The Kenyan government has denied being involved in the arrest and extradition of self-acclaimed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, saying “it does not want to be dragged into Nigeria’s internal affairs.”
They have also challenged anyone with facts of its involvement in the alleged arrest and extradition of Kanu to come forward.
Amb. Dr. Wilfred Machage, who is Kenya’s High Commissioner to Nigeria on Friday said the claim of their involvement was fictional and imaginary.
According to him, the false claim was a means to fuel antagonistic feelings among a certain tribe of Nigeria.
Machage said Kenya enjoys good diplomatic relations with Nigeria and wants to continue maintaining the relationship. He, therefore, pleaded that his country be exempted from Nigeria’s internal issues.
“I want to address this allegation by denying that Kenya was involved in the alleged arrest in extradition to Nigeria of Mr. Kanu. To us therefore, these allegations are fictional, imaginary and deliberately concocted to fuel antagonistic feelings among certain section of the Nigerian people.
“I want to challenge anyone with facts relating to this alleged arrest in Kenya to present those facts. This includes when, where, how and who was particularly involved in the alleged arrest.
“We are also disturbed, dismayed and astonished by the unfortunate statement on the alleged arrest in Kenya which was carried in the dailies. The government of Kenya is particularly appalled by the spurious, derogatory and libelous mention of the name of our dear President on this matter.
“I, as the High Commissioner of the Republic of Kenya to the Federal republic of Nigeria, wish to categorically emphasise that our two countries Kenya and Nigeria have and continues to enjoy cordial diplomatic relations with both the Federal Government of Nigeria and its great accommodating and amiable citizens.
“Kenya is committed to sustain this historical bond of friendship between our two governments and the peoples of our two countries. We wish to further cement our diplomatic relations with a view to ensure mutually beneficial relations between our two countries.
“In conclusion, on the case of the alleged arrest in Kenya of Mr. Kanu, I wish to categorically state that we are not happy at this ridiculous attempt of dragging the name of Kenya and HE. President Uhuru Kenyatta on this matter of arrest and extradition of self-claimed IPOB leader.”