By Livingrich Ezeikpe
Edited by Livingrich Ezeikpe
The month of September 2018 makes it exactly one year Muhammadu Buhari sent his soldiers on a murderous raid to the native home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in which hundreds of unarmed youths were killed in cold blood; Dozens of people were injured; Some were drowned in muddy waters as was captured in videos, and Nnamdi Kanu and his aged parents were either killed or taken away by the Nigerian Army and have not been heard from nor seen since then.

Coincidently, the murderous raid happened at a time when Nnamdi Kanu was still under bail granted him by a court of competent jurisdiction headed by Justice Binta Nyako. Notably, under every known law in the whole wide world except in Nigeria, if a person under bail is suspected of violating his bail conditions, it is only the court that granted such bail that has the powers to revoke it, if it is satisfied that the Bailee has so done. In cases where the Bailee is suspected to have committed a new offence while under bail, the legal option is to file fresh charges against him.

Thus, resorting to self help such as invading the house of an unarmed man under bail with soldiers armed with armored tanks as was the case of the Nigerian army on 14 September 2017, amounts to legal sacrilege, Military brigandage, prostitution of power, extra-judicial acts, ultra vires, and a slap on the trial Judge.  The fact that Justice Binta Nyako ignored this act of executive banditry to insist that Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe, must produce the IPOB leader further proves that Nigeria was built on so much evils, unfairness, injustice, and illegalities.

We must not also dis-remember that this deadly raid on Kanu's home happened at a time when the Buhari government and its soldiers were busy releasing members of the dreaded Boko Haram from detention and protecting the privileged terrorist group Fulani herdsmen and their cattle with a special army unit. Presently, another non-venomous snake called Python dance III has been redrafted to the Southeast to dance on unarmed, calm, and non-violent people for merely choosing the 14th September 2018 as a "Sit-At-Home" day in memory of their siblings butchered by the same Python during last year's murderous exercise.  

Thus, the Nigerian state headed by Muhammadu Buhari, didn't just kill Igbos, IPOB, and Biafrans simply for seeking a fairer society, it is equally set to kill the scions and siblings of those murdered last year for merely daring to peacefully sit in their own houses to remember their dead who were extra-judicially killed by the Nigerian armed forces.  Following the evil treatment regularly meted out to innocent people, unarmed people, harmless people in Nigeria, the questions that demand answers are:
1-How can anyone feel proud to belong to such a country that is utterly barren of conscience?
2-How can anyone blame another person for seeking to secede from such a country?
3-How can it be fair to blame the group that is seeking self-determination?
4- how can it not be unfair not to blame the people seeking restructuring when they cannot even show concern for the extrajudicial murdering of innocent people?  

This write up is not designed to ask the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari or his army to acknowledge the ill-treatment of Nnamdi Kanu and his aged parents. It is not even to invite anyone to join the IPOB each time they have Sit-At-Home in honour of their kith and kin murdered simply for asking Nigeria masquerading as a Country to treat them as equal partners in this British company or allow them to depart in peace. This write-up is not for any of the above because the truth is, it is an impossible task endeavouring to reason with a country that is blind, deaf and dumb to the sanctity of the lives of the same people it purports to exist mainly to protect.

Instead, this write-up is primarily designed to remind Nigeria; Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army that the best way to fuel an agitation is to try to suppress it, and that dead or alive, Nnamdi Kanu lives in every Biafran, Banned or unbanned. Nnamdi Kanu lives in the soul of every member of IPOB notwithstanding similitude of disagreement; it's only natural that there may be some sort from time to time. However, it is noteworthy that the ideology behind the Biafra struggle is a common denominator to every IPOB and indeed, everyone from the non-Caliphate rest of Nigeria.

IPOB is bound by faith, fate and common purpose.  For the avoidance of doubt, Biafra is a people's cry against injustice, oppression, apartheid, state-sponsored ethnic cleansing, official nepotism and lack of respect for the sanctity of human life and natural justice.  Biafra is not about Nnamdi Kanu or IPOB. It is an ideology being fueled by the grave institutionalized injustices of the Nigerian State. Those who think taking away the Afara-Ukwu Prince (Nnamdi Kanu) will doom Biafra, clearly thought wrong; even more wrong are those looking for peace in a country that sleeps, walks and breathes injustice.

Was it not the Kenyan legal god and one of the best orators to come from Africa, professor PLO Lumumba who said that peace can only be a native of justice and that any other peace acquired through any other means remains a peace of the graveyard, which is no peace at all? Didn't the Pakistani peace Activist, Tasneem Hameed, put it even better when he opined that injustice and peace cannot co-exist?

Muhammadu Buhari may have succeeded in taking Nnamdi Kanu out of the sight of the people in a bid to stop the Biafra struggle, but it appears from all angle that he has forever failed woefully because Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra restoration forever lives in the minds of all Biafrans, including non-Biafrans such as Muhammadu Buhari himself. He has failed because the Biafra struggle Nnamdi Kanu championed and still champions whether dead or alive, will forever serve as the umbilical cord that binds all Biafrans.

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