By Ifeanyi Chijioke - TBP
July 7, 2017

Sometimes it’s good to turn around and ask ourselves what we have achieved so far or how we have reached the point we are today and then make overall assessment and grade our endeavors. Self criticism is one of the best things that can happen to man; it would save you that little embarrassment and also set a pace for the coming generation. Civilization has given us the power to learn by knowledge and not always by experience that leaves us sobbing.

While growing up; I often slug my mother’s purse and when she comes back maybe from evening prayer and she searches her pocket; she won’t see her little money and by then I had gone to a friend’s house and the biscuit and lollipop of Ejima’s mother kept us singing and cheering. I had told my mother to buy a bicycle but she wouldn’t and spending the money with my friend gives me control over his own bicycle. I would come back and my mother is high; looking dull and frustrated and I would say in my mind that she has money and why should that much I took even annoy her. My siblings would receive strokes of cane with me and mother would go back to her shop grumbling.

Now as a man; I feel what my mother felt each time my cash in taken and I regretted everything I did, and I am simply being a human. To Justice Binta Nyako; self criticism is not worth giving attention, she has a mission and that is to bring prisoners of conscience into conformity. If Biafra is renounced by Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Bright Chimezie, Maduabuchi Madubugwu, David and others, they would quickly get released. This is the mentality of a black man which paints his wickedness; inability to imaginary transfer feelings. These are men pursuing legitimate cause which you personally find opposing and then instead of dialogue or debate, detaining them became the only option on the table.

What are the crimes of these men? In 2007, a Charter was drafted; the Charter said that self-determination is not only a legitimate thing but an unchallengeable right. Then Nigerian government picked up a pen and signed the Charter which by virtue of that signatory domesticated the charter, in other words, right to self-determination is an existing right in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. These men practically committed no crime and one starts to wonder why they have been in detention for such a long period of time.

They were charged with grievous crimes as claimed by the lost President of Nigeria and for that reason; they have been in long detention. The trial judge in question has killed sense and common law; she has made Nigerian legal system a thing of joke. It is astonishing that a man can accuse me of planning to bomb Aso rock next year and I would be taken into detention while I have been away fighting for the school fees of my children? The trial judge did not study if these men have a crime record and why all of a sudden only Biafra agitators are criminals of such magnitude? The trial judge killed reason to have continued to detain them at Kuje prisons.

Nnamdi Kanu the prime suspect granted bail? I am yet to comprehend why a prime suspect was given bail and his co-defendants still detained. The federal government in his argument before the trial judge maintained that giving Nnamdi Kanu bail is a threat to national security but since Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail, he has instead stabilized the national security of Nigeria. The big question remains why are his co-defendants still being detained while by the virtue of his bail grant, the argument that kept them behind bars has been quashed. Since the prime suspect in the matter before Justice Binta Nyako was granted bail, nobody has heard news of kidnap, state rebellion, or any form of illegal action that breaches national security. Granting of bail to a prime suspect while the minor suspects were not granted bail alongside him is nothing but judicial rascality.

Was Nnamdi Kanu granted bail on health condition? This might as well be the only argument the trial judge may hold on to continue to illegally detain his co-defendants but this does not take away the fact that the argument the court stood upon to deny Nnamdi Kanu and his co-defendants bail has been practically overruled by virtue of Nnamdi Kanu’s bail via no breach of national security has been reported or thought of. The health conditions of Nnamdi Kanu’s co-defendants have also been reportedly unconvincing because of lack of care and on that premise, their continued detention is not within the confines of legal common sense and it is highly illegal.

As the matter before justice Binta Nyako is a civil matter that needs civil approach; she has failed to apply common sense or wisdom. There is no way a case of self determination can be settled in a court of law and continued detention of prisoners of conscience will neither do any good to the existence of a state. The official way of handling self determination is often by petting and lobbing agitators and not necessary by locking them up which keeps the flame alive.

It is very clear that it is a legal rascality and lacking in common sense to keep detaining minor suspects in a civil matter that had cost nothing. Justice Binta Nyako has continued to show the weakness of law or the lawlessness that brought Nigeria to its knees since 1914 it was amalgamated. Nnamdi Kanu’s co-defendants are by law accomplice and not prime and it is naturally obtainable that once a head is taken, other parts of the body dies. Even the action of Justice Binta Nyako has contravened natural law and kept us wondering the new laws and many strange interpretations that the trial judge has made.

Finally; I call on Justice Binta Nyako and the acting President of Nigeria to embrace common sense and know that this is nothing but a legitimate agitation that needs a civil approach. Making use of Justice Binta Nyako or Justice Binta Nyako making use of the Court to deny prisoners of conscience their rights will only worsen the agitation and bring it to point bitterness will cause physical confrontations. Let Nnamdi Kanu’s co-defendants be released because they know nothing about the laughable treasonable felony Nnamdi Kanu was charged with.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie
Twitter: @ckorie17



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