Chidi-Ibeh led Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, has urged Igbo leaders and southeast governors to see President Mohammadu Buhari’s visit to Ebonyi State as an opportunity to dialogue with Mr. President over Nnamdi Kanu’s release.
In a statement by the Secretary-General of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Ohaneze was optimistic that Buhari’s visit would also boast the actualization of presidency of Igbo extraction in 2023.
The group stated that Buhari has been fair to Ndigbo in terms of Federal Projects irrespective of the fact that his party was denied fortunes and acceptance in 2015 and 2019 elections in the southeast.
Ohaneze also assured of peace and security during the visit, even as they urged Biafra agitators to hold their peace and remain loyal to the procedure that would help them achieve the release of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The statement reads, :”Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has given assurances of peace and security ahead of the planned visit of President Buhari to Ebonyi State. This is part of the resolutions reached at the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders council meeting held in Abakiliki on Tuesday 3rd May 2022. For translucence and clarity of purpose, President Mohammadu Buhari has been fair to Ndigbo with Federal Projects irrespective of the fact that his party was denied fortunes and acceptance in 2015 and 2019 elections in the southeast.
“However, the Chairman of Southeast Governors and Ebonyi Governor, Engr Dave Nweze Umahi, has brought good tidings and paid huge sacrifices for Ndigbo to access the presidency and attract federal government’s projects and attention to the southeast zone.
“The Elders council was presided over by Dr. Richard Ozobu, who insisted that this is the best opportunity for Igbo leaders with the southeast Governors to dialogue with President Buhari over the release of Ipob leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kalu.
“Ndigbo expectations are that such windows of opportunities must be fully utilized for positive results as President Buhari will be received warmly by us.
“This will be one of the most remarkable visits of Mr. President to the southeast, as we except that the President’s two days working visit to Ebonyi state will change the narratives that Buhari loves Ndigbo, and he will prove it by kick-starting the process that will release Nnamdi Kanu.
“Ipob and other Biafra agitators should hold their peace and remain loyal to the procedure that will help them achieve the release of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Buhari’s visit will usher in fresh hopes of having a Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction and secure the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“We are conscious of the fact that Ipob is cognizant of the fact that the process for the release of their leader is ongoing, and their proper attitudes and conducts are expected to solidify the process of Kanu’s release. We are welcoming President Buhari with an open mind and wish him a pleasant stay in Ebonyi State”.