Fani-Kayode: Military Attack On Defenceless Civilians In Abia Reprehensible

On September 13, 2017 19 Comments

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has described the alleged military attack on unarmed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia State as “reprehensible”.

Fani-Kayode in a statement on Tuesday called on President Buhari to withdraw the military from the South East and as well leave the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu alone.

Continuing in his statement, the PDP chieftain also alerted the international community to take account of the current military action in the country and warned that Buhari would be held responsible in the event of any loss of life.

“The behaviour of the military against a defenceless and unarmed civilian population in Abia state is reprehensible.

“What has Nnamdi Kanu or indeed the Igbo people done to warrant this primitive show of barbarism and force? We are on the brink of a total breakdown of law and order and a prolonged and bloody armed conflict.

“I urge restraint on all sides and I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the army from the east and leave Nnamdi Kanu alone.

“Terrorising your own people with soldiers is not the act of a courageous man but rather the act of a tyrant, a coward and a bully.

“We call on the international community to bear witness to what is unfolding in Nigeria and we will hold Buhari responsible and accountable in the event of any loss of life.”

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Comments (19)


  1. Nazeer Abdullah says:

    NNAMDI KANU HAS GIVEN ME REASONS TO SAY “THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUHARI” Written by Akintunde Adeyemo (USA). You can’t send police officers to quench a quasi-military camp, which is maintained by Nnamdi Kanu, who has aggressively vowed to tear apart a sovereign nation, Nigeria. Kanu made a serious mistake by parading a ragtag army; especially when you have a former General as the president, that was disrespectful. I lived in Nigeria for more than two decades, Nigerian soldiers don’t like to be disrespected; in fact, from working with soldiers in the United States (Michigan National Guard, Joint Forces Headquarters), I can tell you that, generally, soldiers don’t like to be disrespected. If someone, a civilian for that matter, maintains and parades militants (wearing a military uniform), he should not expect the government to roll in with police officers and patrol vans; he should reasonably expect army tanks. Pursuant to the 1949 Geneva Conventions Article 3, your status changes once you start wearing an army uniform, for you have become an enemy combatant: A recognized army (the Nigerian Army, in this case) can use force to neutralize you and your fellow militants. Let’s gaze into history here: When the 1791 “Whiskey Rebellion” happened in the United States, spearheaded by some civilians, President George Washington did not send in police officers, he brought in military tanks to quench the rebellion. In the United States, when violence escalates, a governor, pursuant to Title 32 of the United States Code, can summon the army and their tanks to the street (didn’t you watch CNN at the height of the “Black Lives Matter movement;” didn’t you see numerous armoured personnel carrier (APC) on the street)? Let’s stop pretentiously invoking the violation of the rule of law, especially if you don’t understand the rule of law and the rule of engagement. A military incursion, or rolling of tanks, into a street, in order to clear the illusion of outlaws, like Nnamdi and his cohorts, is not a violation of the rule of law, but an enforcement of the rule of law. If Kanu is scared of a small deployment of soldiers, will he chicken out when battalions are deployed? To his supporters, we told you this: secession is not won on Facebook. Continue arguing about the violation of the rule. Listen, when hostility begins, the rule of law is suspended or amended. I hope we won’t get there. Start listening. Please, feel free to share!

  2. John Honesty says:

    If the United Nations are silent for what is on there constitution that every indigenous people has the right to self determination and they toned a blind ayes on Biafrans. And permit Nigerian military to commit a second genocide And invasion. Then the United Nations is week and has been undermined by the Nigerian government

  3. Emeka Okpokoro says:

    News reaching us from Umuahia is that the Soldiers are shamelessly humiliated by IPOB members that have insisted on staying in Nnamdis house till the soldiers leave. They are gradually leaving in shame. Is a clear evidence that they have been defeated by Biafrans

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