President Muhammadu Buhari is reaching out to some prominent leaders in the Southeast to wade into the pro-Biafra protests rocking the region for a while now, the presidency says.
According to the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari has also been assured by state governors in the region that the issues arising from the protests are being resolved.
Adesina who made the remark during an interview yesterday, added that President Buhari has the interest of all parts of Nigeria at heart and would always follow due process and the rule of law in tackling any issue.
He further stated that the pro-Biafra protests was part of the agenda of the last Council of State meeting, adding that a governor in the Southeast region assured the council that the matter was being handled.
“Government is in communication with credible leaders of the South-East on the Biafra issue. At the last Council of State meeting, one of the governors from the region assured council members that the issue was being looked into.
“The leaders of thought are working already. The President is concerned about every part of the country, but he will always respect due process and rule of law,” Adesina said.
Meanwhile, Igbo leaders had a meeting in Enugu some days ago and decided to set up a delegation of elders to meet President Buhari concerning what they say is the marginalisation of Igbos in Nigeria.
In a related development, the Ukrainian arm of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) recently protested the continued detention of one of their leaders, Nnamdi Kanu by Nigerian authorities at the Nigerian Embassy and International Amnesty office in the country’s capital Kiev.
Nnamdi Kanu, director of Radio Biafra, was arrested in October by the Department of State Services. He was charged with offenses related to his station’s broadcasts. He is yet to be released but appeared in court recently.