The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has voiced optimism regarding the potential release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, by the end of 2023.
According to The PUNCH, this optimism stems from ongoing confidential negotiations between Ohanaeze Ndigbo and relevant authorities.
To support this initiative, Ohanaeze has called upon all pro-Biafran agitators to refrain from hostilities against the Federal Government for a duration of 40 days, commencing on October 31.
The objective is to ensure discipline and facilitate progress in the negotiations.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Ohanaeze highlighted the need for restraint and ceasefire among pro-Biafra agitators during this pivotal period.
The statement emphasized the significance of this ceasefire in achieving the release of Nnamdi Kanu and creating a conducive environment for diplomatic negotiations.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo stated, “The primary challenge we currently face is ensuring that the Biafra agitators cease all offensive aggression for 40 days, as this will pave the way for the desired solutions to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu.”
The socio-cultural organization firmly believes that diplomatic engagement with relevant authorities remains the most effective approach to achieve the desired results and secure Kanu’s release.
The statement acknowledged the hardship and challenges faced by the people of the South-East since Nnamdi Kanu’s incarceration and assured that positive outcomes are expected, particularly after the Imo State governorship elections in November 2023.
Ohanaeze expressed confidence that Nnamdi Kanu’s release would come as a surprise to the South-East people and appealed to Nigerians who may have been offended by Kanu to embrace forgiveness and prioritize the greater interests of Nigeria.
The organization pledged its commitment to working behind the scenes, mobilizing relevant parties and stakeholders to achieve this critical objective.
Ohanaeze called on Biafra agitators to remain calm and observe the 40-day ceasefire, believing that it would significantly contribute to ongoing negotiations and enhance the prospects of Kanu’s release.