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Monday 18 April 2016



Nigeria as a country has violated many laws bordering on human rights. For instance, the deployment of Army for a scorched earth campaign against the indigenes of Bayelsa in 1999, just because many of the indigenes of the state felt marginalized even when the resources that feed the country are obtained in their land. No Nigerian human right activist nor human right organization was able to ask questions nor condemn the barbaric act. 

The extra-judicial killing of the Indigenous People of Biafra is very condemnable and is capable of sparking another war if not for the maturity and the peaceful approach employed by Biafrans. According to the United Nations charter on the Rights of Indigenous People, all fears hitherto holding down the Indigenous People of Biafra from accessing clearly defined indigenous peoples’ rights have been put to permanent sleep. As Indigenous People, the charter to which the Africa union and the Nigerian State is a signatory, clearly states that Biafrans reserve the right to agitate for Biafra without fear of intimidations from the Nigerian State and/or even in the diaspora. 

This global human rights charter, therefore, shields the Indigenous People of Biafra from undue embarrassment, arrest, detention and even murder from the Nigerian State. The Nigerian Police has no right whatsoever, to arrest any people from any peaceful gathering of the Indigenous People of Biafra; if they do, they are in material breach of the binding covenant they entered into and are in effect inviting anarchy. A breach of this by the Nigerian State is tantamount to a chaos in the Nigerian State. 

Unfortunately, Nigeria is very good in hiding crimes committed by its government. If Nigeria keeps getting away with its crimes against humanity, then it spells danger for other Africa countries since there’s a likelihood of similar occurrences in the future. Why has the E.U been reluctant to pursue and bring to book, the perpetrators of these crimes? What is so special about Nigeria that the world is very silent even when it's obvious that Nigeria is violating laws and committing crimes against humanity? 

No man is above the law, therefore, the E.U, should as a matter of urgency address these issues and prevent the looming anarchy in Nigeria. Asking the Nigerian government to ensure that the rule of law is obeyed, is a welcome development. But it will also be very commendable to say that the constitution of Nigeria to be respected as well. Expectations are high now on what the E.U will do concerning this issue since it's obvious that Kanu is innocent and that Biafra agitation is constitutionally legal. 
                                                Nnamdi Kanu
If he is truly guilty of the allegations leveled against him, why can't Nigerian government go through the normal court process without compromising the judges? It is therefore, expedient and incumbent on the ICC investigators presently in Nigeria to dig deeper into the actions and inactions of Federal Government of Nigeria since the illegal abduction of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, his outrageous torture in the hands of the Nigeria DSS, disobedience to various court orders and denial of bail after fulfilling the outrageously unimaginable stringent bail conditions. 

Nnamdi Kanu was only exercising his constitutional rights, hence, it is unclear as to why he would be illegally arrested and detained. It’s either those in the position of leadership in Nigeria lack administrative capabilities or they're ignorant of the law and hence, ignorant of the consequences of contravening these laws.

By Jephta Onyedikachi
Edited by KeneChukwu HalleluYah Okekenta
Published By Ikechukwu Nwaorisa
For Biafra Writers

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