Opinion: Arresting Kanu doesn’t save Buhari

It is now evident that there was foul play and questionable moves to get the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu. They have abducted him and arrested him. The authorities are now keeping him detained and there are reports of torturing him as well.

This is not saving Nigeria and neither is this a unifying message. The Federal Government of Nigeria isn’t becoming better by doing this to the IPOB leader Kanu. They are only showing their vicious side and not listening to the pleas of other people.

President Muhammadu Buhari and his allies isn’t making things better. They are not stopping insurgency, kidnappings and petty thieving in the Republic. No, they are just taking a person who fights for the liberty of his people in Biafra. That’s the reality of this.

It would be like Buhari arresting acting President of Niger Delta Congress (NDC) Nubari Saatah. That would have been similar, in some fashion, but the authorities will not do that. The state should instead look at their grievances and what is lacking. It is a reason why there has been a need for the Niger Delta Avengers and they have created insecurity there.

The Nigerian President isn’t creating a peaceful atmosphere, but making things more volatile. The shaky reasons for arresting IPOB leader. They are using the powers of the state and the monopoly of violence. Therefore, Buhari isn’t making things better. He never have…

President Buhari cannot even handle or ensure people get heard and act upon the End-SARS. The President rather promotes police brutality and extra judicial killings. The President and his government can only come out with hallow statements and continue the prolonged power-grab. Instead of serving the public and safeguard the average citizen.

The arrest of Kanu isn’t making Nigeria better. It is only showing there is one Nigeria and there is one power dynamic. Though it breaks my heart to see that someone who fights for own region, own people and a just cause. Gets in the slammer this easily and possibly tortured as well. Just because he stands for something and that has been fought for generations.

Kanu isn’t the first who fights for Biafra and will not be the last. Leaders like Buhari isn’t making the case for United Nigeria any better. He just showing them the finger and mocking the ones fighting for their liberty.

Buhari cannot even save people from police brutality. This man will not save or show grace to the Biafran people either. They are left alone. Just like all citizens are in the hands of the police. They are at liberty to do what they do. They don’t need to answer to anyone.

President Buhari doesn’t respect anyone. His the supreme leader and his arrogance shows. Nevertheless, these sorts of act doesn’t give him credibility or strength. It only destroys his office and gives weight to the ones fighting for Biafra. So, he is weakening himself and showing the ones in IPOB that they are right on the money. Peace.

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Nigeria: Niger Delta Congress Statement on the Arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indignous People of Biafra (IPOB) – (30.06.2021)

Nigeria: Secretariat of the World Igbo Congress – Statement of the World Igbo Congress on the Abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government of Nigeria (29.06.2021)

Nigeria: Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) – Memo To IPOB Worldwide Family on The Abduction of Our Leader (30.06.2021)

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Opinion: Buhari have never accepted critical voices

The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari have never allowed or endured protests or dissidents. That’s why during the 2nd Republic during his first term in the 1980s. As the head of state, he issued Decree Number 4, which was a means to silence reports and journalists from writing articles that could embarrass any government official. Therefore, his ill will for the freedom of speech is embedded with this man.

A man who ran through the ranks of the Military. Was the leader for of the Supreme Military Council for 20 months in 1980s. Where he suspended the constitution and has later returned twice to office. For some reason people in these times of 2015 and 2019 thought this man would change.

President Buhari doesn’t value freedom of speech, liberty or anything of that sort. That is just words used as flamboyant pointers to donors and the international community. However, this man had no trouble arresting and detaining the Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. He was arrested by the authorities for a song. His arrested happened in September 1984, but he was later released in April 1986. That meant he was also kept in prison under the regime of the Gen. Babangida from August 1985 until April 1986 before his release. Fela Kut was detained for 18 months and most of that time while Buhari was the Head of State.

Still, Buhari was willing to arrest not only activists, opposition leader, stop unions for existing and so fourth. He was also willing to arrest vocal international artists speaking up against his will in the 1980s.

We are now in 2021. He is continuing his path of teargassing and assaulting people for going to the streets and demonstrating. The state is answering the pleas of the public with violence. Just like the army killed civilians at Lekki Toll Bridge. There is still fatalities from the protests and it’s directly happening because of the way the state answers to the civil disobedience.

Burhari cannot handle that the people doesn’t accept his words. He expect people to love his words and abide by them. I am still sure he just see that as “indiscipline” which he wasn’t able to fight decades ago.

What we can see from his first stint in power. Is that he continues this brash unappologizing acts of police brutality and lack of understanding of role as the Head of State. He should guard these values and allow the sentiment of disdain run on the streets. So, that their voices are head and taken into account. Not come with force and stop them preaching. When he already ordered to silence Twitter over a deleted tweet. It says more about his Presidency, than about the people who went on the streets fighting for their rights.

President Buhari needs to get his mind right. Unless, he thinks his an overlord or an emperor of ancient times. A man who thinks he has the rights to order police brutality on civilians, which easily can turn fatal. Something it usually does and it’s tragic for every single civilian dying in the hands of the authorities and only for going onto the streets to fight for a just cause.

The Nigerian President should know better. If he doesn’t remember the outrage over the arrest and the charges put on Fela Kuti. He should remember last years #ENDSARS demonstrations last year.

I’ll end with the wise words of Ikhide R.Ikheloa who wrote this on the 1st April 2015:

No one fools me, I will continue to push the conversation about what is appropriate in terms of governance. Democracy without accountability is killing Nigeria and Nigerians. We have spent dozens of billions of Naira to race past broken schools, broken hospitals and broken roads to execute a shoddy election and install the illusion of change. We have just traded ravenous locusts for starving termites. We will be miserable for the next four years as we continue to endure an unsustainable democracy. This democracy is an unsustainable farce and we all know it. If we are not careful it will be the end of our nation as we know it. The PDP needs to go, the APC needs to go, they are collectively responsible for our mess and I am not excusing one bunch of thieves and incompetents from blame” (Pa Ikhide – ‘What I wrote: On Buhari’s election, 2015’ 01.04.2018).

People should have seen this coming, but the General fooled plenty. He has shown his colours and people shouldn’t accept it. Nobody deserves to be ruled by someone who doesn’t show them respect. His only there as a represent of the people. Buhari isn’t there because of his birthright or his entitled to be there. No, his there, because his supposed to serve the public who dissent on the streets. That’s his people and he got no right to harm them. Peace.

Nigeria: Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) – Public Notice (11.06.2021)

Nigeria: Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) – LEDAP Condemns the Twitter Suspension by the Federal Government and Calls for its Immediate Reversal (10.06.2021)

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