*Calls for renegotiation of the basis of the country’s continued existence
1. The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) congratulates the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu on his recent release from nearly two years of incarceration by the Nigerian Government.
For us at the ADF, the intensification of the Biafra struggles following the detention of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu alongside his compatriots, represent a heroic commitment to the ideals of self-determination.
It has thus become a watershed in understanding the dynamics of the national question in contemporary Nigeria.
We praise the heroism of Kanu and all those fighting for self-determination and waging relentless struggles against tyranny and political enslavement.
2. While we felicitate with the Mr Nnamdi Kanu and his colleagues, however, we must not fail to unequivocally condemn the stringent bail conditions under which Mr. Kanu was released from prison custody.
Although the IPOB leader has met the harsh bail terms such difficult, near-impossible and unconscionable bail conditions are discriminatory and a travesty of justice.
They not only contravene the basic constitutional and inalienable rights of citizens such as the right to liberty, freedom of speech, movement and association.
Indeed they ironically validate the very cause for which Mr. Kanu and his compatriots have embarked on the struggle.
3. On this note, therefore, we call on the Federal Government to promptly order the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu and his compatriots who are still languishing in Kuje prison, namely, Messrs Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
We further urge the Nigerian Government to extend the same gestures to other pro-Biafra agitators and indeed many other youths detained in different locations and facilities across the country on account of their political agitations for self-determination.
4. It is our considered view that the case of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and other self-determination agitators underline a national imperative and urgency for the promotion of political freedom by strictly following the fundamental principles of rule of law and enthronement of equity in the governance of Nigeria by those at the helms of country’s affairs.
5. Indeed, the season provides the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari an ample opportunity to come up with viable strategies to douse the growing political tension in the land.
Occurring at a time when from across the political spectrum, there is the consensus that our current federation is tragically artificial, we believe that what we need today in Nigeria is a more fundamental review of the architecture of Nigerian Federalism in order to effect a functional federal structure that suites our circumstance.
Specifically, while the strident calls for the re-structuring of the current monolithic federalism reflect the unworkability of our extant federal structure, it is our view that what Nigeria needs today, and urgently too, in order to survive tomorrow, is the renegotiation of the basis of our continued existence as one united country.
This is the only way to overcome the perennial crisis of instability brought about by the political manipulations of the foundations of the nations-state from the colonial period to the decades of fascist military dictatorship which created the regional imbalances and inequities bedevilling national unity and cohesion.
6. It has become preposterous, indeed anachronistic for anyone to continue to uphold and massage the notion of the age-long master-slave or master-servant relationship as the basis of our continued coexistence in this twenty-first century.
Evidence abound in human history that leaders who toy with such idea invariables toy with the future of their countries and the lives of those claimed to be her citizens.
The present tendency towards to neo-fascist dictatorship in the country needs be promptly arrested.
It cannot and will not sustain the continued existence of the Nigerian Federation.
7. On this occasion of saluting the heroism of Nnamdi Kanu and others, we must use the opportunity also to commend all those who genuinely work for political freedom in Nigeria.
We commend their spirit of commitment to building a just society for all groups and citizens, for adopting a peaceful and non-violent approach in their agitations.
We remind them of the need to remain resolute, firm and calculated in order not to fall prey to the machinations of anti-democratic forces, political jobbers and merchants of political-slavery, who may wish to cash in on the current scenario for their self-aggrandizement.
We urge them however not to fall prey to these merchants of political slavery who trade with the sufferings of the people.
They are already mobilized and are at work to silence this momentum.
8. ADF wishes however to remind such forces that Nnamdi Kanu as the leader of IPOB is only a metaphor for the struggle against political enslavement.
As long as political tyranny persists, and as long as political freedom is on the agenda of…