The Niger Delta Initiative Austria (NDIA) has demanded the unconditional and quick launch from detention of the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and different political prisoners held by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities.
The group additionally known as for the discharge of the 5 Nigerian activists arrested along with a blind Saxophonist on the Dunamis International Gospel Centre for sporting #BuhariMustGo T-shirts.
Also in response to the group, the restriction of press protection of Kanu’s trial is sufficient cause to know the trial is not going to be free and truthful.
The Department of State Services (DSS) and the Federal High Court of Nigeria had earlier launched a memo figuring out solely 10 media homes accredited to cowl the trial of the IPOB chief.
The media organisations embrace the TV station and newspaper belonging to the nationwide chief of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, TVC, and The Nation respectively; Premium Times, Daily Independent, The Herald, NTA, AIG, News Agency of Nigeria, and Channels TV.
“Many of us are very familiar with the Nigerian injustice system. We are aware of the violation and negation of basic citizen’s rights. We shall not sit back and fold our hands or keep our lips sealed and allow the terrorist-led federal government of Nigeria to treat genuine agitators like common criminals. The ferocious secret police only accredited ten media houses to cover the @MaziNnamdiKanu’s trial, a sign that his trial won’t be free and fair.”
A assertion by the founder and CEO of the group, Nyherovwo Ochuko Eriema, on Monday additionally criticised the dealing with of the affairs of Nigeria by Buhari.
The group stated although it considers Kanu’s claims and unilateral inclusion of the Niger Delta area into the proposed Biafra map with out due session as disrespectful, it recognises that the progenitors of the nation based it on duplicity.
It added that the “biased and cruel model of wealth partition must not be allowed to continue”.
“The Niger Delta Initiative Austria (NDIA) is using this statement to join other notable civil society organisations to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu and other political prisoners and journalists held without trial by the ruthless and killer secret Nigerian police on the order of General Muhammadu Buhari.
“NDIA calls for the unconditional and quick launch from detention of 5 Nigerian activists arrested along with a blind Saxophonist on the Dunamis Gospel Church for sporting the #BuhariMustGo T-Shirts,” it said.
Knocking the treatment of the oil-rich Niger Delta region by the government, the group said, “The current passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) after virtually twenty years and one wherein the northern senators brazenly opposed a extra applicable wealth sharing mannequin for oil-bearing communities of the Niger Delta leaves extra questions in our breasts than solutions.
“Oil-bearing communities are victims of the environmental war being waged on the region by oil multinational companies in collaboration with the federal government. The refusal by the All Progressives Congress senators to admit electronic transmission of election results in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill justifies our earlier affirmations that it is either the present rulers of the Nigerian state are out of ideas or are not ready to do the needful in trying to set the country on the right path.
“Time is not going to permit us to speak concerning the deteriorating state of the nation’s insecurity. Schoolchildren are on the mercy of kidnappers. Parents and guardians are left alone to barter the discharge of their wards with some who by no means made it again.
“The gruesome killing of innocent people by the terrorist Fulani herdsmen that the federal government of Nigeria has refused to designate as a terrorist group makes the path to unity an illusion and a path to self-annihilation.
“Nnamdi Kanu by no means used weapons nor bombs in his quest for a sovereign Biafran state. His organisation, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was designated a terrorist organisation by the Fulani-led federal authorities of Nigeria whereas leaving precise terrorists they confer with as bandits and herdsmen to function with arbitrary impunity.”