Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, has faulted the federal government’s handling of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, saying that was the major reason for the security crisis in the South-East.
The Governor, who spoke on Sunday while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics monitored by VANTAGE NEWS, said the sit-at-home declared by IPOB was in protest against the continuous detention of its leader, Kanu.
Soludo maintained the no one can deny the status and command of Kanu in the region, which can be seen in his large followership.
He said, “Let me be clear: you can like it or not like it, you may want to hear it or not. I’m not a regular politician who speaks from both sides of the mouth, I say it as it is. My understanding of the situation in the South-East is that every major organised group needs to be part of the conversation.
“Why did we start the sit-at-home that the children of the South-East have to go to school four days in a week instead of five? How did we start sit-at-home that the woman selling pepper out there; those who depend on daily toil and sweat to earn a living can no longer do that on Monday? Business are closing and so on and so forth.
“It is because of Nnamdi Kanu. No matter how you want to wish it away, it is essentially because of Nnamdi Kanu. So, he is a factor; no one can deny that. He is a factor, for anyone who wants to be realistic. Therefore, in a conversation about peace and stability in the South-East, if you discountenance that factor and wish it away, then the person must be living in the moon. It has become a factor. And, therefore, as part of that process of getting down to the fundamental long-term discussion on this matter, we need to get that matter over with.
“What started the sit-at-home was because Nnamdi Kanu was arrested. And what were his supporters saying? They were saying that they would keep this Monday sit-at-home until he is released. We are only arguing and having a counter narrative to say it does not make sense to now (say because) someone annoys you somewhere else and you then go and lock up your entire family and say they should not eat, they should starve to death, children shouldn’t go to school. I think they have bought that argument.”
The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said one faction of IPOB had agreed to work with his administration while another faction was yet to reach an agreement, thus responsible for the attacks across the state.
While calling for a speedy trial of Kanu, Soludo said, “Press the charges and he will be defended. This is Nigeria, there is a rule of law. The court will take its course expeditiously and let us see where it gets to.
“The longer that it lingers without bringing closure to it, the longer you keep the system in suspense.”
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