By Emman Ovuakporie, Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI — Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, said the secret trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and others would end up in futility.
According to the group, it will never succumb to any form of intimidation by the Federal Government, stressing that it will continue to support and show solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra agitators incarcerated.
In a statement in Abakaliki, National Leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu, warned the Federal Government not to toy with the lives of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and others standing trial on frivolous criminal charges at Abuja Federal High Court.
“Justice Binta Nyako is directly playing the tune of his Fulani Islamic brother for the interest of Sokoto caliphate. The people of Biafra shall never succumb to this intimidation. The so-called secret trials will never see the light of the day because my brothers, Nnamdi Kanu and others, did not commit any crime.
Rep condemns FG’s secret trial
Also yesterday, a member of the House of Representatives, Nkem Uzoma-Abonta, condemned the Federal Government’s planned secret trail of Kanu.
Uzoma-Abonta, who represents Ukwa Federal Constituency of Abia State, in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja, also told the Federal Government to make efforts in tackling the economic recession in the country, saying Nigerians are passing through acute starvation.
On the secret trial of the IPOB leader, he said: “The law says that all trial should be in the open apart from juvenile. Even the military trials, to a large extent, is done openly. I think it may not be proper and not right to try Kanu in secret.
“Of course, we must all condemn sedition, we must all condemn incitement and unwholesome act to cause disunity in Nigeria but justice must be done and be seen to have been done.
“The trial should be open, it should be seen to be open so that people will now see that they proved their case .
“I want to advise the Federal Government to handle that matter in a way that it will not raise further agitation. But all trials should be in open court.”
Commenting on the state of the nation with regard to the current recession, Uzoma-Abonta, who is the House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Petitions, said: “The state of the nation is a worrisome issue to all of us, particularly to the major stakeholders.
“There is no gain saying that as we went for the Christmas recess, we saw the impact of recession on Nigerians.
“Nigerians are very hungry. There is absolute lack of food and want among the citizenry. It is almost an embarrassing situation that people now cannot boast of one meal. The usual rice that people feast on disappeared this festive period .
“Therefore, we think the government should double efforts in seeing that Nigeria is returned at ease again and solutions must be found. All hands must be on deck so that the populace should be able to feed and be happy again.
“As it is now, there is a problem of acute starvation and except we do something seriously, there will be problem. We need pure practical economic planning to ensure that Nigerians will eat. I am not talking about luxury, I am talking about basic necessities.”