File photo of when the duo met in 2017 when Kanu was in detention

Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has said the report linking him to the starvation of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, in the custody of the Department of State Services was a lie and cheap propaganda.

Kalu made this known after reports emerged that Nnamdi Kanu was denied food by the DSS.

The former Governor, however, made urged his followers to disregard such lie launched to create hatred between him and his brothers.

Kalu said: “A friend said the statement below is been circulated on social media and I urge you to please ignore as it’s a big fat lie and cheap propaganda.

“The circulating lie says, “When Senator Orji Uzor Kalu visited DSS and Mazi Nnamdi, he told the DSS to stop giving Nnamdi Kanu food and Nnamdi Kanu has been living without food since then ”

“My brief take is that there is nothing one would do that people won’t talk about. If you don’t visit, they will blame you for not visiting. If you visit, they will still blame you. But more sympathetic to me is those that believe and propagate any cock and bull story. If the agenda is to create hatred between me and my brothers, it’s a waste of time because my people love me and I love them too. I will always respond to hate with love.”

Kalu has been subjected to criticism since he visited Nnamdi Kanu last week.

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor said Kalu’s visit to Kanu was to boost his selfish interest in the 2023 elections.

The lawyer said the senator breached DSS protocols and demanded that the secret police should launch a probe into Kalu’s “clandestine” visit to Kanu which, he said, was laced with suspicion.

IPOB also issued a statement of warning to Kalu.

The group said Kalu will be held responsible if anything goes wrong with Nnamdi Kanu.

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