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Monday, 18 December 2017

BIAFRA: THE CONTINUED DETENTION OF BENJAMIN MADUBUGWU AND CO WITHOUT TRIALS IS AN INDICATION THAT NIGERIA IS A LAWLESS ENTITY

THE CONTINUED  DETENTION OF BENJAMIN MADUBUGWU AND CO WITHOUT TRIALS IS AN INDICATION THAT NIGERIA IS A LAWLESS ENTITY

By Solomon Iwejuo,
For family writers.

 Rights to life , expression and association are inalienable rights of every human as made by nature and the creator of the universe.  There will never be peace in any society when justice is trampled upon. Wanton  killings, unlawful arrests , detention and intimidation are the  causes of violence in the society. The fact that human beings have cultural differences is a sign that values define a nation than  constitution or institutions.

The Nigeria state has raised questions that people are worried about the nation, this is because of it's method of handling issues that affects the fundamental rights of it's citizens. Human rights are tenets of democracy in other countries of the world. They value the sanctity of human lives knowing fully well that life is precious and irreplaceable. It was not  surprising that during the build up of Catalonia referendum that took place in October 2017, that no single soul was lost despite the tensions it generated and the reason was not far fetched. Spain as a country respect human rights more than  the leadership.

Nigeria has failed in it's entirety; truth, merits, fairness and equity are sidelined which therefore encourages injustice and aids corruption in the polity to serve the interest of a section of the country purportedly "born to rule". Arresting people in a lawful society is to abhor injustice and promote justice, but in Nigeria,  the sole aim of arresting people is to promote injustice  and demote justice for the benefits of the corrupt politicians.

It is disheartening that days,  weeks, months and years have gone with these citizens - Benjamin Mmadubugwu, Bright Chimezie, David Nwawusi, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and many other Biafrans are still languishing in Kuje Prison and other Nigerian prisons without trials and no effort is in sight to give these men fair hearing in the court of law. The incessant adjournment of the lawsuits has further shown the level of corruption in the judicial arm of the Nigerian state. This singular act has made Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of nations since a country's strength is anchored in it's laws.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, should humanity continue to watch in awe and standing akimbo and allow Nigerian government to continue violating human rights of the indigenous people? They are men with  families and loved ones to take care of,  whom will their families run to? They have been deprived of the opportunity of take care of their loved ones, leaving them in the hands of hopelessness. Their detention is simply pervasion of justice and an encouragement to intimidation and the continue Killing of Biafrans who have rejected slavery in the hands of the Northern oligarchy and are determined to explore every legal means to extricate themselves from the clutches of servitude in Nigeria.

However, the government of Nigeria under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari has continued to detain many Biafrans with no verifiable reason of keeping them hostage without fair hearing in the court, hence has instead leveled unfounded allegations on them. Many people in Nigerian prisons  today have stayed years without undergoing trials just because they are not from a particular region or class.

Benjamin Mmadubugwu and others in Kuje prison are not criminals nor terrorists but citizens who are judiciously exercising their rights to self determination as enshrined in the UN charter. It is worthy of note that no amount of killings, detention, lies and propaganda can quench the will of the people of Biafra.

The Nigerian government should know that the earlier they release these gentleman of honour the better it will be and continue detaining then  is going to add more injuries to the already fractured structure of Nigeria. But unfortunately, failing to release them will increase tension in the polity, capable of causing unrest and disharmony in the country.

Nigeria is a country whose constitution should be supreme and it will be an ideal that it is obeyed by allowing the indigenous people of Biafra to enjoy their human rights and ultimately seek self determination as enshrined in UN charter which Nigerian government is signatory to.

Edited by Comr Ogbuanya Chikezie N.
For Family Writers Press

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