New British Envoy To Meet US Lawyer Bruce Fein Over Kanu’s Release
The time is propitious because of the impending change in the Nigerian Government, and urgent because of Mr. Kanu’s rapidly declining health
The new British envoy to Nigeria, Dr. Richard Montgomery, will meet with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s international lawyer and spokesperson, Bruce Fein, to discuss Kanu’s ongoing wrongful detention and how to secure his “unconditional release” in light of numerous court decisions and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s recommendation.
iexclusivenews reports that this is contained in a letter addressed to Montgomery by the US Attorney.
This online news outlet understands that the letter dated March 27 read in part:
“I would respectfully request an opportunity to meet with you in Abuja to explore avenues to secure Nigeria’s compliance with the Working Group’s order for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Kanu.
“The time is propitious because of the impending change in the Nigerian Government, and urgent because of Mr. Kanu’s rapidly declining health.”
In addition to congratulating the new British High Commissioner on his appointment, Mr. Fein warned him against following Catriona Laing’s example, whom he charged with treating Kanu’s case lightly while oblivious to the fact that the IPOB Leader is a British citizen.
Bruce Fein Disappointment on Laing
He recalled how Laing had failed to put pressure on the Nigerian government to obey the court orders despite numerous court orders and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s opinion that Kanu, a British citizen, should be released immediately and without conditions.
“On July 20, 2022, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an Opinion finding that Mr. Kanu’s detention violated sixteen (16) international human rights covenants.
” The Working Group ordered his “immediate and unconditional” release and payment of reparations. The Government of Nigeria remains in contempt of the Working Group’s order more than eight months after its issuance.
“Your predecessor idled instead of confronting the Government of Nigeria with its legal obligation to release a UK citizen without tarry.
“Indeed, she relied on the lawless Fulani-controlled Government and Biafran quislings in the southeast to accept Orwellian propaganda about Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra.”
Fein challenged the British Government to emulate the US in seeking justice for oppressed persons who are not even US citizens.
“Compare her anemic defense of a wrongly accused and detained UK citizen found innocent by an impartial, international tribunal with the muscular United States efforts to secure the release of permanent resident Paul Rusesabagina, “Hotel Rwanda” filmmaker, from Rwandan imprisonment.
” Mr. Rusesabagina had been convicted of financially supporting violent Rwandan rebels in a Rwandan court. U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan exerted unremitting pressure on Rwandan President Paul Kagame to obtain a commutation of sentence on March 24, 2023.
“Why is the UK refusing to follow the laudable United States example as regards Nnamdi Kanu? Great countries are made of sterner stuff. “
Bruce Fein Accused Britain
The US lawyer accused Britain of masterminding the ethnic tension in Nigeria following the skewed political system she bequeathed to the country upon independence.
He also told Britain to do more to restore the rule of law and justice to the country, arguing that it is not enough to return Nigeria’s stolen artifacts but do nothing about the right of her citizens to self-determination.
“Nigeria has been challenged as a nation since independence from involuntary British colonial rule in 1960. The United Kingdom has sought to make partial amends for participating in the racist scramble for Africa by returning looted Benin City artifacts stolen by marauding British soldiers.”