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 direction.
Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman
Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ)