A TALE OF TWO CASES ( Between Madiba and Kanu)

A TALE OF TWO CASES ( Between Madiba and Kanu)

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It has been my unflinching opinion that Nnamdi Kanu’s job was paradoxically being done by the federal government. The FG, albeit unwittingly, galvanized and supported the separatist movement more than the separatists themselves.
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This began when Kanu willingly delivered himself for arrest. It got intense as his detention prolonged. He became the symbol of a repressed movement for freedom and self-determination. It got more intense when he was first granted bail . The FG unwisely demurred, electing not to respect the order of a competent court. Kanu was rearrested and unfairly exposed to a second jeopardy. Buhari himself went on air and derided his bail as preposterous. That was an egregious and nettling display of impunity that angered many.
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To add fuel to the fire, those who staged a peaceful protest to demand that the court order be obeyed were answered with live bullets and others imprisoned en masse.
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Those unwise strides by the FG did more for the movement than a thousand boycotts and marches and strikes. They automatically forged the image a freedom warrior combating gigantic forces of oppression and needing the empathy of the humane and civilized world. The intimidating crowed of men and women and children that were out to register their solidarity with his course passed a strong message across. It became plain that something formidable was in the offing.
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Again his detention made it possible for another dangerous rat to escape. The FG betrayed its phobia for the young man. His followers came to the bolstering knowledge that his impact was being enormously dreaded. They came to see him as the man who has what it demands to untie the Gordian knot and split the red sea asunder.
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Igbo intellectuals and leaders of thought had watched the drama with sleepy aloofness. Many did not wish to take a leap into the swing of a movement they still regarded suspiciously. But watching their own being unlawfully goaled by an iron tyrant, a sentiment resembling patriotism was bestirred. The time for consuming the tranquilizing drug of non committal passed.
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People of substance and influence began to visit him in prison Charles Soludo crowned him a prisoner of conscience . Others saluted his courage and openly decried the lawless leaning of the FG. Our political leaders were the next to follow cue. South Eastern governors held a closet talk with Buhari on his account. The opposition party cashed in on his illegal detention to profitably rouse the rabble. Those produced a groundswell of discontent and constructive restiveness . This climaxed a fever pitch as Kanu awaited trial in detention. The FG continued to cut its nose to spite its face — to separate a country it had vowed loudly to keep together.
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But Kanu is not a convinced man. He is not a fit horse in this vigorous race for freedom. This explains why he accepted and even fulfilled some of the conditions that collectively amounted to a total abdication of the struggle. He accepted not to be seen in a gathering of more than ten. He consented not to hold rallies and gave up his passports. He acquiesced to these crippling conditions and abandoned his comrades to waste away in jail. That was unmanly and dishonourable; a deathstroke on a movement that luxuriately flourished in his absence.
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Kanu is not sick. He may have suffered from a psychological condition called homesickness but physiologically speaking he wasn’t unwell. I don’t know if you watched a video made as he walked out of prison. He had visible vim and vigor. He was strutting with the agility of a sprinter. Illness was a technical lie invented by his lawyers to ground his liberty. We are talking about Kanu who at the height of the homesickness that plagued his days in Kuji prison offered to apologize to Buhari, telling those who bothered to listen that he only spoke with his cheek in his tongue.
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Compare this to what Nelson Mandela did in 1985 after having spent 22years in prison. Madiba and other black nationalists were offered freedom by Pieter W. Botha on the conditions that they renounce violence as a means of fighting apartheid and agree to obey the country’s internal laws. Great Madiba was shrewd enough to reject the Greek gift knowing that his continuous detention rapidly destroyed apartheid while his release upon compromising conditions would be a deathstroke. He went on to spend another 5 years in terrible servitude. Was Madiba healthy throughout the 27 years he spent in prison? No, he was intermittently attacked by bouts of illnesses.
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Now a sick Kanu is visiting and consulting with politicians! The same lukewarm and traitorous politicians of the Zoo Republic? The same politicians on whom the blackest adjectives were plentifully poured? Remember that he is yet to visit the families of the innocents who died agitating for his release. This is heartless and insensitive and betraying.
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This is a juxtaposition of two cases. In Madiba’s case I saw a firm and unwavering agitator willing to yield up his life. In Kanu’s case I see a scammer with filled pockets gleefully leaving all perils and drooling only at the benefits.

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