The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has asked the former Governor Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu to stop commenting on plans to end the agitation for Biafra.
Recall that the Senate Chief Whip, in a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday, told President Muhammadu Buhari that he can convince the IPOB leader to come to Nigeria and end Biafra agitation.
The lawmaker added that Kanu will listen to him and stop the altercation between IPOB members and security personnel in the South-East.
But reacting to the statement made by Orji Kalu during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra on Wednesday evening, the IPOB leader warned the Senator against coming to convince him to end the agitation of Biafra.
He noted that anybody coming to him with the intention of convincing him to drop the idea of Biafra will receive the treatment Ike Ekweremadu, a former Deputy Senate President, got in Germany last year.
Kanu warned that he has not mandated anybody to speak on his behalf to meet with the Nigerian government nor representative to negotiate to stop Biafra agitation.
The IPOB leader added that he will only meet the Nigerian government to show him the boundaries of “Biafra land and sign the necessary documents.”
His words: “Anybody coming to me with intention of convincing me to drop the idea of Biafra, I can assure you what happened to Ike Ekweremadu will be a child’s play to such an individual. This is the era of saboteurs and we must be very careful.
“I have not mandated anybody to speak on my behalf or to meet with Nigeria government nor representatives to negotiate to stop Biafra agitation.
“I will only meet the Nigerian government to show me the boundaries of Biafra land and sign the necessary documents.”
On the other hand, when Orji Kalu spoke about convincing Kalu to drop Biafra agitations on Tuesday, his words were:
“Nigerians are so entangled with each other that we can’t talk about separation. We are a united country, and our focus should be on taking advantage of our population to build a more robust economy.
“We have reached a point where all Nigerians should be canvassing for strong institutions where rule and order are observed; where the hardware and software components of a democratic nation are comprehensively promoted.
“If the federal government permits me, I will go to the United Kingdom and negotiate with Nnamdi Kanu to return to Nigeria. I will convince him to drop the agitation for Biafra because our people don’t need it. We need a united Nigeria that will allow different cultures and tongues to live peacefully in any part of the country: A country where people can comfortably do their businesses without fear of the unknown,” he said.
Kalu also went on to raise concerns about journalists publishing unverified stories about him, adding that several media houses have continued to spread rumours and misquote his statements.
The Senate Chief Whip, who gave an instance of his online interview where he mentioned that he would turn Nigeria to a 21st century if had a chance to lead the country, said that some bloggers misquoted him to have mentioned the 20th century.
He said, “I am a friend of the press, but it is time they leave me alone. You can’t just publish news about me without verification. We have many good journalists in the country, but several others want to sell their papers and stories with sensational headlines.
“How can you rewrite the 21st century to 20th century just to sell your news?”