Nnamdi Kanu is a bigger crowd-puller than Buhari, says Bishop Kukah




Bishop Matthew Kukah

On Friday night while delivering a lecture at the convocation of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Kukah admitted the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari or any Governor unless he pays, cannot bring the number of people that Nnamdi Kanu, brought out.

For the past two months now, the issue of Biafra has remained in the news. There’s virtually no day that Nigerian and international newspapers do not talk about Biafra.

Some people who knew Nnamdi Kanu very well said that he programmed his arrest, being fully sure that the Federal Government led by President Buhari will fall a victim. And as we speak today, he succeeded in garnering the sympathy he has for long sought for on behalf of Biafra people.


Most Rev Matthew Kukah stated it clearly that there is nothing wrong with the agitation for Biafra by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra. 

Worthy of note was the fact that he added that the agitators of Biafra Republic were exercising their freedom of expression.

In his advice to the Federal Government, Most Rev Kukah called on the Federal Government to swallow the shame and partner with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu who also doubles as the Director of Radio Biafra.

The clergyman advised the government to consult Nnamdi Kanu rather than being bent on incarcerating him because he, Nnamdi Kanu has charisma. 

The Bishop further said no Nigerian politician, dead or alive has the capacity to mobilise such a huge number of supporters like Nnamdi Kanu without lobbying them, saying the government did not need to hound this kind of person but to partner with him.


Most Rev Matthew 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 and the lecturers should share the blame if some students failed to graduate. 

Kukah stated that students had a say in the promotion of their lecturers in some universities but that has never being the case in the Nigerian universities. 

“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.

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