All over the world, it is no news that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the separationist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is once again at loggerheads with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Mr Kanu was initially arraigned in October 2014 and allowed to spend more than a year-and-a-half in jail without trial, until a Federal Court granted him bail, on health grounds in 2017. He fled the country during the bail after the Nigerian Security forces raided his house in an operation they termed “Python Dance”, a brutal sporadic shooting spree that left scores of people dead and traumatised his parents to death.
To the surprise of all Nigerians, the Federal Government announced the re-arrest of Mr. Kanu on the 29th of June 2021, in a ploy that could be termed a kidnap, since the FG is not interested in making public the process and arena of the arrest. The Kenyan government, the country where Nigeria’s Attorney General, Malami announced that Nnamdi Kanu was arrested has denied taking part in the legalised kidnap.
After promising Kanu a fair trial, on both old and new charges, all the world could get on the 26th of July 2021 when the hearing was to be heard in the Federal High Court, Kanu was denied his court appearance, by the Nigerian Department of Security Services, whose custody Kanu has been – all from the same so-called democratic government of President Muhammadu Buhari. If justice and fair play were the intentions of kidnapping Mr Kanu back to Nigeria, why was he prevented from appearing in court, and further adjourned the matter to another 3 months? Obviously, the Buhari-led Federal Government has sinister motives against Nnamdi Kanu.
This government has cultivated a notorious habit of going any length to arrest agitators from Southeastern and Southwestern parts of Nigeria, but flagrantly donates millions to terror groups termed “agitators”, ” bandits”, from the North who kidnap, maim, rape and destroy life and property. This buttresses the fact that Buhari’s government is terrorist-friendly and has consistently stumped every human rights’ charter of the United Nations, which Nigeria has signed treaties to, disregarding dissenting voices in the country. The international bodies, African Union should call the Nigerian government led by President Buhari to order and the government must uphold every human right entitled to Mr Kanu.