RE: HIS BOND, THEIR BONDAGE: THE DEMYSTIFICATION AND DECANONIZATION OF NNAMDI KANU

With all due respect to the author, the above referred piece is nothing but an unreasonable and grossly unfair comparison and characterisation of Nnamdi Kanu and his struggle. Whoever wrote this piece has a deep dislike of Nnamdi Kanu as a person, his strategy and the fact that he has become the most popular and respected man among the teeming masses of Ndigbo. How can any sound mind compare the circumstances of the inprisonment of Nnamdi Kanu with that of Mandela? Did Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB undertake an armed struggle? What is the substance of the treason charges against him and his colleagues?

Rather than chastise Nnamdi Kanu, he should be commended and appreciated for putting himself in the forefront of a valid struggle and speaking bravely and vociferously to power, a feat which our so called political elite and elders, self servingly, have continually shied away from and instead had rather resorted to accepting patronage and appointments from Abuja to maintain the status quo and maintain their assumed relevance.

I have nothing but respect for a young man who at his young age, deemed it fit to take up a dangerous struggle at high personal risk agitating for what our compromised political elite and elders have been totally incapable of doing.

I suspect that the elders and the current political elite are jittery and  jealous of the fact that the hero status of Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB in Igbo land at present, has rendered them almost completely irrelevant in the scheme of things and in the minds of average Ndigbo.

The truth is that the average Igbo man on the street has more respect for Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB as a sincere defender of their rights than the governors and the political leaders of their states.

This i believe is the frustration that would evoke such an unfair and scathing characterisation and comparison as espoused in the above referred piece.

What is the problem here? Is it that Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB are not on the right track? or is the problem with the messenger? Are the Igbos not marginalised? What have the so called intellectual elite done to fight against this marginalisation? What have the political elite done so far in terms of speaking to power and agitating for our cause?

I am inclined to believe that the problem is the messenger and not the message. The above piece is an attack on the messenger and definitely not the message. The comparison with Mandela is an attempt to demystify the person of Nnamdi Kanu and what he stands for.

The circumstances are not the same and there is no basis for comparison.

By Chimazuru Oblong Nnadi

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