In a decisive response, the Presidency has rejected recent claims suggesting that Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State obstructed President Bola Tinubu’s efforts to secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, has categorically labeled these reports as false information.
Onanuga, in an official statement, clarified that there was never any meeting between Tinubu and Igbo businessmen with the intention of facilitating Kanu’s release.
Previously, it had been reported that Tinubu had expressed his government’s frustration in attempting to secure Kanu’s release from prison, attributing these difficulties to Governor Uzodinma.
During the reported meeting, Tinubu supposedly stated that the Governor had presented compelling reasons for not releasing Kanu ahead of the upcoming Imo State elections. According to the alleged statement, President Tinubu said, “Uzodinma told me the dangers of releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu now that the Governorship election of Imo state is at the corner. My intention was to order for his release a few weeks ago when our brother, Igboho was released, but I was surprised when the Governor of Imo State approached me to reverse my decision to do so. My reason to even attempt to release him is to enable the people of the South East geopolitical zone to have peace. The zone has witnessed major security challenges where armed security militia, ESN, has killed several souls.”
Bayo Onanuga promptly urged the people of Imo State to dismiss the unfounded reports targeting Governor Uzodinma.
In a concise statement, Onanuga emphasized, “The people of Imo State should please disregard the fake news in circulation that Governor Hope Uzodimma is blocking the release of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu by President Bola Tinubu. The fake news is obviously designed to build some resentment against the governor, who has done very well for his people and who deserves a second term via Saturday’s election. President Tinubu did not meet Igbo businessmen on Monday. He didn’t say what was ascribed to him. He didn’t blame Gov. Uzodimma for anything. Sahara Reporters did not report the fake news. The link provided did not lead to the fake news on the Sahara Reporters platform. It’s all wicked lies by politically desperate people.”