‘Please release Nnamdi Kanu,’ says Bianca Ojukwu.
Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, a former Nigerian ambassador to Spain, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
NewsReport gathered that Mrs. Ojukwu made the request while speaking at the 10th memorial anniversary of late Igbo leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, which was held in Owerri on Friday.
She urged the President to consider the request for Kanu’s release made by some Igbo leaders during their recent visit to the State House in Abuja.
She stated that Kanu’s release would demonstrate Buhari’s magnanimity, adding that the call for secession is a direct result of perceived inequality in resource distribution and political appointments in the country.
She, however, urged governors of the southeast geo-political zone to remember Ojukwu just as the convener of the event, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
“Kanu’s release will further buttress President Buhari’s commitment to healing the wounds inflicted by the sense of marginalization felt by the Igbo nation,” she said.
Speaking, Mr. Ahamefula Ojukwu, chairman of the occasion and son of the late Igbo leader, thanked Uwazuruike for conducting the affairs of the entire Igbo nation in unity.
He urged Igbo people, especially those privileged to occupy positions of authority, to preserve the legacies of his late father whom he described as “an embodiment of selfless service and sacrifice to the Igbo cause”.
Earlier in an address, Dr. Nkem Okeke, Deputy Governor of Anambra, decried the use of violence in the quest for self-determination.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was attended by various Igbo groups from the South-East and South-South geo-political zones of the country.
A highlight of the event was the cultural dances and traditional masquerade performances by various troupes.