Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:48

The continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu is cruel and unusual punishment

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Ozodiobi Osuji

In the USA the Constitution stipulates speedy trial for all those held in custody for named offenses. Where it is necessary to keep one in detention for a longer period of time it is generally done outside the country, such as keeping suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba or in Rendition in other countries.

I believe that Nnamdi Kanu has been kept in detention for far too long. The Nigerian state needs to try him, and if found guilty jail him and if not release him.

We are now talking about a human rights issue. The Nigerian state is now violating Mr. Kanu's human rights and that ought to be stopped.

What exactly is the man's crime? I am told that he lived in Britain and while there had a radio broadcasting gig in which he cursed out Nigeria by calling it the zoo and further told his Igbo compatriots to separate from Nigeria. I heard that all he did was talk but did not actually take concrete actions to bring about his wished for Biafra.

Talking, I believe, is permitted until one tries to put ones talk into action that harms other people's interests and at which point a crime has been committed.

I understand that no nation state would tolerate for long those trying to break it up; those doing so are often charged for treason and other high crimes.

So, is Nnamdi Kanu charged for treason? If so then bring him to court and try him for treason, find him innocent or guilty but, for Christ's sake, stop detaining him indefinitely!

I do not know who Kanu is but I have seen him talk on YouTube videos; he appeared an averagely intelligent young man who is prone to intemperate utterances. He seemed irritable and easily exploded in anger. He talked volubly about his wish for Biafra and called Nigeria all sorts of derogatory names. Is name calling a crime in Nigeria?

If the man really wanted to bring Biafra about the best way to go about it was not cursing out Nigeria. Serious revolutionaries, such as Mao Tse Tung, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara tended to form guerilla movements, training soldiers and having them roam around their countries attacking critical infrastructures, such as military installations, destroying bridges, attacking government offices and thereafter disappearing into the bush. Their goal is to weaken their states and eventually bringing them down. You do not destroy states by merely cursing them, as Kanu was doing!

If a guerilla movement is launched and sustained in Nigeria, I bet you that given that Nigeria is ruled by a bunch of unpatriotic thieves, in five years the criminals ruling Nigeria would all run away.

I do not assess Kanu as the revolutionary type that would do whatever it takes to bring down the Nigerian government; he strikes me as the student leader type who merely talks but does not put his words into action; I do not see him as a man willing to fight and if needs be get killed for a cause. Ego centered living appears too appealing for him to actually stake his life on a cause. He does not appear to have reached the "all or nothing", win or die attitude of a true revolutionary for his cause. The man does not seem to have attained a true hero's nihilism!

What you do to a mere rabble rouser is try him, find him guilty and then exile him from the country.  Let Kanu return to Britain or the USA and while over there talk about revolution. Many of his fellow Igbos are doing exactly that; their empty talk cannot bring Nigeria down, only sustained action would.

Talking about empty talk, may I ask where all the Igbo folks masquerading as attorneys are? Can't these chattering nabobs sue the Nigerian state (both in Nigeria and at The Hague) for holding Kanu in detention for extended period of time, longer than is expected in a civilized society? I am sure that their law books tell them that there is such a thing as reasonable and unreasonable detention.

Even I, a lay person, know that Kanu has been detained for far too long and that such detention is cruel and unusual treatment of the man.

I do not have to agree with Kanu's politics, in fact I don't. I am for a restructured Nigeria of twelve states where each major tribe is a state and smaller tribes packed into other states for total of twelve states in a true Nigerian federation.

Something tells me that Kanu is been treated unfairly and that makes me angry. Please release Kanu, now; or bring him to a speedy trial.

Ozodiobi Osuji

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This letter will be posted at as many Nigerian government sites on the Internet as is possible.

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176