Biafra: Instead Of Locking Kanu Up, Do Business With Him, Catholic Bishop Tells FG

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew
Kukah, has said nothing was wrong with the agitation for Biafra by members of
the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra.
Kukah, 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 clergyman advised the Federal Government to partner with
the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, saying the government should seek to
do business with him because of his charisma.

The bishop further said no Nigerian politician could
mobilise a huge number of supporters like Kanu without paying them, saying the
government did not need to hound this kind of person but to partner 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 cleric also bemoaned the state of Nigerian universities.
He said the management as well as lecturers should be blamed if some students
failed to graduate.
Kukah stated that students had a say in the promotion of
their lecturers in some universities but that was not the case in the nation’s
“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,” he added.

In his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the OAU,
Prof. Bamitale Omole, said the university remained the best in the country,
saying many feats had been achieved since he assumed office.

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