One of the top politicians in Europe, Julie Ward, a Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North West of England gave a speech, calling President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), who was apprehended by security operatives in October, 2015 and has been in detention since then in spite of court orders asking for his release.


Julie Ward said:

“Since October 2015, Nnamdi Kanu, a British-Nigerian citizen and leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra has been unlawfully imprisoned by Nigeria’s Department of State Services despite the fact that all criminal charges against him were dropped and the court order has been issued for him to be released on bail. Chapter 4 section 39 of the Nigerian constitution says that every person every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impact ideas and information without interference.”

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“I therefore call upon the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to uphold his country’s constitution, to ensure Nnamdi Kanu’s immediate and safe release as well as his co-defendant, Benjamin Madubgwu and James Nwawuisi.

“The Nigerian government must guarantee the freedom of expression of all Nigerian citizens including their right to protest without intimidation and end violence towards those who identify as Biafrans.
“And I call on my colleagues here in the European Parliament to do much more to promote human rights in Nigeria.”