The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to release the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The cleric made the call during a sermon on Sunday, saying Kanu is not a murderer or a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Mbaka, who condemned the arrest of Kanu, urged the government to employ the same zeal and arrest insecurity, poverty, unemployment, activities of herdsmen, injustice, corruption, unhealthy tribalism and other issues affecting the country.
According to him, if the same aggression deployed against Kanu is used to address terrorism, things will change.
He said, “Since you arrested him (Kanu), we have lost many lives. So, of what use is his arrest? After he was arrested, the kidnapping didn’t stop in the north; many students were kidnapped in Kaduna last week. Where were our security agencies? Why can’t they use the same temerity to arrest all those people doing this thing (killings)? Arresting Kanu will not solve the problem.
”Politicians will buy ammunition and give it to millions of youth, and after the elections, no one collects the ammunition back.”
Mbaka claimed that some people recently came to him with some offer but he requested that they should release Nnamdi Kanu.
“Some persons came to me some time ago that they have two slots for me. I told them I don’t need such offers 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.
“Has anybody seen Kanu kill anyone? Kanu is not a murderer. Have you caught him with guns? Why arrest someone who has never kidnapped anyone? Our land must yield an increase. Kanu is not herdsmen, kidnappers, or bandits, or Boko Haram. He does not carry ammunition and he is not even an unknown gunman. My job is to say what the spirit asked me to say.”
Mbaka added that he does not support terrorism, however people agitating should not be arrested.
”You don’t arrest the agitation. You arrest the cause of it. People are hungry and angry. Millions are idle and an idle hand is the devil’s workshop. If Nigeria is doing very well, will Kanu emerge?”