Nambdi Kanu, leader of the banned indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB), was advised in his interest to stay away from Nigeria unless he agrees to continue his trial for high treason.
The leader of the IPOB, who has fled the country and has been exiled since September 2017, is trying to return to the country for the funeral of his deceased mother.
In a conversation with DAILY INDEPENDENT on Friday, a presidential adjutant said canoeing would deceive himself if he thought he could simply “run across the country and go out after the funeral.”
“When a prisoner loses his mother and seeks permission to go and bury her, won’t the prisoner return to the prison after the conclusion of the burial?
“How then can a man who is standing trial and fled the country now want to return for the burial of the mother and say he will go back after the funeral? Is that logical? If he likes himself, let him come to Nigeria,” he said.
A former Governor of the Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, called on the federal government on Friday to allow Kanu to travel to Nigeria for the funeral of his deceased mother.
During a conversation with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Ezeife said that the government should also pledge not to molest or detain Kanu during his stay in the country until he leaves.
Ezeife, who said that the death of a mother is very painful, was pleased that many are calling on the government to let Kanu come home.