June 18, 2024

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UN Vindicates Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, A Prove That Biafra Agitation Can’t Be Attached To Terrorism

Nnamdi Kanu

The question of when Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra will be released from the department of state service’s (DSS) detention has become a mystery to many Nigerians and the people around the world.


Nnamdi Kanu has been actively agitating for the freedom of Biafra from Nigeria since 2013, as a result of the alleged marginalization of the people from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.


He was re-arrested and extradited to Nigeria on the 29th of June 2021, on alleged treasonable felony and terrorism charges, after fleeing Nigeria for safety in December 2017 when the Nigerian army raided his house in Abia state.


Some people have accused Nnamdi Kanu of taking advantage of the naivety and anger of Ndigbo over their ill-treatment in Nigeria, while some argue that one of the major reasons for the agitation for the freedom of Biafra, is a result of Igbos being kept enslaved, marginalized, side-lined and oppressed in Nigeria after the Biafra civil war.


Often the questions we hear from Igbos living both home and abroad include, “If the Igbos cannot be trusted with power, why then keep them in Nigeria against their will, why not simply let them go their separate ways?”.


The answers to all these questions point to the findings that demanding disintegration or a referendum is perceived as a crime in Nigeria, hence there is no provision in the 1999 constitution for a referendum.


The many problems of Nigeria can be traced back to 1914 when the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern provinces took place by the colonial government. This was a union that shouldn’t have taken place looking at what is happening in Nigeria today.


So are the people from the North and South truly united under one entity? Let’s take an example of the controversy over the use of hijab at the Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, Oyun LGA of Kwara that led to a clash on the 3rd of February 2022.


Ethno-religious conflicts are protracted, widespread, complicated, and dangerous forms of conflicts plaguing Nigeria today, especially the Northern part of the country. The premise held by lots of observers is that the massive ethnic differences are causing chaos in the county.


These conflicts have impeded the country’s growth since she got her independence on October 1st, 1960, which has been the major holdback on the country’s economic development.


Now the question is, are you still wondering why General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu demanded the independent state of Biafra just 7 years after Nigeria got her independence? it is time for Nigerians to tell each other the hard truth regarding “One Nigeria”.


If Nigeria is “one”, why are we still having the problem of zoning the presidential position in 2023 between the north and the south? If Nigeria is “one”, why do we have a problem, or rather why does it matter if key positions are assigned to a Northerner or a Southerner like what we are experiencing in this Buhari-led administration? Are we indeed one people?


The Government of Nigeria mostly dominated by the North is fully aware of the many cries of Nigerians concerning the biased system in political system of Nigeria as of today. If Nnamdi Kanu or Sunday Igboho were indeed guilty of all the charges levied against them, why have they not trial them?


On the 23rd of 2022, “The United Nations, UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, has indicted both Nigeria and Kenya Governments for the arrest and extraordinary rendition torture and continued detention of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, without due process UN, therefore, asked Nigerian Government to, “immediate release Kanu unconditionally” and pay him adequate compensations for the arbitrary violation of his fundamental human rights.”


The report reads: “Noting the failure of the Government to explain what actions of Mr. Kanu amounted to such criminal acts and how, and observing the lack of any evidence that any of his actions may amount to such crimes, the Working Group concludes that Mr. Kanu is, in fact, being persecuted for the peaceful exercise of his rights, most notably his freedom of opinion and expression.


“In the present case, the Government of Nigeria has presented no exceptions permitted under article 19 (3) of the Covenant nor is there any evidence to suggest that Mr. Kanu’s exercise of his right to freedom of opinion and expression was anything but peaceful.


”In fact, the Government has chosen not to provide any explanation for the arrest, detention, and subsequent proceedings against Mr. Kanu. In these circumstances, the Working Group concludes that Mr. Kanu’s detention is thus arbitrary under category II.”


Looking at this current declaration by the United Nation has further vindicated Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People Of Biafra that they are indeed not a terrorist organization labeled by the Nigerian Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.


Just last week July 14, a sitting Governor of the Republic of Nigeria in the person of Governor Samuel Ortom Of Benue State called on the Government of Nigeria to release Nnamdi Kanu as part of the peace-building effort of Nigeria, according to him “If the peace process in the country is to be taken seriously, I call for the release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. This is a socio-political challenge that must be dealt with politically.”


Many calls have been directed to the Government of Nigeria for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB has maintained that “a call for a referendum is not a call for war”, with the latest call from the United Nation, giving Nigeria’s Government at least 6 months to consider Nnamdi Kanu’s release, the question now is, will the Buhari-led Government release Nnamdi Kanu as requested by the United Nnamdi. Know for a fact that they have rejected many calls for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.


The politicians from the Southeast still believe a power shift to the south will solve the problem of marginalization of the Igbos.

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