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IPOB: Northern Elders Rejects Special Treatment, Trial For Nnamdi Kanu

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Pan–Arewa socio-politcal group, Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has rejected special treatment and trial for Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The group advised the Federal Government to ensure his trial proceed in accordance with the laws of the land without any special treatment, adding that elite who want special treatment accorded to him for peace “are merely inviting more threats on the people.”

It also charged government and security agencies not to allow IPOB truncate the Anambra State governorship election on Saturday.

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NEF’s spokesman, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement, yesterday, after a meeting with its leader, Ango Abdullahi, said the region would cooperate with other regions to produce a competent president in 2023.

According to Baba-Ahmed, the elders suggested the state independent electoral commissions should be scrapped and the powers to conduct local government elections transferred to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“IPOB’s plans to frustrate the governorship election in Anambra State this weekend must be resisted.

“The ongoing trial of its leader should proceed in accordance with the laws of the land, and elite from the region who demand that he is accorded special treatment in return for peace should know they are merely inviting more threats on the people they should help to protect.

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“The people of the North want to work with other Nigerians to produce a competent and committed Nigerian leadership that will restore confidence in our country’s capacity to survive and rebuild itself for the next generations.

IPOB: Northern Elders Rejects Special Treatment, Trial For Nnamdi Kanu

“The forum notes that Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress dominate the political landscape. It further notes that Nigerians will benefit from additional options, both to improve competition and to broaden the leadership selection process.

“The forum looks forward to the emergence and consolidation of other parties in the political environment. The continued existence of state electoral commissions which conduct elections into local governments is severely damaging the democratic process.

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“The forum advises that the ongoing constitutional amendments should include the scrapping of these commissions and the assumption of their duties by INEC,” he said.

He lamented that Borno State has not had electricity supply for over 10 months because of the insidious activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

The spokesperson said if labelling bandits as terrorists would quell the onslaught ravaging the region, the elders would support it wholeheartedly.

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IPOB holds prayer session for release of Nnamdi Kanu, orders optional sit-at-home

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A pro-Biafra secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has called on its members, supporters and residents of the South-East region to have a prayer session on Tuesday (today) for the unconditional release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The group urged that business and social activities should be shunned so that people could concentrate on the prayers for its helmsman who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June.

According to the statement signed by the Head of Directorate of Service (DOS), Chika Edoziem, the prayer should also address peace in the Igbo land and as well for the realisation of the Biafra nation.

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This was contained in the statement by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful on Monday.

The statement said, “On this very day, we will make one solemn sacrifice. I am not instituting sit-at-home but all Biafrans should dedicate that day by shutting down all business activities, banks should not open.”

Explaining further on the modalities of the prayer session, Powerful told SaharaReporters that, “We didn’t declare anything like sit-at-home, our declaration is on prayers for our leader.”

The statement further read, “The prayers will be all over the world where all Biafrans reside.

“There is no sit-at-home because we understand that DSS agents masquerading as our members are now telling people that IPOB will use that day as sit-at-home, no we did not say so and will not, but our people will close their shops after the prayers they open their shops.

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“We must stand in the open and make sure that the day light shines upon us, if it rains, let the rain fall upon us as we make this prayer, all pastors, evangelists, prophets, rabbis etc shall lead in this day prayer.

“The Odinana people must also gather and call for the spirits that guard the land and Chukwu Okike Abiama.

“Our kings will also come out to pray in the manner that our ancestors prayed in the old days. They will pray with a native kola that has four parts.

“Those who are the Ofor in Biafraland, must also come out and gather with the Odinana people also bring the Ofor and after the prayer, break the kola and throw the kola to our ancestors as the aka ji ọfọ shall raise the Ofor and hit it on the ground for our ancestors to come and fight for us.”

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Kalu Visits Nnamdi Kanu In DSS Custody, Reveals His Advise To IPOB Leader

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Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu on Monday paid a visit to the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody in Abuja.

Sen. Kalu, representing Abia North said he and Nnamdi Kanu discussed as brothers during the meeting where he encouraged him to consider certain comments and actions for sake of the people.

In a Facebook post on his verified page, the former Abia governor while revealing that he met Nnamdi Kanu in good health recalled how the family has been close to him after he made his (Nnamdi) father, late Eze Israel Okwu Kanu the traditional ruler of Akwara Ukwu during his day’s as Abia governor.

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“This afternoon, I visited my brother, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody , Abuja . I met him in good health and care and we discussed as ‘Umunne’. In 2001 when I was Governor, I made his father Eze Israel Okwu Kanu traditional ruler of Akwara Ukwu and since then the family has been very close to me .

“I understand that Nnamdi has an insane amount of people rooting for his back home and I encouraged him to consider the consequences of certain actions and utterances for the sake of the same people” he said.

According to the lawmaker, even though he shares a different ideology with the IPOB Leader, he owes him and people of Nigeria good counselling irrespective of whether such is accepted or not.

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“Even though, my ideology and his ideology are totally different , God has made us brothers and we can’t run away from each other. I owe him and Nigerians good counseling …Whether he and his family listens to me or not, I will continue counseling him as I have always done in the past. What we need most is a peaceful and secured society” he added.

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‘Please Release Nnamdi Kanu’ – Bianca Ojukwu Begs Buhari

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Former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Mrs Ojukwu made the plea while speaking at the 10th memorial anniversary of late Igbo leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, organised in Owerri on Friday.

She urged the President to consider the plea made by some Igbo leaders during their recent visit to the State House, Abuja, asking for Kanu’s release.

She said that Kanu’s release would demonstrate Buhari’s magnanimity, adding that the clamour for secession is a direct consequence of perceived inequality in distribution of resources and political appointments in the country.

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She, however, urged governors of the South East geo-political zone to remember Ojukwu just as the convener of the event, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.

“Kanu’s release will further buttress President Buhari’s commitment to healing the wounds inflicted by the sense of marginalisation felt by the Igbo nation,” she said.

‘Please Release Nnamdi Kanu’ – Bianca Ojukwu Begs Buhari

Speaking, Mr Ahamefula Ojukwu, chairman of the occasion and son of the late Igbo leader, thanked Uwazuruike for conducting the affairs of the entire Igbo nation in unity.

He urged Igbo people, especially those privileged to occupy positions of authority, to preserve the legacies of his late father whom he described as “an embodiment of selfless service and sacrifice to the Igbo cause”.

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Earlier in an address, Dr Nkem Okeke, Deputy Governor of Anambra, decried the use of violence in the quest for self determination.

He implored Igbo people to be united and fight diplomatically so as to achieve a set objective.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was attended by various Igbo groups from the South-East and South-South geo-political zones of the country.

A highlight of the event was the cultural dances and traditional masquerade performances by various troupes.

(NAN)

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