President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to dialogue with IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
This was made public by a chieftain of the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu.
He said Buhari should engage Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB; Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, and other agitators in a roundtable discussion.
Ibegbu said Kanu would put an end to his agitations if Buhari calls him to a father-son discussion.
Speaking exclusively with DAILY POST, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze said Buhari should extend the same gesture to IMN and other agitators in a bid to stop the push for secession.
According to Ibegbu: “Buhari does not want to sit and talk to agitators. A good leader will call those with grievances for discussion. Instead of using the police and army to fight your home citizens and killing them, call them to a round table discussion.
“Buhari should call Nnamdi Kanu saying look “you are my son what is your problem? Can’t we build a better Nigeria? How do you want Biafra?’ Kanu will say, “father, this is how I want Biafra’ and Buhari will say no, let’s have a round table discussion to solve this problem.’
“Let me tell you, if Buhari does this, Nnamdi Kanu will see him as a father that cares for his son and would stop all these things. Then he will meet with El-Zakzaky’s people, telling them, ‘I know you want an Islamic state but it’s not possible in a nation like Nigeria. However, you can have your religious freedom, and I will release your leader. You will see that El-Zakzaky and his men will calm down.’
“Then Buhari will come to Boko Haram, telling them ‘look, we can’t have an Islamic state in amercenariesic group, I can give you amnesty’.
“If they refuse and opt to continue fighting, then he should invite mercenaries to crush them.”