Friday, 29 July 2011
Abuja October 1 Bombing! Niger Delta Group wants Okah brothers & others free!
1.We call on the government of south africa under president Jacob Zuma to immediately release our son, Henry Emomotimi Okah who has been languishing in South Africa prison since October 2nd 2010.It should be obvious by now to the South African government that Henry Okah is innocent of the Nigerian government orchestrated charges and there is no evidence whatsoever linking him to the October 1st 2010 bomb blast except for the statement made by professional false witnesses in Nigeria. President Jacob Zuma has ridiculed the South Africa judicial system and has allowed himself to be used as a pawn in Nigeria politics. One begins to wonder if SA companies with huge investments in Nigeria have been twisted and SA government officials and judiciary compromised.
2.The immediate release of our sons, Charles Tonbra Okah, Edmund Ebiware, Francis Osuwo and Obi Nwabueze from an illegal and cruel detention by the FGN.These men have been held in solitary confinement in cells measuring 3 by 5, 24 hours a day for 10 months.They are being held hostage and imprisoned inside a prison! Recently, they were transferred to a holding cell to share with 11 inmates condermed to death which is obviously meant to intimidate them psychologically.The men have been denied all prison rights enjoyed by all other inmates inside the Kuje prison Abuja including visitations and access to worship in the prison chapel.
3.Justice Gabriel Kolawole the presiding judge is a man known for his humulity and integrity.However those qualities without the courage to judge fairly and independently is useless (James 2:17) His constant and long adjournments in an open and shut case where the ijaw is explicit on proof of Evidence is being used as an instrument of oppression by the government.(1 chronicles 19:6-7)
4.Peace and Security has eluded the country in spite of the arrest and detention of these patriotic men who are known for their advocacy towards long term peace measures for the Niger Delta Amnesty programme and its long term implications put them on collision with those who fear the truth.We believe that the stone that was rejected by the builder will one day become the chief corner stone for a new Nigeria.(psalm 118:22)
5.President Goodluck Jonathan should beware of bad advisers and sycophants, including our so-called Elders and Leaders who are clamoring for political god fatherism and political appointment.What the president needs now are “Nathans” who will tell him the truth even if it hurts.Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.This is a wise advice from King Solomon (prov. 27:6)
6.The Nigerian government “carrot and stick” approach with Boko Haram and its offer not to prosecute members arrested amounts to double standard when the same government is prosecuting these men without ANY proof of evidence linking them to the attack of October 1st 2010.
7.Finally, the izon-ibe congress, representing Ijaw sons and daughters worldwide are calling for justice and not mercy.We call on all well meaning Nigerians and the International community to prevail on South Africa and Nigeria Presidents to “LET MY PEOPLE GO”.
Signed Comrade Tonye Bayefa
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.