President Muhammadu Buhari has ruled out the option of releasing Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Some Igbo leaders had visited the president at Aso Rock, where they pleaded that the IPOB leader, who is currently standing trial for treason should be freed.
They had asked the president to show mercy and Buhari had promised to see what he could do.
But speaking in a Channels Television interview, Buhari said he would not interfere with the judiciary.
“There is one institution that I wouldn’t interfere with, that is the judiciary, Kanu’s case is with the judiciary but what I wonder is when Kanu was safely in Europe, abusing this administration and mentioning too many things, I thought he wants to come and defend himself on the accusations.
“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system, not to be abusing us from Europe as if he was not a Nigerian.
“Let him come here with us and then criticise us here. Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary, let him be listened to.
“But those who are saying that he should be released, no, we cannot release him.”