Ohanaeze Begs President Tinubu To Arrest Simon Ekpa Or Release Nnamdi Kanu

The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has told President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to either arrest Simon Ekpa or release Nnamdi Kanu. According to them, arresting Simon Ekpa or releasing Nnamdi Kanu will shut down Simon Ekpa activities in the South East. Ohanaeze spokesperson, Alex Ogbonnia said the way to shut Simon Ekpa up is for President Tinubu to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) in Abuja.

Ogbonnia claimed Nnamdi Kanu’s release will relieve the tension in the South-East. According to his words; “If Nnamdi Kanu is released, at least the likes of Simon Ekpa would not have anything else to say again. No person can use Nnamdi Kanu as an excuse to cause mayhem in the country,” he stated.

He further added that the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu and the region’s social inequality are what led to the agitation in the Southeast. He noted that if Nnamdi Kanu is released Simon Ekpa will have no excuse to cause mayhem in the region anymore.

According to his words; “We have been consistent on the release of Nnamdi Kanu. We believe that the problem of what happened to Nnamdi Kanu has contributed to the agitation. What is happening in the South East now is the manifestation of the social injustices meted on the South East.

“Nnamdi Kanu issue will require a diplomatic political solution and not matter of charging him to court, leaving him in prison or being incarcerated will lead to more clamoring and affects the situation more.”

However, Peter Obi the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, few days ago reacted to the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) denial of instituting and enforcing the sit-at-home directives in the southeastern region of Nigeria. In a series of tweets, Peter Obi said the sit-at-home directive is an illegal and criminal offence.

However, former minister of state for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has revealed why Igbo elites are afraid to condemn the killing and dehumanising of their people in the southeast. Festus Keyamo said the Igbo elites find it difficult to speak out against the killing because they fear unknown gunmen would attack their properties and family back home.

However, the Supreme Court makes crucial decision in FG’s appeal against IPOB’s Nnamdi Kanu. According to reports from our reliable source, Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been handed an unfavorable ruling by the Supreme Court which has led to his continuous detention at the DSS custody.

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