In an unexpected ruling, Nigeria’s Court of Appeal has ordered the release of separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu. With crucial elections barely four months away, the government is now torn between appealing the verdict or releasing a man who is bent on ensuring that elections do not hold in the southeast.
About 11 months ago, notable leaders and politicians from the southeast region led by 94-year-old ex-minister, Mbazulike Amaechi, visited President Muhammadu Buhari to – among other things – seek the release of Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who was extradited from Kenya under controversial circumstances. Buhari made no commitment.
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