The Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has visited the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Kalu revealed that his meeting with the pro-Biafra separatist leader was based on his encouragement that he should consider certain consequences of his actions "for the sake of Igbo people."
Kanu is standing trial bordering on terrorism-related charges before Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The former governor said he pointed out that his ideology and Kanu’s “are totally different.”
“This afternoon, I visited my brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody, Abuja. I met him in good health and care and we discussed as ‘Umunne’.
"In 2001 when I was Governor, I made his father Eze Israel Okwu Kanu, the traditional ruler of Akwara Ukwu and since then the family has been very close to me.
“I understand that Nnamdi has an insane amount of people rooting for his back home and I encouraged him to consider the consequences of certain actions and utterances for the sake of the same people.
“Even though, my ideology and his ideology are totally different, God has made us brothers and we can’t run away from each other. I owe him and Nigerians good counselling.
"Whether he and his family listens to me or not, I will continue counselling him as I have always done in the past. What we need most is a peaceful and secured society,” Kalu said via his verified Facebook page.