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Ndukwe Calls for Peaceful Resolution of Nnamdi Kanu, Biafra Conundrum



By Olisemeka Sony

Legendary gospel artist, Dr. Felix Ndukwe has urged the federal government to take quickly initiate actions towards a peaceful resolution of the issues fuelling violent Biafra agitations in parts of the south-east starting with the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

The Abia state-born singer and songwriter made the call in a statement issued from his base in Owerri, Imo State capital while speaking on his recent appointment as a Diplomatic World Peace Ambassador and Honourary Citizenship of the Kingdom of David, Israel.
Ndukwe, who described his latest diplomatic appointment as a special recognition of his untiring efforts and contributions to global peace and cultural diversity, however, stressed that he was troubled by worsening insecurity in Nigeria, especially southeast geopolitical zone.

“The 2023 general election is upon us but we are surrounded by a cloud of uncertainty due to this insecurity and unresolved issues around Biafra agitations. We saw in social media, the gruesome murder of a local government chairman in Imo state by yet to be identified group who claimed to be fighting for the liberation of Biafraland. Nobody knows who would be the next victim(s) of this new wave of violent agitations that had made some areas in Imo and parts of southeast no-go areas.
According to Ndukwe, with the worsening security situation in Imo, parts of the southeast and other flashpoints across the country do not portend well for the 2023 general election. “You cannot hold an election in an area where people feel that their safety was not guaranteed. Now, we have a situation where these agitations are threatening actions that would ensure that the election did not take place until their demands are met.

Dr Felix Ndukwe

“These are the more reason why I’m using this opportunity to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari and his key officers to toe the path of peaceful settlement of this Biafra agitation.

I believe that a lot can be achieved on a negotiation table and that now is the best time for the first step towards that is the release of Nnamdi Kanu from detention.
On his appointment, the founder/President of Chimamanda Entertainment Group and Ikenga-Abiama Humanitarian Assembly Abiriba (IAHAA) said: “I feel greatly honoured to be considered worthy of this diplomatic post and at the same time I feel compelled to speak on the troubling developments in my country, especially Igboland.

I cannot completely pride myself as a global peace ambassador while my nation is in turmoil and I keep silent. Though this clarion call was equally made in my recent music singles -Wind of Destiny, co-produced with, Dr Uba Iwunwa (Queen Ugobeze), a Nigerian-Canadian Peace Ambassador, Music Artist and Actress, I feel the need to call the attention of the government on the urgent need to give peace a chance in our nation.
“The song- WIND OF DESTINY was a tribute as well as a clarion call for the total liberation of Igboland from the shackles of backwardness. We cannot fold our hands and watch our beloved fatherland descend into a killing field.

There is a need for all of us to work towards pulling this country back from the brink, through dialogue, fashioning out a constitutional framework that would guarantee equity, fairness and justice to all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic or religious background”, Eze-oha, as he is fondly called, asserted.

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