I condemn killing of soldiers in Abia, violence in South-east, says Nnamdi Kanu

The detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has condemned the killing of soldiers by gunmen in Obikabia Junction in Aba, the commercial hub of the Abia State, stating that the killing was at variance with the principles of the group.

Penpushing reports that Kanu condemned the act while speaking with journalists the Federal High Court Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in continuation of his trial on alleged terrorism, pointing out that some of the slain soldiers were their brothers given that they hailed from the South-East of the country

“I condemn every manner of killing in its entirety because IPOB was founded on a non-violent principle, and we maintain that (position) until this very day. And some of these soldiers, we were told, are also our people and their families are in mourning right now,” he said.

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Penpushing further reports that Kanu who is leading a group seeking to carve out a sovereign state of Biafra from the South-East and some parts of the South-South of Nigeria, equally condemned the growing violence and killings in the regions.

“I condemn all the killings. I don’t want anybody to die. We are fighting for freedom. So, how can we want violence at the same time? It’s not possible. We want people to be free. That’s what we’re fighting for”, he emphasized

Penpushing also reports that he argued that Africa had suffered a lot of atrocities from foreign countries, including slavery in Arabia, Europe and America, stressing that that it was time Africa fixed her problems rather than creating the problems for themselves.

“So, I think we should focus our time and devote it to making sure that this continent stands up to what God promised it is going to be. And that’s why we are doing what we are doing’, Kanu added.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that masked gunmen, on May 30, 2024, attacked and killed five soldiers in Obikabia Junction in Aba, and set ablaze the soldiers’ patrol truck, were said to be enforcing the sit-at-home order declared by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) across the South-East to mark their Biafra Day, which is celebrated annually in the region.

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