Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has said the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, is responsible for the delay in the negotiation for the release of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Umahi, while speaking with Channels Television on Friday, said President Muhammadu Buhari agreed to political solutions for the release of Kanu but Ohanaeze failed to initiate the negotiations.
“We wished that it should be solved and that’s why I went to Mr President. And our leader, Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi, has also gone to the President and he agreed to a political solution, but it should be us that should initiate it.
“And I am asking Amb. Obiozor Ohanaeze President, he is very slow about this because I had gone to the DG DSS. I had gone to the Attorney-General of the Federation and they were ready to receive them to discuss.
” I had excluded myself so that politics is not by any means adduced to it.
“So, we should be encouraging the president of Ohanaeze to work with the IPOB leader as Mr President suggested and then let them, you know, bring something before the Federal Government and say, ‘These are what we are bringing on board.’ I think that the President is not averse to that,” Umahi said.
The governor added that he foresaw the growing insecurity in the South East, adding that this was why his government opposed the IPOB from the onset.
He, however, said many people misunderstood him and “jumped into and used it for politics”.