Former Director-Common of the Nigerian Institute of Worldwide Affairs, Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, has warned the regime of the President, Main Common Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), towards frightening self-determination proponents to begin throwing bombs within the nation.
The diplomat spoke on Wednesday whereas that includes on PUNCH On-line interview programme, The Roundtable.
The Buhari regime has, in latest occasions, clamped down on secession agitators from Southern Nigeria. The agitators had got down to break free from Nigeria, citing dissatisfaction, perceived injustice, and insecurity, amongst others.
Chief of proscribed Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is at present within the custody of the Division of State Providers after he was extradited from a international nation.
Equally, the Buhari regime had declared Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, wished and the regime has been pushing for the extradition of the activist who was arrested by Interpol in Benin Republic on Monday on the behest of the Nigerian authorities.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.), a right away previous Chief of Military Employees, has been pushing for Igboho’s extradition to Abuja.
Nonetheless, Igboho’s lead counsel, Yomi Alliyu (SAN), argued that his consumer couldn’t be extradited as a result of the 1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin and two others excluded political refugees like Igboho and his spouse, Ropo, from being extradited.
The PUNCH gathered that the Federal Authorities deliberate to extradite the activist on Wednesday (yesterday), however Benin Republic insisted that it could not be a part of any course of that was towards due course of.
Talking on The PUNCH interview programme on Wednesday, former NIIA DG Akinterinwa suggested the Federal Authorities to halt the usage of pressure on agitators and discover amicable resolutions.
The septuagenarian additionally stated Nigeria can’t arm-twist Benin Republic into surrendering Igboho as a result of Benin Republic, like different former French colonies, represents French curiosity in West Africa. Benin Republic (previously referred to as Dahomey) gained full independence from France on August 1, 1960.
Responding to a query, Akinterinwa stated, “On the degree of Benin Republic, in case you are speaking about arm-twisting, an elephant, even a lion, as massive and highly effective as he’s, whether it is bitten by a small mosquito, then you’ll be able to know the implications. It’s not a query of whether or not Nigeria is massive and highly effective you can arm-twist anyone, no, it doesn’t work that approach.
“The connection between Benin Republic and Nigeria shouldn’t be decided solely on the degree of Benin Republic. Benin Republic is francophone, that implies that it’s coping with France and the connection on the degree of France and Nigeria you’ll be able to perceive it with none rocket science.
“The French authorities doesn’t need the federal government of Nigeria to have the capability to make use of Benin Republic or the Francophone neighbours to the detriment of French curiosity in West Africa as a lot as the federal government of Nigeria gained’t need to be utilized by the Francophone neighbours towards Nigeria’s curiosity within the rapid neighbourhood.
“So, even if you happen to shut borders all alongside, borders usually are not closed towards the rapid neighbours, they’re additionally closed towards the French. So, any battle, any arm-twisting that you’re considering of must be put within the context of French curiosity and notably the Francophone curiosity. Any misunderstanding between a Francophone nation – whether or not a right away neighbour or far-distant neighbour – is essentially a problem on the degree of Nigeria and the Francophone group; they suppose alike, they work collectively, they handle points collectively.”
He warned that the Federal Authorities, by going laborious on self-determination advocates, was frightening them to turn out to be violent.
“Nigeria may be massive; no person is saying you aren’t massive or extra highly effective nevertheless it took simply two terrorists to lock down the dual constructing within the US (United States) and for 1000’s of individuals to be killed and for America to now sit tight.
“We’re treading on the identical path. I feel it’s Shakespeare that stated in Macbeth that there isn’t any artwork of discovering the human building from the face. On this case, who actually is the terrorist? The terrorists preventing on the battlefield are totally different from the terrorists which might be funding them or which might be outdoors.
“We’re shifting in direction of a state of affairs whereby the Professional-Igbohos, the Professional-Kanus, the Professional-Self-determination (folks) and so on could start now to make bombs themselves and be throwing right here and there and the entire nation might be disorderly. We want utility of fundamental considering,” he stated
Akinterinwa burdened that the clampdown on agitators was not the answer however a mediation course of the place all events would sit at a desk and dialogue.
“Arrest all of them, extradite all of them however that gained’t cease the agitation for Yoruba Republic and it gained’t cease agitation for Biafra Republic. Biafra Republic got here into being way back to 1962; it was mentioned of their palace. So, if by 1967, the conflict broke out…it’s just because the folks felt they don’t need to belong.
“If any President of Nigeria is honest about wanting to control Nigeria (with due respect to all others), please sit down, strategise, ask folks to come back: ‘What actually are your grievances? Okay, if you wish to be sovereign, by which approach will the curiosity of all others? We’re all brothers and sisters’,” he said.