By Dennis Agbo
The Association of South East Town Unions, ASETU, also known as Igbo Town Unions, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to their custody, promising to produce him anytime he is needed and at anywhere.
They prayed to President Buhari to forget the logic and legality of their request and heed to their request, noting that Kanu’s continued detention has brought more insecurity to the country, particularly in their communities, than when he was free.
The Igbo communities cited instances such as in the Niger Delta and North East areas where dialogue and compromise resolved problems of insecurity in the regions other than use of l egalities.
ASETU made the plea in an open letter to President Buhari after an emergency Extra-Ordinary National Caucus meeting in Awka, Anambra State.
The letter was signed by its National President, Chief Emeka Diwe; National Secretary, Gideon Adikwuru; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Dr. I. I. Onwubuya and presidents of the body in the five states of South East region.
Parts of the letter read: “We utterly decry the worsening security situation in Igbo land and particularly, in parts of Imo and Anambra States.
“ASETU and indeed Igbo in general are most grieved by the continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, an action which has not helped the security situation in Igbo land and Nigeria but rather introduced the monstrous and retrogressive ‘sit-at-home’ with the attendant massive deterioration of security situation and debilitation of the South East economy.
“The daily loss of innocent Igbo lives and the crippling of the South East economy occasioned by the monstrous ‘sit-at-home’ calls and worsening insecurity in Igbo land attributed to the continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (as claimed) is not to the best interest of the country. “
“We passionately appeal to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to extend his milk of human kindness to Ndi gbo in this most trying period and abate the continued loss of innocent souls and the destruction of the South East economy by applying a political solution and using his prerogative of Presidential Amnesty to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention. As the father of all, may we remind him of the Igbo adage that says: ‘if a father beats his child with the left hand, he draws him back with the right hand”.