IPOB Press Release
May 24 2023 | IPOB
We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (lPOB) ably led by our indefatigable liberator Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu KANU express our displeasure on the silence of United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and ECOWAS as Nigeria grossly disobeys Local and International laws regarding the unconditional release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU. We are saddened as the International Community watch in silence as the health of leader deteriorates in solitary confinement dungeon of the Nigeria government where he has been held illegally and unlawfully against all UN and Nigeria Court Orders for almost 2 years.
That the world should also know that Justice Haruna Tsammani who corruptly granted an order asking Government not to obey the court of Appeal Judgment to released him in the guise of stay of execution which is unknown to our judicial system is the same person chairing the panel of Presidential election petition tribunal in Nigeria, how sure he will get justice in Nigeria.
Any time his case is coming up either here in Nigeria or outside Nigeria, the Nigerian Government will sponsor multiple killings in the South East so as to ascribe it to IPOB and people will see IPOB as a terrorist organization.
Both his Application to transfer him to Kuje correctional centre and application for his bail were all ripped for hearing but Supreme court failed to hear them and give bench ruling showing that they are being controlled by the Fulani government.
Recall that in June 2021, Mazi Nnamdi KANU was abducted, detained, and tortured in an undisclosed private residence in Kenya by Nigeria Secret Agents. After 8 days, he was blindfolded and extraordinarily renditioned to Nigeria under gun points in a chattered flight by the Nigeria government. He was arraigned in court blindfolded without legal representation. Irrespective of all these high levels of provocations, IPOB has remained peaceful and chose the part of the law to seek justice for our leader, Mazi Nnamdi KANU. In July 2021, the UN Working Group on Arbitration ordered the Nigeria government to unconditionally release our leader with payment of adequate compensation.
On October 13, 2022, the Appeal Court of Nigeria quashed all pending charges, discharged and acquitted our leader, Mazi Nnamdi KANU. The same Appeal Court barred Nigeria’s government from arresting, detaining, or arraigning him in any Nigeria court for similar offenses. A similar judgment was given in favour of Mazi Nnamdi KANU by Umuahia High Court on October 26, 2022. The Umuahia High Court ruled that the abduction and extraordinary rendition of Mazi Nnamdi KANU was unlawful. The Court ordered Nigeria’s government to return him back to Kenya, apologize, and pay him One Billion Naira (N1 billion) as compensation. The Nigeria government has flagrantly disobeyed all the court orders, including UN orders.
That shows that the Nigeria government is a pariah state where the rule of law is no longer obtainable.
We believe that the Nigeria government wants our leader to die in detention. It is also possible that DSS has given him a slow acting poison, which is why his health keeps deteriorating to eventually kill him. In what we consider a conspiracy to kill our leader, the Nigeria Supreme Court, the Constitutional Court refused to entertain an appeal from Mazi Nnamdi KANU’s lawyers over his deteriorating health. Instead, the Apex Court gave wicked long adjournment of 4 months to an innocent man that Appeal Court Justices have discharged and acquitted.
In all these human right and court abuses, there seems to be a conspiratory silence among international organizations and her affiliate Human Right Organizations.
Mazi Nnamdi KANU’s continuous illegal detention and torture even after UN Working Group has ordered his release like Nigeria Appeal Court discharged and acquitted him shows that Nigeria is now above the Local and International Laws. Maybe Nigeria is no longer a signatory to the above International Organizations or that these organizations have been lobbied to turn a blind eye to justice as it concerns Mazi Nnamdi KANU, a British citizen, and Biafra.
The international conspiracy of silence ensued when millions of Biafrans were massacred during 1967-1970 by the then Nigeria and British governments. That genocide remains the second bloodiest genocide after the Jewish holocaust. Such atrocity cannot be allowed to be repeated. In this era of social media and constant availability of news, we cannot allow Britain and Nigeria media propaganda to subvert the truth. We shall tell our own true stories to the world.
As the health of our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU continues to deteriorate and the Nigeria government refuses to obey lawful orders and the World maintains this criminal silence, IPOB will do all within our power to ensure that our leader does not die in detention. Freedom to Mazi Nnamdi KANU is the freedom of the entire black race. Mazi Nnamdi KANU is not a criminal. He is not a terrorist, nor has he been associated with Nigeria treasury looting, which Nigerian politicians are known for. His only crime is a demand for the freedom of the oppressed Biafrans from Nigeria. Self-determination is an inalienable right of Indigenous peoples under the UN charter. The Nigeria government is persecuting Mazi Nnamdi KANU for holding a different political view in his demand for a Biafra referendum and self-determination.
We are telling the International Community and African Union in particular not to blame IPOB for whatever becomes the aftermath of Nigeria’s continuous disobedience to both local and international laws in the case of Mazi Nnamdi KANU now. We want the world to understand that IPOB is peaceful but understands our right of self defense. The gentleness of a Tiger should not be taken as cowardice. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” Our prayers are that the Nigeria government will do the needful on time because if our leader falls in the hands of Nigeria, then Nigeria and her leaders will fall in the hands of Biafra.
COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL, MEDIA, AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.