Press Release 30th July, 2022
Right of Reply by Kanu Family:
The attention of the Royal family of Okwu-Kanu of Afaraukwu-Ibeku, Umuahia has been drawn to a press statement issued by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), which was widely published by several Nigerian media on 29th July, 2022.
The press statement was published under different captions, including the most sensational one that screamed that “52 Northern groups reject UN’s call for Nnamdi Kanu’s unconditional release”.
Having considered the letters, spirit and intent of the press statement, the Kanu family hereby makes the following statement:
We see this press statement as a meaningless diatribe that comports with the self-deception and self-delusion that has guided the so-called CNG since the present era. The statement also underscores the general disdain and arrogance with which a section of the North (not all North) always treats anything Southern Nigerian, especially concerning Biafraland or Ndigbo.
It is this same bad attitude that had informed most of the grievous errors of judgment that have altogether manifested in the crushing insecurity that has ravaged the North since 2015 when these shadowy Northerners began to infiltrate and infest the corridors of Federal Government of Nigeria.
The first impression that emanates from their press release is that a plethora of Northern groups in all North has come out with a consensus against the United Nations directive to release Nnamdi Kanu. We know this to be false.
What we know as the truth is that it is the same cabal that has always subjugated Northern Nigeria and troubled Nigeria as a whole that would have the silliness to come out with such disrespect for the United Nations, thinking of course, that the United Nations is like the rest of Nigeria that has become their punching bag.
We also know that the indigenous peoples of the North (the true North) disapproves of this hypocrisy emanating from this shadowy and dodgy North the CNG claims to represent. We are sure that those indigenous peoples are as shocked as everybody at this foolish call on a tottering Nigeria to ignore the United Nations.
We also know that the shadowy North that loves injustice and romance terrorism is unraveling. In fact, it is unraveling by its own hands. It is having a meltdown that comes with their sense that the day of reckoning is nigh. It is reeling from its self-inflicted insecurity that has unleashed an unprecedented regime of terror merchants that spans from the Sahel to middle Nigeria.
It is the same shadowy North that recent BBC documentary (captioned Terror Merchants of Zamfara) exposed, all to its chagrin. It is the same shadowy North that gives comfort to terrorists but would want the Federal government to disrespect the directives of a world body, the United Nations, of which Nigeria is a member.
Any North that will never see anything wrong with the widespread terror in the North and not reckon with the true meaning of the Kuje jailbreak but will rather be bordered with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (an unarmed prisoner of conscience), is not the true North. It is the false North. The only reason they still have an audience and have the swag to speak is because the true North allows it. But for how much longer?
For avoidance of doubt, this shadowy, false North that is calling on Federal government to go rogue on the United Nations should know that such action will be suicidal, if not now, then later. If they doubt, they should go ask Sani Abacha how he reduced Nigeria to a pariah State through a similar acts of State lawlessness that the CNG is now demanding. They should ask their lawyers (if they have any) about the tenor, reach and inviolability of Opinions, Directives or Decisions issuing from the United Nations.
If they do not have lawyers among them, they can check directly with the United Nations or even visit its website. There, they will discover that this very Opinion on the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (like similar ones before it) is binding on Nigeria.
It is as binding as any other United Nations adjudicatory Opinion that led to the end of Apartheid in South Africa, referendum in Ethiopia/Eritrea, referendum in Kosovo and South Sudan. The deployment of United Nations peace-keeping forces across the global was also guided by Opinions like this.
On this note, we hereby call on the international community to intervene and compel Nigeria to promptly and unconditionally release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and to refrain from further persecution of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Mazi Kanunta Kanu
On behalf of Kanu Family
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.