Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has urged president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to make the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu a priority after being sworn in on May 29, 2023.
He made this call in a statement he issued to newsmen yesterday congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2023 presidential election (Tinubu) for emerging victorious in the election.
“The 2023 General Elections in Nigeria have come and gone. While we commend INEC for the successful completion of the general elections, it is important to note that we must seriously continue to reform and strengthen our electoral processes and citizens’ political participation as we march towards a more perfect system.
“To me, the true heroes of the last elections are the citizens of Nigeria, especially the youths, whose voices will continue to be critical as we collectively strive to build a new Nigeria. Nigeria is the winner, and I am confident that a better future lies ahead of us.”
“Nigeria needs healing and restructuring, and the fundamental challenges of insecurity and the economy remain humongous. We pledge to collaborate and partner with you and the Federal Government for the development of Anambra state and Nigeria. This is the only country that we call ours and we must make it work.”
“One critical issue that we must draw your urgent attention to is the issue of systemic insecurity in the South East.
“While our efforts with the security agencies are yielding significant results, we believe that sustainable peace and security will be enhanced through wider non-kinetic engagements with all critical stakeholders.
“In this regard, may I repeat my previous calls and hereby request our President-Elect to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu immediately after swearing-in (that is, if he is not released before then). We need him around the table as an important stakeholder in discussions about healing and sustainable peace in the South East,” he said.