Ahead Kanu’s Trial: Respect His Rghts, OYC, NGO Warn FG

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The Federal Government was on Sunday cautioned against intimidation of Ndigbo in their quest for self-determination.

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) which gave the warning in a statement made baveilable to the Media, urged all Igbo youths all over the world to stand in solidarity with the detained leader of the Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on his trial at the Abuja Federal High Court.

Kanu, it will be recalled, was rearrested and repatriated from Kenya to Nigeria to continue facing treasonable felony charges preferred against by the Nigerian government as he was dragged before Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court last month for the continuation of his trial.

Justice Nyako, after listening to Kanu and the government, remanded him in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS whilst adjourning to Monday, July 26, 2021 for continuation of his trial.

Kanu had a few years ago jumped bail and escaped out of the country after the Nigerian military invaded his Afaraukwu country home in 2017.

But the Igboayaka O. Igboayaka-led Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), in a press statement, on the heels of treasonable felony allegation leveled against the secessionist leader, noted that the global democratic and human rights of freedom of association and speech could not be allowed to be swept under the carpet by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The Igbo socio-cultural group, urged Igbo youths to stand with Kanu in every way legally possible, physically as well as in prayers,

Read the OYC statement in part: “All the traders in Abuja should close their shops and markets in the spirit of ‘Umunna Bu Ike and Obinwanne’ to demonstrate rejection of sectional trial against Nnamdi Kanu and tribal hatred against Ndigbo by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

“Buhari’s government should learn from history line that Ndigbo as major stakeholders in Nigeria can’t be intimidated with barrel of guns, but should realise that Ndigbo have suffered untold marginalisation and injustice to keep Nigeria one, and none of this gesture was appreciated since the end of the calculated genocide against Ndigbo from 1966 to 1970.

“By prosecution, intimidation and killing of members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and other Pro-Biafran groups, Gen. Buhari and FG are walking on a tiny thread rope with sharp razor, therefore any slight mistake from this moment of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial might see the abrupt end of Nigeria in an ugly history.

“It’s obvious that those calling for Nigerian unity have destroyed every element of unity in Nigeria and the most recent one that broke the Carmel’s back is the recent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari where he demonstrates the drama in a Novel titled “Animal Farm” by George Orwell which stated that ‘All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others’.

“A proclamation by the pigs that control the government in the novel, Animal Farm. The sentence is a comment on the hypocrisy of Buhari’s administration that has proclaimed absolute equality among Nigerians in his Inauguration speech in 2011 of belonging to nobody but has given power and privileges to a small elite. The helmsman in charge of Nigeria just as portrayed in Animal Farm through intoxication and absolute power and political bravado have justified the call for secession in Middle belt, Yoruba land and Igbo land.

“This paradox in ‘animal farm’ has reflected in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and brought Nigeria to an international ridiculous surface, let’s wait and see how far this will take Nigeria”.

In a related development, a non governmental organization, Kingdom Consulate International, has told the Nigerian government that the continuous incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB), on charges of treason and incitement of crisis in the South-East region is against international law and jurisprudence.

This is as the Federal Government was asked to release Kanu unconditionally, as the secessionist leader committed no offence to deserve confinement in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).

Prince Elendu Uwakwe-Okoronkwo, the President of the group, in a statement, said that President Muhammadu Buhari should allow agitating Nigerians from various ethnic groups yearning for partitions from Nigeria to have their will tested in referendum.

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