A group of human rights activists under the aegis of Centre for Human
Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has thrown its weight behind the
open protest slated for Friday this week by the Indigenous People of
Biafra (IPOB) against the continued detention of their leader, Comrade
Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government under President Muhamamdu
Buhari’s watch, saying that the detention of Kanu since all this while
was illegal and unconstitutional which must be stopped at all cost.
It will be recalled that the IPOB, through its spokesperson on Monday,
has enjoined the Igbo people and all those who believed in the Biafra ideology in the
country to sit-at-home and shutdown their businesses on Friday,
September 23, in protest over illegal continued detention of its
leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The activists were drawn from; The Christian Awareness Mission
Group(CAMG),Passengers Fundamental Rights Group(PATRGIA),The Islamic
Political Awareness Group(TIPAG),Centre for Social Justice and Equity
of Nigeria(CESJEN),Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of
Osun State(CSCEOS),Veteran Groups for Operation Clean Crusade(VGOCC),
Apata-Aiyeraye Social Political Volunteer Group(ASPVG), De-Mainstream
Independent Group(DMIG) and Coalition Against Illegal Arrest &
Unlawful Detention (CAIA&UD).
Others were; Centre for Constitutional Rights and Counter Corruption
Crusader, Save Lagos Group(SLG) ,The Conscience
Mainstream(TCM),African Masses Voices for Survival (AMVS),The
Christians Youths for the Peoples’ Rights and
Development(CYPRD),Islamic Movement for Muslims’ Rights(IMMR),Divine
Nigerians Liberators for Peoples’ Fundamental Rights(DNLPFR) and The
Christians Volunteers Groups for Good Governance in Nigeria(TCVGGGN).
Speaking on behalf of the group, its Coordinating leader, Comrade
Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman,in a statement which was made available to
newsmen on Monday, declared their total support for the proposed
peaceful protest to be embarked upon by the members of the IPOB in
pressurizing for their home demand, demanding unconditional release of
Biafra Radio Director (Kanu) from the custody of Federal Government.
It strongly condemned the illegal continued detention of Kanu, which
it stated that was against the principles of democracy that gives the
citizens freedom to assemble and express his or her opinion without
any hindrance, showing concern on what it may happen on the continued
detention of Biafra leader.
It then called on, all lovers of democracy in Nigeria and Diaspora to
guide against using brute force of despotic days of military era on
the innocent citizens of the country by Buhari’s government,
describing the proposed protest as welcome development in right
COMRADE ADENIYI, ALIMI SULAIMAN
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (CHRSJ)