The Federal Government is prosecuting Kanu, alongside some other Biafran activists, over alleged offences that border on treasonable felony.
The Biafran activists and other stakeholders in the South-East had accused the governors of the region of not showing concern about Kanu’s travails, saying that the governors did not show any interest in the renewed agitation for the Biafran cause.
They accused the governors of not being “committed to the interests of their people.”However, the governors, at a meeting of the South-East Governors Forum, in Enugu on Sunday, resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to press for Kanu’s release.
The governors equally resolved to engage the Federal Government over the pro-Biafran agitation spearheaded by IPOB and the Movement for Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
Reacting to the development, IPOB said the South-East governors had ‘summoned courage at last’.
“The Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide commend the South-East Governors Forum for summoning the courage at last to call for the release of our leader from illegal detention in Abuja,” the group said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Mr. Emma Powerful.
IPOB said it was the first time the governors would align with the interests of the people they govern.
But the secessionists equally noted that things would have been better in the South-East if the governors had been speaking out for their people all along.
IPOB urged the governors to speak out against the violent activities of Fulani herdsmen in the region.“This is the first time in recorded history that South-East governors have stood boldly to align themselves with the interest of the masses, which, in this case, is the call for Buhari to end the injustice against the people of Biafra by releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader.
“If they had summoned the courage like Governor Fayoseof Ekiti State, and former Anambra State governor, Dr. (Chukwuemeka) Ezeife, the South-East wouldn’t have been in such a moral mess it is today.
“We hope this new-found boldness will extend to them speaking up for the victims ofFulani herdsmen attacks in our rural communities,” IPOB said.