MasterwebNews 30/12/15 - A Case Against Ongoing Political & Media Persecution Of Citizens Nnamdi Kanu & Ibrahim El-Zakzak

[ Masterweb Reorts: CSBHROs report ] - (Onitsha Nigeria, 30th December 2015)-For the purpose of ensuring total compliance and strict adherence to Fundamental Objectives & Directive Principles of the State Policy, contained in the Chapter Two (Sections 13-24) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended; Section 22 of the same Constitution morally charged “the press; radio, television and other agencies of the mass media to at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this Chapter and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people”. Section 13 of the same Constitution superbly provides that “it shall be the duty and responsibility of all organs of Government, and of all authorities and persons, exercising legislative, executive or judicial powers, to conform to, observe and apply the provisions of this Chapter of this Constitution”. The Fundamental Objectives & Directive Principles of the State Policy is Nigeria’s version of the Social Contract between the people (ethnic nationalities) of Nigeria and the public office holders (elected and appointed); totaling 17,500. The Constitutional Oaths of Office & Allegiance for public office holders in the country is fundamentally laid on Fundamental Objectives & Directive Principles of the State Policy.
 
However, and sadly too, the reverse is not only the case, but also the press; radio, television and newspaper industry in Nigeria has long lost its independence and public ownership; making it one of the most gagged and corrupted media industries in the world, with an exception being the online media; which, too, is battling for its independence and freedom from political corruption and censorship, particularly under the present administration. It is also our grounded observation that the sacred foundations of not only the press, but also judiciary, rule of law, human rights, political pluralism,  non Hausa-Fulani and Yoruba ethnic nationalities, rights based CSOs and leading professional bodies like NBA, NLC, NUT and NANS; are steadily under intense threats. Of these, Southwest based CSOs and press (electronic and newspapers); are already cocooned and bottled up. Those in a verge of being cocooned and bottled up are the judiciary, rule of law, political pluralism and leading professional and occupational associations. These bodies have in the past become formidable agents of democracy and democratic constitutionalism in Nigeria; reaching their peak when military was chased out of power and returned to barracks.
Therefore, we, the Southeast based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs); coordinated by Intersociety, have watched with deepest dismay concerning the unfolding sad and sore events in Nigeria particularly the riotous elevation and deployment of falsehood and propaganda as the official policy of  government of Nigeria. The elevation of the assets and liabilities of the propaganda machinery of the current federally ruling party to the level of the Federal Ministry of Information & Culture in Nigeria is one of the greatest policy blunders of our time.
 
Apart from the ignoble roles of Abacha’s Wada Nas and Uche Chukwumerije; leading to institutionalization of State terrorism during his maximum khaki era; consequences of institutionalizing falsehood and propaganda as a State policyhave remained generationally catastrophic and unforgiving in a country like Rwanda where the propaganda machinery of the Hutu’s main political activists later became widespread and elevated as the official policy of Government of Gen Juvenal Habyarimana; including the establishment of a hate radio station called Radio RTLM, through which official lies, propagandas and other messages of bigotry and hatred were spread and institutionalized. The Tutsi population was during the inglorious epoch labeled “inyenzi” (cockroach) and murdered in their hundreds of thousands within three months of the country’s genocide (April to July 1994) (credit: Carol Ajie & Co and Intersociety).  
 
We therefore note sadly that institutionalized falsehood and propaganda is on rampage in Nigeria. Appointing an arch propagandist and; some say, “professor” of falsehood; as a chief information officer in Nigeria is a serious threat to the country’s democratic and rule of law foundation. Falsehood and propaganda are major triggers of violence and warfare in both past and modern times. Totality of the two is also called “cyber terrorism or information warfare” in modern time. It is a settled fact in the field of criminology & security studies that information mismanaged or distorted is propaganda; and facts distorted or corrupted is falsehood (credit: Emeka Umeagbalasi).
 
It is therefore correct to hold that the Federal Government of Nigeria through its Minister of Information & Culture is solely responsible for the renewed killings and recent death and wounding of over 200 Nigerian citizens within three days of 25th to 28th December 2015. While over 80 innocent citizens were murdered in one day in Adamawa and Borno States in Northeast by Boko Haram terror group, at the verbal instigation of the Minister of Information & Culture; over 13 others were killed in another village of Borno State on the Xmas Eve. Scores of citizens were also critically wounded in the multiple bomb and gunshot attacks. The Minister’s infantile and inflammable comments have further been worsened by more propagandist public comments such as “Boko Haram attacks prove that we have won the war”. The Minister has continued to probate and reprobate on the issue till date.
 
On the other hand, the new twist (media propaganda and falsehood) in the persecution of Citizens Nnamdi Kanu and Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is a further attestation of elevation of falsehood and propaganda as official policy of the government of Nigeria. While the likes of the Nation Newspaper, Sahara Reporters  and TV Continental have turned blind eyes to unprovoked, unwarranted, unjust and unconstitutional killing of 25 innocent citizens and wounding of scores of others by soldiers and police in Onitsha over peaceful pro Biafran protests that took place on 2nd and 17th December 2015, as well as flouting with reckless abandon of four consequential orders of the Wuse Zone 2 Magistrate Court and the Court Six of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court; the named media outfits with their political owners and associates are riotously on news loose over Citizen Nnamdi Kanu. Their latest propagandist headlines are: “how Nnamdi Kanu was arrested by DSS in hotel hibernating with a young lady and how he wanted to escape or slip off the hands of the DSS”; “unmasking the real identity of Nnamdi Kanu”; and “Kanu apologizes to Buhari, etc for calling him a terrorist”.
 
Hired and conformist columnists have also been recruited and directed to awash their newspaper columns with associated falsehoods and propagandas so as to divert the public attentions away from poised persecution of the Pro Biafran self determination activist and shameless disrespect to court pronouncements by the Presidency. That is to say that Citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s phantom prosecution for phantom offense of treasonable felony has been moved from court room to the pages of newspaper.
 
It is obvious that the real motive behind this latest propaganda onslaught and falsehood against Citizen Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government and the DSS; using named conformist media; is to cause intervening factors or circumstances that could lead to the death of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s heavily pregnant wife and her unborn child. She is reported to be medically due for delivery in coming weeks. The onslaught is also designed by the Federal Government and its leprous media agents to cause break up of Citizen Kanu’s marriage, leading to in-captivity divorce; otherwise what has catching Citizen Nnamdi Kanu in a hotel hibernating with a young lady got to do with phantom charge of treasonable felony and associated spurious accusations slammed on him and ors? It is obvious that the Federal Government and its leprous media outfits want to project Citizen Nnamdi Kanu in a bad light as an “irresponsible married man who sleeps around with women in hotels outside wedlock”.
 
We further ask: what smartness is the DSS claiming when it unlawfully engaged in riotous breaking of hotel rooms without search warrants; thereby infringing on the right to privacy of the guests in the hotel? When has it become unlawful for any citizen to use his middle names (i.e. Nwannekaenyi) or other affiliated names while lodging in hotels? How tru
 
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