​African commission on human and peoples rights confirmation of gross violation on IPOB : what next

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The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, which reports to the African Union (AU) is a quasi-judicial body tasked with promoting and protecting human rights and collective peoples rights throughout the African continent as well as interpreting the African Charter on Human and Peoples rights and adjudication of individual complaints brought before the Commission against member States.

On March 8, 2018, the Commission issued a caution letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in a landmark ruling indicting the Federal Government and its Armed forces of grossly violating the right of the Indigenous People of Biafra {IPOB}and her supreme leader, Citizen Nnamdi Kanu. The Nigerian government was warned to desist from taking any further action against Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights complaint placed three main issues for the consideration of the commission, to wit: Nnamdi Kanu’s trial, Operation Python Dance and its aftermaths in the Southeast of Nigeria including the military invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s family home in Umuahia, and declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organization.

Following the wake of unabated genocidal clampdown orchestrated by the Federal Government of Nigeria to the non-violent Biafran populace, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) led by Citizen Nnamdi Kanu, who are lawfully exercising their inclinable right for self-determination as in the United Nations charter for the right of every indigenous people of which Nigeria is a signatory.

Intervention of Africa Commission for Human and Peoples rights in this case is a welcome development and also a way of redeeming African image though, they ought to have come to the matter long before now, having investigated and discovered on how brutal the Nigerian Government had been since the illegal arrest and incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, since 14th October, 2015.

Ever since then, there are lots of questions from different angles, asking if there would be any positive change to stop and compel Nigerian Government to apply some diplomacy in resolving the rising tension caused by the use of military might after all. Many right groups such as Amnesty International, Inter Society for Civil Liberty, political analysts and International Community had earlier testified and condemned the action of Muhammadu Buhari and his Armed Forces in totality but nothing seems to have changed other than continuous massacre and maiming of Biafrans in different parts of Nigeria.

While we commend ACHPR’s effort so far, we therefore call on them to do the needful, by guiding\teaching the President of Nigeria on what self-determination is all about. Just like he always agitates for other countries like Western Sahara and Palestinian State, during the United Nation summit annually, he should as well lead by example by first of all releasing the entire Biafran activists in different Nigerian Prisons and detention facilities. Followed by initiating a democratic process of referendum as demanded by the people without further hesitation. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander!

Finally, Africa Commission for Human and Peoples Rights, should also petition International bodies if the Nigerian Government fails to provide the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu whose whereabout is yet to be ascertained, since the Nigerian Army invaded his home and massacred not less than 28 armless persons and made away unascertained number of his kingsmen on 14th of September, 2017. They should as a matter of urgency, free Benjamin Mmadubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and hundreds of others from different Prison custody.

Self determination is the right of every indigenous people and not an act of overthrowing a government, while referendum is the best way of knowing how confident our people are in the unity of an expired concocted British fraudulent entity called Nigeria via referendum.

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