#NnamdiKanu: Mixed Reactions Trail Arrest Of Separatist Leader

Nigerians on social media have poured in their reactions to the news of Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest.

Nigerians are reacting to news of the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who has been in exile since he jumped bail in 2017.

Earlier today, HumAngle reported that the separatist leader was arrested, following a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and INTERPOL.

Several Nigerians had reacted sceptically to reports of Kanu’s arrest, but a confirmation by Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister Of Justice, cleared the air on the authenticity of the news, hence their reactions.

Reacting on social media, some received the news as a welcome development while others were of the opinion that Kanu’s arrest does not bode well for Nigeria’s stability.

“The fugitive terrorist of the proscribed terrorist organization IPOB has been arrested. The FG need not delay the prosecution of this terrorist, so that justice can be served, especially to the slain Police Officers families who lost their lives as a result of his terrorism,” a Twitter user, Kabir Mtz, reacted.

“Good news from Nigeria. The leader of IPOB terrorists, Nnamdi Kanu has been arrested and repatriated. This is a welcome development. Shekau is dead and now Nnamdi Kanu is arrested. In sha Allah, terrorists will know no peace in Nigeria,” Fahad Kano, another Twitter user, posted.

“The greatest mistake that the Nigerian Government will make at this very crucial moment, following Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest, is for the IPOB leader to be harmed or killed under their custody. Well, he has been arrested. Let him be tried according to the RULE OF LAW,” another Twitter user opined.

“So the Buhari federal government could swiftly arrest IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu in the UK, & extradite him to Nigeria. But Sheikh Gumi is still roaming freely with bandits, granting interviews, & asking for millions of Naira & amnesty for terrorists. ONE NIGERIA INDEED!!” @Chidoo tweeted.

“Will Nnamdi Kanu rearrest be a pyrrhic victory for the Buhari regime? Will it give more energy to IPOB secessionists? Some political analysts I’ve spoken to feel so. The authority needs circumspection and rapprochement of Igbo people now. But will they? Your guess is as good as mine.”

IPOB, a separatist group under Nnamdi Kanu’s leadership, has been advocating for the creation of a new state of Biafra from the Southeastern part of Nigeria.

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