The spokesman for the Coalition of United Political Parties, Ugochinyere Imo, has sounded the alarm about the deteriorating state of health of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Imo, who addressed reporters at his farmhouse in Akokwa in the Ideato Norte local government area of Imo state on Wednesday, said the country could enter a crisis if Kanu died in the custody of the Department of the Service of Security.
He advised the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), to order the DSS to release Kanu to attend to his health problems.
Imo maintained that Kanu’s continued detention in DSS custody was unlawful, citing a ruling by an Appeal Court in Abuja and a state High Court in Umuahia, which ordered his release.
The CUPP spokesman urged Buhari to release Kanu for the sake of national unity, fairness and justice.
He said: “I hung up the lawyer’s phone with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, where they informed me about his deteriorating state of health. I want to urge the President, for the sake of peace and security, to order the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“There are several court rulings that have declared his continued detention illegal. The President has the constitutional power through the attorney general to order the suspension of the matter. Kanu must be released, then we come to the negotiating table and address the issues that led to the turmoil.”
Imo also condemned the terrorism charges brought against the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, by the DSS.
Imo asked Buhari to instruct the DSS to drop the terrorism charges against Emefiele.
He said many see Emefiele’s ordeal at the hands of the DSS as a witch hunt against the people of the South.
Imo said the DSS wouldn’t have messed with Emefiele if he was a northerner.
He also praised lawmakers in the Imo State House of Assembly for voting against a resolution for the independence of the judiciary, local government autonomy and parliamentary autonomy.
Imo urged the people of the state to oust state legislators for making the state the subject of “national derision.”
He said: “I want to urge the people of Imo to vote for this group of lawmakers in the Imo State House of Assembly. How could this group of legislators vote against their own freedom and independence? This is unthinkable.”