According to TheCable, the academics under the aegis of ‘Nzuko Umunna’, a pan-Igbo group, also called for the release of his colleagues who are in jail.
Delivering the statement of the group in Abuja on Tuesday, Soludo said that Nigeria was more divided now than before.
“We are a delegation of Nzuko Umunna, a pan-Igbo group. We visited Nnamdi Kanu to hear his own point of view as well as share our own point of view with him.
“We believe that Nigeria has the potential to be great, and like most countries has its own challenges.
“Nigeria has never been more divided than now. Most discerning patriots have come to the conclusion that Nigeria has currently structured is destined to be a failed state.
“It is our considered view that most of the agitation is in response to a looting elite. We do not condone violence. We note that in 2015 Nigerians voted for change. As the ruling party, the APC has its duty to deliver to the Nigerian people.
“So far APC seems to have abandoned its cardinal duty to Nigeria. We are in a state of emergency at all levels.
”We demand the urgent release of Nnamdi Kanu, and his colleagues as part of the process of engineering a new Nigeria.
“No citizen of Nigeria deserves the treatment that is being meted to Nnamdi Kanu and his colleagues. Nnamdi Kanu is not above the law, and he should not be put below the law.”
Prof Soludo also condemned the killing of IPOB members in the south-east and called for an investigation of the killings.
Amnesty International had recently put the number of pro-Biafra protesters killed by security agents at 177.
The agency in its 2016/2017 report accused Nigerian military authorities of being responsible for the death of many Boko Haram victims in North-Eastern Nigeria and of pro-Biafran agitators in the country’s South-East. Amnesty alleged that 240 people including infants died in a military detention centre in Borno in 2016 while 177 pro-Biafran agitators were
Amnesty alleged that 240 people including infants died in a military detention centre in Borno in 2016 while 177 pro-Biafran agitators were extra-judicially killed same year.
The military authorities have, however, vehemently denied Amnesty’s charges, describing them as mere fabrication.
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar described the report as a continuation of Amnesty’s “series of spurious fabrications aimed at tarnishing the good image of the Nigerian military.
According to the military, the title down to the body of the allegation smacks of the extreme bias, which is disturbing coming from an otherwise reputable organisation that is expected to be just and fair to all.
It also expressed it’s curiosity that a body that has never been able to seriously condemn terror in Nigeria now claims to have done an extensive research with the aim of discrediting the nation’s effort at curtailing terror.”
DHQ added that it is clear that Amnesty International becomes more active in presenting distractive allegations whenever the terrorists are losing ground in the battle. It is very unfortunate that Amnesty International has used this report to further confirm its questionable interest in the counter-terrorism effort in Nigeria.