Don’t be Deceived, Nnamdi Kanu Only Cares About Himself
By Mayor Ikoroha
Nnamdi Kanu does not care about Buhari. If he does he wouldn’t be calling Buhari unprintable names. Or claim that the president died in London and was replaced by a certain Jubrin from Sudan.
Kanu does not care about Atiku. If he does he wouldn’t be encouraging his followers to boycott the presidential elections, which will rob Atiku of crucial votes in the South East. Or claim that Atiku actually came from Cameroon.
Kanu does not care about Ohaneze Ndigbo. If he does he wouldn’t use every opportunity to calumniate elders who are striving to protect the interests of the Igbos in Nigeria. He rather sees them opponents who must be undermined because they pose a threat to his supposed suzerainty.
Kanu does not care about those that stuck out their neck for him. He has jumped bail and now luxuriates in the coziness of family and friends in London, leaving Senator Abaribe and others who stood surety for him to their perilous fates.
Kanu does not even care about his parents. Since his reappearance after a one year hiatus, he has refused to highlight the fate of his parents, probably because it would puncture his vainglorious assumptions to heroism. So his parents remain a king and queen far away from their kingdom, a mere footnote to a child’s virulent selfishness.
Kanu does not really care about IPOB members. That was why in the broadcast after his reappearance, he did not recognise those of them who paid the supreme price for buying into his ambitious Biafran project. Even when he effusively mourned the demise of his beloved dog, Jack.
Kanu does not really care about Biafra. He romanticizes Biafra to excite and motivate his followers. But he refuses to tell them the obstacles, the pitfalls, the improbabilities. He screams referendum at will. Without showing any practicable and viable means of achieving that.
Kanu does not really care about Ndigbo. He knows that majority of Igbos are in support of the Atiku/Obi candidacy. But he calls for election boycott to reduce their chances of victory, which will bring more pain and misery to Ndigbo. The same people he claims to lead.
Kanu’s game plan is simple. If the cosmopolitan Atiku wins and with Peter Obi, an Igboman, a heartbeat from becoming Nigeria’s president, a lot of Ndigbo will rekindle their faith in Nigeria. The Biafran agitation would die down. IPOB membership would naturally shrink, donations would dry up and people would no longer look forward to Kanu’s broadcasts. Nnamdi Kanu will become less relevant and maybe inconsequential in the scheme of things.
But if the much hated and despised Buhari wins reelection, the disenchantment and disillusionment of Ndigbo towards the Nigerian project will increase. More people will join or sympathize with IPOB and a lot of people will be eager to listen to Kanu’s incendiary but ultimately empty rhetoric.
Nnamdi Kanu had an opportunity to choose between what will benefit the generality of Ndigbo and what will benefit just himself. He chose that which will benefit him alone. Not surprising because Kanu has never really cared about anybody or anything other than himself.