Release Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB are not Militants, Senator Rowland Owie tells Buhari

Sen. Rowland Owie
A former Senator and member of House of Representatives of the federal republic of Nigeria, Senator Rowland owie has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and dialogue with the agitators so as to minimize the tension in the country.

Senator Rowland Owie, who was the Chief Whip of the Senate, where he represented the good people of Edo South senatorial district of Edo State between 1999 to 2003 under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of Nnamdi Kanu and stop buying into the notion that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are militants.

Senator Rowland Stephen Owie, who during an interview with Vanguard Newspaper in June 2015 stated that APC leaders were poor students of history, urged President Buhari to desist from alienating any group if he wants to see Nigeria succeed as one.

 He said, “I wish to remind President Muhammadu Buhari that every elected leader in Nigeria becomes a prisoner of palace jesters around him and become isolated from realities outside Aso Rock. President Buhari should open the prison door now and come out and face the reality.”

He further stated that there is a clear difference between IPOB and Boko Haram unlike “palace jesters” in Aso Rock is making him believe. ”While Boko Haram leadership is not visible, the IPOB leadership is visible” he stated.

Using Benin parable, he speculates that if the tension is allowed to continue, President Buhari may end up losing at last.

“I urge President Buhari to release Kanu, the leader of the IPOB, now and dialogue with them. The President should not listen to palace jesters who are telling him that they are militants like Boko Haram. They are not. While Boko Haram leadership is not visible, the IPOB leadership is visible. Buhari should act now. A Benin parable says the king that folds his hands while his palace is burning ends up being a tenant” he added.

Meanwhile, several groups, Bishops and Prophets have in different occasions called on President Buhari to order the release of Nnamdi Kanu but it all fail on deaf ears. Instead, the federal government has been using the men of armed forces to intimidate and molest the agitators in every of their peaceful protests, especially in Onitsha where more than 20 people have been reportedly gunned down.

Even the members of the legal luminary are beginning to grow cold feet about the case as we saw Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court on December 23, 2015 wash off his hand from the case like Pontus Pilate.

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