– The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has disclosed its plans to meet with IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu
– Ohaneze Ndigbo says it plans to convince Kanu to join in the call for restructuring of Nigeria rather than secession
– The association says if there are areas of divergence, they will find ways to address it
The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is set to meet with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in a bid to convince him to embrace their call for restructuring of the country rather than secession.
Earlier, we reported that Kanu was released from Kuje Prisons, Abuja on Friday, April 28, after meeting his bail conditions.
The IPOB leader, who was tried for treasonable felony, had been in detention since October 14, 2015.
But in an interview with The Punch, Chuks Ibegbu, deputy national publicity secretary of Ohanaeze, said the association intends to find a ‘common ground’ with Kanu on the agitation.
Ikegbu said: “Ohanaeze will definitely discuss with him (Kanu). Ohanaeze has been making efforts to parley with all the pro-Biafra groups and find a point of agreement with them on these issues.
“Even before now, Ohanaeze wanted to send a delegation to see him in Kuje Prison. We planned it before he was granted bail. We will engage him and some of his associates so that we can find a common ground. He is our son, we understand him and he will understand us. If there are areas of divergence, we will find ways to address it so that we can work together.
“At the planned meeting, Ohanaeze intends to make Kanu understand and appreciate its position, which is the restructuring of the country, rather than secession. Ohanaeze’s position is restructuring and his (Kanu’s) position is secession. We will not tell him to drop his desire for self-determination but we will make him understand that Ohanaeze’s position is the position of the Igbo people.”
VON earlier reported that Kanu was freed after meeting his bail conditions which IPOB and family members said was too stringent.
However, Senators Ekweremadu and Abaribe played a major role in perfecting Kanu’s bail conditions.