It is one of our agendas to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu – Vice President

It is one of our agendas to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu – Vice President

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has revealed that negotiations are ongoing to secure the release of the leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who has been detained at the Department of State Services since 2021 following his detention in Kenya and repatriation to Nigeria.

Kalu, who spoke virtually at the “Southeast Political Roundtable” on Tuesday, January 2, also advised youth in the Southeast to immediately stop IPOB's stay-at-home directive, noting that it was driving away many investors from region.

He urged those who carry weapons to lay down their weapons and join the non-kinetic approach being promoted by the recently unveiled Peace In South-East Project in Bende Local Government Area of ​​Abia State to end security challenges and other agitations of the people.

Kalu said;

“We cannot put all our programs and plans on social media. He (Kanu) is my brother. Is he in the middle of what we're trying to do? Yes! It is one of our agendas to ensure he is released. Who wants his brother to be in prison?

“We are working underground. There is a detailed strategy. It is not through violence, you cannot coerce the government through violence. It never worked and it won't work. Let us be wiser. Wisdom is at peace. Let's end the violence.

“If it’s chaotic, it won’t work. Let's calm down. Let the man see that you recognized that he did not contribute to arresting you and that he did nothing to the Southeast. We should support him and his government, not attack him. I stand firmly against the voice of violence, preaching peace. That's why I'm here, that voice of peace will echo through the Villa and he will leave. The President was satisfied with what happened in Bende. May the entire country come together and support this project.

“Our strength is not in how many weapons we carry, in how many people we threaten not to go out on Monday. This is not the demonstration of strength of an Igbo man. Igbo men are not lazy, they like to stay at home from Saturday to Sunday to Monday and only go to work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This is not us; We are workers, we are rebuilders, we never fall and when we are down, we find a way to get up, lift our shoulders and rebuild again. This is my call to our people.”

He further stated that President Bola Tinubu is not against the South East. Kalu added;

“Mr President gave the Ministry of Works to an Igbo son who has proven himself in Ebonyi and he said, come and build what you did in Ebonyi across Nigeria starting from the five states of the South East and the only way we can pay the President back Is it saying there will be no work on Monday?

“Look what happened for the first time, 15 billionaires of Igbo origin gathered in Bende. This is to say that they are ready to bring their industry here; they are ready to build factories that will employ you. So why do you scare them? The government cannot do everything for you. Our brothers who have money want to bring it back home. Some of them want to do it, but you're scaring them. How long will we sell fear to our people?

“If your agitation is about the release of Nnamdi Kanu; we love our Igbo land and we love our brother and he is my brother. The fact that he's in prison doesn't make him any less of my brother and the fact that you're agitated doesn't make him any less of my brother. But I'm saying there's a better way to do this. There are many ways to kill a mouse. Let's look for other ways to kill this mouse without destroying our house.

“Let us come together and come together and I can assure you that once we come together, there is nothing we ask of this government that we cannot obtain, including what you are asking for our brother, will also be achievable.”


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