Those Who Kidnapped Nnamdi Kanu From Kenya Are The Terrorists Not Nnamdi Kanu

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Civil Rights Advocacy group: – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has once more canvassed the unconditional release of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention and an end to his persecution.

“We believe that those who should rather undergo prosecution as terrorists are those who abducted Nnamdi Kanu forcefully and subjected him to illegal rendition and rounds of torture before being flown into Nigeria and not the very same victim of kidnapping who was flown against his will to Nigeria without compliance to international best practices and international humanitarian law. It is known that Nnamdi Kanu was forced to run for dear life after attempts were made to kill him whilst he was on bail from a Court of law. Those who use armed security forces to attack him in Umuahia leading to the slaughter of scores of members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) were instrumental to the decision of Nnamdi Kanu to run for dear life thereby staying away from those premeditated attackers sent to kill him. Those were actually the real terrorists who should be prosecuted for attempting to kill a man granted bail by a Competent court of law. This persecution of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is irregular and unconstitutional. He has not committed any offence known to law to be prosecuted for terrorism”.

“We are asking President Muhammadu Buhari in the spirit of fairness and for the accelerated end to the social upheavals in the South East of Nigeria, to bring to an end the mistrial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as a terrorist in a secret tribunal devoid of media coverage and transparency.”

“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s agitation for self-determination is backed up by article one of the international covenant on civil and political Rights which states that “All peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural rights.”

The international covenant on civil and political Rights adopted on December 16th 1966 by the General Assembly resolution 2200A (XX1) as a core human instrument is a binding international human rights instrument domesticated by Nigeria.

HURIWA is of the opinion that what the Federal government ought to do is to engage the members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in a healthy debate on the rationality of remaining a part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and back up this assertion with superior arguments and not to try to suppress those who agitate democratically for self-determination which is allowed by international law.

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