Biafran elders normally say that the cockroach cannot be innocent in the gathering of the fowls and neither can the fowl be chairman in the midst of the hawks. Just like Birago Diop, a renowned poet from Oaukam in Senegal would always say, that the principal problem of Africa is that she fails to listen to the words of their ancestors that comes in clumsy voices, on that light, I beg to differ by taking heed to the unadulterated wisdom of our forefathers(Ndi Gboo).
The trial of the four accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, with a witness appearing behind a shield otherwise known as secret trial, provided by the Nigerian judiciary in an open case of public interest is simply uncalled for. It is the highest height of injustice, impunity and a huge slap on the Nigerian judicial system. Are we to talk about the unwarranted and unlawful invasion of the residence of the IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu? How the court is compelling Kanu’s surety, Enyinnaya Abaribe to produce the former in court when it is crystal clear that it lies in the onus of the Nigerian army who invaded his house, to provide him because since after the military invasion, no one has heard nor seen Nnamdi Kanu. A lawcourt which is expected to uphold the doctrine of last seen in this issue of the missing IPOB leader is busy playing games with justice. What about the several bail orders that were flouted? Have we forgotten the purported story of the missing file in a supposed lawcourt? This is too much. It is clear for all to see.
Justice is intentionally been delayed and subverted by the Nigerian judiciary under Justice Binta Nyako, the trial judge, through every means known to man. One of such deliberate delays is achieved through the series of long adjournments that they are applying to bewitch justice. Secondly, the entertainment of applications of new charges filed against the defendants in the morning of the court session. Also, Justice Binta Nyako traveling when she has a sensitive case like this. The injustice is unfathomable in history.
It is a common saying that dogs in the same street bark alike. It doesn’t matter if Binta Nyako steps down from the case, any other judge in Nigeria that presides over IPOB/Nigeria case would authomatically rule in favour of Nigeria. A reliable judge with a good sense of judgment from Nigeria than Binta Nyako, will never emerge. No matter whoever that engages, the outcome of every court proceeding is always pre-determined and programmed to serve the vested interest of Nigeria against common citizens.
Do not in anyway doubt the authenticity of my observations if you believe that he who pays the piper dictates the tune. In the last ECOWAS court case in Abuja, involving the IPOB leader, I overheard a Nigerian lawyer saying that since the Nigerian government is the one sponsoring the transportation of ECOWAS judges and other things that has to do with his coming in into the country, the judge must base its rulings to favour the interests of the government. It’s like a written script been played out by government’s lawyer and the judge presiding over the case in each court session.
It is necessary for all IPOB members not to put all their hopes for a positive change on Nigerian courts especially now that we have a tyrant and a dictator in power who has little or no regard for the rule of law. Let the IPOB lawyers be fulfilling all righteousness by showing up on each court date and saying it the way it is as they have been doing while the members buckle-up on the issues of referendum facing the Biafra restoration struggle. Any form of distraction must be resisted. Referendum is the next target and must be achieved.