The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has given a hint to what President Muhammadu Buhari will consider before authorizing the release of Nnamdi Kanu.

Mazi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, a pressure group from the eastern part of Nigeria, is demanding the breakup of the country.

The IPOB leader has been in detention since June last year for various activities agitating for the creation of the Republic of Biafra.

While on the NTA Good Morning show, the Attorney General said the President will put public interest first in considering what steps to take as concerns the IPOB leader.

President Buhari has given a clue to this when he was visited by some Igbo leaders led by a first republic Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amechi on the 19th of November last year.

The President told his visitors that he will not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary but promised to consider their demand which he described as “a heavy one.”

Mr. Malami likened the President’s disposition to Nnamdi Kanu to his refusal to sign the amended electoral bill.

“By way of general statements to the two issues presented; the issue relating to electoral bill and the issue relating to Kanu and by extension, IPOB, what I can tell you for certain is that the decision of the President is based fundamentally and at all times on public interest consideration.

“In the art of governance and what I have come to learn about the mind and heart of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, is to consider the 200 million as against the limited people.

“By extension, the issue of Kanu, what would as well govern the decision of the President in terms of whatever request is presented is the public interest as against limited sectional interest of it.”

Nnamdi Kanu was first arrested in 2017, over allegations of terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of firearms and running an illegal organization.

He jumped bail the next year and his whereabouts remained unknown till he was rearrested in Kenya.


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