RE: HIS BOND, THEIR BONDAGE: THE DEMYSTIFICATION AND DECANONIZATION OF NNAMDI KANU.  ARE THERE ANY POSITIVE DIMENSIONS TO NK’S BAIL? ~ By Chris Maduka.

I’ve been mostly absent from the discourse on this platform for mostly benign reasons. Just took a little break to get some things in place.

But honestly, this posting from our respectable Odenigbo elder, Chief KIK is one of the most carefully crafted uncharitable submission on Nnamdi Kanu and what he represents or anybody by the way. As much as one might be tempted to remain ambivalent in this type of issue, the submission is too weighty that keeping quiet simply gives the impression of tacit approval or endorsement, which is far from being the case because our Elder may have spoken strictly for himself.

Could this be a brilliant attempt by old waning order which KIK represents to discredit the new order which NK represents? What’s the motive or what is that submission desired to accomplish? Because the comparison to Nelson Mandela is very selective and out of order. KIK perhaps deliberately or by omission failed to realize or mention that at the seminal stages of Mandela’s Long walk to Freedom that he too was once in exile in Nigeria, when the Great Zik had him staying with Our elder statesman Chief Mbazulike Amaechi here in Nigeria. Does that in anyway amount to selling out the cause? Did that in anyway impact the struggle and resistance negatively in anyway? Our erudite Elder started his submission with supposition and assumptions and later couched it as the true scenario that has already played out, but has it?

Nelson Mandela in his time equally faced these types of situation if not worse.He was once called a terrorist but years later an opinion poll in Europe put Mandela above Jesus Christ to my greatest surprise.
NK is not perfect, but he has demonstrated an unusual courage and defied certain deep seated assumption and stereotype that we the Igbos easily capitulate when offered the right price.

For the first time in recent memories a youngman stood his ground and say kill me if you want , but I stand up for what I believe in. The least we could do is to at least acknowledge this unusual act of bravery that has now even emboldened others. Same Nelson Mandela once said that; if we liberate ourselves from fear our presence will help to liberate others. This is even while we disagree with some of his idiosyncrasies. Why our elder completely failed to see the other positive implications in his bond and release is beyond me. NK was granted impossible bail condition that was met in a record time albeit by the tribe that has been castigated as not being United and hating each other. How come he didn’t see the Jewish dimension as a plus instead of minus? Would we not rather be friends with Isreal as the Judge has by her action reaffirmed that link of the Igbos to the state of Isreal. By the entire South East and beyond being privy to his bail condition, NK has been upheld as a preeminent citizen of Alaigbo and a potential leader in every sense of it.

The submission was closed with the notion that he may be waiting for a flawless perfect man and perhaps a utopian situation for the struggle to be legitimate. But the perfect one came in the person of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, yet, he was not spared.

Serioulsy issues like these have in recent times led some of us to take a critical look at the class of KIK with a deep sense of reservation. Even though some may undoubtedly boast of very impressive academic qualifications, some of us are beginning to wonder if those qualifications are anchored on a well developed conscience, because there’s a difference you know..

Indeed, each generation is a product of their time. They are faced with their own challenges of which they must prove triumphant or perish and it is no different today in Alaigbo. But the problem is that the previous generation it apoeared are no different from their Bosses all resident outside Igboland and mostly from the military establishment that have demonstrated deep contempt for the Igbos.

The emergence of NK is fast translating into some others nursing the fear of becoming redundant and irrelevant. But that is not the case and should not be the case. We need the wisdom and the guidance of the elders , at the same time it is a monumental mistake for anyone to dismiss the maverick and courageous stance of the newer generation as represented by NK.
Some have outrightly and in the most condescending manner dismissed the agitations as demonstrations are carried out around the world to draw attention and awareness to the suffering of the Igbos and the manifest injustices we are subjected to, without proffering any form of alternative solution other than cynical resignation and inspiring fear in others.

So, am not surprised at this careful attempt to dismantle and demystify NK. But the attempt to demystify the youngman is invariably an admission of his greatness,
and the truth and reality is that if there should be any serious negotiation about Igbo/Nigerian question today as it is, NK will take a seat before most of those ridiculing him.

That’s the issue and that’s the motive.
Ndewo noo.

Chris O. Maduka

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