Obi calls for release of Nnamdi Chude, a social media influencer, from detention


Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, has called for the immediate release of the young social media influencer, Nnamdi Chude, who is being detained by the Police.

Obi said that the boy's case should be treated compassionately bearing in mind his fundamental right to freedom of expression.

The former Anambra state governor also admonished public servants against arbitrary and unrestrained use of authority.

"Yesterday my attention was drawn to the arrest of a social media influencer, Mr. Nnamdi Chude. In my usual inquiry, I wanted to know the offense of the young man only to be told that it was because he tweeted against the people in government."

"I believe people in government know very well that there is the right to freedom of expression for every individual in our country, And they should also not be oblivious to the fact that they, as public servants, are bound by rule of law, and the symbol of rule of law is that rules must always be respected for the sake of our society,” Obi said in a statement released by the Obi-Datti media office.

He therefore, appealed to all concerned to treat the issue compassionately to release the young man in question, adding, “It’s also necessary for me to admonish that people should know that when you occupy public office, there are several consequences of occupying that office. People will have their thoughts on you. You have the right to reply but not for you to use your office arbitrarily or in unrestrained use of authority."
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