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After Pressuring Nnamdi Kanu To Drop Agitation, You’re Mute on Restructuring – Family Tells S’East Govs

The family of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has pressed South East Governors and Igbo leaders to explain why they have stopped talking about restructuring Nigeria after exerting significant pressure on Kanu in 2017 to abandon his call for Biafra and support restructuring in accordance with the 1960 and 1963 Constitutions.

Kanu’s younger brother Prince Emmanuel expressed surprise that “nobody is talking of restructuring again after those leaders, although without success, wanted Kanu to drop his agitation for self-determination and agree to a restructured Nigeria.” Prince Emmanuel spoke exclusively with our Correspondent in Umuahia.

At the height of the unrest, he claimed, the leaders enticed Kanu to a meeting in Enugu where they placed him under pressure to accept restructuring. Kanu even reportedly promised to comply with the demand on the condition that they put forth a condition.

 

The late Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, and Professor Ben Nwabueze, among other famous Igbo leaders, made a similar suggestion to the IPOB Leader before to the meeting with South East Governors in Enugu, according to Kanu’s brother.

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His words:” Precisely on 30th August 2017, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu met with South East Governors. In fact, before the meeting, he had met with the late Dr Alex Ekwueme who pressured him to agree on the restructuring of Nigeria along the 1960 and 1963 Constitutions.

” The late Chief Mbazulike Amaechi and Professor Ben Nwabueze told him the same thing. They put him under pressure to accept restructuring.

” I remember he told them including the South East Governors that if they start negotiations on restructuring, he would tone down agitation for 12 months, but shockingly the South East Governors never related these messages to the Federal Government. They swept it under the carpet and four days after the meeting, our house was invaded during the infamous Operation Python Dance ll”.

 

As the South East Governors never brought up the subject of restructuring even after his father’s compound was raided, Prince Emmanuel questioned the true motivations of the governors during the Enugu meeting with his brother.

” So, we are now thinking: was the reason they invited him for that meeting to kill him? This is because while we were going for that meeting, there were things we observed along the road but such observations are better disclosed by Onyendu (Kanu) himself.”

” Regrettably, the trauma from the invasion of our compound was what killed my parents”, Prince Emmanuel maintained, adding that the family will not forget the bitter experience in a hurry.

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He, therefore, wondered why the clamour for restructuring had died down since then.

” How come up till today, nobody has ever mentioned the discussion that took place in Enugu? Why are the South East Governors and senators keeping mute?

 

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” They tried to convince Nnamdi Kanu at the meeting that restructuring would be better than outright Biafra. So, restructuring was a choice proposed by Igbo Leaders.

” My brother told them at the meeting that if they were serious about it, he would want everybody – the necessary stakeholders – to be on the table for genuine discussions on how to move Nigeria forward.

” He told them that the federal government and other nationalities that make up Nigeria must come together for serious discussions. But could that discussion that my brother was insisting on what they wanted to avoid by invading our house?

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” Now my question to the Federal Government, South East Governors and Igbo leaders: why are they mute about restructuring? Why is nobody mentioning restructuring again?”

Even after numerous court rulings demanding the IPOB Leader’s immediate and unconditional release, Kanu’s brother questioned why no one is speaking out against his prolonged arrest.

 

” Why is everybody quiet even after the Umuahia Federal High Court and Abuja Court of Appeal ruling ordering the immediate release of my brother? Injustice to Kanu is injustice everywhere not just in Nigeria but all over to the world!”

If Nigerian officials truly have the country’s best interests in mind, Kanu’s brother suggested, they should quit acting hypocritically and be sincere about the important national issues at hand. He also added that the truth would eventually come to light.

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