Enugu-based Catholic priest Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka says state governors should not sell their sons for political promise which they are not sure would be fulfilled.
Mbaka’s comments on Wednesday came after leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu was presented before a court in a shock move by the Federal Government. Mr Kanu had jumped bail since 2017.
The clergyman, who is currently banned from commenting on political matters, did not mention names in his sermon.
Observers have, however, linked his comments to the IPOB leader who does not have the backing of south-east governors for an independent Biafran state.
“Don’t sell your sons and daughters because of political promise that you are not even sure will materialise tomorrow. Don’t sell your son because you are governors today! Live and let live. Let the leaders listen. The solution is not in arrest and handcuff, the solution is in job creation!” Mbaka said.
“Leaders beware! Their (leaders) stubbornness will collapse this country one day. If care is not taken, it will happen like an earthquake! Even if you arrest 100 people, it will not stop the agitation. If anything, it will worsen the situation.”
He added: “Many people are clapping for them now. But when the heat becomes unbearable when the sun riots, when heavens shake you will understand.”
Before he was sanctioned by the church, Mbaka had praised Kanu, saying the IPOB leader did not commit any crime but spoke for his people.