A former military administrator of Kaduna state, Col Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd), has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against re-arresting IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) had last week applied to the courts to have Kanu’s bail revoked after failing to adhere to his bail conditions.
Umar, the chairman Movement for Unity and Progress (MUP), said such move will not only be ill-advised but also “dangerous and politically unwise.”
Quoting Usman Dan Fodio’s famous admonition that leaders shouldn’t promote favouritism, the Umar warned that Buhari’s handling of the IPOB matter has been one-sided from the onset.
Mazi Kanu is not a common criminal as the government appears to think. On the contrary, he is a bitter young man fighting for a fairer deal for his Igbo kinsmen. His seeming militant approach is the result of the strong-arm tactics with which the federal government deals with him.
Like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, many Igbos genuinely feel marginalized since they belong to the category of those who gave Mr. President only 5% of their votes and appeared to have fallen out of his favour.
While showing understanding for Buhari’s insistence that the unity of Nigeria is a sealed issue given his experience as a veteran of the civil war, Umar said such a closed view does not take into account the mood of the nation as indicated by the growing agitations for self-determination, restructuring and many other similar demands.
If indeed the President is able to ignore and silence those agitators, it will be a case of suspended animation. All indications are that Nigeria has become so polarized that it requires a strong personality like General Buhari to sustain its fragile unity.
He also pointed out that this does not bode well for the survival of the nation.
Most Nigerians are convinced of the need to maintain Nigeria’s unity, cognisant of the enormous benefits all sections drive from a large, diverse and resource rich country.
The federation also provides a security umbrella to all the federating units which enhance their survivability and prosperity. It is difficult to see how any of them can fare better out of the federation.
But the fact that there are growing agitations for self-determination, restructuring and other similar demands speak gravely of the way the federation is being governed. Nigeria’s unity can only be guaranteed when all its citizens feel they are given a fair deal; when all its component parts are treated justly and equitably.
Nigeria’s unity can only be guaranteed when all its citizens feel they are given a fair deal; when all its component parts are treated justly and equitably.