A former senator, Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu has urged traditional rulers, religious and political leaders of South East extraction to stand up against injustice being meted against the zone.
Anyanwu, who represented Imo East District at the Senate between 2015 and 2019 specifically called on the leaders to rally support for the incarcerated leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu was reportedly rearrested in Kenya in June and kept in captivity for eight days before he was repatriated to the country to continue trial.
Anyanwu, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State said that despite his rearrest which he described as controversial, Kanu remains innocent of the allegations against him until a competent court of jurisdiction proves otherwise.
The former senator in a statement signed by his media aide, Ikenna Onuoha appealed to Igbo leaders not to shy away from identifying with Kanu, maintaining that so far, no court has convicted him of any offence and as such, should not be abandoned.
Anyanwu urged the Igbo to toe the same line of action the Yoruba leaders adopted in defending Sunday Igboho, pointing out that Kanu’s arrest should not scare anyone away from speaking against marginalization of the zone by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, “When the Igbo begin to desert their own who is languishing in prison, strangers will seize to accord respect to them.
“All hands must be on deck irrespective of political affiliations to ensure the speedy release of one of our own. As an Igbo man, no one should deny him even if convicted.”
While condemning the height of insecurity and unjust arrest of innocent citizens in the South East zone, Senator Anyanwu enjoined governors of Igbo extraction to urgently dialogue with the federal government, in order to fast-track his unconditional release.
Justice Binta Nyako of Federal High Court had on July 2 adjourned the case against Kanu to July 29 when she again adjourned the matter to October 21 following the failure of the Department Of State Security, DSS, to produce Kanu in court.
Kanu’s lead counsel, Alloy Ejimako has consistently called for Kanu’s release to enable him receive medical treatment following deterioration of his health as a result of beatings and torture he received at the hands of security agents.