They first arrested him, and after series of torture in DSS dungeon, confined him in Kuje Prison. Two years in prison without conviction, he was released. Then, on September 14, 2017, his house was invaded by a battalion of soldiers with the sole intent of sniffing life out of him. Twenty-eight of his men were killed in the process. However, by some streak of luck, he escaped. The soldiers that did that were never brought to justice, nor were they called terrorists. But after his reemergence, the cabal running Nigerian government tagged him a terrorist and declared him wanted. For surviving the attack, he becomes a terrorist.
The terrible thing with Nigerians is that they see evil but keep silent. And although in its natural sense, keeping silent in the face of evil is being supportive of that evil, in Nigeria’s case, one observes, keeping silent is being modest, for a terrifying number of them don’t just keep silent, they blatantly support the evil. Government agents would perpetrate evil, and instead of condemning the evil and its doer, the people will turn around to blame the victim. And so it has been with the case between Nigeria’s government and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Everybody knows Kanu is innocent of all accusations, everybody sees the government’s truncation of rule of law and brazen travesty of justice. Everyone saw the attempt on his life. Yet, those who aren’t publically supporting his execution keep tight lips, not realizing that when we refuse to kill the snake that bit our neighbour because we don’t like our neighbour’s face, one day the snake will return to bite us.
Well, those that believe in One-Nigeria refused to rise up against the military invasion of Kanu’s house just as they refused to condemn the government’s contempt of court in his trials. When it was confirmed that Kanu survived the attack, the government proceeded to slam a terrorist tag on him, concomitantly declaring him wanted. In their calculation, such tag would make him vulnerable internationally and would make it easier to persuade international bodies to pick him up and hand him over to them. How wrong they are. Kanu lives freely in the holy city of Israel, Jerusalem, from where he travels the world freely.
Since that spiteful tag, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has toured UK, Belgium, Germany and USA, and is currently in Canada from where he will return to Israel. Yet, back in the British Zoo nicknamed Nigeria, he is tagged a terrorist and declared wanted. Pertinent questions then arise: if Kanu is truly a terrorist as tagged in Nigeria, how is it that the entire civilized world allows him to walk their land? How is it that they grant him freedom of association? Which terrorist enjoys such freedom of movement and association?
Is there no Interpol to arrest him? Does Nigeria no longer have diplomatic ties with Britain? Kanu has toured London, Manchester and Leeds; what stopped British police from bundling him and sending him back to Nigeria? USA is one of the top fighters of terrorism round the world, yet Kanu has toured Atlanta, New York, Huston, and Maryland. If really he is a terrorist, why would a country like USA allow him such freedom of movement round their land? Don’t forget both his British passport and Nigerian passport were seized by DSS, prompting Israel to present him with another travel document. Come to think of it, what manner of a terrorist would Israeli government provide travel document for?
It thus follows that the civilized world recognizes Kanu as the freedom fighter he is. Nigeria tagged him a terrorist as a pretext to execute him and continue to enslave Biafra. It is painful that even the so-called educated class who ought to know better are swept along in this madness of Nigerian government. That you do not believe in the Biafra idea is not an enough reason to effectuate evil against a people who choose to exercise their right to self-determination.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media