The Vice President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Damian Okeke-Ogene, has urged the federal government to heed the call to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Mr Okeke-Ogene said that time is now apt for the federal government to heed calls from prominent Nigerians to release Kanu.
He disclosed that Anambra Governor Chukwuma Soludo and other stakeholders in the past have urged the federal government to release Kanu.
Mr Okeke-Ogene said restoration and promotion of the rule of law and respect for the fundamental human rights of individuals are key to stabilising the polity.
He said that respect for the rule of law restores people’s confidence in governance and appealed to the government to shun calls for Kanu’s continued detention.
He condemned in strong terms the recent outburst of the ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo, asking the federal government not to release the IPOB leader.
Mr Okeke-Ogene said that such a call was prompted by personal and selfish interests to attract favour from the government.
According to Okeke-Ogene, the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu is not in the interest of the country since different courts of competent jurisdiction “have already freed him.”
He assured that Igbo stakeholders are not relenting in the efforts to ensure that Mr Kanu is released.
Mr Okeke-Ogene reacted to the demolition of some buildings at Alaba Market in Lagos state and urged Igbos in the area to remain calm.
He said that Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership is taking measures and efforts to ensure a peaceful resolution of the matter to protect their interests.
On governance in Anambra state, Mr Okeke-Ogene commended Mr Soludo for his political will and courage in focusing on fulfilling his promises to the people of the state.
He stated that the Ekwulobia flyover project and other infrastructural facilities are aimed at accelerating sustainable development and a better future for the state.
He extolled those affected by the project for their understanding and collaboration with the state government.