If I Were Nnamdi Kanu

If I Were Nnamdi Kanu

By Olaide Lukman Olaoluwa

If I were Nnamdi Kanu, I would start the Biafran agitation from home by questioning the South-East governors before engaging the federal government. I would seek why the South East is the least in terms of Internally Generated Revenue asides North-East.  The Eastern leaders need to show political accountability before tossing the marginalisation speech to the federal government.

If I were Nnamdi Kanu,i would ask important questions from Law makers like Senator Ike Ekweremadu if they were satisfied with the Eastern status-quo, I would put to them if they have been listening to cries back home, how Ekweremadu being the Chairman of constitutional amendment has not seen the need to lobby for referendum in the constitution which will pave the way for smooth secession.

If I were Nnamdi Kanu, rather than label some part of Nigeria as our enemy, I would seek for unity and political integration as politics is a game of numbers. I would not need to call the president names as it is in the public record that he twice had an Igbo man as his running mate. Hence, I would shake hands across the Niger, entertain opinion from home and abroad because we need all the support we can get.

If I were Nnamdi Kanu, our secessionist movement would not be that of an uncouth public display rather it would be a movement of apt intelligence with well-to-do individuals from all walks of life as Biafra should be an ideology instead of a regional thing. I would borrow ideas how NADECO actualised having a Yoruba man as a consolation for the withheld people’s mandate of MKO Abiola. How they pressurised the government and powers that be without taking up arms.

If I were Nnamdi Kanu, I would utilise the call for restructuring by campaigning for a true federal or regional structure with the East depending on itself than on the centre. As this will not only create more jobs and improve the human capacity as a whole, it will also help harness our current resources lying idle.

If I were Nnamdi Kanu, I would stop the feet kissing display and inflammatory statements. I would adopt some methods from great men like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi and so on. This would change my already in-doubt public perception.

If I were Nnamdi Kanu … fortunately, I am not Nnamdi Kanu. I am another Nigerian whose opinion will be deemed irrelevant depending on the side of the divide the reader belongs.

Olaide Lukman Olaoluwa writes from Ibafo, Ogun State. He can be reached via olaideolaoluwa@gmail.com or  08138346531


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