Nnamdi Kanu is certainly a man who divides opinion due to his agitation for secession from Nigeria. The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is a man loved and adored by many of his loyal fans and supporters. However, he is seen as an insurrectionist by people who do not subscribe to his goals and how he set about achieving them.
His call for secession has expectedly seen him at loggerheads with the Nigerian government led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Having escaped from the country a few years ago, Nnamdi Kanu was reportedly arrested in Kenya and brought to Nigeria where he has been incarcerated ever since, as his trial continues.
The manner of his arrest drew mixed reactions from different sections of the country and his incarceration expectedly drew the ire of his supporters, with the region seeing an increased level of killings and general insecurity. The proscribed IPOB group also started issuing a sit- at- home directive to demand the unconditional release of its leader.
However, to forestall further breakdown of peace in the region, several prominent Nigerians have profer supposed solutions to the problem to the Buhari- led administration. This article aims to reveal two of such prominent Nigerians and what they asked President Muhammadu Buhari to do. Find about them below:
- President Olusegun Obasanjo
General Olusegun Obasanjo is a man with opinions on many issues bordering on Nigeria’ s affair and he didn’ t hold back on that of Nnamdi Kanu as well, as he advised the incumbent President to sit down and have a personal dialogue with the controversial IPOB leader.
According to the former President, this would help to deescalate the precarious situation as it would allow President Muhammadu Buhari to know what are the worries of Nnamdi Kanu and other youths from other regions in the country and promptly address them.
- Bishop Mathew Kukah
The fiery, outspoken Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Kukah also had an opinion on the Nnamdi Kanu debacle. While condemning the sit- at- home order given by the aggrieved IPOB, the Sokoto Bishop in an interview with BBC News Pidgin, pleaded with President Buhari to settle the case out of court.
According to Bishop Kukah, the increased violence in the Southeast geopolitical zone that greeted the arrest of Kanu is avoidable and can be nipped in the bud by the Buhari- led administration if the government decides to settle the ongoing legal proceedings against Kanu out of court.
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