Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has reacted to the appeal court judgement which discharged and acquitted leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, of the terrorism charges levelled against him by the federal government.
National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, in a statement he released after the judgement on Thursday October 13, said the appellate jurists “are men of courage who decided to apply the true letters of the law.”
The young wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, urged the federal government not to appeal the judgement, while also recounting how it said in the past that IPOB is not a terrorist group but a situation created by obvious marginalization against Ndigbo in the affairs of Nigeria.
The statement read;
“Nnamdi is a prisoner of conscience who is being held for challenging the injustices against his people.
“The worst of it all was his abduction from Kenya which has now been proved to be illegal by the Appellate Court.
“We have also consistently said it that IPOB is not a terrorist group but a situation created by obvious marginalization against Ndigbo in the affairs of Nigeria. But rather than address these injustices, the government resorted to clamping down on the agitator, whereas armed terrorists and bandits are being pampered.
“We are glad that the Appeal Court has finally put an end to this unjust trial and persecution. Political solution, as we advocated before, remains the way out of this kind of situation.
“Having said this, we urge the Federal Government to immediately comply with this order of the Appeal Court.
“We also urge the government not to consider appealing the judgement but to let it slide for the sake of peace and security of lives and property as the incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has done more harm than good.”