Former counsel to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and renowned human rights lawyer, Mr Vincent Egechukwu Obetta have explained how he drafted former governor of Abia State and Chairman of the Slok Group, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, into the project of trying to release the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, when he was still the counsel to the group.
Obetta said that he was speaking to explain the honest intentions of Dr Kalu to help broker peace between the incarcerated IPOB leader and the Federal Government, as a result of the views of those who erroneously think that the former governor was acting on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In this interview, Obetta revealed how he had run to Kalu and two other Igbo leaders in his bid to adopt a political approach to free the detained IPOB leader.
He, therefore, said that the former governor going to the Kuje Prison to visit Kanu was timely and something that should be applauded.
He also spoke on his taking over the case of the 74-year-old Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, who was killed in Kano. Excerpts:
Recently, former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu visited the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at the Kuje Prison, where he has been held since last year, and since then the visit has been generating a lot of views, with some people wanting to know what may actually be Kalu’s intention; as a former counsel to IPOB, how do you see that visit by the former Abia governor?
I sincerely see that visit as a positive development and a right step in the right direction. This has been my desire that our leaders, Igbo and non-Igbo alike, to show love to the detained IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, visit him, and hear him out and advise the Federal Government on the best way forward. Rather than sitting back to draw a conclusion and apportion blames on the propriety or otherwise of his actions; we should oblige him the benefit of fair hearing outside the box of the courtroom. So, Dr. Kalu’s visit, to me, is commendable and timely too.