Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former Anambra State governor, has declared that the Federal Government is pushing the southeast out of Nigeria, attributing the alleged nepotism being displayed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to the rising agitations for secession.
He advised the Federal Government to be cautious in handling the treason case preferred against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), tasking the government to go strictly by the laws of the land in her continuation of the trial of the secessionist leader.
“Let me advise the federal government, they must be careful in dealing with this case.
The detention and actions of the federal government against the southeast has raised Nnamdi Kanu’s prestige and reputation,” he said.
“Nnamdi Kanu is now seen as the authentic leader of the southeast. If you conduct a referendum today, eighty percent of people will be voting for Biafra. Federal government needs to be careful and go strictly by the law. Government has been pushing southeast out of Nigeria, and the young men are reacting to it”.
The elder statesman maintained that restructuring of Nigeria remains the panacea to the gale of secessionist agitations currently playing out in many parts of the country, as well as the economic downturn and infrastructure decadence adorned.
Recall that the Federal Government had on Tuesday disclosed that it has rearrested the self-acclaimed Biafran leader.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN who confirmed the development, said he was arrested by a combined team of Nigerian and foreign security agents in a coordinated interception.
Against this backdrop, he appeared before Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court for the continuation of his trial.
Justice Nyako, after listening to Kanu and the government, remanded him in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Nnamdi Kanu had a few years ago jumped bail and escaped out of the country.
In the same vein, the former Anambra Governor, Chukwuemeka Ezeife has dissociated himself from the online news report linking him and Ohanaeze Ndigbo with the repatriation and subsequent re-arraignment of the IPOB leader.
He alleged that some disgruntled individuals had embarked on a destructive mission to tarnish his image over his steady criticisms against the Nigerian government’s ill-treatment to the southeast of Igbo extraction.