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FG must obey the law, release Nnamdi Kanu- Peter Obi



FG must obey the law, release Nnamdi Kanu- Peter Obi

Former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has called on the federal government to obey court rulings and release the detained leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.


Obi said obedience to the rule of law remained intrinsic asset of any society. He said as a democratic society, Nigeria should “do things that are arbitrary and not within the rule of law”.


Obi, who said this on Saturday, in Onitsha, said he had maintained that all agitators should be engaged in discussion. He called on the federal government to release not just Nnamdi Kanu but all agitators in detention.


“Government must obey the law as the rule of law is an intrinsic asset that we must cherish and live with. And I have always said that I am going to discuss with every agitator. I plead with the government to ensure that all those who are in a similar condition are released and discussed with. We are a democratic nation and we should not be doing things that are arbitrary and not within the law,” Obi told newsmen.


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The former governor of Anambra State called on the political leaders of South East to work for the release of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).


Obi said the South East governors owed duty to ensure Kanu’s release. He added that though effort had been made by the political leaders of Ndigbo to secure his release to no avail, effort should be continued.


He advised for inclusion of him and other leaders of the Igbo region to ensure Kanu’s release.


“As I thank the governments in the zone for their efforts, there is a need to do more. I want our governors to come together as a family to solve this problem. I am saying this with the little experience I had when I was there.


“As the federal government appears to have overshadowed everybody, the governors should urgently come together. They can even invite those of us who had been there to interact with them to chart the way forward. Yes, there was an attempt in the past that failed, but I don’t believe in failure. There should be more effort to make it work. They should also work with security agencies, and vigilante groups to achieve the desired objective. Even in the economic agenda, I want to see the South East governors work closely more. We want to see them come together and also bring together other groups in the zone,” he added.


Obi said the federal government must take seriously the security of lives and property of the citizens. He described as disturbing the recurring news of kidnappings and activities of bandits across Nigeria.


“The primary work of government is the security of lives and property. As I always say, the primary duty of any government is the 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 every day with news of killings, abductions and kidnappings, which have made Nigeria one of the most insecure places on the surface of the earth and it requires urgent attention,” he said.