The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has expressed regret for referring to President Muhammadu Buhari as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile in his radio broadcasts, reports Punch.
Kanu, who has been charged along with two others by the Federal Government before a Federal High Court in Abuja on six counts of treason and other ancillary offences, said he intended to write a private letter to Buhari to express his apology to the President.
He also apologised to former President Goodluck Jonathan and Igbo elders for “some uncomplimentary things” he said about them.
He tendered the apology for his comment against President Buhari and others in a statement, which he made to the Department of State Service on October 23.
The statement read:
“Reference to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile is regrettable and uncalled for and for that, I unreservedly apologise and will be doing so in a private letter to the President.
“Before PMB (President MuhammaduBuhari) there was the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. I also said uncomplimentary things about him and Igbo elders as well, which I now recognise should not have happened because it is un-African to be rude or insolent to elders.
“All I was trying to do is to draw attention to the problems afflicting society and something done about them.”
The 48-year-old pro-Biafran agitation leader, however, remains unapologetic about his demand for a Republic of Biafra. Kanu, who described himself as a Nigerian and a British citizen, justified his agitation for a Biafra Republic.
“I can confirm that I, NnamdiKanu, is the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra worldwide as a legitimately and duly registered body at the United Nations pursuing the rights of a specific indigenous people, in this case, Biafra, to seek self determination according to the said charter.
“The reason for the formation of the Indigenous People of Biafra is to avail those referring to themselves as Biafrans the opportunity made available as a result of the United Nations declaration to seek the peaceful rebirth of Biafra in line with international law.
Kanu, who is a son of a traditional ruler in Abia State, Sir I.O. Kanu, said he operated Radio Biafra, whose programmes “are designed to wake up the public from its slumber and address the issues of the time” because of his belief in free speech and freedom of expression.
He explained that the intended Biafra Republic comprised Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Cross River, AkwaIbom, Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states as well the Igbanke part of Edo State; Igala part of Kogi State and Idoma/Igede part of Edo State.
On December 23 during the accused persons’ appearance in court for their scheduled arraignment, Kanu refused to take his plea due to what he called his lack of confidence in the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed.
“I will rather remain in detention than subject myself to a trial that I know amounts to perversion of justice.
I will not have a fair trial in this very court because information available to me indicates that I will not receive fair trial before this very judge.
I will not for any reasons sacrifice the due process of law founded on the principle of natural justice on the altar of my speedy release from detention. After all, previous orders have been made in my favour by courts of competent jurisdiction that my accuser, the state security service failed to carry out.”
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