Kanu and his bail con­di­tions

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB), has on sev­eral oc­ca­sions vi­o­lated the con­di­tions of the bail granted to him by a fed­eral high court in Abuja.

On April 25, a fed­eral high court sit­ting in Abuja granted him bail on health grounds and or­dered him not to grant press in­ter­views, and avoid be­ing seen in a crowd of more than 10 peo­ple.

But Kanu has not only ad­dressed hun­dreds of his sup­port­ers but also granted me­dia in­ter­views. In an in­ter­view, he told Al Jazeera that he was not both­ered about land­ing in trou­ble over his ac­tions.

Fur­ther­more, in a video by Bi­afra TV, Kanu was seen walk­ing in the midst of hun­dreds of his sup­port­ers. He ex­changed pleas­antries and shook hands with the peo­ple who had memorabilia of Bi­afra all over them.

Kanu has on sev­eral oc­ca­sions flouted the order by ad­dress­ing the press and other gath­er­ing with peo­ple more than 10.

The con­se­quence of any breach of bail con­di­tions is the re­vo­ca­tion of the bail.

It is time for the Fed­eral High Court sit­ting in Abuja to revoke the bail granted the leader of IPOB, by Jus­tice Binta Nayako on the grounds of strug­gling for rel­e­vance and con­tin­ued flout­ing of the con­di­tions at­tached to his bail.

Ob­vi­ously, the un­ruli­ness with which he made me­dia state­ments and even or­gan­ised the ‘Sit at Home’ protest to mark the Bi­afra Day on Tues­day, 30th May, 2017 is a threat to the unity, se­cu­rity and peace of Nige­ria as a sov­er­eign na­tion.

Kanu is try­ing to push our dear coun­try Nige­ria into an un­nec­es­sary haz­ardous sit­u­a­tion for his per­sonal agenda and those of his spon­sors.

Un­for­tu­nately, the IPOB may cre­ate a sit­u­a­tion where it be­comes dif­fi­cult if not im­pos­si­ble for gen­uine devel­op­ment to take place in the South East un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Buhari.

For in­stance, Kanu has or­dered Ig­bos in Anam­bra state not to ex­er­cise their fran­chise in the up­com­ing Gu­ber elec­tion in Novem­ber un­til the fed­eral gov­ern­ment ad­dresses his group’s de­mand for a ref­er­en­dum on Bi­afra. an at­tempt to de­rail democ­racy in the state and ex­pose the peo­ple to an­ar­chy.

The strug­gle by Kanu to be rel­e­vant un­der the guise of ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion of Bi­afra does not en­joy the sup­port of right think­ing Igbo peo­ple both at home and in di­as­pora.

His ac­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties had prompted north­ern youths un­der the aegis of ‘Arewa Youth Fo­rum’ in Kaduna to serve quit no­tice to Ig­bos liv­ing in the North. Kanu’s ag­i­ta­tion has also re­vived the call for Oduduwa repub­lic, which be­fore now, has been for­got­ten.

Kanu had been found to have flouted some of the con­di­tions at­tached to his bail, hence, his bail be re­voked im­me­di­ately for con­tin­ued peace in the coun­try.

Gbenga Odunsi, ade­boye­olug­benga70@gmail. com

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