Nnamdi Kanu says Buhari worse offender, cites 1983 coup

Kanu in court

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that the offences for which he is being tried, do not compare to the 1983 coup d’état which led to the enthronement of Muhammadu Buhari as military head of state.

Mr. Kanu, who spoke through his lawyer in court on Thursday, said the case of treason against him should be immediately dropped.

“He’s a freedom fighter unlike people who overthrew a legitimate government in 1983. The court has no option but to discharge the charges. The court should trash the charges,” said his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, as he addressed the federal court in Abuja.

As a military general, Mr. Buhari, Nigeria’s current president, led a coup d’état that removed the Shehu Shagari government in 1983. Mr. Buhari was later deposed by another army general, Ibrahim Babangida in 1985.

Mr. Ejiofor repeated his point that Mr. Buhari’s comments suggested that the presidency had taken a position on the matter, hence the likelihood that his client will not be treated justly.

Mr. Ejiofor said the evidence before the court do not in any way indict his client of treason and prayed the court to quash the case.

He also asked the court to enforce an earlier ruling by Justice Ademola in December 2015, in which the defendant was granted an unconditional freedom.

“The Biafra agitation predates this present administration. The fact that the Honourable Justice Ademola decided that there was no incriminating evidence against the first defendant, he ordered his release but this was blatantly refused,” Mr. Ejiofor said.

He accused the prosecution of playing to the gallery, stressing that the ongoing trial had already been determined by certain persons in high places.

“There is no ingredient of treasonable felony found in the proof of evidence before your lordship,” said Mr. Ejiofor.

Mr. Kanu’s trial had on December 13 been suspended abruptly following a rowdy session created by the defendants. The trial continued on Tuesday.

Mr. Kanu, and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, are facing trial for alleged treasonable felony.


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  • thusspokez

    “He’s a freedom fighter unlike people who overthrew a legitimate government in 1983. The court has no option but to discharge the charges. The court should trash the charges,” said his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, as he addressed the federal court in Abuja.

    So, the lawyer’s argument is: release my claim-o because another Nigerian once overthrew a legitimate government-o! This lawyer is clearly a mediocre to chose this line of argument. His argument should be in based and in reference to the law as it stands — not silliness and appeals to emotional sensibilities.

    • RAPE on The Niger DELTA

      There is massive poverty in the Niger Delta. There is nothing to show for the wealth of the region as monies from the region are used to develop Abuja and the rest of the country. The only benefit the oil producing and resource owners – Biafra and Niger Delta regions benefit from Nigeria are :
      – Pollution
      – Neglect
      – Violence
      – Military Occupation
      – Wanton arrest of its citizens
      – Harassment
      – Sponsored propaganda to defame
      – Bypass in political appointments
      – Hate, hate and more hate
      – Etc etc, etc

      …yet, the parasitic regions (Vultures) that feast on the resources of the Niger Delta want it to remain part of Nigeria even as they care not about the many artificial problems that oil exploration has brought to the people –Health issues / Diseases arising from toxic pollutants. Buhari never borrowed to clean up the Niger Delta or rehabilitate the displaced farmers and fishermen. But he borrows to resettle those reportedly displaced by Islamic terrorists – a people (Terrorists) he claims must not be killed.

      SECESSION is the only way for the Niger Delta and Biafran regions if they must achieve their potentials. Buhari can remain president of the rest of Nigeria and those of us who do not want to be associated with Nigeria in any way should be left alone to live our dreams and fly to our destination – have our own country. And this is what we must do. May God be with our freedom fighting comrades – the AVENGERS.

      • Julius

        Some of us laugh each time we read or hear you cowards lumping Niger Delta with your scam. I’m sure that you are talking about the same Niger Delta that Ojukwu invaded and occupied till Col. Adekunle kick him out . Right ? The governors of those SS states are saying that they do not want any part of biafraud but, like you do most things, you gonna force them . Right ? Stand on your own, answer ya fathers name. Stop making a joke out of yourself. By the way, have you ever ask your governors what they do/did with their allocations ? I guess na Tinubu fault..abi.

        • Efe1

          Which Scam? Take your map and look at it very well. We the people of Niger Delta though have our separate identity and working day and night towards our sovereignty and absolute control of our resources and demand for reparations from criminal Nigeria, wish to state very clearly that we are more Biafrans than Nigerians. Our languages, geographical affinity, culture and even physical appearance, mien etc all evidence this fact. Which state of the Niger Deltan Nation can be more Niger Deltan than Delta state and Rivers? Yet, in today’s Delta state an Igbo man is the state governor. Some years ago an Igbo man (though corrupted by his maternal infinitesimal genes) was at the helm of affairs in Rivers state. In Akwa Ibom, a particular village speaks Igbo on the border close to Abia. Our rivers and streams flow and mix with each other. Even our gods are friends and war together. So where does your theory of fraud come from. Niger Delta and Biafra are a homogeneous people.

          • Julius

            Tell that story to the governors and the people that are against being a biafraudians, It aint me !. Left to me, have at it and hurry up !

          • Otile

            You can also talk about oduafraidians forever but it solves nothing, so shut your rotten mouth and learn something about the SS. Come down here and see the so called boundaries of SS SE you will curse the_stupid fulani parasites for their errors driven by greed of crude oil. For example Ikot Uko (Anang) is in the middle of SE. Akrika Obu (Igbo) is in the middle of SS. Ohaobu (Igbo) is in the middle of SS. The story is the same in Arochukwu and Cross River, or some parts of Ogoja in Cross River. These people go about their business living in peace with brotherliness, but oduafraidians don’t know it. When one hears some ignorant oduafaudian touts jesticulate about Niger Delta, SS SE one wonders what kind of animals they are. Separation is the only answer to this madness.

          • Julius

            Moron, tell that to all the SS governors that wants nothing to do with biafraud. Send all of them this same gibberish you posted. One of them even said that its a fraud and misguided. No be me talk am ooo. Me, na laff I go dey laff . Yes separation online …lmaooo

          • Otile

            Unity beggar, most governors including oduafraudian ones are afraid of reptile Buhari. Remember he tried several times to get rid of Nwike but commonse prevailed. Governor Fayose wisely separated himself from oduafraudian governors who lick Buhari’s smelly ass. Why are you afraid of separation?

          • Observer

            Baby factory product… Ayo Fayose you just mentioned just proved your level understanding. It’s a pity.

          • king

            Now you make some sense

          • Julius

            lolz, I always make sense. You might disagree with my comments but, they are with senses.

          • Otile

            If Biafra goes those governors lose their jobs; you as a nonentity have nothing to lose. Apply commonse.

          • Julius

            Genius, I guess then that those governors are not Igbos. Right ? You need to vote them out and get some biafraudians in there to do what you wants them do. LIke file for referendum and believe in biafraud.

          • Otile

            Rephrase your garbage in good English. You don’t make sense. E gbo?

          • Julius

            lolz, funny enough.. I notice that each time your retarded argument got demolished , you talk about good English. You are a loser. You lost again.

          • Psyraxx

            Easy for you to say.

          • Julius

            Don’t you think it should also be easy for them to get their governors in line for the realization of biafraud ?

        • thusspokez

          Some of us laugh each time we read or hear you cowards lumping Niger Delta with your scam

          It is symptom of a deluded mind. These people think that the struggle by Niger Deltans against exploitation is recent or started with Ken Saro Wiwa or MEND. No, it started in the old Eastern Region with the declaration of a Niger Delta Republic in 1966. So what makes these epeople think that the Niger deltans want anything to do with them? Well, you can’t stop fantasists from keep fantasizing (say) about Marilyn Monroe.

          • Julius

            No mind them. They have this domination attitude, forcing people to do what they want. The SS governors came out openly that they are not biafians and wants nothing to do with them but, hell no, the delusional fools don’t wanna hear it because they are special. Kanu included Kogi and Benue in his deluded biafraud…guess what, the citizens of those states didn’t even know..lolz. You have to laff. Its so comical and sad.

          • igboham

            all the SE governors also said the same thing. So what does that mean or you only care about SS governors?

          • Julius

            well, you all should try and talk to them as well. Maybe they don’t know that biafraud will be the land where manna falls from heaven. Utopia.

          • king

            The opinion of Political harlots cannot be said to represent the opinion of the masses that is why things like referendum are conducted in cases. Let’s not argue blindly and sheepishly because of our ethnic interests and ignorance

          • Julius

            You need to put more thoughts into your comments. Try again.

          • Otile

            Chief tout, how market? Where are your brethren: mofu ola, maria, tundemash, burbank, and kay soyemi? They must be quaffing emu and laughing their heads off to celebrate the torture of their enemy by Imam Mohamed Buhari. E ku rire o.

        • Otile

          Hopeless unity beggars, bear in mind that this forced union cannot stand without justice and equity. Oduafraudian slavery to the fulanis is not the answer.

          • Mufu Ola

            Who’s begging for your unity?What riles people is your noisemaking & nuisance value.How come SE is the least destination point among Nigerians. You find other Nigerians going to d North, SW in large numbers for business or to settle down but you hardly see people going to East for anything. Doesn’t that give u food for thought?

          • Otile

            Injustice is the answer. Corrupt rulers moved every Federal government institution to SW and North. People congregate where government creates opportunities. Every smart person knows this, only dummies question why people don’t troop to look for Federal government jobs in the East. E gbo?

      • thusspokez

        SECESSION is the only way for the Niger Delta and Biafran regions

        You have no right to speak for Deltans. Why don’t you ever never blame the criminals that govern the states instead of assuming that if they get trillion of naira in allocation that it wouldn’t be embezzled.

    • Otile

      Are happy that a dumb coup plotter is misleading you today? So you would rather have this_stupid alligator rule you and trample on an innocent man because you hate the ethnicity of the man. No justice no peace.

      • Mufu Ola

        Isn’t it ironical & strange that the “smart” Igbo have never been smart enough to engineer becoming a President in Nigeria?

        • Otile

          There is nothing strange about it. Corrupt parasites will never allow smart people to govern. Who have been ruling Nigeria for ages, are they not dummies? Look at what we got at Aso Rock now, is he not a dumb certificate forger? Blame corruption not smart people.

    • DONALDSON

      a law is not a law, until it is made to become a law through legislative process, inconsonance with presidential accent. pls if i may asked mr barrister. can you educate us the section of Nigerian law and constitution that declears Namdi kanus action as treason and fellony? he was not planning to ovethrough the government of dumbi, clueless buhari. rather he was crying for the emancipation and total freddom of his people from the born to ruled hausa northern fulani. mind you he was not arrested in posesion of any explosive or weapon, seemingly biafra has never been proscribed by Nigerian government or SSS as a terrorist organization at what point did he comit treason?

      • thusspokez

        a law is not a law

        I am sorry, this is tautology. A man-made law by its nature is the outcome of a legislative process, otherwise, it wouldn’t be described as a law.

        pls if i may asked mr barrister. can you educate us the section of Nigerian law and constitution that declears Namdi kanus action as treason and fellony?

        That is what courts are there to establish.

        he was not planning to ovethrough the government

        How did you come to this conclusion? Have you watched the videos where he was, in ther USA, soliciting money to buy arms; and issuing threats to the Nigerian state?

        mind you he was not arrested in posesion of any explosive or weapon

        So? Were you expecting him to be driving around with lorry load of arms or hoarding arms in an underground bunker at his home?

        seemingly biafra has never been proscribed by Nigerian government or SSS as a terrorist organization

        It would be ironic if the Nigerian state, having denied the existence of biafra were then to ban what does not exist, i.e., biafra.

        • Don_C

          So soliciting for arms is treason? Go and read the Nigerian law ok?
          The best you can call that is disorderly conduct and not treason,
          One Nigeria has no advantage to blacks so why are people supporting it?

          • thusspokez

            Go and read the Nigerian law ok?

            As you have done, no doubt. Did you also read where I mentioned his threats to the Nigerian state and also the videos?

          • Don_C

            Everyone that is free on earth has the right to self determination. Nigeria is a yoke and a slave ship and was never made by either God, Allah, Mohammed or Jesus but by the slave masters. Threatening the Nigerian state is never treasonable unless you don’t know the meaning of treason.

          • Mufu Ola

            He entered Nigeria with forged documents & that’s serious enough for a loafer,miscreant baiting the state.

          • Julius

            Abeg, help me tell them.

    • Arogbo

      Thank you my great legal mind.

    • Otile

      What kind of justice do you have where Buhari can carry out a coup and gets rewarded but Kanu gets locked up while haters rejoice? Why can’t the lawyer cite Buhari’s offense? Don’t you believe in equal justice for all? Did Buhari do well by that coup?

    • Don_C

      Nope, if there is anyone to face treason charges it is Buhari and not Kanu. When did owning a radio station or demanding for independence become a crime let alone treason? Was it God that created Nigeria?

  • Dazmillion

    If we talking about treason then Buhari and IBB should be facing treason trial and should have been in jail by now. But Kanu should face his trail without these theatrics, the other man Uwazurike went through the same treason charges at the hands of the Ota Gorilla

  • Otile

    Must these parasites hold us back forever? How can you continue to force a fake union fraught with tribalism, bigotry, nepotism, and high handedness, but yet foolishly expect it to work? Can’t the parasites and their lackeys borrow some commonse from India and East Timor?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nnamdi Kanu, is a master of terrorist organisation and let him remain in detention perpetually.Kanu, has not learn his lesson and reform his character.Anyone who support disunity and break up of Nigeria, shall be sacrificed for Nigeria, to survive as a united nation.

    • Otile

      Mumuwole, unity beggar are you still around?

    • Don_C

      What is the advantage of one Nigeria?
      Did God create Nigeria?
      Why should terrorist Lugard join us together and hand us over to Fulani who are not even from Nigeria?

  • Owoeye Gbenga

    Buhari has scattered this country by dividing us along ethnic and religion line.Let him leave that seat for peace to rein in Nigeria.

    • Arogbo

      Are you now saying if Buhari leaves there would no longer be agitation for biafra?

      • Julius

        He doesn’t even believe that but, that’s how biafraudians roll !!

        • Don_C

          Biafra existed before Nigeria and if you go check presbyterian church of Nigeria, you will see that it started as Presbytery of Biafra in 1858. Go and research before coming to talk nonsense as if God created Nigeria whereas Nigeria is a product of fraud and lies.

          • Julius

            Cut out that bullshit about biafraud existed before Nigeria, so are the other tribes , regions, land and people. You think your land/region is the only land /region in Africa before Nigeria ?. Some people even claimed that you are all from Congo. Recently, Achuzie said you are from someplace else. This is how you people inflates your worth or importance. Bullshit.

          • king

            Support the quest for people you refer to as ‘bullshit’ to go. What you call bullshit is what you don’t need!

          • Julius

            Sir, I never referred to anybody as “bullshit ” I referred to his comments as bullshit. Kindly read that again. Thank you !!

          • Omoagunmate

            I have heard from some quarters that “my people” are from Israel o! Which Congo you dey talk about now? Is it because we are black?

          • Julius

            hahahahahahaha, funny. Abeg, ask kanu. He even said some Igbo are not Igbo enough and he will expel them from biafraud. Not many of them are talking about that. Its in his manifesto !

          • Don_C

            You are a mental slave, if all the communities existed as you said, who made the likes of Frederick Lugard rulers and judges over us to bring us together? It is shameful when people like you perhaps educated defend the oyibo treachery. Scotland of just about 6 Million people can ask for independence from a whole Great Britain and nothing happens but then talking about the same thing in Nigeria, makes the Fulani start killing people and semi illiterates defend it. If I may ask, can you tell us one advantage of one Nigeria? Just one advantage. I am sure you dont know that what the oyibos did was to set us against ourselves and use the Fulanis to control and subjugate everyone else. TELL US ONE ADVANTAGE OF ONE NIGERIA IF YOU ARE NOT ASHAMED.

      • Don_C

        I dont think so.
        Buhari mishandled it.
        Agitation for Biafra should be treated lile Scottish referendum or Brexit.
        One Nigeria has no advantage to the indiginous group and favours only the Fulani.
        The Hausas are suffering and everyone else.
        God did not create Nigeria and I wonder why anyone would want a union that is not working.

  • Arogbo

    That Buhari as a military general led a coup that overthrew the Shagari administration is not a good line of defense. I don’t know how Kanu and his defense lawyers think they can get a reprieve from this court with this line of argument.

    • Otile

      But if any other person other than a fulani leads a coup he will be beheaded. What kind of justice is this? So you are happy to enjoy one rule for the Fulani and another for the rest of us, shame. Were Obasanjo and Diya not captured for plotting a coup? Was Diya not horse-wipped while in captivity? If death did not release Abacha do you think Diya and Obasanjo would be walking today? May injustice befall all of you that support such. Arogbo say amen.

  • Mufu Ola

    Kanu better go & find a thorough lawyer instead of this charge & bail representing him.

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