IPOB warns government, says Nigeria will not remain the same if anything bad happens to Nnamdi Kanu in detention

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned against any untoward thing happening to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the group’s leader, in detention, saying Nigerians should blame the government for any consequences that will result from any bad thing happening to Mazi Kanu in DSS custody.

The self-determination group sounded the note of warning following reports that IPOB’s leader’s health is failing, while the government appears unwilling to let him access high quality medical treatment to stabilize his condition.

Kanu who has been in DSS custody, Abuja, since June last year when he was arrested in Nairobi, Kenya, by Kenyan and Nigerian agents and extraordinarily renditioned to Nigeria where he is facing treasonable felony charges.

In late July this year, the United Nations, UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, indicted both Nigerian and Kenyan governments for the arrest and extraordinary rendition, torture and continued detention of Kanu, without due process, consequently urging the Nigerian government to effect “immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Kanu” and pay him “adequate compensations for the arbitrary violation of his fundamental human rights.”

The government has ignored the UN’s intervention.

In a statement issued Friday by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB said it had received a “very disturbing report from our legal team about the deteriorating health” of Mazi Kanu inside DSS solitary confinement, even as “the DSS has refused him access to his personal and professional physician for over a year now, in contravention of court orders,” warning that no harm must come to Nnamdi Kanu in detention or there would be consequences for which Nigerians “must hold this government responsible.”

“Nigeria Government must understand that because IPOB has remained peaceful even in the face of most unbearable provocations in the form of abductions, torture, secret disappearances, extra-judicial murders in addition to the extraordinary rendition of our Great Leader from Kenya to Nigeria since June of last year (2021),” does not mean that the group would remain quiet if anything happened to Kanu in detention, the group said in the statement by Powerful.

“The Nigerian government and its agency of torture called the DSS should very well know that the issue of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s health while in their custody is a RED LINE they must not cross it. This peaceful approach will never remain the same if anything untoward happens to him. We are telling you now so that the international community will bear us witness that we warned Nigeria before it and its torture agency the DSS commit an irreparable blunder.

“Fulani-led government of Nigeria can bribe the entire world to remain silent even after they have broken international laws on extradition but that will not stop the Tsunami that will result from the eruption of this active volcano you are toying with. We want Nigeria to understand that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra is worth more than 1million men and this is a tip of what we shall sacrifice if anything untoward happens to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in your custody. Nigeria should be grateful for having a peace-loving freedom fighter like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has ensured that IPOB remains peaceful even with all the unlawful arrests, detentions, and extrajudicial executions of peaceful members of IPOB.

“We are urging the British Prime Minister and her High Commissioner in Abuja; President Biden of the United States and US Embassy in Abuja; Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch; United Nations (UN); African Union (AU); ECOWAS, Israeli Prime Minister and Israel Embassy in Abuja; German Chancellor  German Embassy in Abuja, among others,  to compel the Fulani- led government of Nigeria to unconditionally release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or be prepared to repeat their genocidal war against Biafrans as it was in 1967-1970.

“The world bodies and international community who regularly meet with the impostor impersonating the late Buhari as well as the Nigerian Presidency officials should warn them of the dire consequences that will result from playing with the health of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and compel them to without delay release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from their custody because he has not committed any crime known to local and international law.

“Nigeria must agree on a referendum date with IPOB for the Biafran people to decide on their fate and future. The time and era of impunity and imposition of external will on the indigenous people of Biafra is long gone and dead.

“We are aware that the issue of Biafra is among the topical issues facing the international community and world leaders; the most important issue now is the release of our leader and paying him adequate compensation for the flagrant abuse and violation of his fundamental human rights and for the physical and psychological torture he has been put through these past months.

“If Nigeria Government refuses to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and should anything wrong happen, this peaceful Biafra struggle will suddenly turn into a bloody revolution, and the Nigerian government should be held responsible in the event of this scenario.

“Nigerian government should know that the gentle strides of a Lion are not a symbol of timidity.”

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