Wed, Oct 04, 2023

Kanu tackles Osinbajo, says view on Biafra patently misconceived and inherently faulty

Kanu tackles Osinbajo, says view on Biafra patently misconceived and inherently faulty

Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, has challenged the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, for declaring the Biafran agitation unconstitutional.

Kanu, in a world press conference held through his team of lawyers in Abuja, insisted that Osinbajo’s view about Biafra was “patently misconceived and inherently faulty,” despite his rank as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

In a statement by his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu said that “extra judicial remarks” Osinbajo made before the Igbo Council of Traditional Rulers, in reference to Biafran agitation, was offensive to section 2 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

“We are presently drifting into the narrative that had hitherto kept our client in unlawful incarceration for 18 months, in clear breach of positive orders of court that directed for his unconditional release. Unhealthy interference by the Executive arm in the matter before the court, vide pronouncements capable of putting fears in the court is a case in point.

“This declaration is respectfully considered as not only provocative and unacceptable, but a clear case of undue interference with judicial process, which has the capacity of distorting the mindset of the judicial officer in charge of client’s case.

“It is important to remind the Acting President that our client’s present political trial originated from his legitimate exercise of his constitutionally guaranteed rights to self determination as clearly provided for under extant laws, and international instruments/covenants.

“It is, therefore, reasonably expected that any of such extra judicial remarks should not emanate from the revered office of the Acting President.

“With due reverence to the Acting President, and his rank as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, we deem it obligatory to state the correct position of the law as it relates to his faulty position.

“We observed most respectfully that the learned silk made this remark in direct response to quit notice threats and ultimatum handed down to Igbo living in the northern part of the country, by a faceless and uninformed group, going by the name of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum.

Consequently, Kanu and his co-defendants, demanded an immediate withdrawal of the amended five-count charge against them, saying they have not committed any offence that is known to law.




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