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Former Federal Commissioner for Information and South South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on President Bola Tinubu to adopt a political solution for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).


In a letter to the President, Clark emphasized the need to treat Kanu similarly to Bello Bodejo, the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, whose terrorism charges were recently dropped by the federal government.

Clark’s letter, titled “Part II: A Call for the Reintegration of the Igbos into the Mainstream of Nigeria and a Call for the Release of Nnamdi Kanu by Mr. President on Political Grounds as in the Case of the Miyetti Allah President Abdullahi Bello Bodejo,” argued that freeing Kanu would aid in national reconciliation and bring an end to the disruptive Monday sit-at-home orders in the South-East.

The elder statesman, who also leads the Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), acknowledged past disagreements with IPOB but stressed the importance of prioritizing Nigeria’s unity and democratic values.

He highlighted various national issues, including economic decline and social unrest, suggesting that Kanu’s release could contribute to stability.

Clark noted that while he has never supported IPOB’s methods, the group’s appeal among young people in the South-East is driven by historical grievances and marginalization.

He advocated for a balanced approach in dealing with IPOB to foster peace and progress.

The letter referenced the peaceful Anambra gubernatorial election, attributing it in part to Kanu’s rejection of the Simon Ekpa-led faction. Clark argued that Kanu’s release would align with principles of fairness and justice, especially as others with similar calls for self-determination remain free.

Criticizing the performance of Governor Chukwuma Soludo, Clark expressed disappointment over the lack of significant progress despite Soludo’s qualifications. He urged equal treatment for all regions and ethnic groups to ensure national unity.

Clark reiterated the necessity of restructuring Nigeria to promote true federalism and regional autonomy, recalling Tinubu’s previous advocacy for a sovereign national conference.

He emphasized that restructuring could be a key legacy for Tinubu’s administration.

Clark called for the reintegration of the Igbos into the Nigerian mainstream, warning that failure to do so would perpetuate insecurity and division.

He urged Tinubu to release Nnamdi Kanu as a crucial step towards achieving a united and peaceful Nigeria.

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