President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected calls for Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to be pardoned.


Despite President Buhari’s pledge in November 2021 to take into account the request of some leaders from the South East region to discharge Kanu, who is facing treason charges filed against him by the Nigerian government.

President Buhari has claimed that Kanu should respond for his behavior over the years, particularly while he was out of the country.

He made his submission in an interview with Channels Television aired on Wednesday January 5,

The President accused Kanu of exploiting his government while in Europe “as if he were not a Nigerian,” and stated that he will not interfere with judicial matters.

He said; 

“Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary.

“Let him be listened to. For those who are saying that we should release him, no we cannot release him.

“There is a possibility of political solution; if people behave themselves, all well and good, but you can’t go to a foreign country and keep on sending incorrect economic and security problem against your country and thinking that you will never have to account for what you have been doing. Let him account for what he has been doing.

“There is one institution that I wouldn’t dare interfere with – that is the judiciary.

“Kanu’s case is with the judiciary, but what I wonder is when Kanu was safely in Europe abusing this administration and mentioning too many things, I never thought really he wants to voluntarily come and defend himself on the accusations.

“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to be abusing us from Europe as if he was not a Nigerian. Let him come here to us and then criticise us here.”