By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has stressed that its leaders are doggedly committed to ballot revolution and actualization of the Nigerian Presidency of Southeast extraction. It further stated that the ballot revolution and presidency of the Southeast extraction are far beyond what Peter Obi can handle as a person, and as such, the respected former Anambra Governor only symbolizes the priceless and sacrificial project; collectively seeking, among other things, for dignity and honor of the Igbo People in particularly and other suppressed ethnic nationalities in general. Adding that “Obi Ballot Tsunami” is a renaissance or reawakening; a new wind of change that has hit the airwave of the Nigerian landscape and polity irrespective of cultural, ethnic, religious, gender and class divides.
The above, among others were the views of the Intersociety in a statement signed by it’s Principal Officers, namely; Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chinwe Umeche Esquire and Chidimma Udegbunam Esquire.
The statement reads in full:
The attention of the Int’l Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law has been drawn to resurgence of frivolous publications and out-of-date others on social media aimed at misrepresentation of facts and politicization of same so as to portray certain respected persons in a bad light. The most unfortunate and annoying of it all was linking intersociety with such publications in bad faith especially by making them to look newly issued.
Another worrying part of it was clear misrepresentation of facts in connection with some happenings in the past targeted at demonization of certain respected persons. The malicious publications, circumstantially speaking, strongly bear the trademarks of integrity challenged Igbo politicians working for their selfish aggrandizement or for integrity challenged political gladiators from outside the Southeast Region who pioneer the hateful and discriminatory policy of “born-to-rule” and “born-to-be-ruled”.
Pieces of intelligence within our reach are pointing in the direction of two political camps as the oilers of the resurged attacks and publications: 1. some serving and former Governors of the Southeast especially those that woefully lost their parties’ recent presidential primaries and 2. malevolent political actors outside the Southeast and their appendages within the Region working for its destabilization in return for reception of ‘pittances of the graveyard’. They have also recruited some self acclaimed splinter agitators and internet warriors to do their biddings at the overall expense of the people of the Southeast and their dignity and honor.
No Petition From Intersociety Pending Before EFCC Against Obi
It must be clarified that in 2009 during the first tenure of Peter Obi as Anambra Governor, he was accused of moving N250m to be laundered and Intersociety took the matter up and petitioned the EFCC and the Inspector General of Police; urging the duo to forensically investigate Obi and recommend appropriately if he was found involved. Intersociety also launched its own investigation and in the end, it was discovered that it was a setup oiled by his political opponents who secretly placed some of his clerical aides under secret monthly Pay so as to monitor and wire every movement made by the Governor for malicious reasons. It was also found out that the N250m was meant for physical cash purchase of dozens of fairly used vehicles for some top Government appointees that operated for years without official cars. The vehicles were for ‘pay-on-delivery’ at Lagos. The EFCC and the Nigeria Police Force authorities, after their respective investigations found the Governor not involved in ‘money laundry’ and the vehicles were later purchased, delivered and deployed. Since then, hired or paid agents have formed the habit of resurrecting the online version of the petition especially prior to or during important electioneering. These, they do with intent to misinform and mislead the public and denigrate the person and character of the respected former Anambra Gov (Peter Obi). They did it in 2010 during the first staggered Governorship Election in Anambra State and repeated same in 2013 during Obiano’s first election; 2015 during presidential election; 2017 during Obiano’s second election against Oselloka Obaze and others; 2019 during Buhari’s second election against Atiku/Obi and others; and it is being repeated following the conclusion of the Presidential Primaries and nearness of the all-important 2023 Presidential Poll.
Linking Obi To Ezu River Police SARS Killings Is Stigmatization And False Labeling
It must be placed on irrefutable record that Intersociety (and Anambra CLO to an extent) was the only human rights group that forensically investigated the Ezu River Police SARS killings and followed up and defended same up to the office of the then DIG, Force Criminal Investigations, now retired DIG Peter Gana in April 2013. As captioned above, the killings were solely perpetrated by Police SARS under retired CSP James Nwafor and then CP Bala. The victims were detainees arrested and detained at Awkuzu, Nneni and Nnewi SARS detention facilities and among the slain victims were nine members of MASSOB and others numbering about thirty, accused of perpetrating violent crimes. About fifteen of the slain detainees were bundled from Nnewi SARS dungeon while others including nine MASSOB members were from Awkuzu and Nneni SARS detention facilities. It must also be pointed out that the Ezu River Police SARS killings were just one of such secret Police SARS killings that took place between 2004 and 2013. The secret Police SARS killings and other unlawful killings by Police had continued from then till date.
That is to say that those secret killings by Police SARS were not only those of the Ezu River discovered because of the unhidden location of the crime scene, but also included others dumped at Omambala River and Awada and Onitsha cemeteries as well as Abba Forests by Onitsha-Awka Expressway, etc. Just like in the case of the N250m falsely labeled ‘laundered money or Obi’s stolen millions’, the politically hired or paid agents have also formed the habit of resurrecting on social media the Ezu River Police SARS killings following the nearness of 2023 Presidential Poll. This, they did in 2013 and repeated in 2015, 2017 and 2019 and it is being repeated following the conclusion of the Presidential Primaries and nearness of the all-important 2023 Presidential Poll.
We Are Committed To Ballot Revolution And Southeast Presidency
Intersociety hereby wishes to place on record that its leaders are doggedly committed to ballot revolution and actualization of the Nigerian Presidency of Southeast extraction. It must further be stated that the ballot revolution and presidency of the Southeast extraction are far beyond what Peter Obi can handle as a person, and as such, the respected former Anambra Governor only symbolizes the priceless and sacrificial project; collectively seeking, among other things, for dignity and honor of the Igbo People in particularly and other suppressed ethnic nationalities in general. That is to say that the “Obi Ballot Tsunami” is a renaissance or reawakening; a new wind of change that has hit the airwave of the Nigerian landscape and polity irrespective of cultural, ethnic, religious, gender and class divides.
In the immortal word of Deng Xiaoping, a famous Chinese leader and reformer: “it does not matter whether a cat is tall or short; fat or tin; black or white, so long as it catches a rat”. That is to say that ‘right to political freedom’ is the forefather of right to self determination. Right to self determination is also not restricted to territorial self governance just as territorial self governance cannot do without political freedom including political participation, inclusion and right to vote or be voted for. Right to self determination embodies rights to group citizens’ ethnic identity or rights to be born, exist and identified; occupy a defined area or territory, develop and own means of livelihood and actively and inclusively participate in the political affairs of their ancestral area and beyond.
There must therefore be clearly differentiated between those genuinely and sacrificially involved in agitation for self determination and those faking or contracting or commercializing same. Threatening political rallies in the Southeast or beyond is clearly an indirect threat to proposed ‘referendum’ or ‘plebiscite’ under UN System. This is because where there is no credible electoral process or where it is not allowed, no credible and inclusive electoral referendum can take place. It is a long settled norm under UN System that for a new nation or country to be born, there must be mandatory consent of UN, the existing host political territory and a number of powerful or influential int’l actors. The existing host political territory is mandatorily given demographic prerogatives including issuance and use of its territorially recognized or recognizable citizens’ biometrics such as Nigeria’s Permanent Voters’ Cards. Without completion of these processes occasioned by peaceful or violent settlements, citizens of the agitating political territory may remain in struggle for 1000 years without achieving statehood or regional self governance.
Splinter Agitators Must Avoid Confrontation With Aggrieved Proponents Of Ballot Revolution
Therefore what should occupy the minds and works of splinter agitators, if they are genuine and selfless, is to consolidate and constantly upgrade patterns and trends of their agitations including protecting their fellow citizens and nonviolent non natives in their area. They must also work to protect their fellow natives residing outside their ancestral areas especially in the forthcoming electioneering. Through strategic advocacy and voicing and other legitimate means, they can seek to protect their fellow citizens at risk in the hands of political thugs and politico-religious fanatics in Lagos State and Northern Nigeria especially those seeking to obtain their PVCs or voting candidates of their choice during elections. Intersociety finally urges Southeast and other citizens to bear the stress and go out en-masse so as to obtain their PVCs through voters’ registration or transfers or revalidation. The threatening splinter agitators are hereby advised not to run the risk of offensive confrontations with the aggrieved, impoverished, unemployed, under-employed, under-remunerated, suppressed and frustrated tens of millions of citizens queuing behind the forthcoming ballot revolution and actualization of the presidency of Southeast extraction.
Signed For: International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law
Principal Officers: Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chinwe Umeche Esquire and Chidimma Udegbunam Esquire