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Ohanaeze Ndigbo anticipates Nnamdi Kanu’s release by end of 2023

Confidential negotiations raise hopes for the release of IPOB leader

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, has expressed optimism about the potential release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), before the end of 2023. The confidence stems from ongoing confidential negotiations between Ohanaeze Ndigbo and relevant authorities.

In a statement released on Sunday by its Secretary General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Ohanaeze called for a 40-day ceasefire from all pro-Biafran agitators, starting on October 31. The group emphasized the importance of discipline during this period to facilitate progress in the negotiations.

The statement read, “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.”

“To pave the way for the desired solutions to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, 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.”

The group believes that engaging with relevant authorities through diplomatic channels remains the most effective approach to achieve positive outcomes. Ohanaeze Ndigbo acknowledged the challenges faced by the people of the South-East since Kanu’s incarceration and appealed for patience and understanding during this critical period.

The statement further expressed confidence that Kanu’s release would be a resounding surprise to the South-East people and appealed to those who might have been offended by Kanu to embrace forgiveness for the greater interests of Nigeria.

“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.”

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