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“I Dare You To Come After Me, Now It’s War” Tunde Bakare Dares Muhammadu Buhari |The Republican News

President Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Tunde Bakare

“I dare you to come after me since that is the usual style now. You might have done it to others; you are about to learn a lesson if you touch me.

“If you know what I have done in secret, bring it to the open. I dare you to come after me if you can. I worked with you; I worked for you; I supported you to get there (where you are). When I talk now, I now have a smelly mouth.

“I’m not interested in meeting you any longer; no more visits. Now, it is war, because Nigeria must be set free.

“Have you forgotten that you vowed never to contest again. I said ‘not so’. I showed you how you can win the next election and you agreed to run and you won. I was not considering myself but concerned about how Nigeria can become great.

“Winning an election is a different thing; doing the right thing is another. No one must behave as if Nigeria is a personal property. Nigeria must be set free and any obstruction along the way must be removed; it must get out of the way.

“I declare to you ‘Nigeria-for-Nigeria Movement’. I’m prepared to lead this movement. Nigeria is not a one man property. This movement will liberate Nigeria.

“I don’t support any act of violence, taking up arms against the country and killing people. Those are in the realm of criminality and anybody doing that must be brought to book,

“However, we must realise that what has given rise to the agitation is lack of justice and equity. When there is justice, when there is equity, agitation will die down.

“How can you be expending so much energy on Igboho and Kanu? Igboho and Kanu are not Nigeria’s problems.

“Nigeria must restructure and no one can stop that.” (Punch)

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United Kingdom Ask Nigeria To Explain Circumstances Behind Nnamdi Kanu’s Abduction |The Republican News

IPOB leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Britain has asked Nigeria to explain where and how Nnamdi Kanu, a separatist leader who holds British citizenship, was arrested after Kanu’s lawyer alleged he had been detained and mistreated in Kenya before being sent back to Nigeria.

Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group which wants part of southeastern Nigeria to secede, was on the run outside Nigeria for four years until he was brought to court in Abuja on June 29 and told he would face trial. read more

“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” said Tariq Ahmad, a junior minister at Britain’s Foreign Office.

The Nigerian authorities have refused to say where Kanu was arrested, while Kenya’s ambassador to Nigeria has denied his country was involved. read more

Responding to a question about Kanu’s case from a lawmaker, Ahmad said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stood ready to provide consular assistance.

A spokesman for Nigeria’s Department of State Services, the security agency that is holding Kanu, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in Nigeria.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, alleged he was abducted by Kenya’s special police force and held for eight days before being turned over to Nigerian authorities. read more

Kanu faces 11 charges including treason, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms. His case is due to resume in court in Abuja next week.

IPOB wants a swathe of the southeast to split from Nigeria. The region attempted to secede in 1967 under the name Republic of Biafra, triggering a three-year civil war in which more than a million people died, mostly from starvation.

The Biafran enclave was reabsorbed into Nigeria after the war, but despite an official “no victor no vanquished” policy adopted at the time, discontent has continued to simmer in the region.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and William James in London, Camillus Eboh in Abuja; Editing by Alison Williams

(Reuters)

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Nnamdi Kanu Abduction: We Never Cleared Nigeria, Kenya Of Rights Violations —IHRC |The Republican News

By Kenneth Emesike

The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has debunked the news making rounds that the Czech Republic headquartered human rights body has absolved both the Kenyan and Nigerian governments of rights violations in the arrest and repatriation of the leader of the Ingenious People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently being detained at a DSS facility in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Recall that days ago, several media houses (not SOUTHPOST NG) published a statement purportedly issued by IHRC, which completely absolved the aforementioned countries of any human rights violations in the case.

However, IHRC in a statement on Thursday by its Country Head/Ambassador for West African countries, Ambassador Dr Friday Sabi, stated that the commission never issued such a statement on the matter or the publicised declaration, which he blamed on impostors.

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Part of the statement read: “As a diplomatic inter-governmental organisation, our policy on crises management is purely mediation role to bring about peace and not to take side with any party and aggravate crises.

“The issue of IPOB agitation and the subsequent violence that has ensured has claimed several lives in the southeastern Nigeria and as a diplomatic specialised organisation with full knowledge of public security and public safety we do not issue such myopic and premature statements which is capable of escalating the crises on ground in Nigeria.

“For the record, we are about the only non-governmental organisation in the world who do not believe in protest or demonstration as a way of making demands from government or bodies owing to our diplomatic principles.

“Let me also put it on record that the IHRC establishment across the world is to bridge the gap of bureaucratic bottlenecks created by various state protocols which has hindered the acceleration of the Universal Declaration on human rights by the United Nations in 1948.

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“As such we are not formed to serve as an antagonist of any government in the world rather we mediate between the government and the people to bring about peace in the world.

IHRC while asking media houses to verify such issues from the global body before disseminating them, asked members of the public to disregard the said declaration by impostors.

“The public should therefore disregard the purported publications and maintain their confidence in our capacity to ensure compliance with the universal declaration on human rights.” (South News Network)

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Nnamdi Kanu: Biafra Group Unveils Plans To Attack Nigeria, Cameroon Governments, Destroy Economy |RN

President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Biya

By John Owen Nwachukwu

Biafra Nations League, BNL, a separatist group in Bakassi Peninsula has vowed to commence militancy operations in the oil rich region.

The BNL threatened that it will not spare any ship found entering Nigeria or Cameroon through the Peninsula coastal line.

This was contained in a statement by the National Leader of BNL, Princewill Chimezie Richard and Chief of Staff, Linus Asuquo Essien.

He said that its members were already losing patience and might do something that would throw the nation into panic.

The separatist group was angered by comments made by President Mohammadu Buhari and Cameroon President Paul Biya during a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nnamdi Kanu: Cameroon reacts to rearrest of IPOB leader by Buhari govt

Biya had through his special envoy commended the Nigerian government for the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

BNL threatened to sabotage Cameroon and Nigeria maritime security in Bakassi, which will affect the economies and security of both countries.

“[Our] militias in Bakassi will start intercepting vessels and apprehending all crew members onboard like we did in 2016/2017.

“We’ll deprive Cameroon from enjoying full sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula, [we are] ready to return Bakassi back to full insurgency,” the group said.

They claimed responsibility for the February 2016 interception and capturing of a merchant ship belonging to Benin Republic in the Peninsula, by an unknown Biafra militant group, which had then demanded the release of Nnamdi Kanu, and warned that such actions were likely to occur again.

BNL warned Paul Biya to desist from making the same mistake as former Cameroon leader Ahmodou Ahidjo.

BNL further accused Buhari and Biya of making plans to attack separatist groups operating at the borders and in the Gulf of Guinea as contained in the Maroua agreement between Yakubu Gowon and Ahmodou Ahidjo.

“Cameroon is afraid of losing control over Bakassi as a result of the Biafra independence struggle which might lead to insurgency in the Bakassi Peninsula.

“They want to renew their alliance under the Maroua Agreement, they want to gang up against us, but this time they have failed.

“Our members and supporters in Bakassi and other areas are getting angry, those in Bakassi are already making moves to return to the creeks and show this government pepper.

“They are playing with fire, they should be ready to arrest all of us because nothing has changed since the arrest of Kanu”.

The BNL reminded Paul Biya that unlike IPOB, it is directly involved in the fight against Cameroon due to their presence in the oil rich Peninsula. (Daily Post)

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How Nigeria Happened To Man Who Won World Bank Global Competition, Wife Cries Out |The Republican News

World Bank Global competition winner with former Minister of finance

In 2017 a Nigerian won the World Bank Ideas for Action. Which saw him defeating up to 734 businesses to come first out of 118 countries that applied globally.Lets read the full story from the wife ”I’m married to a man who believes so much in Nigeria.

Unfortunately I don’t know if Nigeria believes in him. Going through my gallery, I came across these pictures. And I remembered. I remembered in 2017, My hubby won the World Bank Ideas for Action. Which saw him defeating up to 734 businesses to come first out of 118 countries that applied globally.

He was in Washington DC, speaking in several lined up programs organized by the World Bank. He was also officially declared the overall winner there.
This woman, Kemi Adeosun, the then minister of finance was there in Washington. She was excited. Very happy to be associated with the global winner. Promising heaven and earth on how KITOVU his business, would get some form of partnership from the government. She gave some contacts hubby should reach out to when he gets back to Nigeria.

Funny how the guy that came second, from Uganda, was given a presidential welcome when he got back to Uganda from Washington. He was treated like a sort of hero for coming second globally. And he has gone ahead to get thousands of US dollars in funding’s for his business from the World Bank. Of course made possible by the government of Uganda. Because no individual can get any straight funding from the World Bank.
But his counterpart that came first has not as much as heard a cough from his government. And the contact given by the minister of finance bounced.

The only buzz I saw that went on here in Nigeria about his winning was the several arguments by people on whether it was a Nigerian that won or a Biafran. A section of the populace was trying so hard to “correct” the daily newspapers that it was a Biafran that won. While others argued it was a Nigerian. That was
about that in Nigeria.
All the national daily newspapers carried the news. NTA and other TV channels were there in Washington granting interviews to him.

The government knows how these things work. They know that this business that made them proud globally needs funding, being a startup. And they know that World Bank is there for such. They know he can’t access this fundings on his own, except by some type of collaboration with his government, which made the then minister to make the promises. But he came home and his government turned the other way.

People were calling from different corners making financial requests. They were tabling their family financial needs as if he came home with all the money in World Bank itself. What they don’t know was that he DID NOT SEE SHISHI!

After shining from his exploits in the global arena, they pretended he’s no longer in existence.
What did the bible say again about putting your trust in man?
Don’t!
Because they’ll fail you”


-Mrs Nduka Miracle Chukwuemeka


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Nnamdi Kanu Abduction: IHRC Report Clears Nigeria, Kenya Of Diplomatic Breaches, It’ll Monitor Trial|The Republican News

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

■ Assures it’ll monitor Kanu’s trial

By Soni Daniel – Abuja

The International Human Rights Commission, IHRC, based in Geneva has cleared Nigerian and Kenyan authorities of diplomatic breaches in the arrest and repatriation of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to Nigeria.

At the same time, the IHRC has admitted receiving no fewer than 25 petitions from individuals and groups worldwide in respect of the IPoB leader, who is to stand trial over an alleged treasonable felony.

The international human rights body said in a statement dated July 7, 2021, and seen by Vanguard on Monday night that majority of the petitions, which came from Nigeria, urged it to conduct an independent inquiry into human rights violations and possible breaches to established international and regional diplomatic protocols.

The statement which was signed by the IHRC’s Special Envoy for Africa Region, Evans M. Mutavi, and International President for Kenya, said that it accordingly, conducted an independent investigation into the matter and found out that there was no violation of Nnamdi Kanu’s human rights in the events leading to his re-arrest and repatriation to Nigeria.

“The IHRC is committed to safeguarding the rights of citizens across the globe in line with the organization’s core mandate,” the agency said.

“The commission upon investigation is unable to establish a case of human rights violation of Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya by the special Police Forces.

“The Commission is convinced that the Kenyan Government played no official role in the event that led to Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest.

“The Commission expects the Nigerian Government to follow up the trial of Nnamdi Kanu in line with the country’s laws and respect to human rights.

“The commission has resolved to monitor the trial of Nnamdi Kanu to ensure his human rights are not violated by the Nigerian Government,” the IHRC stated.

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Nigerian Lawmakers Seeking To Remove Buhari, Governors’ Immunity Clause |The Republican News

The House of Representatives is deliberating the removal of the immunity clause they enjoy.

The House of Representatives is considering a bill to ensure that the President, Vice President, and Governors and Deputy Governors lose their immunity in the form of exemption from court trial.

The House of Representatives is deliberating the removal of the immunity clause they enjoy.

A bill to make it possible for their criminal and civil prosecution will soon be read for the second time at the Green Chamber.

Hon. Rimamnde Kwewum, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Taraba State, sponsored the constitution amendment bill.

The existing law shields persons named and referred to in Sub-Section 3 of Section 308 of the 1999 CFRN (Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) from lawsuits.

Persons holding the office of president or vice-president, governor or deputy governor are covered under Subsections 1(a), (b) and (c); (2) and (3).

“In effect, by this constitutional provision, the restriction is placed on legal proceedings for persons holding these offices under Subsections 1 and 2, Section 308, CRFN”, Kwewum said.

The lawmaker explained that his bill aims to amend Section 308(1) (a), (b) and (c) and Section 308(2) to ensure government leaders, no matter how highly placed, answer for their actions. (SaharaReporters)

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REVEALED: Details Of Car Nnamdi Kanu Was Driving When Abducted From Kenyan Airport Parking Lot, Others |The Republican News

SaharaReporters had reported that Kanu was taken from an underground parking lot of an international airport in Kenya, while trying to “meet a person arriving in the country for a high-level IPOB meeting”.

More details have emerged of the illegal abduction of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Kenya, including that of the vehicle registration plate or number plate of the vehicle in which he was taken.

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SaharaReporters had reported that Kanu was taken from an underground parking lot of an international airport in Kenya, while trying to “meet a person arriving in the country for a high-level IPOB meeting”.

A source privy to how Kanu was illegally kidnapped in Kenya and brought to Nigeria by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has revealed that “it was only his Kenyan-based phone that was seized upon his arrest”.

The source said his “passport and three (major) phones plus laptop were not with him during the time he was kidnapped”.

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Also according to the source, Kanu was arrested in an “Audi TT with licence plate number KCV 100 K”.

SaharaReporters also learnt that Kanu has engaged the services of a top law firm, Bindmans LLP,  to represent him in the UK.

Bindmans is an award-winning law firm based in central London with four senior consultants and 21 partners.

The senior consultants are Sir Geoffrey Bindmans QC, Stephen Grosz QC, Saimo Chahal QC, and Lynn Knowles.

SaharaReporters has consistently reported that Kanu was arrested inside a car, and not while strolling as some reports have claimed.

SaharaReporters had reported, quoting a top source, that “Kanu had arrived in Kenya and settled down in a house. On June 19, 2021, he drove himself in a car to the international airport to meet a person arriving in the country for a high-level IPOB meeting.

“He drove into the underground parking lot at the airport and was arrested before exiting the car.

“He was taken to a house and brutalised for 8 days while the Nigerian authorities perfected how to forcefully relocate him to Nigeria.

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“He was travelling on a British passport, not a Nigerian passport as alleged by Malami. He was brought into Nigeria on a Saturday and arraigned on Monday.

“Buhari upon learning of his abduction decided to cancel his trip to the UK to manage the diplomatic fallouts at home instead of going to London.

“Kanu was interrogated in the presence of his lawyers in the DSS office in Abuja.

“He was taken out of Kenya without passing through immigration.”

There have been reports that INTERPOL was involved in Kanu’s arrest but the top dismissed that, saying “INTERPOL wasn’t involved”.

Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, confirmed that Kanu had been rearrested.

At a joint press briefing with the State Security Service (SSS), also known as the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja, Malami said Kanu was rearrested and returned to Nigeria on Sunday, June 27.

He did not, however, give details of where Kanu was arrested and the diplomatic collaborations that may have been involved in the operation.

According to him, the IPOB leader was arrested through “collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”.

Kanu, who is being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony, was thereafter arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja. It was his first court appearance since he fled Nigeria in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia in Abia State. (SaharaReporters)

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Nnamdi Kanu’s UK Passport Still In Kenya Despite Claim Of Lawful Arrest, Extradiction By Nigeria |The Republican News


Kanu’s United Kingdom passport is still in the East African Country.

New evidence that Kenyan authorities have a hand in the arrest and extradition of Nnamdi Kanu, the Indigenous People of Biafra leader, has emerged.

Kanu’s United Kingdom passport is still in the East African Country.

A UK Newspaper, The Guardian, stated this in a report, adding that Kanu got a Kenya visa which was to expire in June, and he had been around in the country before his sudden arrest and extradition.

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“Evidence seen by the Guardian shows Kanu entered Kenya this year on his British passport on a visa expiring in June. His UK passport remains in Kenya. Kanu was not in possession of a Nigerian passport, his family said, and he has verbally renounced his Nigerian citizenship in broadcasts.

“The abduction of a person from a foreign country with the aim of rendition to justice is illegal under international law,” the UK newspaper report says.

SaharaReporters had on Wednesday reported that Kanu recounted his experience in Kenya while speaking with his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, saying he was “mercilessly beaten and tortured” in the East African country before his extradition to Nigeria.

Ejiofor had confirmed the words of Kanu during an interview, adding that Kanu told him how he was detained not in the Kenya official detention centers but in a private residence for about eight days, before his extradition to Nigeria.

The lawyer had said, “There was a clear collaboration between the Kenya government and the Nigerian government. I am happy that they now deny the fact that Kanu was arrested there.

“But by the time we finish with them at the International Criminal Court, they will never remain the same. He was arrested at the airport there, and he was taken to an unknown residence. He was subjected to inhuman treatment.

“Kanu was tortured, maltreated and mercilessly beaten, as confirmed by him to us. After spending eight days in their illegal custody, they now beckoned to the Nigerian government. Kanu was lifeless and unconscious by the time they were bringing him to Nigeria.

“To tell you the level of their conspiracy and the desperation to get him, they brought him here on a Sunday and the federal government is fully aware that I am his legal counsel.

“He was brought into the country and inflicted with several injuries and he is having many medical issues today. It was at the behest of the Federal government that Kenya was doing those things. This is against all international laws. We are going to address an international court at that level.”

The Kenyan authorities had denied that they had anything to do with the arrest and extradition of Kanu to Nigeria. (SaharaReporters)

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The Igbo Are Under Siege In Their Country And They Are Not Speaking Up —Mike Ozekhome (SAN) |RN

Mike Ozekhome (SAN)

By Mike Ozekhome

I am shocked that the Igbos are not speaking up at the apparent siege laid on their land by uniformed person of different categories. They range from Army, Navy, Police, Civil Defence, Customs, FRSC, etc. My journey had taken me by road from Isele-Mkpitime, where I had gone to pay tribute to a Nigerian icon, Chief (Dr) P.K.C. Isagba, the Odogwu of Isele-Mkpitime. He was one of the first Nigerians to believe in my ability as a young fledgling lawyer.

I had been handling his cases whilst at Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s Chambers. When I left as Deputy Head to set up my practice in January 1986, Chief Isagba personally went to Chief Gani Fawehinmi, to allow him move his files to me, to continue handling his cases; a request the amiable and selfless Gani granted immediately. So, Chief Isagba became my first major client as a tottering practising lawyer, trying to find my groggy feet. He became my bossom friend and elder brother.

My journey from Isele-Mkpitime, through Asaba, to Port-Harcourt, told me clearly that the entire Igbo land is locked down in a physical, psychological and mental siege, reminiscent of a civil war time.

When the Civil War ended January 15, 1970, the then military ruler, General “Jack” Yakubu Gowon, who became Head of State, at 31 and a bachelor, proclaimed the three Rs: “Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation”, which heralded his policy of “No Victor, No Vanquished.”

This was after the unfortunate failure of the 4th-5th January, 1967, of the “Aburi Accord”, that would have prevented the bloody war in which over 2 million civilians and 100, 000 military combatants were killed. Or, was it an historical mistake that these people who had already manufactured “Ogbunigwe” (series of weapons, that included detonation mines, IED, and rocket propelled missiles), with which they prosecuted the Nigeria – Biafra war between 1967 and 1970, were prevented from leaving Nigeria? Perhaps, we would today have had a Japan, Singapore or South Korea lying side by side a sprawling “giant of Africa” on clay legs.

These policies were meant to quickly heal the gaping wounds of the gruesome blood-letting, forget the horrors and evils of the fratricidal war and quickly reintegrate the Igbos into the society.

But, have these hardworking, gregarious “Jews” of Nigeria been reconciled, rehabilitated and reintegrated into the mainstream of the Nigerian society? I doubt it. Simple proof: show me any Igbo man in today’s all powerful cabal kitchen cabinet of PMB’s Government.

My journey from Isele-Mkpitime, Delta State, through Asaba, Onitsha, Oba, Oraifite, Okija, Ihiala, Mgbidi, Awomama, Owerri, Aba to Port-Harcourt, was a strangulating reminder that the Igbo, inspite of their unquantifiable contributions to the commerce, industry and innovations that drive the non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy and give it oxygen, are nearly a conquered people. The check-points along the above stretch of road are nauseating and asphyxiating, as the security agencies, including para-military ones out-do each other to harass, torment, search, intimidate and extort money from travelers.

Earlier journeys by road (I travel a lot on professional duties), had shown me the same siege through countless roadblocks: Enugu, through the Ugwogo Nike-Opi-Nsukka Road; Amansea in Awka-Ugwuoba Oji River; Nnewi, Alor, Ekwulobia, Amesi, Ugar, Umuchu; Okigwe, Awgu and Ituku Ozalla, Umuahia and Isiala-Ngwa, on Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway. On the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene highway, you have exasperating road blocks at Michael Okpara University junction; Isingwu-Nkweogwu junction of the Isuikwuato-Uzuakoli-Ajayi-Igbere road; and the 14 Brigade Army barracks junction at the Ohafia-Arochukwu highway.

As you are crossing one check point, a mere look ahead of you, of less than half a kilometer, will reveal another barricade. It is all so frustrating. There is no war, or security breach. South East is not North East where Boko Haram still calls the shots (forget about Government’s pet words of “we have degraded Boko Haram”; Boko Haram is still very potent, controlling large areas, killing and maiming people on a daily basis. Their representative said that much at the 2nd May, 2017, Re-Union meeting of the 2014 National Conference delegates at Daar Communications Centre, Abuja, where I delivered the keynote address).

Yet, in this Boko Haram-ravaged region, you would not find this armada of security, treating the entire geo-political zone made up of five states (the least in Nigeria; some others have seven states), like a conquered territory.

It is only the recent suit by my good friend, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, (six of us founded the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) – the first human rights body in Nigeria-on 15th October, 1987), over “marginalisation of the South East region”, that has perhaps brought to the front burner, these disturbing tons of injustice. That is why no one can ignore Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB, Ralph Uwazurike’s MASSOB, etc, agitating for self –determination, a right sanctioned and recognised even by the UNO.

These fully armed and trigger-happy security personnel have never taken steps to protect the Igbo race, against rampaging Fulani Herdsmen that raid their homes, to maim, kill and rape their wives (remember Nimbo in Uzo Uwani LGA in Enugu State). They have never repelled the incessant reign of terror by armed robbers, kidnappers, hired assassins and murderers. No, they are stationed there for three main reasons: (1) check the bid for self determination by the Igbos; (2) extort money from the wealthy and poor Igbo traders who ply these routes; (3) remind the Igbos that the all powerful Federal Government is on ground to silence the people and force them to toe their ruling party line.

Wait a minute; is that why some prominent Igbos, including erstwhile leaders, members of the BOT and two-time Governors for eight years under PDP, have been outdoing each other to decamp to a non-performing and fundamentally flawed party like the APC?

Let me end this piece by recommending to the Ndigbos, the legendary Hubert Ogunde’s immortal words, in his most famous 1964 play, “Yoruba Ronu” (“Yorubas, think”), a stinging satire that got his theatre company banned, which ban was later lifted in 1966, by the new military Governor.

Ndigbos, cheenu echiche (Igbos, think).

(Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), is a constitutional lawyer and human rights activist)

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