Nigeria will not have peace until Nnamdi Kanu is released, according to actress Rita Edochie.

Rita Edochie, a well-known Nollywood actress and television personality, has declared that Nigeria will never be at peace until the federal government releases Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

While condemning Nnamdi Kanu’s continued detention following the Appeal Court ruling, she warned that anything bad could happen to him in detention.

The actress, who, in a post shared on her Instagram page on Monday, called on the people of the south-east to unite and demand Kanu’s release, however, noted that the south-east could never achieve its push for the presidency without Kanu’s support.

She said, “The continuous detention of Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu will keep dividing Nigeria. So long as Kanu is still being detained, Nigeria will never know peace. Ndi Igbo I laugh, ndi Igbo wake up. Onye Igbo can never smell presidency without Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu.

“It is a spiritual thing. Fight for your own first, and God will finish the battle. Ndi Igbo let nothing happen to our great brother Nnamdi Kanu because it’s going to be our worst experience. Chukwu okike abiama is waiting for Ndi Igbo to act. God is not sleeping.”

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal had, in October 2022, discharged Kanu of the 15-count terrorism charges brought against him by the federal government, and The appellate court, in a unanimous decision, faulted the process through which Kanu was brought before the Federal High Court to answer to 15-count terrorism charges.

The separatist leader has been in the Department of State Services (DSS) custody after his illegal arrest and extradition from Kenya to Nigeria in June 2021.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him by the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, at the High Court in response to years of the campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

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