Priest are like leaders and in cases like this, they are expected to weigh in so as help direct or give a spiritual guardiance but one would wonder why Rev. fr. Mbaka who has been activity in the issues that affects the country could keep mute as to this?
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on Monday led over 200,000 members to the Parish Priest of Blessed Iwene Tansi, Umudioka, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma on a thank you visit for upholding the truth always and for prayers.
Fr. Obimma, who is also the founder and Spiritual Director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke, Idemmili North Local Government Area of the state, received Kanu and his members appealing to them to ensure no breech of peace in whatever they do.
Fr. Obimma, popularly called Ebube Muonso, prayed for the pro-Biafra agitators after a 30-minute closed door meeting with their leader. He said he reached a consensus with Kanu on the way forward but did not disclose what that was. The visit came shortly after shutting Ekwulobia on Sunday for IPOB rally, which, according to Emma Powerful, was to make a statement that IPOB is serious for an independent nation called Biafra.
Ebube Muonso, after the closed door meeting with Kanu, who he described as a courageous leader, but warned the IPOB leader to have a rethink on the threat to boycott the November 18 Anambra State governorship election, adding that any country or state without a leader is like ship in a river sailing without bearing.
His words: “For me, it will be more problematic to say that there won’t be any election in Anambra State. It’s like somebody firing gun on his toes. Kanu is a human being and activist, to the best of my knowledge.
“He requested to see me and amidst all odds, I granted the opportunity and we had some deliberations geared towards the good of Anambra State and Nigeria in general because I am a priest of God. Christ, when he died, reconciled both the Jews and the Gentiles.
“Christ came into the world and reincarnated the message of peace and that was why I advised Kanu to uphold peace following the tension everywhere in the country. Let love lead all that we do. I advised him to do anything within his power to forestall peace, even in their agitation. Let there be prudence.”
The fiery preacher, who threw his weight behind restructuring Nigeria, lamented that people of the southeast and other zones are being marginalised from the scheme of things and called on Igbo stakeholders to sit up and speak against the injustice.
“In our country Nigeria, it is certain that there is marginalisation, nepotism and tribalism. We are one Nigeria but some people are being marginalised and that is the essence of all these agitations but in everything. Let there be prudence and let also pray for divine intervention because the heart of every king is in the hand of God.
“The Igbo are clamouring for Biafra but an average Igbo man is selfish in nature and the question is, how matured are we to handle our affairs? Where are the Igbo cabals and stakeholders like Nnia Nwodo, Peter Obi, Emeka Anyaoku, Ifeanyi Ubah, Soludo, Iwuanyanwu, Ibeto and many others? There has to be a unifying umbrella where they will gather and register their protest,” he said.
Ebube Muonso thanked God for President Muhammadu Buhari’s safe return and quick recovery, calling on him to look into agitations bedeviling the nation and mindless killings.
“We thank God for Buhari’s return and the entire ministry has been praying for him for safe return. Nobody will wish a fellow human being death but the President should know that Nigerians love him,” he said.
Kanu did not speak after the meeting.
IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu with Ebube Muonso, on Monday at Umudioka, Dunukofia LGA of Anambra State. Who knows, could he have joined the Biafran struggle? Lets keep watching