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Saturday 15 October 2022

Nigeria and the Politics of Blackmail; the Mbaka Example

By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie | Biafra Times

October 15th, 2022.

For a very long time now, the Nigerian government has been fighting tooth and neck to extinguish Biafra agitation. One would think that, as one of the countries that mouth Human Rights, this fight is legally, civilly and diplomatically orchestrated. But hell, no, it is everything but civil, legal and diplomatic. Armaments and troops are mobilized in a war fashion against civilians armed with nothing but flags and T-shirts.

For agitating for freedom, people are gunned down as though they were guinea fowls. Folks are abducted in their homes and either illegally detained or summarily dealt with. Nevertheless, the people's desire for freedom seems unwavering as the more they are massacred the more poised they become.

Having failed even in unbridled violence, blackmail became their most potent weapon. Not only do state players commit murder unprovoked, they will do so and try to pin it on IPOB members. They do this just to de-market the outfit and the struggle it champions. A state that indiscriminately kills its own citizens to discredit a freedom quest is beyond verbal description.

In recent time we have seen Nigerian elements up their game of blackmail against the IPOB. Despite the group crying loud that they are innocent, armless and harmless, the conspiratorial media indulges the government.

But Nigerian government isn't the only quarter involved in the game of blackmail. The wider society is. As we all know, the government is a mirror of the society, for leaders don't fall from the sky. Nor do the media arm.

The latest victim of their mischief is the fiery priest, Reverend Father Ejike Camilus Mbaka, the spiritual director of Adoration Ministries, Enugwu. In the past the eccentric priest had gravitated towards Buhari and APC led government, but he seems to have retraced his steps recently. And while he isn't for the APC anymore, he however doesn't seem to think much of Obi and his Obi-dient movement.

Father Mbaka had made comments that weren't the nicest with regards to Peter Obi's political aspirations, and the Catholic Church, absolving self of partisan politics had, as a deterrent, issued a punitive measure to him.

The priest had recoiled to his shell, serving his punishment faithfully. But the mischief makers wouldn't let him. They have to spice it up with blackmail. They concocted a very careless and insensitive statement, credited to him and have it circulated both in the mainstream media and social media.

Reading the circulating fabrication, it's obvious that those behind it intended to draw sympathy for Obi. While it's politically wise to draw sympathy for a candidate, it's evil to achieve that with blackmail.

It does seem once Nigerians disagree with you on a particular issue, they go overboard. Blackmail and forgery are just tools to them. It's one thing to disagree with someone; it's another thing to blackmail him. I for one have disagreed with Mbaka in the past; I have disagreed with some other men of God. In fact, I have disagreed with Christianity and still do. Nothing is wrong with differing in opinion, but everything becomes wrong when you dive into blackmail.

Mbaka is suffering a tiny portion of what Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB have been suffering for long. Well, he has come forward to issue a disclaimer. He has, in a video message, denied making such nasty statement being credited to him. It's sad how evil Nigerians can be.

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Edited By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie

Publisher: Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu

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