The Presidency on Sunday explained why the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was not part of the ongoing consultations with leaders of the South East.
The main reason for his absence is that he was not considered as a leader of thought in the South East region.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo last week started series of conversation meetings with leaders of thought, politicians, traditional rulers and the clergy over rising ethnic tensions in parts of the country.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, on Sunday, said that the IPOB leader was not invited because the Presidency does not regard him as a leader of thought in the South East.
According to him, a window of possibility would be opened for Kanu to meet with the Federal Government for discussion should the need arise in the future.
He said: “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.” he added
He also said that the South leaders including Ohanaeze Ndigbo coming to see Osinbajo have neither asked for a referendum on Biafra or secession, saying that they have only complained about marginalization in appointments and harassment by police at road blocks.
The Special Adviser assured that their concerns are issues that could easily be addressed.
He said “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.