IPOB Leader Kanu begs supporters to be law abiding, shun violence
EMERGENCY DIGEST- The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has charged his supporters to be civil in their conduct and comportment, “shun violence and defiant behaviour in any manner or form, and exercise restraint in speech” during his next court appearance on Tuesday, 18th January, 2022.
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor made this known in a statement after his visit on Thursday to Kanu in detention.
Ejiofor said the IPOB leader was in a cheerful mood and confident of victory in the long run.
“We undertook our customary visit to Onyendu in DSS custody today. In the course of the visit, our discussions focused primarily on our final preparations for the legal battle that would resume on the turf of the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, from next week and on subsequent adjourned dates, if any.
“We coalesced the product of our individual reflections on the most potent legal strategies henceforth to be adopted, fine tuned and harmonised them, and then distilled them into a single, conclusive, potent, workable formula.
“We are optimistic that the court outings of Onyendu would be impressive. Onyendu himself is in high spirits. Our discussions with him further reassured him and strengthened his determination to persevere unrelentingly.
“Onyendu is fully prepared to appear in court as from the 18th of January, 2022. He is rooting for victory and knows that, with the help of Chukwuokike Abiama, victory is assured”, he added.
Ejiofor said the World will behold an interesting dimension in the harmonised workable formula the IPOB leaders legal team has evolved, adding that Kanu’s detractors will comprehensively be humbled and permanently put to shame.
“Further, Onyendu utilised the opportunity afforded by our visit to mandate us to admonish his teeming supporters and followers.
“He advises those of them that would appear in court in demonstration of their unflinching support and loyalty to him to conduct themselves with decorum, be civil in their conduct and comportment, shun violence and defiant behaviour in any manner or form, and exercise restraint in speech”.
“On our part, we have caused formal correspondences to issue on responsible, sovereign, democratic Governments and other international institutions to prevail on the Nigerian Government to caution uncouth and overzealous security agents.
“We can authoritatively declare to you, that those correspondences are receiving the requisite attention they deserve.
“We are optimistic that there would be a positive transformation in the conduct and general approach of the said overzealous security agents at the next appearance of Onyendu in court.
“We make bold to state for the umpteenth time that Onyendu has not committed any offence known to law. For this reason, he must be released unconditionally.
“We specially appeal to you to demonstrate profound understanding and fortitude in these trying times. You must remain focused, dogged, and resilient.
“On no account must your untiring spirit be shaken and your resolve diluted. You must keep the peace at all times and comport yourselves with decorum.
“In no too distant time, you will surely savour the sweetness of victory. Celebration and jollity will resound in your respective dwellings and sorrow and sighing shall take a permanent and unremitting flight to the abyss”, the Lawyer said.
Ejiofor said that Kanu expressed his profound gratitude and appreciation to millions of his followers and supporters scattered throughout the face of the earth.