The Southeast caucus in the Nigerian Senate has insisted that it is not ruling out a political solution in the matter involving the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Nnamdi Kanu is on trial by the Federal government for charges bordering on terrorism.
President Muhammadu Buhari had at different fora hinted on a political solution after pleas by several Igbo groups – he also said Kanu should defend himself in court.
But speaking on a live radio programme in Enugu, Chairman of the Southeast caucus in the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said political solution does not mean the IPOB leader will be summarily discharged and acquitted.
Ekweremadu also explained that President Buhari cannot interfere with the Judiciary because of the principle of separation of powers.
“Political solution in the Nnamdi Kanu’s matter is still very feasible.
“I also watched the Channels Television interview, and I don’t think Mr President ruled out a political solution.
“In fact, I would have been surprised if he said he would just release Nnamdi Kanu because there is the independence of every arm of government, including the Judiciary. There are procedures.
“I recall that it was exactly Mr President’s response when I led a delegation of the South-East Caucus of the Senate to see him on the Nnamdi Kanu issue in November 2016.
“But ultimately, we kept reaching out and dialoguing until we had a political solution, which resulted in the Judiciary granting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu a bail because ultimately, everything will come to the Judiciary since every arm of government is independent.
“So, we will keep working on a political solution, nevertheless. We will keep engaging the government, just as we will continue to appeal to our youth and people to ensure the stability and prosperity of our region.
Senator Ekweremadu also revealed that he had led some politicians, Igbo leaders, groups and religious leaders to visit Nnamdi Kanu in detention.
s, Igbo leaders, groups and religious to visit Nnamdi Kanu in detention.