Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has proposed a political answer to make sure the discharge of the detained chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
He believes this may be achieved because the South-East Caucus within the National Assembly strikes to intervene within the matter.
“We expect that ultimately, we find a political solution in respect of Nnamdi Kanu’s problem,” he stated throughout an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy which aired on Friday.
“In the past, we have done similar things. What we want to see is to make sure that the Federal Government understands the feeling of our people.”
“It is not easy to predict right now, but what we want to see is to reduce tension in the South-East,” the lawmaker stated in response to a query concerning the motive of the caucus to intervene within the matter.
A file photograph of Nnamdi Kanu.
The lawmaker recalled when the chief of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike, was arrested throughout the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He defined that throughout the administration of former President Musa Yar’Adua, he visited the late chief, alongside some senators, who invited the then minister of justice – a political growth that led to Uwazuruike’s launch.
“When Uwazuruike was detained by Obasanjo, there was tension until Yar’Adua came… eventually, we ended up in a political solution and Uwaruzuike was released. The same thing with Nnamdi Kanu, when he was detained, I also led a delegation to meet the President.
“We expect that just as we had some results in the past, maybe we should come out with something that should be acceptable by all the parties,” Ekweremadu added.
Calls for a separate state of Biafra are a delicate topic within the nation after a unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 sparked a brutal 30-month civil warfare.
More than a million individuals died, most of them Igbos, from the impression of battle, starvation and illness.
Recently, the South-East area witnessed a series of violence with assaults on a number of police stations and electoral amenities – incidents which authorities blamed on IPOB and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN). But IPOB has repeatedly denied duty.
As Nigeria grapples with the decision for a breakaway of a big chunk of the South East, one other agitation has erupted within the South West for a Yoruba nation.