By Ismail Auwal
President Muhammadu Buhari told some Igbo leaders who met with him on Friday to demand the unconditional release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, that the demand was too much for him.
However, the President assured his guests that he would consider their request.
Mazi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB, is currently on trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The President met the Igbo leaders on the platform of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, in the grey room near his main office at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He told the 93-year-old statesman and his entourage that the demand they made was an extremely difficult demand on him as leader of the country.
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, said though the demand was heavy, he will consider it.
He said: “You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious.
“In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the judiciary.
“God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already.
“But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”
Stressing his policy of non-interference with the Judiciary, President Buhari said when Kanu jumped bail, got arrested and brought back to the country, “I said the best thing was to subject him to the system.
“Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.”
The President condoled with Chief Amaechi, who recently buried his wife, praying that her soul would rest in peace.