The High Commissioner of Kenya to Nigeria, Dr. Wilfred Machage on Friday denied Kenya’s alleged involvement in the arrest in Kenya and extradition to Nigeria of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
Machage said this while briefing newsmen in Abuja in reaction to the allegation, which he described as unfortunate.
Machage said: “I want to address this allegation by denying that Kenya was involved in the alleged arrest in Kenya and extradition to Nigeria of Kanu.
“To us therefore, these allegations are fictional, imaginary and deliberately connected to fuel antagonistic feelings among certain sections 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 this alleged arrest in Kenya, which was carried in Today’s Nation Newspaper.
“The government of Kenya is particularly appalled by this spurious, derogatory and libelous mention of our president on this matter, as reported in the dailies dated July 2, 2021.”
The envoy commended mutual relations enjoyed by Kenya and Nigeria, saying such would be sustained by the governments of the two countries.
He further assured of Kenya’s commitment to sustaining the historical bond of friendship between Kenya and Nigeria.
“We wish to further cement our diplomatic relations with a view to ensure mutually beneficial relations between our two countries.
“On this case of alleged arrest in Kenya of Kanu, I wish to categorically state that we are not happy at the ridiculous attempt of dragging the name of Kenya and President Uhuru Kenyatta on this matter,” he added.