Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, may be released before the end of 2023, according to ongoing clandestine negotiations between the body and the appropriate authorities, according to the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The organisation has thus requested all pro-Biafran activists to halt hostilities against the Federal Government for 40 days, beginning on October 31.
The pro-Biafra movement must maintain discipline during this vital time, according to Ohanaeze, in a statement released on Sunday by its Secretary General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro. This is necessary to guarantee that the ongoing negotiations advance.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the preeminent socio-cultural organisation representing the Igbo people, is pleased to announce its foresight regarding ongoing confidential negotiations that indicate the possibility of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, regaining his freedom by the end of the year 2023.
“However, in order to facilitate progress in this matter, Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges Biafra agitators to uphold a ceasefire for a period of 40 days, abstaining from any offensive aggression commencing on October 31, 2023. It is imperative that Biafra agitators exhibit discipline during this crucial period.
“The primary challenge we currently face is ensuring that the Biafra agitators cease all offensive aggression for 40 days, as this will pave the way for the desired solutions to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo firmly believes that engaging with all relevant authorities through diplomatic channels remains the most effective approach to achieve the desired results.
“We implore Ndigbo to exercise patience and understanding throughout this critical period. We acknowledge the pain and hardship endured by the people of the South-East since Nnamdi Kanu’s incarceration, and as custodians of our land, we assure you that positive outcomes are anticipated after the November 2023 Imo State governorship elections.”
TheOhanaeze said it was confident that Kanu’s release would “undoubtedly serve as a resounding surprise to the South-East people,” while appealing to Nigerians whom Kanu might have offended to embrace forgiveness and prioritise the greater interests of Nigeria.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo remains committed to working behind the scenes, rallying and mobilising all relevant parties to achieve this crucial objective.
“We humbly beseech Biafra agitators to remain calm and observe a ceasefire for 40 days. This period of abstinence from offensive aggression will significantly contribute to ongoing negotiations and enhance the prospects of Kanu’s release.”