“The Voice Of The People Is The Voice Of God”

Barrister Austin Okeke Writes From South Africa.

NNAMDI KANU has been sighted twice in Jerusalem within a period of 7 days, and these sightings have really confounded lots of people. His friends and foes alike.

I have read several comments and reactions from people since his sudden reappearance. Like a bolt out of the blue, it seemed to everyone.

Let me tell you a story.

JEHOVAH, GOD ALMIGHTY, in His Infinite Wisdom uses the foolish to confound the wise.

JOSEPH in the book of Genesis was haunted and hounded by his own flesh and blood; his brothers. They eventually sold him as a slave because he shared his dream with his family.

“The dream doesn’t lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work and determination “

We humans don’t get it. Do we?

The same Joseph was severally tempted by the wife of the Pharaoh, all in an attempt to truncate his divine destiny.

In the end, God prevailed.

Joseph would later proceed to rule in the land of Egypt against all odds.

God had confounded the foolish brothers in order to achieve His plan for Joseph. Joseph’s dream eventually came true.

Similarly, Nnamdi Kanu was betrayed by the Igbo political leaders and the leaders of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, these are his brothers. He also has survived their onslaught.

MOSES was petrified at the sight of the burning tree. God spoke to him and declared His nature to Moses, this was where God said to him to go tell the Pharaoh at the time that “I am that I am” had sent him.

In truth and honesty, being human that he was and forgotten altogether that the same God who had created him, is the same God he had confessed to when he said that “I am not an eloquent speaker “ I stutter and stammer.

Shame, poor man, he is only being truthful. God, however, assured him that He would teach him what to say. And the rest was history.

When the mighty Pharaoh commanded that all the Hebrew boy child should be slaughtered, little did he know that the midwives were one up on him; God was ahead of him and was in action.

The midwives found Moses Inside the basket floating aimlessly on the bank of the stream, so they had thought.

They took the baby Moses to the same palace of the Pharaoh, nursed him and he became one of the sons of Pharaoh’s daughter.

With the power at his command, one would have expected that just one word from the Pharaoh, and it would be done.

God was definitely on the side of Moses, for he was taken into the royal household, to be fed and raised by the same Pharaoh. All Pharaoh’s plan to eradicate the Hebrew boy was thwarted in his own household. How foolish.

The Red Sea gave way for Moses to cross over, whereas Pharaoh perished in the same Red Sea.

God shall always turn the tables of evil against evil.

JEREMIAH the Prophet similarly declared his shortcomings in eloquence and boldness before God.

But in Jeremiah 1:5, 6, and 9; God assured and said to him “I knew you before you were born and I designed you for My purposes“

Jeremiah answered, “Sovereign Lord, I don’t know how to speak; I am too young “

“The Lord stretched out His hand, touched his lips“

I have heard people say, that Nnamdi Kanu’s first broadcast was this and that.

Some commentators on my Facebook wall told me to advise him to go get a speechwriter.

Others were happy to hear from him after all.

Moses and Jeremiah didn’t start well from the beginning, they stuttered and faltered and staggered their way through their divine assignments. But at the end, emerged successfully.

Nnamdi Kanu is, what you see is what you get, he cannot be you or my favorite Bill Clinton in oratory. He is just fine and will come right with time.

Guide, not guile is what he requires right now.

In this respect, I shall quote the President of the ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION “the ADF” Professor Uzodinma Nwala.

“There are three psychological elements that drive a people’s struggle for freedom.

These are, emotion, reason, and experience. They must be combined in the mind and activities of those who rise to lead a people. They must also try and help the people move with them guided by rational emotion and experience.

Emotion is the most dangerous and riotous element if it flies alone without reason and experience. It is equally very limited if it is guided by reason without the benefit of experience.

When we refer to the role of elders in a people’s struggle, it is only two elements- reason and experience we are referring to. However, when we refer to the role of a statesman in a people’s struggle, we are referring to those elders in whom the three elements are combined- emotion, reason, and experience.

No matter how much logical mind, as well as experience an elder has, if he is not emotionally committed (that is passionately committed like Nelson Mandela) to the cause of his people, his role may be limited and may at times be suspect.

The Self Determination struggle must be guided by deep but sincere and courageous emotional commitment to its realization, driven by the unbounded energy of the mass of the people, rational understanding of what we are fighting for, with experience drawn from both the history of our struggle and lessons from other lands.

It must be guided by dedicated statesmen, who combine these three elements- emotional/passionate commitment, rational understanding of what we are fighting for and why we are fighting for it, and above all, how to get our destination. That is the destination we are fighting for”

By the way, the Alaigbo Development Foundation “the ADF” is a profound Pan-Igbo organization led by renowned Professors and Professionals of Igbo extraction.

ADF is working and aims to work more with Governments, be it National, Zonal, States, Local and Community, other pan Igbo organizations and individuals in Igbo land and Igbo Diaspora.

To help to build and develop Igbo land in various areas of endeavor, including but not limited to, commercial and industrialization of Igbo land. It believes in the freedom of the Igbo people and their neighbors.

It has branches all over Nigeria, West Africa, and abroad such the USA, Europe, South America, and in Southern Africa.

ADF is known and has been seen to be playing the role of a “statesman” in the struggle of the Igbo people.

Back to Nnamdi Kanu.

A very good friend in London called and ask me, “what do you think about Nnamdi Kanu?”

What I think about him is that he is the face of the struggle, just like the late Nelson Mandela was for South Africa.

Nnamdi Kanu is the mouthpiece of the millions of Nigerians from across the regions of Nigeria, who witness varied degrees of abuses, barbaric murderers, looting and plundering of their treasury, government-backed policies of deprivation and impoverishment of its people, and illegal land grab by foreigners aided by the army and law enforcement agencies.

These elements are now strategically positioned in Nigeria, right in the midst of the Indigenous People of Nigeria, poised to cause mayhem and wreak havoc by the slightest chance available to them.

Nnamdi Kanu, like Mandela, may not have started the struggle, but no one yet speaks louder than he does with such passion.

Nelson Mandela didn’t start the struggle in South Africa. He joined at a later stage.

Nnamdi Kanu is not ethnocentric unlike most non-Igbo people of Nigeria think of him. He is simply poking the other tribes to stand up and join the struggle alongside him.

He has proven this point in his first broadcast after his recent reappearance when he mentioned names of his friends and role models who are not of the Igbo extraction.

I pause to add, that even in his brief absence or interlude, no one was able to fill his shoes, no one ever tried to continue from where he had temporarily left the baton.

The baton was left on the same spot he had dropped it, gathering dust.

Just try picking the baton before you go speak ill of him.

Where are those who think they have been to Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge universities? Why are they not out there talking in their refined and the so-called better oratory than Nnamdi Kanu’s?

Why haven’t they picked the baton in Nnamdi Kanu’s absence?

They have suddenly become better persons and sound in oratory only when Nnamdi Kanu has resurfaced.

Nnamdi Kanu is a man who has given up his life for a struggle, not just for his selfish end but for every well-meaning Nigerian. And indeed humanity.

What we witness in Nigeria every day is evil; it is “man inhumanity to man”

All we need do, to put a stop to the everyday atrocities, is to join our voices in condemnation of the atrocities and not Nnamdi Kanu.

We must bandage the knife, not the wound.

Nnamdi Kanu is only reacting to injuries inflicted not only on him but on all Nigerians.

Thank goodness, all the leaders of the various nationalities and tribes in the geographical area currently known as Nigeria, now quote Nnamdi Kanu in their speeches each time they want to justify their agitations for a restructured Nigeria or advance reasons for Self Determination.

Kindly tell me if this is not “Vox Populi Vox Dei”

I thank you.

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