By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said President Muhammadu Buhari is making a mistake by not releasing its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Buhari had in an interview aired on Wednesday by Channels Television said Kanu should defend himself before the court, adding that there will not be a political solution to his release.
Kanu is standing trial on charges bordering on treasonable felony.
But a statement on Sunday by Emma Powerful, IPOB’s spokesperson, warned Buhari against listening to the advice of “enemies” of the secessionist group.
The group warned that failure to release its leader is a “mistake capable of consuming Nigeria.”
“Our attention has been drawn to the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria that he will not release our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“We know that this position by Buhari after he had earlier promised a delegation of Igbo leaders that he would consider their appeal to consider a political solution for Kanu, was not unconnected with the visit by some foreign-based traitors and enemies of our struggle.
“Our intelligence captured what transpired in a meeting between these saboteurs and their host in Aso Rock. In the evil meeting, the saboteurs and traitors concluded with the presidency that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should not be released, claiming erroneously that IPOB and ESN have been defeated which are lies.
“But we want to tell Buhari and his cohorts that he is going to make a mistake capable of consuming Nigeria should he fail to release Nnamdi Kanu because these bunch of criminals he had a meeting with were not giving him correct information about IPOB and ESN outfit.
“Why should the Federal Government be releasing bandits and terrorists wreaking havoc across the country but fail to release freedom seekers.
“Federal Government should not be deceived by blacklegs and sacked members of the movement who are feeding it with fake information about IPOB and ESN outfit for pecuniary interests.
“IPOB is too big for them to comprehend and they could not fantom IPOB and its operational strategy when they were in IPOB, we don’t want to mention their names.
“The people who visited him promised to help him crush IPOB and ESN but unfortunately they cannot achieve that, actually they will be disappointed,” th statement read.
IPOB added that Kanu is capable of defending himself in court and would get a favourable judgement in local and international courts.