The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has stated that arm-twisting the Federal Government through sit-at-home protests will not result in the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Kalu accused the Southeast of shooting itself in the foot by threatening to burn down the region if the Federal Government refused to release Kanu.
The deputy speaker stated this during an interactive session with reporters at his Bende country house.
He claimed that while the South-East’s leadership had made multiple attempts to free Kanu, some of their efforts amounted to playing to the gallery.
“Getting Kanu released is not about how much you talk about it in the headlines or on television; it requires strategic thinking and initiatives to be taken.
“Many people believed that by arm-twisting the Federal Government through sit-at-home protests every Monday, as well as violence and vandalism, the Federal Government would immediately free Kanu.
“You cannot arm-twist the federal government, but you can engage in discussion. The residences you’re filming are in the southeast. When you say, ‘If you don’t free Kanu, the people would sit at home and not go to work,’ people will go to work in Lagos, Kano, Sokoto, and other parts of Nigeria.
So, who are you shooting? “It’s like a man shooting his leg and taking credit for it, and this is the height of folly,” he remarked.