A saying goes that “once a soldier always a solder” Muhammadu Buhari was once a dictator and remains a dictator, expecting him to be civil means having a false hope. You cannot give what you do not have. A military blood and water runs in his blood, his mindset is military structured, he has little or no knowledge about democracy, and his hatred for democracy is not questionable. The world needs to understand that Muhammadu Buhari has nothing to offer in a democratic system of government, he cannot do better than he is doing now, he will rather do worse.
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If you keenly follow the case between the Federal government of Nigeria and Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, director of radio Biafra and Biafra TV, you will know that Muhammadu Buhari is doing what he knows how to do best; using military decree number 2 of 1984, in an era of democracy.
According to Decree Number 2 of 1984, the state security and the chief of staff were given the power to detain, without charges, individuals deemed to be a security risk to the state for up to three months. Strikes and popular demonstrations were banned and Nigeria’s security agency, then National Security Organization (NSO) was entrusted with unprecedented powers. The NSO played a wide role in the cracking down of public dissent by intimidating, harassing and jailing individuals who broke the decree imposed rules on strikes and demonstration.
The Muhammadu Buhari’s 1984 regime also jailed its critics, as in the case of Nigeria’s most popular artist and one time presidential candidate, afro-beat singer Fela Kuti. He was arrested on 4 September 1984 at the airport as he was about to embark on an American tour. Amnesty International described the charges brought against him for illegally exporting foreign currency as “spurious.” Using the wide powers bestowed upon it by Decree Number 2, the government sentenced Fela Kuti to five years in prison. Fela Kuti would have been murdered in prison if not that Buhari’s government was overthrown.
This is exactly what Muhammadu Buhari is doing to Nnamdi Kanu because truth is a crime for him, and he is using Justice John Tsoho to perfect it, that is where the issue is. Justice John Tsoho as an upholder of the right of the common man should know better than Muhammadu Buhari who is coming from a military perspective. Military law cannot work in a democratic system of government and if the judiciary allows things to continue the way it is going, soonest democracy will be finally buried in Nigeria.
Justice John Tsoho must know that upon this case between Nigerian government and Nnamdi Kanu lays the life and death of the entity ‘Nigeria’. The indigenous people of Biafra all over the world and friends of Biafra are running out of patience to get justice. The international communities are waiting to see justice done in this case involving Nnamdi Kanu, and their observers are at high alert. I will conclude this piece with urging Justice John Tsoho to do the needful; free Nnamdi Kanu like Justice Ademola Adeniyi has previously done or Hands off the case like Justice Ahmed Mohammed, and save your career.
Written By Chijindu Ukah
Edited By Chuks Ikedigwe
Artist: Winny Ezinwanneka
Published By Nwosu C.S
By Biafra Writers