Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode and IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu
December 17, 2016.

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has condemned the recent rule by Justice Binta of the Federal High Court Abuja, by upholding secret trial on the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, warning on the danger ahead if they continue with the secret trial.

Kayode in a Statement said that IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by sharing his dream and vision of Biafra with the world, the response of the Nigerian state does not warrant locking him up in the prison for over one year even after a number of courts granted him bail, but also constantly and consistently gunning down and maiming his young supporters on the streets.

Worst of all they have insisted on subjecting him to a secret trial, this is as shortsighted and callous as it is dangerous. If the government believes that it has a strong case why does the trial have to be conducted in secret?

Such wanton and brazen persecution and such a shameful and barbaric display of what can only be described as the typical African “power show” is not only unwise and downright foolish but will have consequences.

My prayer is that nothing untoward happens to Kanu while in detention, and that the state does not jail or hang him, because if they do, the whole of eastern Nigeria and possibly the Niger delta will go up in flames, whether anyone likes it or not, that is the reality.

The principle is simple and clear, ”where justice is not done or not seen to be done, there can never be peace”.

And in our country today there is no justice for either the courageous soul who dares to speak his mind about the atrocities that are being committed by the government every day or for the numerous ethnic nationalities that make up our crumbling multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious nation-state.

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