Olisa Metuh, a former national publicity secretary for the Persons’s Democratic Party, claimed that Nnamdi Kanu’s ongoing detention was evidence of the nation’s discriminatory treatment of people from the South-East.
He also urged ardent prayers from well-meaning Nigerians for God to step in and liberate Kanu through the legal system.
In a statement released on Sunday, Metuh requested Kanu’s unconditional release, highlighting the fact that doing so would bring peace and normalcy back to the South-East area and have a beneficial ripple effect over the entire nation.
The former PDP spokesperson also denounced the “systematic extortion and abuse” of South-Easterners by dishonest agents in security organizations and government institutions.
“In the light of the deplorable security situation in the South-East, there is a need for unconditional freedom for Nnamdi Kanu to restore peace and normalcy to the region. Peace in the southeast will have a multiplier effect on the entire country.
“The truth is that many people are not happy with the way and manner Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was abducted in a foreign country and brought to Nigeria in chains to face all kinds of charges. Nnamdi Kanu is viewed by many as suffering for highlighting the plight of the Igbos in present Nigeria,” he said.
Metuh lamented the predicament of South Easterners in Nigeria, saying, “It is evident that Igbos still suffer stigmatisation and unfair treatment in the hands of unscrupulous operatives in security agencies and the Nigerian bureaucracy.