National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum AYCF, Yerima Shettima, has said leader of secessionist group IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, is an arrogant man who if pardoned by President Muhammadu Buhari, will go about bragging he was released because Buhari is afraid of him.
Shettima who made the statement while speaking to DAILY POST, warned against releasing Kanu, saying doing so would encourage more acts of criminality in the country.
Buhari had recently promised to consider request to unconditionally pardon Kanu who had jumped bail and fled abroad, but has since been in DSS custody following his re-arrest in July.
The request was made by a group of Igbo elders who paid a visit to the President at the State House Abuja.
“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, ” Buhari told the group which was led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi.
However, Shettima thinks such move by the president will be dangerous, stressing that Kanu’s release would undermine what he has done to Nigeria.
He said, “There is the possibility of undermining the consequences of what this man (Nnamdi Kanu) did to the country and by implication, if he is allowed to go unpunished, it would be sending the wrong message. Nobody in the history of this country has done more damage to this country since the civil war than this young man.
“If at the end of the day, they allow him to go unpunished after what he has done, the implication is that nobody will ever commit any offence of this nature and be punished because everybody will always refer to him.
“And this means that the constitution is automatically suspended in the country. This means that some people can just commit any crime at the expense of over 200 million Nigerians and get away with it. Somebody can kill, pronounce killing and still get away with it; then what is the essence of condemning people to death for killing, murder when compared to what this man (Kanu) did?
“This is just a way of undermining the laws of our land, and indirectly they are saying the government of the day can be easily influenced. This means, somebody can commit any offence and then come to Buhari or any other government after this and seek forgiveness.”
The AYCF National President noted that Kanu is not remorseful of his actions, hence he may boast of being begged.
He added: “This man is not even remorseful, indirectly, it’s like the government is begging him to continue with what he’s doing, and he would go unpunished.
“The consequence is that, if he is allowed to go unpunished, we would end up having millions of Kanu rising, even, if he decides not to go ahead with further actions.
“If he is allowed to go, he (Kanu) will come out boasting that he did not beg to be released. He is not remorseful and there is nothing to show he regrets his actions, and anybody can do such and get away with it; we are not in Banana Republic for God’s sake.”
He maintained that the law should be allowed to take its full course in Kanu’s matter.
“The law must take its full course and I hope it’s not what I’m thinking because nobody has done the kind of damage this man has done to this country; and up till date, we have not recovered from the consequences of what he has done to this country, we are watching.
“If we allow him to go unpunished, then we are saying that the country should produce millions of him. With him alone, look at the damage he has done to his region, but for us in the North, we would ensure he has no sympathizer.
“Nobody is saying he should be dealt with without committing any crime, but if he is found wanting; then he should be made to face the consequences of his actions since the matter is in court,” he added.