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Release All Prisoners Of Conscience, Group Urges Buhari

Nnamdi Kanu
Posted: Oct 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Emeka Okafor

Aba – The Expanded meeting of Elders and Management Committee of the Southern Nigeria Peoples  Assembly (SNPA) ended in Umuahia, Abia State capital, with a call on President Mohammadu Buhari to immediately release Nnamdi Kalu and others currently being detained by the Federal government.

The group in an 11-point communiqué issued at the end of its meeting, Tuesday evening at the Micheal Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, ?signed jointly by Chief Mbazulike Amaechi , Chief Edwin Clark, Senator Femi Okurounmu (Representing Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi), noted with dismay the continued detention of these Nigerians by government.

Prominent among those in attendance were Senator Adolphus Wabara,  Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, Sen Kofo Bucknor Akerele,  Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Sen. Anthony Adefuyi, Iyom JosepineAnenih, Gen Tony Etukudoh, Prof George Obiozor, Professor Ihechukwu Madubuike and Sen Adelekan. Others were Dr Gregory Ibe, Sen Bassey Ewa Henshaw, Tunde Akogun, Sen Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, Sen Roland Owie, Col. Pam Oga and Chief Simon Nsobundu Okeke.

According to SNPA, the continued incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu and other Nigerian prisoners of conscience after Courts of competent jurisdictions have granted them bail shows a gross disregard to due process, disrespect for the judiciary and abuse of their fundamental right”.

“The Elders, Leaders and Management of SNPA deliberated on the continuous herdsman attack on Southern Nigeria, the controversial grazing bill before the National Assembly, the urgent call for restructuring Nigeria, the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers and the military presence in the Niger Delta Region. Other issues discussed include the Nigeria Economy and options for Economic cooperation and diversification by Southern States and the anti-corruption war of President Mohammadu Buhari led Government.

SNPA noted, “That the continued incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu and other Nigerian prisoners of conscience after Courts of competent jurisdictions have granted them judicial bails show a gross disregard to due process, disrespect for the judiciary and abuse of their fundamental right. .     That the herdsmen attack in Southern Nigeria is a reoccurring feature despite repeated calls to the Federal Government to deal with this issue decisively.

The Southern leaders then called on President Buhari to respect the rule of law, pronouncement and ruling of Courts of competent jurisdiction by ensuring the immediate release of Nnamdi Kalu and all other prisoners of conscience which various courts have granted bail and who have subsequently met their bail conditions.

“The principle of separation of power must be applied to advance our democracy and strict adherence to acceptable dignified tenets of investigation, arrest and prosecution be applied”.

The group observed that the rampaging  attacks, raping, wanton destructions of lives and properties of innocent Nigerians have continued unabated particularly the recent killings in Enugu state, Benue State which borders with Cross River state does not make for peaceful co-existence and stability  of the country.

“That the draft ill-conceived Grazing bill which seeks to establish grazing reserves across the states of Nigeria is not only anachronistic and antiquated, but also an unfortunate imposition of what ought to be private commercial business ventures into a national or government business.

“That the unwillingness of the President Buhari administration to begin the implementation of the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference is objectionable as the resolutions of that Conference if implemented shall resolve the many political, socio-economic and security challenges of the nation.

“That the extant and lopsided appointments into Federal positions and offices which indeed skewed against the people of Southern Nigeria especially the South East and South -South is unacceptable, unconstitutional and is capable of eroding the confidence of the people of the Southern Nigeria on the ability of this government to protect their interest.

It viewed with concern the rising incident of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in parts of Nigeria especially in the South and the need for the security agencies and the leaders of thoughts to join hands in tackling them.

The group further noted with concern the rapid collapse in the nation’s infrastructure especially the supply of power, the deplorable state of Federal roads in Southern Nigeria and their negative impact on our economy.

It decried the unprecedented loss in value of Naira against other major foreign currencies which has resulted in the inability of the business and manufacturing sectors to source enough foreign exchange for their operations.

According to the Southern Elders, this development has reduced the productive capacity of the real sector leading to increased unemployment and has brought untold hardship to Nigerians.

However, the group resolved to support the administration of President Buhari  in his effort to move our country forward especially in his anti-corruption efforts, war on the insurgency and his effort to revive our ailing economy.

“In doing this, we urge him to respect the rule of law, the protection of citizens fundamental rights and the pronouncements of the Courts of competent jurisdiction. The President should note that the war on corruption should neither be vindictive nor selective as selective justice amounts to injustice.

SNPA however advised Northern Elders to desist from infusing the present administration the “we versus them” mentality which is responsible for creating division and suspicion in the polity,. “Therefore the government should consciously ensure equitable distribution of appointments and projects”.

“We call on the Federal Government to negotiate with the Niger Delta agitators/Avengers and the agitators for Biafra to find a peaceful resolution of their grievances rather than the current use of force.

“That the fight against corruption should be total and inclusive. Where prosecution, conviction and recovery of loot should be applied irrespective of status, political affiliation and ethnicity. Plea bargaining should be discontinued”.

In his keynote address to declare the meeting open, Governor  Victor Okezie Ikpeazu commended the Elders and leaders for coming together to unite the South and to promote the unity of Nigeria.

He expressed his appreciation for the choice of Umuahia as the venue for the crucial meeting of this great body of Elder statesmen and women who contributed greater part of their lives for the development and unity of Nigeria.

Governor Ikpeazu urged participants at the meeting to come out with the far reaching recommendations to address the myriad challenges of Nigeria, especially the ones the South is facing.

Comments (1)

  • Nhlane Masuku Oct 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm Nhlane Masuku

    Only God can release. Human beings pray to Him. Matthew 21 v 22. It is biblically inappropriate to superimposed a human being as the omnipotent and omniscient before God.

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