• Author: Ugochinyere Onyechere
• Editor: Prince Richmond C. Amadi
• Retweet: @umuchiukw_writ
• Date: 10th March 2017
An elder that chose to watch a female goat giving birth with ropes hooked on her neck is not an elder. The Nigerian government being incompetent in handling the case of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra; Mazi Nnamdi Kanu deserved not to be addressed in the Economic court. Seeing how they have expressed their disdained and unprofessional judgment in their court, the Economic court, however, should have to make a difference. I can see the romance between the two bodies. They have connived together; seeking for possible means of boycotting justice against Nnamdi Kanu. For one and a half year, the Nigerian government got hold of Nnamdi Kanu, vigorously looking for ways to convict him of crimes he never committed; they had failed to produce an evidence.
I quoted “evidence” because they wouldn’t dream of having evidence. Charges pressed against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu require evidence, but the Nigerian government having none to present, has in different occasions committed greater crimes so long as they continued the illegal detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who remains a suspect. Invariably, the prosecutors had thought that delusions preferably cases that are in phantom shapes could solve this issue. The unjustified injustice perverted against the gross violation of Nnamdi Kanu’s human rights by the Economic West Africa States court on 7th March 2017 is apparently elusive; not exemplified as expected by all good thinking human being.
The Economic Court seems compromised; so romantic towards the Nigerian government. The court was expected to give justice to whom it was due. They instead gave the shield to the Nigerian government. They have told the Nigerian government to settle differences with the IPOB leader. The ECOWAS should, as a matter of fact, understand that the fine filed against the Nigerian government for dabbling the human right of citizen Kanu is intact; no mercy, no jeopardy. The Nigerian government will either come up with their evidence or pay the fine.
Vividly I could understand that the Economic court is trying to shift the penalty. It’s obvious that what we have in Africa as a court of law is jungles occupied with animals. Of a truth, it’s only the Biafran state that could put an end to all that mess. A competent jurisdiction as claimed cannot deliver justice to the simplest case. I feel disappointed because judiciary in Africa is no longer the last hope of man; rather the hope of embezzlers, rogues, tyrants, looters, criminals, and genocides, since they can at all times defend themselves with their wealth.
Things that has been transpiring in a various court ruling on Nnamdi Kanu’s case from inception is of great concern. The court has no power of its own. Not even one-quarter of what a local court in civilized countries could have. The Economic court has no moral justification to give the Nigerian government such elongated time in order to rule this case. Seeing the injustice emanated on Kanu, no good thinking human being could hesitate in giving the appropriate judgment for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We know quite alright that the economic court is trying to obstruct the penalty that should be paid by the Nigerian government for violating the rights of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
ECOWAS should live up to the people’s expectation; to whom much is given, much is expected. There is no cause detaining Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He only sought for the emancipation of his people; however, he is entitled to do that because the Nigerian government has never been fair to the people he is fighting for. Any community where injustice has become law can never escape resistance. The people of Biafra have decided to resist the injustice they have been made to face. They killed us and at the same time deny it with all impunity. The judges handling this case I guesses are all humans; they wouldn’t want anyone to violate their rights without resistance.
They should understand that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has committed no crime. Even before that very case, they have developed the habit of postponing the case. They are giving the Nigerian government every sense of humor to give accurate judgment, which they are not ready to give. It means the ECOWAS knew rightly that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is innocent of crimes and charges pressed against him. They have as well given the forthcoming court a longer date because they have decided to give the Nigerian government more time. The question remains if the Nigerian government is ready to do so. And what happens if they even release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu?
Is the Nigerian government getting away freely with their crimes against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu? The answer remains no. They should better do the needful. The violation of a human right is punishable under the rule of law. The Nigerian government is a victim of human right violation and should be made to pay for it. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has confidently brought this case to the ECOWAS with all confidence that he shall be given adequate attention and fair judgment. The ECOWAS looks biased based on their last ruling. They shouldn’t misinterpret the law because it remains effective so long it remains in the constitution.
Publisher: Udeagha Obasi