By: Onwuasoanya Jones
On the 21st of this month Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be brought to court and re-arraigned on charges preferred against him by the Federal Government. This is following his re-arrest and repatriation to Nigeria in circumstances that are yet shrouded in controversies and the failure of the Nigerian Secret Service to bring him to Court earlier.
It had been feared that the Afara Ukwu born leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra will not be brought to Court, as the Federal Government might want to plead “inadequate logistics”, especially following a recent warning by the United Kingdom Government to its citizens in Nigeria to be careful with their movements in Nigeria on the week of MNK’s resumed trial.
One could fear that there would be outbreak of violence or that his fanatical supporters might attempt to forcefully rescue him detention.
While these fears are not completely out of order, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide led by Professor George Obiozor is leaving no stone unturned in its engagements with the FG and security agents to ensure that the IPOB leader is not only brought to Court on the next adjourned date but also prevailing on the FG to ensure that the trial is open, fair and expedited.
A powerful delegation of Igbo leaders and legal eggheads has already been empanelled by the Ohanaeze leadership to monitor the trial and ensure that the fundamental human rights of the IPOB leader is not trampled upon. The delegation led by a former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife (Okwadike) is also to provide regular updates to the Ohanaeze leadership on their observations and advices towards ensuring the best legal representation to him.
Beyond these obvious steps undertaken by the Obiozor led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, some behind the scenes negotiations are ongoing to facilitate a political resolution to the impasse. These steps are not things that will be divulged in public, but supporters of the IPOB founder can be rest assured that these steps are being followed up with every sense of seriousness and sincerity and there are good chances they could succeed.
As a respected diplomat and scholar Professor George Obiozor is bringing his many years of cognate experience in complex diplomatic negotiations to bear in trying to convince the FG that Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms can bring a win-win result to all concerned. Obiozor is also exploiting his long-standing goodwill in the corridors of power within and outside Nigeria to ensure success in this undertaking.