IPOB Is Playing A High-Risk Zero-Reward Game, But Who Will Tell Them?

When IPOB mandated that there would be a sit-at-home every Monday until their leader Nnamdi Kanu is released from detention, I saw blood. I knew it wouldn’t be as peaceful as the ones held every May 30th. After the events of yesterday, burning a passenger alive, wasting the lives of this duo, etc., I hate myself a little for foreseeing this.

The May 30th sit-at-home is for a higher cause, reflecting on the lives lost during the civil war and mourning them. This Monday sit-at-home is about one man, no matter how symbolic he can be, he is one man. Nnamdi Kanu is not the only IPOB member in prison. There are hundreds of them in prison.

The fact that it is okay for IPOB to ignore all their incarcerated colleagues and fight, maim, kill, and die for one man doesn’t sound like a group trying to create an equal society. We are all equal but Nnamdi Kanu is more equal than the others in prison and he is more important than the people who would die, they seem to be saying.

But it is their right. They can say and do whatever they like, but I have a problem with forcing people to follow your ideology.

Pictures, they say don’t lie but the images of the compliance of the sit-at-home order do not tell the whole story. A lot of people are afraid of being violated by IPOB members and a lot more do not want to be caught in the middle of the fight between security operatives and IPOB.

The way yesterday’s sit-at-home unfolded is a pointer to my point.

On Sunday, a news item emerged that IPOB has called off the sit-at-home until further notice. I thought reason has ruled and even Ohanaeze lauded them for this. Then IPOB’s Emma Powerful denied the report and affirmed that the exercise must go on and threatened violators. It is the arrogance for me. And the irony.

Let me spell it out.

You do not fight for freedom because you hate injustice and then deny people the just right to be free.

You do not complain of exclusion of Ndigbo then exclude millions of Ndigbos from deciding whether or not they want to earn a living every Monday.

You do not lock down the South East and wound or kill people breaking the order hundreds of miles from Abuja in order to impress a man in Abuja so as to release your man held in Abuja. If the whole of South East burns do you think that Buhari will lose sleep? So why are you undertaking an experiment with people’s freedom, livelihood, and lives?

Why don’t you take the battle to Buhari’s backyard in Abuja?

When we did EndSARS, we took the battle to Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, government houses, parliaments, police units, etc. (Then Lekki Massacre happened and hoodlums took over). And no one was forced to be on board.

When El Zakzaky was imprisoned in Abuja, his followers went to the capital to protest. I don’t think they would have found a lot of sympathy disrupting movements and business in Zaria and Kaduna.

When Trump’s supporters felt (erroneously) that the election was stolen, they marched to Washington where the results were being certified. They didn’t hold people in Texas, Florida, Alabama, and other Trump stronghold ransom.

So why is IPOB not marching to Abuja? Why does it seem like they are willing to throw innocent Igbo people under the Free Nnamdi’ Kanu’s bus?

It is a dangerous business and the reward is so low, non-existent even. It is not just a high-risk low-result approach, it is a high-risk no-result approach. The only result that IPOB can get from their Monday-Monday ritual is sentimental and symbolic.

They won’t get a practical release of Nnamdi Kanu. Not while Buhari, or Jibrin as they tag him, is still in power. And most of them know this. So why are they hell-bent on disrupting schools, markets, and business and making the South East a four-day-a-week economy?

I know a lot of shops that didn’t open today and students that stayed at home Tuesday because of what happened Monday. We may end up working only two to three days every week in the East. Do IPOB members understand this? Do they care?

I have no clue.

Perhaps they just want to be seen to be doing something. Perhaps, they just want to constantly be in the news, no matter how ill-advised their action. Perhaps it is the wish of Nnamdi Kanu who is in prison and may not understand or/and does not care about the repercussions of such action.

The fact that many people are afraid to speak out against this wrong move is a testament to the kind of nation IPOB is trying to be. I don’t think there would be freedom of expression under whatever government they would end up forming. I don’t think there would be a free press and an entertaining ear for contrary opinions.

Sabo, they would call you as you may be calling me now. You know, it is easy to dismiss someone as a saboteur, a betrayer when you have no reasonable response to their charge.

What I am saying is that shutting down the South East every Monday is too much of a loss and too much of a risk. I need someone to write back and explain how shutting down this region would help get Nnamdi Kanu out. I am waiting. I fear I may wait in vain.

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years before South Africa defeated the Apartheid system. Nnamdi Kanu has not stayed 27 weeks behind bars and he is willing to watch the East burn. IPOB are better off working to build their allies’ base and they can’t expand their friends’ network by sending thugs into the streets and roads of South Eastern towns and cities to harass, humiliate, rob, and possibly lynch fellow Igbo men and women.

In chess, when you overextend your pieces, it would be hard to defend them. IPOB is overextending their sympathy and goodwill and testing the people’s patience/tolerance.

The order to sit-at-home every Monday, plus the killings that follow it, is too dangerous and I struggle to see a practical reward at the end of this thoughtless tactic. I usually sign off my writings with “it’s well”. Today, I am not sure.

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This post was first published yesterday on Anaedoonline.ng, South East biggest blog as Sit-At-Home: IPOB Is Playing A High-Risk Little-Reward Game, But Who Will Tell Them?

Family, Love, Marriage and Other Ramblings

I am traveling home for Easter. I need to see my mom and father and kin and kith. I had planned to go during Mothering Sunday but I was going to take a girl out-to watch Rangers versus Enyimba. You didn’t go to see your mother because of a girl? Wow, terrible! Yes, carry a gun and shoot me. I called my mother and explained that I was tied up and wouldn’t make it. She was fine with it and said till Easter. So you can cry more than the celebrant, from now to August Meeting, if you like, it doesn’t move me. Your eyes, your tears. Is it not my mother who has been making noises about marriage—well, I was taking my future iyawo out.

Future Iyawo indeed. The girl is beautiful, soft-spoken, smart and a terrific cook. But she doesn’t entirely trust me, she kept saying that a part of her felt I would end up hurting her. I can never hurt a fly, I would say and you are my dove. If I can’t hurt a fly why should I hurt a full dove?

So it came to pass on a certain day, I appeared on bae’s door unannounced.

“Who is at the door?” she said in response to my knock.

“Your landlord,” I replied.

“Go away landlord, I don’t owe you.”

Hehehe. I opened the curtain. She was seated in the middle of the room. There was a yellow chap seated on the chair behind her. I lost one “he” in my “hehehe”.

“But you didn’t say you will come now,” my sweetheart told me. What a way to welcome your man after a hard day in the office.


“I was passing by and decided to drop in.”

“Should I bring a chair for you?”

Outside? Ahh! “Not necessary,” I said.

Awkward silence.

“How was work?” she asked.


Another silence. Awkward.

I went home, walking like a deflated tyre that the owner forced on the road. She didn’t even see me off. I don’t blame her. The fire in my eyes would light an oven. I was the one who was going to hurt her, remember? She must have watched so many Who Wants to be Millionaire episodes? Fastest fingers first.

Bae has been calling since then but chere, kam je village first. The yellow guy could be her cousin, her pastor or “just a friend”. Perhaps. For now, I am occupied. I don’t like the way my supervisor at work looks at me and I can’t remember my aunt’s blouse size. When I returned to Enugu I would have her time. I could go to her house with my sword, and shout Yellow, Yellow, like Brad Pitt called Hector out. When he comes out, I would say now you know who you are fighting.

I am going home. If my people know how I feel now they would suspend all silly talks about marriage till farther notice. What is a marriage? But look at this thing o. Like play, like joke, I would go and marry and become a responsible father for the rest of my life. One last excitement, please. I would turn my hair to dreadlocks, pierce my ear and draw a tattoo on my shoulder then I would wear a sleeveless shirt and fubu three-quarters and go and sit down in bush bar, order point and kill and hum at the beats.

Talking about marriage, Linda Ikeji is engaged and I am not the man. No, I am not crying; it is onions that entered my eyes. It doesn’t yet sound real to me. Before I know it, I would just go and fall in the lagoon. Better watch me. But there is no lagoon in this city, you will say. There will be o. The rate at which I am crying, I would cry her a lagoon and drown in it. It is not like I am crying over spilled Linda, it is the onions. I work in an onion juice factory. I am happy for Linda.

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And the guy who stole Linda from me is somehow yellow (I am not sure about his yellowness but I already have one experience with a yellow guy, I now see yellow guys everywhere, even in my dream); that’s two yellow guys in one week. I am not doing again. I am going home to mama. To a place where no yellow man can reach.

My little brother is not coming home this Easter. They would make me kill the chicken. The last time I killed a chicken was in 2012. I was holidaying in Lagos, in my sister’s place. So the chicken was to be killed. I haven’t killed no chicken for a while, so I just went behind the house and cut the nigger’s throat. I went back to the sitting room where the Super Eagles were playing Liberia (I believe we won 6-1). While on this, my sister’s first or second son came to the room and said, “Uncle, the okuko have wake up.”

What! I ran out. Yes, the okuko has resurrected. It stood with bloodied throat watching me, daring me. I rushed to it and removed the head and took the head to the sitting room.

Sigh. I would be killing another okuko. The thing I do for family. I believe I would use a machete. One blow and the bitch will lose her head. A headless fowl cannot resurrect. Call me Jon Snow.

Easter is coming. It is coming sooner this year, why not? Now that APC has joined the Pharisees and the Sadducees in the negotiating with Judas Iscariot to betray the Lord Jesus Christ. At last, APC can count this as their achievement. Early in the week, someone, on Twitter, challenged Nigerians to name one project Buhari and APC initiated and completed in their three years in power. She was offering 20K for the answer. As of Wednesday, the amount has risen to 150k, no answer. You could have mentioned this Easter just that APC didn’t initiate it. It is there forefather Herod who began the whole denouement.

I need to go home. In fact, I need to start building my own house. When I get home, I would ask my father to give me a land where I can build. If I do nothing in the land, I would clear it, get a lorry of sand on it and have an engineer come check it out. Then I would run back to Enugu and tell everyone that I am building a house in the village. No one would know that I have only succeeded in denying a yellow man from growing cocoyam in the land.


I have to go now. I need to go and rest poor head. Too much things have happened to me in one week. The other day, on Facebook, someone sent me a message saying they have the power to give me lucky charm, promotion, money etc. On the head of the list was “make your ex come back to you”. Hehehe. Like this. X.

But come to think of it, they say Linda Ikeji’s fiancé was her ex-boyfriend. What an ex! A good ex. What really make a good ex? A good boyfriend goes on to make a good ex or a bad bae turns out a good ex? Which is it?

Me, all my exes belie definition. Recently, one called me to ask if I had bought a car. A cheap shot. The other time, I told one on her birthday that I would surprise her. I didn’t get her anything. That should surprise her. She surprised me first. Shebi na me and Nigerian girls, just leave us alone. The person who throws the other down, let them take their glory to the market square.

In another news, Lagos State was shut down yesterday because the president was coming to commission a bus stop. A bus stop! A holiday for a bus-stop. I am laughing. It is not funny. I am laughing my cry. A cryter. Well, let this not be the memory you of Holy Thursday. Let me tell you a story about Holy Thursday. You know Holy Thursday is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper; Catholics take this a step further by having a leg-washing session.

So after playing football that year, we were ten or twelve, still dripping sweat, we went to the Cathedral to have our legs washed. Personally, I wanted only the bishop to touch my bony legs. A stout steward drove us away at the door. Just look at him. If it were in the Bible, someone would have said, “Let the dirty urchins come unto the Lord.” To say the truth, our legs were stinking dirty. I think even Jesus wouldn’t want to touch our legs without hand gloves.

Mehn, let me go and have a head-cut. Honestly, I am not happy with my barber. He is no longer the wise barber I used to call personal barber to the White House. But in defence of Tunde, I am angry with many people nowadays. I am angry with my landlord. My rent is due in weeks and the closer my rent, the angrier I get with my landlord. And I have resolved not to pay him the rent once. I will drag the rent and pay him in three installments. It is not as if I do not have the money. Although, I am building a house in the village but that is not the reason. My landlord is a wicked man. That is why.

Let me give you an instance. You will come home tired. You will drag your carcass to the bathroom and turn on the shower. And the shower isn’t running; urhahhh! You will call the landlord and he will tell you that one tall boy on the third floor brought a girl home so he decided to switch off the showers in order to reduce their enjoyment. “This place is not a whore house.”

What a terrisome person.

You know that the MMM founder nigger died on Monday. A few months ago I wrote a story “When the devil says yes”. Now, he is gone to be with the devil his ancestors. Call me prophet. Nigerians began to make it look like the guy stole their money. He didn’t biko. When you went to the bank it was Aliyu or Abulu or Ufuma that you paid, not the Nigger of Russia. Keep believing he took your money if that makes you happy and pretend his death has healed you.

Let me come and be going. This Easter is blessed. May the chicken submit their throats unto thee. If not, just remove the head, put it in your purse and go away. Let the fowl resurrect headless.

In case you have time in your hand, read my Easter Rice brouhaha story from 2014. It will crack you up real hard. One of the most read posts on my blog. You may also read my New Year resolutions. It is a shame that this great blog has been reduced to a monthly affair. It is well, at least I am still coming here from time to time to kill you, and when I do I give my all. Nearly 2000 words and I am going away only because my Uber driver is waiting. Haters will say it is Ubachukwu the keke rider. Pay them no heed. My Uber driver. I am outta here. Have a great Easter everyone.

Minus yellow men.