Nnamdi Kanu arrest: Plot to permanently silence Igbo ― South East youth leaders
The Coalition of Southeast Youth Leaders, COSEYL, has expressed outrage at the arrest and deportation of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, alleging that it is part of a scheme to permanently silence Ndigbo. COSEYL, in a press statement signed by its National President, Goodluck Ibem, and Secretary-General, Kanice Igwe, further alleged that his arrest was an attempt to provoke Ndigbo.
The statement said in part, “The arrest and torture of Kanu is a diabolical attempt to silence Ndigbo forever.” “COSEYL is concerned by the degrading treatment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, by Interpol and Nigerian security agencies. ” While we do not speak for IPOB, it is the right of any individual or group of individuals to seek freedom or to go their own way if they believe their safety is jeopardized. “Nnamdi Kanu and his supporters have the right to demand whatever he deserves because it is a fundamental human right.
“Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was the one who fought for and brought Nigerian independence in 1960. Because it was his right to demand Nigeria’s independence, his colonial masters did not subject him to the kind of torture and dehumanizing treatment meted out to Nnamdi Kanu today by security personnel. “Herdsmen kill, rape, and maim indigenes of Southern Nigeria on a daily basis, yet none of them have been apprehended or prosecuted.
“The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu is a direct challenge to Ndigbo: ‘How dare you speak when we kill, maim, and rape your women?’ “Nnamdi Kanu was jailed and dehumanized because he dared to inquire why herdsmen are killing people and the federal government doing nothing to stop them.”