'My son won't give up on Biafra struggle,' IPOB leader's father says

Israel Kanu, who is the traditional ruler of Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia, says no inducement can influence his son.

Nnamdi Kanu on trial

Speaking in an interview with NAN on Monday, May 8, Israel Kanu says no inducement can influence his son.

The man, who is the traditional ruler of Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia, says no inducement can stop his son.

He appealed to the Federal Government to withdraw the charges against the IPOB leader.

He said, "I call on the federal government to immediately withdraw all the charges preferred against Kanu in the interest of peace in the country.

"He did not commit murder. He did not carry arms; neither did he commit any heinous crime to warrant such a government clampdown.

"His only offence was that he expressed his opinion in a democracy where people are free to express themselves without the fear of arrest or molestation.

"He is more than 18 years of age and has become an adult. He is capable of having an independent opinion on any issues. So, I cannot ask him to stop pursuing what he believes in.

"The only thing that can assuage him is to allow him to have Biafra and no amount of inducement, even giving him an oil block would stop not him."

He described the bail conditions given to his son by the Abuja Federal Court court as stringent.

Kanu assured those who stood as sureties for his son that the IPOB leader would not betray the trust they have in him.

Nnamdi arrived at his country home at Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia on Friday to the warm reception of his parents, kinsmen and other relations.

The palace has been hosting visitors daily, including traditional rulers, politicians and other members of the community seeking to catch a glimpse of the IPOB leader.

Nnamdi, who was arrested on October 14, 2015, has been standing trial on a six-count charge of treasonable felony.

He was granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako on April 25.

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