Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo has appealed to president Mohammadu Buhari to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been held up in the DSS custody.
Kanu was re-arrested and extradited to Nigeria from Kenya after jumping bail while on trial for treasonous felonies.
The actor whose real name is Anayo Modestus Onyekwere said this as part of his 60th birthday wishes.
Kanu has remained in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since he was arrested and extradited to Nigeria.
In July 2021, IPOB ordered a sit-at-home every Monday in the South-East to protest against Kanu’s detention until he is released.
The proscribed separatist group also declared that the region would be locked down any day Kanu is to appear in court.
Although IPOB later withdrew the order, economic activities are still grounded in the South-East on Mondays and any other day Kanu is to appear in court.
In his appeal addressed to the president, Kanayo O. Kanayo noted that he was not speaking on behalf of his fans but that his request was his personal 60th birthday appeal.
He said, “Sir, on this occasion of my 60th birthday, I want to make an appeal to you as a son and a patriotic citizen whose industry contributes meaningfully to the Nation’s GDP.
“I’m deeply pained by the loss of lives, wanton killings and general insecurity in the land. You’re the father of the nation with numerous sons and daughters, including Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.