22nd November 2016
Italy Breaks Silence, Mounts Pressure On Buhari To Immediately Release Nnamdi Kanu
Below is the English translation of the statement as it appears on an Italian tabloid. Read below...
Nnamdi Kanu is a British citizen, in prison since October 14, 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria's capital by the will of the President, the General. Muhammadu Buhari, despite numerous court orders requiring his immediate and unconditional release. Kanu is a political prisoner because it brings out the campaign for the right to self-determination of the indigenous people of Biafra.
The secret police of Nigeria known as DSS has kidnapped and arrested Kanu on his arrival in Lagos October 14, 2015 from London. He was falsely accused of treason and detained by order of President Buhari who vowed never to allow the release despite the fact that the competent courts had ruled that he could not be held. Kanu is a human rights activist and leader of the indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Nnamdi Kanu is considered a wise man by his people. His words and teachings that were often broadcast on Radio Biafra were regarded as hate speech by people who have little or no knowledge of who he was, where it came from and what is its mission. Nnamdi Kanu has been a quiet leader but blunt, a leader who calmly and in truth brought the necessary attention on what is the cruel situation of Biafrans. There were mega protests in all cities of Biafra in solidarity with the arrest of Mr. Kanu. Many Biafrans were killed and continue to be killed by the Nigerian government, during and after these protests despite the Biafrans manifested and always demonstrate peacefully and unarmed.
Recently, the EU and Amnesty International in their reports have stated that Nigeria has violated the human rights of the prisoner Nnamdi Kanu detaining him in a cell where he has available less than three square meters. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has therefore condemned Nigeria for the inhuman and degrading treatment that Nnamdi Kanu has received since he was arrested by the Nigerian DSS, treatments that he continues to receive uptill now in Kuje prison (Abuja). Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB was morally, mentally and physically damaged by severe and inhuman torture received from the DSS agents on the orders of Nigerian President Buhari.
According to Amnesty International, "hundreds of citizens of Biafra are killed each year by corrupt Nigerian police officers, by the military and the DSS officials, and all this happens in the total silence of the Nigerian authorities and the administration of Muhammadu Buhari, who seems to ignore the problem. One question that many people ask is why Amnesty International has not yet declared Nnamdi Kanu Prisoner of conscience? Amnesty International has never sent an observer to the process of Kanu. The Nigerian government seeks to punish Nnamdi Kanu for telling the truth. Kanu said things responsibly and conscientiously and was able to provide information which he reasonably believes constitutes evidence of human rights abuses against its indigenous people of Biafra that the Nigerian government would want to keep secret. This typically would be a reason and grounds for Amnesty International to consider the person, in this case Kanu a prisoner of conscience.
In other cases there was a much more effective intervention of international organizations for human rights such as Amnesty For instance, after the Pussy Riot group had staged a protest in Moscow, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior last year, Amnesty International has urged the Russian authorities to release three women arrested in connection with the incidents prior to their trial. These women were tough and provocative attitudes, but Amnesty International has clearly stated that the Pussy Riot had been targeted because of their "political opinion" recognizing these people the status of POC (Prisoners Of Conscience). Kanu is a human rights activist especially through radio, and we can categorically affirm that he never preached hates.
He was simply exercising his right to freedom of speech and expression. All the things he said have helped millions of indigenous people of Biafra to know their true identity and their history. Kanu has delivered the people of Biafra from mental slavery. The reasons that led Nnamdi Kanu to fight for his people was because he was horrified by the "thirst for blood" of the Nigerian government, the army, the police and DSS.
In several videos taken are seen real "mass murders" committed during peaceful demonstrations of unarmed civilians by Nigerian agents. He hoped that the international community and public opinion would be outraged. If Amnesty International and other welfare organizations doesn't do anything against Nigeria they might risk losing its credibility. The Nigerian government submits Kanu to an extremely punitive and degrading treatment.
- The Oriental Times