By Emmanuel Udom
Coalition for Revolution, has taken the retired Major-General Muhammad Buhari-led Federal Government to the ‘cleaners’ over the recent arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and the attack on Sunday Igboho, the Yoruba Separatist warlord.
CORE, in a press statement issued and signed by Baba Aye and Gbenga Komolafe, Conveners of the non-governmental organization, titled: Enough of Chasing Shadows, said the abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by Nigerian intelligence operatives in faraway Kenya has once again demonstrated the extreme lengths the Major-General Buhari (retd.)’s government will muzzle any opposition to the frantic pace of destruction it inflicts on Nigerians at all levels of governance.
According to CORE, this regime has acted as a body of brigands that promote illegality, insisting that first, due process should have been followed to extradite Nnamdi Kanu, or any alleged fugitive for that matter, in the form of legal authorization from the host country of the fugitive and an arrest warrant issued for an arrest to take place legitimately.
However, it would appear that Nnamdi Kanu was abducted and probably drugged before being brought to Nigeria.
Similarly, the Gestapo raid on Sunday Igboho’s residence and the avoidable killing of several people during that raid was a reprehensible violation of due process. An arrest warrant to facilitate the arrest of suspects and search of their residence was the least that would have been expected, rather than a needless violent raid on Sunday Igboho’s residence.
The Coalition for Revolution CORE is appalled that while the Federal Government is taking these extreme measures to rein in and muzzle agitations against underdevelopment and generalized insecurity in Nigeria, little or nothing is being done to address the disasters that daily living has become for the poor masses in Nigeria.
WHY NIGERIANS WILL CONTINUE TO AGITATE
1. According to UNESCO, in 2013, Nigeria was ranked as the country with the highest number of out of-school children in the world, approximately 10.5 million. Despite that, 60% of the children enrolled
in primary school are not learning. The quality of teaching and learning is so poor that many do not go to secondary school. Of those that go to secondary school, many cannot even read and write when they finish. Only about 10% make it to the tertiary level. This has frightening consequences for the country’s development.
2. Nigeria has a shortage of doctors. Health care in Nigeria is severely underfunded. Health care workers in Nigeria are grossly underpaid.
2Over 70% of healthcare spending in Nigeria is out-of-pocket. 200 medical doctors took up residence in the UK alone, just last week but Nigeria’s president and other members of the ruling class jet out regularly for routine medical check-up.
3. In 2021, the unemployment rate in Nigeria is estimated to reach 32.5 percent. One of the highest rates in the world. This figure is projected to increase further in 2022.
4. Electricity supply, potable water supply, roads, and other basic infrastructures are run down, making productive investments impossible.
5. Generalized insecurity with wanton killings, kidnapping for ransom, rural banditry by rogue herders resulting in widespread disruption of food production and near-famine situation across the country
But, the government at all levels continues to implement policies that deepen existing crises. Incessant increases in school fees leading to students’ protests and killings have been the order of the day. The most recent of these was the killing of protesting students in Kaduna state earlier this week.
Despite the high unemployment rate, governments have embarked on mass sacks of workers. Eviction and demolition of poor people’s workplaces and homes continue at alarming rates. Meanwhile, massive thefts of public funds remain regular occurrences without redress. But peaceful dissent is violently clamped down.
Indeed,he government’s attention seems all taken up with hunting down agitators who dare to cry out.
CORE, therefore, uses this medium to call on all Nigerians to speak out and ACT for us to defend our fundamental rights to life, freedom to associate, and express discontent without fear.
CORE calls for the release of those abducted: Nnamdi Kano of IPOB and those arrested from Sunday Igboho’s home.
The families of those killed in the course of the illegal raid on Igboho’s residence should be compensated. At the same time, the killers should be brought to book. We will NOT be silenced!