Wants-to-be-President and Chief Whip of the Senate, Chief Orji Uzo Kalu (APC-Abia North) has announced his intention to travel to London or wherever else he knows leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi to be living, to bring him back to participate in ‘the renewed effort to build a united, progressive Nigeria,’ if only Abuja would give him the go-ahead.
Kalu disclosed his desire in a statement in Abuja earlier today, while reacting to the recent clash in Enugu, the Enugu State capital, between members of IPOB and secuiry agents, during which some members of the proscribed pro-Biafra group were reportedly killed.
“I am an ardent believer of unified Nigeria,” the former Abia Governor, who recently declared his intention to run for the presidency in 2023 but disavowed rotation as part of the process to realising his ambition, declared. “Nigerians are so entangled with each other that we can’t talk about separation. We are a united country and our focus should be on taking advantage of our population to build a stronger economy.”
“We have reached a point where all Nigerians should be canvassing for strong institutions where rule of law and order are observed; where the hardware and software components of a democratic nation are comprehensively promoted,” he stressed, adding: “If the Federal Government permits me, I will go to the United Kingdom and negotiate with Nnamdi Kanu to return to Nigeria. I will convince him to drop the agitation for Biafra because our people don’t need it. We need a united Nigeria that will allow different cultures and tongues to live peacefully in any part of the country, a country where people can comfortably do their businesses without fear of the unknown.”
Reiteraing his support and loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kalu said Buhari and the APC had continued to give their best to the country amidst challenges, thanking the president for what he described as ‘the infrastructural development he has extended to the South-East’.
The distinguished Senator urged all Nigerians to continue to support the president’s agenda
Denying social media reports quoting him as having said he would turn Nigeria into a 20th Century country, Kalu agonised that several media houses had continued to “spread rumours and misquote” him, clarifying that what he said in an online interview was that he would turn Nigeria to a 21st century country, if given an opportunity to lead the country.”