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General News of Wednesday, 15 September 2021

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IPOB members, Igboho's associates deserve amnesty - Kalu to FG

Orji Kalu Orji Kalu

Orji Kalu, senate chief whip, has appealed to the federal government to grant amnesty to the detained members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and arrested Sunday Igboho's aides.

According to him, the same treatment given to the repentant Boko Haram insurgents and bandits should be given to the agitators.

Kalu was of the belief that the amnesty will foster unity in the country. He said this in a statement released on Tuesday.

“I pleaded with most of our elders in the north and in the south-west; we cannot continue to fight at all times.

“I am still pleading with them and the federal government to intervene so that we can have a peaceful country. A lot of insurgents and bandits have been granted amnesty.

“I believe in the unity of this country, and I believe this country is better off being in unity, so the best way we can get it is to make sure that IPOB and followers of Sunday Igboho are granted amnesty.

“There is a need to call a roundtable, even without the federal government. This is what the elders can do and give the federal government for endorsement, so we can have peace in our country.

“If we continue this rancour, it wouldn’t augur well, because people are purchasing arms and they are not only being used for this struggle, they are used for kidnapping, banditry and other things, we don’t deserve this,” he said.

Speaking on the IPOB sit-at-home order to the people of the South East, Kalu noted that this decision will affect the already ailing economy and the survival of the people.

Adding that hurting the same people you claim to want to protect doesn't with a sit-at-home directive sends the wrong message.

“I never believed in sit-at-home, because each day they do so, billions of naira is lost, and there are families that the only money they make is the one they make daily,” he said.

“Any day they don’t make daily money, they don’t feed. So, I don’t think it is the right thing to do at this time for our people, because you cannot punish the same people you say you want to protect," he said this, as quoted by The Cable,ng.

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