Former President Obasanjo denies discussing Nnamdi Kanu`s release with South East governors

Ex-Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has addressed the recent misunderstanding surrounding his meeting with South East governors in Enugu. Contrary to initial reports, Obasanjo clarified that discussions during the closed-door session did not include deliberations on the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In a statement released by his media team, Obasanjo emphasized that the primary focus of the meeting was on critical matters related to the South East region. These included security challenges, economic integration, and actionable plans based on the reviewed report of the South East Security and Economic Summit held in Owerri in September 2023.

“The meeting with them was at my invitation and of Anyaoku before their summit began”.

“The issue of Nnamdi Kanu was not on the agenda and was not discussed in my presence,” he said.

After a meeting of the South-East Governors on Tuesday, Governor Alex Oti shared a message on X. The message sparked speculation that former President Obasanjo might be involved in efforts by the South-East Governors to negotiate with the federal government regarding Nnamdi Kanu’s case.

He tweeted

“We have just concluded the South East Governors Forum meeting in Enugu, where we deliberated on critical issues affecting our region. After thorough discussions with fellow Governors and stakeholders, the following resolutions were reached:

•The Forum commiserated with the Government and people of Abia State, Ebonyi State, Imo State, and the entire South East and Nigeria, along with the Onu Family, on the passing of His Excellency, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
•The Forum welcomed a distinguished delegation including Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Chief Emeka Anyaoku GCON, and His Royal Majesty Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe CFR, the Obi of Onitsha, who visited in solidarity.
•We reviewed the report from the South East Security and Economic Summit held in Owerri on September 28, 2023. The Forum agreed to implement key recommendations related to security and economic integration, reaffirming our commitment to actionable plans on these critical issues.
•The Forum resolved to visit Mr. President to discuss pressing concerns affecting the South East Region.
•Additionally, we resolved to engage with the Federal Government to secure the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

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The communique was signed by,

His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, CON
•His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR
•His Excellency, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, CFR
•His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru
•His Excellency, Dr. Peter Mbah

The former President’s clarification comes amid heightened interest in Nnamdi Kanu’s detention, which has drawn national and international attention. 

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