Revealed: How late Alex Ekwueme, S’East govs mounted pressure on Kanu to embrace restructuring, drop agitation for Biafra
By Steve Oko
Wawa News Global has uncovered botched attempts by the late Vice President Alex Ekwueme, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, and South East Governors to pressure the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, into embracing a restructured Nigeria and drop his agitation for Biafra.
Kanu’s family which spoke with our Correspondent on the matter, challenged South East Governors and Igbo leaders to disclose why they had suddenly kept mute over restructuring of Nigeria after mounting intense pressure on Kanu in 2017 to drop agitation for Biafra and embrace restructuring along 1960 and 1963 Constitutions.
The family is not happy that after their unsuccessful attempts to compel Kanu to give up on Biafra, the Igbo leaders are now completely quiet over their restructuring mantra.
Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel, who spoke in Umuahia, expressed surprise that “nobody is talking of restructuring again after those leaders, although without success, wanted Kanu to drop agitation for self determination and agree to a restructured Nigeria.
He said that at the peak of the agitation, the leaders lured Kanu to a meeting in Enugu where they put him under pressure to accept restructuring, a demand Kanu even agreed to oblige with a condition.
According to Kanu’s brother, before the meeting with South East Governors in Enugu, some respected Igbo leaders including the late Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme; Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, as well as Professor Ben Nwabueze, had also made similar proposal to the IPOB Leader.
His words:” Precisely on 30th August 2017, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu met with South East Governors. In fact, before the meeting, he had met with the late Dr Alex Ekwueme who pressured him to agree on restructuring of Nigeria along 1960 and 1963 Constitutions.
” The late Chief Mbazulike Amaechi and Professor Ben Nwabueze told him the same thing. They put him under pressure to accept restructuring.
” I remember he told them including the South East Governors that if they start negotiations on restructuring, he would tone down agitation for 12 months, but shockingly the South East Governors never related these messages to the Federal Government. They swept it under the carpet and four days after the meeting, our house was invaded during the infamous Operation Python Dance ll”.
Prince Emmanuel cast doubts over the real motives of the South East Governors for the Enugu parley with his brother as they never raised the issue of restructuring even after his father’s compound was raided.
” So, we are now thinking: was the reason they invited him for that meeting to kill him ? This is because while we were going for that meeting, there were things we observed along the road but such observations are better disclosed by Onyendu (Kanu) himself.”
” Regrettably, the trauma from the invasion of our compound was what killed my parents”, Prince Emmanuel maintained, adding that the family will not forget the bitter experience in a hurry.
He, therefore, wondered why the clamour for restructuring had died down since then.
” How come up till today, nobody has ever mentioned the discussion that took place in Enugu? Why are the South East Governors and senators keeping mute?
” They tried to convince Nnamdi Kanu at the meeting that restructuring would be better than outright Biafra. So, restructuring was a choice proposed by Igbo Leaders.
” My brother told them at the meeting that if they were serious about it, he would want everybody – the necessary stakeholders – to be on the table for genuine discussions on how to move Nigeria forward.
” He told them that the federal government and other nationalities that make up Nigeria must come together for serious discussions. But could that discussion that my brother was insisting on what they wanted to avoid by invading our house?
” Now my question to the Federal Government, South East Governors and Igbo leaders: why are they mute about restructuring? Why is nobody mentioning restructuring again?”
Kanu’s brother also wondered why the world is keeping quiet over the continued detention of the IPOB Leader even after several court judgements ordering his immediate and unconditional release.
” Why is everybody quiet even after the Umuahia Federal High Court and Abuja Court of Appeal ruling ordering the immediate release of my brother? Injustice to Kanu is injustice everywhere not just in Nigeria but all over to the world!”
Kanu’s brother said that Nigeria leaders should be sincere and stop being hypocritical about the real national questions if truly they mean well for the country, adding that the truth will not be suppressed for ever.
He insisted that his brother is being unjustly detained and punished for seeking the good of all.
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