Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo leaders have concluded plans to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the continued detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Naija News reports that a Court of Appeal had on October 13 discharged the IPOB leader, faulting Buhari’s government’s decision to extraordinarily extradite the pro-Biafra activist from Kenya.
Not satisfied with the Appeal Court’s ruling, the Federal Government has approached the Supreme Court to set aside the discharge and acquittal of Kanu.
However, it was gathered that the President General of the apex Igbo body, Prof. George Obiozor, has reached out to the Presidency for a possible meeting.
Recall that Buhari had, in previous meetings with delegations of Igbo elders, told them that he would not interfere with the judicial process, urging them to allow the court to decide Kanu’s fate.
Two Igbo elders, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife and first republic minister of aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, in separate interviews with Daily Sun, hinted of behind the scene moves to secure Kanu’s release.
Amechi refused to comment on the appeal at the apex court by the Federal Government because there are arrangements for a political solution ongoing.
“That is why I have not talked about it; we are pursuing a political solution with the presidency. I would not like to pre-empt what would be the outcome of the discussion,” he said.
On his part, Ezeife also expressed optimism that Kanu would soon be a free man, stressing that the Court of Appeal judgment in favour of the self-determination activist was in line with the current spirit of a new Nigeria sweeping across the country.
“Igbo elders are planning to go to the President. If it means for me to kneel down in front of everybody, I will kneel for him. If he wants me to prostrate, I will prostrate but let him release Nnamdi Kanu, and let’s silence some of the people who are fighting against the resurgence of Nigeria and the blacks.
“I must tell you that our leader, Professor George Obiozor; the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, called me the same day when the issue came up and said he is preparing for us to go to the president and persuade him to do the right thing and I told him that I am ready. Very soon, we will organize that appointment, and we will go to the president,” the elder statesman stated.