S’east leaders mounting pressure on Tinubu not to free Nnamdi Kanu – Ohanaeze official

Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has called on the people of the Southeast East and concerned Nigerians to refrain from blaming President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the ongoing detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Instead, Isiguzoro pointed fingers at South East governors, senators, and other political actors, accusing them of hindering Kanu’s release.

In a statement issued on Sunday in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State, Isiguzoro exonerated President Tinubu, emphasizing that the necessary assurances of security and cooperation from South East leaders to facilitate Kanu’s release had not been forthcoming.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls upon our fellow Igbo brethren and concerned Nigerians to direct their attention towards the South East governors rather than President Tinubu regarding the deteriorating security situation in the South East and the continuous detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“South East governors and certain Igbo leaders have not provided the essential assurances required to explore political solutions for Kanu’s release,” Isiguzoro stated.

He condemned the actions of some regional leaders, alleging that they were exploiting Kanu’s detention for personal and political gain, thereby prolonging his imprisonment for selfish interests ahead of the 2027 elections.

Isiguzoro also appealed to prominent Igbo personalities such as Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Pa Ebitu Ukiwe, and Senator Ike Nwachukwu to collaborate and provide the federal government with the necessary assurances regarding Kanu’s conduct post-release.

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