Nigeria News: Ohanaeze Frowns At FG’s Plot To Re-Arrest Kanu
Nigeria News examine the plot to re-arrest leader of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the anger of Ohanaeze Ndigbo against Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
The plot to re-arrest leader of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government is not welcome by the apex social-political association of the Ndigbo, the Ohanaeze.
The group kicked in a statement made available to the media on Sunday, alleging the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami of bias.
The Attorney General had filed an affidavit at the Federal High Court, Abuja asking it to revoke the bail granted the IPOB leader, Kanu.
It also sought the order of the court to re-arrest Kanu and detain him for breaching his bail conditions. It alleged that Kanu had breached the conditions after organizing a rally in his home town Umuahia, Abia State with more than 10 persons in attendance.
The government also said that Kanu inaugurated a Biafra Security Service and that his action threatens the unity and peace of the country.
However, Ohanaeze in a statement signed by his President General Chief Nnia Nwodo, accused Malami of bias, adding that his action had shown a signal of injustice against the Igbos.
The group stated that Malami’s action was disrespectful to Igbo people and that it would be wrong for the government to begin another plot of how to arrest Kanu against his fundamental human right.
Ohanaeze noted that Kanu has the rights to associate and seeking his arrest now would amount to infringement on his fundamental human rights.
The Ohanaeze posited that it might have some disagreements with Kanu on some issues, it would not disown the IPOB leader if he has not contravened the law of the land.
The group argued that the Federal Government had failed not to have arrested one person among the Arewa youths group that issued quit notice to Igbo people resident in the 19 northern states.
It explained that the action of the northern youths on the quit order and the recent anti-Igbo songs that went viral on social media were enough to prosecute the northern youths for treasonable felony.
“Yet nothing was done to the northern youths that threatened the unity and peace of this country. They are moving freely while Kanu’s incarceration is being plotted again,” the group said.
Last week, the leadership of the Arewa Youths Associations withdrew his quit notice but urged the government to re-arrest Kanu for abridging the rights of other Nigerians through his call for secession.
At a news conference in Abuja, the northern youths said that they had issued quit notice to the Igbos because they observed that Kanu was overstepping his boundary with hate speech and threat of separatism.
The northern youths said that they had issued the quit order to shut Kanu’s mouth and with them withdrawing the notice now, they would want the government to re-arrest the IPOB leader.
To Ohanaeze, Malami’s plot to re-arrest kanu has only confirmed that the government is acting on the advice of the northern youths.
Late last week, a leader of the Ohanaeze Professor Ben Nwabueze had listed conditions to stop Kanu from Biafra agitation.
At a meeting of the southeast leaders, Nwabueze called for the restructuring of the Federal structure, saying that Kanu and other IPOB members would stop agitation if the Federal Government could do so.
He told the gathering of southern leaders that Kanu had sent him to say so. But in a swift reaction, Mazi Kanu kicked, adding that IPOB would not stop agitating for Biafra Republic to free the Igbo people from the cocoon of injustice by Nigeria government.
He noted that his arrest would only hasten the creation of Biafra state he had been fighting for in the last few years.