According to Channels Television, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to consider Nnamdi Kanu’ s release request after meeting with a group of South East leaders under the auspices of Highly Respected Igbo Greats. He made the pledge while receiving a delegation led by Mbazulike Amaechi, a First Republic parliamentarian and former Minister of Aviation, at the State House in Abuja on Friday. The following are three reasons why he should not be released.
It will set a bad example: The president’ s release has two serious consequences: first, it sets a dangerous precedent for future criminals who will demand the same treatment; second, he will reappear as soon as he is released, as he did in the first instance.
The court will be relegated: As a result General Abdulsalam Abubakar imprisoned Major Hamza Almutapha in 1998. He was detained until 2007, when he was released by the Appeal Court. Northern elders never approach the government to request his release.
He was only given moral support in order to exonerate himself of all charges. Colonel Sambo Dasuki, a Prince of the famous Sokoto caliphate, was treated similarly. Sheikh Elzakzaki was also imprisoned for six years before being released by the courts. Because he is from the South East, Nnamdi Kanu’ s case cannot be any different.
What happens to the police and military officers who are killed in the line of duty? Kanu’ s retinues are known to have carried out attacks on police and military formations in Nigeria’ s southeast geopolitical zone, resulting in the deaths of many police officers and the destruction of critical infrastructure.
Kanu must face the rigors of the law as a result of his heinous attempts and heinous crime against the state. There will be no Presidential pardon for those who have undermined state interests and called for an insurgency against the motherland. The law should be allowed to run its course without undue interference from any party. He should be taught that not everything can be obtained through violence.