Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has rallied South-East lawmakers to secure the release of the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News reports that the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Okwu Nnabuike, made this known in a statement on Monday.
Nnabuike appreciated Ekweremadu and the South East lawmakers for not abandoning Kanu to his fate and making moves to ensure his release from DSS custody.
He said Ekweremadu had shown a large heart with this move despite how IPOB members humiliated him in Germany.
He said: “We want to commend in a very special way the former Deputy Senate President, Chief Prof. Ike Ekweremadu for rallying his colleagues towards securing the freedom of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“It is a demonstration of a large heart, tolerance and forgiveness. We all remember what happened to the Senator, how he was given unfair treatment in Germany, but not minding that previous experience, he is again providing a leading role to see that Nnamdi Kanu is released.
“He is a true father and we commend him in a very special way, together with his colleagues in the National Assembly.
“We have always said that only a political solution can free Nnamdi Kanu. The OYC is happy that the National Assembly caucus has taken up that challenge.
“We appeal to the South-East Governors, religious and traditional leaders, to put heads together and secure Kanu’s freedom as quickly as possible. He should not be abandoned to his fate, no matter what; he is our own.”
The OYC president stated that only a political solution can secure Kanu’s freedom, urging IPOB not to escalate the tension in the South East with its sit-at-home orders.
He added: “At the moment, our economy, our education, our security are all in jeopardy. We fought a war for three years, used violence but it didn’t work, I don’t think violence will work this time.
“Now is the time for consultation, negotiation and dialogue. You can’t be killing the same people you are fighting for. To this end, we urge IPOB to stop whatever violence in Anambra State, since they have said they are not involved, they should fish out those smearing their name.”