Buhari Wanted to Assassinate Nnamdi Kanu, But Later Chose Arrest Instead—Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, the spokesperson for the former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, reveals in his recently published book, “Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015-2023),” that President Buhari considered sponsoring the assassination of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Adesina discloses that during a meeting with a delegation of Igbos led by Chief Mbazulike Ameachi at the presidential villa, the president ultimately decided to opt for the arrest of Kanu and his return to Nigeria to face legal consequences instead of pursuing a lethal action abroad.

“Let him make his case in court instead of giving a terrible impression of the country from outside. I feel it is a favour to give him (Mr Kanu) that opportunity. Government could have mobilised to eliminate him where he was, but we did not do that,” Mr Buhari told Mr Amaechi-led delegate.

Mr. Buhari conveyed to the delegate advocating for Mr. Kanu that the request presented was challenging for him to fulfill, yet he expressed willingness to give it due consideration.

“You have made an extremely difficult demand on me as the leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, nobody will say I have confronted the judiciary. We are developing a country, and we have to go through the pains,” Mr Buhari said.

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On July 1, Mr. Kanu was repatriated to Nigeria after his disappearance from the country following a military raid on his home.

The regime offered a vague explanation, stating that the IPOB leader was “intercepted through the collaborative efforts of the Nigerian intelligence and security services,” without providing further details on the circumstances of Mr. Kanu’s capture.

However, the Kenyan government denied any involvement in Mr. Kanu’s arrest and repatriation to Nigeria from their soil.

According to George Wajackoyah, a counsel representing the detained separatist leader, the Buhari-led regime abducted Mr. Kanu from Nairobi.

“We have copies of his passport and a stamp that he was indeed in Kenya. We also have evidence he was in his residence on a particular day. We also have material proof that he was at the airport on a particular day to meet a friend, and there he was arrested,” Mr Wajackoyah said.