The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, has proffered a way out to the lingering face-off between the Federal Government and members of the Independent People of Biafra and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
According to Kukah, these groups, who have been staging mass protests for weeks for the release of the detained director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, ought to be partnered with, not hounded by the federal government.
The outspoken clergy, who said this on Friday night at the convocation lecture of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, added that the pro-Biafra agitators were exercising the freedom of expression.
The former secretary of the Oputa Panel further said no Nigerian politician could attract a large number of sympathizers like Kanu without paying them, advising the government to capitalize on his cult followership, to do “business” with him.
Kukah said: “This country cannot continue this way. MASSOB has right to demand Biafra since we have freedom of expression. The problem of Nigeria should not be with Kanu but should be with who let the door open.
“The President of Nigeria or any governor, unless he pays, cannot bring the number of people that Kanu brought out. The anxiety of Nigeria should be that a young man who can bring out such great number of people is worth doing business with”.
The Catholic bishop also decried the deplorable state of Nigerian universities, saying the blame for poor performance of students should be dropped at the doorsteps of management as well as lecturers.
Kukah pointed out that in some universities, which he did not mention, students had a say in the promotion of their lecturers but that was not the case in the nation’s varsities.
“Elsewhere, students have a say in the promotion of their teachers but here in Nigeria, too many evils are being committed. We need a generation of lawyers and judges who can bend the arc of justice in favour of the poor”, Bishop Kukah added.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the OAU, Prof. Bamitale Omole, said the university remained the best in the country, saying many enviable achievements have been recorded by the institution since his assumption of office.
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