Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed has said that it is not a big deal to re-arrest the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on the grounds of incitement and treasonable felony.
Mohammed also challenged Kanu to storm Abuja, the nation’s capital, with his agitations and play the politics that it involves.
On the President’s post-vacation address to the nation, he said that whatever Buhari must have discussed with the late Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, as a private citizen in 2003 was not binding to the entire nation.
Mohammed said: “What is the big deal in arresting one Nnamdi Kanu? What is so special about him? I wouldn’t want to dignify that action with any comment. I know what it means to win an election”.
“I also know what it means to exercise the authority I have as an elected representative of the people. I am not about to give legitimacy to people whose only legitimacy is that they can collect money from some Igbo people both internally and externally, splash it out and then ask people to be intimidated – forget about that.
“If he wants to prove he is a tough guy, let him come into the main city of Nigeria and play politics. And if he wants to play violent, he’s going to be confronted.
“Those who triggered a civil war and hopelessly lost out had to stand before the world and the country in total surrender. He cannot now use the same civil war mentality for the rest of the country. He’s not alone; there are some actors in Lagos saying, ‘If we don’t have restructuring, we shall take our struggle to the street.’ I challenge them to take it to the street; let’s see who will blink first.
“I have no problem with the sentiments expressed by Buhari. I believe it is the sentiment of the overwhelming majority of the people of this country. I also believe, as an elected president of this country, he has the right and the responsibility to say what he said.
“But my concern is when he either before or after that statement, he used the fact that he, as a personal citizen, before he became president, had had a discussion with another personal citizen, (late Chukwuemeka) Ojukwu, who went to his house in Daura (Katsina State).
“For all I care, what Buhari, as a retired general, and Ojukwu, as a retired military officer, discussed was entirely their private affair. There was nothing they discussed or agreed which was binding on anybody else, including their wives or their children.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we have a responsibility to maintain peace, order and good governance in this country. I am concerned that since he (Buhari) came into power, there has been very little evidence of that. But I have no doubt in my mind that no matter what he or anybody else says or may have said, if Nigerians do not care about Nigeria and they don’t want to keep the country united, then there is nothing he can do.”