Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, has asked the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to stop linking him to the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
In his capacity as Chief Labour Officer, Ngige said he did not have the time to meddle in security and diplomatic matters, which clearly fall under the jurisdiction of Nigeria’s Security and National Intelligence Agencies.
In a statement issued by his Media Office on Saturday, the Minister described IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful’s attempt to link him to Kanu’s arrest as deceitful, malicious, and wicked.
IPOB and its spokesperson know him (Ngige) very well as a man who calls a spade a spade and doesn’t flinch from false modesty or speaking both sides of his mouth as a former governor in Anambra State.
It said: “Ngige is occupied, involved and engrossed with his duties as the Labour and Employment Minister, member of Federal Cabinet Committee for Economic Recovery and member of the Economic Sustainability Committee constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari, which is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with the mandate to tackle the challenges and fallouts of COVID-19 and post COVID-19 era.
“It is therefore unthinkable that somebody with grey matter in his brain, except if he is hallucinating like the IPOB spokesman, could accuse a very busy Minister like Senator Ngige of being part of a ‘conspiracy’ for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
“Ngige is neither the Minister of Police Affairs, Justice, Foreign Affairs nor the National Security Adviser, to start discussing issues of extradition or arrest of a fugitive outside Nigeria’s territory, which are clearly outside his mandate.”