The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has debunked claims that he has a hand in the re-arrest of the leader of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
He described the attempt by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, to link him with the re-arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as wicked, deceitful and mischievous.
The Labour Minister noted that his engagement as Nigeria’s Chief Labour Officer and membership of the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) and Economic Sustainability Committee, constituted by the President respectively, does not afford him the luxury time to meddle with diplomatic and security matters.
According to him, “the Ministry of Labour is one of the busiest ministries in the country today, especially considering the numerous industrial disputes arising from the deleterious effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
The Minister, being somebody with long standing experience in the public service, is fully aware of the limits of his office and, therefore, does not have the time to intrude into Foreign Affairs and Security matters, that clearly fall within the mandate of the Nigerian Diplomatic Missions and national intelligence agencies.
He considered it unthinkable that somebody, except if the person is hallucinating, could accuse him of being involved in the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
While urging the public to disregard the false reports, which he said were aimed at coaxing him to lend his voice to the discordant voices condemning or hailing Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest, he says he believes in the rule of law and will rather allow the law to take its course than get involved in the discussion of any issue which neither adds nor subtracts any value to the trial process.