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Apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has disclosed that appealing against the judgment given in favor of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, by the Muhammadu Buhari led-Federal Government can worsen the lack of confidence in the incumbent Federal Government.
The group pointed out that the insecurity and hardship in the Southeastern region would be eased should the Federal Government heed the call of the Appeal by allowing and obeying the judgment as a measure of civil resolution to the lingering distrust and allegations of hatred of certain sections of the federating regions of the nation.
In a press statement issued in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, during the weekend by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the group said Igbo leaders are available to accompany Kanu to President Muhammadu Buhari for dialogue on the matter.
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‘We are happy to know that the Federal Government is weighing options regarding the verdict that favors Kanu. Instead of appealing, they should opt for dialogue with a commitment to restore normalcy and end sit-at-home in the South-East. There will be good results if the Federal Government declines on the option of appealing to Kanu’s verdicts and opt for dialogue, which will solve the hardship associated with restiveness in the South-East but appealing the judgment will fasten unpleasant errors that will not be favorable for Nigerians, the consequences of the option to appeal will be destructive.
‘The Federal Government should consider the consequences of appealing the judgment and dialogue.
‘Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has assured the Federal Government that some eminent Nigerian leaders are ready to bring Nnamdi Kanu to the table for profound dialogue but the Federal Government should stop playing the ostrich. There should be an appetite for dialogue on the side of the Federal Government but unfortunately, they are yet to explore this option. This is the minimal protocol for genuine peace to return to Nigeria, especially in the South-East.
‘Nigerians are attentive to know the Federal Government’s reactions now that IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has expressed in writing his desire to be released so he can lead other Southern agitators with eminent statesmen and Patriots to heal Nigeria.’
Many Nigerians have continued to call on the Federal Government to free the secessionist leader after the court ruled so.