50 Reps Write to Tinubu, Plead for Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

Approximately 50 members of the Nigerian House of Representatives, representing various political parties and spanning all six geo-political zones, have jointly appealed to President Bola Tinubu.

Their request is to invoke constitutional provisions and secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The Concerned Federal Lawmakers for Peace and Security in the South-East penned a three-page letter to President Tinubu, dated June 19, 2024. In it, they urged him to take action using Section 174 of the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), and Section 107(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. Their plea is rooted in the belief that Kanu’s release would contribute to peace and address security challenges in the South-East region.

Among the signatories are Obi Aguocha (Abia), Ikenga Ugochinyere (Imo), Afam Ogene (Anambra), Muhammed Jajere (Yobe), and others from different states. The lawmakers emphasized that this step is overdue and could pave the way for crucial conversations on peace and inclusivity, especially during Nigeria’s ongoing constitutional reforms.

Nnamdi Kanu, who faces treason charges, recently expressed his desire for an out-of-court settlement. He also disavowed violence in the South-East, where IPOB has been advocating for Igbo secession from Nigeria. The lawmakers’ appeal seeks to facilitate dialogue and reconciliation in a region grappling with unrest and tensions.

As the nation watches, the fate of Nnamdi Kanu remains intertwined with constitutional principles and the pursuit of stability. President Tinubu’s response will be closely monitored by citizens, activists, and international observers.

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