In a recent development, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called upon Biafra agitators to observe a 40-day ceasefire period. The primary aim of this ceasefire is to facilitate the potential release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Factional Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, officially conveyed this request in a signed statement. According to Isiguzoro, this ceasefire is set to commence on October 31, 2023. He revealed that there are ongoing, behind-the-scenes negotiations regarding the possible release of Nnamdi Kanu.
Isiguzoro emphasized the significance of Biafra agitators maintaining discipline during this 40-day ceasefire period. He stressed that by refraining from any offensive actions, it would create a conducive environment for ongoing diplomatic conversations to yield a solution for Kanu’s release.
Isiguzoro quoted an Igbo idiom, “Every soup has a peculiar way of licking it,” highlighting the importance of engaging with relevant authorities through diplomatic channels for the most effective resolution.
Furthermore, Ohanaeze Ndigbo acknowledged the hardships and challenges faced by the people of the Southeast since Nnamdi Kanu’s incarceration and assured the Igbo community that positive outcomes are expected following the November 2023 Imo State Governorship elections. The potential release of Nnamdi Kanu is described as a “surprise package” for the Southeast.
The organization also extended an appeal to Nigerians who may have been offended by Nnamdi Kanu’s actions, urging them to forgive and prioritize the greater interests of Nigeria. Ohanaeze Ndigbo emphasized the paramount importance of restoring peace and security in the Southeast, emphasizing the need for collective involvement from all stakeholders.
In closing, Ohanaeze Ndigbo reaffirmed its commitment to working behind the scenes and mobilizing all relevant parties to achieve the crucial objective of securing Nnamdi Kanu’s release and fostering peace and security in the region.