NewsReel 2/2/2024 - Prof Ango Abdullahi: Stop Digging - You May Fall Into It

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release ] – The attention of Bilie Human Rights Initiative has been drawn to a proposed plan by   Northern Elders Forum led by Prof Ango Abdullahi to drag former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague over alleged killing of civilians in Baga, Borno State. This will be the most ridiculous proposal that will come from the Islamic Republic of Northern Nigeria which Prof Abdullahi’s NEF represents. The Indigenous People of Biafra will be waiting and praying for this plan to be materialised. For one thing, it will fast forward the on-going case in Owerri Federal High Court (Suit No. FHC/OW/CS/114/2013), in which the Indigenous People of Biafra represented by Bilie Human Rights Initiative is praying the court among other things justice for more than 3.5m Biafran who were murdered in 1966-1970 under the directives of Northern military leaders of Nigeria of which Prof Abdullahi was one of their political advisers.
Prof Abdullahi and his fellow elders could be forgiven for degenerative dementia, but I wish to remind them that:
1.      Danjuma, Useni, Gowon Domkat Bali, Obasanjo and others who massacred 3.5m Biafran people are still walking the streets in absolute freedom while the elected and sitting President of Kenya is being charged for ‘ordinary’ incitement of violence and murder. Again, Charles Tarlor of Liberia is today languishing in prison after masterminding genocide in Sierra Leone after being convicted by the ICC.
2.      Gen Ihejirika is a civil servant, just like Prof Abdullahi. The difference is that Gen Ihejirika is protecting all Nigerians as part of his constitutional responsibility while Prof Abdullahi – an arch tribalist is protecting the narrow interest of the Hausa-Fulani oligarchy. Where was the high moralist professor when the people of Zaki-Biam, Katsina Ala and Odi were massacred? Have the murders been found and arraigned before the apex International court? Does it follow that some lives are more valuable than others?
3.      Where was the Northern Elders during the infamous ‘Ali-must-go’ (Maitasine riot) in Kano that claimed the lives of many innocent people? Who was charged for the crime?
4.      Igbo and Biafran people have enough dossiers on Hausa-Fulani military and political leaders – past and present that one release alone will put most of them in dungeon.
5.      Boko Haram which is tactically and politically backed by the Northern military and political establishments of which Prof Abdullahi is a member will face the ICC for crime against humanity before a commissioned military leader carrying out his constitutional responsibility.
Bilie Human Rights Initiative UK is happy with the move by the Northern Elders Forum and hope that it will quicken the case in Owerri Federal High Court as was above referred. We also wishes to concur with individuals and groups who have expressed their indignation against the proposal of the Northern Elders Forum and wish to add that they should move speedily from proposal to concrete action and be assured that the Indigenous People of Biafra, not just Gen Ihejirika will be waiting for them in the ICC in Hague. Any such proceeding will afford the Biafran people the opportunity to expose the genocide and other atrocities that were committed against our people for which no one has been held to account for them. We will make them drown in the pit they are digging.
Prof Abdullahi and the Northern Elders Forum and indeed Gowon, Danjuma, Obasanjo and others - Biafran people are waiting for you in ICC in Hague. However, be rest assured that if you do not follow through your plans, the Indigenous People of Biafra will come after you and demand justice for genocide and crime against humanity committed against our people from 1966-2013. Genocidal crime against humanity do not have expiry date and there are no hiding places for the perpetrators; status, age and health conditions are no barriers either in prosecuting offenders.
Meanwhile, BHRI is advising all Igbo and Biafran people wherever they are to maintain peace and tranquillity even in the midst of mindless provocation and threat of violence until further notice. We are monitoring the situation all over the country and will advise on the right cause of action at the right time. This is 2014 – the era of high technology and social media, we cannot allow history to repeat itself against our people.
Dr Chukwuma Egemba
Director, Bilie Human Rights Initiative UK
Tel: +447956912777
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