Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Worried by the failing health of the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, widows in Abia State, Tuesday, gathered at the Isiama Afaraukwu ancestral home of Kanu to pray for his urgent and unconditional release.
The widows who converged under the aegis of ‘The Widows’ Cry,’ expressed deep concern over the IPOB Leader’s continued incarceration against court orders.
The widows who were decked in black attires were hitting the ground with canes as they engaged in marathon prayers seeking divine intervention for the IPOB Leader to regain his freedom.
Kanu has remained under custody at the Abuja headquarters of the Department of State Services, DSS, since June 2021, when he was extraordinarily renditioned from Kenya.
Despite various court judgments ordering his unconditional release, the Federal Government has refused to let him go.
In an interview with our Correspondent after the prayers, Leader of the widows, Mrs Victoria Asumugha, said they were deeply concerned about the continued detention of Kanu especially the troubling reports of his deteriorating health, hence their resolve to seek divine intervention.
She said that they shared in the pains of Kanu’s family especially his late mother who as a mother would not have kept quiet over her son’s continued incarceration without reasons.
Mrs Asumugha said they had strong faith in their prayers because God never joked with effectual fervent prayers of widows especially with tears as they had done.
She said that since the courts had not found Kanu guilty, the Federal Government should release him without further delay.
The widows’ Leader, vowed that they would not relent in their prayers until God answered them.
Meanwhile, Kanu’s sister Princes, has commended the widows for their concern and sacrifices towards the release of her brother.
She said the family would always remain appreciative of every sacrifice by anybody towards securing freedom for their incarcerated son.
Kanu’s sister expressed strong belief in the prayers of widows and others showing concern over the plight of his brother who she said did nothing to warrant being kept behind the bars.