“The case for Nnamdi Kanu’s Release: Calls From Security Experts and Court’s Pronouncement”
.. .Radical Solutions to the Deep-Rooted Problems of Injustice and Marginalization in Nigeria.
The call for the release of Nnamdi Kanu by a group of security experts highlights some of the challenges facing Nigeria today.
These experts argue that the factors leading to separatist agitation, such as feelings of marginalization and a flawed constitution, need to be addressed in order to achieve peace and cohesion in the country.
More than 30 security experts drawn from the academia, private and public sector, para-military organizations, and the ECOWAS Court of Justice have appealed to the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu and other political prisoners in the country as a way of consolidating national peace and cohesion.
However, previous court rulings on this matter have been ignored by the government, raising questions about the rule of law and whether this latest ruling will be any different.
Making the call the security experts stated:
“Factors responsible for separatist agitations in Nigeria include feelings of marginalization, faulty 1999 constitution that has not made it possible for the states to fulfill their role as component federating units”.
The security experts’ recommendations really get to the heart of the issue. Marginalization and a lack of representation in the political system are clearly major drivers of separatist movements in Nigeria.
It’s also interesting that they point to the 1999 constitution as a major factor in this problem.
This is really powerful! Having a diverse group of security experts calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and other political prisoners adds legitimacy and urgency to the appeal.
It also shows that the issue is not just about one person or group, but about the larger issue of national peace and cohesion.
Meanwhile the Enugu high court declared that the
proscription, designation of IPOB as terror organisation is unconstitutional.
The court also ordered FG, S’East governors to pay N8 billion damages and apologize to Nnamdi Kanu.
The High Court sitting in Enugu, on Thursday, declared as unconstitutional, the proscription and designation of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organization by the Federal Government and the South East Governors.
The Court further held that “IPOB being comprised of citizens of Nigeria of the Igbo and other Eastern Nigerian ethnic groups, professing the political opinion of self-determination and the consequent arrest, detention and prosecution of the Applicant (MAZI NNAMDI KANU) as a member/leader of said IPOB is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right not to be subjected to any disabilities or restrictions based on his ethnicity as enshrined and guaranteed under Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and his fundamental rights as enshrined under Articles 2,3,19 &20 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Enforcement and Ratification) Act.”
According to a press release made available to RPTVBLOG by Barrister Ejimakor, stated: “Today, I led a team of lawyers to a landmark victory before the High Court of Enugu State in SUIT NO: E/20/2023 filed in January 2023 against the Southeast Governors’ Forum and the FG (Respondents) for their collective executive actions (in 2017) that led to the proscription of IPOB and declaring it a terrorist group in contravention of Section 42 of the Constitution which prohibits discrimination based on ethnicity.
The court’s analysis of the constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights shows that the government’s actions were not just illegal, but also unconstitutional.
It’s clear that the court is taking a strong stance on the issue of IPOB and the actions of the government and the South East Governors.
The financial compensation and apology ordered by the court could be a significant step towards reconciliation and moving forward but it still remains to be seen if the government will obey the order of the court.
The culture of impunity and disregard for the rule of law in Nigeria is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. It is not just an issue in the case of IPOB, but is a wider issue that affects many aspects of society.
This culture of impunity has led to a lack of trust in the justice system, and makes it difficult for people to have faith in the rule of law. It also undermines the legitimacy of the government and its institutions.
The Nigerian government has a history of ignoring court rulings that don’t align with its agenda. This is a troubling trend that erodes the rule of law and undermines the authority of the courts.
However it’s refreshing to see a judge who is willing to stand up for what is right and to uphold the rule of law in this case of Nnamdi Kanu’s Release, even in the face of political pressure. This is exactly the kind of independence and integrity that the justice system needs.
A complete overhaul of the system is needed in order to ensure that the government is accountable and follows the rule of law.
Marginalization and a lack of representation are major factors driving separatist agitations in Nigeria. The current system is perceived as being biased against certain regions and groups, leading to feelings of frustration and exclusion.
These feelings have been exacerbated by the 1999 constitution, which is seen as outdated and inadequate. Many believe that a “true revolution” is needed to address these issues and build a more inclusive and just society.
The proposed “true revolution” would be a popular uprising that would seek to completely overhaul the political and economic system in Nigeria.
It would require the creation of a new constitution that is more inclusive and representative of all regions and groups. It would also involve significant changes to the structure of government and the economy.
While implementing a “true revolution” would be challenging, there is also the potential for great progress and positive change.
The new system could be designed to address the specific needs of the Nigerian people and promote greater equality and justice as in this case of Nnamdi Kanu’s release. It could also create opportunities for economic development and improved living standards for all.