Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has engaged in discussions with President Bola Tinubu concerning the liberation of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who has been held in custody since 2021 following his re-arrest in Kenya.
Following a confidential meeting with Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja on Thursday, Mbah informed State House Correspondents that releasing Kanu would align with the President’s commitment to national reconciliation, as he had pledged on May 29.
It has been precisely two years since Kanu was apprehended on Kenyan soil and extradited to Nigeria to face seven charges related to terrorism. During their meeting at the Villa, Mbah conveyed that they discussed the potential release of the secessionist advocate, who has recently received several favorable court rulings regarding his prosecution.
The new governor emphasized that Kanu’s liberation would serve as Tinubu’s goodwill gesture towards the South-East region, where the IPOB leader originates.
“We also, of course, talked about the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
“You know that the South-East has made a collective demand to have Nnamdi Kanu released, and we basically identified with that.
“Mr. President has, in his inaugural address, promised the people that he’s going to engender national healing and he’s going to serve with compassion. So, we’ve basically informed him that this would serve as a pointer to his administration’s extension of hands of fellowship,” Mbah said.
The governor reiterated his prohibition of Monday’s sit-at-home activities in Enugu to promote private-sector investments.
“We also had that conversation with Mr President. We have made a very strong announcement. We’ve banned sit-at-home on Mondays in Enugu.
“And obviously, what that means is that we will, of course, need to, you know, heighten our security, tackle the challenges that would flow from that, and, you know, essentially that’s what I have come to do,” he emphasised.
He also revealed that he appealed to the Federal Government for support in harnessing the plentiful and unexplored mineral resources in Enugu State, intending to benefit the local population.
“We’ve taken a bold view of what the new group could achieve in the next four years in terms of growing our economy from the current levels to $30bn.
“We have a number of dormant assets in Enugu, which we believe partnering with the Federal Government, we’re able to transform them into productive assets,” the governor said.