2016: Nnamdi Kanu, Ekweremadu Named Igbo Personalities of the Year

Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Interso­ciety) and the South-East based Coalition of Hu­man Rights Organisations yesterday named three Igbo as its Distinguished Per­sonalities of 2016.

They are Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Peter Obi, former Gov­ernor of Anambra State and the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekwerema­du.

Kanu was earlier be­stowed the prestigious Prisoner-of-Conscience Award for his role as leader of Radio Biafra London (RBL) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Worldwide. Kanu got it in recognition of his non-violent and peaceful cam­paign for the emancipation of the Igbo race.

‘’Against all odds, he has spent 14 months in deten­tion without trial and his group (IPOB) has lost over 250 of its members and supporters to the admin­istration of Muhammadu Buhari.

“Over 150 of his mem­bers are at present lan­guishing in various pris­ons and other detention centres including the De­partment of State Services (DSS) dungeons across the country on trumped up criminal accusations.

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