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Monday, 1 August 2016

It's Not Too Late For the UN to intercede, and the USA and UK to Desist From Aiding Buhari in Armed Conflicts in Nigeria.

It's Not Too Late For the UN to intercede; and the USA and UK to Desist From Aiding Buhari in Armed Conflicts in Nigeria.

By Chima Chibueze
For Family Writers


Birds of a feather flock together. Like Omar al-Bashir, like Muhammadu Buhari. Like Saudi Arabia, like Nigeria. Come to think of it, Nigeria is a member of a Saudi-coalition known as the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism. The member states of this alliance are not different from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen except that the former comprises of more "Muslim countries" from Africa and south Asia. Both alliances are founded and led by the same Prince of the same kingdom; Saudi Arabia. The notoriety of the Saudi-coalition in Yemen is 'internationally acclaimed'. We all remember how Saudi Arabia effectively lobbied (shall I say "arm-twisted") the United Nations into removing Saudi Arabia from a blacklist of "child killers". We know the most-wanted war criminal of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, and how much he enjoys bombing civilian "targets". These two share some similarities with Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari; and those similarities are Human Rights abuses and war crimes. Just recently, while citizens were still debating on why the United States should never deliver the predator drones ordered by the Buhari regime, warplanes of the Nigerian Air Force raided some communities in Lagos and Ogun in attacks that were supposedly meant for Niger-delta militants. Over a thousand residents were reportedly killed in the attacks.

The militants, generally, are in an arm struggle with the federal government for the self-determination of the people of "Niger-delta" region--the region that produces the crude oil that's the sole economic backbone of Nigeria that suffers economic and political inequalities at hands of the feudal lords of the Northern region who dominate the federal government of Nigeria. The most prominent of the militant groups is the Niger Delta Avengers. Among their demands made to Nigeria, they ask for the release of Nnamdi Kanu--the leader the Indigenous People of Biafra as ordered by two Nigerian courts and the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference.

There is still time for the United Nations Human Rights Watch to intercede and the USA and UK to desist from aiding war criminals and the terrorist regime in Nigeria in these conflicts. It has become obvious that many governments involved in international armed conflicts are into them because of economic and probable political benefits rather than moral reasons.  That's why war crimes are on the rise across the world and the criminals go unpunished. Some of the lead members of the international community, who are supposed to frown on these atrocities, are the ones actually directly or indirectly committing them.

We are not asking the West or any other government to send troops or arms to our lands; or offer any "intelligence or logistical support" to any party. All we ask is that they mediate in this conflict by supporting the rights of the various indigenous nations trapped in Nigeria to self-determination as enshrined in the United Nations Charter on Self-determination; and direct the Muhammadu Buhari regime to observe the provisions of that Charter and provide these nations with a peaceful exit from Nigeria.

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