Kanu tendered his apology to President Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan and Igbo elders in a statement he made to the Department of State Security (DSS) on October 23, reports Punch.
The 48-year-old pro-Biafran agitation leader, who remains unapologetic about his demand for a Republic of Biafra has been in the custody of the Department of State Services since his arrest in Lagos on October 14, 2015.
In the statement to the DSS, Kanu said: “Reference to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile is regrettable and uncalled for and for that, I unreservedly apologise and will be doing so in a private letter to the President.
“Before PMB (President Muhammadu Buhari) there was the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. I also said uncomplimentary things about him and Igbo elders as well, which I now recognise should not have happened because it is un-African to be rude or insolent to elders.
“All I was trying to do is to draw attention to the problems afflicting society and something done about them.”
Kanu further stated that IPOB’s secessionist agenda was informed by the “incessant hardship, lack of holistic development in the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria, lack of youth employment, corruption in high offices and economic regression.”
He added that the agitation by IPOB was in line with the United Nations Charter on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ratified by African countries, including Nigeria.
The IPOB leader equally disagreed with the notion that he was managing and assisting in the management of an unlawful society as IPOB was registered with the UN to pursue the rights of the people of Biafra.
Besides Kanu, one of the two other defendants in the six counts filed by the federal government is a Field Maintenance Engineer, David Nwawuisi, charged with the responsibility of maintaining MTN masts in Enugu State.
The other defendant, Benjamin Madubugwu, was said to be living in the Ubilisiuzo, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, where he allegedly received custody of a container housing transmitters from Kanu.