The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has disclosed that concerted efforts are underway to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Kanu has been in detention since 2021, facing charges of terrorism, and recently, the Supreme Court approved his trial.
Speaking on the “South East Political Roundtable” radio program, Kalu emphasized that ongoing talks are in progress to secure Kanu’s release. He urged South-East youths to discontinue the sit-at-home directive issued by IPOB, emphasizing that it adversely impacts the region’s investment climate.
In his virtual address, Kalu acknowledged Nnamdi Kanu as his brother and clarified that efforts were being made behind the scenes to facilitate his release. He discouraged resorting to violence, emphasizing that a non-kinetic approach is being pursued.
“We are working underground. There’s a detailed strategy. It’s not by violence; you can’t coerce the government through violence. It has never worked and won’t work. Let’s be wiser. The wisdom is in peace. Let’s quench the violence,” Kalu stated.
He called for a cessation of the Monday sit-at-home protests organized by IPOB, urging the region to exhibit its strength through industriousness and unity. Kalu emphasized the need for collaboration with the government to foster development and attract investments.
Furthermore, the Deputy Speaker highlighted the positive impact of the recently unveiled Peace In South-East Project in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State. He encouraged those bearing arms to embrace the non-violent approach advocated by the initiative to address security challenges and other grievances.
Kalu also dispelled notions that President Bola Tinubu is against the South-East, citing the appointment of an Igbo son to head the Ministry of Works as evidence of the government’s commitment to the region. He emphasized the importance of unity and collaboration, expressing confidence that a united front would yield positive outcomes in addressing regional concerns.
In his closing remarks, Kalu reiterated the call for unity, stating, “Let us come together and unite, and I can assure you that once we unite, there is nothing we ask this government that we cannot get, including the one you are asking for our brother; it is also achievable.”