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The Compromised Nigerian Media And Its Absurdity Against The IPOB Suspended Sit-At-Home Protest

 The Compromised Nigerian Media And Its Absurdity Against The IPOB Suspended Sit-At-Home Protest The sit-at-home suspension has revealed a p...

 The Compromised Nigerian Media And Its Absurdity Against The IPOB Suspended Sit-At-Home Protest

The sit-at-home suspension has revealed a paradoxical love for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Directorate of State (DOS). Those who agree to abide by the suspension believe it is a direct order from Mazi Nnamdi Kanu himself while those that disagree, believe they are acting in Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s best interests. Either way, both sides are acting out of sheer love for him and IPOB leadership. Following the successful August 9th Sit-at-home, myriads of discussions on how to secure the unconditional release of the IPOB leader from illegal detention, occupied the minds and lips of members of the Directorate of State (DOS). Of course, disagreements could trail the logical outcome of such talks. However, the Nigerian print and electronic media, have mischievously reported this development as confusion within the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). And it might be plausible to assume that journalistic ethics are being replaced with professional dishonesty. Under Buhari’s repressive regime (whose vast network of secret police ruthlessly exercise naked power over life and death), all the journalists have lost courage for telling the truth.  

The fact of the matter is that the entire Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), trust the Directorate of State (DOS) wholeheartedly. Any member who chooses to ignore the suspension of the Sit-at-home, is far from being skeptical of the IPOB leadership. Instead, such persons are inadvertently, sending a definitive signal rather, that they do not trust the Buhari’s regime. And why would they repose any trust in a rogue regime such as Buhari’s, that kidnapped their leader from a foreign country and forcefully renditioned him to Nigeria where he is still illegally being detained? 

The seeming disagreements within the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over the Sit-at-home suspension, only point to the fact that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu himself, has not raised zombielike followers. That is why he always urged his followers to reason and ask critical questions. Although, he encourages unity consistently, he never discourages healthy disagreements. Even if the strategies may be multiple, the ultimate goal remains one which is the unfettered restoration of Biafra. Since the first effective Sit-at-home was abruptly suspended, the conclusion to draw here, is that the IPOB leader also critically disagrees with the Directorate of State (DOS), sometimes on issues which is human. 

Absence of disagreements within IPOB could be fatal too. This lesson ought to be learned from why the highly regarded American Intelligence Community, failed woefully to predict and as well, prevent the terrorist attacks on America on 11th September, 2001. The failure, experts explained, was caused by GROUPTHINK. Social psychologists conclude that groupthink is an obstacle to success. This is a phenomenon that occurs when a group of individuals reaches a consensus without critical reasoning or evaluation of the consequences or alternatives. It is simply based on a common desire not to upset the balance of a group of people. This is a veritable recipe for disaster, as no one may see the need to challenge the overall view, even if such views are flawed. 

Although Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the DOS and the majority of South-Easterners are evidently a cohort of agitators for Biafra, the Nigerian media is vainly attempting to champion a negative narrative against the suspension of the Sit-at-home protest. However, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had foretold that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), have crossed the Rubicon. And rightly so, today, these people are already a self-reinforcing and self-adjusting mass movement hell-bent on restoring Biafra. It remains a robust, vast and concrete pyramid surmounted by Mazi Namdi Kanu whose millions of diehard followers are eagerly awaiting the next instruction from the Directorate of State (DOS).

Written by G.E. Anukwe

Edited by Anne Okon

For Family Writers Press International

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