The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety). has decried the recent letter written by the Arewa Youths in which Senator Ike Ekweremadu was accused of visiting IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu as a ploy clearly scripted to oust the Deputy Senate President describing it as the machination of Northern cabals.
The group in a statement on Tuesday, said the letter written to the office was nothing but” is a clear case of calling a dog a bad name so as to hang it.
“This is more so when Senator Ike Ekweremadu was mischievously mentioned or singled out leaving out the likes of Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose and Femi Fani-Kayode who also visited Nnamdi Kanu.
The Board Chairman of Intersociety, Emeka Umeagbalasi, said the Arewa Youths had in the same letter demonize and castigate the exercise of the same rights by leading pro-Biafra groups using non-violence stressing that it was spurious allegation that IPOB, MASSOB and the entire Igbo Race are threatening Nigeria with war and violence by championing the pro-Biafra self-determination and ordering members of the Hausa-Fulani Muslims to leave the Igbo Land.
“Also condemned unreservedly is the Arewa Youths’ tagging of the January 1966 bloody military coup in Nigeria as “Igbo coup”. This is totally sad, unfortunate and out-rightly condemnable. The position of the Arewa Youths is also grounded in sheer deep-seated ignorance of the military subculture of planning and executing successful and unsuccessful military coups during military incursions in politics across the world including Africa and Nigeria; where, for instance, group cult and trust is a fundamental requirement for planning and executing any military coup.
“Their warped position is also borne out of deep-seated hatred and vendetta and evocation of genocidal sentiments against the Igbo Race. The Arewa Youths also admitted that the 1966 July Coup was Hausa-Fulani counter bloody coup leading to the death of 340 officers of Old Eastern Region in revenge for the first and erroneously tagged “Igbo Coup”. If the Hausa-Fulani had so revenge, why all the anti-Igbo massacres in northern Nigeria since then including the genocidal massacres of the 1967-70 Civil War as well as allied post-1970 anti-Igbo massacres up to 2016 numbering over 25 or executed in more than 25 locations and occasions in Northern Nigeria?
“These treaties and conventions the Arewa Youths in their letter commendably admitted to being legally binding on the Federal Republic of Nigeria having willingly, obligatorily and dutifully acceded to them in 1983 and 1993 respectively by way of ratification. The recognition of the Arewa Youths in their referenced letter to peoples’ rights to referendum and free democratic and political choice under nonviolence and zero State violence is worthy of note and commendation.
“Till date, Citizen Nnamdi Kanu and others are not common criminals or terminal violators of laws of the land under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. There are no traces of them taking arms against the People and Government of Nigeria within a defined rebellious territory with recorded armaments and human and material casualties on offensive sides. Yet there are motley of recorded or documented unspeakable State violence against the citizens and properties of the Igbo Race. It must be further stated that a mere call for constitutional change using nonviolence is never a crime in Nigeria. An instant case is the 2014 National or Constitutional Conference.
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The group said its response was warranted by its concern with; are the collective right of a people or a race to safe living; right to preservation and protection of ethnic identities; right to existence and development as a people or a race; right of a people to free democratic, cultural, political and economic choices and free speeches using nonviolence; right of a race or tribe to peaceful co-existence in a pluralistic socio-cultural society and collective management or elimination of agents and signs of divided societies by the territorially existing ethnic nationalities; and right of a people or a tribe against State actor and non-State actor or direct and indirect structural, direct and cultural violence.
Intersociety asserted it”firmly believe in the United Federal Republic of Nigeria thoroughly or strictly governed according to the Supreme dictates and wishes of the peoples of the Republic under democratic pluralism and constitutionalism; and a popular constitution strictly or totally founded on the supremacy of the people, equality, rule of law, geographic and demographic equity and fairness and proportionate distribution of Federal and State offices, appointments and resources.
“Also a collectively inhabitable and peopling Nigeria of all and sundry is a Nigeria of equal access to justice, non- discrimination on the grounds of sex, origin, tribe or religion; free democratic choice and speech; and inalienable rights of all peoples to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. A Nigeria other than the above is a questionable, rejected and collectively uninhabitable Nigeria!
Intersociety, therefore, noted that the Nigerian Government’s lukewarm and nonchalant attitudes towards holistically addressing the decades-long direct, structural and cultural violence against the Igbo Race and other ethnic nationalities, which has been escalated by the present Buhari/Osinbajo Government literally places the same central Government as the number one enemy and hater of united, equal, peace loving, peacefully coexisting and prosperous Federal Republic of Nigeria.