18 December, 2016

Having seen that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) is not shifting grounds on his demands for the restoration of Biafra; Nigeria's ruling party, All Peoples Congress (APC), appointed the former governor of Abia State (Nnamdi Kanu's home State), Orji Uzo Kalu, to mediate between Nnamdi Kanu and the Federal Government of Nigeria, and to seek other means to administering justice in Nnamdi Kanu's case than secret trial as recommended by Muhammadu Buhari (the Nigerian President) and Justice Binta Nyako.

In Orji U. Kalu's visit to Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje prison on Friday 16 December 2016, he identified to be Nnamdi Kanu's brother, condemned the Federal Government's plans to jail Nnamdi Kanu via a secret trial and warned that such moves will only worsen the already cold relationship between Nigeria and Biafra.

In Kalu's words: "My visit to Kanu is in compliance with the United Nations' charter on Human Rights. It means anyone who is in prison should frequently be visited. I decided to come and visit him as a younger brother and as a former governor of Abia State.

"It is possible that with this discussion, we will find an interface between the Federal Government and Kanu. It is a possibility.
If both he and the Federal Government are genuinely interested, we can come to a common ground. It is possible to settle out of court."

Meanwhile, to dispel any wrong insinuation that Orji Kalu's visit might result to, Nnamdi Kanu came out to meet him (Kalu) with a Biafran attire -making his message loud and clear: that there is no alternative to Biafra freedom.

Despite this effort by Orji Uzo Kalu and owing to his fraudulent record as Abia State governor, Biafrans have expressed doubts over his intentions, arguing that Orji U. Kalu cannot be trusted.

According to Wilson Thomas, he wrote over the social media: "Orji Uzo Kalu, you are now an APC member because you are agitating to become a running mate to your "Oga at the top" -come 2019. I want to assure you that if Buhari must lose that election, you are the cause because you have nothing to offer. Meanwhile, be careful with whatever you are about to discuss with the FG. Of course, you are aware the Igbos do not even trust you."

Evaristus Chijioke wrote: "Someone told you 'Biafra or Death' and you think he will be afraid to be jailed? He has demonstrated his seriousness over and over. Nnamdi was chosen by the Almighty to lead his people out of Nigeria (the oppressor). You do not force people to live together. Buhari might have all the ammunition, everything, but I tell you, One with God is majority. Biafra is greater than Nnamdi Kanu so those trying to stop it should have a rethink.

Recall that Nnamdi Kanu was kidnapped on 14 October 2015 by the Nigerian Department of States Security Services. Despite court order to release him on bail on 19 October 2015 at the Magistrate Court Abuja and another court order to release him unconditionally on 17th December 2015 at the Federal High Court Abuja by Justice Adeniyi Ademola, the Federal Government of Nigeria has continued to detain him.

IPOB urges the Federal Government of Nigeria to obey court orders and release Nnamdi Kanu. After which, terms of referendum and final exit will be negotiated by both States.

This is the only lasting solution that will avert an "Aleppo Experience" in Nigeria. We want to make it clear to Orji Uzor and Buhari that any settlement out of court that is not centered on Biafra freedom is null and void.



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