An elder statesman and a renowned Igbo political leader, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Also demanding for the immediate release of other members of the group currently in detention, Iwuanyanwu said Biafra is a reality that cannot be wished away the way Oduduwa and Arewa in South-West and North, respectively cannot be wished away. He added that nobody would argue the fact that members of Oduduwa and Arewa are trying to secede.
He further called for payment of reparation for the invasion of Igboland by herdsmen.
The Imo State-born politician stated this on Thursday evening at Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, at the opening ceremony of the 2016 World Igbo Summit.
Iwuanyanwu said, “For years, I have been unhappy over Igbo affairs. This summit is a beacon of hope if we seriously work together. It will restore Igbo unity and hope. We should at the end have Uturu Declaration.
“Marginalisation of Igbo makes the youths to agitate for Biafra. Biafra is a reality you cannot wish away like Oduduwa and Arewa. Biafra is a reality, but we are not seceding; the agitators have no arms. You can only arrest them if they carry arms; they are peaceful agitators. The Federal Government should release them from prison.”
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