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Why I Said That Nnamdi Kanu Has Left the Country – Orji Kalu Talks on IPOB, Contesting for 2019 Presidency

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has opened up on why he said that Nnamdi Kanu has left the country, his 2019 presidential ambition and more as he visits IBB in Minna.

While speaking in an interaction with newsmen shortly after he visited former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, in Minna, Niger State, on Monday, former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, insisted that he was misunderstood on comments about whereabouts of the IPOB leader.

He said; “What I said was clear, Nnamdi Kanu’s brother told me that he (Nnamdi) has left the country.

“I was not looking for him for any bad intention. I was looking for him, to be able to let the federal authority know that he was with me and no Army or Police can take him away from me. I did that so we can discuss the way forward.

“People misunderstood my intention. I was just after peace because burning down our state (Abia) wouldn’t have been the best.

“And, again, the lives of over 15 million Igbo living in the North are more important than one person; that was the issue. So, we needed to take control of the situation.”

According to Daily Sun, the influential politician who pointed out that the unity of Nigeria is more important than individual interest, said; “I did not say anything bad about IPOB agitation, they have the right to carry their flags around and agitate, but, they don’t have the right to separate Nigeria.”

He disclosed that the solution to agitations is justice and fairness, by the federal government. “Build my roads, give me water, let my children have access to good school, I mean fairness and we will respect the law.

“The absence of all these is responsible for whatever agitation you are seeing. It is not only the South East that is being marginalised, every part of this country is being marginalised.

“When I was coming, I passed through the Minna-Suleja Road and I concluded that it is not only the eastern part of the country that is being marginalised. All parts of the country are being marginalised. Nigeria and Nigerians need new orientation from A to Z, and that is the only solution.”

When asked if he would contest the 2019 presidency, if Buhari does not run, he replied: “I am a Nigerian, I am entitled to it, but, as I will always say, and I maintain my position, northerners should be allowed to complete their second term.

“If Buhari is not contesting, although he is entitled to second term, the North should still present a candidate because this is the turn of the North. Other zones should be ready for 2023, but, for now, I still maintain my position and I am not afraid of anybody.

“This is the turn of the North. Anybody can take me for what I say. Whoever is castigating me over my position on this is wasting his time. I live by the truth and I will be ready to speak the truth always. Opinion is an entitlement, and that is my opinion given to me by God.”

Source – Tori

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