South East delegates were received today at Abuja by President Buhari at State house. This came barely 24 hours the president hosted Antony Blinken at the Presidential Villa and shared with the USA Secretary of State, what he plans to do with the Endars report submitted by the Judicial Panel to the Lagos State Government.
South East Leaders in attendance includes; Chief Hon Mbazulike Amaechi, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Former Governor, H.E Dr Chuikwuemeka Ezeife, Mr Tagbo M. Amaechi, Chief Barr Goddy Uwazurike, Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige and others.
At the Meeting, the delegates called on Buhari to command the release of the Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. Responding to the demand which was made by the group, Buhari said;
“You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary. God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”
The President extended his condolences to Chief Amaechi, who recently buried his wife, praying that her soul would rest in peace.
Chief Amechi expressed sadness towards the current situation of things in the South East. He described the situation in the region as “painful and pathetic,” hinting that several establishments are stressing to keep their businesses alive, which some who couldn’t cope with the hardship have collapsed, education is crumbling, and there is fear everywhere.
He went further to opine for a political, rather than military solution as he made rquest for the release of Nnamdi Kanu to his care. The nonagenarian assured that if Kanu is released to his care as the only First Republic Minister still alive, “he would no longer say the things he had been saying,” because he would be under my control “not because I have anything to do with them (IPOB), but I am highly respected in Igbo land today.”
Chief Amaechi said twice he had interfaced with Nnamdi Kanu in the past, and the latter rescinded orders earlier given on civil disobedience.
“I don’t want to leave this planet without peace returning to my country. I believe in one big, united Nigeria, a force in Africa. Mr President, I want you to be remembered as a person who saw Nigeria burning, and you quenched the fire.”