A Calm Demeanour: Mazi Nnamdi Kanu In Court


Yesterday (21/10/21), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was brought to the Federal High Court in Abuja for the continuation of the hearing of his matter with the Federal government of Nigeria.

He looked very healthy, and well kept. He wore the same FENDI designer tracksuit, which he wore when he was abducted in Kenya by the Nigerian govt.

Obviously, appearing in that same FENDI attire was his sarcastic way of responding to Lai Mohammed’s statement that “Nnamdi Kanu was enjoying a five-star life across several countries - living in luxury apartments and turning out in designer clothes and shoes.”

But what struck me most was Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's calm demeanour during his court appearance.  Taking selfies and photographs with his lawyers in addition to his occasional smiles, were some observations that never happened in the past.

His demeanour was a total departure from his previous court appearances when arrogance, anger, shouting, insulting, grandstanding, etc. were the order of the day. Never knew that Mazi could appear that cool.

So, what caused the behaviour change of boss of the bosses (Capo dei capi)? Or does it mean that his aggressive disposition, before now, was an act to galvanise his IPOB family?

And most of all, did his IPOB family notice their Oga’s behaviour change? For example, when a Mafia boss is brought to a court, all his unspoken words and gestures are keenly interpreted by his followers.

And to the IPOB family, were you able to interpret the calmness of your boss?

Well, that calm demeanour could be a strategy from Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his legal team. If so, the IPOB family should equally adopt that strategy and change their behaviour from abusive conduct, and violence, to calm demeanour.

Maybe there's a behind the scenes negotiations going on. Nothing is ruled out, after all, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is simply a prisoner of conscience - “a person who has been put in prison for holding political or religious views that are not tolerated in the state in which they live.”

Nigeria’s prisoners of conscience are held in prisons until a political agreement is reached. It has always been the case since colonialism, and it’s still happening today in countries with authoritarian regimes.

Political compromises were how prisoners of conscience, such as Uwazuruike and Asari, etc were released from prison. And that is how Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would be released from prison, so long as Buhari lives.

Thus, if anyone believes that Nnamdi Kanu would be tried in any court and found guilty/not guilty, or be released from prison without shifting his grounds, that person is still enjoying his feeding-bottle.

And if Mazi Kanu agrees to a political compromise that doesn't mean Biafra independence, that will be the end of Biafra agitation forever. 

I said that because, whether by conviction or by deception, Mazi Kanu has been able to lead Igbo youths to believe in the El-dorado called Biafra.   

So, in the absence of a political compromise, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would be in Jail until the end of Buhari's regime in May/2023. Except Buhari dies before then.

And Buhari would hand him over to the incoming administration as an aspect of Nigeria's liability. This is not my wish because insecurity and killings will worsen in Igboland if that becomes the case.

Overall, the answer to whether Mazi Nnamdi Kanu could be released soonest lies in his calm demeanour. Whoever that is able to interpret that calm demeanour holds the answer to the question.

-liberate your mind

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