The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has stated that the federal government is willing to negotiate with Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News reports that Igboho who leads Yoruba nation agitators and Kanu who leads the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have both called for the dissolution of Nigeria and the establishment of two break-away countries.
But the duo are currently in detention, with Nnamdi Kanu locked up in the detention of the Department of State Service (DSS), while Sunday Igboho is currently cooling off at a prison cell in Benin Republic.
Politicians, traditional rulers and stakeholders in the region (southeast and Southsouth) that the duo come from have constantly called for ‘political solution‘ as the only means of quenching the fire of agitation.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, AGF Malami stated that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government may be willing to consider all kinds of solutions, including political ones, in order to resolve the crisis surrounding seccession.
Asked whether the Federal Government was not disposed to a political solution to issues concerning Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Igboho, Malami stated that the government would not mind taking a shot at it.
He said: “As far as the security situation is concerned and as far as governance and this administration is concerned, you cannot rule out all possibilities. But then, there has to be an approach for government to consider.”
Malami however stated that before reconciliation can be considered an approach must be made first.
“We will look into it (approach) for the purpose of looking at its weight, the authenticity of it, the good faith associated with it and then bring about the considerable factors relating to the negotiations or otherwise,” Malami said.
“So, it is not a conclusion that one can outrightly make without juxtaposing associated facts relating to the reconciliation; there has to be an approach and then a counter consideration.”