Nnamdi Kanu: Igbo politicians playing to gallery – Obidigbo

An industrialist cum politician, Dr. Chike Obidigbo, has accused some Igbo politicians of playing to the gallery in their quest for the release of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Obidigbo, a two-time governorship aspirant under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra state said this in a statement on Sunday, 

He noted that while it was good and proper that Kanu be released, the way  every politician and Igbo leaders were jostling to be noticed would not help matters.

Noting that Kanu’s detention was a delicate one, Obidigbo said President Tinubu did not have the powers to release Kanu but could do so on the advice of the National Security Adviser and probably that of the British government.

According to him, the British government had vested interest in Nigeria economy and releasing Kanu could jeopardize the interest.

The statement read in part: “I woke up this morning with a very heavy heart. I am constrained to say that I am not comfortable with the way and manner our political elite are going about their request for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“The sense I make of the cheap scramble by Igbo politicians to be identified in the growing calls for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom from prolonged and unjust incarceration is that they are merely playing to the gallery. 

“It is obvious that President Bola Tinubu is not entirely the one holding Nnamdi Kanu. It was not even former President Muhammadu Buhari nor his erstwhile Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN). All the AGFs, including the current one are mere legal officers for the government. 

“However, Kanu’s matter is a security issue, which requires the involvement of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu. The President may not have absolute power to release Kanu although he has the power to influence things if he so wishes.”

“Everything that Kanu said or did were done in Britain, being a British citizen.  But, they could not afford to arrest him on British soil, because of obvious and potential backlash. 

“What Britain did was to join in the international conspiracy to lure Kanu to Kenya, knowing that Africans lack integrity and respect for laws.”