Newly-elected President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, before leaving office on May 29th. He stated that Kanu’s release is crucial in addressing the insecurity situation in the South-East region of Nigeria, and will bring joy to all Igbo people.
Iwuanyanwu made this appeal after the Imeobi Ohanaeze ratified his nomination as the new President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide in Enugu.
At the Imeobi meeting, serving governors and former governors, former leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, leaders of the South-East traditional rulers council, and senators were present. In his acceptance speech, Iwuanyanwu described his election as a remarkable day in his life, stating that he had done his best to serve the Igbo people, both in times of war and peace.
He promised to focus on education, agriculture, industrialisation, electricity, power generation, health, and other core assignments during his tenure.
Iwuanyanwu expressed his concern about the insecurity situation in the South-East and suggested that a peace summit should be convened in Igboland. He further appealed to President Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu, as the judiciary had already discharged and freed him.
Iwuanyanwu also highlighted that Kanu’s health was deteriorating, and it was vital that he was released to have access to his medical doctors so that he does not die in prison. Finally, he pledged to defend the Igbo cause and not fail his people.