There’s none higher geared up to guide Nigeria than Peter Obi, argues Okechukwu Udeagwu

One singular summation one may make from on-line and private interactions with contacts on the wave and rave of Peter Gregory Obi’s presidential election candidacy is“envy,” to name a spade a spade.

Even when cornered on his oozing competence and capability over and above his rivals the resonating retort turns into he can’t win election on social media. As if anybody ever does! Subsequent is the accusation, “his brothers” (learn: the Igbo or as they are saying Igbos) are making him unacceptable to different ethnic teams.

Sarcastically, the erstwhile chorus has all the time been Igbos don’t love or help themselves, they’re by no means united, as fallacious as these decidedly are! Two Yorubas, Olu Falae and Olusegun Obasanjo vied in opposition to one another in 1999 as two Fulanis, Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar sparred in 2019. Their ethnic unity was by no means contested. 

However, maybe, there’s some reality in these accusation of disunity among the many Igbo. An Orji Uzor Kalu or Ike Ekweremadu or Rochas Okorocha, certainly, any one of many common politicians of Igbo extraction wouldn’t, in actual fact, by no means get such help from the Igbo. Figuring out the Igbo, they might not solely secretly sneer however publicly excoriate them. The common politicians of Igbo extraction who’re scoffing at PGO are performing out their envy even when couched as ‘political actuality’ as they unashamedly declare. Truth.

So what’s it about Peter Gregory Obi that stands him out? A vulcaniser in Abakiliki or Argungu or Abak or Abeokuta or Abraka would merely summarise it as his humility, simplicity and patriotism – no want mentioning competence and capability. Peter Gregory Obi personae and philosophy have demystified management whilst a flash phenomenon – at no matter ranges, company or state, personal or public sector.

Now, for the umpteenth time I’d rehash – Nigeria’s flawed management choice course of would want to self-destruct to enthrone a PGO to the Presidency. This makes it the extra a Herculean activity for him and promoters.

Maybe it is because of these information that the disinherited younger and not-so younger Nigerians are routing for him. Would their social media solidarity translate to electoral fortunes? Time, certainly, February 2023 would inform. However, the opposite institution candidates, the outdated guards which have saved Nigeria and her folks down in addition to their associates, supporters and errand women and men who choose the crumbs are fuming on the effrontery and temerity. They scoff at him for daring and sneer at what they name his on-line help that’s simply mere noise. And as standard, they put his kinsmen and ladies on guilt journey – the preponderance of their help makes him Igbo than Nigerian president in a bid to de-market his candidacy and railroad his electability.

Sarcastically, if rival candidates have such followership as PGO, these similar ‘educated politicians and supporters’ would announce the consequence earlier than the ballot. And their crookedness (learn: good understanding of the system) and their deep pockets (with stolen cash) are what stands them in good stead. Even the educated and not-so educated share in similar mentality, similar ‘imaginative and prescient’.

If the teeming youth inhabitants, the younger and not-so younger wouldn’t deny themselves consolation and sacrifice their time to get their everlasting voter playing cards (PVCs) and really vote (even when for as soon as of their life for majority of them), then it’s no use elevating the hope of ‘taking again the fatherland’ from outdated guards who’ve made the nation a banana Republic, a dwelling hell. In that case, then these supporters ought to, within the phrase of the homeowners of the land, “tone it down.”

Within the Igbo world, a well-behaved little one is everybody’s little one. A plea to supporters and traducers alike could be to permit the Igbo to bask within the solar that there’s, a minimum of, one amongst them whose integrity towers above his contemporaries and certainly above their haters and oppressors.

There’s none higher certified and geared up to guide Nigeria, to attract Nigeria from the precipice at this level in historical past than PGO. Due to this fact, if he fails (or ‘rigged out’) in February 2023 it could not be due to lack of attempting; it could be as a result of the oppressed love their oppressors. The Stockholm syndrome!

Udeagwu writes from Abuja


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