The Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has called for an unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The spiritual director also counselled the Federal Government of Nigeria to deploy the same vigour with which Kanu was arrested to tackle insecurity, poverty, unemployment, activities of herdsmen, injustice and pragmatic nepotism.
The Catholic priest who was reported to have made this call during a sermon on Sunday, at his adoration ground said he made the request when some government officials whom he did not disclose their identity came to him with juicy offers, which he rejected.
He said, “Some persons came to me sometimes ago, that they have two slots for me. I told them I don’t need such an offer because I have a slot that I need. They said I should mention what I need.
“My first request was that they should release Nnamdi Kanu because since you people arrested him, we have lost many lives, so of what use is his arrest if after he was arrested, kidnapping hasn’t stopped in the North, thus, arresting him doesn’t solve the problem”.
“Has anybody seen Nnamdi Kanu kill anybody? He’s not a murderer. Have they caught him with guns, so why arrest him? Where were the nation’s security agencies when several students were kidnapped?”
Mbaka Ejike ascribed the rise in criminality to activities of politicians that purchase arms for the thugs during the electioneering period.