The possibility of a political solution to the case of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has been ruled out by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
The Nigerian President in an exclusive interview with the Channels Television said he will not interfere in his trial.

The president said, “Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary, let him be listened to. But those who are saying that he should be released, no, we cannot release Kanu is currently facing trial for terrorism and treason in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Kanu was first arrested in October 2015 but was released on bail and fled the country in 2017. He was arrested abroad last June and brought back to Nigeria to face trial.

IPOB, which he leads, is pushing for a separate state for the ethnic Igbo people in the southeast.

A delegation of traditional rulers from the Southeast in November last year had urged the president to consider releasing the IPOB leader.

Buhari told the monarchs the same thing he said during the Channels interview. He, however, promised to consider it.

“In the last six years, since I became president, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary,” Buhari told the Igbo monarchs.

“God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”

Buhari insisted during the interview that Kanu would be given a fair hearing by the judiciary.

“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to be abusing us from Europe as if he was not a Nigerian,” Let him come here with us and then criticise us here.”

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