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ATIKU: NNAMDI KANU DESERVES SOME CREDIT

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For 35 years,
Anthony Enahoro, Afenifere, Ben Nwabueze, OPC, ọhaneze, MEND,
MASSOB, Awolowo, and other reputable Nigerians tried and
begged for restructuring, the north rebuffed them. No body even
took them serious. Nobody listened. Then a little known rabble-
rouser ran a pirate radio station from his matchbox room in
Peckham. In three years he made the hitherto unfashionable and
impossible thing central to our national politics. Elrufai was in
London yesterday talking restructuring. They fought in Ondo in a
meeting on restructuring, there is a Yoruba declaration. Northern
elders are shifting ground while pretending to grandstand. You
don’t have to agree with his style, I also don’t, but you must be
one pretentious clown if you don’t acknowledge that Nnamdi Kanu,
loathe or love him, has achieved what all those people and
organizations have been fighting for over 35 years without
success. He did it in three years. The mass movement he inspired
became a huge threat to the establishment. They had to take him
out. Sadly, ethnic bịas and hate from those who accuse him
(rightly too) won’t let folks see or acknowledge what this man has
done. The fire he lit up will definitely lead to something tangible
happening this time. People aren’t ready to take no and platitudes
for answers again. This much you can concede to kanu without
letting the hate you often accuse of him of get the better of you.
Dead or alive, the little rabble-rouser from Afara-ukwu Umuahia
has secured his place in history. In the final analysis, immortality
isn’t how long you live. It is how long your name is remembered,
and for good or bad, Kanu will be remembered for ages as the man
that took aim at the very heart of the Nigerian political
establishment and they rolled in the tanks to quell him. That is
something you must concede. When history is made, the
protagonists rarely know the consequences of the chain of events
they unleashed. But posterity will always remember. Kanu has
been many things to many people- uncouth, brash, hateful,
obsessed, a charlatan, a clown, a messiah, a saviour, a fraud, etc.
We can’t seem to agree. We must agree though that he has also
been an agent of change. Should the current fever on restructuring
succeed, kanu should take credit for birthing it.

2 Comments

  1. Ok

  2. hmm

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