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Nnamdi Kanu: South-East Govs, Ohanaeze, Others Fix Date To Meet Buhari



What Igbo Leaders Told Buhari About Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has disclosed that it would be meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari before March to discuss the release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The Spokesman for the group, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, made this known in a chat with The PUNCH over the weekend.

Naija News reports that the IPOB leader has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since his repatriation to the country from Kenya last year.

Kanu is expected to appear in court tomorrow, Tuesday, where his lawyers would make further arguments for his bail. The IPOB leader is currently facing charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.

According to Ohanaeze spokesman, the group alongside the South-East Governors Forum and some Igbo leaders will meet with the President to discuss the need to resolve Kanu’s case through a political solution.

Ogbonnia expressed confidence that the President would reconsider his stand to release Kanu by the time all the issues are explained to him in detail.

He noted that the agitations carried out by IPOB are legitimate, saying that political appointment and the structure of the security architecture in the country is lopsided against the South East.

He said, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South-East governors and prominent Igbo leaders will meet with the President within the first quarter of this year.

“We in Ohanaeze, having looked at the issues of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB and so on, believe that they require a political solution because they represent phenomena of a kind.

“What they represent is like – when you talk of marginalisation, alienation, injustice, inequity, unemployment and inability of the authority to listen. On the other hand, the gap between the government and the people, all these things are encapsulated into what is called IPOB. So I want people to understand that IPOB/Nnamdi Kanu is more like an outcome, an effect, it is a reaction but the cause is somewhere else.

“That reaction is pervasive and the effect is affecting everybody. Everybody is worried about the number of checkpoints we have on the road. From here to my community is supposed to be 30 minutes but it will take you two hours or more. The road is so bad and unemployment is high.

“If you look at the number of local governments and states in Nigeria, it is lopsided against the South East. If you look at the structure of the security architecture in Nigeria, it is lopsided against the South East. If you look at every other aspect of political life in Nigeria, it appears to be a conspiracy against the South East. All these things are obvious. These things are encapsulated in what you call IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu etc.”