Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, in a recent statement on Sunday, explained why the presidency ignored inviting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for discussion on the lingering issues in the South-East.
According to him, the Federal Government did not consider Kanu as a leader of thought in the region.
He however noted that it did not mean that the Federal Government would not invite him in the future for discussion anytime should the need arise.
“Well, the thing is that we were looking for leaders of the people, leaders of thought and we do not see him as a leader of thought in the east.
“May be opportunity will come at one time or the other for him to be engaged.
“But so far, what we have done is to look at people who have influence in the communities, whether it is religious, whether it is traditional, whether it is political, social or governance. These are the people we brought in for discussion.”
“Nobody has tabled that in all the discussions we have had. Nobody, I can tell you. Ohanaeze came with a prepared document. They never talked about referendum. They never. They never even talked about secession.
“They made complaints about police harassment at road blocks. They made complaints about losing some key positions, not being appointed into security positions and all those kinds of things.
“And these are things that can easily be addressed. Nobody canvassed secession at those meetings, nobody canvassed referendum.”
He added that the federal government would tackle the problem of injustice in certain parts of the country through distribution of resources and employment creation.
“So, for us, and that was the conclusion that everybody came to in the consultations we have had that we should all agree that we can live together peacefully.
“We should address injustice where we find it and the government should be equitable in the distribution of resources across the country and then, find solution to youth unemployment and the frustration that is confronting most of the young people across this country.”