Southeast Govs To Meet Tinubu On Nnamdi Kanu’s Release As Obasanjo, Lawmakers Boost Move

Southeast Govs To Meet Tinubu On Nnamdi Kanu’s Release As Obasanjo, Lawmakers Boost Move

3rd July 2024, NewsOrient, News
From News Desk

At last Southeast Governors have resolved to approach President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to pray for release of the detained Leader of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This is even as former President Olusegun Obasanjo paid a strategic visit to the Southeast Governors where release of Nnamdi Kanu was also discussed.

NewsOrient reports that this new development gained public awareness on Tuesday, when South East Governors hosted former President Olusegun Obasanjo who paid them a solidarity visit on their new strategies on Southeast security and release of Nnamdi Kanu.

Obasanjo visited Southeast Governors alongside a powerful delegation that included former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, amongst other influential leaders.

Announcing the outcome of the meeting, the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, said: “The Forum resolved to visit Mr. President to discuss all pressing issues concerning the Southeast region.

“The Forum also deliberated and resolved to interface with the Federal Government to secure the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”

The governors also deliberated on the reviewed report of the South East security and economic summit held in Owerri Imo state on the 28 September 2023 and agreed to implement the aspect of the report about security and economic integration of the Southeast region and affirmed its desire to put actionable plan on the key issues agreed.

The meeting which lasted over seven hours had all the governors in attendance.

The governors are Alex Otti of Abia, Hope Uzodimma of Imo, Charles Soludo of Anambra, Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State, and the host governor, Peter Mbah.

Recently, other leaders from within the Southeast and other regions in Nigeria have openly expressed the need to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention as a way of addressing insecurity in the Southeast region.

Already, there are reports today of high level behind-the-scene meetings by top leaders, including Senators, both with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and with relevant top government officials on the possible terms of the proposed release.

It would be recalled that recently, 50 members of the House of Representatives from different parts of Nigeria and political parties, known as Concerned Federal Lawmakers for Peace and Security in the Southeast, wrote to President Bola Tinubu to invoke Section 174 of the Constitution of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 107(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 for the release of the detained IPOB leader.

The lawmakers made this appeal in a three-page letter dated June 19, 2024, and addressed to the President.

They urged the President to direct the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, to invoke his powers of nolle prosequi under the provisions of Section 174(1) of the Constitution and Section 107(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, and cause the release of Kanu from detention and discontinue his trial.

Signatories to the plea include Hon Obi Aguocha (Abia), Hon Ikenga Ugochinyere (Imo), Hon. Aliyu Mustapha (Kaduna), Hon Midala Balami (Borno), Hon Afam Ogene (Anambra), Hon. Abiante Awaji-Inombek (Rivers), Hon Dominic Okafor (Anambra), Hon Etanabene Benedict (Delta), Hon. Shehu Dalhatu (Katsina), Hon Chinedu Emeka Martins (Imo), Hon. Matthew Nwogu (Imo), Hon. Muhammed Buba Jagere (Yobe), Hon Peter Aniekwe (Anambra), Hon Koki Sagir (Kano), Hon Amobi Oga (Abia), Hon Gwacham Chinwe (Anambra), Hon Uchenna Okonkwo (Anambra), Hon. Abdulmaleek Danga (Kogi), Hon. Osi Nkemkama (Ebonyi), and others.

A similar plea to the President was also made by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Another leader that have recently made such a plea is the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the 2023 Election, Peter Obi.

Obi, a former Anambra State Governor, did not limit his plea to the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu alone, he called for the release of other detainees with similar cases.

Photo Caption: L- R: Southeast Govs – Alex Otti (Abia), Chukwuma Soludo (Anambra), Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Peter Mbah (Enugu) and Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi) reading their communique after the Enugu meeting on Tuesday.

~ NewsOrient