BY FRANCIS IGATA
ENUGU – Founder,United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release detained Director Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as a panacea to 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.
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.
Chief Okorie who spoke to Vanguard, during a telephone chat revealed that the mounting peaceful demonstrations and protests by MASSOB and IPOB which was their legitimate right have attracted the attention of the United Nations having sustained it since 1999 and in over 180 countries.
“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 have taken place in 180 countries of the world. In other words it has been internationalized. My advice to Buhari therefore, is to dialogue with the groups and address the agitation.
“The agitation did not spring up over night. 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 over night affair. Buhari should instruct the security agencies not to apply force to these non violent demonstrators”.