The Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly, SNPA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and others, in accordance with court orders, which granted them bail.
The assembly also condemned the activities of herdsmen and called on South-East governors to adopt the Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State model.
Rising from a two-day meeting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, the Assembly also accused Northern elders of creating division and suspicion in the polity through their attitude of regarding the present administration as exclusively theirs.
A communiqué issued after the meeting, signed by Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, Chief Edwin K. Clark and Senator Femi Okurounmu, urged the Federal Government to apply the principle of separation of powers in carrying out its activities to be able to advance democracy in the country.
The communiqué also called on the Federal Government to negotiate with the Niger Delta and Biafra agitators to find a peaceful resolution of their grievances, rather than the current use of force.
It read in part: “President Muhammadu Buhari should respect the rule of law, pronouncements and ruling of courts of competent jurisdiction by ensuring the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu and all other prisoners of conscience, which various courts have granted bail and who have subsequently met their bail conditions.”
The Assembly, however, called on Nigerians to support President Buhari’s administration in his effort to move the country forward, especially in the anti-corruption war.