Igbo youths under the auspices of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has begged for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari in stopping the arrest order handed down by a Federal High Court, Abuja against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
It would be recalled that the Abuja court had on Thursday ordered the arrest of Kanu and ordered that his trial on charges of treasonable felony should proceed in absentia.
Kanu’s bail granted in 2017 was also revoked by the court.
The President-General of the youth group Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike, made the plea in a statement on Saturday, adding that such action might destabilise the fragile peace that had returned to the South-East region.
According to them, Kanu’s first arrest witnessed widespread instability in the region.
They pleaded with President Buhari to pardon Biafra agitators as a way of showing compassion to Igbo.
“The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide received the pronouncement and re-arrest order of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by a Federal High Court in Abuja with rude shock and disbelief.
“Weighing the implications of such action, it may destabilise the fragile peace that have returned to the southern part of Nigeria, especially the South-East and South-South after the sad experiences witnessed during his first arrest and subsequently the untimely death of innocent Igbo youths and women that characterised his first arrest and detention.
“And there is no need to escalate the tension already established in the South-East over the menace of herdsmen ravaging parts of Igboland. There is no need to compound our loss by allowing Nnamdi Kanu return now until Igbo Christians and Traditional leaders intervene in the process.
“We are pleading with President Buhari as the father of the nation to grant presidential pardon to Nnamdi Kanu, as a way of showing compassion to Ndigbo”, the statement reads in part.