Abia monarchs have urged the federal government to prevent any damage coming to the arrested leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra while he is in custody due to his poor health status.
After visiting Kanu’s family at their home in the Isiama Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North Local Government Area on Thursday night, the monarchs made this announcement, saying they would head a powerful delegation to President Muhammadu Buhari to request “a royal truce” regarding Kanu’s continued detention.
The monarchs expressed concern about Kanu’s allegedly deteriorating health and stated that they had finalized preparations to meet with the President as soon as he gets back from the United Nations General Assembly tour in order to discuss Kanu’s situation.
HRM Eze Nnamdi Ofoegbu, National Chairman of the Royal Fathers of Nigeria, and Chairman of the Ikwuano/Umuahia Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers, denounced the “Python Dance II” military invasion of Kanus’ compound on September 14, 2017, calling it a desecration of the royal stool.
They also expressed hope that Kanu’s release will help prevent the painful repercussions of Kanu dying in detention, and they urged the President to listen their sage advice and think about a political solution for Kanu in the best interests of the nation as a whole.
They pleaded with Ndigbo not to desert Kanu, who they claimed had made great sacrifices to ensure their survival and freedom.
After the discussion behind closed doors, Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, responded and thanked the king and queen for supporting the family, assuring them that the family will follow their instructions.
Emmanuel regretted that the DSS had been frustrating the family’s efforts to secure a private physician for Kanu, stating, “I have made numerous efforts to get him a private physician, but each time I tried my best, they ( DSS) turned it down.
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“Kanu is going through very difficult times and is complaining bitterly about his health. He has a big issue with his stomach.
“This is the time for the world to come in and say something about that because if he dies there, it is not going to be easy for anyone.”
Emmanuel expressed his disappointment over the nonchalant attitude of the South East political elite in the efforts to free Kanu, stating, “The political elite are not doing enough; I see them as part of the problem and not the solution. They don’t have the balls to stand up and make a case for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“They even find it difficult to visit him. Apart from Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, no other Governor from South East has visited him in detention.”
After the meeting, Hon. Obinna Ichita, who represents Aba South state constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, said that the Kanu/FG crisis can only be resolved through political means.
Ichita revealed that he had been privately speaking with top senior federal officials about Kanu and expressed his optimism that the traditional institution’s intervention would be successful. Ichita has been involved in the peace initiative between the Federal Government and the Kanu family.
The politician pleaded with the Federal Government to take into account the calls for a political resolution to the ongoing dispute with Kanu as soon as possible, noting that “releasing Kanu will help douse mounting tension in the South-East.”