Deputy Speaker Kalu states that ongoing efforts are in place to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu

Benjamin Kalu, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, has revealed that endeavors are currently underway to facilitate the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. Kalu made this disclosure while participating in the “South East Political Roundtable,” a radio program on FLO FM in Umuahia on Tuesday.

In the meantime, the legislator advised youths in the South-East to refrain from adhering to IPOB’s sit-at-home directive, emphasizing that it is dissuading potential investors from the region.

Kalu recognized the positive outcomes of the recently introduced Peace In South-East Project in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State. He urged armed youths to abandon their weapons and participate in the non-violent approach advocated by the initiative to address security challenges and other societal concerns.

He stated, “Our programs and plans can’t all be publicized on social media. Nnamdi Kanu is my brother. Is he part of our agenda? Yes! Ensuring his release is one of our priorities. Who wants their brother in jail? We are working discreetly with a detailed strategy. Coercing the government through violence is not effective; it has never worked and won’t work. Let’s be wise; wisdom lies in peace. Let’s quell the violence. If it’s chaotic, it won’t be effective. Let’s remain calm. Let him see that you recognize he didn’t contribute to his incarceration and hasn’t harmed the South-East. We should support him and his government, not attack him. I staunchly oppose the call for violence and advocate for peace.

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“That is my purpose here; this voice for peace will resonate, and he will be released. The President was pleased with the developments in Bende, that the entire country can come together and support this project.”

The Deputy Speaker called for an end to the Monday sit-at-home directive issued by IPOB.

Kalu stated, “Our strength is not demonstrated by the number of guns we possess or by threatening people not to go out on Mondays. This is not how an Igbo person showcases strength. Igbo individuals are not idlers who confine themselves to their homes from Saturday to Monday, only to resume work on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

“That is not our identity; we are industrious, we are builders, we do not stay down, and even when we fall, we find a way to stand tall, lift our heads, and reconstruct. That is my message to our people.”

The Deputy Speaker emphasized that President Bola Tinubu does not harbor animosity towards the South-East.

He remarked, “The President entrusted the Ministry of Works to an Igbo individual who demonstrated competence in Ebonyi. He invited him to replicate his success in Ebonyi across the entire Nigeria, beginning with the five states of the South-East. The only way we can reciprocate this gesture is by declaring a work-free day on Monday?

“Consider what transpired for the first time – 15 billionaires of Igbo descent gathered in Bende. This signifies their willingness to bring their industries here, to establish factories that will provide employment opportunities. So, why scare them away?

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