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Release Of Kanu Will Douse Tension In South-East, Says ex-APGA Chairman, Chekwas Okorie



Hails Govs, Igbo leaders’ decision to meet President Tinubu on rising insecurity  
Following the ongoing tension, pandemonium and killings in the South-East as a result of sit-at-home order by a faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the founder and former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has reiterated the demand for the immediate release of IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Speaking to AN24 in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Okorie said the release of Kanu from detention will douse the tension in South-East, adding that President Bola Tinubu, who he described as an experienced politician, should adopt the political solution to resolve the insecurity issues in the geo-political zone.
Okorie, an elder statesman also commended the decision of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the apex socio-cul­tural body of Ndigbo, South-East governors and political leaders from the geopolitical zone to meet Presi­dent Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards a comprehensive resolution of the issues stoking crisis in the zone so as to restore peace in the region.
The South-East leaders’ decision to meet President Tinubu was taken after a high-power meeting of Igbo leaders on Monday in Abuja on the rising inse­curity in the geopolitical zone, which according to them cannot be divorced from the general insecurity in the country and remains a Nigeria’s problem.
Reacting to the decision of Igbo leaders to meet President Tinubu on the rising insecurity in South-East, Okorie told AN24 in an exclusive interview that  “A formal visit by proper representation of the entire South-East people home and abroad should be commended because when you have Ohanaeze Ndigbo leaders, National Assembly members from South-East; then you have whole Igbo represented there.
“I believe that the President has special presidential dispensation he can utilise on powers given to him by the constitution to respond to some of the issues, especially with regard to the security issue we have in the South-East in which the release of Nnamdi Kanu is paramount.
“I believe the President cannot hide under the fact that this is a matter before the court like the former President did, which did not interest anybody. President Tinubu is a politician; he is a thoroughbred politician that knows the wider benefits that would be accrued both politically and otherwise to be favourably disposed to such a high power delegation to him.”
Okorie stressed further that: “The release of Nnamdi Kanu will douse the tension. It will bring it down to a reasonable extent. For instance, I referred to those causing problems in South-East as criminals because IPOB has since distanced itself from what the criminals are doing now. But they are still trying to use the name of Nnamdi Kanu to rationalise what they are doing.
“So, if Nnamdi Kanu is released first, those people will have no other excuse to continue doing what they are doing because the person they are using as cover-up would have been out. Secondly, he would be able to isolate those who are genuine agitators for self-determination and those who are criminals. It would become easier to isolate and separate these two and deal with the criminals the way criminals should be dealt with.”
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