Controversial Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka, has commended operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militia arm of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

The foremost separatist group in the South-East geo-political zone had set up the security outfit to bring under control the activities of violent herdsmen rampaging the Igbo predominantly area, raping, killing and kidnapping.

The lukewarm attitude of security agencies to live up to expectations necessitated the rising of the non-state actors to fill in the gap.

Commending the ESN operatives during Good Friday all-night programme at the Adoration Ground, Mr Mbaka said the effects of the operations of the militia group made up of Igbo youths is being felt.

“Since the past three years, this year is the year Enugu farmers could farm successfully. May God bless our young men who cleared our farms from herdsmen,” the cleric said. “One of our priest’s large farms were messed up by herdsmen last year, he was crying, but this year he is smiling. May God bless our youths who made it possible for our people to farm again.”

He reiterated the call for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of IPOB, saying only his release can end the ongoing enforcement of sit-at-home exercise every Monday.

“We can not deny the fact that this sit-at-home is costing millions of money especially to business people, but we cannot also pretend not to know the solution,” Mr Mbaka said. “They should release our brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. If he is released today the sit-at-home will stop today. You can’t stop it by force; politicians tried it but it was in vain. They sit at home with their families every Monday and if they want to go out, they move with more than 20 trucks of security men.

“Anambra Government that tried to use force to stop it is feeling the heat today. So, let them release our brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and sit at home will stop.

“He is our brother, we lifted our hands up to God to pray for his release. We can’t run away from it, it is a situation that came up with our generation, we must face it.

“I heard the names of some people that were granted presidential amnesty but his name was not there. I wonder what his crime is. Let the Igbos who can go to request for his release, start the journey,” he advised.