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Reno Omokri, Time to Free Peter Obi

By Idegu Shadrach

I could recall how you extensively supported His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the last presidential election with solid facts. However, four of the leading candidates of the last presidential election – their Excellencies: Atiku Abubakar of PDP, Bola Tinubu of APC, Peter Obi of LP and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of NNPP are well-known politicians.

Atiku Abubakar, your preferred candidate is a national leader. Bola Tinubu, who is now a national leader, was then, a regional leader whereas Peter Obi and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso remained state leaders until the 2023 presidential election.

The aftermaths of the last presidential election, have set President Tinubu, Mr Peter Obi and Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso into national leaders. This is Nigeria. All our past leaders and incumbent leaders have stains on their public images due to wrong decisions taken while serving.

I do read you as I always do read a few Nigerian intellectuals in my leisure time. I have counted you worth reading following your well-structured lines with facts. To this effect, I have written to you on a request to make possible contributions where necessary as our dear Nigeria is still bleeding.

However, as I pen this short note, I haven’t received a response from your end. Pressing further, lately, I become uncomfortable with some of your opinions on the state of Nigeria and, on some of your attacks on, Mr Peter Gregory Obi. Though, your points are meaningful but I fear if the validity appropriates current situations in Nigeria.

Even as you stay far away in the United States, the heat in Nigeria is everywhere, which I thought you might feel it as others do. Having seen how you are a role model to some Nigerian youths, it is somehow fearful for the maintenance as recently, you have solely focused on attacking youths with their smallest approach to celebrate their anointed candidate, in the person of Mr Peter Obi, and on their attempts to criticise President Bola Tinubu administration.

To me, I don’t think our current Nigeria need your brain for that. Intellectuals are creatives. Therefore, we need your innovative ideas to set Nigeria’s standard in this trying time. There is nothing bad about constructive criticism. You have been proffering solutions to Nigeria’s problems. Why can’t you stop attacking Peter Obi who is now trading harder for his 2027 presidential fate? Is it not better you lead reconciliatory moves between Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi in the 2027 presidential election than putting efforts to de-market him? Presently, from the look of things, plenty of Nigerian youths have chosen Peter Obi. It is now better you intelligently push for collaboration between Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi than all these attacks.

Yes. I do like your preferred candidate, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for his intelligent and mature display of political involvement. I can’t say, why would he continue to press for the position, and would not like to sponsor a young vibrant and visionary for the position. This is because there are some ideologies best handled by originators. Hence, I never condemned or recommended anyone of them during the election, because, none of them has scored the needed political measures.

Intellectual Reno, it would be of great benefit for Nigerians if your preferred candidate for the last general election adopts the character of visiting or sending individuals to condole and support displaced and extremely poor Nigerians as Peter Obi has adopted after the presidential election.

Hence, if you want to govern citizens, it is time you go around to see their problems in order to offer solutions to citizens visited. It shouldn’t be when election is at hand that we begin to see citizens we want to govern. If you love Nigeria, come over so we move many things together, or while staying over there, there are a lot of things to do together from afar that can help. This is what you and Atiku Abubakar must plan to do now. However, I do know that Atiku Abubakar and you (Reno Omokri) have been doing many things secretly and openly to help our dear Nigeria. So, both of you must keep doing that until you see the Nigeria you ever anticipated.

One of the reasons I would love you to stop attacking Peter Obi and to lead a reconciliatory move to align him with Atiku Abubakar is for a fact that, in a journey to liberate citizens, the fighters must not have in-house problems.

On this, you could remember how His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki led groups or movements that overthrew your mentor, His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to bring Former president Muhammad Buhari. After the election, neither you nor your mentor attacked them. Even after Muhammadu Buhari squarely dealt with the then, Senate President, Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki during the tenure, I couldn’t recall if Sen. Saraki attacked Muhammad Buhari.

Even President Tinubu has refused to attack his political son, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who contested the presidential primary election with him, after the election. However, between them, whether it was to perfect political propaganda at the time or not, I don’t care. I think, it is understood that everything happens for a reason.

Seriously, since you and your boss left office, Nigeria hasn’t seen better days. So, I am of the opinion that you should discontinue attacking Peter Obi and, join forces with well-meaning Nigerians to fight for good governance as Nigeria is tremendously suffocating because of the underperformance of President Tinubu’s administration.


Mr Reno, again; I love the way you openly supported and campaigned for His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar with facts is good, and the way Aisha Yesufu rigorously campaigned for His Excellency, Mr Peter Gregory Obi in the last presidential election. I can see that Aisha Yesufu’s support for her preferred candidate hasn’t ceased.

However, after the election, I have seen that you concentrate more on defending President Tinubu’s anomalies using mechanisms of comparative templates of other nations that do not have similar or interrelated histories and resources like ours. What has happened? Frantically, it is inappropriate to see an intellectual like you spending quality time on your friend’s woes – that Nigerians are not paying attention to.

In the same vein, I think, the helpful and meaningful national tour of His Excellency, Mr Peter Gregory Obi is selling him for the 2027 general election, and your continuous attack on him, which plenty Nigerians don’t react to and which most Nigerian youths have earmarked as your hatred for him, would continue to market him. That is not necessary at the moment. Nigeria needs your brain for national growth and development – your merit is tremendously acclaimed.

Till my last breath on this planet Earth, I will continue to cherish your existence for helping humanity, especially Africans with your business, religious and political ideologies. So, completing what you have started, and knowing you for them before your ripped age to transition to another sphere of life are all I do wish to see and acknowledge, the intellectual Reno Omokri.

Nigeria, at the moment, needs people behind online pushes. Hence, human rights activists, journalists, intellectuals and visionaries have a lot to offer Nigeria. Critics are more of damage at the moment. We have a lot of people you can collaborate with for better governance in Nigeria. Fact-checking past activities in reflection to present mischievous rules just to attack someone who is within his reach to make ideological and pictorial contributions to our dear Nigeria is a waste of time and talent, if not mistaken.

A pastor or anyone indulged in heavenly assignments must not mock and hate. However, due to some assignments, and a way to get some souls for the Creator, some church workers might involve divergent approaches for that; hoping that the peanut sin, as they regard would be forgiven as it is meant to win souls for God.

Intellectual Reno Omokri, you are a pastor, an activist, an author and a political actor. When these are coupled, you are an astute intellectual. One of the appreciated natures of an intellectual is neutrality. Neutrality helps rigidity and validity of morality. Intellectuals are not religious bigots. They trade on truths as accorded by facts and realities. That’s why real intellectuals don’t mock and hate. Because they believe in nature as a reward. So, in reflection, I find it hard to understand what is encouraging your endless attacks on Peter Obi.

Plenty of Nigerians have acknowledged your recent attacks on Peter Obi as pure hatred just for contesting under the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election which he proudly became third. And, Peter Obi who won a beautiful third place in an election he hadn’t contested before, who has refused to ignore youths and Nigerians who supported him, and who gathered good advisers and unbiased intellectuals that helped in proceeding to a legal room (court), to me, should not be fully discredited this way.

Mind me, I have never supported Peter Obi’s candidacy. Generally, I didn’t support any candidate in the last presidential election. If at all I should do, I would have supported Omoyele Sowore, an activist. Because, I do believe that real activists can be political in the reflection of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and a few others. But, as an astute politician like Atiku Abubakar, Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and so many others who are even religious, I don’t believe in their capacity to change the lives of displaced and poor citizens totally and without biases as they may be full of social segregations and discriminations. Hence, they have never gone to them with a free mind and hearts of helping – as a result of honouring humanity. So, I don’t hesitate to support pure activists, journalists, intellectuals and visionaries as they put societies first.

As it may interest you, no one is perfect. That’s the simple nature of every life on this planet Earth. So, it is not too appropriate you spend your life studying and criticising who you thought to be better than you. It is highly ridiculous. My job is not to dig out or do a comparison of any kind. So, do not wake up to burn precious time in sharing the achievements of the four leading presidential candidates of last year’s election. If I want to know that, I can personally do that. Again, your vigour support for Atiku Abubakar has shown how deep-sighted and great you are.

Recommending Peter Obi as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate then, is another great thing of yours. This coupled with your intellectual and spokesmanship handles during your mentor’s administration remain huge contributions to the political history of Nigeria. This is what I want you to maintain. Subsequently, you can do more, the intellectual Reno. You can join or build a political powerhouse with some leading Nigerian well-meaning and unbiased intellectuals, human rights activists and journalists in order to make Nigeria go forward as always advocated for.

However, you are entitled to your decision to do the attacking. I am only obstructing as Nigeria is facing a lot and I would love you to be among the saving hands of our dear Nigeria. You have all it takes to join and to organise well-meaning Nigerians to do something that can curb insecurities and poverty rates in Nigeria. I have moved on the streets and I always go home troubled with what is happening in Nigeria.

Following the negative effects of poverty in Nigeria at the moment, the rate at which some of our youths who haven’t discovered themselves and don’t believe in themselves have embraced online crimes to get feeding, and some of the housewives who are not patient and faithful are into adultery and, young ladies who are into fornication to get upkeeps is a thing to bother. If we refuse to do something, the intellectual ones among them would plan to take Nigeria unaware in the shortest time.

It is a popular notion that “whatever is worth doing is what doing well”. In my 29-year journey of life, I have seen within the space, how some individuals have achieved whatever they desire, some haven’t achieved but there are promising contents around, and some don’t even show any of these. Yet, no one must give up. Only when an individual becomes lifeless, can possibly determine the ends of the person’s desires.

As widely alleged, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate you supported during the last general election is among the category of individuals whose desires are still waiting for completion despite longstanding and great achievements recorded before now. And, only God can stop him.

The simple illustration is to make an entry fact that, whatever you have to do wouldn’t stop His Excellency, Mr Peter Gregory Obi from doing what he desires. Time wasted for attacking him may earn you money. But, no matter how much you may make, wouldn’t fill the space and vacuum created, as it may occur. Be it political as most Nigerians do to earn whatever – I don’t care to know. Rather, I am most concerned for the touch of betrayal and humiliation. However, the humiliation doesn’t count as all Nigerian politicians are not free from underperforming, and the betrayal doesn’t count as it is a forgivable and one of the cheapest parts of human character.

Productively, becoming a historian for the sake of twisted intellectualism, and for uncreative service; but, a means to discharge failures of a particular person in a world where no one is perfect is a call to concern. Henceforth, for a room that we have to whatever – it is becoming an abuse to handle it ineffectively and ineffectually. Forgive my manners, as well. I don’t live a defending life and I don’t spend time on unproductive things. I see this as relatively necessary to address as it is consuming a lot of time – you and others can use it to help Nigeria from its current dilapidated situation.

The intellectual Reno Omokri, I salute your golden age and I must learn to stop here as I look forward to seeing your favourable mannerisms.

Idegu Shadrach
Idegu Shadrach
Shadrach Idegu is a Nigerian Author, Activist and Journalist with dozens of published books across the genres of literature. His political articles have been published by foremost Nigerian newspapers and reputable international journals. His books have received global distribution with accolades. His books have emerged as bestsellings and have been translated into major languages across the globe.

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