President Bola Tinubu has been given instructions on how to stop Simon Ekpa’s operations in the South-East by the leading Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
According to Alex Ogbonnia, a spokesperson for Ohanaeze, the only way to silence Ekpa is for President Tinubu to free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), from the prison of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja.
This occurs shortly after Kanu’s complaint over the Department of State Security Services’ violation of his fundamental rights was rejected.
Kanu has been imprisoned for more than two years, and Simon Ekpa’s IPOB-affiliated terror groups have been posing a threat to the area.
The release of Kanu, according to Ogbonnia, will reduce the South-East tension. He said: “If he (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 continued by saying that the unrest in the Southeast was caused by the arrest of the IPOB leader and the area’s social imbalance. He pointed out that once Kanu is freed, Ekpa will no longer have a reason to wreak havoc in the area.
“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 a matter of charging him to court, leaving him in prison or being incarcerated; rather such will lead to more clamouring and affects the situation.”
When asked if the tension in the South-East would come to an end if Kanu is released, he said, “If he (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.”
Ekpa, who leads the Biafra Republic Government in Exile, has assumed the role of Prime Minister. He just issued a two-week sit-at-home order in the South East from Lahti, Finland.