Reports credited to The Punch have it that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and founder of Radio Biafra, has apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari for referring to him (Buhari) as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile in his radio broadcasts.
Kanu, who has been in DSS custody over charges of treason and other ancillary offences, it was gathered, will also write a private letter of apology to the president.
This apology was contained in a statement which the 48-year-old pro-Biafran agitator made available to the DSS on October 23.
In the statement, Kanu, whose trial recently suffered a setback on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, after the court refused to sit over his case, also apologised to former president Goodluck Jonathan and Igbo elders for “some uncomplimentary things” he said about them.
The Biafran leader is however, unapologetic about his demand for a Republic of Biafra.
“Reference to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile is regrettable and uncalled for and for that, I unreservedly apologise and will be doing so in a private letter to the President.
“Before PMB (President Muhammadu Buhari) there was the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. I also said uncomplimentary things about him and Igbo elders as well, which I now recognise should not have happened because it is un-African to be rude or insolent to elders.
“All I was trying to do is to draw attention to the problems afflicting society and something done about them,” Kanu’s statement read in part.
He also explained the reason for the continuous agitation for IPOB’s secession, stating that the agenda was informed by the “incessant hardship, lack of holistic development in the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria, lack of youth employment, corruption in high offices and economic regression.”
“I can confirm that I, Nnamdi Kanu, is the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra worldwide as a legitimately and duly registered body at the United Nations pursuing the rights of a specific indigenous people, in this case, Biafra, to seek self determination according to the said charter.
“The reason for the formation of the Indigenous People of Biafra is to avail those referring to themselves as Biafrans the opportunity made available as a result of the United Nations declaration to seek the peaceful rebirth of Biafra in line with international law,” he added.