South East Governors to meet presidency over Nnamdi Kanu

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Governors in Nigeria’s South East region have resolved to meet President Buhari over the continued detention of the indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and three others.

The governors reached their resolution after a meeting in Enugu state.

Addressing Journalist after the meeting, Ebonyi sate governor, David Umahi says the governors will also approach the presidency on other issues which affect the region.

He said, ““On the issue of IPOB, MASSOB, Kanu’s detention, ecological problems of the South-East; various water dams that have been abandoned in the South-East; our challenges of power; our challenges of security; and several other concerns of our people; the South-East governors today agreed to meet with the various and appropriate authorities of the Federal Government to address these problems.

“We are very committed to these and actions have already started on these issues.”

The government is accusing Kanu of plotting to split Nigeria, by creating a Biafra Republic with southeast, south south states, and parts of Kogi and Benue states, as component units.

Kanu’s lawyers last year said the Biafra leader was open negotiations with the federal government.

The lawyers however said such negotiations can only take place after he is released from incarceration.

The lawyers also made it clear that he is not part of the bargaining chip of neither the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) nor the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), who have both said he should be released as part of their own negotiations with the federal government.

Last month, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, and renowned economist Pat Utomi also demanded his immediate release from jail.

Both men also condemned the alleged killing of IPOB members in the southeast and want a panel of inquiry set up to probe the killings.