My attention has been drawn to the above subject headline as was published by THE NATION NEWSPAPER edition of Friday, August 18 2017, front page. In the said publication, the Federal Government has urged a Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail it granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Citizen Nnamdi Kanu and send him back to prison.
The Federal Government through one Mallam Magaji Labaran of the Federal Ministry of Justice urged the Court to dismiss an application by Nnamdi Kanu seeking a review of the bail conditions. According to the Federal Government, Nnamdi Kanu breached his bail conditions in the following areas
(1) He should not be seen in a crowd of not more than ten persons.
(2) He should not grant interviews, hold or attend any rallies
(3) That he should file in court medical updates of his health status every month.
According to Federal Government, rather than observing all the conditions of his bail, Nnamdi Kanu flouted all conditions given by the court and reportedly incited his group IPOB to disrupt, disallow and boycott elections in South East states starting with Anambra State Gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18 2017, if the Federal Government failed to hold referendum for the realization of the state of Biafra.
Ordinarily, I would have ignored the said publication in THE NATION newspaper. But as a patriotic Nigerian, diehard Igbo man who wants the best for my tribe, and who truly wants this country (Nigeria) to move
forward, I have decided to openly join this particular issue with the Federal Government. In the first place, Citizen Nnamdi Kanu was wrongly and criminally arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS) in the last quarter of 2015. He was wrongly and criminally detained by the same DSS. When he was eventually charged to court, he was granted bail on more than two occasions. Yet, the Federal Government through the DSS breached and indeed flouted the several bails granted Citizen Nnamdi Kanu. Not only did the Federal Government disrespect and flout the court bail granted Citizen Nnamdi Kanu,President Mohammadu Buhari (himself) openly stepped into the matter and exposed his interest by informing the whole world that Nnamdi Kanu would never be released as directed by the court. What an affront to the courts of the land?
It was at this point that many Nigerians, especially Igbo (Biafrans) came out to openly demand for the release of their son, Nnamdi Kanu and four others, who were mischievously charged with treason by the
grandstanding Federal Government. Particularly, I Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha did a well circulated article entitled, “CITIZEN NNAMDI KANU, DSS AND THE BUHARI PRESIDENCY, PART ONE” (SEE ATTACHED).
Many Political, Business and Religious Leaders openly demanded for the release of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu. State Governors in the South East also made appeal for his unconditional release. Graciously and to the
glory of Almighty God, Citizen Nnamdi Kanu was released in April 2017 but with Unconstitutional, Demonic, Satanic, Jezebelic and Evilcratic bail conditions. Initially, he rejected the bail conditions but Igbo leaders rallied round and ensured the conditions were fulfilled in record time. Thereafter, Nnamdi Kanu breathed air of freedom.
As a freeman, Nnamdi Kanu was shocked to see that those things that made him to agitate for Biafra were never addressed by the Federal Government throughout the period he was in prison. Today marginalization of the Igbo has reached its peak. Today uncircumcised Northern Youths have openly threatened the Igbo and their properties. Yet, the Federal Government has shamelessly refused to arrest these hopeless and misguided northern youths. Heavily Armed Northern Youths reportedly disguising as Fulani Headsmen have killed many Igbo farmers in their own communities. Yet, the Federal Government has shamelessly refused to arrest the situation. In Nigeria today, an Igbo Professor and former University Vice Chancellor is the Junior Minister of
Education, reporting to a man who does not write or speak well as the substantive Minister of Education.
In Nigeria today, the South east has remained the only zone with the least number of states in the country. Despite the fact that the South east is an oil producing region, there is no single Igboman in the nine member board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC. The North does not produce oil, yet they mischievously have six members in the NNPC board out of the nine members. No Igboman is in the Security Council. No Igboman is in the Council of States. No Igboman leads any Security Agency (Police, Army,
Navy, Air force, EFCC, ICPC, Customs, Immigration, and Civil Defense) in this country. The only high profile Executive Position that was reportedly zoned to the South East, Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), was mischievously given to a Northerner, who has turned out to be a very corrupt, dirty, shameless, hopeless and heartless man. Although they later reluctantly removed him, he was replaced with another northerner but in Acting Capacity. At the legislative arm of government, the only high profile position
an Igbo man is occupying, the Deputy Senate President, is reportedly under threat.
Our sons and daughters who are doing well in business are daily being humiliated by the Federal Government. Few weeks ago, our son Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah was mischievously arrested and detained by the same
shameless DSS headed by an uncircumcised northerner. In short, it is no longer a Secret that the Southeast is marginalized in this country. President Buhari has vehemently refused to visit the South East since he took over leadership in May 2015. There are very few good federal roads in the South East. No Federal Presence. The mischievous actions of the Federal Government against the people of South East of Nigeria gave rise to the crusade and activities of IPOB led by Citizen Nnamdi Kanu. If the Federal Government starts treating the people of South East with respect, dignity and as first class citizens, Nnamdi Kanu will become irrelevant.
Recruitment into the Federal Civil Service is always skewed to favour less qualified Northerners. Just few days ago, the military retired many soldiers who are from the South east and South-South. 80% of oil blocks in this country have been reportedly given to Northerners thereby denying Southerners their right to own oil blocks. Many Igbo sons and daughters are languishing in detention and Prison custody on trump up charges. 80% of goods imported into the country are done by the Igbo, but because a northerner is the head of the
Customs Service, most of these goods are seized, all in the bid to frustrate Igbo traders. In the South East, almost every road junction is a police checking point, where compromised Police Officers stop to harass, intimidate and exploit Igbo road users of their hard earned monies. Yet, the so called Federal Government has refused to do anything about it. Many Igbo sons and daughters have been extra judicially murdered by the Police, DSS, EFCC, Customs, and ICPC etc. I have done many articles on the Extra-judicial killings of Igbo by these shameless and hopeless security agencies.
Since the past few weeks and days, many leaders have been calling for the restructuring of the country, so that there would be better life for all Nigerians. But the Federal Government reportedly ganged up with Northern Senators and others to frustrate this golden opportunity for the nation. This is because restructuring the country would benefit the South east, hence they frustrated it.
At the political leadership level, President Buhari has been away for over 100 days. And in his place, the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has been acting. But not satisfied with the development, a known musician in the country Mr. Charly Boy Oputa (an Igbo) teamed up with like minds to ask questions on the Presidents whereabouts. They demanded for Buhari’s return to work or resignation. The Federal Government reacted by first instructing the Police to attack Charly Boy’s group. Not satisfied, they sent thugs and Northern hoodlums to
inflict physical harm on Charly Boy and his group. Yet the same Federal government provided security, funds and access to Presidential Villa for some discredited Youths Groups who hurriedly came together to carry placards in favour and support of Buhari.
To show practically how Federal Government hate the South east and its people, an Igbo Serving Senator (Senator Samdaddy Anyanwu) presented a bill for the establishment of South East Development Commission (SEDC), which will see to the infrastructural development of the zone. But the Federal Government reportedly ganged up with Northern Senators to frustrate the move.
With all these developments in the country, does the Federal Government expect Nnamdi Kanu (as a Freeman) to keep quiet? The answer is capital NO.
Now, how can a normal court ask a Citizen in a democratic environment not to be seen with more than ten persons? This is sheer madness and insensitivity to human feelings.
On the issue of Anambra Governorship election scheduled to take place on the 18th of November 2017, the Federal Government has also mischievously accused Nnamdi Kanu of inciting his group, IPOB to disrupt, disallow and boycott the election. This allegation is not true. Rather, Nnamdi Kanu has only called on Anambra People to boycott the election if there was no referendum in the South east. This is not a crime. It is not an offence in any way. Afterall, many leaders in Nigeria have also declared that there would be no elections in 2019, if there was no restructuring, and nothing has happened to them. There is no significant difference between Referendum and Restructuring. So why must Citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s own be different?
On the issue of Nnamdi Kanu flouting his bail conditions, I must say that the Federal Government should come to equity with clean hands. In the first place, the Federal Government was the first to flout the court order in respect to the release of Nnamdi Kanu. The DSS held on to Nnamdi Kanu and refused to release him, even when courts of the land severally ordered for his release. Also, President Buhari openly said he would not release Nnamdi Kanu, thereby disregarding various Court Orders.
Conversely, if anybody should be arrested, in my opinion, President Buhari and the Director General of DSS should be arrested and remanded in prison custody for disregarding Court Orders to free Nnamdi Kanu.
Q.E.D. Once this is done, then Nnamdi Kanu can be re-arrested. No problem. A kettle should not call a pot black. The point I am making is that there is no point heating the polity with the useless and senseless threat to re arrest Nnamdi Kanu, revoke his bail and send him back to Prison, over an offence he never committed in the first place. Nnamdi Kanu is our son and we stand by him. It is true that some of his actions are not right but President Mohammadu Buhari is far worse. He is the President of Nigeria who has openly told the whole world the he passionately hates the South East; by his actions, by his deeds, by his body language and by his utterances. He reportedly vowed never to visit the South east during his 4 years reign as President, and has lived up to it. The South east is the only zone Buhari has not visited. He openly told the world that his people
(North) would receive 97% attention while the South east would get the remaining 5% attention; if at all. Till today, he has lived to it.
This current threat to Citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom will not stand. Dialogue, Bargaining and Good Leadership remain the best approach to resolving whatever issue the Federal Government feel it has with
Citizen Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB.
On the issue of Hate Speech which the Federal Government has now said will be treated as an act of terrorism, the question is; what is Hate Speech? Hate Speech is when a sitting President threatens a section of
his country with 5% attention while giving his own zone 97% attention (MATHEMATICAL MASTURBATION AND EJACULATION).Hate speech is when Youth Organizations from the Presidents’ zone threatens lives and properties of people of another zone, and even issuing eviction notice. Hate Speech is when a President openly declares that he would not obey court orders to release an innocent man. I think the northern youths who threatened the Igbo with the deadline to leave the North before October 2017 should be arrested and
treated as terrorists. President Buhari who as President of Nigeria said that 97% attention would go to those who supported his aspiration while 5% would go to those who did not support him, should be arrested and charged with treason. Infact, marginalization of the South east should be seen as an act of treason or terrorism and those responsible for this act should be arrested.
Citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s next appearance in court is in September 2017. He will appear in Court if he is healthy enough to do so. If he is not healthy enough, his lawyers will inform the court. Nobody is afraid
and the Igbo are not cowards.
In conclusion, let me state it clearly that the fact I am supporting the APC led Government in my State Imo should not mean that I cannot call the APC led Federal Government to order when it goofs or start behaving stupidly and foolishly. People should be reasonable and sensible. The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo should be clearly told that a shameless Cabal is reportedly trying to use his “Acting Presidency” to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu before President Buhari returns to the country. This is to give the impression that Buhari is unaware of Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest and remand in Prison.
The Bible in the book of Ephesians Chapter 6 Verse 12 says “For we (the Igbo) are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world (country, Nigeria), against spiritual wickedness in high places”.
One thing is certain; our Almighty and everlasting God will surely destroy the works of the devil and his agents in this country, In Jesus Mighty Name I pray. Amen. We are watching and waiting.
Signed: Hon. Citizen Dr. Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha FCAI, MKDA. Former Senior Special Assistant on Media Imo State House of Assembly,Owerri Imo State Nigeria/
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