The lawmaker representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Ifeanyi Ubah, has said leaders of the South-East region will meet with President Bola Tinubu to discuss releasing Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Ubah stated this on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. He said he is optimistic that Kanu’s release will help reduce insecurity in the South-East geopolitical zone.
He said, “There is a resolution that we are going to meet with the president and we will tick his leniency and see if it is going to be possible to plead with him to have Nnamdi Kanu released,”
“We have taken that position and for also some of us in the Senate, we have our caucus, we have also taken that position.”
The congressman stated that whenever they can speak with the President, they will bring up Kanu’s release as a topic for discussion.
He insisted that there was a link between the IPOB leader’s release and the level of security in the South-East.
Kanu has openly stated his opposition to sit-at-home at one of his court hearings, according to Ubah, who added that Kanu is not in favour of the practice.
Moreover, the lawmaker separated Kanu’s agitation from the sit-at-home order, stressing that the recent upsurge in the sit-at-home order is impeding the expansion of the zone’s economy.
“The agitation is different, we are talking about sit-at-home which is deteriorating the economy of the southeast region. The agitation is a political issue about the inequities in how an Igbo man is seen in Nigeria,” he said.
Ubah added that the leaders of the South-East are also thinking about cooperating with the Finnish government to investigate sit-at-home apologist Simon Ekpa.
“We also need to look at the young man that is in Finland that is causing all this problem and see how we can diplomatically engage the government of Finland and show them that he is not giving a good service. Even though we don’t know if he has taken the nationality of Finland,” he said.
Meanwhile, the senator had warned Ekpa to take the sit-at-home campaign to his state of Ebonyi rather than Anambra State.
The leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was apprehended on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 on an 11-count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.