Femi Fani-Kayode: My encounter with Nnamdi Kanu (2)
The fire of revolution and the yearning for fundamental and equitable change burns in his blood and resides in his bones.
He has spoken up for, defended and fought for the preservation and dignity of his people just as those other three leaders did in the past at different times in our history.
He also serves as a rallying point for Igbo nationalism, the fight for self-determination of the people of the east and the establishment of the sovereign state of Biafra.
His love, remarkable courage and sheer passion for his people and their cause is boundless and unfathomable.
The Igbo is blessed to have him as one of the most respected and reverred leaders in our entire history as a nation.
They would do well to appreciate him more, pray for him, stand up for him, line up behind him and insist that the government honors the numerous court orders that have granted him bail and release him from prison.
Why? Because he bleeds and suffers for their collective cause and he is sacrificing all to remove their shame and lift their pain.
What a man he is. What a mighty spirit. What a beautiful soul. What a braveheart.
Permit me to conclude this contribution with the following observations.
All over the world today the concept of political correctness has been discredited and rejected. Consequently right-wing nationalist and ultra-nationalist groups and political parties are rising up and regaining credibility and power.
In the United Kingdom we have the Nick Farage’s of this world and his UKIP whose magnificent efforts resulted in Brexit. In France we have the Marie Le Pen’s and her National Front. In Hungary we have the Viktor Orban’s and his Fidesz party.
In the United States of America we have the Donald Trump’s and his new and redefined Republican party.
We also have plain-speaking and honest men like Michael Flynn, who has just been appointed as Trump’s National Security Advisor.
Political parties with a similar ideology and that are led by equally strong-willed, focused and charissmatic figures are also making great waves and slowly gaining more power and relevance in Italy, Germany, Austria, Holland, Greece, Belgium, Hungary, Russia, the Phillipines, Israel and indeed all over the world.
Thankfully Nigeria has not been left out. We have men like Nnamdi Kanu in the east, Ganiyu Adams in the west, Asari Dokubo in the Niger Delta and others from elsewhere who believe passionately in the restructuring of the Federation, the redefinition of the Nigerian state, the right of self-determination for their respective people and the expression of power, pride, self-respect and dignity for their various ethnic nationalities.
Freedom beckons whilst the wind of change is blowing across the world and no-one can stop it.
I thank God for that and I also thank Him for the millions of men of courage, strength and vision that have joined the fray.
Whatever happens in Nigeria and whatever may come our way, one thing remains clear: an idea whose time has come cannot be successfully resisted. Today may belong to our oppressors but tomorrow belongs to us.
At the appointed time we shall rise up to where we belong as a people and we shall free ourselves from the demonic shackles and satanic chains that have have been placed upon us by our collective tormentors.
And when that time comes we shall stand shoulder to shoulder with men like Nnamdi Kanu and face down our collective enemies.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob shall rise to our defence and the Lord of Hosts, the Ancient of Days, the God of the Armies of Israel and He who holds the universe together by the power of His word shall lift us up to where we belong.