A cleric, Bishop Abraham Chris Udeh, has blamed the continued incarceration of the Director of Radio Biafra and founder of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on lack of interest of the international community, especially Britain.
The Bishop also slammed the United Nations (U.N) and America for their non-challant attitude, saying had they shown interest in Kanu’s case and queried the Nigerian government’s continued incarceration of the IPOB leader, he would have been released by now.
Kalu, a dual citizen of Nigeria and Britain, was arrested on October 14, 2015 by the State Security Services and charged with treason. All efforts to secure his release through the courts proved abortive as the Nigerian government feared he could jump bail.
Bishop Udeh, who is General Overseer of Mount Zion Faith Global Ministries Inc, aka (By Fire By Fire), Nnewi, Anambra State, said yesterday that the British government was only trying to protect her economic interests in Nigeria and had to play safe not to do anything that could strain her relationship with the Nigerian government.
According to the bishop, it amounted to an abject neglect of human rights, since the international community had folded their hands with the excuse that Nigeria is a sovereign nation while Nnamdi Kanu, “a freedom fighter, continued to remain behind the bars for no just cause”.
Udeh, however, called on the U.N and U.S, which is a known policeman of the world, to rise to the occasion and mount pressure on the Nigerian government to release Kanu between now and December, 2016 adding that it would be a very painful thing to the people of South East and South South, if the Radio Biafra director is allowed to remain in prison to celebrate this year’s Christmas.
He pointed out that Fulani herdsmen had been on rampage killing and maiming people in different parts of the country with reckless abandon and have gone scot-free, while Kanu, who adopted a non-violent approach, was incarcerated.
“The Federal Government has not told us how those herdsmen acquired the AK47 and other arms and ammunition they use to attack innocent Nigerians. But only someone who talks about freedom of his people verbally, without weapons, would be thrown into jail and denied his freedom since October, 2015”, Bishop Udeh said.