Entertainers in their hundreds under the auspices of United Nigerian Artists for Peace and Justice have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to release the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu alongside Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are standing trial on a five count charge bordering on treasonable felony and their alleged involvement in acts of terrorism.
The artistes who were on a solidarity visit to Kanu and other pro-Biafra agitators at Kuje prisons in Abuja last week, made the appeal after they emerged from the detention facility.
The group’s leader, Amb. Chielo Ojirika and other top Nigerian actors, Chief Bruno Iwuoha and former President of Nigerian Guild of Actors, Chief Ejike Asiegbu, equally called for the release of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and Shiek Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.
Addressing journalists after conferring with Kanu in the prison, Ejike said the IPOB leader is a prisoner of conscience, adding that the federal government should explore a political solution to the Biafra agitation.
“We appeal to the Federal government to release the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu in the interest of peace and justice. Nigeria belongs to all of us; we equally plead with the government of the day to look into the plight of other political prisoners like Sambo Dasuki and Shiek El-Zakzaky. This is our appeal,” Ejike said.
On his part, Ojirika who is Nigerian Music Ambassador to Germany, noted that the continued detention of Kanu would not augur well for the country’s unity.
He called for equity, fairplay and justice from the federal government.
“These people who are being held by the government can contribute enormously to the growth and development of the country.
“We also appeal to the leadership of the National Assembly to wade into the issue and ensure that Kanu and other detainees of conscience are released.”