Leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Youth Council on Friday and before the 2019 general elections instructed President Muhammadu Buhari to grant Nnamdi Kanu the presidential pardon.
Nnamdi Kanu, national leader of the indigenous people Biafra, IPOB, was reportedly seen while praying in a hiding place in far-off Israel.
The request for a presidential pardon against Kanu was contained in a signed statement addressed to journalists in Abakaliki by the group’s deputy chairman, Comrade Obinna Achionye.
He urged the federal government to forgive Kanu for allowing him to return home, especially as the 2019 general election approaches.
“We Urge President Muhammadu Buhari to grant him presidential pardon and quash all legal proceedings instituted against him in the spirit of national reconciliation and forgiveness”.
Ohaneze said that if the federal government could release Boko Haram detainees in Kano and plan to amnesty Boko Haram suspects, the same move should be extended to IPOB and Kanu.
“They should reverse the tag of IPOB as a terrorist organization and allow peace to reign,” the group said.
The group also urged IPOB followers not to go to the street now in the spirit of jubilation in order not to create political tension in the South East and South/South geopolitical zones.
“We Urge the South East Governors to close ranks and rebuild the palace of Nnamdi Kanu’s father, HRH Eze I. Kanu which was destroyed during the Python dance.
“We also ask the leader, Nnamdi Kanu to change strategy and embrace the hands of genuine Igbo brothers and leaders. We still ask IPOB to have a rethink on its decision of proscribing the parent body of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and disruption of Ohanaeze events” he added.