A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Femi Fani-Kayode has backed former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd), who said that effecting Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest was both “dangerous and politically unwise”.
Tthe former Kaduna administrator had said and that the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) was not a common criminal.
Fani-Kayode, who took to his Twitter account on Wednesday posted that: “If only more people saw things the way Umar did nobody would question the unity of Nigeria.”He is a good man.
Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar had said: “Nigeria’s unity can only be guaranteed when all its citizens feel they are getting a fair deal; when all its component parts are treated justly and equitably.When none feels oppressed.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Adeyanju and other similar agitators might seem like felons or even anarchists. But as often happens over humanity’s turbulent history, appearances can be deceitful.
One man’s terrorist could well be another man’s freedom fighter. In any event, despite what the security agencies might feel, there is nothing to fear from Mazi Kanu. He and his compatriots are people who love their country dearly and are willing to take a risk with their lives while blowing a whistle on some of our bad habits.
It will be a tragic mistake to treat them as common criminals. It is evident that they are fighting a cause millions consider entirely legitimate.
Until our democracy learns to accommodate dissent, vigorous, robust, even if inconvenient, it will be incapable of serving our common good.