Letter to Nnamdi Kanu

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REUBEN ABATI
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TUESDAY WITH REUBEN ABATI 

Dear Nnamdi Kanu,
We have never met. I only know you by reputation and I have had cause in the last year to write on your activities within the public arena and offer my own views about you, your persona, and your interventions in the Nigerian debate. I sincerely hope you would get to read this letter wherever you may be, that is assuming you are still alive.

Your father’s house was recently invaded by the Nigerian military (surprised you don’t have a house of your own!). We were later told that you simply disappeared into thin air, along with your parents. The murderous Operation Python Dance II that was unleashed on Igboland by the Federal Government of Nigeria has since become a subject of national interest. Many people have proclaimed that you have been killed, abducted and that many members of your family and movement – the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been wasted. Some people said you were called The Lion, but when trouble came, you were the first to run away from the zoo.

You had boasted that you will deal with any invading force from Abuja. You also said it would be “Biafra or Death”. But when death came calling in the shape of Operation Python Dance II, your enemies insisted that you should have waited. Don’t mind them, oh. I have defended you in another piece where I argued that it is probably better to run away so you can live to fight another day. Of course, it is not every revolutionary that runs away.

Che Guevara died in the struggle, and Martin Luther King, Patrice Lumumba, and so on. Nelson Mandela was jailed for life, but he lived to tell the story. In your case, the way the Nigerian state has been carrying on, it is clear they don’t want you to tell any more stories. You have been charged for treason. You have now been labeled a terrorist. Your organization has been proscribed, and labeled an enemy of the Nigerian state. A week after soldiers stormed your state, neighbourhood and home, the Nigerian Air Force began to drop its men from helicopters all over Igboland. They call it show of force.

I guess all of that is to let you and your men know that wherever you are, the Nigerian state is determined to hunt you down. If you are on land, they will grab you. If you hide in the skies, the Air Force will bring you down. And if you hide in the seas, the Nigerian Navy and the Amphibious Brigade of the Nigeria Army will fish you out. Officially, we have been told that you and IPOB are worse than violent herdsmen and the Boko Haram who have killed thousands of Nigerians in the last year alone. The Boko Haram has been declared the fourth most violent group in the world, but the Nigerian government insists that you pose a greater threat. In fact, a government spokesperson sounded as if there is a secret plan in place to give herdsmen and the Boko Haram national honours.

There is probably something that the Nigerian government and state actors know that we do not know. You were dealing with the charge of treason, now there is the additional allegation of terrorism. Don’t ever deceive yourself that if you get arrested again, you’d be released, except perhaps you change your identity and claim that you are now a herdsman or a member of the Boko Haram. There may be many people who have Nicodemus access to you who may be telling you to come and confront the Nigerian state. That is how Nigerians sweet-tongue people to their death. I am sure that by now, from your hiding place, you would have learnt some lessons.

The Nigerian state may be against you, but the people you really have to fear are the same people you claim to be leading, that is the same people who used to call you messiah and who followed you about, kneeling before you and kissing the ground on which you walked. Of what use is a change-agent without committed followers? Of what use is a revolution without the people’s buy-in? Of what use is an ideology without foot-soldiers? The moment the Federal Government activated Operation Python II, most of the people who used to support you have gone completely silent. The Biafra Secret Service is nowhere to be seen. The Biafra National Guard threw away its uniform. Some of those boys who used to wave the Biafran flag and wear the Biafran cap have thrown them away too. One or two persons are still issuing statements on behalf of IPOB, but even those statements sound like they were issued from business centres. Your own kinsmen have called you a tyrant and an opportunist. Many of them have written social media pieces advising the Federal Government to deal with you, because you don’t listen to advice. They even say you are not a true revolutionary but a gold-digger.

In all manner of ways, the Governors of the five Igbo states are using you to play politics. They have declared IPOB an illegal organization. They are openly abusing you. All the big men in Igbo land are as quiet as the dead sea. Igbo traditional rulers have refused to support your father who is their colleague. Some of them have in fact asked the Abia state Governor to withdraw his certificate and staff of office and appoint another person in his place. Even the big men who signed your bail documents have refused to defend you. You used to boast about international support for the Biafran cause. It has been said that the government now knows some “treasury looters” and international groups who are funding you and that IPOB accounts have been traced to some countries, particularly France. The French and the Turkish promptly distanced themselves from you. But the European Union and the United States spoke nicely. America says IPOB is not a terrorist organization and America will know.

But the Nigerian government that may not know half of what America knows is insisting that it is now a crime for anybody, even as young as five years old to identify with Biafra, regardless of the Constitutional right to the freedom of speech and association and the right to self-determination enshrined in the UN Charter. Indeed, it would appear as if the Nigerian Government has been able to break the spine of your movement, at least for now, and certainly, the way things are, the November 18 election in Anambra state will take place – with or without you. If anybody expected that there would be a massive protest in the South East over the treatment that has been meted out to you, that has not quite happened. All the markets in the South East are open; Igbo traders across Nigeria have moved on with their businesses. Life is so normal in the South East, the Nigerian military is dancing and beating its chest.

Northern and South Eastern Governors are holding meetings and congratulating each other. You turned 50 yesterday, apart from a few messages on social media, everywhere was quiet in the South-East. If this had been a month ago, the crowd that would have gathered at your doorstep would have stretched from Isiama Afara to Afikpo, and the cakes you would have received would have been uncountable. Rochas Okorocha recently got 27 birthday cakes, presented by 27 women, representing the same number of local governments in Imo State, you probably would have received a cake from every local government in the entire South East!

Since your disappearance there has also been little talk about self-determination or Biafra among Igbos. The sound of the narrative is gradually changing. There is more talk these days about Igbo marginalization, and the need to appoint Igbos into offices. One prominent Northerner from Kaduna has since gone to Chatham House in the UK to say Igbos should not complain about marginalization when they didn’t vote for President Buhari in 2015, and that it is foolish for any Nigerian to expect to reap where he or she did not sow. Nnamdi, you’d be surprised that appointment-seeking Igbos will mobilise your people, including your followers, to vote massively for the same people who are currently hounding you, in 2019. You can be sure this will happen. In fact some people are already boasting that the only way to have peace in Nigeria is to make an Igbo man President or Vice President in 2019. While you were shouting “Biafra or death”, some people were eyeing the business and political side of things. Every proposed revolution often runs into its own contradictions.

But don’t worry. It may be fashionable now to criticise Nnamdi Kanu but the wisdom of the mob is not always the best guide. I sincerely hope that you are alive, and that you’d not end up as an Abogunrin. Not every man has the opportunity to witness what life would be like after his own funeral. Treachery is one of those unsavoury ingredients of the change process. The deserters of the cause would claim they prefer to survive. The coffin maker prays fervently for business but he would never wish that his own family members should die. But take heart, hope is not lost. The fire that you have lit will continue to burn. Your struggle speaks directly to the subject of the national question. You have reminded all and sundry that Nigeria remains a troubled country and that there are many unresolved issues. Every effort has been made to kill your voice, and your movement, but the ideas that you have forced out of the cupboard will continue to resonate.

The good news also is that there are Nigerians in diaspora who have taken up the struggle. They went to demonstrate at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York and on the streets of London. Your friends, FFK and Ayo Fayose are still standing by you. There are many others out there who also do not agree that you are a terrorist, even if they do not agree with your methods and rhetoric. You have also exposed the hypocrisy of the Igbo elite. You have exposed the desperation of the ruling class. Don’t let your head swell, though. If I must tell you the truth, you over-acted. Too much acting dey spoil cinema. You paid too much attention to ceremony. You were obsessed with your own heroism.
As you read this piece and reflect on your life at 50, let me remind you of the following statement which you made on August 27, 2017:

“Where we are is Biafra land. Aba is the spiritual capital of Biafra land. We started in Aba in 2015 at CKC. That day, heaven authenticated our move that IPOB will restore Biafra and that’s what we have come to do. We died in Aba at National High School. They shot and killed us in other places in Biafra land where they were protesting for my release. As our people rest in the grave, we’ll never rest until Biafra is restored. I don’t care what they say in Abuja. I don’t give a damn what they say in Lagos. I’m a Biafran and we are going to crumble the zoo. Some idiots who are not educated said that they’ll arrest me, and I ask them to come, I’m in Biafra. If any of them leaves Biafra land alive, know that this is not IPOB. Tell them what I said. Tell Buhari that I am in Aba and any person who comes to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in Biafra land will die here. I’ll never go on exile I assure you. Some people talk about restructuring, are we doing the restructuring of Nigeria now?

Are we doing fiscal Federalism? Are we doing devolution? What we want is Biafra! Forget all the nonsense they write about us. We are not slowing down and no man born of a woman can stop us…”
Words on marble, Mazi Kanu, these are strong words on marble… Whatever happens, the fight of the python and the lion is a defining moment for Nigeria.

  • Ralph

    If only this clown and his master built 2nd Niger Bridge or repaired the roads in South East he wouldnt be writing this to insult Igbos. But there you go. The same igbos will not vote APGA and chart the course to their own destiny. They will open their legs for PDP to keep on raping them.

  • moribund9ja

    Kanu is not running away. Kanu will appear in court on October 17.
    Buhari sent his fellow hausafulani Islamist terrorists under the guise of Nigerian military to go and kill Kanu. Assuming he was killed under such reckless circumstances, nobody would have been held responsible, everyone will deny including the military.

    So to avert this hausafulani devilish scheme orchestrated by Buhari, Kanu outsmarted them and went underground. Their plan failed woefully.

    If they take him on October 17, then we know he is under B

    who to hold responsible if anything happens to his life and there will be dire consequences.

    • Ralph

      Lol, Kanu is in a quagmire. Oct 17th loading …..

  • “Korede

    A word is good enough for the wise.

  • Bfresh

    Fantastic letter to Nnamdi Kanu Mr Reuben Abati. That is what you are good at not politics.

  • nuelsymbol

    The fact remains that struggle for freedom and Independence are not easily suppressed for ever and the struggle continues .

  • Hah!

    Hahaha! “In fact some people are already boasting that the only way to have peace in Nigeria is to make an Igbo man President or Vice President in 2019” Hahahaaaaaah! I’m still laughing. Wayo People!

  • E.Udah

    What’s next for Biafra after war and peaceful means of achieving it has failed?

  • Jon West

    The Black person is the master of instant gratification. He declares victory too early and succumbs to despair too quickly. He is also not a good student of history, even very recent history.

    I remember watching the bombing of Mohammed Yusuf’s mosque in Maiduguri, which was ordered the by the late President Yaradua, and the subsequent extra judicial execution of Mohammed Yusuf by the Government in cahoots with the founder of the organization Called Ecomog(the progenitor of Boko Haram) a certain Governor Modu Sheriff. After all these actions , there was some semblance of peace, which was later shattered by the emergence of Boko Haram. The rest is now history.

    Kanu and IPOB have started a conversation that nobody is now in control of, and Nigeria will never be the same again. This is the calm before the storm. These are the last days of Nigeria as we know it. If we were not silly Negroes, we would have very quickly have calle a National Conference to change the 1999 Constitution and avert the evil that is coming, The Fire Next Time!!
    But then we won’t and cant, because the Nigger Ain’t Got No Sense. He doesn’t know how the world works. He never built anything or any great soceity. So, we await the Fire Next Time.

    • Obi Ike Sorres

      Mr Jon West. The black is very stupid. The black yes ain’t got sense. The other side is more focused on Kanu insults and abuse than feel his message. Has insult killed anybody? In USA, Lebron called Trump a bum, I bet if it were in Nigeria dss would have been sent to kill him.

      Why do we get so annoyed by insults in Nigeria but don’t get perturbed by all injustices and ills pervading our country that make us a laughing stock and disgrace to the world, why the black man is still backward? Too much engrossed in stupid culture while others have gone beyond in science and technology and human interaction

      • Jon West

        It is a cultural thing and a measure of social and intellectual advancement. When you are very sensitive to perceived insults, but apathetic to the clear an present anger of injustice, Boko Haram terrorism, Fulani herdsmen terrorism and economic backwardness and ecological devastation in the midst of plenty of natural resources; all that Oxbridge, Harvard and MIT education amount to nothing. Some our brothers are learned but not educated. There is a great difference between the two situations. That is why a Harvard educated Medical doctor can consult a Babalawo or be subservient in thought to a barely literate Pentecostal Pastor.

        The Igbo know the difference between Yabbis and the shedding of human blood. That is why yabbis never leads to even a fight among them, and a reason for them to exit the company of those who kill because they feel insulted. To hell with Nigeria!!!

        • FrNinja

          You like Nnamdi Kanu and Ojukwu are a little impatient. The Soviet Union collapsed without a revolution. So too will Nigeria. The Igbos should be prepared for that moment.

        • Chi

          The Igbo culture abhors uncouth speaking and advocates respect in interactions.
          The Bible says “From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. Kanu’s words depicts the hate, the violence intended by his heart.
          His’ was a good intention though, but he missed the lines and so must step aside like Moses, while we look for a Joshua to continue the struggle which is not ethnic as he says, but is about the betrayal of the masses by the ruling class.
          We hope our union is restructured and we remain united, this is to the best of Igboland.

      • Chimdindu Osuagwu

        You ask “Why do we get so annoyed by insults in Nigeria but don’t get perturbed by all injustices and ills pervading our country”? The answer is simple – in Nigeria, ‘HATE ACTIONS’ such as quit notice issued by Arewa youth to Ndigbo living in the core North is within pardon – but HATE SPEECHES from IPOB is a mortal sin. Hate speeches can be less grievous than hate actions – if your vote counts towards victory of the ruling party. It has always been that way in Nigeria – that is why rigging of elections becomes right if the ruling party wins.

        • Chi

          If we are honest and not stupidly patriotic, we must admit Kanu’s harsh words were bound to elicit reactions. You cannot go on air daily preaching hate against entire ethnicities, many of whom you never met, never did you or Igbo’s any wrong and in fact may suffer a worse fate than any in Igboland.
          Kanu in his rage forgot the Igbo maxim “Nwanne di namba”
          We cannot condemn hate action and celebrate the hate speech that gave rise to it.

          • Jon West

            The Igbo say Nwanne di na mba(there could be a friend that is closer than a brother, as also stated in the Book of Proverbs in the Bible) ,yes. However, in Nigeria, like the Jews in Europe of the 1930s, there is no nwanne na mba for the Igbo. We have no brothers or friends , and that is a fact. It is a cultural problem.

            There are cultural relationships between the Yoruba and the North, based on Islam and ethnicity. Culturally the Igbo are quite different from their neighbors in the Southsouth, no matter all these recent alliances forged out of fear. Therefore the Igbo have to come to terms with this reality. We are not an accepted group and the fault is not ours. In Nigerian history, the Yoruba preffered Zik to Awolowo, and Herbert Macaulay made Zik his successor, because the enemy was the colonialists.

            Alhaji Altine was Mayor of Enugu, because he was regarded by the Igbo as an Igbo man in Hausa clothing, and he was in fact. That time has passed. The events of 1964 -1970 killed the spirit of Nigeria and made the Igbo man a stranger in Nigeria. I always advise Igbos to be themselves and be naturally polite and accommodating as we always are. However, we should not try too hard to impress our fellow citizens, because it wont make any difference . Perceptions have become realities. No need to waste your time trying to be nice, because it wont wash with those who are determined to undermine you for the simple reason that you refuse to die for whatever reason, when they fall dead by even a stumble.

            Get it into your head. Protect yourself economically and physically. It will be a marathon, but at the end Babylon will fall. That is proven by history. Babylon always falls.

          • Chi

            Sorry appears you live in the past. Some have individual bad experiences, but that’s individual. The Bible says as you make your bed so you lie on it. What you sow is what you reap.

            I am a shining example that if you “smile” at people, they almost always “smile” back at you. I did my youth service at Bauchi State, in a Cotton firm where only one personnel, an Igbo married to a Hausa
            Kaltungu lady, could speak the English that I could understand. My stay there was very memorable and completely changed my concept of ethnicity. When I did my Church marriage about 6 yrs after, the guy who stood behind me, my best man was a Moslem friend from Gombe.

            Guy, my Estate Manager is a Yoruba Prince from Ijebu Ode. Without him it would have been near impossible to buy select property in Lekki FTZ. Do you know how many Igbo’s are married to Yoruba, Hausa, Tiv, Berom, Kanuri? You must expand your world view. Every personality is
            unique and no one choose his ethnicity before birth.

            There is no ethnicity that is all demons and none that are all Saints. Evans was Igbo and so were nearly all his victims. Our Elders were wise “Nwanne di namba”

          • Jon West

            When everything is reduced to personal experiences and relationships, then the plot is lost. You remind me of the African American who claims to never have experienced racism personally in the USA, in order to justify whatever. However, Hitler and his Nazi butchers also had Jewish friends, wives an girlfriends, but it did not save the Jews when the genocide was effected.
            By the way, Yakubu Gowon, the ultimate genocidaire , had an Igbo fiancé as he was about to launch the genocide, and was able to smuggle her an her parents out of Nigeria before he declared Genocidal actions against the Igbo. So much for personal experiences and relationships. However from your contributions on this forum, your role has become obvious to me, so I opt out.

          • Chi

            If you are bent on living your hateful illusion, then I can’t help you. Your Kanu spots a British citizenship, I should ask why. Did the British not take blacks into slavery, are they no longer responsible for the warped nation we find ourselves? Are there no English racists? I could ask you more.
            I live my life hating no one and inviting no karma unto myself. What a mane sows in the wind, he reaps in the whirlwind. Blame no one else but himself.
            Its enough to note that Igbos are thriving in the North. No efulefu has a right to spoil a good relationship.

          • PureWater1985

            So apt and too superior to the mismatched challenger. Keep bloodying his nose.

          • Chi

            You must recall that in the first republic Ziks NCNC alliance when into alliance with NPC, not Awolowo’s AG. also the West voted massively for Ziks NCNC and Zik was to form the Govt before AG members staged a walk-across. In the second republic, after the civil war, again it was our own Ekwueme and Shagari.
            All these alliance between an ethnicity that hates Igbo’s. If Abiola who won an election, was denied the position and subsequently killed was an Igbo, what would you say?

          • “Korede

            I am worried that we were never like this in Nigeria. Politicians and the Military politicians led us to this sorry state in Nigeria where hate speeches thrive. We have never been enemies of one another like this until now. If Nnamdi Kanu is sincere and not influenced by politicians, why the call for Biafra now? Where was he all this while? I believe in MASSOB sincerity and style than that of IPOB.

    • KWOY

      What Buhari & all the gloating enemies do no appreciate is that they have lit a light that will never go out!

  • Frank Ofili

    if Dr. Abati calls Nnamdi Kanu’s hateful and arrogant speech “words on marble” then I am missing something. Or does Abati intend this to be a satire or what?

    • Fowad

      Satire all the way

  • remm ieet

    This letter should have been directed to Che Guevara or Lenin. The leaders of the Revolution. Unfortunately they died several years ago. Africa has not been able to recreate their type. People like Thomas Sankara and Patrice Lumumba who tried were quickly put down. The Nigerian army did not really have a difficult task to execute. That was the reason why they code named their resistance Operation Python Dance. Kanu allowed them to sing and dance.

  • Sarah

    Dr Abati, you & your ilk (Fayose, Fani Kayode and to some extent Osuntokun) do the Igbo a great disservice by nudging them down the path of collective self-destruction Part 2.
    How could you with your vaunted level of education and global exposure continue to egg on Kanu/Ipob who called on their supporters to kill ‘yorobastards’ & ‘foolanis’; then solicited for funds to buy weapons to wage a secessionist war against Nigeria? Haba, Et Tu Rueben?? Having served in Also Rock??
    It was foolhardy of Igbo youth to have followed Kanu/Ipob and in doing so they brought Python Dance II upon themselves. Did they not have 1967/70 to refer to?
    Or do Igbo youth think that our ancestors who fought and died to keep Nigeria one in 1967/70 have not implanted in us a zeal to die for ONE UNITED NIGERIA, just as their ancestors have implanted in them a zeal for secession?
    Igbo and indeed any groups that wants to exit our Nigerian Federation MUST seek amendment of our Constitution and then use that amendment to exit. All other routes lead to war.
    A word is enough for the wise.

    • KWOY

      The issue then, is that it is implanted in you to KILL for ONE UNITED NIGERIA, for whatever reason – justified or not justified! Every other reason is of NO CONSEQUENCE! The next suggestion is for those who MUST seek amendment of the constitution to go through their representatives in the NASS

    • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

      I agree with you in admonishing Abati.
      However, the Nigerian State is flouting the law too.
      Kanu had previously preached violence, solicited for arms and insulted others to make his flawed case. The Nigerian Government has gone further. They have flouted the law, not followed due process and delivered gory violence.
      I would like your take on what we do when both sides engage in wrong and say that they are right.

      • bigdaddy

        You ultimately triumph when you stay on the right side of the law. It may not happen in your life time but good always triumphs over evil.

      • Don Franco

        Dear MKSP,

        I wish you goodluck, if you expect any answer from Sarah for your logical question.

        • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

          Lol
          I was beginning to wonder my bro

    • BankyMons

      Do not count your chickens before they hatch Mrs Sarah! Nigeria is in for a long haul – it won’t be a walk in the park this time around. You can hire all the pythons in amazon to come and dance with your but as they say, ”there is the hot water that kills the tortise”. .

      @Sarah said “Igbo and indeed any groups that wants to exit our Nigerian Federation
      MUST seek amendment of our Constitution and then use that amendment to
      exit. All other routes lead to war”.

      And I say the Igbos have chosen to go to WAR so get ready becasue WAR you MUST GET yet again!

    • Obi Ike Sorres

      Go and sit down. You have said nothing. Your hatred is very obvious here. Your type hate them both ways go or stay. Take a dive beautiful woman

    • Adeola

      “…implanted in us a zeal to die for ONE UNITED NIGERIA” In what part of this white-man created geographical expression do you call “One united Nigeria” that you wish to die for? In the North? There is no where in the world where divers ethnic groups are forced to merge as one. Russia with all it’s military might did not succeed. Spain-Catalonia; Canada-Quebec; Iraq-Kurd’s;India-Pakistan-Sir Lanka;etc.Please stop dreaming. The North will continue to be backward until they realize Nigeria needs re-alignment for everyone to progress. You cannot claim you are ready to die for another man’s resources. If we don’t restructure, when the time is ripe we will surely break-up.

  • Kunle O.

    What a classic kiss-ass writing by Abati! There’s a Yoruba saying that translates literally that, when a child is cutting a tree in the forest, it is the elder who knows where it’s going to fall. It is cheap sir, for you to wordsmith the twin evils of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen to placate a secessionist movement that at best is incoherent and killing the same people it wants to liberate through sheer ignorance and stupidity. If this is supposed to be a friendly treatise to Kanu (and by extension IPOB) by elder Abati, then Kanu and IPOB don’t need any enemy! Kanu and his IPOB are their own paramount enemy. I stated in a recent comment that this neo-Biafra movement is stuck in an emotional state because that was all it ever was! The movement was started and sustained by Kanu’s braggadocious, hateful and inciting comments, without any intellectual framework for how he hopes to achieve an independent state. The movement was dead on arrival.

    As someone who actually wants Biafra to succeed, the way to success is to go and learn from other mature active separatist movements in the world! Unless (or until) you have military might, the road to secession is through constitutionality – yes, the long slog from the grassroots to the highest political arena. By the way, if Kanu’s hateful and inflammatory rhetoric are words on marble, then Mr. Abati, you don’t know what marble is.

    • Cheta God

      Please read the piece again dispassionately. Thank God Abati is also from the SW. We must not always tow the line of the majority. Ethnic prejudices destroy a nation. Recall that when Gani Adams and Fred Fasheun were on with OPC, the reaction from the East was not this way. The Holy Bible teaches us to love not to hate. Do have a great day.

      • Obi Ike Sorres

        Don’t mind those that Claim they are educated. They hate when Igbo man speak against any injustices meted out to him they believe we must just keep quiet at all times that staying in Nigeria is a favor to us not a right and they perceive us as foreigners.

        • Chi

          You missed the point “Ethnic prejudices destroy a nation” Kanu dwelt on ethnic prejudice.
          How does it feel realizing that a “YouruBastard” a YoruPIG” has this to say about him and his struggle?

    • KWOY

      If you want to be sincere with yourself you will admit there was never ANY method that you will approve. The same goes for all those who have ever fought against Biafra for no reason, but immediately began to see no problem with it if it did not employ violence when they invented the tag of terrorism, showing their problem with it is not its method but the issue itself.

    • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

      Kunle, you are 100% right about Kanu and IPOB.
      What I have always invited you and Sarah to consider is this.
      The reality is that we have IPOB who are choosing not to go down the road you advice. Emotional responses to issues of statehood rarely do things by the ‘book’. This is the reality in this instance.
      What should Government do about this reality?
      My view is that as usual, Government is shooting first and asking questions later.
      You cannot meet wrong with wrong and claim that you are right.
      Flouting court orders, ordering the military to shoot unarmed civilians and declaring a group without any known arms a terrorist organisation when they have not terrorised anybody and anything but our sensibilities, is not the mature manner with which government should react to this reality.
      The rule of law too can be a long slog but governments must take that route because it is the only route to lasting peace.
      The Nigerian state may kill IPOB and Kanu today. It will be a short term victory. What about the idea of Biafra? How will it re-present itself in the future?

      • Nkem Okike

        Reuben Abbati is indeed a man of honour who believes in truth.

        • bigdaddy

          Yeah now he believes in the truth but was blind to it while in power.

      • Obi Ike Sorres

        Please tell me where abuses and insult have killed anybody. The whites abuse a lot if we don’t know it, but are greatly appalled when there are killings , injustices and abuse of human right. This accusations that Ipob abuse is typical of the average Nigeria that far attach weight to abuse than injustices, killing, bad policies, hunger, diseases affecting the common man.

        • obinnna77

          Nwokem, it was never about abuses, don’t be puerile, now. It was and is about control of the centre, and it’s concomitant control of the petro-dollar. Being peeved by insults is but a pretext. The challenge to Federal power is what is at stake.

          • Chi

            and Kanu made it easy by peddling hate.
            What would you expect from a people you profess openly to hating? Warm love???

        • bigdaddy

          Ipob was not only throwing insults. It was inciting hatred and violence. Why do you think the ipob miscreants started hunting and attacking northerners recently?

        • Chi

          The BA hostess just lost her job for making racists remarks, how’s that for Whites who have no regard for abuses.
          Fact is, how does insulting entire ethnicities represent an agitation for self actualization. Whitewashing an obvious flaw, comparing it to the murderous herdsmen and BH, don’t make it right.
          Kanu had an opening when Arewa rescinded the quit notice to also apologize for the insults, but I guess opinions like yours made him lose the high ground.
          The point is that while BH has targeted the NE, and herdsmen communities along their route, Kanu and his IPOB targeted entire ethnicities evoking a nationwide back lash against the Igbo

    • FrNinja

      Had Nnamdi Kanu been a true believer in the kind of nonviolence espoused by Ghandi he would have crumbled the zoo. But his hothead aggressiveness to gain arms to set up a security service was as foolish as Ojukwus foray into western Nigeria upon the declaration of Biafra. In both cases the sympathy and the hopes were destroyed on the alter of power drunk personal ambition.

      The Igbo that land of supreme individualists at one turn and an army of incredible warriors at another should inevitably learn from this lesson. Leadership is meant for the wise not the foolhardy

      • Bright Believes

        Good one

      • Uche

        Why are you fixated about Ojukwu?Can you discuss your issue without injecting Ojuwkwu into it?

    • Nkem Okike

      Truth hurts especially when written by a kinsman.

    • bigdaddy

      I think he was being satirical when he referred to that megalomaniac speech as words on marble.

    • Obi Ike Sorres

      You have said nothing. You might not like his method. What have you done to see Nigeria move forward? Do you think is only Igbos marginalized in this zoo, everybody is in a web of injustices. We are just postponing the problem of Nigeria. Keep writing rubbish.

    • Don Franco

      Dear Kunle,

      Yourself and Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical are both meticulously blind to the grave and consequential Crimes Against Humanity of the Nigerian Army and the Daura Dullard. Your are long on castigation and criticism of Reuben Abati and Nnamdi Kanu; but very short on the shooting of defenceless and unarmed Igbo youngmen. Military Occupation and cold blooded murder of the Igbo is to be expected. These are times when pogrom and Hausa-Fulani supremacy has made a full comeback, times when violence against weak Igbo young men, market women and village elders has been on the agenda since the 2015 APC victory at the polls.
      Last year it was the cold blooded mass murder of 1,500 Shiites in Zaria; and the beheading of 450 Southern Kaduna Christians on 24th December; this year it is the IPOB; all this is expressly calculated to defend the Constitution that the Military bequeted Nigeria; that serve Northern hegemonic interests, commercial as well as strategic, and not the well-being of Southern Nigerians. How you can exonerate these evil jackboots, and spite a freedom fighter is beyond me.
      Nnamdi Kanu isn’t a perfect human being; but your disparagement of his achievement against the bulwark of our collective oppression smirks of tribal hatred and xenophobic prejudice.

      • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

        Don,
        Not true or fair.
        I have and will continue to call out the facts.
        Kanu is flawed in his approach
        The NIgerian Government is wicked in its response
        Thats all I have said from day dot
        I talk lie?

        • Chi

          That Don Franco won’t appreciate. His messiah Kanu can do no wrong.

      • bigdaddy

        I guess the 1500 shites killed were also igbo

        • Don Franco

          Dear Big daddy,

          I’m sure you mean whether there were Igbo moslems who happen to subscribe to the Shiite faith and whom could have been among the unfortunate victims of that Buhari-Buratai cowardly genocide; my answer is probably, YES.

          • bigdaddy

            Lol. You guys never disappoint. I was dead sure someone somewhere will tell me that that murder of shiites by the Nigerian army most have been influenced by the presence of Igbos amongst them. So why do you expect people to really take you serious. seriously you really think that?

      • Chi

        As you are meticulously blind to the various wrongly acts of Kanu.
        Seek equity with clean hands.

  • Don Franco

    Dear Reuben,

    l commend you for a well-written op-ed about the distemper of the present time, and for standing up to be counted on the side of truth, at a time when cowardice and circumlocution is the order of the day in the dialectics of nigerian political discourse. Like Nnamdi Kanu, in you, ‘The Man Died’ doesn’t apply!

    Countless other Nnamdi Kanus will rise to continue from where Ohamadike stopped; and I’m confident that whatever gains that DSS has made by incarcerating Nnamdi Kanu and his father in their Asokoro underground gulag will be overshadowed by the heightened nonviolent agitation of IPOB members in the coming months.

    History is replete with examples, of where the incarceration, or even death of a leader rallied more people to the cause and hastened the end of oppression. Whether, Nnamdi Kanu is on his second missionary journey to Kuje Prison a la Mandela; or has gone to keep company with Steve Biko and Martin Luther King, his place in history is assured to the greater glory of Biafra.

    • Bright Believes

      Story!

      • Don Franco

        Dear Bright,

        l sympathize with your very limited vocabulary!

        • PureWater1985

          Lol.

    • Iskacountryman

      the earth is filled with biafran cacotopia…we shall not be moved…to keep nigeria one is a task that must be done…

      • Jon West

        To keep Nigeria dead is a task that has been achieved!!

        • Iskacountryman

          nigeria is alive but infected with the nyamiri virus…we would fumigate our conquered territories in due course…as soon as oil reaches a bench mark of $60/barrel…contracts would not be advertised for security reasons…

          • BankyMons

            Lol. Fumigants don’t kill viruses ewuawusa hahahahaha.

          • bigdaddy

            Sorry they do. So why do you think fumigants were used during ebola crises to cleanse fomites? What do you understand by fumigants?

          • BankyMons

            What is a virus? Let’s begin there.

          • bigdaddy

            Viruses are really not cellular my friend. They are either dna or rna particles. Yes chemicals can inactivate viruses mr banky

          • FrNinja

            The last party before the final collapse.

          • Arabakpura

            The fumigation in Aso Rock did not stop rodents from invading the lion king and chasing him away to za oza room!

          • Iskacountryman

            nyamiri rats with pot bellies…otapiapia could not kill them…

          • Don Franco

            Dear Iska,

            How can Otapiapia kill them when they have been promised a land of their own by divine providence?
            But if ignorance was a disease your kind would have perished a millennium ago….

          • Iskacountryman

            divine?…dat no be de name of dat ashewo with the pastor…

          • Don Franco

            You know you own kind, what does Donatus Francis know about women of easy virtue?

          • Iskacountryman

            my dear donatus…you need enlightenment…your education is obviously not complete…

          • Jon West

            Yes, Nyamiris are very difficult to kill. You cant kill the beetle!!

          • Iskacountryman

            october 1st…we are sending home…they are many ways to skin a ….

    • KWOY

      What Buhari & all our gloating enemies do not realize is that they have lit a candle whose light will forever burn!

      • PureWater1985

        True that.

    • Chi

      Kanu has done to the extent of his ability and like Ojukwu, Harold Wilson, Isaac Boro, Saro Wiwa and others before him, he has to bow out while the ovation still exists.
      This is 2017, to be dynamic, we have to evaluate our best needs based on the existing situation.
      The SE cannot go it alone. A SE Biafra would only make sense if it exists alongside SS Niger Delta Republic and a SW Oduduwa republic. Else it would be a pyre victory and the Igboman would only have succeeded in boxing himself in, surrounded by hateful neighbors, Kanu’s speeches incited.
      The Focus of a present day Joshua, should be to align with progressives of other ethnicities for a joint agitation for a restructured federalism, else…….. We should not remain standing alone.

      • Don Franco

        Dear Chi,

        What is a man to do if his neighbors prefer to remain enslaved than to strike at the bulwark of their oppression and gain their freedom?.
        The critical mass of hardwork, knowledge base and innovation that Ndigbo require to make a success of Biafra is available right now. I hope you haven’t bought in to the hateful wishful propaganda that Biafra isn’t feasible without the support of the SS and SW… between the rivers Niger, Urashi and Imo; we’re not landlocked like our enemies would have you believe.
        Contemporary history is replete with viably successful countries surrounded by enemies; isn’t Israel still in existence and progressive in all fields of human endeavor? How many times have cowardly Arabs gone to war and been roundly defeated by the Jews? Are you aware that even the holiest mosques of Mecca and Medina are guarded by Israeli security companies?
        Do you see the Ijaw and Yoruba forming communities in China, Japan and South Korea like our people have done in the past 30 years to trade spare parts and electronics? It’s not their way of life to trade; their callings are different.
        Most of these people would like to come live in Biafra, but we’re fine on our own is my opinion.

    • PureWater1985

      Word.

  • Paulocaesar

    Aluta continua.

    …..Nigerians are slow!…
    But always come around.

  • Darcy

    In recent news, I’ve read of floodings in the South-East and North-Central, of IDPs who tired of waiting are trooping home, that our government might be broke or atleast incapable of funding capital projects, e.t.c.

    Yet all the backpages seem to focus on are the sympthons! Come on guys, do better. There is an answer I need, are we broke?? If Yes, can we go to IMF already, if No, why are our funds going into things like Hospital trips, bullets and birthday bashes for Governors?

    The country is sick, the leadership seemingly inept, and everybody is bantering about dancing pythons. SMH.

    • obinnna77

      How wrongheaded. Being broke, inept governance, medical tourism, funding military expeditions, idiotic expenditure: are all symptoms of a cause. The cause of structural-systemic dysfunction. Have you heard of the term political economy? The twain are intertwined. Problems of structuration always breed systemic violence and dislocation. Political science 101.
      The writer focuses indirectly on our problems of structuration on the Niger. That passes over your head, to the point that you proffer the symptoms as cause. Breathtaking naïveté, or some disingenuous playing to the gallery? Hope it’s the latter, for your sake. Same nitwitery that regards WhatsApp as progress, and speculates about Kanu mobilising Almajirai.

      • Darcy

        Fair enough. Unlike you I am capable of realising that my viewpiont isn’t absolute.

        I disagree with the thesis of the write-up.