Causing an uproar on the internet are the strong words of Lauretta Onochie, the personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social media.
On Tuesday, the presidential aide said that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, has overstepped his legally permitted boundaries.
Having violated 3 of his bail conditions, observers have long speculated a reaction from the government. Giving the expectation a face is Onochie who also insinuates there are rising calls for the IPOB leader to be arrested given his latest activities of conducting rallies and gradually setting up security services for Biafra.
Lauretta Onochie says the Buhari administration is heavy on due process. Such is the approach in following the IPOB leader. She went on to note that disregarding the bail conditions is as rebellious as it is a sign of ingratitude to the Judge who worked hard to make his consistently denied bail a reality.
Recall that several judges on their own or following orders withdrew from his case. Eventually, Justice Nyako took the case and made Kanu’s bail which Onochie regards as “unmeritorious” possible.
Without a doubt, Onochie is certain that “the right thing will be done. Which is, Lock him up and dump the keys in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.”
Lauretta Onochie said this in her statement:
“I must say that I’m personally impressed by the clamour by Nigerians to have Kenny Okwu Kanu, alias “Nnamdi” Kanu, cut to size. It’s therefore, not true that we are a lawless people, as the Ohaneze Ndigbo would have the world believe.
“The laws of our land have paths they follow. If anyone goes contrary to the provisions of our laws, they get pulled in by the laws they have flouted. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari will follow due process in all that it does.
“But now that Little Kanu has broken the 3 main conditions of his bail, and gone ahead to establish his own police, army and secret service, it’s time to pull him back to where he belongs.”
According to the presidential aide, the IPOB leader has ruthlessly thrown caution to the wind by flouting 3 of his bail conditions.
- Nnamdi Kanu must not hold rallies.
- He must not grant interviews.
- He must not be in a crowd of more than 10 people.
Concluding her statement, Lauretta Onochie said:
“The application for The revocation of that unmerited bail is in process. The court will hear that application after recess. The court granted him that unmerited favour.
“The court, the same court, is also expected to hear the evidence of his unlawful behaviors and decide whether or not to annul that grace that was granted him.
“The truth is that most of Little Kanu’s followers are touts, hooligans and hoodlums. They also grew up in the dingy Onitsha and Aba markets, breathing recycled oxygen and with NO formal education at all.
“They do not have the ability to process information or respond civilly. So they resort to name calling and abuses. They deserve our sympathies.”
When Buhari’s presidential aide makes such a statement, it is more or less considered a hint or warning from the Federal Government.
Indeed, Nigeria has never been so divided as it is now. Every section of Nigeria today is clamoring for attention; some for secession, some others for restructuring.
What is most disturbing is the Nigerian government’s indifference in the matter.
The same indifference that has tolerated the killing thousands by criminal herdsmen and bigots in Southern Kaduna and across the nation in general; the same indifference that has not brought at least one offender of these crimes to book; the same indifference that looms over Arewa Youth’s quit notice issued to South-eastern residents in the north.
From economy, insurgency and ethnic crisis, the Nigerian federal government is saddled with a lot at the moment,
On ethnic differences, former Nigerian ambassador, George Obiozor recently warned that neither playing around with the idea of restructuring Nigeria nor intimidation will bridge the nation’s internal divisions.