Nnamdi Kanu News: Traditional And Religious Leaders Demands His Release
Traditionally and religious leaders in the South-Eastern United States have urged for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, a separatist leader who is being incarcerated by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Kanu’s release, according to the leaders, who met under the auspices of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and the Representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops, will de-escalate the mounting tension in the region. Kanu was arrested in December.
A joint declaration signed by the chairmen of traditional rulers’ councils from all of the states in the Southeastern United States, as well as Christian leaders, called for the action.
Furthermore, the IPOB leaders requested the federal government to take immediate action to de-proscribe the IPOB and release all IPOB members who are currently detained in various detention institutions.
There is an urgent and compelling need to de-emphasize the military option and move toward a diplomatic solution that will result in long-term peace in the South East, according to them.
They also urged the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to cancel any scheduled sit-at-home orders and refrain from taking any action that may disturb the Anambra State Governorship Election on November 6.
“In light of similar efforts to restore peace to other difficult regions of the country, we urge the Federal Government and all stakeholders to engage in conversation and negotiation in order to resolve major issues that endanger national unity, cohesion, and development.”
This act of courage and statesmanship is not only necessary, but it will also help to de-escalate the heightened state of instability and dislocation that has engulfed the South East Zone.”
According to the statement, “we call on the Federal Government to take urgent steps to demilitarize the South East Zone, particularly given the growing evidence that a continued military siege on the region will only lead to increased tension, skirmishes, and endless bloodletting between the security agencies and our youths.”
Furthermore, they advised the youth to de-escalate the tension and maintain their law-abiding behavior in order to allow their leaders to interact with the federal government in order to find a durable solution to the issues.
The statement was signed by Igwe Charles Mkpuma (Ebonyi), Eze Joseph Nwabeke (Abia), Obi Nnaemeka Achebe (Anambra), Igwe Amb L. O. C. Agubuzu (Enugu), Eze Dr. E. C. Okeke (Ebonyi), Igwe Amb L. O. C. Agubuzu (Enugu), Igwe Dr. E. C (Imo).
Other notables include Dr Anthony J. V. Obinna (Catholic Archbishop of Owerri), Dr Emmanuel O. Chukwuma (Anglican Archbishop of Enugu), Dr Chibuzo R. Opoko (Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia), Dr Valerian M. Okeke (Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha), Dr Uma A. Onwunta (Past Principal Clerk Presbyterian Church of Nigeria), Bishop Ob (Chairman, CAN, South East Zone).