Ohanaeze Ndigbo moves to negotiate Kanu’s release
This is as the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) in a joint statement released yesterday agreed to halt their demonstration and protests to pave way for the planned dialogue on Kanu’s release.
The Guardian gathered that a meeting of prominent Ohanaeze members convened under the banner of ‘Biafra agitations committee on awareness,’ that held in Enugu Monday night, took time to discuss the implication of the ongoing agitations by various groups over Biafra and Kanu’s release.
It was learnt that the over five hours meeting, which looked deeply into the agitations by the various pro-Biafra groups agreed that the protests arose following the continued marginalization of Ndigbo in the scheme of things, agreeing however, that the arrest and detention of Kanu became the tonic that opened up the bottled anger.
To mitigate the crisis however, the meeting was said to have resolved to meet with leaders of all the pro-Biafra groups in the country including the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB), Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), Bilie Human Rights, Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) and all other agitators on Nnamdi Kanu’s release with a view to finding a middle course.
A source said, “We need to know what their grievances are to enable us articulate them and make suggestions to Ohanaeze Ndigbo on how best to go about the issues. On the other hand, we will try to find a middle course in the continued detention of Kanu.
We feel seriously that the release of Kanu will go a long way to check the protests. We will go into dialogue that will actualize this. This is a thing we must do within the next few weeks so as to ensure peace in Igboland.”
It was further learnt that the meeting agreed that releasing Kanu may not come without some compromise, and therefore resolved to engage all well known ‘negotiations’ that could achieve it, while stressing that the ‘on going agitations alone may not solve the problem.’
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