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Free Nnamdi Kanu, Demilitarise South-East – Traditional Rulers, Christian Leaders Beg FG

The South-East Traditional Rulers as well as Christian Leaders have pleaded with the Federal Government to free the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and end the killings and destruction of properties in the region.

South-East region has been seriously unrest since the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in June, his arrest and detention has given birth to mandatory sit-at-home protest every Monday in the part of the Eastern region.

A statement by the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and the representatives of Igbo Archbishops as well as Bishops appealed to the Federal Government to immediately stop the killings and burning of properties by soldiers.

The statement reads: “Flowing from similar initiatives taken to bring peace to other troubled parts of the country, we urge the Federal Government and other stakeholders to explore dialogue and negotiation in resolving critical issues that threaten national unity, cohesion and development.

“Accordingly, we refer to our earlier request for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and the Representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops and restate this call even more strongly. We are of the firm belief that this act of courage and statesmanship is not only imperative but will speedily de-escalate the heightened state of insecurity and dislocation in the South East Zone.

“We also urge President Buhari and the Federal Government to take immediate steps to de-proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra and release all IPOB members being held in various detention facilities in Nigeria.

“We call on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to demilitarize the South East Zone, more so as it has become apparent that a continued military siege on the region can only lead to heightened tension, skirmishes and endless bloodletting between the security agencies and our youths. It has become urgent, imperative and compelling to de-emphasize the military option and move towards finding a political solution that will lead to sustainable peace.”

“As concerned parents, we feel your pain. However, we urge you to de-escalate the tension and remain law-abiding to enable us to engage especially the Federal Government in finding a lasting solution to the crises.”

The statement was signed by Chairman, South East Traditional Rulers Council and Chairman Ebonyi State Council, Igwe Charles Mkpuma; Chairmen of Traditional Rulers Council of Abia, Eze Joseph N. Nwabeke; Anambra, Obi Nnaemeka Achebe; Enugu Amb Lawrence Agubuzu and Imo Eze Dr E. C. Okeke.

Representative of the Christian leaders include; Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri; Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Anglican Archbishop of Enugu; Most Rev. Chibuzo Opoko, Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia; Most Rev. Valerian Okeke Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha; Most Rev. Uma Onwunta Past Principal Clerk Presbyterian Church Nigeria; Bishop Obi Onubogu, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, Chairman, CAN, South East Zone.

The leaders further urged the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not do anything that will negatively affect the governorship election that’s coming in few days time. They also pleaded that all scheduled sit-at-home orders should be cancelled, as these have already caused untold hardship for the people of the South-East region.

Credit: PUNCH



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