Former Presidential candidate of Fresh Democratic Party and founder of Household of God Church , Rev Chris Okotie,has urged the Inspector General of Police,Alkali Baba, to demonstrate paternal clemency towards Seun Kuti over his case with the Police.
Okotie made the plea in a statement made available to Church Times on Friday, May 18 by his Media Aide, Pastor Ladi Ayodeji.
The young Kuti has been in detention for slapping a Police officer during a traffic encounter as shown in a viral video. The matter has raised an uproar across the country.
But in the press statement Rev Okotie made a case for amnesty for the embattled music star.
He wrote, ‘I would like to urge the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to demonstrate a paternal clemency towards Seun Kuti in his transgression against an authorised myrmidon of the law. “Anti-establishment is not acceptable under any guise, however, a humane superintendence is a mark of a great leadership.’
Okotie said further that seun has been under tremendous pressure to establish a new Nigerian social order adding that his abrasive conduct is a tangent from that trajectory.
“I plead earnestly with the IGP to temper justice with mercy and exculpate Seun of all charges. Femi and Seun Kuti are artistic souvenirs bestowed upon us by the legendary Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and we truly appreciate the creative artistry demonstrated in their musical genre.’ the cleric a one time musician said.
He urged the IG to find sufficient grace in his heart to ‘anesthesize the gravity of this provocation.’
He then prayed that the blessing of “the God of heaven be vouchsafed’ to the IG in the ‘ plenitude of His Grace.”
Okotie’s message came in the wake of the court’s extension of Seun’s detention by four days.