Rage and reflux of the nation’s growing totalitarianism continues to trail news of the arrest of the highly influential leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (MNK), by the Nigerian Government.
MNK who remains till date the Nigerian government’s most vociferous critic has remained the target of a brutal and brutish dictatorial hegemony firmly clenching power without any sense of responsibility.
The dictator-turned-president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has repeatedly pronounced MNK a terrorist and a threat to national security. Buhari, who currently abandoned Nigeria’s decrepit health sector for yet another medical check-up in the UK, recently vowed to crush every form of growing resistance, as an indirect reference to the Eastern Security Network (ESN)— a pseudo-military security outfit with strong allegiance to MNK, located in the regions within the country where MNK is most famous.
On the flip side, Buhari’s soft spot for the globally dreaded Boko Haram casts sweltering aspersions on his resentment for MNK.
The president who has repeatedly furnished repentant Boko Haram and Fulani terrorists with huge pallets of cash and grand reception after a satisfaction from blood-filled mass murder career, prefers to call them ‘bandits’ — a less sinister variant for terrorist, and even ‘misguided brothers’ as a reference to shared religious values.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest is a huge misplacement of priority; a piss-poor attempt at projecting strength by a nation’s government so economically and democratically weak, and another defiant attempt to fan the embers of growing division and resentment already lit by Buhari’s crippling ethno-religious nepotism.
The only meaningful way to silence MNK is to rebuild the dilapidated, corrupt-ridden Nigeria and make it work again, without which there is little gain to the imprisonment of MNK.
If the Nigerian government brings no change to the security, safety, marginalization and economic destruction in the nation, it is only proper that it prepares for many more upcoming MNKs.
And as the saying goes, a nation can never win the war against its citizens, it either runs out of bullets or out of citizens.
The British Government must step up to intervene in the unlawful extradition of its citizen.
Nigeria must think twice and free MNK!