The Presidency has said it does not consider leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, relevant in ongoing consultations with leaders of the South East.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu said Kanu was not invited because the Presidency does not regard him as a leader of thought in the South East.
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, last week, flagged off series of meetings with northern and southern leaders of thought, traditional rulers and the clergy, over rising, ethnic tensions in those parts of the country.
Ojudu said: “Well, the thing is that we were looking for leaders of the people, leaders of thought and we do not see him as a leader of thought in the South East. Maybe, an opportunity will come at one time or the other for him to be engaged. But, so far, what we have done is to look at people who have influence in the communities, whether it is religious, whether it is traditional, whether it is political, social or governance. These were the people we brought in for discussions.”
The presidential aide said “South East leaders, including Ohanaeze Ndigbo coming to see Osinbajo have neither asked for a referendum on Biafra or secession, but have only complained about marginalisation in appointments and harassment by police at roadblocks. Nobody has tabled that in all the discussions we have had. Nobody, I can tell you. Ohanaeze came with a prepared document. They made complaints about losing some key positions, not being appointed into security positions and all those kinds of things.
“And, these are things that can easily be addressed. Nobody canvassed secession at those meetings, nobody canvassed referendum.”
The presidential aide noted that the south east leaders Osinbajo has met so far were all on the same page of keeping Nigeria as one indivisible country in peace and harmony.
He said the federal government would tackle the perceived injustice in parts of the country through equitable distribution of resources and employment creation. (The Sun)