The Igbo People in United Kingdom filed a petition via CHANGE.ORG to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron MP, President Barack Obama, President Buhari, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. The petition is titled "Release Pro-Biafran Activist, Nnamdi Kanu From Nigerian Detention". To sign the petition click on the link below:
On October 17, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of a Nigerian pro-Independence group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and a Director of the online radio station, Radio Biafra was arrested in Lagos, Nigeria, by the Department of Security Services (DSS) on arrival from the United Kingdom where he resides.
The IPOB movement is agitating for the independence of Nigeria’s former Eastern Region – proclaimed the Republic of Biafra in 1967 and re-annexed to Nigeria three years later, following a civil war that claimed over three million lives.
The Pro-Biafra group are non-violent and according to Article I of the Charter of the United Nations, these nearly 79 million people are covered under the Self-determination Right of international law to freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
Irrespective of our political disagreements and leaning, his freedom cannot be infringed by the Nigerian government under any pretext and his continued detention is condemnable.
We call upon international communities and organisations, especially the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, the United States President, Barack Obama and other world leaders to demand the immediate release of Mr Nnamdi Kanu and intervene in this matter in accordance with International law.
For the Nigerian government, the arrest and detention of Mr Kanu will not prevent the demands for referendum and Independence of the Biafran people. The government’s current draconian approach is only attracting sympathies and support from some of us that do not share the same ideology with the Pro-Biafran activist.
We demand Mr Nnamdi Kanu’s Immediate release from detention. His freedom, right of association and expression must not be subject to contest.