The leadership of the youth wing of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group, Nnamdi Kanu, from over two years of detention.
The group in an open letter to President Tinubu on Monday, September 25, 2023, also condemned the increasing insecurity in the southeast region, which he blamed largely on Kanu’s detention while urging President Tinubu to release for the sake of the innocent people of southeast, as they mark his birthday.
Kanu, who is the national leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been in DSS detention for over two years, counting from his last arrest.
In the letter signed by its National Youth Leader, Comrade Eze Onyebuchi Chukwu, APGA youths blamed the insecurity in the southeast region on the continuous incarceration of Kanu.
The open letter is presented below:
Dear President Tinubu,
In this case, it will take who started it to stop it. The ugly incidents ongoing in the Southeast are said by their perpetrators to be as a result of the continuous incarceration of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This invariably means that the freedom of their leader will be the end of their heinous acts in the land.
The activities of the formally known Non-violence Exodus, IPOB, have also been hijacked by deviants. Alleged killers, kidnappers, assassins and their like have leveraged the agitation for the release of Nnamdi Kanu to cause chaos for their personal gain in the Southeast. Some politicians have also hidden under the agitation to allegedly assassinate their opponents. The once peaceful Southeastern states now compete with the insurgents troubled Northeast in insecurity. The youth are the most affected. They’re the most recruited. They have taken drugs to function and have been badly engaged in evil acts. The economy of this region has also been dangerously damaged, social life is near dead and drug abuse and peddling have become a norm among the youths. The youth are at the receiving end of both the acts and their effects. This is why I am here to beg for your attention as the father of the nation including the youth.
To this end, let me use this year’s birthday of the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to borrow a leaf from my National Chairman, Barr Ezeokenwa Sly Jr., the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to appeal to His Excellency the President of Nigeria, President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to use his good office and effect the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. If not for any other reason, for the sake of the people of Southeastern Nigeria. For the sake of the innocent security personnel being killed unabated. For the peace and security of the people in the Southeastern part of our own country, Nigeria. Through the appointments you made so far, especially the ministers and the positions allotted to Ndigbo in the likes of the works minister, science and technology and others, it’s obvious that you want to carry Ndigbo along in your government and it will further enhance that belief if you consider the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
Let me at this point say a happy birthday to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and a God bless you to Mr President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
• Your Youth Leader, National Youth Leader of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the Spokesman of National Youth Leaders Forum of Political Parties in Nigeria, NYLFPPN, Comr. Eze Onyebuchi Chukwu.