Nnamdi Kanu: The Cowardly Masquerade That Could Not Dance With A Python

By Ikenga Chronicles September 18, 2017

Nnamdi Kanu: The Cowardly Masquerade That Could Not Dance With A Python

— Chinonso Nnabuike

‘How are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the Streets of Ashkelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, and lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exalt.” – 2 Samuel 1:20

The above quote illustrates the pitiable state of the psychologically traumatized founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who cowardly refused to dance with the python but rather disappeared into thin air after Operation Python Dance invaded his residence at Umuahia.

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Nnamdi Kanu sheepishly refused to dance when the music changed to a war song, despite the fact that he repeatedly boasted that he would lay down his life for the struggle. Maybe he was basking in the euphoria of the maxim ” , he that fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.

As at the time of writing this article, the security agencies have started combing the South East in search of him. IPOB has been declared a terrorist Organization and proscribed.

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I thought Nnamdi Kanu said; ” Give Me Biafra Or Give Me death”? When he was confronted with death, the young man abandoned his followers and ran for his safety.

I expected him to dare the python, collect the army’s bullet on his bare chest and die as a hero.

Remember, he had said ”Give me Biafra Or Give Me death.”  Suddenly, it appeared President Muhammadu Buhari would rather give him death instead of Biafra, and instead of taking the death option, the “fearless” leader of IPOB fled!

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Nnamdi Kanu had thrown caution to the wind by launching a rag tag Biafra Secret Service (BSS), thereby threatening the corporate existence of the Nigerian state. But at last this army of BSS could not stand the firing power of the Nigerian army. His army was picked apart like chickens, beaten right, left and centre and forced to drink stagnant dirty water. You need to watch the video clip.

Aside from that, Buhari’s advisers got it wrong with this purported “Operation Python Dance II.” You do not need to waste your bullets and millions of naira on innocent youths trying to get some attention. Nnamdi Kanu was seeking for attention, he has eventually gotten it.

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Buhari could have focused on Boko Haram, the very group that is threatening the downfall of the corporate existence of Nigeria.

My dear friend, Charles Odimgbe had said recently: “If Kanu violated the terms of his bail, pick him up and lock him up, and then, let the legal processes take their course. Looking the other way for fear of offending the Igbo only served to make the situation worse.”

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But wait a minute! Why the code name “Operation Python Dance”? Is the python known to dance at all? Can Buhari muster the presidential power to launch Operation Python Dance in the creeks of Niger Delta? Could the militants have surrendered sheepishly like IPOB? This is a topic for another day.

However, when the military announced the Operation Python Dance, it claimed it was worried by the persistent spate of kidnapping, robberies and allied crimes in the South East. But at a closer look, Operation Python Dance was a mere façade. Its major target was Kanu.

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Nnamdi Kanu should know that since Buhari’s inauguration he had lived up to the volatile comment he made during his maiden travel to the United States of America.When asked if he Buhari would run an inclusive government, he had replied that since the Igbo nation gave him a paucity of votes, it could not expect to reap equal benefits with other ehtnicities which gave him 97% votes.

Having said that, Nnamdi Kanu hit his feet against the stone by seeking to excise his Igbo nation out of Nigeria. Nnamdi Kanu could have clamored for restructuring or mobilize the Igbo, appeal to the Yorubas to vote out Buhari in 2019.

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As I watched trucks roll through the southeast loaded with all these vehicles and tankers what went through my mind was, “My God, are those trucks being used to transport our military gear to a war zone?”

Then my thoughts shifted and I wondered if all these armored vehicles were meant for Kanu and his rag tag militia– militia whose members on social media looked like what they needed most was some good home meal! This is overkill! What a waste of millions of naira to accomplish something the police could have handled in no time. Ah, my brothers, Nigeria don jaga-jaga!

Give Me Biafra Or Give Me Death–Nnamdi Kanu

Don’t get me wrong, Nnamdi Kalu or any group has every right to agitate for self actualization. Unfortunately, Nnamdi Kalu is not pursuing his agenda in a proper and legal manner. There is a process to it. One cannot get up one day and start a separatist movement without a legitimate plan and due process.

Be that as it may, one had expected that Mr. Kanu would have at least stood his ground and faced the army as a brave leader, instead of running away with his tail in between his legs!

  • Nnabuike, who is the publisher of  Ikenga Chronicles writes from Dallas, Texas, USA.