The South East Council of Traditional Rulers, as well as representatives from Igbo Archbishops and Bishops, have urged the Federal Government to free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who has been detained by the Department of State Service (DSS) since June and is facing treason charges.
12 Igbo traditional rulers and Christian clerics also advised the government to remove IPOB from the list of terrorist organisations. According to them, this initiative would serve as an act of bavery and statesmanship and help reduce insecurity in the South East zone.
“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. the statement read
“We call on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to demilitarise 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.”
The leaders also stressed that “inequality and marginalisation” remained responsible for youth restiveness in the region.
“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.”
They asked IPOB not to do anything that would obstruct or appear to obstruct the smooth functioning of the governorship election in Anambra State on November 6.
“Finally, we call on all the candidates in the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election to eschew violence and commit to a free, fair and credible election.”
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