Nnamdi Kanu: Clap and dance but you are a terrorist too. By Chima Okereke.

Let us take a journey into the timeline of how you are a likely terrorist and what went down leading to where a group that has not killed anyone, a totally non-violent group became a terrorist group. You see these things are not by mistake, they were anticipated early enough.
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When we said it is not safe and reasonable to have the entire heads of security agencies come from one religion and a section of the country, you shouted us down that the president can appoint his family members or friends if he wishes and that the constitution allowed it. Now you know better. You now realise how easy it is to wipe out a people without the knowledge of others. So if you have say an ethnic group made up of just 10,000 people and you have a president with the mentality of my people-my relations-my inlaws alone, then it is much possible. All that is needed is what happened in Abia state.
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So we know that Kanu said nasty things about people, religious groups, that was to draw attention to himself and his agitation.
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Kanu called ex president Goodluck Jonathan names.
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Kanu came into Nigeria during Goodluck Jonathan’s regime, he was not arrested.
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As Buhari came into power, Kanu continued in his name-calling and abuses.
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Kanu announced date of his return from his base in London, he made known the hotel he was staying in Ikeja Lagos.
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Kanu was arrested and made popular and for two years Nigeria could not find something to jail him and he was released on health grounds as his trial continued.
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His trial was postponed till October 2017.
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Kanu went around, he had visitors from around the world. The independent Biafra agitation became stronger and was spreading to unlikely places.
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It spread so wide that other ethnic groups silent on their people being maginalized after seeing Kanu started asking hard questions. They challenged the perceived Hausa/Fulani domination and manipulations.
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From Southern Kaduna people to Benue, Nassarawa etc., ethnic groups started raising hard to answer questions about perceived years of injustices.
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The powers that be alarmed by the sudden enlightenment and demands from these ethnic groups decided to do something quickly and definite.
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As they deliberate and plan how to tackle Kanu and his Biafra agitation and the fact that other ethnic groups are now making demands, the Arewa youths prematurely showed their hands too early which made their stop-Kanu-at-all-cost harder.
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So let us go deeper.
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The truth was that the same Arewa Youth that gave quit notice to Igbos to leave the North emphatically in one of their outings last month August, inferred that IPOB is a terrorist group and voilà, IPOB is now declared a terrorist group by “government”.
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The operation python dance 2 became a vehicle to arrest the situation. But the army did not envisage the determination of IPOB members as they trooped en mass to protect their leader.
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Suddenly, the world was confronted by the video of gross humiliation, torture beating and shooting of IPOB members! The government was rattled and a way to justify the use of USA hardwares in killing innocent unarmed civilians, the establishment decided to brand IPOB a terrorist organisation.
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Everyone knows that IPOB has not killed anyone, does not carry weapons and are not violent.
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So the president needed to act and act fast he did by signing the “terrorist order”.
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The Army knew that the president had already signed an order proscribing IPOB, I didn’t know, you didnt know, the governors didnt know, few people knew and the army prematurely came out to declare it, without envisaging the protests from Nigerians. Even the defence headquarters did not know about it, that would explain why the defense spokesman came out that the military did not declare IPOB a terrorist organization.
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The correspondences that went back and forth was done in such a way that no one from the South nay Igbo had idea of the plan. Why? Because no one from your ethnic group or no one from your religion was in all chains of correspondences and discussions and decision.
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The South East governors must have been told hours to their 15th September meeting in clear terms that the president had already made up his mind to sign the IPOB proscription order and that they had no option than to fall in line or be prepared to be dealt with for “protecting a terrorist group”.
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The information minister Lai Mohammed, has laid the foundation by stating that certain individuals, companies and organisations are sponsoring IPOB. He even mentioned France as “headquarter” of IPOB finance.
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So the net has been cast, so you are at risk!
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What it means for those jumping up and down, clapping and celebrating is, if you have an association opposing government, a group not liked by government, it can take 72hours to declare your association a terrorists group. All that is needed is to sign an order, take it to a judge who ratifies it in time and you and your group are gone.
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Your street, village, town or house is hated by someone or people and suddenly you are reported as harbouring terrorists and you become a terrorist. You scream and cry but remember you clapped, danced and celebrated this period.
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The politician who refuses to step down from contesting election or criticizing a government, it is easier to just arrest you or your relation or daughter, son, mother or father for supporting a terrorist group and you are forced to be off political circulation.
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If you as an individual supports a candidate not wanted by the powers that be, they only need to plant IPOB materials in your home, car, office and voilà, you are a terrorist.
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You own a company and your competitor doesn’t like you and wants you out of business, a petition will be written against you for supporting IPOB and you are in hot water and out of business.
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You are driving on the road and police decides that you are IPOB member and you swear, you curse but because you are accused of terrorism, you are detained specially. You lose time, money if not your life. Remember when you clapped and or was silent.
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You are in your car, on the street, in your office and someone is being chased, bullets are released and (God forbid) you are hit and the official explanation is that a terrorist was being chased.
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Have you read the entire terrorism prevention law being bandied around? I guess no. With this dance, procedure and speed of declaring people terrorists, you are indeed a potential terrorist.
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So go on clap, celebrate, dance be silent you will in one way or the other be a casualty. Remember this article, remember this day when in a bid to be politically correct, show you hate Kanu, Igbo you gave a blank cheque to intimidation, abuse, and possible extra judicial killings.
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Clap on what goes around in many cases comes around.
Time Shall Tell.

Written by Chima Okereke

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