A Facebook post claims that Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has advised the federal government to release separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu from custody.
The post, which features a photo of the presidential aide, reads: “I almost give my life trying untruthful defending the indefensible. Better let Nnamdi Kanu go and we can beg Igbos for forgiveness. I see no other way out. Hence Nnamdi Kanu's brothers can never succumb. It become clearer by the end of the day blood is thicker than water. Ipob can never be defeated.”
Kanu leads the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), a separatist group hoping to restore the Republic of Biafra in Nigeria’s southeastern region. Biafra was dissolved in 1970 at the end of Nigeria’s three-year-long civil war.
But did presidential spokesperson Adesina really speak out in support of Kanu and his cause?
No evidence of interview or quote
We also found no other credible media reports about Adesina asking the federal government to release Kanu or saying “Ipob can never be defeated”.
Any such public statement would have made headlines in Nigeria, as it would be contrary to Adesina’s known stance, which is critical of the Biafran independence movement.
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