Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, has encouraged Biafra agitators to respect a 40-day ceasefire.
Ohanaeze claimed that the truce was intended to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the factional Secretary General of Ohanaeze, stated that the ceasefire would begin on October 31.
Isiguzoro said in a statement that there are ongoing discussions behind the scenes over Kanu’s release.
He stated that the cessation of all offensive conduct would provide an enabling environment in which to negotiate Kanu’s release.
According to Isiguzoro, “To facilitate progress in this matter, Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges Biafra agitators to uphold a ceasefire for a period of 40 days, refraining from any offensive aggression starting from October 31, 2023.
“Maintaining discipline among the Biafra agitators is crucial to ensuring the cessation of all offensive acts for the designated 40-day period.
“By doing so, the ongoing conversations behind the scenes will have the necessary environment to provide the desired solutions for the release of Nnamdi Kanu. Ohanaeze Ndigbo reminds Ndigbo of our Igbo idiom, “Every soup has a peculiar way of licking it.”
Speaking further, the group urged Ndigbo to exercise patience, adding that they were aware of the hardship endured by the southeast since the incarceration of Kanu.
“We implore Ndigbo to exercise patience during this challenging time. We acknowledge the pain and hardships endured by the people of the Southeast since the incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu.
“As custodians of our land, we assure ourselves and our people that positive outcomes are anticipated following the November 2023 Imo State Governorship elections. The release of Nnamdi Kanu will be a surprise package for the Southeast,” he added.
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