Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 19 August 2017 | 1,946 times
Legal practitioners under the umbrella body of Anambra State Lawyers in Defence of Democracy (ASLADD) while reacting to an attack on the body by Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday urged the federal government to immediately commence the investigation of the activities of the group to avoid their plunging the country into another civil war.
The group who were angered by IPOB’s statement which described them as faceless and non-existent described as unfortunate a situation where IPOB’s leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who was a huge beneficiary of their legal prowess and professional benevolence, could turn around and accuse the noble body of being responsible for the Ekwulobia crisis, where IPOB members allegedly disrupted a church service where Governor Willie Obiano was worshiping.
A statement made available to journalists in Awka and signed by the convener of ASLADD, Mr. Johnmary Jideofor, the group reminded Knu of the futility of his attempt at truncating Anambra election saying that Kanu’s home state Abia, needs more help to rescue her from dilapidated infrastructures than Anambra State.
The statement reads: “Kanu should know that this is an election where he has no legitimate interest in whatever becomes the outcome of that democratic exercise.
“In our considered view, his home state Abia, with deep humility and respect, needs more help to rescue her from dilapidated infrastructures than our dear Anambra State that currently shines the light in most indices of governance.
“All the madness being orchestrated by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is ultimately aimed at possibly setting the polity ablaze, using the fuel of hate and intimidating speeches, in the phantom hope that the weighty criminal charges hanging on his neck would drown in the ensuing melee.
“In achieving this devious intention, which is a mere fishing expedition in the desert, Nnamdi Kanu would not mind using as many uninformed and less-privileged compatriots as are available as his canon-fodders.
“We are compelled to state for the umpteenth time that we shall never fold our alms and watch Nnamdi Kanu pull our sacred constitution apart, pollute the system with rotten speeches of putrid hatred, acrimonious vituperations and denigrating venoms while pouring acerbic expletives on the foundations of our democracy in a manner that is capable of bringing an organised society to a perilous end.”
“Kanu should be rest assured that if we could use our legal arsenal to rescue him from the Kuje gulag after waging a very deadly and fierce legal battle on his behalf against the Federal Government of Nigeria, amidst all odds, we equally have more than what it takes in our legal armoury to decisively end his impunity and defend democracy from his tyranny, imposition and buffoonery in Anambra State, which is our primary constituency.”
According to Jideofor who was among Kanu’s lawyers when he was in detention at Kuje Prison, participating in an election was purely discretionary on the part of the citizens.
He vowed that his group would never accept a situation where Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB was deploying violent means to scare law-abiding Anambrarians away from the polls.
Jideofor while alleging that Kanu had repeatedly issued assassination threats to him, called on the relevant authorities to urgently commence a high-powered clinical investigation into the activities of the IPOB.
Furthermore, he said: “Biafra is a sacred ideology which is not commodious enough to admit acts of outlawry, criminal intimidations and charlatanism under its canopied ambience.
“We find it so unfortunate and discomforting that the conduct of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has forced us to address him in the very words we addressed President Muhammed Buhari when we wrote him on the 6th of January, 2016, condemning his refusal to free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, despite an existing court order.
“How time flies! The same impunity and disobedience of court order levied against our president last year is what Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is gleefully practicing today. If Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had obeyed the ruling of the court anchoring his bail to many conditions, most of which he has violated even though he earlier agreed to them, the Ekwulobia tragedy would not have occurred.
“It was in the process of disobeying the court order banning him from organizing and/or attending rallies that Ekwulobia tragedy eventuated. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, his IPOB and the whole world can now see where the culpability of Ekwulobia tragedy lies.”
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