He says Buhari should instruct the security agencies not to apply force to these non-violent demonstrators
Chief Chekwas Okorie, the founder of United Progressives Party (UPP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to release the detained director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
According to Okorie, should Buhari release Kanu and dialogue with the aggrieved members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and other affiliate groups demanding for Biafra secession, then the nation can return to its peaceful state.
Chekwas Okorie, founder of United Progressives Party has urged President Buhari to release the detained director of Radio Biafra Nnamdi Kanu
Okorie, the former Presidential candidate under the platform of UPP in last year’s general election made the call against the backdrop of the increasing spate of violence emanating from different geopolitical zones in country.
Speaking to Vanguard, Okorie said: “The agitation for a separate state of Biafra by MASSOB, IPOB are legitimate as long as they have remained non-violent and it has been recognized by the United Nations. I am aware that the agitation has taken place in 180 countries of the world. In other words it has been internationalized. My advised to Buhari therefore is to dialogue with the groups and address the agitation.
“The agitation did not spring up overnight. Between 1999 and now, the sufferings of the people have heightened. That is why the agitation is increasing in tempo. For this agitation to succeed, a lot of legal legwork has to be done which has already commenced.
“Also, Diplomatic legwork has to be done which is in place by IPOB observers in the United Nations. But the missing link is the Political legwork which has not begun.
“The political legwork has not started. These are factors that must come together and not without the other to lead to a Biafra state. For this to be achieved, a Referendum must be held in the area among ourselves. So, it is not an overnight affair. Buhari should instruct the security agencies not to apply force to these non-violent demonstrators.”
Meanwhile, IPOB has described statements credited to President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out agitation for the realization of Biafra as a joke.
Spokesperson for the group, Emma Powerful, told the New Telegraph that Biafra agitators will continue to press for the Biafra state despite being subjected to intimidation and annihilation in the hands of Buhari.