By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has described as a healthy development, the decision of the South-East Governors Forum to summon the courage to call for the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu from illegal detention in Abuja.
The governors, who took the decision during their meeting in Enugu, Sunday, promised to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.
Reacting on the governors’ decision, IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful, expressed happiness that the governors of the zone had risen from their slumber on issues concerning the interest and survival of their people.
Powerful said: “This is the first time in recorded history that South-East governors have stood boldly to align themselves with the interest of the masses, which in this case, is the call for Buhari to end the injustice against the people of Biafra by releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader.
“If they had summoned the courage, like Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and former Anambra State governor, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, the South-East wouldn’t have been in such a moral mess as it is today. We hope this new found boldness will lead them to speaking up for the victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks in our rural communities.”
Similarly, Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, commended the governors of the South-East on their decision to intervene on the continued detention of the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and other pro-Biafra agitators languishing in various prisons.
MASSOB leader, Mr. Uchenna Madu, advised the governors to match their words with action. The MASSOB leader said Igbo people were tired of unfulfilled promises and assurances which ultimately brought nothing meaningful to the citizens.
He said with the stand of the Igbo governors, MASSOB was optimistic that the next court appearance of Nnamdi Kanu and others would lead to jubilation in Igboland.
Madu regretted that Nnamdi Kanu and three others had been languishing in Kuje Prison, while 21 MASSOB members were at Onitsha and Awka prisons where they were being detained over Biafra and freedom of their people.