The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against his plans to re-arrest the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, over his violation of his bail conditions, stating that the re-arrest of the IPOB leader would set Nigeria in flames, Sahara Reporters reports.
The IYC, under the leadership of Eric Omare, also criticized the presidency for its poor handling of the quit notice given to Igbos in the North by Arewa youths.
The group claimed things would have taken an entirely different twist if the threat had emanated from another tribe.
The IYC said, “It is the height of nepotism and sectionalism for the Buhari administration to treat the Arewa youth leaders who committed a serious offense bordering on a threat to national security with kid gloves while the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is being threatened with arrest and several Niger Delta activists are languishing in detention,”.
“While the Arewa youths are enjoying state dinners, Niger Delta youth activists, such as Ezekiel Daniel, Alex Odogu, ex-militant leader Bonny Gawei, and several others, are in underground detention cells. Ezekiel Daniel has been in DSS detention for more than a year for a mere Facebook comment. This is sad and unacceptable. The IYC condemns this institutionalization of double standards in national affairs by the Buhari administration in the strongest terms,”.
“We wish to state clearly that the Buhari administration has lost the justification to threaten to re-arrest Mr. Nnamdi Kanu or any other agitator in the southern part of Nigeria. Nigerians ought to be treated equally irrespective of their place of origin or ethnic background. We also strongly advise against the planned revocation of the bail and arrest of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. Arresting Nnamdi Kanu would set Nigeria in flames,”.