By Jude Michael
Admirers of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, have been given cause to smile following the declaration by the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop, Diocese of Awka, Anambra State, Most Revd. Alexander Ibezim, that Kanu will be released in May. Ibezim said God would touch the leadership of the country to release the IPOB leader in order to end the growing calamity in the Southern Region of the country. Ibezim spoke at the 2022 Awka Diocesan Annual Prayer Convention, themed: “This Mountain Shall Be Removed”, held at the premises of Paul University, Awka, Anambra State capital, April 9. He said, ‘God has already given us a breakthrough. We are going to celebrate a breakthrough. We shall witness fantastic testimony and we are making a declaration that wherever Nnamdi Kanu is, he will be released by this time next month. ‘God will touch the leadership of Nigeria so that this calamity that is taking place in the east will end. By this time next month or anytime in the month of May, he will be released and there will be peace in Eastern Nigeria and Anambra State. ‘I’m not a politician but a prophet and when a prophet speaks, things happen. It is time that injustice ceased to exist in Nigeria. Injustice, killings and calamities will cease in Southeast and Nigeria. ‘There are people that are pursuing what they are pursuing in order to gain attraction. As a prophet, I don’t need anybody to bribe me or influence me but I believe that my people will be set free and there won’t be war or destruction in this land.’ The Bishop called for humility, as, according to him, nobody was safe when the poor were not safe. ‘The rich in our midst must do everything to ensure the safety of the poor. Otherwise they won’t be safe to enjoy their riches. So both the rich and poor should cry unto God,’ he said. Earlier in his sermon, Bishop of Jebba, Rt Revd Dr Oluwaseun Aderogba, said that God was ready to remove obstacles that had hindered justice to the people of the country. The President, Mothers Union and Women’s Guild, Province of the Niger and Diocese of Awka, Dr. Chioma Ibezim, regretted what she described as the increasing insecurity, especially in the Southeast, expressing confidence that the supplication of people to God at the event would yield fruit. ‘People are so bothered. There are wars, insecurity. When these happen, it’s an indication that people need to come together to seek God’s face. God has answered our prayers and the women are going home with joy,’ she said.