Nnamdi Kanu, leader separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has told the United Nations that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is arresting and detaining unarmed protesters in a clampdown on civil rights.
The IPOB leader made the allegation in a petition during his visit to the UN headquarters in Geneva, on Thursday, according a statement from Emma Powerful, spokesman of the group.
According to the statement, Kanu met with officials of various UN agencies to establish the group’s grievances against the Nigerian government on five major counts.
It said the IPOB leader listed, “forceful Islamisation of the country as currently constituted, illegal detention of unarmed agitators, flagrant contempt of court orders, and incessant abduction and extra judicial killings of IPOB family members,” as some of the ills of the Buhari administration.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the greatest prophet and leader of our time presented Biafra plight to the United Nations officials, demanding urgent action against the numerous rights abuses inflicted daily upon Biafrans and the need to support the undeniable right of Biafrans to self-determination as enshrined in law, statute and various UN conventions” the statement read.
Kanu was said to have also informed the UN of the now suspended RUGA initiative, which the government introduced to address the incessant clashes between farmers and herders across the country.
“The case of RUGA settlement by stealth was also raised and the august body was left in doubt that Biafrans will never allow Fulani terror settlements in Biafraland,” Powerful said in the statement.
“From every indication there is palpable air of assurance that all the years of neglect of Biafra as a global issue requiring serious attention is now a thing of the past.”
The IPOB leader was said to have briefed the UN on the detention of Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, and Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).
“He (Kanu) also raised the issue of the continued illegal detention of Omoyele Sowore and the relentless persecution of the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by Sheikh El-Zakzaky,” the statement said.
Kanu has not been seen in Nigeria since the military clamped down on IPOB in the operation Python Dance II.