When Buhari borrowed the words of Charles De Gaulle, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody,” it raised a lot of hope in skeptical Nigerians. Worse than murder is oppression, the Muslim Quran says in chapter 2 verse 191. Injustice and oppression are the root causes of terror and the gasoline that keeps it burning.
I was one who campaigned for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu of radio Biafra. I had heard him promote violence against northerners and Muslims in the East. That is bad and should not go unpunished.
But today, I campaign for his release. There is nothing more important in a society that equality and justice. If you lock up a thief of a pen, you must lock up a Senator when he uses his pen to steal. If not, then free the petty thief. Open up the jails.
If the Kano Attorney general Haruna Falali brazenly obstructs justice and frees suspected killers of Bridget Agbahime in Kano, then free all suspected killers of Nigerians across the country and by all means, free Nnamdi Kanu who has not yet been directly connected to a death.
If intolerant extremist terrorists will walk freely and be aided by the law in perpetration of their carnage in the north, then let the same be obtained in the south.
Kano and Kanu are just names. There is no difference.
It is time to free Nnamdi Kanu.
If there is no justice there can never be peace.