Abiodun OBA

 

Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo’s visit to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has been described as a great move aimed at entrenching peace and bringing back the desired security in Anambra and the entire South-East region.

In a statement on Sunday,the Igbo Youths for Positive Change National President, Chinedu Obigwe, said Soludo truly has a burning desire to bring peace and security back to the South-East.

Obigwe said the governor’s visit will ensure two things: the release of Kanu from detention and putting an end to the insecurity in Anambra and South-East at large.

Soludo had visited Kanu at the DSS custody on Friday, saying that it was part of his wider consultations with critical stakeholders in search of lasting peace and security in the South-East.

The governor on his Facebook wall, Saturday evening, posted, “I visited Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday, (Friday, 13th May, 2022) to felicitate with him and also as part of the wider consultations with critical stakeholders in search of lasting peace and security in the South East.

“He was in very high spirits and we had quality and frank discussion in a very convivial atmosphere. He expressed sadness over what he described as “sacrilegious killings” of innocent persons, kidnappings and all forms of criminalities, including the brutal enforcement of the senseless “sit at home” perpetuated by sundry groups claiming to be acting for or on behalf of IPOB.

“He assured that if the opportunity arises, he will be glad to personally broadcast to his followers to maintain the peace.

“Together, we shall restore peace, security and prosperity in Anambra and the Southeast.

“It is well indeed!”

Obigwe said the governor deserves to be appreciated and commended for his bold steps at ensuring that peace returns to the region.

He said, “We are proud of our support for Soludo and we know that other of his supporters are proud of him. If you see someone that has a burning desire to entrench peace and security in his state you will know. He truly has a burning desire to bring peace and security in his state and the South-East.

“His visit to Kanu at the DSS custody is not something that can be taken for granted. It’s something that must be appreciated by ndi Anambra and igbo at large. Soludo is a character that means business.

“If he wants to achieve a goal, he will ensure that no stone will be left unturned to achieve that goal. It shows that he feels Kanu’s pain and that he is deeply touched with the insecurity in Anambra and South-East at large.

“Let us not forget in a hurry that no other South-East governor was bold enough to identify with Kanu in this period of his incarceration at DSS custody but Soludo has done that. He is the only presidential material the igbo can boast of having but let the will of God be done.”

Recall that Kanu, who is facing charges of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism, and illegal possession of firearms, among others, allegedly jumped bail in 2017 and left the country, only to re-emerge in Israel and then in the United Kingdom.

The former London estate agent was rearrested in June 2021. He was initially arrested in late 2015 after calling for a separate state for Biafra, in South-East Nigeria.

He was re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS.

Following the sudden appearance of Kanu in a Federal High Court in Abuja on June 29, 2021, the Attorney-General of Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, SAN, at a press conference, stated that Kanu was “intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and Security Services”.

But Kanu’s legal team complained that beyond “the bland use of the word ‘interception’, neither the Attorney-General nor any other Nigerian official has explained how and where this infamous interception occurred or whether it occurred under the pertinent legal framework or not”.

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