Omokri: Blame Buhari for Making Kanu a Celebrity, Giving Him Power

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Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on new media, has expressed the sentiments of several Nigerians who have blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for making Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a celebrity.

In a video, Omokri said until Buhari arrested Kanu, he was “a nobody”.
He explained that if Kanu had been ignored, his agitation would have died a natural death, reported online news website The Cable.

The former presidential aide also said if Buhari had equitably distributed his appointments, he “would have just won the hearts and minds of people from the South-east”.

Omokri said in a Facebook Live video: “President Muhammadu Buhari actually created this mess, did you know who Nnamdi Kanu was before President Muhammadu Buhari had him arrested? He was a nobody and I don’t mean that in a disrespectful manner, you IPOB people you are very good with the media. Don’t come after me, I don’t mean that in a bad way.

“Until he was arrested by Muhammadu Buhari he was a nobody, the president actually created Nnamdi Kanu, made him a celebrity and gave him the power he has right now.

“Right now you have empowered the young man to do a lot more damage to you, what was he doing? Radio Biafra? How many people were listening?

“I was watching somewhere and a Turkish diplomat had actually gone to Nnamdi Kanu’s house to pay a courtesy visit to him. That is how big you have made him.

“The president should try and contain that but by sending soldiers to Abia to surround his house, we could have avoided that controversy. If you want this boy’s agitation to die a natural death ignore him.

“Look at the NNPC, if you gave balanced appointments – look at the security chiefs (they) are overwhelmingly from the North and you are part of the North. If you had done equity, you would have just won the hearts and minds of people from the South-east. They are agitating for Biafra because they feel they are not well treated by the current Nigerian government,” Omokri pointed out.

  • Darcy

    This is incorrect. Who is El-Zakzazy? for example.

    Credit must go to the IPOB machine, they have played this very well.

  • Olukoga44

    This Omokri boy is a compound fool of the highest order. I think his pocket is becoming dry since his looter president was rejected, he never stop running his mouth uselessly.

    • austin

      I would have thought the mouth would run better if the pocket was full.

      • kenn

        Hmmm. You are so right. Some people don’t think before they type

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    The more this man talks the more we understand why GEJ was such a failure. Kanu was a gathering threat for way too long before Buhari acted. If anything, Nigeria’s foreign security service should have contained the problem before allowing the government to have to deal with Kanu through constitutional means. Boko Haram was long ignored before it became the threat level it is today. Ignoring a problem does not eliminate it. It simply allows it to grow.

    On security appointments, again Omokri is being hypocritical. Today the CDS and Chief of naval staff are Southerners whilst the heads of the army and airforce are Northerners. Under GEJ the CDS and Navy were headed by Northerners and the army and airforce headed by southerners. No real difference in the way a southern and a Northern president actually thinks.

  • Kalusia

    For those airing their grievances in support of human maltreatment, always remember what goes around , comes around .. your brother , friend , family might find themselves in the same fate as IPOB members . IPOB are political and non-violent and should be resolved with political acumen . If you support men with military arms to unjustly spill human blood, your hands are equally stained and the repercussions ripple through generations .

  • Tayo Muraino

    Buhari made Kanu a hero to his people. What are his antecedents.

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  • BB

    This man is just a nuisance…he is a very good emblem of the previous administration that ignored every major national security threat and looting.

  • Adeola

    This idiot Omokri. Servant to a thief whose bread is off the table

  • The thinking that Kanu should be ignored is myopic and cruel to any law and standard of administration. Did Kanu came through our borders illegally? Yes. What was his mission, after soliciting for arms and financial support in the US and Europe?
    In Reno master’s era, it could be overlooked because Jonathan was never a leader that led by example.

    The point that all regions should be placated with juicy appointments is in the past. As long as no law was broken by appointing 36 ministers. The south east has had it days with key appointments in Ihejirika, Okonjo – Iweala etc. Pius Anyim sold Lagos trade fair complex to his kins the ibos, did the Yorubas shout marginalization?

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  • josvinco

    Omkri was damned right.

    • Mimi yyay

      The same way he was “right” when he urged Jonathan not to believed that the Chibok girls were actually kidnapped.The result of which is haunting him as we speak!

  • Enyi

    This Reno Omokri thinks Nigerians have selective amnesia, was Kalu actually a nobody when he started his Radio Biafra broadcasts? Has he asked why he started such broadcasts? Were the broadcasts this virulent when his boss, GEJ was in power? Why did the broadcasts increase immediately Buhari assumed power? On appointments, a number of Igbos are occupying key positions but come to think if it, in GEJ’s time the Yorubas were marginalised as per appointments, would Omokri have wanted that to lead to demnds for seccesion and acts likely to disturb the peace of this country.

    • Ade Whenu

      A very intelligently constructed counter argument. I like it!

    • Adeola

      You are a great man, God bless you for telling the truth