Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has initiated discussions regarding the potential release of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Mbah urged President Bola Tinubu to seriously consider extending a gesture of goodwill to the people of the South-East by addressing this matter. After a private meeting with the President, Mbah shared with State House correspondents that they had discussed various issues, including the release of Kanu, who has received several favorable court judgments in his ongoing prosecution.
Mbah emphasized that releasing Kanu would contribute to the ongoing process of national healing, which the President has already begun. He expressed his hope that the President would positively consider the request. Additionally, Mbah revealed that he also appealed to the Federal Government for assistance in harnessing the abundant mineral resources in Enugu State for the benefit of its residents.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Governor Mbah stated, “Enugu possesses numerous valuable assets that, through collaboration with the Federal Government, can be transformed into productive resources. Many people are unaware of the vast mineral resources lying beneath our land, remaining untapped. Therefore, we believe that by partnering with the Federal Government, we can convert these assets into valuable resources.”
He further explained, “As we plan for growth, we aim to rely on the private sector, which necessitates a conducive business environment. This requires focusing on security and infrastructure, as they are crucial indicators of ease of doing business. During our discussion with Mr. President, we made a strong announcement, banning the sit-at-home order on Mondays in Enugu. Consequently, we recognize the need to enhance security and address the challenges that may arise from this decision. This is the purpose of my visit.”
“Finally, we also discussed the release of Nnamdi Kanu. The South-East region has collectively demanded his freedom, and we align with this position. We reminded Mr. President of his commitment to national healing and serving with compassion, as he stated in his inaugural address. Therefore, we have informed him that granting this request would symbolize his administration’s willingness to extend a hand of fellowship,” concluded Mbah.