The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has lambasted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, over comments he made following the tragic death of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, in the hands of suspected herdsmen. Kanu accused Yoruba leaders such as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of being sell-outs.
- “I must remind you today that your Fulani masters will never do for you what you are slavishly doing for them. You know in your heart of hearts that murderous Fulani herdsmen are culpable in the brutal murder of a Yoruba daughter and that Igbos had no hand in the Ore Highway Massacre.”
Kanu made other ethnically charged comments which we are not highlighting in this story but you can read here.
What really happened: While fielding questions after his condolence visit to the Chairman of Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, over his daughter’s murder, Tinubu expressly stated that he would not want to ascribe Olakunrin’s death to Fulani herdsmen.
On the one hand, Tinubu left the issue of how Olakunrin died and instead began to make reference to the Igbo ancestry of a notorious kidnapper, Evans, currently facing trial.
- “How many years ago have we faced insecurity in this country and cases of kidnapping? Is Evans who was arrested, and his disclosure, then a herdsman?”
Then after making such a divisive comment, Tinubu turned around to condemn divisive comments:
- “We must not use this incident to divide ourselves but we must use it as a cure to the security problem by providing additional police and patrol.”
As an aside, recall that during the governorship election on March 9th, Tinubu’s wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, told an Igbo voter that: “You Igbos, we don’t trust you anymore.”
What this means: While Nnamdi Kanu may be making a strong case about some of the biases of the APC National Leader against Igbos, he is the worst messenger for that message, considering that he is one of the loudest demagogues in Nigeria’s recent history. The content of his Tinubu criticism is a good case in point.
Also, in a comment on February 3, 2019, Kanu said:
- “It is no secret that Jubril, a.k.a. Buhari is the arrowhead of the unfolding grand design of the Fulani to dominate the whole of the Sahel region…Ironically segments of the Yoruba media is once again shamefully acquiescing in this situation…Fulani are being allowed to get away with these excesses because they have managed to subdue all Nigerians but not we Biafrans.”
Bottomline: Until the FG finds long-lasting solution to the kidnappings and attacks by suspected herdsmen, the politicisation and ethnicisation of the problem will continue. And the situation is bound to worsen when respected politicians like Tinubu continue to sound more and more like Kanu.