BIAFRA: Igbo Leaders Maintains Deafening Silence As Buhari Condemns Nnamdi Kanu...But Released A Convicted Terrorist, Kabiru Sokoto
Written By Anyikwa Cynthia
For Biafra Writers
8th January 2017
For the avoidance of doubt from those who doesn't know him, Kabiru Sokoto is a released culprit who was serving his lifetime in prison after committing a heinous crime against humanity. He is a well-known terrorist trained by President Muhammadu Buhari who used him and his gang of Boko Haram insurgents to mastermind the killing of many innocent citizens in order to blackmail and discredit his political opponents and to bring down the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. He used these dreadful terrorists in rigging himself back into power having been rejected by Nigerians on three previous attempts.
The convicted Boko Haram kingpin, Kabiru Dikko, alias Kabiru Sokoto, was convicted on a two-count terrorism charge by a Federal High Court in Abuja on December 20, 2013, presided by Honorable Justice Ademola. Kabiru was found guilty after trial and was then sentenced to life imprisonment.
The court found him guilty of facilitating the commission of acts relating to terrorism and concealing information from security agencies on December 25, 2011, planting a bomb in a car at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger state which claimed many innocent lives while scores were critically injured.
Granted that the President is constitutionally empowered by Section 175 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, to exercise the prerogative of mercy in favour of any person concerned with or convicted of an offense, there is conditions precedent to the exercise of this power. The prerogative of mercy can only be exercised in favour of any person upon the recommendation of the body known as the “Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy.”
After the recommendation, the President must consult with the Council of State in line with Section 175 (2) of the Constitution before he can exercise his prerogative of mercy in favour of any person convicted.
There is a pointer indicating the fact that such recommendation wasn't made by the statutory body assigned with such responsibility, instead, President Buhari arbitrarily released a rascal, Kabiru Sokoto, without consulting or getting the approval of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy for Kabiru Sokoto to be granted a pardon.
It is pertinent to state here that Buhari is a President without an atom of regard to the rule of law, he breaks and impedes every law in the Nigerian constitution, meddling in every activity of the state as well as flouting competent court orders.
It is a display of sheer hatred and vindictiveness for somebody like Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), with no involvement or indirect ties to acts of terrorism or killings to be held extra-judiciary in detention not to talk of subjecting him to secret trial, whilst a confirmed, condemned and convicted Kabiru Sokoto was tried and sentenced in the public, and now being granted State pardon by his master, the Chief sponsor and negotiator of the Boko Haram sect, Muhammadu Buhari.
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As malicious as this sounds, unsubstantiated and wicked insinuations by some Igbo leaders to assume rehabilitation of second Niger bridge, resource control, and presidential slot is the problem of Biafrans when their innocent son Nnamdi Kanu is being held illegally in captivity not for any criminal record whatsoever, but for agitating for his legitimate right and the rights of all Biafrans; the Biafra independence that would benefit Biafrans as a whole.
It is baffling and bewildering why some mischievous Igbo leaders still maintain deafening silence, sitting in the comfort of their homes mopping while their son Nnamdi Kanu is being held in detention, tortured and dehumanized for agitating for his people's freedom especially when Buhari is about to jail him through secret trial while they did nothing to condemn Buhari's actions against Kanu and IPOB.
From the standpoint of public policy, it is unthinkable for a convicted terrorist who facilitated the murder of innocent people to be granted state pardon. What signals are they sending to the masses and the outside world? What will be the motivation for such an offensive pardon? That will amount to legitimizing the insane and beastly ideology of Boko Haram especially when they have not renounced such evil and destructive ideology.
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Again, how many members of the terrorist sect have been convicted since the insurgency began and since Buhari assumed office? None whatsoever because Buhari is sympathetic to their cause and has sworn to avenge the death of any member of Boko Haram by stating that "any attack against Boko Haram terrorists is an attack against the Islamic caliphate of the Northern Nigeria".
Why should any reasonable President ever think of freeing Kabiru Sokoto whose conviction has bolstered the anti-terrorism war?
It is not necessary for Muhammadu Buhari to release the prisoner of conscience, citizen Nnamdi Kanu, who has twice been granted bail by two competent courts of jurisdiction. It is also not necessary for Buhari to respond to Biafra agitation by acknowledging self-determination for Biafra sovereignty. But it was easy for Buhari to grant aid and abet a condemned rogue known in the person of Kabiru Sokoto. What a hypocrisy!
The continuous incarceration of citizen Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje prison, Abuja, despite previous court rulings for his release, while releasing Kabiru; a deadly and high-ranking terrorist whose atrocious acts were confirmed by a court of competent jurisdiction will amount to dancing on the graves of innocent Biafrans and Nigerians who have been murdered by the sect.
President Buhari, whose administration has rendered many Nigerians useless and everything in Nigeria stagnated with plagues that had visited eight villages in the North followed by recent economic recession facing the damnable lawless entity, Nigeria, will be so callous and insensitive of Muhammadu Buhari not to have noticed that all these calamities and misfortunes that have inflicted on Nigeria and more to come are as a result of the innocent man Nnamdi Kanu whom he kept in his custody while killing his peaceful people (Biafrans). Buhari should release Nnamdi Kanu to save Nigerians from experiencing more problems and hardships.
Buhari cannot escape the law of Karma, Igbo leaders, on the other hand, must not go unpunished.
Written By Anyikwa Cynthia
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Published By IkeChukwu NwaOrisa
For Biafra Writers