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INTRIGUING: ‘Allow Me To Bring Nnamdi Kanu To Nigeria And Make Him Drop Biafra Struggle,’ Kalu Begs Buhari

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Orji Uzor Kalu, Senate Chief Whip, has made a case for a united Nigeria just as he appealed to the federal government to allow him facilitate the return of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of separationist group — the Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) — to the country.

“If the federal government permits me, I will go to the United Kingdom and negotiate with Nnamdi Kanu to return to Nigeria. I will convince him to drop the agitation for Biafra because our people don’t need it,” Kalu said.

Nnamdi Kanu is facing treason charges brought against him by the Nigeria government following his arrest in October 2015 after repeatedly pushing for Igbo’s break away from the country. He was detained for more than a year, and later jumped bail after his release and fled to the United Kingdom.

Senator Kalu made the appeal on Tuesday morning while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He also expressed dissatisfaction with journalists publishing unverified stories about him, adding that several media houses have continued to spread rumours and misquote his statements.

Citing an example of such incident, Kalu said his online interview where he mentioned that he would turn Nigeria to a 21st century if given an opportunity to lead the country, decried that some bloggers misquoted him to have said the 20th century.

“I am a friend of the press but it is time they leave me alone. You can’t just publish news about me without verifications.

“We have many good journalists in the country but several others just want to sell their papers and stories with sensational headlines.

“How can you rewrite 21st century to 20th century just to sell your news?” Kalu questioned while responding to questions on the recent altercation between members of the IPOB with security personnel in Enugu recently.

Kalu reiterated that he is an ardent believer of unified Nigeria.

According to him, “Nigerians are so entangled with each other that we can’t talk about separation. We are a United country and our focus should be on taking advantage of our population to build a stronger economy.

“We have reached a point where all Nigerians should be canvassing for a strong institution where rule and order are observed; where the hardware and software components of a democratic nation are comprehensively promoted.

“If the federal government permits me, I will go to the United Kingdom and negotiate with Nnamdi Kanu to return to Nigeria. I will convince him to drop the agitation for Biafra because our people don’t need it.

“We need a united Nigeria that will allow different cultures and tongues to live peacefully in any part of the country. A country where people can comfortably do their businesses without fear of the unknown”, he said

Kanu thanked President Buhari and the APC for their great leadership despite the challenges facing Nigeria.

He also thanked Buhari for the infrastructural development he has extended to the South East and urged all Nigerians to continue to support the Mr President’s agenda.

Kalu had recently expressed interest in serving as president if given the opportunity by the electorate.

“Yes, if you give me the presidency, why not, I will take. I am capable of doing the job,” The Sun quoted him as saying while guesting on a radio programme in Umuahia, Abia state capital.

“The problem is who is capable of doing the job. For now, I am focusing on my constituency; there is a lot of job to be done.

“If you give me opportunity, I will like to go back to the Senate for a second term, but if the people of Nigeria want me to be president, they will show the hand. I can do the job. I can build a 21th century economy for our people.”

In December 2019, the Lagos federal high court convicted the Kalu of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion.

The Chief Whip was released from the Kuje Correctional Centre in June after spending five months in prison.

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