By Ejike Ikezuagu.
Top UK Igbo politicians, Igbo Cllrs and MPs in the United Kingdom have demanded Nigerian government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kalu, a UK citizen abducted and tortured in Nigeria. They made it known to Nigerian government that Nnamdi Kalu is a British citizen.
The group under the auspices of Igbo Cllrs Members UK (ICM UK) is opposed to any form of trial in Nigeria for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and asked the Nigerian government to request extradition of Mazi Nnamdi as a British citizen to Nigeria, and not abducting him. They condemned the abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Last Tuesday, the group asked the UK government and secretary of states for foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs to request the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kalu from illegal detention in Nigeria and his return to the United Kingdom.
They hosted Dialogue with the UK Community, seeking for justice for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The meeting which was held online attracted concerned citizens from the UK, Germany, South Africa, Nigeria including members of Mazi Kanu’s family who were greatly distressed by the abduction of the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the torture he is being subjected to. Other attendees included medical and legal practitioners, politicians, and other professionals from the Nigerian community.
Dr Bishop Justice Ukachi-Lois, a Medical Doctor in UK gave a brief presentation on the history of Igbo ethnic group and the genocide they continue to face since the Biafran war (1967-1970). Our people were massacred, forced into fake marriage, and raped. No justice for the victim.
The Nigerian government had a policy to starve Biafrans to death and to implement the policy, they closed-down the Uli Airport which was the only main channel to transport food to Biafra land. The food blockage forced the Igbo people to run for their lives, they called the elders that demanded to pull out of Nigeria and look for nations to help them.
Dr. Ukachi said “Combined British and Nigerian army fought our people, and our children paid the price”. Children were starved to death and suffering from Kwashioko as result of lack of food and starvation that engulfed the land, killing the children due to the Nigerian policy to starve us to death, he said. The ongoing massacre is turning into the world’s longest running slaughtering of innocent citizens of the Commonwealth. He said, the solution is to find the key to unlock the cage – Nigerian Lugardian cage.
The Igbo Cllrs UK’s message was clear, release a UK citizen abducted and tortured in Nigeria, asked the Nigerian Government to free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and concurring opposition to any form of trial in Nigeria, asked Nigeria to request extradition of Mazi Kanu as a British citizen as an appropriate protocol is. UK: Top UK Igbo Politicians, Councillors, MPs React Over The Incessant Killing Of The Igbo People In The South East Nigeria By The Fulani Herdsmen.
The Poem, ‘Prevail’ has become an anthem for Igbo (UK) Cllr’s events and this brought tears to the attendees but gave them hope that justice will prevail, the group said.
Present at the conference were, the Organiser and Coordinator-General of Igbo Cllrs UK, Cllr Nneka Keazor, Mazi Kingsley Kanu (Kanu Nta), the younger brother to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Dr Bishop Justice Ukachi-Lois, Barr. Paul Achalla, Hon. Ejike Ikezuagu, Alloysius, Austin Okeke, Chidi Nwaike, Chris, and Cllr Kate Anolue.
Others who were at the occasion are, Fidelia Onyeukwu Opukiri, Julie Obiamiwe, Maazee Ike Mmadubuko and Michael Udeosha.
Others are, Ndubuisi Achim, Nice Ndukwe, Obe, Obiageri Mboma, and others.
Over 40 dignitaries were in attendance.
The group’s Publicity/Secretary-General, Hon. Endy Ezenwata said, the questions the attendees are seeking answers from the UK Government, Boris Johnson, and Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State and UK Attorney General are as follows:
- What is the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs doing about a British Citizen (Mazi Nnamdi Kanu) detained and subjected to torture for 10 days in Kenya before he was violently abducted to Nigeria and handed over to the Nigerian Security Services and going to be put on trial on 26 July in Abuja, Nigeria.
The family of Mazi Kanu’ confirm his urgent need for medical treatment following concerns for his physical and mental health wellbeing and concerns of enlarged heart condition since being drugged and continuous torturing.
The UK Government should request Mazi Kanu’s urgent release and return to UK for urgent medical care.
- What is the UK Government and the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs doing about the continuous GENOCIDE of the people of the Eastern Region (majorly the Igbo ethnic group) in Nigeria. The horrendous decapitation of men, raping and butchering of women; kidnapping (using lorries) of young people in universities and from the streets and killing them.
- Request for the UK Government to ban foreign trips of the Nigerian government officials into UK
- Why does the BBC use the terminologies such as tribal clash to describe the genocide of the Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria. How can the western media describe Fulani Herdsmen trespassing into people’s farmland with AK 47 weapons and killing all farmers as a tribal clash?
There is no fair reporting of incidents happening in the southern Nigeria and especially south east Nigeria.
- The UK government to condemn the Nigeria government’s ban of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) Set up to provide Security and Protection of the women and girls from Igbo ethnic group attending the farms and markets.
- There is an allegation of torture of a British citizen in a foreign country. Is the Attorney General & HM Government prepared to grant permission to Ndigbo UK or Kanu’s family to prosecute Nigerian & Kenyan officials involved as per extended Jurisdiction?
- British Government must openly condemn the abduction of its citizen, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by Nigeria, and Kenya Government.
UK government to request that Mazi. Nnamdi Kanu is returned to his family in the UK and if the Nigeria government believes that Nnamdi Kanu has committed any crime in Nigeria, they should make an extradition request directly from the UK government.
At the end of the conference, the coordinator-General of the group, Nneka Keazor thanked attendees and Mazi Kanu’s family for their support and courage through this very difficult challenge. She reiterated the importance of continued dialogue with the western world and especially the UK Parliamentarians.
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