Chukwuma Soludo, the governor of Anambra, has urged the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Soludo promised to act as a surety in order to secure Kanu’s release.
He said this on Saturday at the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) campaign launch in Awka, Anambra’s capital.
Kanu, according to Soludo, is critical to the security conversation in the south-east and is required to discuss the region’s future.
He also stated that if the federal government is unable to release Kanu unconditionally, he will stand as surety to ensure Kanu’s availability whenever it is required.
“We thank Nigeria’s federal government. And we thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the Second Niger Bridge, the Enugu-Onitsha expressway, and other infrastructure developments. We also thank him for his assistance to security agencies in fighting insecurity in the south-east,” the governor said.
“But now for the big one. According to security experts, we need both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches to solve this problem. We appreciate all of the kinetic in terms of force.
“We have also inaugurated the truth, justice and peace committee in Anambra to get to the root causes, immediate and remote causes of the insecurity in the south-east and that commission is completing its work.
“We’re also engaging the youths and also implementing various forms of non-kinetic engagements, but it is now time for the federal government to help us with the last leg of this non-kinetic approach.
“We now need all the major stakeholders in the security project in the south-east to come around the table for us to discuss the security and prosperity of the south-east.
“I now want to appeal and plead and request and demand of the federal government and our able President Buhari, that a critical person required around that table for that conversation to be complete — for us to have an all-round approach to dealing with the issue of insecurity and discussing about the future of the south-east — that person, and we need him urgently around the table, please release him to us — is Nnamdi Kanu.
“I’m calling on the federal government to please release Nnamdi Kanu. We need him at the table because we believe we now want to have a comprehensive heart-to-heart conversation about the future of the south-east — about the south-future, east’s security, and prosperity. Nobody should be left out; everyone should be present.
“If we are unable to release him unconditionally as requested by the court judgment, and so on,” I now offer to be the surety. Give him to me; give Nnamdi Kanu to me.
“I will keep him; I will provide him shelter; and anytime that you need him, we will bring him to you. Give him to me, and we’ll put him up here in Awka. Let us release him and put an end to the insecurity in the south-east.”