Members of the South East Senate Caucus have again engaged the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his members in peace talks against the backdrop of rising tension in the country.
They asked Kanu and the group to conform to the laws of Nigeria and avoid any temptation to resort to violence to press home their demand.
A statement issued by Mr. Uche Awom, the Media Adviser to the Chairman of the South East Senate Caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said that the Igbo lawmakers met with Kanu on Tuesday in his Ohuhu, Obingwa country home in Abia State.
Addressing the media jointly with Kanu after the meeting, Abaribe advised the IPOB and other agitators to carry out their activities with respect to Nigeria’s laws and avoid any form of violence and other actions capable of violating the rights of other Nigerians.
According to him, “it is a majority consensus that all of us desire unity and a peaceful Nigeria where equity and fairness is entrenched and where no group or region would be treated as second class citizens.”
Abaribe promised that the South East Senate Caucus will continue to support and work assiduously for a united Nigeria.
That notwithstanding, he said the Senators demand the total restructuring of the country and devolution of powers in such manner that would assuage the feelings of despondency, injustice and near rejection within the Nigerian State, which to “us is the way to go and we think, is the crux of the rising agitation in the land.
“I thank Kanu for assuring us to continue to conduct his members in a peaceful manner and within the ambit of the law. This engagement is a continuous process that will lead us to find a lasting solution to whatever grievances that necessitated the agitations in Nigeria.
“The Caucus will accordingly meet as soon as we resume from the recess to continue the engagement for the good of our people and our dear country. All of us desire equality, equity, fairness in a peaceful and united Nigeria,” he said.
Kanu promised that his group will remain non-violent in its agitation for an independent Biafra state.
He declared that IPOB remains resolute in its demands for a fair and just society, which according to him, is the spirit behind the agitation for Biafra through a referendum.
“We are not afraid in our quest but what I promised my elder brothers is that we shall never fail them by resorting to violence. We can’t and it has never been our approach,” he stressed.