Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Mazi Kanunta Kanu, younger brother of the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has kicked against Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s offer of amnesty to IPOB members, contending that members of the pro-Biafra movement are not criminals to deserve amnesty in the first place.
According to him, it will be wrong to be contemplating amnesty for people who are no criminals but peaceful agitators for self determination.
Gov. Soludo had on Monday, during a prayer session organised to seek divine intervention to end the Monday sit-at-home, announced amnesty to unknown gunmen in the state.
He pleaded with them to surrender their guns and be integrated back to society.
But in a swift reaction, Kanu’s brother appreciated Soludo’s efforts towards restoring peace to Anambra State and the entire South-East but reminded the new governor that IPOB members “are not criminals” nor are they responsible for the disturbing insecurity in the zone.
Kanunta who took to his Twitter handle @ KanuntaKanu wrote: “IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu formed #ESN to defend Biafra land against herdsmen. Upon the rendition of MNK, IPOB called for Monday sit-at-home which it has ended.”
He declared support for Soludo’s efforts to end criminality in the South-East, maintaining that IPOB remains a peaceful movement.
“IPOB supports Gov. Soludo’s efforts to end criminality in the South-East, but IPOB members are no criminals to be given amnesty.”
He urged Government to go after the criminal elements masterminding the various senseless attacks in the South-East and stop pointing accusing fingers at IPOB and ESN.