Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has slammed Igbo leaders for abandoning the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, saying they will pay a heavy price for their actions.
According to newsmen, HURIWA claims it is in the interests of Igbo political elites, the political movers and shakers, and those who control the levers of political and economic powers on behalf of the Igbo nation that nothing evil happens to Nnamdi Kanu.
HURIWA made the claims against the backdrops of frightening revelations by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome and Counsel to the detained Indigenous People of Biafra Activist, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor about the rapidly deteriorating health conditions of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu their client.
“We are urging the political elites to have a change of heart and galvanize support for the clarion calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to end the vicious circles of persecution and dehumanizing episodes that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is subjected to as a PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who has not treated other regional charismatic defenders from the North such as Sheikh Gumi the way the administration has maltreated Nnamdi Kanu and his followers in the South East,” HURIWA said in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko
The Rights group alleged that the political elite of the South East has not sufficiently spoken out to convince President Muhammadu Buhari to end the persistent violation of the constitutionally guaranteed human Rights of Nnamdi Kanu and thousands of his followers jailed, chastised, dehumanized, and killed extrajudicially by government-controlled armed security forces.
HURIWA said it has for the umpteenth time, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to authorize the Nigerian Medical Association (NBA) to send a medical delegation to see what can be done to deliver immediate medical relief in detention for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The rights group commended the lawyers to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for their passionate interest to see that the security situation in the South East does not deteriorate to uncontrollable limits by quickly alerting the world about the disconcerting and shocking deterioration of the health of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Calling on Igbo elites who abandoned Nnamdi Kanu to chase after national honors from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to abandon their cowardly hypocrisy and self-centredness for the good of the good people of Igboland.
“It is said that those elites who have more to lose should any crisis arise in South East if anything negative should happen to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are simply not doing anything to put pressures on President Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu at least based on health grounds.”
“These elites will invariably lose out of political power because if the South East becomes ungovernable, where else will they exercise authority as political leaders of South East.?”
HURIWA recalled that Chief Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Monday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of his client.
Kanu has been in DSS custody for over 14 months since his arrest and extradition from Kenya to Nigeria. He is on trial for a treasonable felony.