A leading member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and immediate past Secretary to the Imo State Government, Hon Uche Onyeagucha has called for the unconditionally release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu arrested two months ago in Kenya and clamped in the cell of the Directive of State Security (DSS) awaiting trial on Treason charges in an Abuja High Court. He posited that President Buhari Committed treason in 1983 but was freed and had cause to agitate for self determination of his people.
The former Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Hon Barr Uche Onyeagucha called for the unconditional release of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested and detained by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Hon Onyeagucha made the frantic call when speaking as a guest speaker at the Ripples Nigeria National Dialogue held at Sheraton Hotel Lagos.
He called on President Buhari to ensure that Nnamdi Kanu is released without any conditions and reverse the proscription of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra.
According to him “Moving forward, Nnamdi Kanu should be released unconditionally, IPOB should be de-proscribed, and Sunday Igboho should be released unconditionally. Every citizen of Nigeria must be free to exercise his inalienable right without fear of any recrimination. It is incumbent on all those who aspire to one Nigeria to convince those who are agitating for the right to self-determination within Nigeria why they should abandoned their agitation and embrace one Nigeria. Bullying, intimidation, arrest, detention, killing and dubious trials are not an option”
He urged Nigerians to be tolerant of each other and respect each other’s right to disagree including right of self-determination.
Hon. Onyeagucha called on President Buhari and other Nigerian leaders to apologize to Nigerian masses for the wrongs they have done to Nigerians. He declared that President Buhari should apologize to Nigerians for staging the December 31th military coup which according to him was an act of treason punishable under Nigerian law.
“Our leaders must learn to go back and apologies for things they have done in the past that remained offensive. Buhari must apologize for the military coup of 31th December 1983. That coup of 1983 was an act of treason which is still punishable under our extant laws because a criminal offense is still punishable at all times. It is not proper that somebody who has already committed treason before all Nigerians by overthrowing a popular and democratically elected government is turning around to harass Nnamdi Kanu and Igboho and trying to charge them for treason. So you abducted him from Kenya and you want to charge him for treason when you committed your own here in Lagos”, Onyeagucha declared.
Hon Barr. Onyeagucha, a former member of the House of Representatives for Owerri Federal constituency, and a fearless and fire brand human Rights Activist trilled his audience with his articulate presentation which attracted a loud ovation and admiration of his listeners. Other notable speakers present at the event were; Pa Ayo Adebanjo, a respected leader of Yoruba nation, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed , a respected leader of the Northern Elders Council, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Hon Ndudi Elumelu and other eminent Nigerian personalities.
Meanwhile the sit at home directive to all citizens of the South East in sympathy and continued support for the unconditional release of the IPOB leader every Monday of the week continued in the South East states as social and commercial activities were paralyzed.