The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has appealed to the federal government to release detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu to prevent impending crisis in the south east and the south south.
The group noted that the continued detention of the IPOB leader has been largely responsible for escalation of tension in the regions.
In a statement yesterday in Umuahia by its national president, Mazi Isiguzoro, the group said available intelligence reports indicated there could be a total breakdown of law and order in the entire South East and South South zones if Kanu is not released soon.
“OYC wonders why the federal government would continue to hold Kanu who has never taken up arms against the state while captured members of the dreaded Boko Haram terror group are serially released from detention.
“It beats our imagination that terrorists who have been responsible for the death of innocent Nigerians are being released while unarmed freedom fighters are kept behind the bars.
“This bias poses serious threat to our peace and national unity , and we hope the President will address it before it becomes too late,” the group said.
The group expressed concern about the political logjam in Abia State and appealed for calm.
It cautioned against any action capable of plunging the state into upheaval as the matter is being handled by the Court of Appeal.
It advised that the Abia Charter of Equity, which recommends power rotation among the senatorial zones, should be respected for justice and fair play.