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August 28, 2017

IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu with John Danfulani at Umuahia, Abia State recently.

On 25th August, 2017, the Attorney General of the federation (AGF) Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) wrote a memoir to Hon. Justice Binta Nyako beseeching the judge to revoke the bail the lordship granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on 25th April, 2017. AGF Malami pretended to pillar his irredentist-inspired memoir on Mazi Kanu’s violation of his bail conditions.

A casual perusal of opinions AGF Malami’s memoir generated suggest, unintended however, outweigh intended consequences and finally confirms President Muhammadu Buhari and his rapacious men in the loop of chronic irredentism and nepotism which is working hard to convert Nigeria into a semi-apartheid state where people’s ethnicity and religion determine how they are treated.

One of the best reactions to AGF Malami’s bail revocation request came from Ndigbo’s Pan cultural body Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Mr. John Nwodo, the leader of the body, inflicted moral and legal uppercuts on the Federal government and accused the AGF of bias.
His moral punch came in these word: “I am equally miffed by the audacity with which the Attorney-General displays his bias without regard to his oath of office”.
On legal grounds, Nwodo piqued: “I am amazed that the distinguished attorney is prepared to contest the superiority of the provisions of the constitution on fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and freedom of association over an erroneous judicial proclamation violating those rights”.

Ohanaeze’s swift, sharp and unequivocal reaction to AGF’s request is the sign that the end of the Nigerian “Aryan Race” treatment of others as a conquered and captured people is coming to an inglorious end.

AGF Malami’s request has raised questions bordering on their refusal to arrest and prosecute Arewa Youths that gave Igbos living in Northern Nigeria a quit notice on 6th June, 2017, a decision now known as THE KADUNA DECLARATION.
A day after their press conference (7/6/2017), Kaduna State Governor Mr. Nasir El-rufai, the Federal Government of Nigeria , and the chairman of Northern Governors Forum (NGF) threatened thunder and brimstone.

While the arrest orders hung, these miscreants and intended “genociders” kept appearing as guests in media houses, reviewing their Quit Notice, and daring those that ordered for their arrest. Funny enough, at some point, we started seeing their pictures with some governors that threatened to arrest them. The peak of this drama was staged on 24th August 2017- a day the felons “officially withdrew” their Quit Notice. The Chairman of Northern Governors Forum was at the venue and participated in the press conference.

In addition to these curious scenes, the FGN via the minister of Interior became their official mouthpiece by saying; the felons were misquoted, hence the Federal Government’s refusal to arrest them.
The question begging for answer here is; if they were misquoted, why the official withdrawal of the Quit notice on 24th June 2017 ?
This shows their poverty in logic and and omission in the act of monitoring their lies.

While playing their script of the official withdrawal of the Quit Notice, they ordered the Federal government to rearrest the IPOB leader. To show that they are a tag team, the government via Malami within 24hrs wrote his memoir – a demonstration that; rearresting Kanu was part of their overall game plan ab initio. The flow of events made it easy for the proverbial Benjamin the Donkey to connect the dots with ease of knife on butter.

Equally, King Solomon’s wisdom in not desiring to discern that Arewa Youths are jumping jacks of a scheme incubated and hatched by some government personas in tandem with some Northern regional power pullers. Their assumption is, when they issue the Quit Notice to Igbos living in the north, that will make Igbos mount pressure on IPOB’s leader to sink his referendum advocacy.

I guess they are now licking their wounds because their criminal project has boomeranged. Their tactless decision has attracted a decision by the United Nations.
The whole world is patiently waiting to see whether they will respect the UN’s order or turn a deaf ear.
One good thing is, whether they act up or not, another government will make them account for their criminality.

There is no stretching the fact; Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB’s Advocacy for a UN monitored referendum for Biafra is responsible for all these melodrama that is forcing the government to dance naked in the public square.

Let me state for the umpteenth time; Mazi Kanu and IPOB’s clamour for a referendum for Biafrans has a base in local and international laws. Their quest falls under the globally acceptable principle of SELF-DETERMINATION.

The government and other pro system ideologue’s attempts to decorate the Baifran struggle for self determination in a felonious regalia does not have a legal nuisance value. And malnourished of logic and syllogism, it is on the same principle that our nationalists fought for our self rule and successfully liquidated colonial rule on the 1st of October, 1960.

The pettiest dimension of government’s take is equating the push for self determination with treason or call to war without providing a convincing nexus between the two.
The federal government is behaving as if it is not aware that countries like Crimea, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kosovo etc were products of contemporary referendums, while Catalans, Scots and Irish are pushing for referendums. Governments of countries that aforementioned referendums occurred and advocacies persist did not and are not criminalizing or equating them with a call to war.
Why is Nigeria one of it’s kind?

More often, you hear enemies of freedom and liberty spewing bunkum balderdash like ” the Corporate existence of Nigeria is not negotiable” despite rumbling echoes of centrifugalism and centripetalism in the political atmosphere. It is essential for those benefitting from the 1914 political contraption called Nigeria know that no amount of threat and brutality will quench voices and activism questioning the very foundation of the country that consciously made them second class citizens and placing bars to the height they can attain, politically.

Whether apologists of the lopsided system are cheery or wear stone faces, they cannot wish away the compelling realism that Nigeria was mischievously manufactured by the United Kingdom imperialists to advance their economic and political interests. Because the intent was heinous, every structure crafted was unjust and titanically skewed.
To state the truth, devoid of any political correctness, the colonial masters created a semi-apartheid state with our own version of “Boers” to sustain colonial and post colonial political structures.

Now that IPOB and most South East political juggernauts have vowed to resist this impunity and attempt to rearrest Kanu, what are the options on government’s table?
To turn-tail-run or to roll out the tanks against Kanu and his people?
Or is it to order for the arrest of every soul that opposed the government’s dictatorial, irredentist and nepotic move to revoke Kanu’s bail and criminalize the clamour for a referendum?

The character of today’s President Muhammadu Buhari is still the same with that of General Muhammadu Buhari of 31/12/1983 – 27/8/1985.
The same highhandedness, intransigence, ‘my-way or the highway’ mentality, with sadism on display.
The dictum that said no amount of downpour can wash away the spots on the skin of a leopard is at play here. His statement that he is a born again democrat during the electioneering campaign is dissimulative and a bogus votes catching mantra.

AGF Malami’s memoir is simply a joke stretched too far.


The writer, John Danfulani , Ph.D was until recently, a don at the Kaduna State University, Kaduna State in north western Nigeria.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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