Prof. Charles Soludo, the governor of Anambra State, has reiterated his appeal for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader, in order to maintain peace and security during the 2023 general election, particularly in the South East.
Soludo made the request yesterday at the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) national/presidential campaign rally in Awka, Anambra State. He pledged to act as a guarantor for Kanu’s release and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to expedite it.
The governor, who also serves as the party’s national leader, claimed that without Kanu’s release, there is still concern that the region’s troubles will persist before, during, and even after the elections.
He commended President Buhari’s administration for completing the second Niger Bridge, reconstruction of the Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, and other infrastructural development in the South East region, while also thanking him for all the support that he has been giving to security agencies in their fight against crime and criminality.
“I urge President Buhari to release Nnamdi Kanu. We need to have a heart-to-heart conversation that will bring lasting peace, harmony and security throughout the South East, and Nigeria in general.
“In that conversation, Nnamdi Kanu needs to be present on the table. If Mr. President cannot release him unconditionally, as directed by the court, he should release Kanu to me.
“I am ready to stand as his surety. I will provide him shelter, and provide him whenever the need arises. But the ultimate aim is that South East needs some peace and security.”