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Thursday, 1 February 2018

COMPEL YOUR GOVERNMENT TO DEMAND FOR THE RELEASE OF NNAMDI KANU - A BRITISH CITIZEN: AN OPEN LETTER TO BRITISH CITIZENS

COMPEL YOUR GOVERNMENT TO DEMAND FOR THE RELEASE OF NNAMDI KANU - A BRITISH CITIZEN: AN OPEN LETTER TO BRITISH CITIZENS

From Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
Family Writers Press' Journalist in West Africa

Dear British Imperial Citizens,
COMPEL YOUR GOVERNMENT TO DEMAND FOR THE RELEASE OF YOUR FELLOW BRITISH CITIZEN HELD IN NIGERIA

It is with great concern that I, Onyebuchi Eze write this letter to you, over the evils meted on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a British Imperial Citizen who was formerly residing in North West London in UK, who has been held incommunicado by the Nigerian Army on the firm instruction of the Nigerian government since September 14, 2017. I wish to bring to the knowledge of the British Citizens all over the world the injustice meted on their fellow British Imperial Citizen - Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. My exclusive reason to write this open letter to the British Citizens all over the world is a way of calling on them to compel their government, the British government to urgently demand for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, an Imperial British Citizen. For the British government to be keeping quiet cynically since it was informed by the lawyer of the detained British citizen, Bar Ifeanyi Ejiofor, of the invasion of his residence by the Nigerian Army, his capturing and  incommunicado, the British government has done little or nothing to ascertain the whereabout of their Imperial Citizen who is undergoing detention in the hands of the Nigerian Army.

Dear Imperial British Citizens, your government has demonstrated high degree of cynicism on the plight of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu since he was invaded and captured by the Nigerian Army on the firm instruction of Nigerian government which has in countless times seek for how to eliminate him. Can you people believe that all that your government through its High Commission in Abuja Nigeria, did was to write a letter of notice demanding clarification on the whereabout of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu without any follow up action from the High Commission? The said official letter from the British High Commission in Abuja Nigeria, has been sidelined by Nigerian government as being meaningless to them. Judging from all corners and the reports at my disposal as a journalist serving in West Africa, the Nigerian government has dehumanized Nnamdi Kanu as they are enjoying the backing of the British government to punish its revered Citizen, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Dear Imperial Citizens, if there is a government and a people whose Citizen should undergo what Nnamdi Kanu is suffering for committing no crime in Nigeria, it should not be the British government and should not be the British people. For the Nigerian Army to be keep Nnamdi Kanu, a whole British Citizen incommunicado without trial and access to communication is a mockery to the British government, a rape to the British law and slap on every British Citizen on earth whether you people understand it or not. If the Nigerian government respects its bilateral relationship with Britain, it should not treat a British Citizen the way they are treating Mazi Nnamdi Kanu presently.

O ye British Citizens, for the sake of the protection of human right of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, your fellow British Imperial Citizen, it is time you people do everything to compel your government to demand for the immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from the Nigerian Army detention facility because he has been detained for too long since September 14, 217. It is important for the British Citizens to understand that any  injustice anywhere in the world is a threat to justice everywhere in the world. If the British Citizens keep quiet now that Nnamdi Kanu is the victim of unlawful detention Nigeria, Africa, then who knows which other British Citizen becomes the next victim of such unlawful detention probably in Iran, Turkey or Egypt?

Dear British Imperial citizens, it is time for all of you to organize a serious protest which will compel the British government to rise up to its statutory obligation to her Citizens which is the legal protection for any of its law abiding Citizen anywhere in the world both within and outside UK. May I remind you all that Article 36 of Vienna Convention stipulated that any British Citizen arrested and arraigned for prosecution anywhere outside United Kingdom, shall be entitled to a legal representative of the British government from British Consular of the country where such British Citizen is  prosecuted no matter what could be the crime.

Dear British Imperial Citizens, in the case of Nnamdi Kanu, your Citizen in Nigeria, he was arrested and detained unlawfully by the Nigerian government from October 14, 2015 to April 25, 2017 without any trial. Although, due to prolong detention which is against human right protection in the Nigerian Constitution, Hon Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Nigerian Federal High Court in Abuja Nigeria, ruled on December 17, 2015 that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be released unconditionally but the Nigerian government under Gen Muhammadu Buhari treated the court ruling with contempt by refusing to obey the court verdict. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was detained until April 25, 2017 when the Nigerian Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako granted him a stringent bail which Nnamdi Kanu fulfilled and later got released 4 days later on April 29, 2017. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu did not violate the conditions of the stringent bail until September 14, 2017 when the Nigerian Army invaded his home at Afara Ukwu in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria, captured him and took him away to an unknown destination probably for summary execution. Although, the British government has written to the Nigerian government demanding explanation on what happened to Nnamdi Kanu but writing to the Nigerian government is not just enough to  rescue a British Citizen whom nobody  knows whether he is still alive or not except the Nigerian Army.

Finally, I am calling on you people, the British Citizens to vehemently insist that the British government sanction Nigeria if she refuses to release your fellow British Imperial Citizen held incommunicado since September 14, 2017. There is no legal  justification in Nigeria for defiantly holding Nnamdi Kanu unlawfully and refusing to arraign him or release him unconditionally especially at a time when the Nigerian Federal High Court granted him bail. As a concerned follower of the saga between Nnamdi Kanu and the Nigerian government in my capacity as a journalist of Family Writers Press serving in West Africa, I decided to bring this information to your notice with the  expectation that you all  will take the matter up with your government to ensure the safe release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from the Nigerian military dungeon.

God bless all British Citizens as they do the needful!

Yours Sincerely,
Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
Family Writers Press Journalist in West Africa.

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