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Group urges Federal Government to unconditionally release pro-Biafra activists

Concerned Igbo Citizens Council Calls for Amnesty Following Tinubu's Pledge to Uphold Freedom of Expression

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A plea has been directed to the Federal Government urging the unconditional release of all pro-Biafra activists and other Nigerians detained for self-determination agitations, echoing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s promise of fostering a free society.

The Concerned Igbo Citizens Council (CICC) issued the appeal through a statement signed by its interim National Coordinator, Comrade Ukachukwu Obioha, and interim National Secretary, Mazi James Okorie, distributed to reporters in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

Emphasizing the recent release of Sunday Igboho, a pro-Odua Republic agitator, and Omoyele Sowore, the CICC stressed the necessity of extending the same clemency to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and all others detained for similar causes.

The group decried what it perceived as an ethnic and sectional bias in the government’s actions, highlighting the disparity in treatment between Igbo and Yoruba activists. It called for an end to what it described as “unsavory ethnic and sectional coloration” in the Federal Government’s approach.

Additionally, the CICC urged relevant agencies such as the Department of State Services, the Police, and the National Human Rights Commission to promptly investigate and document cases of casualties, injuries, and unlawful detentions resulting from self-determination protests nationwide.

In a firm stance for justice, the group demanded that President Tinubu extend the amnesty granted to Igboho and Sowore to other Yoruba youths supporting their causes. It underscored the injustice of detaining supporters when the principal figures had been absolved of wrongdoing.

Furthermore, the CICC implored Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Igbo governors, and other advocates for Kanu’s release not to overlook the plight of his associates also facing persecution.

Asserting its commitment to rallying Nigerians from diverse backgrounds in the pursuit of a free society, the CICC reiterated its call for the release of all individuals detained for expressing their desire for self-determination.

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