Senate Chief Whip and former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Kalu has asked the Federal Government to grant amnesty to the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Yoruba Nation agitators.
Kalu, who made that call in a statement on Tuesday, said the agitators should be given amnesties like repentant Boko Haram insurgents and bandits so that there will be unity and peace in the country.
“I pleaded with most of our elders in the north and in the south-west; we cannot continue to fight at all times,” Orji Kalu said.
“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.”
Orji Kalu Speaks On IPOB’s Sit-At-Home Order
The Senator the continued adherence of IPOB’s sit-at-home order is detrimental to the economic survival of the South-East because it’s resulting in pervasive hardship and loss of billions of naira.
“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.”
Meanwhile, IPOB has threatened to deal with anyone caught enforcing Monday sit-at-home order in the South-East by cutting off the person’s ears.