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Thursday, 14 November 2019

FAMILY WRITERS PRESS EDITORIAL: THE BILL SEEKING TO HANG NIGERIANS FOR THE SO-CALLED HATE SPEECH IS ANOTHER REASON WHY BIAFRA MUST BE RESTORED

FAMILY WRITERS PRESS EDITORIAL:  THE BILL SEEKING TO HANG NIGERIANS FOR THE SO-CALLED HATE SPEECH IS ANOTHER REASON WHY BIAFRA MUST BE RESTORED

The Nigerian Senate commonly referred to as the red chamber in the National Assembly, is relentlessly pushing for a bill, demanding that Nigerians found guilty of what they term "Hate Speech" (any speech targeted against any elected politician particularly), by the Nigerian government, will summarily be put to gruesome death by hanging. Nigeria had this bad experience between 1984 and 1985 during the draconian rule of retired General Muhammadu Buhari as he forcefully truncated a democratically elected government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari, through a military coup d'etat, thereby becoming the then Head of State. And to further consolidate his dictatorial grip on power, he killed three vibrant Nigerian journalists through firing squad. He proceeded to subjugate the citizens to diverse humiliations and misery.

Today, Nigerians who have refused to learn from history, took a step further to reward this same coupist, with the presidency under the cloak of a democrat, disappointedly returning Nigeria back to the stone age. Rather than brainstorming and initiating plans on how best to grow the economy, create jobs, build more infrastructures and factories aimed at bettering the lives of the people they claim to be representing, the Nigerian Senators are busy wasting resources and talking about how to kill the citizens through death penalty by hanging. This runs totally contradictory to their electioneering campaign promises of beneficial democratic dividends.

Recall that it was through the instrumentality of the social media that the ruling APC government got to the crest of leadership albeit bullying of their suspected and assumed political opponents. The erstwhile Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, lavishly gave them the freedom to express themselves. They called him all sorts of names, tacitly sponsored and supported Boko Haram terrorists against the Nigerian State. Today however, the same band of individuals are seeking to authenticate their killing of the people through the National Assembly, over the use of the same social media they previously employed to their advantage, as a source of information.

For some, they will stay and do nothing, believing that the proposed bill will not scale through. For the docile and the ignorant, let it be explicitly stated here that under this ninth (9th) National Assembly, the Senate to be precise, unread/undebated bills have equally been passed. This is their grand strategy to finally silence vocal Nigerians who stand opposed to their evils. Since conscientious politicians seem to have successfully been caged, their next target is the ordinary people whom they want to stop forthwith, from exposing the atrocities of the Nigerian government. It should not be forgotten, that it is this same government that will determine those things that constitute hate speeches and the offenders to punish, in collaboration with the grossly compromised, conquered and shamelessly useless Judiciary.

This is the more reason why Biafrans must strive more than ever before, to have the sovereign nation of Biafra totally restored, without further delay. There is absolutely nothing in common between Biafrans and Muslims whose Sharia legal system abhors freedom of speech and association. There exists no other group that has the divine mandate to liberate the Biafran citizens except the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) themselves. It is neither the helplessly fulanised South-East governors nor the members of Ohaneze Ndigbo who have unrepentantly maintained sealed lips in the face of executive tyranny, suppression and killing of their own people. They are very anxiously awaiting the passage of the evil bill into law for their own selfish interests.

Biafrans must fully utilize the opportunity created by the restoration of the Biafran struggle, to stop the Nigerian Senate and the Executive from orchestrating the unwarranted death of millions of social media users in Nigeria. It is a duty that must be accomplished.

Written by Ebere Okolie
Editor, Family Writers Press International

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