The Rise and Fall of Nnamdi Kanu

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THIS REPUBLIC By Shaka Momodu, Email: shaka.momodu@thisdaylive.com. SMS: 0811 266 1654

I watched some videos of Nnamdi Kanu inspecting a guard of honour formed by his Biafran Security Service and the Biafran National Guard in military uniform recently. It gave me the chills. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he hoisted the Biafran flag, flaunted a Biafran passport and a coat of arms, etc. There is a video of him openly soliciting for money at the World Igbo Congress in Los Angeles in the U.S. to buy arms to fight Nigeria in 2015 before his arrest. Effectively, Kanu had created a sovereign state within a sovereign state.

I don’t know any country in the world that would accept or condone this frontal challenge to its security and sovereignty. Certainly not the United States of America, not the United Kingdom or France. Did the Brits and the Yanks expect the Nigerian state to sit idly by as a spectator and just watch Kanu’s ultra ethnic/religious thumb-in-your-eye activities which were already precipitating the country into a major conflagration? Haven’t you seen what is happening in Catalonia in Spain, or what happened in Southern Cameroun recently? No country will allow what Kanu did to go unchecked.

Out on bail, he upped the ante by declaring Aba as the spiritual capital of Biafra on August 27, 2017, where he stated inter alia: “Where we are is Biafraland. Aba is the spiritual capital of Biafraland. 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 Biafraland 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 Biafraland 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 Biafraland 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…”

Until recently, I didn’t pay much attention to him. All that changed when the deadly implications of his activities and actions started to unfold in a more direct way just a few weeks ago; his overarching modus operandi had raised fears of a general ethnic/religious conflagration in the country. Everyone could feel the tension in the country a few weeks back. It was really unnerving and frightening.

Again, I watched the video of some women spreading their wrappers on the ground for Kanu to walk on. I saw yet another video of a man prostrating to kiss his feet. Many men and women, both young and old showered praises on him and even worshipped him. Yes, I am not kidding, they idolised and worshipped him. There is another video of a man describing Kanu as god-like to him and that anything he commands him to do, he would gladly do.

Some of us know what such deification of a man can do to a person’s mind. He begins to see himself as an all-powerful demigod. His followers/victims lose their ability for independent rational reasoning just like the man who said anything Kanu commanded him to do, he would gladly obey him. That is a classic example of brainwashing. The more the victim surrenders control of himself, the more powerful his captor becomes. History is replete with leaders whose actions caused the needless deaths of millions of people across the world: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, etc.

We see this time and again from fake religious/cult leaders who lead their followers to commit mass suicide. Remember The Guyana Tragedy? On November 18, 1978, more than 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones participated in a mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, ordered by Jim Jones. Only a few members came out alive to tell the horrific tales of abuses that went on in that temple. There have been others after Jim Jones.

There are so many disturbing videos and audio recordings of Kanu crossing the line on the internet. This guy’s manner was reprehensible, his utterances uncouth, vulgar and delusional. His methods were extremely reckless and dangerous. As if that wasn’t enough, his ethno-religious bombast was chilling, provocative and appeared deliberately designed to provoke a wider ethnic/religious conflagration in the country. And not surprisingly, he made no pretension about his mission and actually took concrete actions to achieve it. He seemed obsessed with the realisation of Biafra at all costs as if that was the solution to the problems in the South-east. But for the quick intervention of the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike with his statewide broadcast to reassure all citizens of their safety and the timely action by the South-east governors, perhaps we would have been talking of a bloody ethno/religious conflagration across the country. Whose interest would that have served?

Flaunting his misguided power and influence, he boasted that the coming Anambra governorship election would not hold, and then expanded his threat to the entire South-east in the 2019 elections. He called for a sit-at-home protest to demonstrate his new-found powers. He boasted that he controlled the people of the South-east 100 per cent. Kanu threatened that if his bail was revoked and the federal government re-arrested him, he had already left instructions with his IPOB members to burn down Nigeria.

I shudder to think what this man would have become if he succeeded with Biafra. Kanu lacked the temperament of a leader. He was already drunk with the adulation showered on him. Power in the hands of a man like Kanu would have amounted to a dangerous mix of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. He demonstrably drew disturbing similarities with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un who routinely executes his people on the flimsiest of excuses.

For all my frustrations and doubts about Nigeria, and despite the imperfections of how it was created, I don’t want a break-up of our fatherland and I believe so many other people share this with me. I believe we can make this country better. I am against the marginalisation of any section of this country like President Muhammadu Buhari is doing to the entire South, especially the South-east. And for the umpteenth time, I state that those who brought Buhari to power put a knife to the fragile things that hold us together.

I am wholeheartedly and unreservedly in support of the restructuring of Nigeria to make it work for us all, and not for the current few. Whether this was Kanu’s ultimate game plan, I have no idea, but I have my doubts. The question to ask Kanu is: Was secession the answer to marginalisation? What made him think that a sovereign Biafra state would end poverty and corruption in the South-east as we have in other parts of the country? Who appointed him leader of the Igbo to lead the charge for Biafra? Did he even think through the full ramifications of Biafra on Igbo people across the country?

Would a Biafra have ceased to produce jesters and clowns like Rochas Okorocha if it had succeeded in breaking away? Most of the people shouting Biafra were acting more out of emotion rather than reason. The truth is the South-east has had a succession of bad leaders just like the rest of the country. The region is still so backward despite its potential, precisely because of a lack of innovative and creative leadership to unleash a tidal wave of opportunities for its people.

However, I must state without equivocation that Buhari’s ethnic agenda to right the perceived wrongs done to the North and his brazen implementation of that agenda despite protestations, is what is fueling the likes of Kanu and the massive agitations in the country even though I found Kanu’s methods and tactics abhorrent. Again, the president’s feeble response to the mindless atrocities, killings and destruction of properties by the Fulani herdsmen, is another case in point. At a time he should have shown leadership, he opted for partisanship.

To save Nigeria, this country has to be restructured. Restructuring is not a call to arms, but a call for equity and justice so that everybody will have a sense of belonging in this potentially great country.

Still on Kanu, I must confess that I was amazed by the physical metamorphosis of this young fellow: from a clean-shaven jeans and shirt-wearing romantic fine boy on the streets of London to this fiery, incendiary hate-spewing, war-mongering, grey-bearded secessionist megalomaniac.

His sudden transformation to Mazi Kanu in traditional Isi-agwu (head of lion) jumper, complemented by a Rabbi’s cap, his latter-day slow gait, slightly hunched back and his gold-plated walking stick to create the image of an elder of pre-eminent distinction from the army of jobless folks who thronged his father’s house to practically worship him in his new role as the new uncrowned leader of the Igbo race testified to my suspicion about this man’s sense of delusional grandeur. He used to walk normally like you and I, even as recently as his release from prison on bail. Where did all these theatrics come from so suddenly? Is this what perceived power does to a man? What was a young man in his forties with no trace of ill health, or visible handicap to his ability to walk doing with a walking stick?

Again, why was he displaying the photograph of Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America alongside his, when announcing the activities of IPOB? Did Trump subscribe to his activities? Was that action alone not a classical case of “419”, using Trump’s picture to hoodwink and fool his gullible support base to create the impression that Trump supported the Biafra cause? Wetin concern Trump with Biafra? Did this not also tell us that this was a disturbed young man? That he even chose a world-reject like Trump to market his Biafra cause said a lot about his mental state. What was wrong with Kanu?

Kanu in my estimation failed the one important quality of leadership: selflessness. Kanu was arrested and imprisoned alongside Onwudiwe Chidiebere, Banjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi. They were arraigned by the federal government last year on an 11-count charge for terrorism, treasonable felony and illegal possession of firearms, among others. He alone was granted bail ostensibly on health grounds. That to me was somewhat political. Contrary to the expectations of some, he accepted the bail and left other apparent accomplices in prison. Once he got out, he never spoke publicly about the other guys rotting away in prison. I never once heard him fight for their release. I had expected him to refuse his bail until others were equally granted bail. But no, he took the bail and forgot his co-accused. To me, that did not look good for his leadership credentials. What kind of freedom fighter abandons his followers in prison while he enjoys freedom? With Kanu almost certainly now a fugitive from justice, God only knows when his co-accused will smell freedom. He has put those who signed his bail surety in trouble with the law as Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe admitted recently; another failure of leadership. These people staked their reputations and credibility built over several decades to surety someone they barely knew. Now, they are going to suffer the short end of the stick. However, I can hardly sympathise with them because they wanted to earn some political gain from Kanu’s then-rising profile.

The irony is that Kanu was not the only one who abandoned his co-accused. Ohanaeze leaders and the South-east intelligentsia were uninterested in their plight. Charles Soludo was not interested in their freedom, the former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, was not interested in their release either. Instead, the inconvenient truth is that they gave subtle nudging to Kanu and his activities.

Some have argued that Kanu and his IPOB members were not armed and that their pro-Biafra protests were peaceful. But anyone who was honest enough would have seen a clear direction towards violence. For God’s sake, Kanu was soliciting for money to buy guns, bullets, etc., to wage a war of secession against Nigeria. He created a uniformed army, a national guard, etc. Danger, they say, comes in many forms. Did Nigeria need to wait for him to be armed before taking action? From his statement declaring Aba the spiritual capital, he sounded like someone armed and ready for a duel.

We were witnessing a quiet replay of what the Northern elders, the Borno Elders Forum (by the way, where are they now?) and the entire Northern intelligentsia did with Boko Haram. They nudged the deadly sect on until it became too late. I can recall how even the Sultan of Sokoto denied that it was not Boko Haram that was carrying out the mindless atrocities, killings and bombings. The Northern intelligentsia rationalised all the inexcusable behaviour of members of the terror group all because they wanted power at all costs.

They never condemned the bestial terrorists. Instead for every attack by the terrorists, they condemned the Jonathan government “for allowing the attack”. Even Buhari, the hero of “Change”, supported Boko Haram all in an effort to undermine the then government. He emerged the biggest beneficiary of the activities of that evil sect. Lest we forget, the terror group went as far as nominating him as its chief negotiator with the Jonathan government.

His party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) latched on to every opportunity to benefit from the activities of the terror group. Nothing was abhorrent to it as long as it could gain from the mindless destruction of lives; a pursuit rooted in the philosophy of the end justifying the means. At the height of the Boko Haram saga, the party’s governors went to Maiduguri, Borno State, the heartland of the terror group, on a purported solidarity visit to pose for photographs on the streets of the city and then circulated them widely in the press the next day as if that was enough to solve the problem. Note that the governors didn’t proffer solutions to deal with the terror group. They were more interested in the photo opportunity. Have the APC governors visited Maiduguri again on a solidarity tour? No!

The party of “rogues and come-and-chop politicians” got what it desperately wanted, but today it is a miserable failure in governance. The propaganda it used to win power has so far failed it on all fronts. Can you beat that? Today the terror group it supported to win power is still out of control. If you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind.

The leaders of the South-east were repeating the same mistake. We’ve been witness to this tendency in the recent past. When the Odua People’s Congress (OPC) and other such violent groups in the South-west were breaking the law, leaders of the South-west were usually silent, they did not condemn the groups. The same thing happens in Niger Delta, the elders give subtle encouragement to criminality of some people masquerading as freedom fighters but who in actual fact are fighting for their personal pockets.

Kanu seemed to enjoy pushing fate. He needed the danger that came with it to promote himself and looked tough. For a brief period, he said anything, did anything and got away with it. And like all high-risk gamblers, he saw himself as the ace in the pack to actualise Biafra. But after boasting for weeks of his invincibility, Kanu again failed the leadership test as he fled at the sound of a gunshot, leaving his poor gullible followers to die needlessly.

  • Igiligii Awka

    Very apt indeed. It was apparent to the discerning that Nnamdi Kanu had in his ways and manners begun to manifest an early stage messianic complex, under the guise of revolutionary fervor.
    In his quest for instant gratification he had failed to show the kind of maturity in leadership that is required to navigate his people through a nexus of political minefields, especially in such a fragile ethno/religious society.
    Conventional wisdom further dictates that a general must plan his battles carefully to avoid leading his troops (inadvertently) into the slaughter slab. The folly of thy youth.

  • The Light

    I still stand by you Shaka as I do not see any iota if bias in your write-up. Kanu is my brother and I think if this piece had been put across earlier than now, he would have learned his lesson. You did put out crucial issues that one expects to see in any would-be leader. For Kanu to come of prison leaving behind these great sons of Igboland was itself a display function of lower social animal’s behaviour. If this is factual, it has decimated my trust in him. For us to succeed, we must have to fight in a right way using a right tools and right methods. Our young people must learn not to be selfish and safe seeking.

  • Akin Malaolu

    A PROPER PORTRAIT OF KANU INDEED. I SHALL GRUDGINGLY ADD THIS, THAT IF BUHARI HAD DIED ABROAD, THE IGBOS WILL ALL BE HOME BY NOW.
    THE HATRED OCCASIONED BY KANU AND ‘LOOK ON ‘ POSITIONS OF ELDERS AND LEADERS PUSHED HATRED TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL.
    WELL , WE ALL HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.

  • moribund9ja

    There is nothing wrong about IPOB pursuing agitation for Biafran independence as self determination and peaceful expression of views are clearly guaranteed by law.

    What may be wrong however is the approach which Kanu actions sadly characterized.

    If it is your opinion that Nigeria will remain one country, good and fine. There are others whose opinions say otherwise. The important thing is that all these opinions are expressed within the confines of the law. And that is what Biafran agitation is all about.

    You must not subscribe to Buhari’s medieval view that Nigeria is not negotiable.. Nigeria is negotiable and for Biafrans it’s breakaway.. heaven won’t fall!

    Again like Ojukwu who declared Biafra clearly unprepared for the consequences, Kanu is out again treading the same part to repeat the same mistake.

  • AndyNwa

    Shaka’s hate filled vituperations makes ridiculous his claim of certain objectivity in his entire analysis. So far the only article bearing modicum of objectivity relating to Kanu is “Like Nnamdi Kanu like Buhari” by Abimbola Adelakun, the rest are a quintessence of contrived hypocrisy. Shaka says Nnamdi suffers from megalomania exemplified in a man kissing his feet in a video footage, well Mr Shaka I saw no such footage what is out there is a still image of someone prostrating before him. And I must tell you there is nothing wrong with such observance if founded on genuine respect for one’s accomplishment and contribution to a struggle. Nnamdi’s followers are not gullible as you and many others with your mindset assert; talking of the direct IPOB followership. But also understand that contrary to what you and your like imagine, what Nnamdi stands for resonates deeply with every Igbo both at home and in the diaspora except those who want to live a lie but I can tell you they are just an infinitesimal percentage of the Igbo ethnicity.

    Erdogan in Turkey is worshipped like a god by the majority conservative segment of the populace who view him as their champion. There is nothing outlandish about the adulation enjoyed by Nnamdi and harping on this shows your willingness to be petty in order to obscure the truth. Your pen drips with contempt for the Igbos which is why it is laughable for you to even call IPOB members gullible because despite the arrant condescending nonsense you just penned I could see some bearing Igbo names who still praise and congratulate you. You in otherwords see no problem in the illegal military operation in the East which was clearly embarked with the goal to neutralize Kanu; he escaped because God is with him, I am very certain he did because Nigerian contraption being the sort of lawless place it has degenerated would not have had problems plastering his bloodied bullet ridden body allover news dailies. Same way they could embark on the operation just about a month before he was due to appear in court and now having failed in the operation turn around to put pressure on that one who signed the surety that made him to utter such rubbish while addressing Igbo diaspora in America.

    You even gloated he ran away, honestly I marvel at how many of you tend to reason. That’s why you all like to make mockery that Ojukwu ran away and all that but I tell you it is total bullshit, no fighter allows himself to be captured willingly. The Castro brothers only surrendered and were captured after the failed Moncada barracks attack. Your visceral hatred for the Igbo makes you speak out of emotion rather than reason. You do not even deserve to answer that name you bear. The height of your conceited folly is to conclude that Nnamdi has fallen but I think you are the one who has fallen not him. You will live long to see the end of this. The attempt to liquidate him is because he cannot be bought just like the apartheid forces killed stalwarts Sibukwe and Biko because they knew those two would never have compromised like Mandela later did. The triumph of evil over good is but temporary and do well to nudge yourself to the reality that IPOB struggle may not remain non-violent as they equally have the capacity to mount such resistance

  • ogbuefiakajiaku

    Shaka in this ongoing environment of hostility and injustice, we as Niger Delta People in the ZOO called Nigeria have never had the opportunity to collectively heal from the colossal horrors inflicted upon us by the military buccaneers of Hausa Fulani and their Yoruba slave throughout the past: Adaka Boro, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ogoni nine, Asaba genocide, oil pollution, Etche killings etc. Horrors upon which this mere geographical boundary was founded. We are essentially a severely damaged people, so I propose that whenever we engage one another, we do so with the observant eye, the listening ear, the analytical brain, the gentle hand, and the tactful mouth of a good doctor attempting to diagnose and treat a patient. We need to pay very close attention to each other’s pain, determine the specific location & condition of each other’s wounds, and do everything in our power to provide effective treatment and secure a beneficial environment that facilitates recovery. We must swear to ‘First, Do No Harm’ in regards to our fellow damaged brothers and sisters. Let us set aside our petty differences and lovingly heal one another by fighting together and rescuing our land and its mineral resources.

  • Jon West

    Nnamdi Kanu is a product of the failure of the Nigerian state. Fate thrust him forward to muddy the waters of the politics of the failed state that Lord Frederick Lugard created in 1914. Kanu was not an Igbo leader but a manifestation of the lack of leadership in Igbo land and all over Nigeria, where the leader is only interested in feathering his nest and that of his family, as we are seeing with Buhari, Osinbajo and their cliques of carpetbaggers and buccaneers.
    If Igbo leaders had played their role in fighting for a fairer dispensation for their people and a better Nigeria for all, there would have been no need for Nnamdi Kanu. Fate thrusts people into certain positions as seen even in Nigerian history. Ojukwu led Biafra because he was a battalion commander in Kano who helped quell the first coup , and a grateful Ironsi appointed him the Governor of the Eastern Region. The rest is history. Any Igbo Governor of the Eastern Region would have seceded from Nigeria after the debacle and betrayal of Aburi in 1967.

    Kanu is not an Igbo leader and has never pretended to be one. The circumstances of his arrival on the scene of the politics of this failed state were created by the reality of the Igbo condition in Nigeria, and escalated by the arrival of the Fulani Herdsman President in 2015. I sympathise with Shaka on the main thesis of this article, but I must state my regrets at his conclusions. History teaches us not to make conclusions in haste. Black people are masters of instant gratification and are prone to declare victory too quickly and descend to despair even more rapidly.

    Does it not worry Nigerians that 50 years after the start of the Biafran War, the same problems that resulted in that war are still around and even worse than in 1967? Why are we still still talking about secession, confederation and restructuring , all aspects of the Aburi Accord , which was betrayed by the same instant gratification mentality that drives today’s narrative?

    Kanu has done his job and Nigeria and its politics have all been woken from slumber and will never be the same again. On the same day that about 30 IPOB members were claimed to have been killed in Aba and Umuahia, the following death toll was recorded by disasters all over Nigeria – 75 people drowned on the River Niger, between Kaduna State and Niger State, 56 people died in a motor accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, 25 people were killed by Fulani herdsmen in Plateau State and Boko Haram killed 44 in the Northwest. Off all these unfortunate deaths , only the IPOB members could be said to have died for anything or any cause. The other deaths were all manifestations of the failure of the Nigerian state.

    Bottom line Shaka, ask not for whom the bell tolls, for it tolls for thee. Nnamdi Kanu is a manifestation of all the ills that you have always written about on these back pages; injustice, bad governance, state kleptocracy, illiteracy an sheer political stupidity. It appears that you do not even know that you created Nnamdi Kanu.

    • Iskacountryman

      please when would the eboes start leaving the north?

      • Intrepid

        WE know the Igbos are the only monolith standing on the way of fulani islamisation of Nigeria. Arab ABD!

        • Iskacountryman

          dont you worry…

      • Arabakpura

        October 1st has come and gone! Have you planned a new date?

        • Iskacountryman

          seek to know no more…

    • obinnna77

      For all his ‘uprightness’, Momodu never jibed with me. Too moralistic, not enough nuance. Hr doesn’t understand realpolitik, and the internal dynamics of the constituent parts of Niger-area. He certainly does not understand the Igbo; which is not to be held against him. Most of our fellow denizens on the area of the Niger do not.

    • KWOY

      You are a blessed soul! In any case, like Akin Osuntokun, Shaka still has good intentions. It’s just unfortunate I don’t agree with his position today!

    • Olisa

      Thank you Jon West.

    • Intrepid

      Mazi, thank you again for lecturing Shaka.

    • Arabakpura

      Jon West himself!

    • onyema22ohaka

      Lecture well delivered !

    • Leo Ben

      I love to read the Jon West and Mystic Malam’s contribution on this forum any time. Who would not anyway? The boyz are good.. They give me a hint of what could have been if merit was the watchword of doing things in this country. The boyz are too good. They are brilliant and for anyone who loves knowledge, these guys are role models. I always manage to look past Jon West’s ethnic outpouring in many of his post. I actually see and feel his frustrations. But I am inclined to disagree with him today. Jon West for whatever reason should not be seen supporting Nnamdi Kanu or associating with him. He is too intellectually accomplished to be seen or associated with a a character like Kanu. That aside, I want him to fault this article written by Shaka Momodu on points of facts not sentiment. (1) Did Kanu breach all his bail condition? (2) Did Kanu threaten to burn down Nigeria? (3) create an Army and a National Guard? (4) “If they fail to give us Biafra, Somalia will look like a paradise compared to what will happen to that ‘zoo’ (Nigeria).” “I don’t want peaceful actualisation (of Biafra)”; “We need guns and we need bullets”; “If they don’t (give us Biafra), they will die,”? THESE ARE THREATS MADE BY KANU which no one is denying. Did he also not say that any Igbo person attending a church headed by a Yoorubastard is a fool? These just a few of Kanu’s utterances.. There are so many more that one cannot even begin to state here because of the incendiary tone and ethno/religious implications. Is Jon West supporting these? Is he willing to give Kanu a pass in all these? Kanu said he wants war, those who have seen war will not ask for war? For anyone in who sees nothing wrong with Kanu’s conduct and behaviour and careless utterances, I am disappointed. While we vehemently condemn in others, I am surprised at how easily we condone these same behaviour in one of our own. Truth is truth no matter who is involved. Did Kanu think his secessionist plot will go unchallenged? There is nowhere in the world it will be tolerated, lets face it, except we are in denial of the reality. For instance lets say that Texas decides to break away from America, do you think Trump or any American president would fold his hands and allow that to happen? In the article, Shaka also dissected Kanu’s personal conduct and behaviour and concluded that he lacks the quality of a leader. I am very sure he has never met Kanu in person but came to that conclusion like many Nigerians from observing his public conduct and utterances. I challenge Jon West and others defending Kanu to contest the points raised against Kanu by Shaka and not the sentiments of their ethnic identity as a basis. Are the points facts or fiction? Jon West should also define the qualities a leader should possess, and if Kanu fits that bill then, I rest my case. But lets assume that a town in which ever state in the South East, Jon West comes from wants to secede on account of being marginalised in the state, would Jon West support it? Strangely enough for the first time Jon West failed to address the substance and thrust of an article and allowed his ethnicity to sway his reaction. Like Kanu Jon West and many others are deluded to think because he says he wants Biafra, the govt of the day will call him, draw up papers work and sign Biafra to Kanu. Let Jon West to address all the issues raised and also address whether Kanu’s behaviour is edifying or not. It is a shame that we see nothing wrong when it concerns OUR own and see everything wrong when it concerns their OWN. Truth is very painful but also liberating. Jon West and his fellow supporters of Kanu are unwilling to face the truth. It appears without him knowing his increasingly behaving like Buhari who is the champion of his ethnic group interest.

    • Taiwo Umolu

      Road accident and drowning caused by a failed state? Interesting! All countries of the world are then failed states as road accidents and drownings occur everyday in all countries. Tell this your story to the marines

    • Netanyahu

      Nothing to add. Shaka is a very intelligent man, but he has failed the simple test of judging in matter that ‘involves one’s mother’. He has not disappointed, after all he is the other Nigerian that believes that their problems are because of the Ibo that they will not let go. Ironic. Like you rightly pointed out, Kanu is a CREATION of all that is wrong with Nigeria, the Ibo in particular. Ka Chineke mezie okwu.

  • Chuma Anierobi

    You damaged your write up with reference to North Korea`s leader whom you know nothing about Concentrate on the conman Nnamdi Kanu.

  • ychukwuka

    I don’t want to write much on this but most of the things Shaka wrote here are prejudicial, more on hear-say and balancing of former op-eds. Restructuring, freedom of speech and self determination is covered under International laws and we have no-right to force on others our preference. You want Restructure, I want Biafra; we have to settle it on a table or I’ll be given referendum to vote. Can’t you get it? The story of IPOB is just starting and we are yet to hear the end of it. Nigeria cannot continue on this path without caving in. please note that.

  • Ify Onabu

    I do not support Biafra and have never supported Kanu. My firm belief is that the Igbo race can thrive within the context of Nigeria. In actual fact, the Igbo race would not be where they are now if Nigeria had not given them sufficient space to actualise their dreams. I was a little boy when the Nigerian civil war ended and I saw streams of Igbo men, women and children cross the Niger to Aniomaland… to start life all over again. Our people, yes our ever-generous and kind people, accommodated them, gave them space to gather themselves together and rebuild their lives. But one thing that I cannot forget is the image of kwashiokor-ridden children, walking about with protruded stomachs. Is Kanu’s method the right way to fight for freedom, abusing everybody and threatening fire and brimstone? Iconic freedom fighters like Mandela and Ghandi respected their adversaries. There was nothing in their speeches to suggest denigration of the adversary. I have asked a few questions about how many battalions, warplanes, tanks, missiles, AK47s that Kanu has. Ojukwu, at least, had a few of these. No one of Kanu’s gullible followers has given me the answer. Have they not heard the wise saying of Napoleon Bonaparte that God is on the side of the bigger battalion? My next question is: where is Kanu now? Why has he suddenly disappeared into the thin air? Is that how to fight for freedom? Anu ofia!

    • lord of jaspers

      God is on the side of the bigger battalion yet in the end bonaparte lost the war with all his big battalions!

      • Ify Onabu

        Has Kanu now won the war? When are you coming back to reality, my friend?

        • lord of jaspers

          lol! u seem to tink dat d biafra issue is ova! anyway, u hv d right to ur stupidity, no one can take dat frm u!

        • Obi Ike Sorres

          Which war? Has there been any? The agitation is still doing push up

          • Lawrenece Ifo

            Hahaha.
            They are expecting Kanu to accomplish everything in one day but they can endure the brutish and servile condition in the zoo for ages,hoping that the remedy will come.
            Can you imagine a grown up like him trying to blame Ojukwu for not defending Asaba…Hahaha. Chai!

          • Ade

            GEJ TILL 2019. No shaking

        • Jon West

          Kanu won the battle, but the war will never end. Wars never end, but are fought by other means. The Second World War did not really end. Germany and Japan won the continuing war by other means, the economic war. Who knows who will win the next stage of the never ending struggle? Perhaps China and India. Can you see that?

    • Jon West

      They did not cross the Niger to Aniomaland, they went back home to the Igbo homelands on the western bank of the River Niger. On the 50th commemoration of the Asaba massacre, people like you are an anachronism and a disgrace.

      • Ify Onabu

        Where was Ojukwu when the massacre at Asaba took place? Was he there to defend our people? And where is Kanu now? My friend, do you fight for freedom by rabble-rousing?

        • Jon West

          Where was Paul Kagame when 1 million of his Tutsi brethren perished in the 1998 genocide? Fighting in another sector of the Rwandan civil war. Ojukwu was fighting in Enugu as Asaba people were being massacred . So what did that make him? Perhaps he had to be everywhere in order to please you? You are exhibiting the bane of the Negro- instant gratification. No matter where Kanu is, he has done his job and Nigeria will never be the same again. It is his fight that gave Asaba people the courage to openly commemorate the massacre of their people in the Government of one of the chief genocidaires , a certain Muhammad Buhari. Think before you write!!

          • Lawrenece Ifo

            Superb!

          • Ify Onabu

            I hear you, but you have not answered my questions. Have you experienced any war in your life? My father was almost shot dead by Nigerian soldiers at Umunede. He went to Agbor to buy zinc [yes, corrugated iron roofing sheets] to roof our well. In those days, we used to dig wells in the village. They branded my father a collaborator of Ojukwu. They accused him of supplying Ojukwu with materials used for the construction of ogbunigwe… Biafra’s equivalent of weapons of mass destruction. But for divine intervention, I would have been orphaned when I was in primary school and would never have had the chance to attend secondary school or uni. In addition, in 1969, I lost an uncle fighting for Biafra. I write from experience, not from text books, my friend. Now my friend, when were you born and what are your antecedents? Have you experienced war in your life?By the way, is your real name Jon West? How many Igbo men bear West or Jon as names? Are you afraid to write with your real name, Mr freedom fighter? You must appreciate that there are two sides to every argument!

          • Jon West

            My dear person, I feel your pain. Yes, I saw war and action in Biafra as a teenager. I was a batsman(servant) to my cousin, a Biafran Commando Major and witnessed the death and destruction of war. I saw my senior batsman ,Marshall, die at the Awka sector and wrote an ode to him and all the other people who perished on that sad day. Believe me, whether your father lived or not, you would have still gotten your education , that is why you are Igbo. The Igbo take care of their own, which is why we are still thriving, in spite of Nigeria’s perennial war against us, a war always fought by direct action an also by other means. Ojukwu, Nzeogwu, Nnamdi Kanu, Achuzia, Nwaroh, Trimnell and all the other people who dared the Nigerian conondorum of injustice, all had their roles to play and acquitted themselves quite well.

  • KWOY

    “Those who freely threatened to unleash unprecedented bloodshed on others they termed ‘dog and baboon’ are unable to accept even the mildest criticism and want to give the ‘dog’ the bad name of ‘hate speech’.”

    Richard Irikefe: “RIGHT OF REPLY: Atiku Abubakar and the Death of Identity Politics”, Thisday Backpage Column, October 7, 2017

  • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

    So, essentially, Nigeria continues to fail because its leaders are not equipped or fit.

    The Igbos are continually let down by their leaders and even their freedom fighters who heartlessly lead them into combat and fatalities.

    Northern leaders do the same to their people. The result is squalor and hopelessness of millions of young people.

    It’s funny. How many times we fight our enemies because they are just like us.

    • Chuma Anierobi

      Who is igbo the bush?

      • Iskacountryman

        he must be smoking something…

        • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

          Do yourself a favour.
          Make a contribution that is more than and better than abuse

          • Iskacountryman

            you must be smoking something…what makes you think that i am capable of making such a contribution?

          • Netanyahu

            Don’t waste your time with hell-rufai. That is how he is raised, by a terrorist herdsman.

  • Gary

    Shaka has dared again to put objectivity above cheap popularity with this harsh denunciation of the short-lived Nnamdi Kanu phenomenon.
    Our Igbo brethren may not like it but truth be told Nnamdi Kanu is no different from Muhammadu Buhari as an uneducated, divisive and ethnocentric bigot; dedicated to advancing the interests of his own people at the expense of others he so brazenly denigrated.
    We watched and warned him and our Igbo compatriots that Kanu was leading deluded Igbo youth to death by daring his psychopath Fulani counterpart in Aso Rock with his ill-advised and suicidal antics as the self-styled Igbo Moses.
    He gave Buhari an excuse to again indulge in his career pastime: slaughter Igbos who challenge Nigeria’s dominant faction with sticks and stones against storm troopers in armored tanks.
    Kanu’s sophomoric antics has led to the current military expedition to pacify Igboland in 2017; by the man literate Igbo men like Olisa Agbakoba, Okey Ndibe, Pat Utomi and political hustlers from the South East said was a better option to the incompetent democrat, Goodluck Jonathan.
    Even as we speak, Igbo politicians, encouraged by the Imo State buffoon Rochas Okorocha that 2019 is the Igbo turn at the national till, are flocking to join Buhari’s Islamist-dominated APC for the 2019.

    The truth hurts but we will make no progress in building the society we want for our children by playing the Ostrich or reflexively defending our errant kinsmen. We cannot condemn Buhari’s aggravating nepotism and clannishness only to give a pass to Nnamdi Kanu’s

    • KWOY

      THERE WAS NOTHING BAD ABOUT KANU. AND YOU HAD NOTHING AGAINST KANU. What you ahd something against was secession!

      • Gary

        Even if you were a psychologist, I very much doubt that you could probe my mind without the benefit of knowing me and putting me on an office couch for multiple sessions.
        When an Area Boy spoils for a fight with you and starts by breaking a bottle over his own head, you should run from him if you really value your own life. That’s something my dad told me.

        We don’t know if Kanu’s dad told him too.

        • KWOY

          I don’t blame you for poor understanding!

    • Chichi Girl

      Thank you Gary. I dont know why people can even begin to package nnamdi kanu as a freedom fighter. I actively listened to radio biafra. The truth is nnamdi kanu is a fraud! Are we so bereft of heroes that anything goes and we claim to be superior intellectually? Our elite who did not know much about the guy believed they could ride on his post bail fame to achieve whatever selfish aims they had.
      Are people aware that he was forcefully collecting money from petty traders and okada men. Do they know that the eldorado he promised his followers gauranteed them a minimum of 3million naira monthly to every biafra when they shared oil money. The guy saw himself as the leader and said as much when people called in to ask how he will rule biafra land. When he started introducing praise and worship and prayers to “chukwu-okikeabiama” to his broadcast, i knew the deed was done. And i am talking about pre- detention.
      Actually the radio broadcast were initially comic relief to me because of his caustic tongue but when he started asking his followers to kill kumuyi for daring to pray for the nation to remain as one entity, and i saw the false hope masons and laborers had about the new biafra, i became worried.
      Honestly he is just a local con man looking for his daily bread.
      At no time did the term restructuring or referendum come into his vocabulary before his arrest. He only talked of war.
      Nnamdi kanu needs psychiatric evaluation.

      By the way where are “my” gohen, william norris and laglon in this interesting discussion.

      • AndyNwa

        ibu otu, otu gbawara agbawa! cunt hole, split cunt hole you are!

    • Netanyahu

      One thing I would want us to ponder about is how Kanu intruded into our consciousness as a people. Has anyone pondered over this? In creation, certain things happen that confound us. Kanu to me is a phenomenon. Kanu is not just a physical creation, but sub-natural awakening call, not a militant as we want to believe. He happened to be an Ibo. He could have come from anywhere else in Nigeria. I believe he has played his role, positive of negative and moved on. Depends on the side of the divide you are standing or viewing from.

  • Daniel Obior

    I do agree to a far extent on what Shaka has said about Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu has made a lot of mistakes in this episode and Igbos should realise it. I also give Shaka a tick on balance in identifying Buhari and his government in their poor leadership, thus exacerbating the problems. IPOB may not be anything as horrible as Boko Haram, Shaka in also mentioning the problems of herdsmen, OPC, and the militants of the Niger Delta, has shown some even handedness in tackling this subject. I fully agree with him that dismembering the country is undesirable, but restructuring it is imperative. However, Shaka needs to be reminded that it is the refusal of the powers in the country for restructuring, that has pushed others like IPOB to their demand for secession. If today Buhari and his clique create the atmosphere for true restructuring of the country, the push for Biafra will reduce. Until Buhari does that, he and not Kanu is the problem, and the call for Biafra will continue in one form or the other. Nigeria must be restructured.

    • KWOY

      “Are we doing fiscal federalism? Are we doing devolution? What we want is Biafra!” Nnamdi Kanu.

      Just as Kanu said, and just as you should know, THERE WILL NEVER BE RESTRUCTURING! AND THERE WILL NEVER BE PROGRESS! THINGS WILL GET WORSE! And if it so happens, then Kanu will stand vindicated!

    • Chuma Anierobi

      All we need is our 1963 constitution and the country will be on the right track. We must do away with all the military left behind. We must overthrow the military through our national assembly.

      • Obi Ike Sorres

        The National Assembly whose people populate the army and in the majority will allow you?

      • marcos avelino

        1963 constitution was disrupted by an Ibo coup of Chukuma Nzeogwu and finally discarded by an Ibo General – Ironsi. You will never get that back forget it and move on. You want Niger Delta to be under Ibos – god forbid that. They have tasted your wickedness – evil Ibos

        • Netanyahu

          Ignore!

  • KWOY

    “For all my frustrations and doubts about Nigeria, and despite the imperfections of how it was created, I don’t want a break-up of our fatherland and I believe so many other people share this with me. I believe we can make this country better.”

    This is what you believe! WHAT ABOUT WHAT OTHERS BELIEVE? Or you are not prepared to make allowance for what others believe, but rather force down what you believe on others’ throat because you have power over them?

    • Uche

      You hit the nail on the head. He does not want Nigeria to disintegrate but restructure. Meanwhile he does not want to accord the same right to others.

  • baba cool

    Coming from Shaka Momodu a renown PDP apologist/writer shows that Kanu has become a byword and a repugnant aberration to every right thinking human being. He is an epitome of deceit and fraud.
    A riffraff whose sole aim for his truancy is money and fame. Now that he gas gone into hiding under his father’s bed, we can now as a nation move forward to find solutions to our glaring imperfections. PMB deserves a thumbs up for putting that miscreant in his place and uprooting him like a cancerous growth in ones body.
    Now it’s time for right thinking Nigerians to get down to the serious task of finding out the best basis of our continued existence as a nation.

    • Lawrenece Ifo

      Shaka did not create Kanu or right to self-determination which is the thrust of our agitation.
      So Kanu and IPOB can never go.
      Buhari arrested him but what happened?
      So your leprous tumb-up to your fellow zoo animal cannot change anything.
      We are not fools like zoo animals to think that we will actualize our liberation from the zoo very easily.
      Hence it is subject to progressive realisation!
      As can never coexist together even if you restructure.
      Look at Spain and Catalonia and you will understand what past histories can do to the life of any entity.
      In their own case they have semi autonomy but still, the issue is beyond that.
      So park well.

      • Ade

        Nobody born of a woman can arrest our Supreme leader and saviour, Mazi Kanu. Our leader is not hiding.

    • KWOY

      You know very well that the only thing you just won’t do is move forward!

    • Obi Ike Sorres

      And you expect Nigeria to move forward with all this flawed structures and foundation that benefit the north and they don’t want to let it go as they see it that they will lose out if the flaws are taken care of.

  • Lawrenece Ifo

    Every inhabitant if the zoo seems to reply fond of trying to pass a subjective value judgement on Kanu or waste the energy which they could have converted to at least remedy the irredeemable Zoo to lecture Biafra and Kanu. This is laughable!

    For West Africans as described by Sarkozy,Kanu have failed.But for lovers of freedom,who are in tune with the trajectories of liberation from oppression,Kanu have done so much within a space of time to the extent that he raised the Biafra question to global public discourse within such a short period.

    This is something that took the ANC many up till 1962 to achieve after its formation in 1912.

    So on that basis,Shaka goofed!

    But I can’t no blame him,considering the fact that lack of grit to pursue any social-political agitation is the hallmark of every one Nigeria apologist!

    Hence they love miracles and wait for angels to deliver them.Or churn out theories and wail about their plight while they try to console themselves by indulging in the giant of Africa mantra.SMH.

    If the same attested Republican group of people thought it wise to adore someone as a leader in any way the deem it fit,why should it become a problem for a distant by-stander who should be worried about the manner in which one person have usurped the powers of his zoo and forceful turned every other person to town line?

    The people know their leader and Kanu is a bottom up leader! Not zoo made spineless satellite agents of the oligarchy that furthers the agenda oppressive social order.

    By the way,when did freedom of expression and it’s concomitant right of reply turn to HATE speech? This is one problem with zoo.As some people are fond of elevating their subjective thoughts to the position where they try to force it to become the legal definition of a crime.
    Shaka should have known better!

    In addition to that, Why should anu reasonable person find it worthy to prescribe restructuring without giving the people concerned the benefit to choose between restructuring and legitimate altentative?

    Which is why it is a demonstration not sheet hypocricy for some people to criticise Kanu but turn around to assume the position of knowing it all by presenting and imposing their views to be the acceptable solution.This is completely wrong and primitive.

    Hence Kanu is asking for a referendum and based on that,who is the Hitler between him and those who believes that they can self-determine the legitimate right of others?

    For God’s sake,IPOB have the right to self-determination and this have been attested to by the community of civilised Nation, when they vehemently rejected the tagging of IPOB to be a terrorist group. At least they know about the acts of Hitler,Mussolini and others more than the zoo.

    So what is the basis for the basesles comparison from Shaka?

    This can only show that Kanu did not rise and fall but waxing stronger. As his noble quest to free his people who adore and cherish him out of their own volition have entered another phase.

    There is always a time in the life of any struggle when the leadereship will pause and move to the next level.
    Especially after recording tremendous success at the level of mobilisation and public discourse.

    Fatima Meer recorded that after the operation ‘Mayabuye’ and the subsequent imprisonment of the top leadership of the broader liberation movement with the exile of Tambo and others, there was sort of quiet period which looked like a state of failure before the liberation favour entered the next phase.

    So on that basis therefore, Kanu and IPOB have achieved and entered the next phase.

    In a passing, Shaka and people like him should stop making noise about Kanu abandoning Benjamin or anybody,because they know more than mere busybodies that nobody abandoned them and it is not in our world view to abalone our own.

    This is one of the reason why we survived together with mere 20 pounds and built empires and overtook those without grits in all aspect of HDI.

    • KWOY

      IPOB members from all European countries grounded Belgium during EU’s Meeting last Tuesday. And if that is not keeping the flame alive what is it? So, Mr Shaka should know what he means by the FALL of Kanu!

      • Chuma Anierobi

        The idiot was writing for himself for sure.

    • Chuma Anierobi

      Kanu made some people appear to be sub human beings. Shameful.

      • Don Franco

        Dear Anierobi,

        Race betrayer, how market? You’re mostly ignored on this forum for good reason, including the composure of your countenance that betray your bovine inability to reason logically. … almost subhuman, with the coarseness of pig and the skulking cowardice of the hyna. Maybe it’s fair that we also need our share of race betrayers…. are you not ashamed to be counted among Joe Igbokwe and Churchill Okonkwo?
        Why do you always show on this forum everytime Igbo-haters come to ply their trade? Anu Mpamu!

    • 6tus

      I love you!!!

      • Lawrenece Ifo

        God bless you exceedingly abundantly.

  • Leo Ben

    Thanks once again for being who you are. Unafraid to address issues as they are, blunt and unapologetic. Saying it as it is, not to please anybody but laying the facts on the table. Nnamdi Kanu is DERANGED FELLOW and a mentally unstable young man who just thinks that by his fanciful thinking Biafra will be achieved. I think he should have devoted his energy to holding the South- East governors to account for their failure of leadership, mismanagement of resources and corruption. Instead of shouting Biafra! Biafra! As you pointed out he lacks leadership qualities. A man who abandoned his followers while he enjoyed bail is unfit to be a leader.

    • Lawrenece Ifo

      So he is responsible for giving them bail?
      Kikikikikiki.
      Tambo left for exile while the followers were in jail.
      The so called followers are not complaining to the leadership just like the followers of Tambo.

    • Obi Ike Sorres

      You have written nothing. For abusing Kanu you have said nothing. What have you done to bring good governance. Kanu has aroused all to know more about Nigeria injustices and economic lopsidedness and even restructuring on everybody lips

  • “Korede

    Dear Shaka,
    “To save Nigeria, this country has to be restructured. Restructuring is not a call to arms, but a call for equity and justice so that everybody will have a sense of belonging in this potentially great country.”

    I am with you on the above. The only fear i have is most of your lovers who believe in Nnamdi Kanu will tear you to pieces on your column today.

    • KWOY

      It neither matters to him or to the rest of Nigeria what the Igbo thinks or wants. What matters is what they think & want – which is unity without choice!

    • Obi Ike Sorres

      That restructuring ain’t going to happen. The north hate that word and dread it like Ebola and HIV. Go check out somethings Buhari is doing or telling the world bank chief to concentrate on the north or ElRufai saying those who want restructuring are selfish to other Nigerians. Did you get it?

      • “Korede

        Buhari never told the world bank chief to develop the north alone at the expense of the South. This is propaganda. We all heard him she he was calling on the world bank to assist them to rebuild the ravaged north east because of the war against Boko Haram that has distorted that part of the country. This is completely different from parochialism. Let us be fair when we comment on propaganda.

  • Political Affey

    Shaka will not win the hearts of his ardent readers today. They want him to knock only one man and his party. But he decided to change the subject. This is a very objective take on the subject of Kanu. Others who have written about Kanu did not go into this detail. Now we understand where the problem really lies. Most leaders will stop insurrections and unwarranted breakaways any day. This government has the constitutionally empowered military force to back them, but IPOB constitution has no universal value. A few individuals without a prolific resistant army will not achieve much. For a new state to emerge the parent state must approve of it. Kanu should go and study how states emerge.
    Recently climate change has forced some states to be in the throes of extinction. In the Middle East wars have forced people into refugee existence.
    When you look at those refugee camps you will think that it is indeed a state. Everything is available. They look like a state and children even receive education in those places.
    We have something similar to a new state in the north of Nigeria, in Chad and Niger, where the victims of Boko Haram are resettled. Surely, this is not what Kanu and IPOB have in their minds.
    There can not be any other alternative for a group of people who want to unconstitutionally separate themselves from the rest of the country without running into problems and the question is who will come to their rescue?
    If the major powers were not initially part of the set up, in terms of creating the conditions which led to the conflagration, they will not be there to help.
    It means it is the Nigerian government that will eventually pick up the post-Biafran collapse bill. That means they will do everything to stop it. Which explains Operation Python Dance.
    He must carry the southeast elite along with him. That is wishful thinking. A mission impossible. The governors and the Nass members from the southeast are too busy in Abuja. In fairness to them, they have to deliver for their states in spite of the very difficult balance they have to juggle in delivering service to ALL the citizens of their respective states. They are gradually coming to terms with the challenges of governance as democracy gets institutionalised in Nigeria. They are listening to nationwide restructuring debates and they know eventually governance is coming to the grassroots.
    If Kanu’s intention is to create a tensed atmosphere to force the federal government to the negotiating table and begin to drive developmental change in the southeast, that will be great. But we all know where this always ends. It will end with him getting all the palliatives and windfalls to cushion all his lugubrious pains. He will withdraw into a comfortable existence and the people he once led, abandoned and betrayed.

    • Fidelis Arumala

      I enjoyed your read. Not one Igbo friend of mine here in Lagos believed in what Nnamdi Kanu was doing over there. A rabble rouser who was INSENSITIVE to the stock of his people plying their trade and living their lives outside the borders of the South East.
      His methods came across as one from the cave. I find it out to believe that this man does not have an INTELLECTUAL GUIDE, nor a conclave of intellectuals that could mold the BIAFRA ideology. No guiding principles that his followers could fetch from, to enable them articulate their positions objectively in the public space. All you hear were NOISE of “BIAFRA OR DEATH”. Good riddance to bad rubbish! The only good thing that came out of his brief stint in our consciousness is the rousing call for RESTRUCTURING, which to an extent could be alluded to him. He is SOMEWHERE CHILLING, after his outright betrayal of his followers. The hard working IGBOS, have picked up their pieces and gone back to work. May we not have men like Nnamdi Kanu again, who do not understand how to be STEADY AND STEADFAST.

      • Don Franco

        Dear Fidel,

        You may clap for yourself; all of my own Igbo friends in Lagos and Abuja believed in and still believe in everything that Nnamdi Kanu DID over there.

        • Fidelis Arumala

          Dear Don,

          Out of personal RESPECT for your sound intellectual contributions on this forum, could you please kindly oblige me of Nnamdi Kanu’s Biafra political ideologue?

          P. S. Today, we celebrate the assassination of the great Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso. His Che Guevara’s like leftist political ideology is still very FIRM in that country, on this score I would want you to kindly oblige me of the question above.

          Thanks as I await your kind feedback on this.

          • KWOY

            When Mandela was labelled a terrorist it was this kind of statement from you that was used for him & his struggle

          • Mayo

            I might be wrong but I don’t believe that Mandela ever advocated for the use of force in ANC’s struggles (not debating here whether use of arms to fight for independence is wrong or right). Based on that, I don’t think using Mandela as an analogy is right.

          • KWOY

            Kanu does not advocate violence. But even Mandela advocated violence. His long incaceration followed his conviction after they acquired arms in Russia through Ethiopia in preparation for armed resistance having seen that non-violence was not achieving result!

          • Mayo

            Kanu advocated violence at least at the beginning. There are tapes of him asking for funds to buy guns.

            You are right about Mandela advocating violence and I stand corrected

          • KWOY

            Will you be ready to allow Biafra without violence? Or are you using reference to violence as reason to fight Biafra peech’- just like others who couldn’t find other reasons are latching on ‘hate s?

          • Mayo

            I don’t know what you mean by ‘just like others who couldn’t find other reasons are latching on ‘hate s?..’. You can argue your point without making sweeping generalizations about someone else.

            Besides, didn’t Nigeria get her own independence from the British without fighting a war while some other countries only got their own independence after a war?

            Secondly, it’s a different thing if Kanu had first started with non-violence or at least maintained it for a while. Not only did Kanu espouse violence from day one, his targets were indiscriminate. Everybody who was not Igbo was basically a target. As Shaka said, Kanu and Buhari are similar in their attitude of ‘my tribe only’.

          • KWOY

            Re-read my satatement now. A typographical error confused the statement initially. The simple question is: Are you prepared to allow Biafra without violence?

          • Don Franco

            Dear Mayo,

            You must not have read Mandela”s Long Walk To Freedom; yes Madiba subscribed to armed struggle against Apartheid, hence he formed the Umkhonto We Sizwe (Spear of the Nation, in isiZulu). Veterans like retired General Simphiwe Iyanda, who trained in NDA Kaduna, as did the current Minister of Defense, Mapisa Nquankula; even President Zuma was their Chief of Military Intelligence; Umkhonto soldiers fought galantly in Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, with the support of Cuban troops sent by Fidel Castro.
            Part of the challenge in this forum is that some of us just want to deny history, if only to score cheap points…. KWOY is right; you’re wrong.

          • Mayo

            Kwoy has corrected me on that and I stand corrected.

          • Obi Ike Sorres

            Since is an Igbo man asking for freedom or his right he must be condemned or it becomes an abomination.

          • share Idea

            His political ideology is that Biafran should be given a chance to state if they want to remain in Nigeria or not. If your friends from SE are t=in the majority and other Nigerians are too, they should grant him the request and conduct referendum and see what the outcome would be?

          • Don Franco

            Dear Fidel,

            I’m nonplussed that you’d ask a question which answer is self-evident and clear as noonday. ….

        • Obi Ike Sorres

          They keep using that line. Some Igbos don’t support Kanu in the open in order not to lose face and friends. I don’t hide mine.

      • KWOY

        What if the struggle is not yet history?

        • Jon West

          It is definitely not yet history. We are waiting for the fire next time. It took about twelve years from the incarceration of Nelson Mandela to the outbreak of the Soweto riots in 1975 which culminate in the end of Apartheid in 1994. Black people are prone to instant gratification and a genetic inability to appreciate history and its lessons.

          How can anyone not see that Kanu has done his job and has disappeared into the pantheons of revolutionary leaders like Che Guevara, Sankara, Nzeogwu, Chris Hani, Josiah Togongara, Eduardo Mondlane etc. who did their duty and disappeared into the revolutionary sunset. His job was to muddy the waters of Nigeria’s terrible politics and remind the inhabitants of the Zoo that there could be a better narrative for this failed state, if only the people took on their leaders.
          Wherever he is and whatever he does after this, his job is done. Now we await the fire next time. It will surely come. It is just smoldering.

      • Jon West

        “The only good thing that came out of his brief stint in our consciousness is the rousing call for RESTRUCTURING, which to an extent could be alluded to him”.
        My dear Fidelis, where was your brain when you were writing this riposte? Is is not obvious to you that the rousing call for restructuring is more than enough achievement for Nnamdi Kanu, even if he were to live 10 lifetimes? Why are Black people so petty and given to instant gratification? Perhaps that is why the Igbos want to leave the Zoo to its Negro occupants.

        • Iskacountryman

          if you leave, you would not have subsidised ngwo ngwo…just close your eyes, raise your chin into the air…imagine the aroma….hmmmmmm

          • Don Franco

            Dear Iska,

            Some of us Biafrans don’t eat meat. We prefer fish, lest we start to think like “Cattle”. As is the manner of some…

          • Iskacountryman

            don franco the biafran….stop trying to be clever…ngwo ngwo is not meat..it is offals…do you hear that buharo promised to build road in eboe land using chinese labour and to complete the 3rd niger bridge…why are you people never satisfied?…

          • Don Franco

            Dear Iska,

            You clearly live up to the meaning of your name, “Iska or Dan Iska” in the Hausa language. .. it actually means a rascally non-entity.
            What does a WASC certificate forger know about building 3rd bridges over the Niger? That you buy into his fraud proves irredeemably despicable your iskanci is… get thee behind me, Satan!

          • Iskacountryman

            now now don franco…you sound like a reasonable man…you just cannot keep flinging my good offers and suggestions back at me…

          • Don Franco

            Dear Iska,

            It’s amazing that you cannot read between the lines…

          • Iskacountryman

            why should i read between the lines when i cannot even comprehend the one on the lines?…

          • Iskacountryman

            please ngwo ngwo is not meat but offal….you see why your thinking is affected?

          • FrNinja

            Offal is not meat cattle herder?

          • Iskacountryman

            it is ngwo ngwo…not beef…

          • Obi Ike Sorres

            What are u saying ? Has that become a rocket science or out of space food that cannot be made in Igbo land? My friend say something great

          • Iskacountryman

            please…you can make it in eboe land, but not at subsidised prices that we offer …

      • Obi Ike Sorres

        Sorry you got it wrong. You don’t know what’s happening outside Nigeria concerning Ipob and outside world for Nigerian government to call for referendum on Biafra. Nigerians don’t understand diplomacy, if Kanu has used this he would have been frustrated and never given attention. Is because of our e go better mentatilty that Nigeria keep sinking instead of taking urgent action

    • Chichi Girl

      You are right. Kanus agitation started when uwazuruike was settled and did not give him his share of the largess. He started this noise after the militants were paid and he felt this will be a means to get his own. His radio broadcast started during Jonathans era. You know in nigeria if you are violent people are forced to hear you out. Are people aware that he came into the country to do his bvn so that his returns could be wired to him without any hitch.
      The guy had no intention or strategy to create any biafra.

  • Don Franco

    Dear Shaka,

    If I didnt know better I’d opine that your xenophobic prejudice against the Igbo is finally beginning to manifest. This article is replete with outright falsehood and factually inaccurate statements calculated to exculpate perpetrators of genocide and crimes against humanity, under the auspices of routine military exercise.
    Shaka, how does one explain your deliberate failure to write for or against Nnamdi Kanu while he was wrongly arrested and imprisoned, when a sitting Judge declared IPOB a nonviolent organization; when he was unlawfully denied bail; and when according to Mike Ozokhome, SAN; and the entire legal fraternity he was released under the most oppressive and unconstitutional of bail conditions ever given in a federal court? Why, Shaka, haven’t you written to ask the Government about the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu? You know the intensity of the effort that they would have invested into his rearrest for not making his last court appearance, if he and his father weren’t languishing in the DSS underground cells. You celebrate his disappearance; ask not for whom the bell tolls, Shaka. ….

    You’re wrong on all counts, for the second time, over the years that I have read your op-eds. Why is it difficult for you to understand and accept that Igbos want nothing to do with Nigeria?
    Europe”s modern history is replete with secession and the founding of new countries along ethnic and nationalist lines; and the UK is busy exiting the EU due to similar oppressive conduct as what Igbos face in Nigeria since 1970; Scotland has resolved to hold another referendum to exit the UK, upon finalization of the UK”s exit from the EU 3 years hence, and yes, join the EU as an independent “self-determined country; and yes, the jury is still out on Catalonia and Kurdistan. Every State in America has its own flag, and “armed” militia; it is the Aren’t you aware that Nigeria is signatory to the UN Conventions authorizing Self Determination as a matter of “Right” ?
    Nnamdi Kanu didn’t fall from the skies into London, then to Umuahia and founded IPOB to claim the Igbo right to self determination.
    Why have you refused to mention the overwhelming evidence of Nnamdi Kanu”s interviews on Channels Television and YouTube where he completely disavowed violence of any kind, but only distorted some of his earlier remarks from many years ago to justify the indefensible and ignoble role played by the Government in the wholesale murder and shootings of unarmed youth, and market women?
    Shaka, l find it interesting how every non-Igbo person seem to know better Igbos what is in their political best interest. For example, why aren’t you aware that Professor Ben Nwabueze convinced Kanu since July to buy into the restructuring agenda that both Buhari and El Rufai has vowed to never allow; why didn’t you mention that all five governors of the Southeast were due to meet and sign a code of conduct for government service delivery before any elections could hold in Biafraland, only two days before they changed their minds and hastened the implementation of python dance and proscription of IPOB? For once the Southeast governors had to report to a higher authority than themselves; an individual whom the entire electorate listened to; and who had no personal interest beyond the restoration of Biafra.

    How in the a part of the country that hosts strategic heavy engineering OEMs, including one that fabricates parts for NAF aircrafts can be called “backward” in Shakaville beyond me. Once in while, it’s good for the ignorance of credible columnists to laid bare, especially for individuals like myself who swear by writers like yourself.

    Shaka, you would need to understand the cosmology of Igbo custom, tradition and culture to ever be able to comprehend how 18 months in Kuje prison can result in a transition to wooly gray hair and preference for Ashi Agu jumpers and a cane to the T-shirts and blue jeans, that you’d rather see Kanu dressed in. I excuse your ignorance about things Igbo. But don’t knock it, until understand it. It only looks like 419 to those other ethnicities imbued with the anti-Igbo virus in their bloodstream, seeing as they’re protected and immunized from the pogroms and genocide that is our lot in Nigeria. Are the bellicosities of Otunba Ganiyu Adams, Ango Abdullahi, Junaid Mohammed and Arewa Youth not celebrated today? Would it have been; had they been Igbos?

    The youth and unemployed has since time immemorial being the the fundaments of liberation movements across the world, and those IPOB youth whose cold blooded shootings you advocated in your op-ed, will from their ranks raise thousands of Nnamdi Kanu until Biafra is established, whether you know it or not.

    Again, Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Shaka.

    • Lawrenece Ifo

      Their xenophobic prejudice will always manifest whenever they hear that the Igbos want to leave them to gallantly,manifest their peculiar endowment which they sometimes,covertly cherish the way it is being impeded in the zoo.

      They are shouting restructuring as if Kanu Kanu is holding them from restructuring. Their problem is that they in a dilemma,simply because the issue is a question of right and it will continue to linger while the incentive for their one Nigeria is no more there.

    • Leo Ben

      Dear Don Franco and Lawrenece Ifo Shaka raised very important issues about Kanu’s neglecting his fellow conspirators in prison. Even out of prison as Shaka noted, even out of prison Kanu never for once speak about those in prison. After his incendiary statements and threats that anybody who tries to arrest him will not leave Aba alive and that he has instructed his followers to burn down Nigeria, these are facts. He fled when the time came to match words with action.

      Shaka also raised the fact that those who stood surety for him are already lamenting that they are in trouble because they don’t know where Kanu is.

      What value does Trump represents that endears Kanu so much to be displaying his photograph at IPOB events? Honestly this the first article to really raise salient issues about Kanu’s leadership credentials. And it should cause his supporters to pause and reassess this mad man

      • KWOY

        Kanu rejected bail, just as he rejected oil blocks & numerous other inducements. He was practically coerced by pressure to accepting the bail by politicians. He never spoke about those left behind bars because his aim was not freedom from jail, but Biafra! On what grounds would he be speaking for their release if he himself is not renouncing Biafra?

      • Chuma Anierobi

        What leadership? It is not every waxed music people buy.

      • Don Franco

        Dear Leo,

        How preposterous can it be that the kidnappers of a freedom fighter, that anarchists are calling, through a court of law for the production of a treason defendant in court; while they’re cowardly preventing his his court appearance in a case they know they can’t win. Egregious.
        Senator Enyinaya Abaribe says that the Nigerian Army should tell Justice Bina Nyako what the Zoo did with Kanu. …. Government hasn’t responded.

    • power

      Nigeria is a very fragile country with insurmountable security problems. Kanu rightfully played into the hands of Buhari who has a “siege mentality.” Do not forget that anytime “BIAFRA” is mentioned, it brings unholy fear, death, depression, sadness, anger, pains, emotional torture, and loss of economic power as a result of the civil war. Each time Kanu mentions “BIAFRA” such ugly pasts are re-echoed even though when he came out of prison, he denounced violence. However, Kanu made another grave mistake shortly after he came out from prison by setting up “Biafran Security Service and the Biafran National Guard in military uniform. ” Kanu’s actions were heading towards WAR. WE DO NOT WANT ANOTHER WAR IN NIGERIA. NEVER!

      What do you expect Buhari to do when he fought in the civil war? Do you think he will be docile in bringing an end to Kanu’s agitation? When the thoughts of “Biafra” is war? Who wants his or her family to die? Who wants to be killed? Who wants to lose his or her properties and economic values when there is so much disaster, hunger, and pains in the land? We should also remind ourselves that some of Kanu’s followers have been killed by Buhari’s led Government. Do you know the traumas their family members have been subjected to as a result of their demise?

      You mentioned OPC and the likes. Whatever actions they (OPC) caused during those inglorious days when they unleashed fear and mayhem to some Nigerian citizens never led to war. They were tamed to a large extent. Anybody in Nigeria has a right to seek for self-determination, It is not compulsory that we must live as one. We can separate through peaceful means like Brexit. Kanu’s call for dissolution was a far cry from achieving such goals.

    • Chuma Anierobi

      What is false in the article? You seem to not love your self.

    • Leo Ben

      Dear Don Franco there is nothing xenophobic or prejudice against the Igbo in this article. Shaka addressed the inconvenient truth in this article. His position is very clear and unambiguous. So deal with the issues he raised one by one punch holes in the points which any right and objective person will find difficult to. First is Kanu the leader of the Igbo race?

      • Don Franco

        Dear Leo Ben,

        Your very pedestrian last question indicate that you know very little about the Igbo. You must have been absent from class on the day that the history and political system of Igbo people was taught in secondary school.
        But back to Shaka, he has a history of never speaking out and condemning injustice against Igbos; and staying clear of Igbo-centric distemper due to intellectual cowardice of not wanting to hear the kinds of home truths that Larry Ifo, JohnWest; KWOY, Daniel Obior and Arabakpura have told him today. He never had an opinion under GEJ, when the corpses of 57 IPOB members were found floating on the Amansea River in Anambra, all of them had bullet wounds on the temples, with both handcuffed behind their backs. The DSS killed them. Sonola Oluhemse; Okey Ndibe, Chido Onumah and Pius Adesanmi all roundly condemned this extra-judicial murder of Igbo youth for agitating for self-determination. Shaka was quiet all through. Secondly, and another instance of his xenophobic prejudice against our people was during the vilification of Chinua Achebe by the Lagos-Ibadan Press for writing his Biafran memoir (There Was A Country ); he never wrote to Chinua Achebe. Shaka is cowardly outside of criticizing the Daura Dullard and the APC government.
        I can tell you that he has outted himself in the eyes of every decent Igbo on this forum; as the xenophobe that I’ve long suspected him to be; and we will never see him as detribalized and invulnerable to subconscious bias against our race of people. He’s forever diminished in our eyes.

    • Iskacountryman

      don franco…you do not want something to do with nigeria…eboes were asked to leave our north…you went crawling to beg…truly, it must have dawned on everyone that the eboes love subsidised ngwo ngwo and do not want the largese to stop…

      • Don Franco

        Dear Iska,

        Please reread your post and tell me that you’re not a Delusional Schizoid. …. any cogent response would be wasted on your person.

        • Iskacountryman

          thanks for the non cogent response…

        • Iskacountryman

          thanks for your non cogent response…

          • Intrepid

            Schizoid! Have you become Alzheimic like T.Y danjuma? I heard he is now a vegetable? I give you Daisy.

          • Iskacountryman

            what am supposed to do with daisy?

  • RumuPHC

    Dear Shaka Momodu,

    I commend you for sharing your opinion on on the IPOB saga, at last . It is very important that we lend our voices to issues capable of encouraging any form of further disruptions to law and order even as we grapple with other serious security and economic challenges including bad governance.

    Unfortunately it appears this article is coming rather late considering the fact that great harm has already been done by the activities of the IPOB group. Perhaps yours could have prevented destructions to properties , incarceration of many poor chaps and saved the lives of some supporters of the secessionist movement. In certain cases speaking up is simply not enough , it is when we speak when it matters most that we help society.

    Anyway it’s rather late than never as the popular saying goes. I assume your anger at Buhari and ruling APC prevented you from a clear and present danger to Nigeria. This is what anger does . The country is more than any individual and PMB just like GEJ will soon be done and gone but Nigeria will remain.

    Nevertheless we are glad you spoke finally on this matter and we note with joy that you reiterated the need for the country to remain united including the leadership conundrum. These have always been our position.

    I agree with your statement that ” The truth is the South East has had a succession of many bad leaders just like the rest of the country”. Perhaps it’s time to lend your pen to the quest for good leadership in Nigeria. It is solutions we need now and time seem to be running out before the ” politicians” foist another set of bad leaders on the country once more.

    The real challenge to prosperity in Nigeria is dearth of good leadership This time I hope you will speak timely and remain persistent on this very important national crisis.

    • Leo Ben

      The South East leaders double speak on Nnamdi Kanu was sad to watch as you rightly stated, they were repeating the mistakes of Northern leaders who supported Boko Haram just to get power. It’s happening in all the zones, elders in different geo political zones actively back criminal groups for political gains.

      • RumuPHC

        Purported leaders of geopolitical zones you mean and , for Selfish gains I will say.

  • M-olaniyi Odebode

    Who says that IPOB Kanu has fallen? That must be the greatest joke of the century!! Nnamdi Kanu is standing on his feet and he continues to wax stronger by the day. He will soon emerge to free his people from the zoo that is called Nigeria. He will then, within 3o months, lead them to stupendous wealth and prosperity – just as it was done by another Biafran from 1967 to 1970.

    • Intrepid

      Yariba, this piece serves a very good tonic to stir up your black African heart of darkness. Don’t get intoxicated.

      Remember, when you hold a man down, you remain down with him.

      Is your country better of pre 1967?
      Education, security, power, you name it. Everthing down, down ………

      • M-olaniyi Odebode

        Yes, thanks, the man with the mind of light, for your response. In 1967, I was grown up; I was not a kid. So, I know the situation that existed in Nigeria then. Rather than use an unwarranted vitriolitic term to describe me, it would have been decent and intelligent to point out the flaws, false claims, etc. in my post. Perhaps, there was no hole to pick. Regards.

        • “Korede

          You should have ignored him. Many of them know next to nothing other than Kanu’s agenda.

          • Intrepid

            MR know know all! What attracts you to Kanu, that you must comment on him?

          • “Korede

            You can as well gag me.

          • Obi Ike Sorres

            He was making a mockery of the whole thing. This is your second time of writing and supporting stupid post. Read well

          • “Korede

            What is stupid about the post? This is why other Nigerians are not taking you guys serious.

          • M-olaniyi Odebode

            Thank you, my Brother, for your excellent advice. I will definitely follow it in my future engagements. God bless you real good.

        • Intrepid

          You think you are responding to a Todler who didn’t know anything about the war. You enjoy making a mockery about other peoples’ calamity, but when you get back your response in kind, you resort to being saints that hurts no one.

    • Uche

      Typical Yoruba response: pedestrian and wishy-washy. Contented with crumps rather than standing resolute and courageous on their publicly-avowed principle.

      Your kinsmen were shouting for resource control and fiscal federalism for almost 2 decades in the aftermath of June 12 annulment. Having won power, they sacrificed their core principle for pot of porridge. It is no longer restructuring but economic diversification. People seek power to destroy the status quo. Your people seek power to sustain the status quo which has truncated Nigeria’s Destiny.

      Vice Presidency, Ministers of Information and Power, political appointments. Is this the rationale behind your alliance with the born-to-rule North? What a study in power visionlessness

      • Obi Ike Sorres

        And subjected as a slave and you wonder where all the education and sophistication have gone to?

      • M-olaniyi Odebode

        Clap for yourself three times. The Igbo did not collaborate with the Hausa-Fulani in ruling Nigeria from 1960 to 1966, from 1979 to 1983, and during Yar’Adua -Jonathan ‘s. administration. No, never! The Igbo did not cooperate with the northerners in jailing Awolowo on the trumped up charges of treasonable felony. No, never! The Igbo vehemently and steadfastly protested the 1993 annulment of the result freest and fairest presidential election ever held in Nigeria and which was won by a Yoruba man. Yes, they did with all their might and resolve. These examples show that Igbo always stand up for the truth; they are principled and they have a lot of vision. Please clap for yourself once again.

    • Chuma Anierobi

      What do you know about Biafra? We finished with the battle which wanted to make Nigeria an Islamic state. Nigerians must appreciate the sacrifice Easterners made to this effect. The British and their cohorts like Gowon and co failed to get what they wanted. Kanu knows nothing about the crisis.

      • M-olaniyi Odebode

        Since I am a simpleton, I know absolutely nothing about Biafra. Thank you so much for educating me.