Senators from the South-East on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the tension generated in the region as a result of the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The Senators, who were led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu said the South East zone was short changed by the current Federal Government.
Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Ekweremadu said they had fruitful discussion with the president over pressing issues affecting the South-East.
The Deputy Senate President stressed that the South-East is of the option that dialogue remains the best bet in addressing some of the issues affecting the region.
According to Ekweremadu, “For us from the South-East, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement.
“So, we decided to visit the President and present to him some of the concerns of the South East including the issues of roads, general infrastructure; the rail, airports and others.
“We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course the issue of IPOB. We had a good conversation and he promised to look into the issues.”
Also addressing newsmen, the Chairman of the South East Senate Caucus, Eyinnaya Abaribe, maintained that the South East remained the most short changed region in the country.
Abaribe said, “This is the southeast caucus in the Senate and we came to see the president because of the issues we have in the southeast.
“We had a fruitful discussion with the President. He has promised us that he is going to look into the problems of southeast.
“We know that there are problems everywhere but we also believe that the South East is the zone that is far much short changed at this time than other zones.
“We also talked about the issue of appointments from the South East, especially with respect to the National Security Council. The President also told us that Governors of the South East have also engaged him in the same problems we engaged him in.
“We are reassured with the response we got from the President and we look forward to further interaction with him in this manner.”
…Kanu’s lawyer asks court to order Buratai to produce him
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to order Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, to reveal the whereabouts of his client.
Last week, Ejiofor filed a suit at the court asking it to vacate its order proscribing the group.
The military had declared IPOB a terrorist organisation before the government approached the court to legitimise its action outlawing the group.
But yesterday, Kanu’s counsel filed an amended suit asking the court to order the chief of army staff to disclose the whereabouts of his client.
He confirmed the filing of the legal action to online medium, TheCable.
He said Kanu was last seen on September 14 when soldiers invaded his residence at Afara-Ukwu in Umuahia, Abia State.
Emmanuel, Kanu’s younger brother, had earlier asked the army to produce his sibling whether dead or alive.
The army is yet to respond to the demands for the disclosure of the whereabouts of Kanu.
… Lai Mh’d reveals his where about
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has rejected claims that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu is being held by the Federal Government.
Mohammed’s claim is coming days after the Nigerian Army, under the ‘Operation Python Dance II’ invaded home of the IPOB leader and clashed with members of the group in Umuahia, Abia State capital.
Ever since the clash, the whereabouts of Kanu has remained unknown.
Reacting to the claim, Mohammed told reporters that, “He (Kanu) is not being held by government at all.”
According to him, Kanu has “crossed a line” with his agitation for Biafra and that he (Mohammed) suspects the IPOB leader could be hiding.