In a recent session, the Nigerian Senate rejected the use of a political solution approach to address the case of Nnamdi Kanu, the proclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The upper chamber, however, condemned the disruptive nature of the “sit-at-home” demonstrations in the South East region and the activities of Simon Ekpa, whom they referred to as the gang leader.
The resolution of the Senate took place after Senator Osita Izunaso (Imo West) sponsored a motion titled “Condemning the Disruptive Nature of ‘Sit-At-Home’ Demonstrations in the South East-Nigeria.” This motion was co-sponsored by all senators from the South East region, irrespective of their political party affiliation. Among those who supported the motion were prominent senators like Orji Kalu (Abia North), Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South), Victor Umeh (Anambra Central), and others.
Senator Izunaso, during his presentation, expressed deep concern over the loss of innocent lives and properties worth trillions of naira due to the “sit-at-home” actions. He highlighted how the civil disobedience campaigns disrupted economic activities, causing substantial financial losses for businesses, workers, and the local economy. The disruptions also negatively impacted education and essential public services, such as healthcare and transportation.
The Senator further pointed out the potential danger of prolonged “sit-at-home” protests, including acts of violence and clashes with law enforcement agencies. He emphasized that the situation could be exploited by criminal elements to engage in unlawful activities, posing a significant threat to the well-being and safety of the people in the South East.
Notably, Senator Izunaso expressed his belief that a political approach would be the most effective way to handle Nnamdi Kanu’s case. He suggested that the “sit-at-home” protests and violence perpetrated by enforcers of the orders in the South East would cease once Kanu is released.
Following the Senate’s decision, the issue of Nnamdi Kanu’s case and the “sit-at-home” demonstrations continues to generate public interest and debate, and further developments are likely to emerge as the situation unfolds.
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