– Elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze has expressed happiness on the bail granted Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
– Nwabueze, on Tuesday, June 6, received Kanu at his residence in Enugu state
– He congratulated the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, for his release
Renowned author and elder statesman, Professor Ben Nwabueze on Tuesday, June 6, received the leader of the IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his home in Enugu.
Nwabuze congratulated the IPOB leader over his release, from what he described as his “long undeserved incarceration.” He stated that Kanu’s case is a lesson in good governance and good leadership.
“First, it teaches us the values of dialogue as a strategy in governance and leadership.
“Secondly, Nnamdi Kanu’s case teaches that repression is seldom the right response to complaints and agitation for amelioration in the conditions of things in the society,” Nwabueze said.
He said Kanu and other Biafra supporters are agitating for justice and equitable treatment, adding that they should have been engaged in dialogue with their complaints with a view to possible amelioration.
The former lecturer said the long imprisonment of Kanu and some of the Biafra agitators has caused the spirit of agitation to come alive in the lives of the people of the Igbo extraction.
“By the government’s wrong approach to the agitation, the agitation has been turned to something threatening to our cooperate existence,” he said.
He continued: “The third lesson to learn from Nnamdi Kanu’s case is directed to him and other agitators. “Self-determination should be a gradual process.
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It should begin with regional autonomy.
The country should be restructured into six more or less self-governing zones or regions, with the powers of the central government drastically reduced, so as to minimize the fierce contest for its control.”
In his response, the IPOB leader said he will continue to heed the advice of the elder statesman.
Kanu thanked the professor for his contribution to the development of the South-East region. He also said he will continue to serve the people of the region with the aim of achieving freedom of Biafra.