Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has revealed what plan he has in store for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The governor made this known during a recent interview he had with the Vanguard newspaper.
Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, first and foremost, notes that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are not as bad as many believe, especially if one compares them to these bandits that are usually found in the northeast or northwest, who usually go to schools and seize the whole population of teachers and students, or invade the mosques and churches.
He then further revealed that he is ready to negotiate with the Indigenous People of Biafra because there is a message the group is trying to pass and which could be solved through negotiations. He then also added that he regards Nnamdi Kanu as a citizen of the state because he is the governor of the state and that he still cares for Nnamdi Kanu because he has yet to be convicted by the Nigerian court.
And in the Governor’ s word that was made available PM News Nigeria Platform, he said that ” We must engage with IPOB. Yes, we must find a way to talk about the issues at stake. These people are not as bad as the ones in the Northeast or northwest who go to schools and seize the whole population of teachers and students or invade the mosques and churches and kidnap all the worshippers and nobody can find them until a ransom is paid.
He also added that ” I believe that there is some ideological sense in what these people in the Southeast are saying. There is something to listen to even though it is illegal to take up arms against the state. There is a message they are trying to pass in the process.
He then further revealed that ” I regard Nnamdi Kanu as my citizen but not as the leader of IPOB because I am the governor. I am prepared to engage to resolve the issue. ”
” I care about his welfare and I care that he should be tried in a just and fairway. I am happy that they want to bring justice to bear by looking at the allegations against him and trying him fair and square, but I would not want him to be treated as if he was a convict when he has not been convicted. Not until otherwise, he is still my citizen and, like his father, it beholds to care for him. After all, the prodigal son had a father. ”
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