Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the foremost Igbo sociocultural organisation, has made public its intention to meet with President Bola Tinubu to advocate for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB.
This was said by the Ohanaeze President, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, on Saturday during a courtesy call to the Southeast Chapter of the Supreme Council of Nigerian Traditional Rulers, which was headed by HRM Eze Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna of Abia State.
According to him, the focus of the upcoming visit to the president would be on all the concerns of the residents of the South East geopolitical zone.
Iwuanyanwu stated that the move to push for the release of the secessionist from the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, became necessary following the worsening security situation in the region.
According to him, some persons are using Kanu’s name and his incarceration to perpetrate crimes in the region, saying they are only after their selfish interest.
“Your request and solidarity visit have reinvigorated my leadership intention to see President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on issues concerning the Igbo ethnic group, more especially the need to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. His continual detention is escalating insecurity in the southeast.
“After he’s released, let us now see any person or group that will be instigating insecurity or crisis in Igboland using his name or detention.
“Some people and groups are illegally feasting on his popularity and detention just to cause unnecessary trouble and problems in the entire southeast and for their selfish interests. There must be peace and stability in Igboland.
“Immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will restore sanity,” he said.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Operation UDO KA II Nigerian military cleared terrorist bases out of Imo and Anambra.
In addition to apprehending a suspected terrorist, the troops also discovered logistics equipment, motorcycles, ingredients for building improvised explosive devices, and stored food in the camps.
According to Lt.-Col. Jonah Unuakhalu, acting deputy director of Army Public Relations, 82 Division, Enugu, the clearance operations took place in the Lilu community and Orsumoghu Forest in the Orsu Local Government Area of Imo yesterday.