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Saturday, 8 July 2017

JULY 11 COURT SITTING: NIGERIA GOVT SHOULD WITHDRAW CASE AGAINST NNAMDI KANU AND ALLOW POLITICAL PROCESS TO CONTINUE

JULY 11 COURT SITTING: NIGERIA GOVT SHOULD WITHDRAW CASE AGAINST NNAMDI KANU AND ALLOW POLITICAL PROCESS TO CONTINUE

By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers

A popular saying goes like this "He that goes to the equity must go with clean hands". It is important for Nigeria government through its ministry of Justice and directorate of public prosecution to as a matter of urgency withdraw the case of frivolous charges bothering on treasonable felony instituted against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other defendants as the issues relating the case is now going through a debate of referendum nationwide. Let nobody think that the bail granted to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great) has ended the case because another court sitting comes up on July 11, 2017 for a continued hearing on the case whereas the political process initiated by Acting-President, Yemi Osinbajo has seriously interfered in the court litigation.

As Nigeria Acting-president Prof Osinbajo has initiated political consultations and persuasions on the matter of Biafra referendum which is the main reason why Nigeria government arrested, arraigned and continued to detain Biafran agitators in the first place. Nigeria government should show those Igbo leaders whom Prof Yemi Osinbajo is consulting sincerity by dropping the case against Nnamdi Kanu and his men from court and praying the court to discharge all the remaining detainees because the political process cannot go side by side with court litigation on same subject as it will constitute an executive interference into a judicial process. The fact that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is agitating for Biafra restoration peacefully according to lay down principle of United Nations is no more a news to the world, but what is presently a new development in the struggle is that IPOB is now demanding a referendum as the only thing that will test the political will of Biafrans or there will be no more election in Biafraland, especially Anambra governorship election which is around the corner.

As Biafra referendum is now on table of dichotomy of legitimacy as some Schools of Thought are of opinion that such national or regional referendum in Nigeria is not contained in Nigeria Constitution and other Schools of Thought also argued that Self-determination and referendum is recognized in the international laws which Nigeria is a signatory to and domesticated in Nigeria auxiliary laws and thereby should be conducted in Biafraland; it is time for Nigeria government to withdraw the case from court and have the detainees discharged so that the full blown political process can continue without judicial hindrances. It is obvious that the intimidation associated with unlawful arrest and detention of Biafra agitators has not changed anything in the struggle, but continued to make them stronger, so Nigeria government should save itself from further diplomatic damage before the world by discharging these detainees and then drop the case because Biafra agitation is now discussed everywhere in Radio stations and Television Channels across the world.

Come July 11, 2017, there is going to be yet another court sitting, and there is no how Nigeria government will be running from pillar to post calling on Biafra youths to accept restructuring of a united Nigeria whereas their brothers are perpetually kept incommunicado in Kuje prison with nobody being allowed by prison officers to visit them as done to people remanded in prison custody. It is only a withdrawal of the case against Nnamdi Kanu and these Biafran agitators and having the detainees discharged come next court sitting will convince the Igbo leaders that Nigeria government can be considered as seriously taking Biafra agitation to political process of debate on the referendum as it is happening at the moment. If Nigeria government fail to withdraw the case by next court sitting of July 11, 2017 and have all the Biafra detainees released, then Nigeria government is making caricature of the Igbo leaders assembled for discussion in Aso Rock few days because it will go ahead to vindicate IPOB who continued laying bare the age long injustice of Nigeria state against Biafra people, which is the force driving the vehement resolve to have Biafra restored. Nigeria government cannot be calling Igbo leaders for a meeting for a united Nigeria on one hand and will be detaining their children on the other hand on the same issue under discussion for peace. So, July 11th court sitting is going to test the sincerity of Nigeria government as they are calling on Igbo leaders for discussion. Should they release Biafra detainees in Kuje prison and drop the case, then discussion will continue but if they fail to do so, then they are playing with Igbo leaders. I rest my case!



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