Friday, January 21

Guber candidate demands Nnamdi Kanu’s release

…Indeed, Nnamdi Kanu should actually be released while we go back to the root cause for the agitation.

Standard flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 6, 2021 election in Anambra state, Valentine Ozigbo has called for the release of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from detention.

He also canvassed for a different approach in addressing the agitations for self-determination in the country.

Speaking at the 2021 Anambra Gubernatorial Debate, Ozigbo said the incarcerated IPOB leader should be released by the APC government and non-violent and diplomatic means of addressing the calls for secession should be adopted.

He said, “Indeed, Nnamdi Kanu should actually be released while we go back to the root cause for the agitation.

“I always focus on the root causes of problem-solving. We can’t be addressing a problem from the symptoms. An efficient way to address any crisis is to deal with the root.

“Why the agitations? If you think deeply, you’ll understand that it is because Nigeria is not working. Our leaders have failed us. The sense of hopelessness brought about by poor governance pervades the land.

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“There’s a lot we need to do to get Nigeria working again. The poor road networks, decayed infrastructure, failed social systems, a devastating healthcare sector, a shrinking economy, lack of opportunities, and many more manifestations of poor governance leads to the question of ‘Is there any need to be part of Nigeria, anyway?'”

While calling for a fresh approach to leadership as way out of the current crisis, Ozigbo stressed that Nigeria must focus on raising the competitiveness of the country, among other solutions.

“We must do away with nepotism and entrench competency. We must restructure Nigeria to be more just, more competitive, and more inclusive,” he demanded.

A nationally recognised peace advocate, Ozigbo has in the past called for the protection of the human rights of the Igbos, correction of the economic justices in the country, and “a stop to the dehumanisation of Igbos, and all people for that matter”.

The multiple-award-winning global CEO also presented details of his Ka Anambra Chawapu Manifesto at the live event, which was anchored by Roy Ekwunife, a TV presenter and Nollywood actor.

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A favourite tipped to win the November election, Ozigbo unveiled his revolutionary ideas for transforming the state in education, healthcare, economy, social services, and other key human development indices.

The other candidates who attended the event are Col. Geoffrey Onyejegbu (Rtd), the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Dr Chidozie Nwankwo of the African Action Congress (AAC), and Chief Akachukwu Nwamkpo of African Democratic Congress (ADC).

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