It has been revealed that the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was almost shifting ground from absolute Biafra demand to restructuring before the army struck.
The revelation was made yesterday by the deputy secretary, Igbo Leaders of Thought, Evang. Elliot Uko, who was present at the meeting between Nnamdi Kanu and South East governors.
According to Uko in a statement issued in Enugu, leader of the Igbo Leaders of Thought, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, had convinced Kanu to drop his absolute demand for the Sovereign State of Biafra and accept restructuring.
Kanu accepted but on the condition that he had to consult with other members of the group who might not be comfortable with unilateral decision by him.
Uko’s statement reads: “The 30th of August, 2017 meeting between Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and South East governors was historic in the sense that Prof. Ben Nwabueze made Kanu to adjust his position in a landmark development.
“Because of Kanu’s deep respect for Prof. Ben Nwabueze, whom he trusts absolutely, Kanu accepted in principle Prof. Nwabueze’s proposal that IPOB accepts the restructuring of Nigeria and step down the agitation for secession. But the restructuring should be a return to the 1963 Constitution format.
“Kanu, in reverence to Prof. Nwabueze, agreed in principle to the Nwabueze proposal, but insisted on discussing with and carrying along the entire leadership of the IPOB, both at home and in the Diaspora.
“The meeting also agreed to meet again within days in order to fine tune and conclude the agreements. It was also agreed that IPOB will not disrupt any elections.
“But most importantly, Kanu accepted Prof. Nwabueze’s suggestions that IPOB demands are not absolute. Meaning that the group will have to shift ground in subsequent meetings.
“Kanu was cautious not to take solo decisions without carrying his group along, and therefore promised to bring the group’s leaders to the next meeting.
It is therefore my considered opinion that those behind the military invasion and attacks are averse to peaceful resolution of the loss of confidence in Nigeria by millions of eastern youths and have chosen to sustain the status quo through force of arms.”