The Nsukka born movie star, barrister Kenneth Okonkwo, popularly known as Andy Okeke, is a well-known actor. We all remember when he joined politics and wanted to run for the governorship seat of Enugwu state. He took on IPOB and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, launching tirades here and there, and even referring to mother Biafra as dead. Barrister Okonkwo did not stop there, he tried to exonerate Fulani herdsmen from the incessant killings going on in lower Benue and many other parts of Biafra land, arguing that the real culprits came from Libya – a similar line spun by late President Muhammadu Buhari.
It will be interesting to note that prior to his political aspiration, barrister Kenneth Okonkwo never uttered any word against Biafra nor did he offer any defense on behalf of the murderous Fulani herders. It thus becomes obvious that his reason for discrediting Biafra, disparaging IPOB and defending the blood-sucking demons in the guise of herders is simply to endear himself to the caliphate so that he could be crowned the next governor of Enugwu state.
Our dear barrister was late however. Governor Ugwuanyi has sealed the deal earlier when he brought the Sultan of Sokoto to Nsukka, shutting down the entire city in the Jihadist’s honour. It did not matter to the governor that it was the Sultan’s foot soldiers that mascaraed over two hundred and fifty villagers at Nimbo, plunging the entire Nsukka land into agony and panic. His political interest weighs more than the people’s feelings, and so he had brought the Islamic irredentist to the sorrowful land of Nsukka to consolidate his political grip, adding insult to the injury by forcing all activities to a stop in honour of the visiting Islamist.
Recall that after the Nimbo mayhem, the governor had appeared, shed crocodile tears, declared two days fasting and prayers, and then jetted off to Abuja to laugh and drink tea with the president. Even as the chief security officer of the state, he couldn’t do more than declare fasting and prayers. Yes he couldn’t lift a finger because he truly has no power of his own; his allegiance being to the caliphate, and his actions teleguided. It was inconceivable to touch the herders. His best bet was what he did – fly to Abuja to crawl on the floor, reminding the caliphate his allegiance is still with them.
When Orji Uzor Kalu was caught in EFFC net, he offered to help stall the agitation for Biafra in exchange for being let off the hook. A deal was struck and straight away he went to Kuje Prison to persuade the Supreme Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra to drop the agitation. He met a brick wall, and as pressure piled on him, he began to express his dislike to the Biafra idea, telling the press that Igbos prefer presidency to Biafra. It did not matter to him that Biafra is not Igbo affair, and that while Igbo is Biafra, Biafra is not exclusively Igbo.
We all remember how, after the military invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s house, Orji Uzor Kalu came out in a TV program to claim that he has an intelligent report that Nnamdi Kanu has escaped to London using Malaysian route. At the said time, Kanu was incommunicado as a result of injuries sustained during the invasion and the world was beginning to ask question. Orji Uzor Kanu never condemned the killing of armless Biafra protesters nor the invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s house, but was quick to run to the press to lie about Kanu’s whereabouts.
Now, having pleased the caliphate enough to ward off the EFCC, Orji Kalu decided to push his luck further by running for the senate. The political geometry was a simple one: promise the caliphate he will employ his power and influence as a senator to antagonize IPOB. His earlier antipathy against Biafra now speaking for him, the caliphate closed the deal and a senatorial ticket was given. The cyberspace is awash with pictorial evidences of Orji Uzor Kalu visiting the caliphate for political clearance.
In 2017 Anambara state election, the former aviation minister, Osita Chidoka, desired the seat of Anambara state governor. Understanding that the political coordinates of the East are designed in the North, Chidoka journeyed to the northern hemisphere to pledge allegiance. Conditions were given and upon return, Chidoka, who was earlier perceived as pro Biafra, lost his fiber and capitulated.
Governor Willie Obiano came to power under APGA – a supposedly Igbo party. But realizing he could, through the Hausa/Fulani controlled Judiciary, be ejected any time just as Ngige was, Obiano ran to North to pledge allegiance to the caliphate. Coming from an Igbo party, he needed to do more than a mere pledge to be taken serious. And so, he gave the murderous Nigerian military and police a free hand to kill as many IPOB members as they would please. This did not only ensure a full term spell, it as well opened the door for further negotiations. He returned to the North, and his antecedent now speaking in his favour, a deal was sealed for a second term. Upon return to office, he offered land to Myetti Allah and directed his government, through the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, to rally against IPOB’s call for sit-at-home in honour of Fallen Biafran heroes.
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, against the people’s yearning, refused to ban the murderous Fulani herdsmen operation in the state, but was quick to pronounce IPOB proscribed. Tutored by the man who handed power over to him, Martin Elechi, Umahi has continually done the caliphate’s bidding to stay in office. He was reported to have promised the caliphate that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will never bring the message of Biafra restoration to his state, and attempted to enforce that with military and police cordons. Well, Kanu broke the military barriers and moved into Ebonyi.
While we will not waste time on Rochas Okorocha who, findings indicate, was actually fathered by an Hausa man, it will be interesting to look at his son in-law, Uche Nwoso, who he unsuccessfully tried to enthrone. As the crisis between Rochas and the national chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshomole, deepened, and Uche was forced to seek ticket in another party, the odds against him becoming clearer, Uche wrote a letter of allegiance to the caliphate. In the leaked letter, the intending governor promised the caliphate to, among other things, end the agitation for Biafra.
The scenarios presented above offer great insight to the real reason behind the opposition to IPOB’s sit-at-home call. Contrary to the economic plight and constitutional rights those antagonizing the 30th May sit-at-home call try to wave at our face, the real reason behind their disruptive engagements is their allegiance to the caliphate. The Nigerian political landscape is drawn by the caliphate, and so Igbo political players would do anything to curry political favour from them.
The renewed agitation for Biafra spearheaded by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a serious threat to the caliphate. A well-heeded sit-at-home call as has been recorded in recent years demonstrates oneness, and oneness is on its own a big threat to the occupational forces. The caliphate doesn’t want it, and so they threaten Igbo political office holders and aspirants with ejection if they don’t stop the program. The non-thinking slavish Igbo politicians then find pretexts to thwart the scheme. But will the interest of a few self-seeking political players override the collective will of the people? 30th May will tell.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media