Former lawmaker Senator Shehu Sani expresses concern over the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), by the Department of State Services (DSS). Speaking on a Channels Television program, Senator Sani, who himself has experienced prolonged imprisonment, firmly opposes the government’s decision to keep the separatist leader in custody despite a court order.
As someone who has spent a significant amount of time in prison, I cannot support a flagrant violation of the constitution and the infringement of fundamental human rights,” Senator Sani emphasizes. “When a court issues an order for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, it is our duty as a law-abiding nation to respect that order.”
Nigeria faces a challenge today with the rise of separatist agitation in the southeastern part of the country. Senator Shehu Sani points out that delving into the backgrounds of these separatist groups reveals a time when they believed in the unity of the nation. “Something must have happened along the way,” he notes.
The key issue at hand is the court’s order acquitting Kanu, which should have been respected if the country were truly committed to upholding the rule of law. By disregarding the court’s decision, the government undermines the foundations of our democratic system and infringes upon the rights of individuals. Senator Sani’s personal experience in confinement strengthens his conviction that no one should be unjustly held captive.
To ensure justice and preserve the harmony of our nation, it is crucial that the government adheres to the principles of the constitution. Upholding the rule of law will help address the growing agitation and provide a path toward peaceful resolution. By releasing Nnamdi Kanu as ordered by the court, the government can demonstrate its commitment to justice and strengthen the unity of Nigeria.
In conclusion, Senator Shehu Sani lends his voice to the call for Nnamdi Kanu’s release, highlighting the importance of respecting court orders, upholding human rights, and preserving the unity of Nigeria.