Olisa Agbakoba, human rights crusader and senior advocate, has absolved a northern youth coalition threatening Igbo living in the country’s north with expulsion. Agbakoba was quoted by PUNCH as saying the affected northern youths didn’t commit any crime.
“Did they commit any crime? They just said, ‘leave our place,’ that’s all. It’s not in the criminal code that if I tell a man to leave my house I have committed a crime. I have a right to tell you, this is my house, leave. It’s politically incorrect to tell the Igbo to leave but I don’t see any crime. And let’s be clear, we should not make this thing sound legalistic… it is political.”
Also, Agbakoba endorsed the agitation by Nnamdi Kanu for the creation of a separate Biafra country. Kanu leads the separatist group, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.
“For me, the best that he can be charged with is unlawful assembly and an act capable of breaching public peace. Those are the things he can be charged with, but not treason; because Nigeria is a signatory to the United Nations’ Charter, which recognises the right for self-determination”, he said.
He faulted the statement by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that Nigeria was insoluble. Agbakoba expressed support for Kanu’s call for self-determination. He said: “What is sacrosanct about Nigeria? Nothing. What is sacrosanct about Nigeria is our agreement to be part of Nigeria. I’m not suggesting that Nigeria should not exist but to say that Nigeria’s sovereignty is not negotiable, nobody should talk about it.”
The senior lawyer also rejected the strident calls for the restructuring of the country.
“I see every politician now says restructure but I disagree. I also think the acting President was wrong to say that Nigeria is insoluble. There is nothing sacrosanct about Nigeria. It can blow up anytime. It’s an artificial creation, which was made in 1914 and when it was amalgamated we were not there. It was amalgamated in the interest of the colonialists.”
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