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Arrest of Kanu a Buhari mistake – Agbakoba

Features & Reports

The former president of the Nigerian Bar Association Olisa Agbakoba on Tuesday, July 4, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of making a mistake in the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

Agbakoba while addressing journalists in Lagos on the future of Nigeria said the treason charge against Kanu by the federal government elevated his agitation.

Agbakoba said Kanu should not have been charged with treason at all.

Also rejecting the call for restructuring of Nigeria, Agabkoba said there should be a referendum to determine the fate of Biafra. Citing Article (12) of the United Nations Charter and Article 20 (1) of the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights to which Nigeria is a signatory to, the senior lawyer said he supports self-determination.

Agbakoba said: “I see every politician now says restructure but I disagree. I also think the acting President was wrong to say that Nigeria is insoluble.

“There is nothing sacrosanct about Nigeria. It can blow up anytime. It’s an artificial creation, which was made in 1914 and when it was amalgamated we were not there. It was amalgamated in the interest of the colonialists,” Agbakoba said.