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Peter Obi Urges Tinubu To Release Nnamdi Kanu

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Former governor of Anambra State and presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on President Bola Tinubu to release the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and other individuals still in detention.

Speaking to reporters in Onitsha on Saturday, Obi emphasised the importance of upholding the rule of law.

“I do not see any need for the continued detention of Kanu, especially when the court had granted him bail,” Obi stated, highlighting the imperative for government adherence to legal processes.

“Government must obey the law as the rule of law is an intrinsic asset that we must cherish and live with,” he added.

Obi also addressed the alarming state of insecurity in Nigeria, particularly in the South East region.

He said, “Like I always say, the primary duty of any government is security of life and property. It is the foundation on which people live in a nation because nobody can stay in an insecure place.

“And it is worrisome what is happening in Nigeria where people wake up everyday with
news of killings, abductions and kidnappings, which have made Nigeria one of the most insecure place on the surface of the earth and it requires urgent attention”.

He called for increased efforts from Nigerian leaders in tackling the pervasive insecurity plaguing the nation.

Regarding protests and civil liberties, Obi expressed support for peaceful demonstrations while condemning acts of violence and destruction.

He said, “I’m against destruction of government assets and property, because it is still our scarce resources that we are going to use to repair them.”

He emphasized that peaceful demonstrations are permissible but should serve a purpose rather than personal agendas.

He said, “I recall when people said they were protesting police brutality and I said to them no, let’s rather deal with the leadership issue.

“If we have good leaders, their agents can’t be bad. The problem is leadership. If the leaders are competent, have the capacity and doing the right thing, their agents will follow their examples.

“I want to use this opportunity to call that all those who are being held because of one protest or the other should be released, whether they are freedom fighters, EndSARS protesters because there is freedom of speech..

In response to questions about political alignments and the possibility of forming a mega party, Obi redirected focus to issues directly affecting Nigerians’ daily lives.

He expressed a greater concern for ensuring that impoverished Nigerians can afford to eat. Rather than focusing solely on elections like many politicians, he emphasized addressing pressing issues affecting Nigerians today.

Specifically, he highlighted his interest in finding ways to lower food prices.

He said, “Our people are dying of hunger. How do we make life more conducive for the poor Nigerian? How do we make our people to earn more money? How do we pull people out of poverty? That should be our concern, and not forming a mega party.

“But if forming a mega party will provide all these things I have illustrated, then I’m all for it. But if it is for state capture, so that you can take power and continue with the consumption, consumption, consumption, that we see today, I will say no. But if it is to move it to production, production, production, then I say yes.”

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