Aloy Ejimakor, counsel for the detained Biafra indigenous leader Mazi Kanu, has said Nigeria’s problem is not separatist agitation or Kanu, but the alleged misguided military response to the agitation.

In a statement made available to: The PUNCH in Umuahia Friday night, Ejimakor said: “The problem is not the separatist agitation, IPOB or Nnamdi Kanu. The problem is the misguided militaristic response to it, which, instead of comprehending it, actually confirms the agitation.”

Kanu, who is still in custody by the Department of State Services in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, was recently supported by the United Nations, which urged the federal government and its agencies to release him unconditionally.

Ejimakor said: “It is a referendum that has made Atiku Abubakar a Nigerian and may also make him president.

“It is through a referendum that the Midwest region came into being in 1964. This is all within Nigeria, not counting the many nations created through referendum such as Eritrea, Kosovo, South Sudan, etc.”

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He therefore advised that the IPOB leader should be unconditionally released and compensated.

The family responded, saying that not only the agitation was the problem of Nigeria, but also the current federal government.

Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emma Kanu, said: “They have vehemently refused to understand the reasons behind the agitation. Not only the Biafra is on the move, but every part of the country is on the move.

“Until they start listening, they won’t get it right. We want to be free.”

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