The leader of IPOB, Mr. Kanu and two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi have been in detention since October, 2015, and are facing trial for alleged treason. Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has however said that the group is willing to negotiate with the Buhari’s Federal Government to end the agitation for secession.
Kanu made this known through his lawyers led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Amaobi Nzelu.
He said this while reacting to the government’s decision on Thursday to release some members of the group who were arrested in February.
He said they were not opposed to talks with the government.
“He welcomes genuine political solution to this case.
“Nnamdi Kanu has people of proven integrity and impeccable character that will negotiate on his behalf, based on his demands when communication on this effect is established.” his lawyer said.
The lawyer however refuted claims that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger delta, MEND, was negotiating on behalf of Kanu and IPOB.
He said “In the past few day, the media was awash with news on negotiation going on between the Federal government and members of MEND, where our client’s name (Nnamdi Kanu) conspicuously featured.
“It is on that note that we wish to inform the general public that Nnamdi Kanu has no connection, contact, ties or any kind of relationship with members of the MEND.
“As such MEND has no implied, direct or express authority of Nnamdi Kanu to represent him or IPOB in any purported negotiation going on between MEND and the Federal Government.
“The general public is accordingly advised to ignore, discountenance and disregard the falsehood been peddled by MEND,” he submitted.