The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has said the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, will generate heat and protest from members of the organisation in eastern states.
He called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to handle issues concerning Kanu with caution because it will also attract the attention of the international community.
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on Sunday and taken to court two days ago to the surprise of many.
His arraignment has generated several reactions from Nigerians across board, with many celebrating his arrest.
But Primate Ayodele in a statement released by his media office claimed the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu was not worth celebrating and that the government should thread with caution by paying attention to the legal implications.
He explained that celebrating his arrest will have a negative impact on the government because it adds no value to the security agencies in Nigeria.
He said the government did the right thing by arresting someone who has been tagged as a terrorist by the government but it is not a big deal that is worth celebrating, making it known that IPOB members will only be strengthened and given unnecessary relevance.
‘’Nnamdi Kanu’s matter is secondary though it will generate heat and protest from members of IPOB in eastern states, the government should handle it with caution because it will also attract international community’’ he said.
“He has been tagged as a terrorist which was what led to his arrest, every person that has been called a terrorist should face the consequences too no matter their position.
“However, the government should look at the legal implication of this. Infact, with how the government is celebrating his arrest, it will have a negative impact on President Buhari’s administration. They need to thread with caution and pay attention to the legal implication so that it will not be used against President Buhari administration.
“Arresting Nnamdi Kanu is not a pass mark for the government, making noise about this will only give him unnecessary relevance, IPOB will begin to give the government conditions that are unnecessary, his arrest is not worth celebrating at all but they should look at the legal implications.
“Nnamdi Kanu is not an issue to Nigeria, the government don’t just seek divine interventions because taking his matter seriously is like wasting our time, they should just do what is right instead of turning this to jamboree.
‘’I have said it before that Nnamdi Kanu will not be the one to actualize Biafra republic, Nigeria can not break until God is ready. All these agitations will happen at God’s appointed time’.’