Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the apex Igbo organisation, has appealed to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, to allow the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, address South-East citizens before the 2023 general elections.
Secretary-General of the organisation, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, revealed this, adding that killings in the South-East would subside if Buhari allows the IPOB leader address them.
Speaking on the activities of gunmen linked to Kanu’s disciple, Simon Ekpa, the organisation’s Secretary-General reiterated his stance on Ekpa’s plot to destabilise the 2023 elections in the South-East.
According to Isiguzoro, “This madness of sit-at-home and incessant killings and insecurity we are witnessing in the Southeast can be traced to the continuous incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu, which Simon Ekpa is taking undue advantage of.
“The only cure to this madness of Simon Ekpa is a passionate appeal to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to allow the leader of IPOB to address Ndigbo possibly this February before the elections, because there is a grand conspiracy by some external enemies of Ndigbo, and they are using Ekpa to shortchange and ensure that there is an election boycott in the South-East.
“The only cure to this Ekpa’s madness is for Buhari to allow Kanu, even if it’s a five-minute broadcast because Kanu has continued to say through his lawyers that these killings and insecurity in the Southeast should end.
“The activities of unknown gunmen instigated by Ekpa should end, and why there has been no effect on those messages is that the people doubt if those messages are from Nnamdi Kanu.
“So, in order to have a peaceful election, the Federal Government should give Nnamdi Kanu a five-minute broadcast to talk to the people of the Southeast; this would end Ekpa and his madness.”