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Ohanaeze youths commend governors for intervention in Nnamdi Kanu trial

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) has commended the South-East governors for their intervention in Nnamdi Kanu’s ongoing trial.

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) has commended the South-East governors for their intervention in Nnamdi Kanu’s ongoing trial.

Kanu, leader of the proscribed separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), a situation that has continued to increase tension in the region.

Newsmen had reported that the South-East governors, after their last meeting, disclosed that they had commenced a political solution towards securing Kanu’s freedom.

The OYC, in a statement issued on Monday by its President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, lauded the governors for initiating the process.

Okwu said the development is an acceptable response to the group’s earlier outcry that only a political remedy would guarantee Kanu’s freedom.

“We have said it repeatedly that issues like this can never be resolved by throwing tantrums around or causing a situation of anarchy.

“This is not the first time Ndigbo are passing this route and it was only through a political solution that the matter was resolved. We know that this one will not be an exception.

“The National Assembly caucus has also before now started the same process and now that governors have joined them, we are upbeat that the process would be fastened and Kanu released as quickly as possible.

“We thank the governors in a very special way, as well as the religious and traditional leaders in Igboland for the role they are playing. In a similar manner, we also appreciate the members of the Ohanaeze Youths in the UK and Asia, and other diaspora communities for toeing the path of peace.

“At this point, the governors and the NASS members should meet Buhari and make the singular demand for the unconditional release of Kanu and other prisoners of conscience across the detention facilities in Igbo land”, he noted.

The group, however, appealed for de-escalation of tension in the zone to allow the political leaders to focus on their work.

“The youths should cease all forms of hostilities going forward; we should allow our leaders the air of freedom to carry out this … We have absolute faith in the ongoing political process. All those who demand to know the details of the process should hold their peace,” he added.

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