnable. We stand for peace, and that is why we are doing what we are doing. We have endured centuries of suffering, from slavery in Arabia and Europe to modern-day challenges. It’s time for Africa to rise as God intended.”

Kanu’s statements came amidst ongoing legal battles. His legal team had recently submitted a comprehensive list of domestic and international court rulings to the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, advocating for Kanu’s release. They argued that these rulings justified his release and criticized the AGF for allegedly being unaware of Kanu’s case.

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Despite the legal team’s efforts, Kanu’s legal battles continue. They filed a preliminary objection at the Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the court’s jurisdiction to proceed with the trial. However, Justice Binta Nyako dismissed Kanu’s plea to reinstate his revoked bail and relocate him from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). Kanu has been in DSS custody since his arrest in Kenya in June 2021, facing charges related to terrorism brought against him by the Federal Government.

Kanu’s steadfast commitment to non-violence and peace remains a cornerstone of IPOB’s ideology. His condemnation of the recent violence in the South-East underscores IPOB’s dedication to achieving its goals through peaceful means. As the legal and political struggles continue, Kanu’s message of non-violence and hope for a peaceful resolution remains clear.

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