For quite some time now, lots of articles have been written to the ECOWAS court with respect to the current case involving the leader of the emerging African nation Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Such articles were trying to expose the leniency of the ECOWAS court of justice through their way of handling the case appealed before her by the legal team of Mazi Nnnamdi Kanu, the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB).
Looking at the functions and obligations of the ECOWAS court of justice, one would understand that the reasons behind the appealing of the said case was based on the lack of confidence of Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team in the presiding judge of the Nigerian federal high court, justice Binta Nyako who was somewhat presumed to have being compromised by the government of Muhamadu Buhari through her inconsistence in handling the case; this she has made obvious via her body language.
Now, the ECOWAS court of justice as we know is the judicial organ of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and is charged with resolving disputes related to the Community’s treaty, protocols and conventions. We were also told that the ECOWAS court of justice has competence to hear individual complaints of alleged human rights violations, and that it rules according to the provisions of the African charter on human and people’s rights. And again, that the decisions of the ECOWAS court are legally binding to the ECOWAS member states of which Nigeria is one of them.
For the fact that the human rights of our leader has been tampered with in Nigerian court, this case was appealed to this honourable court with the intent to obtain justice. These were the major reasons why the case of the IPOB leader was appealed before this community court of justice with the hope of getting justice. This is because we believe that the ECOWAS court of justice cannot be biased or intimidated by any country or government and also that the court has competence to rule on human rights violations through an individual complaint procedure.
But it appears that the reverse was the case, because ECOWAS seem to have borrowed a leaf from Nigerian judicial system which was widely known for unnecessary postponement of cases after postponement which makes the entire Biafrans to begin to doubt the integrity and competency of ECJ and lose hope in her just as they did with the Nigerian courts.
Since every victim of human rights violations can directly appeal to the court even while his / her case is subject to a national proceeding, our leader’s case will not be different and we Biafrans and the entire world is watching and waiting for justice to be served.
Aside all the concocted and trumped up charges levied against Citizen Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the Nigerian court, we all know the real truth involving the case, and we think that the ECOWAS court and AU knows better than anybody does that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) is being incarcerated because he wants a better life for his people who were being grossly marginalized in Nigeria.
The African Union (AU) and the ECOWAS court has been notified about this for far too long but they kept looking the other way and leaving the Biafran people to suffer and languish in pains as if they were people without honour and integrity. But for the fact that the African Union (AU) has shown itself insensitive to the suffering and injustices being constantly meted out on Biafrans in Nigeria, we shall continue to push for our independence and fight for a place of honour for ourselves and our children yet unborn.
Nigeria and African Union must know that Biafra has come to stay and that the quest for our independence from this British business enterprise called Nigeria is irreversible. As Nnamdi Kanu head to ECOWAS court on the 17th of May, 2017, we do hope that this case will receive positive attention and in the end ensure justice is served accordingly.
It is either Biafra or death
It is either Biafra or nothing else exists in Nigeria.
God bless Biafra.
By Akubumma Princewill
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra writers.