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Peter Obi Urges President Tinubu to Release Nnamdi Kanu

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

During a press briefing in Onitsha on Saturday, Obi questioned the need for Kanu’s continued detention, especially after being granted bail by the court.

“Government must obey the law. The rule of law is a fundamental principle we must uphold. I have always advocated for dialogue with all agitators,” Obi said. “I urge the government to release those in similar conditions and engage with them constructively. We are a democratic nation, and arbitrary actions have no place here.”

Obi also emphasized the importance of securing the country, stating, “The primary responsibility of any government is to ensure the security of lives and property. Security is the bedrock of a functional society because no one can thrive in an insecure environment.”

Addressing the state of insecurity in the South East, Obi advised the region’s governors to collaborate more effectively to address the issue.

“I appreciate the efforts of the South East governors, but more needs to be done. They should unite as a family to tackle this problem. With my experience, I can assure you that collective action is crucial.

Even if previous attempts failed, we must persist and work closely with security agencies and vigilante groups to achieve our goals.”

On the topic of protests, Obi expressed his support for peaceful demonstrations but condemned the destruction of public property.

“I oppose the destruction of government assets, as repairing them uses our scarce resources. Peaceful protest is a constitutional right, but it must be well-articulated and directed towards meaningful causes, not personal interests,” he said.

“I call for the release of those detained for protests, including freedom fighters and EndSARS protesters. In a democracy, people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully, and we must listen to their grievances.”

Regarding rumors of joining other politicians to form a mega party, Obi stated, “My focus is on addressing the needs of poor Nigerians.

We should prioritize reducing food prices, improving living conditions, and lifting people out of poverty. If forming a mega party can achieve these goals, then I support it.

However, if it’s merely for power and continuation of the status quo, I am not interested. Our aim should be to shift from a consumption-driven to a production-driven economy.”

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