Deputy Speaker Kalu says they are working on Kanu’s release

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Deputy Speaker Kalu says they are working on Kanu's release

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB Leader

Deputy Speaker Kalu says they are working on Kanu’s release

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has stated that Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), currently facing charges, will soon be released from prison.

Mr. Kalu, speaking on Tuesday, indicated that efforts, including undisclosed discussions behind the scenes, were in progress to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu. The separatist leader, advocating for a Biafra nation, is currently facing charges. Mr. Kalu expressed solidarity with Kanu, referring to him as his brother, and stated that securing Kanu’s release is part of their agenda. He emphasized the sensitivity of the matter, noting that not all plans and initiatives can be disclosed on social media.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr. Kalu, assured IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters, particularly agitated youths, that efforts for his release are underway through detailed and non-violent strategies. Speaking on a virtual program, he emphasized the futility of coercion through violence and advocated for wisdom and peace in resolving the situation.

This assurance comes after a Supreme Court ruling overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision, which had earlier discharged and acquitted Kanu of terrorism-related charges. The Supreme Court sided with the federal government’s appeal, challenging the earlier directive for Kanu’s release in October 2023.

Mr. Kalu urged the youths in the South-East region to refrain from violence, specifically discouraging the sit-at-home exercise that has disrupted economic activities. He suggested that President Bola Tinubu would be more receptive to considering Kanu’s release if the situation remains calm. Acknowledging that Tinubu has not contributed to Kanu’s imprisonment or harmed the South-East, Mr. Kalu called for support rather than attacks.

Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State also congratulated Tinubu on his election victory and requested Kanu’s release, considering him a crucial stakeholder in achieving sustainable peace in the South-East region.

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