Saturday,  August 19, 2017. 15:52GMT
The Hypocritical Nigerian Govt Will Regret Any Attempt To Re-Arrest Kanu

The counsel to the Federal government of Nigeria in the case of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the federal government of Nigeria has reportedly called for Kanu’s rearrest. He prayed the Federal High court in Abuja to revoke the bail given to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on 25th April 2017.

Magaji Labaran, the Federal government's counsel in a counter-motion, dated August 1, 2017, urged the court to dismiss an application by Kanu, seeking a review of the bail conditions.

It is better we quote federal government accordingly before analysing the hypocrisy of the prayer.

According to the government: “The offence of which he (Kanu) is standing trial is not ordinarily bailable; the court, notwithstanding, granted bail to the 1st defendant/applicant (Kanu) on health grounds on 25th April 2017.

“Among other conditions for the bail of the 1st defendant is that he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people; that he should not grant any interviews, hold or attend any rallies; that he should file, in court, medical updates of his health status every month. The bail conditions were perfected by the 1stdefendant/applicant, which he is currently enjoying.

“Rather than observing all the conditions listed above, the 1st defendant, in flagrant disobedience to the court order, flouted all conditions given by the court.

“The 1st defendant equally incited his members to disrupt, disallow and boycott elections in South East states, starting with Anambra State gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18 if the Federal Government failed to hold a referendum for the realisation of the state of Biafra.

“The 1st defendant has already declared the bail conditions given by the court unconstitutional before approaching this court with the application for variation. Rather than showing remorse for his actions, the 1st defendant approached this court with an application for a review of the same conditions for the bail which he grossly flouted.

“Considering the above, that the 1st applicant has violated the conditions on which the terms of his bail were premised, we urged this court to commit the defendant to prison by invoking the provision of Section 173(2)(B) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

“We categorically state that justice would have been denied the state by this court if the state is not protected from the offences being perpetrated by the 1stdefendant/applicant, who is currently on bail.”

The above prayer was a direct slap to the social justice and fundamental human rights. Biafrans have suffered in the hands of the Nigerian government dominated by Hausa-Fulani. Nigerian draconian constitution was made for Biafrans and not Arewa.

The Arewa youths that threatened Igbos to leave Northern Nigeria on or before October 1st, 2017 are roaming the streets without arrest or prosecution. The government has looked the other way while the youths walk freely without putting them behind bars.

The London photoshop President, Muhammadu Buhari who violated court injunctions compelling Nigerian government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Sambo Dazuki and Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky is also walking freely without harassment.

The hypocrisy of Nigerian government is legendary. How come the hunter has become the hunted? The same Nigerian government that is flouting court verdicts left, right, front and back has without shame prayed the court to arrest Nnamdi Kanu.

The court does not rely on sentiment, court deals with facts and whosoever that must come to equity must do that with clean hands. How can the Nigerian government with big lugs in its eyes be pointing accusing fingers to other law abiding citizens?

In the first place, those bail conditions are inhuman. It was written by the federal government and handed over to puppet judge, Justice Binta Nyako; whose husband and children are standing corruption trial before a federal High court.

I'm not a legal practitioner but I know the meaning of fundamental human rights, I know what is "being violent" and "being peaceful". Kanu has not taken up arms against the Nigerian government and it would be a trampling on his freedom of association if the government thought Kanu wouldn't be with his people. Moreover, Kanu is a Prince and he is bound by cultural laws to address his people.

Arresting Kanu in the first place was a goal the Nigerian government scored against itself because the Biafra Agitation wouldn't have skyrocketed to this extent if Buhari’s handlers didn't mislead him, hence the second arrest of Kanu will spell doom, consume Nigeria and her uninformed protagonist.

Biafra struggle can never be wished away with threats and arrests. The Nigerian government is in for a long ride. The more you kill and arrest Biafrans, the more fanatic they become.

Nigerian government should stop running from her shadow, Biafra requires a political solution and not court and arrest. The struggle has lasted for more than fifty years and requires a referendum to allow people to decide where they choose to belong.

The federal government is complaining of Anambra gubernatorial election boycott, it is even the starting point of what is coming soon. By 2019, no election will hold in any part of Biafra land.

Hypocritical Nigerian government should face the music, it is time to test her popularity through the ballot papers.

The federal government of Nigeria should stop thinking that re-arresting Nnamdi Kanu will stop Biafra tsunami, they should focus more on delivering good governance to those who still believe in the Nigerian state and set a date for a peaceful plebiscite for those of us who are Biafra fanatics and who believe in Biafra restoration project.

Chinedu Solomon
For IPOB Writers
Published by Jonas Rafeal


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