The Chidi Ibe-led faction within the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, revealed that the group is engaging in confidential negotiations aimed at securing the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
The faction stated that the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, could be released by the end of this year.
According to the Guardian, this information was disclosed in a statement by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary General of this faction of the prominent Igbo socio-cultural organization.
In the statement the group urged its followers to refrain from any offensive actions starting from October 31, 2023, and maintain this ceasefire for a duration of 40 days.
The Igbo group emphasized the necessity of discipline among Biafra agitators during this critical period.
The faction pointedpp out that the main challenge facing Ohanaeze is ensuring the compliance of Biafra agitators with these directives, as it is seen as instrumental in achieving the release of Kanu.
The Southeast group also expressed the belief of Ohanaeze in engaging with relevant authorities through diplomatic channels as the most effective approach to attain the desired outcomes.
Ohanaeze, therefore, urged patience and understanding from the Igbo people during this pivotal time and assured them of positive results following the Imo State Governorship elections in November 2023.
The impending release of Kanu is expected to be a significant development for the South East region.
Ohanaeze has continued to to call on the Federal Government to forgive Kanu, and to prioritise the greater interests of Nigeria.
The group added that restoring peace and security to the southeast region is a crucial task.
The statement read: “To facilitate progress in this matter, Ohanaeze urges Biafra agitators to uphold a ceasefire for a period of 40 days, abstaining from any offensive aggression commencing on October 31, 2023. It is imperative that Biafra agitators exhibit discipline during this crucial period.
“Ohanaeze firmly believes that engaging with all relevant authorities through diplomatic channels remains the most effective approach to achieve the desired results.
“We implore Ndigbo to exercise patience and understanding throughout this critical period.
“We acknowledge the pain and hardship endured by the people of the South East since Kanu’s incarceration, and as custodians of our land, we assure you that positive outcomes are anticipated after the November 2023 Imo State Governorship elections. The imminent release of Kanu will, undoubtedly, serve as a resounding surprise to the South East.
“Ohanaeze continues to appeal to Nigerians whom Kanu may have offended, urging them to embrace forgiveness and prioritise the greater interests of Nigeria.”
Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, since the administration of Muhammadu Buhari.