Public letter to actor Kenneth Okonkwo

Dear Ken. I had just read from the Daily Post online Newspaper,
your response to the backlash that followed that infamous pro
Buhari speech and I became genuinely troubled in my spirit. No
offense intended, but I am sincerely worried about your cognitive
disposition at this time. Could something more damaging have
happened to your brain or did you suffer from severe shock or is it
that you unconsciously slid into a state of illusory
phantasmagoria? Like I said, offense or insult is not intended at
all. You’re my big brother, both in age and in career and I’m careful
to respect that, but I’m deeply worried.
In your response, you referred to those who are casting aspersions
on you as “ignorant”, “wicked”, etc. I guess I’m about the first
person who put out a video to correct the downright misleading
impression you gave at that event – where you inaccurately praised
your new “hero”, Muhammadu Buhari, ascribing “good
governance” to his disaster of a regime. And for the records, I’m
neither “ignorant” nor “wicked”. I guess you’d say you meant
people who were or are outrightly cursing you. Well, whoever in
particular that was meant for, we’re all in it together.
But here’s what got me worried about your response, Ken. In a bid
to further buttress your facts, you started mentioning how Boko
Haram bombed everywhere then but not anymore now. You also
mentioned how that security of lives and properties have improved
tremendously under Buhari, as opposed to the previous regime,
and so on. Everyone reading that piece will immediately conclude
something has gone fundamentally wrong with you, my brother.
And that’s why I’m not necessarily writing to attack you but to
correct yet another crazy impression and as well plead with our
people to cease fire and rather pray for you. And I mean this.
Like you, I am from Enugu State. In your own village of Nsukka,
Herdsmen repeatedly maimed and massacred innocent women,
children and men. Repeatedly! For the people of Benue and much
of the Middle Belt, it has been a tale of horror and bloodshed. A
situation so bad General Theophilus Danjuma called out a regime
he helped enthrone; So bad the middle belt of Nigeria now seeks
self determination in their recent quest for Referendum; So bad the
Benue State Governor had to decamp to PDP – Benue Youths
walked him out of the APC on account of the party’s insensitivity to
the killings on their land. International agencies and organizations
have unanimously slammed our government for its lackadaisical
attitude in handling the herdsmen killings. They wondered why a
government that was so quick to proscribe a non violent
organization like IPOB has vehemently refused to proscribe the
herdsmen. You have no thoughts on this!
Should I also ask if you haven’t been reading the news lately on
the resurgence of Boko Haram and how their unrelenting assault
on the Nigerian soldiers have gotten the Chief of Army staff so
furious and frustrated as currently published on Premium Times?
Is that the sign of defeat for Boko Haram that you were referring
to? So, as far as you’re concerned, both security and economy has
faired much better under this regime? Ken, to be honest, I actually
feel very ashamed right now, that I’m having to point these things
out to you.
The suffering of Igbos under Muhammadu Buhari’s regime has
gotten so bad that even some of his own kinsmen are genuinely
showing pity and saying sorry to us. All we have gotten out of this
regime so far has been Total Economic black out (emasculation) of
the Eastern Region – flagrantly displayed in the selective witch
hunting of notable billionaire businessmen of Igbo extraction (Ibeto,
Seahorse Oil, IFEANYI UBA, Emzor, Innoson, etc.), Zero Federal
presence in the Eastern Region, wanton loss of human lives and
capacity, intimidation, harassment, etc.
Which one of these evils done to your people are you unaware of,
Ken? Have you ever raised your voice, even if not against these
acts of wickedness, but at least in solidarity with your people? I
have, repeatedly and the records are there. Now you want to rule
over us by kissing the man who hates us so much? You don’t
sound normal, Ken. It’s either you’ve been cloned or you’ve been
thoroughly brainwashed in a real life mind control situation. And
I’m not one to hate on people for having divergent views. I’m truly
truly concerned.
You are just one man. You are not greater than your own people. I
expected a sober response to the spontaneous vituperations that
you’ve had to deal with. You should’ve seen those coming, Ken. If
I were you, even if i still wanted to be seen as defiant, I would’ve
adopted a much more conciliatory tone in my response. So, now
that you have clinched your fists and challenged much of the
wounded Igbo nation to a fight, how many more punches would
you have to throw before you realize it’s a dead end? Ife a agbaro
aka (this isn’t normal).
From now on, I will appeal to every one of us to please pray for
Ken. Cursing and casting aspersions are expected but let’s also
remember that this man, if redeemed, can also become an asset
(hopefully). We shouldn’t celebrate the loss of one another. We
should glory more in their redemption. What is happening to our
brother is not normal, whether he agrees or not. Let us all pray for
him, please. Hopefully, he will soon come back to his senses and
reunite with his family. Family is everything. May I be cursed if
ever intentionally betray the land of my birth!

3 Comments

  1. Good

  2. Hmm public kwa

  3. Ok

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