Secession: Group asks FG to prosecute those calling for separation

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai

A pan-Nigerian pressure group has urged the Federal Government to prosecute those calling for the separation of the country.

The Federalist Movement of Nigeria [FMN], has urged the Nigerian government to immediately bring the full weight of the law to bear on criminal elements that are hiding under agitation against marginalization to breach the constitution.

The group, in a statement during a press briefing by Dr. Emmanuel Ogah, the convener of FMN, added that the extant laws of the land demand that everything must be done to address genuine concerns being expressed by those using the appropriate channels to demand restructuring.

This call, according to Dr. Ogah, became necessary following observation that many members of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], have started migrating to other separatist groups that are becoming virulent and could soon continue acts of aggression from where it stopped before the court ordered that it is a terror group.

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Continuing, Dr. Ogah said the Biafra Zionists Federation [BZF] led by one Benjamin Igwe Onwuka, have been swelled in membership by defecting IPOB members, and are now ramping up its purveyance of hate speech and incitement to violence in the fashion of the terrorist group.

The statement reads in part:

"Onwuka, speaking as BZF leader, is calling for attacks on the Chief of Army Staff [COAS], Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, including threatening them with a trial at the International Criminal Court on a shallow basis.

Onwuka, who clearly forgot that only those who have wronged the people will go to prison, must be reminded that history would acknowledge Alhaji Mohammed and General Buratai as heroes especially in the way they discharged their sacred responsibility of upholding good governance in Nigeria and by extension in Africa. 

 

Much as Onwuka's BZF and other miscreants are angry that the Nigerian Army has tamed them and prevented them from continuing to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens or to continue their regime of criminality, they must realize that no country gives free passes to terrorists, extremists, secessionists, and separatists to oppress the law-abiding populations.

Onwuka, BZF, and other separatists have the penchant for pegging their ill-conceived demand on the notion that they can get other nations to interfere in the affairs of Nigeria.

This rabble-rouser must, therefore, be schooled to understand that responsible leaders deal head-on with criminality irrespective of the barrage of propaganda and sponsored outcry by criminals and their backers.

The United States under President Donald Trump banned nationals of eight countries from gaining access to that country; on September 27, 2017, eleven people were arrested across England and Wales as part of investigation United Kingdom's banned extreme right-wing group, National Action, which is just one of the many banned groups in that country.

We recommend the words of Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, the head of the counter-terrorism policing in North East England, to the Federal Government, Biafra separatists and terrorists alike.

Snowden said of the arrests: 'Those who promote extreme views are looking to divide our communities and spread hatred. This will not be tolerated and those who do so must be brought to justice.'"

Continuing, Dr. Ogah posited that the government of Nigerian and its military must, therefore, pay no heed to the shallow threats from misguided elements that think agitation for restructuring or secession confers immunity for breaking the law.

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Only those that make their case for restructuring through constitutionally sanctioned channels and processes must be given attention while lawbreakers should be dealt with as prescribed by law, he concluded.



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