President Muhammadu Buhari has said he cannot release detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on his own.
The President said the embattled secession agitator must defend himself in court for peddling false information about his administration from overseas.
Buhari made this known while speaking on Channels Television on Wednesday night.
The President said, “There is one institution that I wouldn’t interfere with, that is judiciary, Kanu’s case is with the judiciary but what I wonder is when Kanu was safely in Europe, abusing this administration and mentioning too many things, I thought he wants to come and defend himself on the accusations.
“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to be abusing us from Europe as if he was not a Nigerian. Let him come here with us and then criticise us here. Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary, let him be listened to. But those who are saying that he should be released, no, we cannot release him.”
When asked for a possibility for political solution, Buhari said, “There is a possibility of political solution. If people behave themselves, all well and good but you can’t go to a foreign country and keep on sending incorrect economic and security problems against our country and thinking that you would not account for what you have been doing. Let him account for what he has been doing.”
Daily Report Nigeria earlier reported how Igbo elders led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, visited the President in Aso Rock, requesting for the unconditional release of the IPOB leader.
President Buhari had told them he would consider their request, while insisting he would not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary.