Igbo World Assembly Advocates Release Of Kanu | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Igbo World Assembly Advocates Release Of Kanu

Posted: Oct 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

The Igbo Diaspora group, Igbo World Assembly (IWA), has called on the Federal Government to release immediately and unconditionally the Director, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, whom it described as the first political prisoner of the present government.

IWA is the apex global umbrella organization that represents the apex national Igbo organizations outside Nigeria in the various countries of the world.

In a statement jointly signed by IWA Chairman, Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze, and Oliver Nwankwor, Secretary General , the group stated that Kanu was part of the Mass Media and should not be arrested or detained because of expressed opinions.

The group also stated that freedom of speech was guaranteed by Section 22 and Section 39 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution as amended and such right is also enshrined in the Geneva Convention Universal Human Right Declaration Article 19 when it stated: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.”

The detention and harassment of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, according to the group, is an affront to a free press and speech of all Nigerians.

“Radio Biafra of which Nnamdi Kanu serves as the Managing Editor is part of the Mass Media and should not be arrested or detained because of their expressed opinions.

“The detention and harassment of Kanu is an affront to a free press and speech of all Nigerians.

Suppressing press freedom is something many Nigerians associated with the dictatorship of the military rule in the past. All Igbo and indeed all Nigerians should defend press freedom and the right of Radio Biafra to express its views on Nigeria publicly. Ndigbo must not be subjected to a different treatment from other Nigerians.

“This incessant harassment and in some cases killing of members of Igbo organizations must be put to an end. MASSOB or Radio Biafra have not picked up arms against or challenged the Nigerian Government by force.

“Arrests and harassment of Igbo leaders is sending a wrong signal and message to young and newer generation of Ndigbo under 45 who did not witness the genocide and war against people in the South East.

“Peaceful freedom movements are going on in Western Cameroon, Scotland; Quebec in Canada, or in Texas, in the United States and nobody has been arrested or detained by the governments of these countries”, IWA noted.

The group further stated that all Nigerians of goodwill should join in the campaign to restore freedom of speech and movement in Nigeria which has been abridged by the arrest and detention of Kanu, adding that Nigeria cannot go back to violations of freedom of speech and press as witnessed in the past under military regime.

Comments (1)

  • Oct 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm Lola Says

    Well said people must stand up for freedom of speach

Comments are closed.