A former Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Rowland Owie, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to reduce tension in the country.
While urging the President to dialogue with those agitating for Biafran, Owie asked Buhari to distance himself from those alleging that the IPOB is a militant group. He told the President to do his best to keep the nation together without alienating any group.
“I wish to remind President Muhammadu Buhari that every elected leader in Nigeria becomes a prisoner of palace jesters around him and become isolated from realities outside Aso Rock. President Buhari should open the prison door now and come out and face the reality.
“I urge President Buhari to release Kanu, the leader of the IPOB, now and dialogue with them. The President should not listen to palace jesters who are telling him that they are militants like Boko Haram. They are not. While Boko Haram leadership is not visible, the IPOB leadership is visible. Buhari should act now. A Bini parable says the king that folds his hands while his palace is burning ends up being a tenant.”