Allow Biafra go if they so much desire it, it is their right-Adegboruwa

Rights activist and legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has
urged Federal Government to consider option of negotiation and
civilised way to address issue of agitation currently going on in all
the states of the South East instead of show of strength or display
of military might.
Adegboruwa gave the advice in press release he issued, on
Thursday, while reviewing the declaration by the Indigenous People
of Biafra (IPOB) to embark on a sit-at-home protest for September
14, against alleged suppression by the Federal Government and its
forces and swift response by the government to mobilise all
security agencies, through the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and
the Department of State Services (DSS), to quell the protest, at all
costs.
He said the rights to self determination, by ethnic groups, is
guaranteed under the United Nation’s Charter and indeed the
African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, all of which
Nigeria was a signatory to.
According to him, “Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution guarantees
freedom of expression to all citizens of Nigeria,
while section 40 grants the right of association.
Based on this, Adegboruwa held that decision by any citizen of
Nigeria, or some group of persons, to sit-at-home, is covered and
protected under sections 39 and 40 of the Constitution, so long as
it is peaceful and orderly.
“There is thus no need for any show of strength or display of
military might,
by the allied security forces of Nigeria, supposedly against
unarmed civilians,
as is currently going on in all the States of the South East.
“If the people of that region decide on their own volition, to lock up
their shops, close their schools and churches and mosques for just
one day.
“I don’t see how that can be the business of government to warrant
the mobilisation of war planes and military artilleries by the
government,
against its own citizens that it was elected to protect.
“However, am well aware that the Federal Government recently
secured the order of the Federal High Court, to declare IPOB as
proscribed, and the case is still ongoing.
“To that extent, it would amount to self help and a negation of the
rule of law and respect for the noble institution of the judiciary,
for IPOB to openly defy the court and proceed on its sit at home
protest.
“This could well be achieved or piloted through another
organization. And the government can as well respond to this, by
invoking the disciplinary jurisdiction of the court, to deal with any
issue of contempt of court, if established”, he said.
In his opinion, the activist said past experiences showed clearly
that most ethnic agitations were fueled by marginalisation and
neglect and it took the election of Olusegun Obasanjo to pacify the
South West and it was not until Prof.
Osinbajo got to the saddle of power that Oodua People’s Congress
mellowed in its agitations.
Adding that the bombings, kidnappings, vandalism and general
unrests in the Niger Delta region subsided only after Prof.
Osinbajo’s historic tour of that zone.
“There is therefore an urgent need for government to engage all
the relevant stakeholders in the South East zone, given the glaring
neglect and marginalization that has been the lot of the Igbos,
after the civil war.
“I therefore urge the President to call the security agencies to
order, in line with his promise to the international community, to
respect the rights and freedoms of all citizens.
“The pythons have danced enough; let them go back to the forest!
The government should forthwith withdraw the massive
deployment of troops to the South East and address all issues
through the rule of law and due process.

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  1. Rights activist and legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has
    urged Federal Government to consider option of negotiation and
    civilised way to address issue of agitation currently going on in all
    the states of the South East instead of show of strength or display
    of military might.

  2. That is it

  3. hmm

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