Ohanézè Ndígbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC), have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant presidential pardon to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to enable him attend his parents’ burial which comes up next weekend in Abia State.
His mother, Sally Kanu, died in August 2019 while his father, His Royal Highness, Israel Okwu Kanu, the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu Umuahia community, died in December 2019. Kanu who is standing trial for treason, has been on self exile since 2017 after the military invaded his Umuahia, Abia state country home.
President General of OYC, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and its Secretary, Okwu Nnabuike, in a statement released, said the group has credible information that military men have been stationed around the premises of the Kanu’s parents ahead of the funeral and stated that such presence of the military could further ‘damage the image of the Buhari administration in the eyes of the international community.
The group also extended an invitation to President Buhari to attend the funeral or send a delegation.
The group opined that such gesture a presidential pardon to Nnamdi Kanu, release of other Biafra agitators in detention and sending delegation to the burial will be applauded by both the International Community and Nigerians at home, and will also go a long way in giving the Ibos a sense of belonging and restore their confidence in the Buhari administration.