Former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina has exposed that the Buhari led administration had the option of killing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, but opted to arrest him in Kenya instead.
In his book titled, ‘Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015-2023),’ which was recently launched in Abuja, Adesina said Buhari chose to spare Kanu’s life when his government had the option of having him(Kanu) killed.
Nnamdi Kanu has been agitating for a separate state of Biafra in the eastern parts of Nigeria with a large following among mostly young Igbo people.
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Adesina said in his book that Buhari disclosed the possibility of eliminating Kanu during a meeting he had with a delegation of some Igbo elders, who had pleaded for the release of Kanu following his extraordinary rendition and detention in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja.
“In the past six years, I have developed a system where in which I don’t interfere with the judiciary,” Adesina quoted Buhari as saying.
“That was why in the case of Kanu, I said the best was to subject him to the system.
“Let him make his case in court instead of giving a terrible impression of the country from outside.
“I feel it is a favour to give him (Kanu) that opportunity. Government could have mobilised to eliminate him where he was, but we did not do that.”
Following his rendition from Kenya in June 2021, Kanu faces trial for terrorism-related charges, including the murder of 60 persons in the east.