The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has said the apex socio-cultural organisation of Igbo ethnic nationality has plans to meet soon with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to canvass for the immediate release of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,
Iwuanyanwu made this known on Saturday during a courtesy visit to the leadership of Supreme Council of Nigeria Traditional Rulers, Southeast chapter led by the President, HRM Eze Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna of Abia State, Vice President, HRH Eze Dr Oliver Ohanwe, the Obi Gburu Gburu of Igboland and Chief Host in his Glass House Orji-Owerri office complex.
Iwuanyanwu stated that other ethnic groups in Nigeria have sold the dummy of perceived fear of succession of the Igbo ethnic group to the Federal Government, the Nation reports.
This he said has created the suspicion of every good intention of the group before the government.
Quoting statistics, he said the Igbos are the real critical stakeholders in Nigeria’s project as they own over 60 per cent of the investments in the country.
He further stated that their investments and residential identities spread across the nation, unlike other ethnic groups that invest and reside only within their ethnic geographical location.
“Your request (Supreme Council of Nigeria Traditional Rulers, South East chapter) and solidarity visit have reinvigorated my leadership intention to see President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on issues concerning the Igbo ethnic group, more especially the need to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB. His continual detention is escalating insecurity in the Southeast.
“Let us see when he’s released, any person or group that will be instigating insecurity or crisis in Igboland using his name or detention. Some people and groups are illegally feasting on his popularity and detention just to cause unnecessary trouble and problems in the entire Southeast and for their own selfish interests. There must be peace and stability in Igboland. Immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will definitely restore sanity,” he said.
The Chief Host of the delegation, Eze Dr Oliver Ohanwe, the traditional ruler of Isiama ancient kingdom in Isiala-Mbano LGA of Imo State said their visit was to have a mutual collaborative partnership with the leadership of the apex sociocultural organisation.
Ohanwe stated that his organisation’s foremost desire of advocating for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a strategic means of arresting insecurity in the region and the need to have a harmonious cultural identity among the ethnic nationality.
He also disclosed plans to see President Tinubu, his leadership team, and some eminent Nigerians concerning the continual marginalisation of the ethnic group and the need to readdress the injustice especially as it concerns the continual detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu despite the court order for his immediate release.