According to a pro- democracy group, Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development (FENRAD), if care is not taking another civil war might be at hand in Nigeria.
FENRAD made the statement as it urged the FG to ensure that Nnamdi Kanu does not miss his upcoming appearance in court slated for October 21st.
You would recall that Nnamdi Kanu failed to appear before the Honourable Justice Binta Nyako of the FCT High Court on the26th July, 2021. The Pro- democracy group has now warned that a repeat of such might be detrimental to the state of the nation. FENRAD in a release jointly signed by its Executive Director, Nelson Nnanna- Nwafor and the Head Corporate Accountability and Human Rights Enforcement, Barrister Akande Femisi, and issued to DAILY POST stated that, ” Since the operation leading to Kanu’ s interception in a foreign country, an exercise which did not follow the required diplomatic protocols and international law instruments to which Nigeria is a signatory, Kanu’ s proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB had declared ‘ Ghost Mondays’ or Mondays ‘ sit- at- home’ over the entire Southeast as a protest measure against the continued detention of its leader” .
” Even though the separatists came out themselves saying the measure no longer stands, it was much like closing the stable door after the horse had bolted. Today, all manner of persons acting as sit- at- home enforcers had attacked businesses and properties in the region for perceived nonobservance of the order of stay- at- home. The situation escalated to the extent where non- state actors could declare a sit- at- home order from numerous sources including the grapevine. As it appears now, governments at all levels– both at federal and regional– had failed to address this problem, creating at the process needless tension and economic problems in a hitherto calm region. FENRAD believes leadership failure at the region, among its five regional governors of the Southeast, produced Kanu who manages Radio Biafra, a media house the federal government, after failing to jam, says pours out expletives and hate materials against the federation” .
” The detention of Kanu has not served a win- win for the region or the government and so if this situation continues the tension in the region will escalate the more. Against the backdrop of marginalisation of the Igbo and other groups in Nigeria’ s South, Kanu formed and now leads IPOB, a group seeking for the plebiscitary restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra, an apparent attempt to restore a short- lived republic that was declared by the military governor, Lt. Col. Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu in May 1967 after killings of Easterners in other parts of the country resulting in a thirty- month civil war. Today, if the situation is not well managed, 1967 could be here again” .