The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, Wednesday says no government will expend too much energy on Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
On Sunday, the separatist leader resurfaced in Israel. In a video, Kanu was seen praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
“I’m in Israel,” Kanu said on Sunday in a broadcast on his outlawed pirate radio station – Radio Biafra.
He was last seen in public in September 2017 – after the army invaded his family home in Abia state.
In the broadcast, Kanu vowed to return to the country and bring “hell” with him.
While speaking on the development on Kakaki, an AIT programme, the minister said the issue of Kanu is not something to “dwell too much on”.
The minister said the federal government will soon issue an official position on the issue.
“This is the same man that was claimed to be held by the military and I remember at the height of this saga, some many people wanted to hold the federal government responsible for the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu,” the minister said on Wednesday.
The minister noted that Kanu’s reappearance “just distractions frankly speaking.”
“I don’t think it’s something we should dwell too much on. There are other pressing issues of the nation we should discuss.”
“No government will waste too much energy or effort. I think the government will be making sure that the country is safe.”
Shehu Sani, Buhari’s media aide, on Tuesday noted that Kanu’s trial is expected to continue should he (Kanu) return to the country.