Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Hon Kingsley Kuku, who spoke on behalf of the Presidency, yesterday, called on the abductors of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome to consider the sacrifices he has made for the future of these same “tragic youths who are now his captors,” and release him.
Kuku in a statement made available to news men, noted that Ozekhome’s patriotism and commitment to justice has seen him numerous times fight against the dictatorship – even at the risk of his life, family and career.
“He did all these to give our country in particular and a new generation of young Nigerians, a better future. His humble beginning and his hard work should be seen by the young generation as ideals to be emulated. His country through the legal profession recognised his contributions by elevating him to the enviable position of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). The recognition only renewed his commitment to justice and the cause of the poor,” he added.
The statement reads in part: “The news of the kidnapping of my good friend, Mike Ozekhome came to me with as much shock as it was received by other Nigerians. On the surface, it is tempting to say that he has joined a growing club of unfortunate and innocent citizens who are daily preyed upon by a hapless generation of conscionable young citizens of our dear country.
“Sure, these are sad times for our country, but the kidnapping of Mr. Ozekhome carries a distinctive ironic ring to it. Here is a fine gentleman in every sense of the word, a hard-working professional who has worked assiduously with his bare hands right up to the top of his profession.
“I call on our young people to renounce this violent, ungodly and evil act. I believe the future of our youths does not depend on the blood money that comes from kidnapping, popular and commonplace as this ignoble cause has become. Our youths must embrace the future with hope, believing that tomorrow is theirs to build. I believe that this blood money can only erect a house of cards for now.
“They should renounce this criminality and turn to pursuing legacies they can proudly hand over to their children tomorrow. I beg for God’s mercies and peace for the souls of those gallant police officers who surrendered their lives and continue to pray for our security agencies. May Mike regain his freedom soon.”