The member representing District 139 in the Texas House of Representatives, Jarvis Johnson, has accused the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari of engaging in “genocide and crimes against Biafrans.”
In a statement released on Monday, Johnson asked the Buhari Government to immediately release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, from detention.
He also called on the US government to pressurize the Nigerian government to immediately release the “foremost freedom fighter.”
Johnson stated, “Mazi Kanu is the foremost Freedom Fighter for the rights of oppressed people in Nigeria. For over 19 months, after he was kidnapped in Kenya, tortured, and illegally taken to Nigeria, he has been in solitary confinement. In July 2022, a United Nations Working Group, after its deliberations on his matter, called for his unconditional release.
“The Nigerian Government has not complied. On October 22, several Nigerian trial and appeals courts, acquitted and discharged him of all the bogus charges levied against him by the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government has refused to obey the orders of its own courts, and Kanu remains in solitary confinement enforced by its (FG’s) Secret Police.
“Kanu’s health conditions have been ignored by Nigeria’s Secret Police. He has been denied access to his doctors and to the regular supply of his medications. His health has increasingly deteriorated, and it is now feared that he may die in solitary confinement.
“Kanu’s only offence is that he is the leading advocate for the freedom of all oppressed Nigerians, and for a referendum on the Biafran issue. The right of free speech including political advocacy is a cornerstone of all democracies. At a time when democracy is threatened globally, it is imperative that we all join hands to protect Kanu’s right of freedom of speech. The illegal kidnapping, torture, and solitary confinement of Kanu offends our democratic norms. So does the willful disobedience of the judgments of its own courts by the Nigerian government.
“I am demanding for the immediate release of Kanu. The government of Nigeria needs to comply with the UN Mandate and the Orders of its own Courts. The Nigerian government is carrying out another form of genocide, one citizen at a time. I am calling on the American government to get involved to stop this genocide. We have protected other countries around this world to help vulnerable populations; we need to do the same for Nigeria and its Biafran citizens,” Johnson stated.
Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services since June 2021 when he was “re-arrested” in Kenya and returned to Nigeria by the Nigerian government for continued trial on treasonable felony and terrorism charges pressed against him by the government.
His lawyers however allege that Kanu was unlawfully abducted from Kenya in an extraordinary rendition.
In October, 2022, a three-man panel of Court of Appeal judges in their unanimous had ordered the immediate and unconditional release of the IPOB leader, upholding the view that his rendition from Kenya was illegal.
The court had also earlier discharged and acquitted Kanu of all the charges against him.
Nonetheless, the Federal Government had yet to obey the court ruling, as at the time of filing this report.