An Indigenous activist, author and pro Biafra writer, Ifeanyi Chijioke says, lack of understanding of cordial phrase in english language by the family of the embattled leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), prompted the unnecessary attack launched against Senator Orji Uzor Kalu by the family.
Recall that the former governor of Abia State two days ago visited Nnamdi Kanu who is currently being detained at the Department of Security Service detention facility in Abuja.
Senator Kalu after the visit in a statement said he met the leader of the separatist movement in good health and care and the both of them had a good discussion as brothers.
The Abia born businessman said he is aware that Nnamdi has “insane amount of people” rooting for him to return home but he will still encourage Kanu to consider what he described as the “consequences of certain actions and utterances for the sake of the same people”
He said even though his idealogy and that of Nnamdi Kanu might not be the same, the both of them will continue to be brothers because God has made it so
Kalu further noted that he owe Nnamdi Kanu and Nigerians good counselling and whether Kanu and his family listens to him or not, he will continue to counsel him as he has always done in the past.
But in a swift reaction, Kanu’s family took an exception to Kalu using the term ‘insane’ to dub followers of the IPOB leader, accusing him of unnecessarily publicizing his visit to their brother for political parochialism
In a statement on Wednesday issued by Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, the family expressed their anger over what they called Kalu’s “confusing, incoherent, disparaging and uncomplimentary remarks”.
The family also demanded explanations from the former governor on what he meant by the statement “insane amount of people rooting for his (Kanu’s) release”.
In the statement which was made available to newsmen, Kanu family cautioned the Senate Chief Whip against “making unguarded utterances on subjects beyond his comprehension.”
“What does Senator Orji Uzor Kalu want to achieve by those confusing and disparaging remarks?”
“Is he saying that millions of followers of Nnamdi Kanu who feel disenchanted by the protracted and provocative marginalization and injustice perpetrated against Biafrans by the Nigerian authorities are insane?
“Who is Kalu working for? Must he advertise his visit to our brother? If he thinks he has any solution to offer, can’t he work from behind the scene? Must he make a political gain of every issue?
“We are highly disappointed by his incoherent utterances. He must understand that our brother is not being persecuted because he stole, or committed any crime.
“His only crime, if at all it’s a crime, is asking for the freedom of the oppressed people of Biafra.
“Orji Uzor Kalu and his type are the reason the agitation for self-determination by our people is unending. How can he be trusted by the people?
“We have not forgotten his role in 2017 when our brother was in Kuje prison. What is his mission? Is he for or against Nnamdi Kanu?
“By his utterances, it is clear that he is no solution but part of the problems of our people. He shouldn’t forget that history will judge him for all his actions and inactions.
“In case Sen. Kalu doesn’t know, real Igbo leaders are working behind the scene to bring about a solution to the problem of our people. They don’t make noise over it,” the statement said.
Reacting to the statement made by Kanu’s family, Ifeanyi Chijioke said lack of understanding of simple english language warranted the attack on Senator Kalu.
Ifeanyi said Senator Orji Uzor Kalu used what is called hyperbole in English language and which is a figure of speech that exaggerates.
The Indigenous activist said the phrase was used in a figurative sense and Senator Kalu did not insult anyone or Kanu’s supporters
He said, “Nnamdi Kanu’s Family Attacked Orji Uzor Kalu Because Of A Simple Or Cordial Phrase They Didn’t Understand…
“Orji Uzor Said “Insane Amount Of People”
“Kanu’s Family Attacked The Man And Further Accused Him Of Calling Kanu’s Followings Insane…
“Let Me Help!
“Orji Uzor Kalu Used What Is Called Hyperbole. It’s A Figure Of Speech That Exaggerates.
“So, The Phrase Used Is A Figurative Phrase. Kalu Didn’t Insult Anyone Or Kanu’s Followings.
“The Problem Is, Nnamdi Kanu’s Family’s Understanding Of English Didn’t Reach The Level To Comprehend That Figure Of Speech Used.
“The Hyperbole Only Gave Kanu A Hype, Insane Amount Of People Means Unbelievable, Above Average, Rare Amount Of People.
“Abeg, Understanding Grammar Is Entirely Different From Education… English Na Language..
“Kanu’s Family Just Dey Insult Themselves… It’s Unfortunate, You Know, Sometimes, People Should Employ Secretaries To Help Them Interpret English.