| Tuesday, July 11, 2017 |  12:34 AM CET


IPOB Supreme Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

It has occurred to IPOB members that some group of individuals and some crook politicians from the southeast are clamoring for the re-arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for calling for a referendum to determine the fate of his people who have lost interest and trust in the present government of Nigeria.

A referendum remains the only democratic and peaceful way to determine people's opinion without bloodshed in a country where some sections claim to be marginalized, killed or denied of their rights. Thus, any freedom fighter, like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who chooses the path of referendum instead of war, should be seen as the most humble and diplomatic activist,  who should be accorded with respect as a man who will not want to engage in wasting innocent blood. And this is to say that those calling for his re-arrest should embark on serious research work to know the difference between referendum and war and why some freedom fighters choose referendum to war. Then they will understand that boycotting election is part and parcel of the steps in self-determination.

This is to clear the air for some side talks that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has no legal right to boycott any election whatsoever. But then, going by the United Nations charter which Nigeria is a signatory to, on self- determination, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is backed by the United Nation's resolution on self-determination where civil disobedience, one of which is boycott of election, is clearly stated as part of the steps that can be taken to achieve self-determination.

This implies that the order given by the supreme leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra - to boycott the forthcoming election in Anambra/Nigeria - is backed by UN law and Biafrans will totally obey the order. This is because Biafrans cannot be clamoring for the Republic of Biafra and at the same time, cast their vote to the same government that kills and orders for their arrest. They can not vote in same systems that denied them good roads, good healthcare, jobs, social amenities.

They can not support those that put policies that adversely affect their economic lives. Thus, Biafrans have chosen the path to restore Biafra through voting in a referendum that restores Biafra but not to cast their vote in a Nigerian election that deteriorates their state of being. That goes to show how mean and serious Biafrans are about the restoration of the Biafran Nation hence it should not be misinterpreted as a violation of law or court order.

However, violation of the law is when the Nigeria federal government flouted several court orders given by the Nigerian Federal High Court to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally with immediate effect.

Law was also violated when the Nigerian federal government and her agents (DSS) were not able to arrest the Northern Youths, who committed treason on the 6th of June 2017 when they asked Biafrans in their region to vacate before October 1st, 2017, and went ahead to place the whole world and Nigerian federal government on notice that come 1st October, 2017, they would no longer be part of federal union or co-exist with Biafrans.

Whereas, Kanu who never committed any crime was locked down in the prison for almost two years and was released on stringent bail conditions that restricted him from appearing in the gathering of more than ten people, granting interviews, participating in any rally nor traveling out of the country. This condition has not been violated by the activist, who has remained in Nigeria since he left Kuje prison.

The activist, also, has not in any form called for a press conference either local or international, granted interviews or participated in any form of a rally as claimed by his persecutors. But as a man and a prince he is, one should not expect the activist to ask his visitors who come around to cheer him up after returning from prison to leave his house because of bail condition.

Again one should also not expect the activist to chase away thousands of Biafrans who came from various places to see the man that has sworn to die to give them freedom or the activist to remain mute when asked a question by his visitors or to chase away worshipers in his place of worship because of his bail conditions, of course not.

There is something one should not ask someone to do and that is the stringent bail conditions given to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Nigerian Federal High Court.

It is just a shame to those red cap chiefs who do not know their left from right, who declined to do what they are supposed to do at the right time. By their actions and inactions, they have lost the respect and dignity the red cap and the attire they put on command. Instead, they end up disowning those they claim to represent. They deny their people to represent their pocket.

I think it is about time to call a spade a spade and call for forgiveness or visit history books to understand what it means to have Youth Revolution and then find out where the heads of saboteurs are kept after the event. Because when an adult chooses to behave like a child, the adult should know that his respect has been thrown into the pit and should expect punishment from his actions. The same applies to some southeast governors and senators who think that they are untouchable. They should be aware that being touched is compulsory should any hair fall from Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s head.

Written by: Onyebuchi Eucharia.
Edited by O.E Williams
Published by Mazi Collins
For IPOB writers


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