Abuja - A pro-Igbo group has bemoaned the extra-judicial detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the advocate for restoration of the nation of Biafra and its independence from Nigeria.
The group called Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), consisting of locals and and colleagues in the Diaspora said it was alarmed at detention despite the country being a constitutional democracy.
“(We) are constrained to intervene once again and warn of the dangerous slide to dictatorship, tyranny and human rights violations which the continuing extra-judicial detention of Nnamdi Kanu by the DSS and Buhari administration portends,” said IEI President, Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke.
The Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Kanu on October 7.
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According his to his lawyer, Vincent Obetta, he has met his bail condition. His lawyer has described his continued detention despite meeting the bail conditions "a clash between judiciary and executive."
The detention has sparked protests in some parts of the country while there have been reports the army had shot at protesters.
“It should be noted, that the crude resort to harassment, killing of unarmed protesters and the illegal detention of citizens in violation of court orders constitutes an assault on our democracy and betrays the sacrifices made by the many who lost their lives in the struggle to return Nigeria to constitutional democracy based on the rule of law,” said Ezeoke.
He said it was incriminating and self-defeatist for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, whose main campaign message/manifesto was anchored on the promise of bringing positive change in all facets of national life.
“Extra-judicial detentions, harassment and other human rights violations cannot in the least represent change, for those belong to the sordid and harrowing past the nation struggled to escape from by opting and struggling for constitutional democracy.”
He said IEI could not understand the rationale behind a country that was willing to negotiate with a terror group (Boko Haram) on the one hand, while shooting and killing peaceful protesters with live ammunition on the other hand.
“We thus demand that the government respect the rule of law and accordingly uphold the fundamental rights of all citizens. In that regards, we restate our call for the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu and all other detained activists and to put a stop to the killing of unarmed activists and pro-Biafran protesters.”
- CAJ News