Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 09:42 AM GMT

Biafra: Re-arresting Nnamdi Kanu Worsens Already Tense State of The Country - Ohaneze Warns AGF  

Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, a socio-cultural organization in the Igbo-speaking part of Biafra, has warned the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, that re-arresting and restarting fresh legal charges against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is tantamount to adding salt to injury. The group said that such action will exacerbate the already tense atmosphere in the country.

The group expressed shock over a recent application from the office of the Attorney-General to the federal  court in Abuja, which seeks to revoke the bail the court granted the IPOB leader, seeing that the bail conditions violated, according to the provisions of the constitution, Kanu's fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and association.

The group scolded the AGF for not discharging his duty when Arewa Youths committed treason by ordering all Igbos in the north to vacate the region; hence the Minister of Justice, in total disregard to his oath of office, displays bias in the discharge of his duties.

The group, in a statement signed by its President General, Chief John Nnia, maintained that Nigeria is run as a democratic society, hence Nnamdi Kanu is free to hold any opinion no matter how contrary it might be as long as it does not encourage criminal activities.

The statement reads: “I am amazed that the distinguished attorney is prepared to contest the superiority of the provisions of the constitution of fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and freedom of association over an erroneous judicial proclamation violating those rights. I am equally miffed by the audacity with which the Attorney-General displays his bias without regard to his oath of office.

“A few hours ago under the watchful eyes of the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and in total defiance of the Head of State’s proclamation of the rights of a citizen of Nigeria to live anywhere in Nigeria and to do business anywhere in Nigeria, the Arewa Youths, pretending to withdraw their quit notice gave qualifications to the Head of State’s proclamation, issuing conditions for enjoyment of citizenship status

“These same Arewa Youths are supposed to have been arrested on the orders of the Governor of Kaduna State and the Inspector General of Police for acts of treason, conversion and sedition. As the Chief law officer of the Federation the Attorney-General looks the other way. He does not go to court to seek an order of arrest or prosecution.

“Nnamdi, as a citizen of Nigeria, is free to hold any point of view no matter how displeasing to anyone so long as they are not inciting or provoking any criminal activities.

“I and some Igbo leaders have differences of opinion with Nnamdi on a number of issues. We have been insulted and abused by Radio Biafra but we concede them their right to differ from us. We concede them their nature to be exuberant as Youths but we cannot be judgmental about their rights.

“This is a democracy. In democracies leaders are abused, pelted with rotten eggs and booed at, as the former Edo State Governor was booed in Abuja a few days ago. These acts are not necessarily criminal.

“I urge the Attorney-General not to exacerbate our already tense nation by commencing a legal action which portrays him as biased, insensitive and misdirected.”

By Mazi Edozie,
For IPOB Writers



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