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We’re Pressuring the FG To Free Nnamdi Kanu-Kalu

Apr 2, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Hon. Benjamin Kalu, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, stated Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release is being sought.

He stated political solutions are being developed throughout court proceedings.

The Deputy Speaker said it was intentional to work behind the scenes to achieve the goal at Monday’s special episode of “The Ben Kalu’s Mandate” on FLO FM, Umuahia, Abia State.

Kalu’s answer followed the show anchor’s question about whether the deputy speaker’s Peace In South East Project (PISE-P), which calls for a non-kinetic solution to South East security issues, has abandoned the IPOB leader.

The Deputy Speaker called for support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration and hinted that Igbo elders might visit him to discuss South-East concerns.

He added the Peace in South East Project (PISE-P) seeks reconciliation. We value our comrade Nnamdi Kanu in our peace agenda. It’s true. I’ve been vocal about it. I admit it.

“I’ve always said I’ll never deny Nnamdi Kanu, my brother. We’re from the same place, so I’ll never be pleased with him in prison when we can release him and pursue peace.

“We may not advance all the things we are doing backdoor, but I can assure you that all the powers that be in this country know that people like us are not neutral—not the next guy, but Benjamin Okezie Kalu. I am not undecided. I lobby.

We cannot do this in court. Political solutions appeal to me more. I want one or two things from the federal government.

“The last time I saw Mr. President, I suggested the Igbo elders come, sit, and talk to him. I know SEDC and our brother will be discussing this there. We’ll also applaud him for his Igbo appointments and other good deeds.

While the court is doing its thing, I won’t truncate judicial processes, but some of us are open to identifying with him and urging for his release.

After that, anything else can happen. These are the current developments, and those close to him will promise you we are working closely on this mandate. Is it feasible? The answer is yes.

I like his last court statement. He claimed anyone exploiting his name to cause violence is a hater of Ndi Igbo and not an IPOB member.

“Igbos are not violent. People know us for trade and creativity. Our Nollywood engine sparked the creative industry. We are not thieves or violent.

“We work to create wealth. We are not life killers, so if someone introduces something odd to us, he’s either not an Igbo, or we should examine his origins.

Our strength is not shown by burning things down. We show our strength by making money in your community to improve our lives. It’s our strength.

“I appreciate his warning. Our collaboration to achieve it makes me pleased. Many thanks to the individuals. Since we established this curriculum four months ago, there has been some peace due to everyone getting together and seeing we need peace. Stay calm.

“As we ask Mr. President to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and give us the South East Development Commission, we must show him loyalty by maintaining peace in our area. No violence, back his government.”

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