- Royal fathers in the southeast region of Nigeria have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu
- The monarchs specifically told the president to release the separatist leader to them and religious leaders in the region
- Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services in the Nigerian capital, Abuja
Enugu - Traditional rulers in the southeast region have demanded from the federal government, the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
The monarchs who made the demand under their umbrella body of South East Council of Traditional Rulers called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release Kanu from detention into the hands of the Igbo traditional and religious leaders.
The royal fathers expressed worry over the escalation of crisis in the southeast with the attendant hardship on the people.
They also called on the president to show sagacity, pragmatism, statesmanship, and fatherliness by de-proscribing the IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
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In a 15-paragraph statement signed by the monarchs and seen by Legit.ng, they further called on President Buhari to de-escalate the military presence in the southeast region.
The monarchs also urged all stakeholders in the southeast to:
“Sheath their swords and let us rally together for mutual forgiveness and healing so as to reset our strategy for engaging meaningfully with our fellow citizens in other parts of the country.”
The monarchs include Eze Joseph N. Nwabeke, the chairman, Abia state traditional rulers council; Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the chairman, Anambra state traditional rulers council; Igwe L.O.C. Agubuzu, the chairman, Enugu state traditional rulers council and Eze Dr. E.C. Okeke, the chairman Imo state traditional rulers council.
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Ozigbo demands the release of Kanu immediately
Ozigbo also called for a different approach in addressing the agitations for self-determination in the country.
He made the call when he spoke at the 2021 Anambra Gubernatorial Debate hosted on Anambra Broadcasting Television, ABS, Awka on Sunday, October 1.