The Igbo socio-political group Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to allow Nnamdi Kanu to address the southeast before the general elections.
The Secretary-General of the organisation, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, disclosed this on Tuesday.
He noted that the ongoing violence in the South-East region of Nigeria could be brought to an end if President Buhari allows the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to address the people.
Isiguzoro believes that the situation has been exacerbated by the continued incarceration of Kanu, which has created a power vacuum that is being exploited by Simon Ekpa, an opportunistic individual who seeks fame and fortune.
He added that that Ekpa is taking advantage of the situation to amass wealth from politicians and destroy the people of the South-East.
He argued that the only way to end the violence and insecurity in the region is for President Buhari to allow Kanu to address the people of the South-East, possibly before the 2023 elections.
Speaking further, Isiguzoro said that there is a grand conspiracy by some external enemies of Ndigbo, and they are using Ekpa to shortchange and ensure that there is an election boycott in the South-East.
He suggested that in order to have a peaceful election, the Federal Government should give Nnamdi Kanu a five-minute broadcast to talk to the people of the Southeast, as this would help to end Ekpa and his violent activities.
He also states that it is important that the people of the South-East receive a message from Kanu himself in order to believe that the message is genuine.