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Our position on Nnamdi Kanu – Igbo Lawmakers

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Senators and members of the House of Representatives from the five South Eastern states, on Wednesday, revealed plans to intervene and negotiate with relevant Federal Government agencies on the continuous detention of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The lawmakers who met at the Abuja residence of the immediate-past Senate deputy president, Ike Ekweremadu, also condemned pockets of violence in the South East by some miscreants.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the lawmakers condemned the alleged continuous marginalization of the South East by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari since he came to office in 2015.

“We elaborately discussed the issue of Mazi Nnamdi and resolved to intervene. To this end we resolved to set up a committee to constructively interface with relevant stakeholders, the Federal Government and its relevant agencies towards finding a political solution. We will keep Ndigbo abreast of developments in regard.

Part of the communique read: “We reviewed the sit-at-home orders by the IPOB and the mayhem some nefarious elements have seized the opportunity to visit on the lives, properties, and psyche of our people. The Caucus equally reviewed and rued the incalculable economic losses and hardships these have brought upon our region.

“We resolved to condemn in strongest terms the disruption of the ongoing Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in some parts of the South East, particularly the incident at Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, where the English examination organized by the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, on Monday, September 13, 2021, was ruthlessly scuttled by armed men, who chased away the students, teachers, and examiners before setting ablaze motorcycles belonging to the teachers.

“This is certainly not who we are as a people. On the contrary, we are a people, who have always cherished and encouraged learning from the ages. We are a people that fully appreciate the place of education in the liberation and enlightenment of the human mind and the socio-economic and political emancipation of a people.

“We equally condemn in strongest terms the incessant killings in the South East. This must stop immediately. We call on the security agencies to unravel the culprits behind these wicked acts and ensure that they are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.

“We noted with delight that IPOB has called off the Monday sit-at-home order and resolved to ensure that nobody uses them as façades to bring ruination on Igbo land.

“We called on our people to go about their lawful businesses and enjoin our governors and the security agencies to rebuild confidence in our people by not only ensuring the security of their lives and properties, but also ensuring that our people feel safe as they undertake their legitimate businesses.

LEAD COVER STORY OCTOBER 24

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