Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu, says the group was not set up to create violence in the southeast region.
This followed the visit of the governor of Anambra State, Prof Charles Soludo, to Kanu in detention.
He also expressed optimism that Kanu would get justice on Wednesday May 18, 2022, before Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja where he is facing trial over alleged terrorism.
Ejiofor said these in a statement on Monday night after his visit to Kanu at the Headquarters of the Department of State Services in Abuja.
He said, “In line with the prevailing court order, our routine visit to our indefatigable client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (Ohamadike Ndi Igbo) was conducted today Monday.
“The legal team’s final briefs for May 18, 2022 all-important outing was presented to Onyendu. This date is unarguably sacrosanct, and our unalloyed expectation is that justice shall prevail at the end of the proceedings of that day.
“During this crucial meeting, Onyendu informed us that His Excellency, Prof Charles Soludo, Executive Governor of Anambra State, visited him on May 13, 2022.
“Though the highlights of their deliberations remain private, Onyendu reiterated his concerns over the activities of the defiant/dissidents, who have nothing whatsoever to do with the IPOB, and whose underlying motives are to wreck havoc and blame it on his peaceful movement.
“Onyendu is emphatic on his position – he never set up IPOB to spill blood, but to secure the freedom of our people who have remained in perpetual bondage in their own fatherland. In view of this long held position, Onyendu consequently distanced IPOB from the nefarious activities of criminals who are desecrating our land, and assured that their end is near.
“Onyendu urges Umuchineke to recall his personal sacrifices and contributions towards alleviating the hardship imposed on our people by the COVID-19 pandemic, during the infamous lockdown that lasted several months.
“Onyendu spent millions of Naira in buying and distributing relief materials to our people across the South-East and South-South states, as well as some parts of the Middle Belt.
“Hence, Onyendu queried how the same people he is consciously making huge sacrifices for, to achieve a better future for them, could be subjected to bloody assault by the enemies of his movement?
“Consequently, Onyendu demanded total sanity and peace to be restored in the region, and without further hesitation. He further urged that all hands should be on deck to ensure that this is achieved.
“Onyendu restated that IPOB is a peaceful movement, and not in any way associated with any form of violence. No doubt, the Federal Government of Nigeria has nothing to place before the court to justify the bogus empty charges filed against Onyendu. It is trite, therefore, that, ‘you cannot place something on nothing and expect it to stand.”