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Amnesty For Nnamdi Kanu, By Reuben Abati – The Maravi Post

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In a recent interview with Arise TV, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN had indicated that the Federal Government of Nigeria may consider a political solution to the matters involving Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples Organisation of Biafra (IPOB) and Sunday Igboho, the self-determination, Yoruba Nation activist, currently in custody and on trial in Benin Republic. But only if an approach in that direction was proposed to the Federal Government. It is therefore not surprising that within two weeks after this declaration, a delegation of Igbo elders led by 93-year-old statesman, former Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, the trade unionist known as “The Boy is Good”. Known as the Highly Respected Igbo Greats, the delegates included former Anambra State Governor, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Bishop Sunday Onuoha of the Methodist Church, former President of Aka Ikenga, Chief Goddy Uwazurike and Tagbo Amaechi.



Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, speaking on behalf of the Igbo Greats (representatives of Igbo Greats actually because there are so many of them across the globe), pleaded for amnesty for Nnamdi Kanu. This request must have been made in full knowledge of the fact that a political solution is indeed possible under the circumstances, as opposed to a strictly legal or authoritarian approach, and that whereas the former could result in healing, reconciliation, a sense of justice and accommodation, when in the past the Nigerian government relied on authoritarian and heavy hand choices, the country ended up paying a heavy price. Remember the trial and murder of Ken Saro Wiwa in November 1995. Against all counsel to the contrary, the Abacha military junta went ahead and killed Ken Saro Wiwa on November 10, 1995.  Nigeria has not yet recovered from that error of judgment.

Decades after, the world continues to memorialize Ken Saro-Wiwa and the ideals for which he lived, fought, and for which he ultimately paid the supreme sacrifice – the rights of the Ogoni people to self-determination, their right of control over their own resources, and the need to sanction the abuse of the environment by the oil multinationals. In contrast, the men who ordered his death, those who danced on his grave are either dead or forgotten, their legacy a faint memory of shame, and evil. Saro-Wiwa was a champion of his people’s rights to be treated fairly and justly. He was President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). The Nigerian state, like a colonial overlord, deployed divide and rule tactics among the Ogonis. Ken Saro-Wiwa was turned into the fall-guy and scapegoat in the unfolding spectacle of intra-fratricidal conflict. For those who remember history, this is a fairly, contemporary cautionary tale.  Leaders who wish to avoid the mistakes of history must first appreciate the value of it not merely as narrative but as a source of learning and wisdom.    

We are not in a position to teach history to President Buhari’s guests nor to the President himself who have all been major witnesses to Nigerian history and indeed architects of it, each in his own way. President Buhari’s response was loaded, rather cautiously, he gave nothing away. The best that the Igbo Greats went home with was the promise that he would consider their rather difficult request. Hear him: “You have made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the judiciary…The demand you made is heavy, I will consider it…”

The meeting with the Igbo Greats on the matter of Nnamdi Kanu is perhaps the most noteworthy attempt in that regard so far. It was initiated and led by persons who were not seeking any immediate political gain. If that meeting had been led by politicians or state Governors, nobody would have taken them seriously. But can the President grant the Amnesty? Yes, he can. And there is a precedent in that regard. The President’s powers to grant Amnesty, otherwise described as the prerogative of mercy, exist under Section 175 (1) of the 1999 Constitution. Section 175 (2) and (3) define how such powers may be exercised. This section of the law was applied in the Henry Okah case in 2008/9. Okah, based in South Africa, was identified as a major leader of the then notorious Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). The group, fighting for the rights of the people of the Niger Delta, kidnapped foreign oil workers, destroyed strategic oil installations and posed a threat to the economic interests of the country. Okah was arrested in Angola and deported to Nigeria in February 2008. He was charged with 62 counts of treason, terrorism, illegal possession of arms, arms trafficking, with the possibility of a death penalty. Like IPOB today, MEND also had a spokesperson – one Jomo Gbomo. MEND also had a militant wing led by self-styled Generals. In 2009, the then President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, acting on the recommendations of the Presidential Panel on Amnesty and Disarmament for Militants of the Niger Delta proclaimed Amnesty for Okah and other militants pursuant to Section 175 of the 1999 Constitution.

The other ground on which the accused person can be set free is under Section 174 (1-3) of the 1999 Constitution, where the Attorney General of the Federation can intervene in any proceedings in any court of law in Nigeria other than a court-martial, with regard to any offence at all, and either take over the case or discontinue it through the instrumentality of a nolle prosequi. The AGF is required to do so however, in person or by proxy, with “regard to the public interest, the interest of justice and the need to prevent the abuse of legal process.” Further, the Constitution grants the Attorney General full and express authority here, without recourse to the President but because the offices of the AGF and that of the Minister of Justice are combined under our jurisdiction, the AGF is not just a Chief Legal Officer of the Federation, he is also a political appointee, Cabinet Minister, in his capacity as a Minister of Justice. Hence, he hardly acts independently, without the approval of the President. In effect, under both Sections 174 and 175 of the 1999 Constitution, the Executive arm of government can free or grant amnesty to any accused or convicted person, before, during or after a trial. The argument that this would amount to a violation of the doctrine of the separation of powers is mainly academic. However, there may be other issues of concern that define the President’s circumstances.

A notable difference between the request for amnesty by the Igbo Greats seeking amnesty and the MEND case, for example, was that both Henry Okah and the Niger Delta militants in MEND, agreed to the disarmament and amnesty plans as outlined by all parties involved. The second is that the amnesty was not for Henry Okah alone but all militants who were willing to cease hostilities. The long-term effect was the gradual return of normalcy to the Niger Delta and the eventual creation of a Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. In the recent Igbo proposal, the only name that was mentioned for amnesty was that of Nnamdi Kanu. What about lieutenants and sympathisers of the IPOB cause? Who will plead for them?  The “many soldiers of the revolution” languishing in detention centres. Chief Amaechi said of Kanu to President Buhari that if he was released to him, “he would no longer say things he has been saying.” He added that “he could control him not because I have anything to do with IPOB but I am highly respected in Igboland today.”  

But did Chief Amaechi and the Igbo Greats consult with Kanu and his followers? Were they notified about the visit to Aso Villa? It is culturally acceptable in Africa for elders within the community to step forward to protect their children when they seem to be at war with external forces. It is part of the duty of the “ummuna” to protect its own. There must a proverb for this in one of Chinua Achebe’s novels most certainly! But even the children that need to be saved must be carried along, particularly the children of nowadays. Before now, some other Igbo elders advised IPOB and members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) to moderate the tone of their self-determination demands. Nobody listened to them. Other elders appealed to the people to ignore IPOB’s declared sit-at-home order in every part of the South East. Even when IPOB came forward to announce that it had vacated the same order, the people stubbornly refused to follow IPOB’s lead. Till today, they stay at home on Mondays. IPOB is a more powerful force in the South East today than any state government. Many Igbo families have stopped going home out of fear.  Will the release of Nnamdi Kanu douse tension? More so as there are some other youth groups and stakeholders who are arguing that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not committed any offence and that he should be allowed his day in court and treated fairly. They don’t want any sympathy from the Federal Government. And Ndigbo should not go to Buhari to beg for anything. Same subject, different reactions across generational lines.  Who should General Buhari listen to?

President Buhari’s hands may also be tied by the realization that the issue of amnesty has become far more sensitive in Nigeria today than when it first became popular in the early part of the century. The scope of its meaning and context has been expanded to cover all kinds of issues: including religion, ethnicity and societal prejudices. We have heard cases of requests for amnesty also by bandits and terrorists, farmers and herders, husbands and wives. Thus, when certain stakeholders in the North asked for amnesty for Boko Haram, the ISWAP, and other members responsible for the tension in the country, the sharp retort was that this would amount to amnesty without justice. If the President is not allowed to grant blanket amnesty to Boko Haram, ISWAP, and herders, why should he grant amnesty to the leader of IPOB?

In addition, Nnamdi Kanu violated the terms of the bail previously granted to him. If he absconded a second time and continues to fight for the self-determination of their people, which in itself is a right under Articles 1 and 55 of the UN Charter on people’s and civil rights, then, where does that leave Nigeria? Will Ndigbo appreciate the release of Nnamdi Kanu, who they believe was unjustly arrested, in Kenya? And shabbily treated? Will the same Kanu if he were invited by the government, agree to sit down for any negotiations, without first consulting his followers?  The times have changed indeed. The same interests involved in the Okah case in 2008/2009, have now been amplified to the third degree.

So, what should President Buhari do? He should grant Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho, their followers and collaborators in different parts of the country amnesty to pave the way for the emplacement of a structure for dialogue, healing, reconciliation and justice. He has a duty to demonstrate that there is no war against the Igbos of Nigeria or any other group within. The big challenge for Ndigbo goes beyond amnesty for Nnamdi Kanu. Jobs for young Igbos. Equity in appointments to Federal positions. Equitable distribution of resources and opportunities. Investment in education in the East. The completion of the River Niger Bridge. The lesson that should be learnt is that no group in Nigeria should be marginalized or maltreated. It is when this is not done that you find many youths on the streets claiming that they are better off in a land-locked independent country of their own than to stay in a Nigeria which flows with milk and honey, the access to which is monopolized by a minority, and that includes the milk and honey in other people’s backyards.

President Buhari has his personal issues. As Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, what would he say to his troops that have engaged IPOB and Kanu’s followers in the past few years? The President himself once pointed out that the intention of the radicals of the East was to sabotage his government. The number of security agents and agencies deployed to Anambra during the last Gubernatorial election in that state is in itself, a proof of the government’s determination to do battle with IPOB, ESN or any other group of non-state actors. It is indeed, a difficult decision to make.  

The President should look into the matter, nonetheless as promised. The Igbo Greats can only nurse the optimism that President Buhari would indeed do so. For how long? Nobody knows. As in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” we wait.

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CDZ vs ATL Dream11 Prediction Live Score Lineup Premier League Cadiz vs Atletico Madrid

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Are you planning to watch the marvelous sports match then here is the latest football match which has numerous level performance. As per the details, the football match will take place between CDZ vs ATL. This is Premier League which has entertained the audience.

CDZ vs ATL

There were many more things that the league has served. Here are the complete details such as match prediction, probable lineups and live score, etc. Let’s explore all the points and we will tell you briefly about it.

Match: CDZ vs ATL
League: Premier League
Date: November 28, 2021
Time: 11:00 PM
Venue: Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla

The last few matches are being so much important to discuss because they will help us to find out the probability of the upcoming winner of this match. The current details say that the team CDZ has won several matches. The team is played matches with a massive level of performance in the past few days. Most probably you will see the amazing gameplay in the upcoming matches also.

Currently, they are standing at a good level of the points table. While on the other side, talking about the team ATL then we want to tell you that the team has played such a massive level of gameplay in the upcoming days. Now here we going to discuss the lineup of this match which is one of the most important parts. You can see the lineup here in which the player’s name is available who going to perform in this fresh square off.

Cadiz Lineup:

Jeremias Ledesma; Alfonso Espino, Varazdat Haroyan, Juan Cala, Iza; Fali, Jens Jonsson, Alex Fernandez; Alberto Perea, Ruben Sobrino, Anthony Lozano

Atletico Madrid Lineup:

Jan Oblak; Mario Hermoso, Felipe, Stefan Savic; Sime Vrsaljko, Yannick Carrasco, Koke, Rodrigo De Paul, Thomas Lemar; Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez

As we supposing you are curious to know the upcoming winner then we want to tell you all the details here. On the basis of the past few details, we going to tell you that CDZ is the most predicted team going to win this square off and you will see a massive level of gameplay. Along with it, you can watch the live stream of the match on your screen. While on the other side, you can watch the live score which will available here in a few moments.



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Melissa Harrington Navy Case, Who Is Andrew Chabrol? What Happened To Him

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Andrew Chabrol, the 204th person to executed in the United States since 1976, is trending on social media. The netizens must be confused about who is Andrew Chabrol and why is he even in trends. Besides, people were circulating about Melissa Harrington Navy case that has garnered everyone’s attention too. Well, we are here with all the information regarding the above names and the reason why they have come in the headlines. Check out the article and know what the matter is all about.

who is Andrew Chabrol

As per the sources, Andrew Chabrol was a former Navy lieutenant who was reportedly executed by electrocution. It had come forward that Chabrol was involved in kidnapping and further torturing a woman. The woman was identified by Melissa Harrington. It was reported that Andrew not just kidnapped Melissa but also went ahead to kill her. He attempted this heinous crime in 1991. Sources claim that Andrew Chabrol wanted to take advantage of the woman. He even offered her that he wants to be in a relationship with her while working in the Navy but Melissa bluntly refused and even complained to his superior. Even though his desires did not get fulfilled, his career and marriage life were affected.

Andrew Chabrol & Melissa Harrington Case Explained

Briefing the incident, on July 9, 1991, Melissa Harrington who was Andrew Chabrol’s second-class mate, was kidnapped outside her home. Melissa’s dead body was found later in the killer’s home. Andrew Chabrol was suspected to have murdered the woman and after some time, the former Navy lieutenant was taken into custody and then received the death penalty. Andrew died of electrocution. The Washington Post also reported that the sailor wanted to develop a romantic relationship with her but got rejected by her. As mentioned, his career and marriage were affected, Andrew left the Navy in January 1991.

Wounded by her rejection, Andrew decided to take revenge on her. It was then he decided to kidnap and torture her. He also had kept a computer journal in which he mentioned Harrington as “Nemesis”. It was reported that Andrew took the help of another man going by the name Stanley J. Berkeley. The duo kidnapped Melissa’s husband when he was reportedly out of town. Later, Chabrol took the woman to his house, tied her to his bed and tortured her. She was later strangled to death with a rope. Police officers arrested Andrew for the murder and he was thus sentenced to death.

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Who is Christine Quinn & Emma Hernan? Netflix’s Selling Sunset Feud

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The popular real estate reality show titled “Selling Sunset” is all set to entertain the viewers. Yes, the show is about to hit the screens with a brand new season 4. The excitement is clearly evident in the fans who are keen to know more about the show and its cast members. Ever since the announcement has been made, the viewers are sharing their excitement on their respective social media platforms. Well, let us tell you that this time two new members will be entering the show where one of these members include Emma Hernan. Let’s find out about her in this article.

Emma Hernan

Born on July 14, 1991, in Quaint Beach Town Scituate in Massachusetts, Emma Hernan is a social media personality. Apart from this, Emma is also an American model and entrepreneur. As of 2021, the model is 30-year-old. She also happens to be the CEO of Emma-Leigh & Co, which is a frozen foods company. Besides, Emma Hernan is also well-known as an investor and now she is in news for her sensational appearance in the Netflix real estate reality show “Selling Sunset”. She has become the talk of the town as everyone wants to know about her personal and professional life.

Who is Emma Hernan?

Before she joined the aforementioned reality show, Emma Hernan was residing between Massachusetts and California. Recently, Emma appeared in an interview where she disclosed about getting this lavish lifestyle and career. In an interview with Women’s Health, she revealed that she started getting this lifestyle after she began investing in the stock market when she was still a teenager. She also added that she has started to dabble in cryptocurrency. Emma Hernan stated that she has always had this strong ethic from the very beginning and that she worked in numerous jobs.

Further Emma Hernan shared that she earned money from several jobs and invested in the stock market straight away. It was also shared by her that at the age of 15, she had earned enough money to pay the staff who worked at her parents’ seafood business. Emma had also mentioned her investing in any company she belive in. Emma Hernan is currently seen in Selling Sunset 4 in which in the first episode, she shared that she started her own food business. The said show is getting streamed on Netflix from 24 November. Follow our site, Social Telecast, for more latest information and gossips from all around the world.

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