President Muhammadu Buhari has described the call for the unconditional release of the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as “extremely difficult”.
Nigerian leader stated that interfering in Kanu’s trial will be unlawful and contravene the powers of the Judiciary.
He made this known on Friday while receiving an Igbo delegation led by former Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja.
In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President said he will consider the request by the Igbo leaders for the release of the IPOB leader.
Buhari said, “You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious.
“In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary. God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with a very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.
“I said the best thing was to subject him to the system. Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from the outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.”