By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa
Mbazulike Amaechi, First Republic Minister of Aviation, has revealed that there is an ongoing discussion between some Igbo leaders and the Nigerian Federal Government, for the release of Nnamdi Kanu; the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Amaechi said this while addressing journalists in Onitsha, Anambra State, ahead of Kanu’s court hearing which would come up on Friday, 8th April, 2022.
He said Igbo elders met with President Buhari shortly after Kanu’s arraignment in court and told him to release Kanu for them to go and discuss with him the next Igbo agenda and “Buhari gave us an audience and ever since then, negotiations between us and the Federal Government have been on to free Kanu.”
He said, “Although, I am disappointed that up until now, Buhari has not released him despite assurances he gave to us on the day we visited him in Aso Rock, all hope is not lost as we are sure that Kanu will soon be released based on the ongoing negotiations.”
“I will call on those agitating for one thing or the other to remain calm and be hopeful. Although, these agitations have demonstrated that only the release of Kanu will stop the agitations and we are working towards his release.”
It could be traced that Nnamdi Kanu was detained in Kenya in 2021 and was arraigned in June 2021. He has appeared at the federal High Court, Abuja several times since that time. The Federal government accuses Kanu of engaging in subversive activities that include incitement through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and state assets institutions.