By Tim Tochukwu
For Biafra Choice Writers
The struggle to restore the independent state of Biafra will take a new dimension on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. On that date, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court, will open the case of rights violation between Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Muhammadu Buhari, leader of Nigeria.
The case comes up in spite of fruitless attempts by Buhari, to either bribe or intimidate, the ECOWAS Court officials from conducting an unbiased trial.
The Biafran leader was abducted by Nigerian Directorate of State Security (DSS) in December last year; and since has been playing dubious judicial gymnastics with the intent to humiliate Kanu and Biafrans, as well as stall their legitimate agitations for Biafra. But Kanu and IPOB have surprised everyone the way they fought back doggedly to the extent that they have continuously exposed the wicked underbelly of Nigerian judiciary under the ruler-ship of the evil and illiterate Buhari.
In an 800m Dollars suit filed by the Biafran leader on March 2, 2016, and made known by his lawyer, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, he sought a declaration that his rights have been violated by Buhari and his henchmen. He also sought an acknowledgement and a declaration that his continued incarceration by the Nigerian government constituted a breach of its obligations under the African charter on Human and People's Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; together with other international Human Rights treaties, to which Nigeria is signatory to.
One of Kanu’s 52 lawyers that stood for him during his last appearance in court at Abuja, said they were determined to make sure that the judiciary in the contraption called Nigeria shapes up to its responsibility of giving justice to ordinary Nigerians. The lawyer who preferred to maintain anonymity, told Biafra Choice Writers that for long, illiterate soldiers who crashed into the Nigerian military without qualification have messed up the judiciary of the country, but that they would no longer allow it to continue.
“We are no longer in a military government where the rule of lies is bigger than the rule of law. We will put a final stop to that”.
Speaking specifically on the coming case at the ECOWAS Court, the lawyer said many of them had lost confidence in the Nigerian courts, which necessitated their taking their case to ECOWAS court. In addition, he said: “Buhari must not be allowed to continue to mess up the Judiciary in Nigeria by making judges and lawyers look stupid. We are going to the ECOWAS Court to make sure that no longer happens” he said.
For many Biafrans who spoke to Biafra Choice Writers the time has come when Britain, the neo-colonial power propping up evil rulers in Nigeria; as well as those rulers, must be taught serious lessons. They explained that the case was taking a new dimension as Biafrans were determined to burst the final blanket of secrecy foisted over Biafra by both Britain and Nigeria in the more than 100 years of Nigeria’s existence.
Before now, Nigerian rulers have handled the issue their own way, drawing the agenda and executing it their own way. They would play the judge and the jury in their own case, and then enforce a media blanket on it within the Nigerian territory, while on the other hand; British officials would aid them to enforce the media blanket internationally.
But now, with the emergency of Kanu and IPOB, and their systematic actions that have been dismantling all the oppressive structures against Biafra, things have changed greatly. Before now, Nigerian rulers like Olusegun Obasanjo, Theophilus Danjuman, Muhammadu Buhari, and a host of others felt so secured about containing Biafra. Each time Biafrans made a move to assert their rights to freedom from Nigeria, they always saw it as a huge joke.
But today, things are different. Everything has changed; and they are hiding their faces in shame. There is a high expectation amongst Biafrans that Kanu’s outing at the ECOWAS court on Wednesday will inflict another serious dent on Nigeria’s already battered image.