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Obasanjo commissions a road in Aba, with Governor Ikpeazu on his right

Obasanjo’s secret Biafra negotiations

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo was in Aba, Abia State last week.

Officially, the reason for the visit was to commission a road being built by the governor Okezie Ikpeazu. But we have been informed that Obasanjo was sent to Aba by President Muhammadu Buhari to explore means to defuse the pro-Biafra protests that have taken the southeast region by storm.

Since the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by security agents in October, many young people have demonstrated in the big cities of the southeast and beyond demanding Kanu’s release and the secession of the region from Nigeria.

Several of the protesters have been killed by the police and tensions are mounting, with concerns being raised over the impact of Kanu’s arrest and pro-Biafran sentiment on Nigerian security.

So the president dispatched Obasanjo as a secret emissary to Aba, which is seen as the epicentre of the pro-Biafran movement, to negotiate with key players on how to resolve the crisis.

Governor Ikpeazu and Obasanju in the palace of the Eze Egege in Abia State
Governor Ikpeazu and Obasanju in the palace of the Eze Egege in Abia State

Obasanjo met several people that he was advised could help calm the situation down. These include Eze Azu Egege, the traditional ruler of the Ogbor community in Aba North.

Our source speculated that financial inducements may be part of the negotiations.

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