GOVERNOR of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, recently visited the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his detention cell in Abuja.
GOVERNOR Soludo, who broke the news of his visit on his Facebook post, disclosed that the visit was aimed at finding lasting resolution to the impasse around the IPoB leader’s case and finding peace amid the persisting insecurity in South East.
“HE WAS in very high spirits and we had quality and frank discussion in a very convivial atmosphere. He expressed sadness over what he described as “sacrilegious killings” of innocent persons, kidnappings and all forms of criminalities, including the brutal enforcement of the senseless “sit at home” perpetuated by sundry groups claiming to be acting for or on behalf of IPoB. He assured that if the opportunity arises, he will be glad to personally broadcast to his followers to maintain the peace,” Soludo stated.
APPRAISING the matter, the governor’s visit is still apt. It is clear that the visit, first of all, was an initiative of the Anambra State Governor as well as a surprise visit. The visit is also a direct contact with the core issue – the IPoB leader, whose detention is the reason given by some of his followers for making life unbearable for the people of the South East Zone.
JUST as the governor disclosed, what they discussed comprised mostly, the headless killings, violence and insecurity, establishing that the visit had a clear goal to address the exacerbating reign of terror in South East.
THIS makes it clear that the governor is not only focused on his job of protecting lives and properties of his people but keen on having everybody’s interest expressed and addressed. The visit, further, buttressed what the governor said during the security meeting he held with Anambra stakeholders shortly after he assumed office. During the meeting, he said that he would reach out to Nnamdi Kanu.
BEARING in mind that the first step in every conflict resolution is to table the matter and the next is to reach an agreement, it is apt to note that Governor Soludo has taken the lead by visiting the IPoB leader. What is left and is being expected is to have a complementing feedback from those who want the populace to believe that they are under Nnamdi Kanu’s leadership.
IT IS our belief that the governor has clearly lived up to his promise and it is left for the other party to live out their own bidding. People are expecting to feel Nnamdi Kanu’s response to the overture by Soludo and just like the governor said: “Together, we shall restore peace, security and prosperity in Anambra and the South East.
IN THE interest of the zone and ndi Igbo, the streets and bushes should be rid of the current bloodshed, especially this time that a sincere leader has emerged in Anambra and reached out with listening ears and resolute heart for solutions.