Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has commended President Bola Tinubu for contemplating releasing Nnamdi Kanu in December 2023.
Ohanaeze believed that such a decision, if implemented, would have significant implications for the political landscape in the South-East.
A statement signed on Thursday by the Secretary-General, Okechukwu lsiguzoro, Ohanaeze stated that it has come to the attention of the group that certain mischievous Igbo political elites and deviant opportunists are attempting to take undue credit for Nnamdi Kanu’s potential release.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo urged President Tinubu not to entertain any visits or demands from these individuals, as the credit for Kanu’s release should solely be attributed to him.
The organisation emphasized that the effects of Nnamdi Kanu’s release will gradually diminish the rising popularity of both Peter Obi and Simon Ekpa in the Southeast.
“Politically, the Igbo nation will consider President Tinubu as a viable candidate over Peter Obi in the 2027 elections. Additionally, from a security perspective, Ekpa’s disruptive activities and terrorist tendencies in the Southeast will be consigned to the annals of history.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges President Tinubu to remain resolute in his decision-making process regarding Nnamdi Kanu’s release.
While assuring President Tinubu that the Igbo nation stands behind him, and trusts that he will handle the matter with utmost care and consideration.