Detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has announced that he is open to negotiations with the federal government to end the agitation for secession of the people of Biafra from Nigeria.
Kanu made this declaration through his lawyers led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Amoebi Nzelu, in a press briefing in Abuja on Friday.
“Nnamdi Kanu is not averse to political solution in resolving his present politically orchestrated ordeal.
“He welcomes genuine political solution to this case. Nnamdi Kanu has people of proven integrity and impeccable character that will negotiate on his behalf, based on his demands when communication on this effect is established,” one of the lawyers said.
Meanwhile, the lawyers have debunked the claims by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), who have both named the self acclaimed Biafra leader as part of their conditions for negotiations.
“It is on that note that we wish to inform the general public that Nnamdi Kanu has no connection, contact, ties or any kind of relationship with members of the MEND,” the lawyers said.
“Mend has no implied, direct or express authority of Nnamdi Kanu to represent him or IPOB in any purported negotiation going on between mend and the federal government.”
Recall that Mr. Kanu and two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who have been in detention since October, 2015, are standing trial on a six-count charge of treasonable felony, managing unlawful society and concealing goods.
At the last hearing, the lead prosecution counsel was absent in court, and the case was adjourned to September 26 – 29, 2016.