South East senators under the aegis of South East Senate Caucus, on Wednesday, engaged the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu and his members.
A statement released by the chairman, South East Caucus in the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said that the action of the lawmakers was geared towards dousing the rising tension in the country.
The caucus, according to the statement asked Kanu and IPOB to conform within the rule of law.
The statement indicated that the caucus chairman and the IPOB leader
met on Tuesday at Abaribe’s village home, in Abia State.
The statement quoted Abaribe as telling Kanu and other agitators in the country to conform their actions with due respect to Nigeria’s laws and avoid any form of violence and any other actions that can
abridge other Nigerians’ rights.
The Senator stated that “it is a majority consensus that all of us desire unity and a peaceful Nigeria where equity and fairness is entrenched and where no group or region would be treated as second class citizens.”
Abaribe, assured that the South East Senate Caucus will always support and work assiduously for a united Nigeria.
The statement however indicated that the Senate South East Caucus would continue to demand total restructuring of the country and devolution of powers in such manner that would assuage the feeling of despondency, injustice and near rejection.
Restructuring to “us is the way to go and for we think is the crux of the rising agitation in the land,” he said.
“I thank Kanu for assuring to conduct his members in a peaceful manner and within the ambit of the law. This engagement is a continuous process that will lead us to find a lasting solution to whatever
grievances that necessitated the agitations in Nigeria.
“The caucus will accordingly meet as soon as we resume from the recess
to continue the engagement for the good of our people and our dear country. All of us desire equality, equity, fairness in a peaceful and united Nigeria,” he said.
However, the IPOB leader speaking assured that his group will remain
non-violent in their agitation and promised not to derail on this.
The statement quoted Kanu as saying that his group remains resolute in
its demands for a fair and just society, which according to him is the
spirit behind the agitation for Biafra through a referendum.
“We are not afraid in our quest but what I promise my elder brother is that we shall never fail them by resorting to violence. We can’t and it has never been our approach”, he said.
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