The Nation columnist Sam Omatseye on Tuesday alleged he has been inundated with death threats by supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, over his article published on Monday.
Mr Omatseye, in his article titled ‘Obi-tuary’, claimed that while Obi has dissociated himself from the Biafran agenda and the Indigenous People of Biafra, the former Anambra State governor is riding on the Biafran agenda to push himself as a southern candidate.
“The Obi followers accept Biafra but reject Nigeria. They abandon the mystic of the cause, Nnamdi Kanu, and have followed Obi, its inauthentic saint. It is the pragmatism of the cause. Kanu is the unarmed prophet, sulking behind bars. Obi is out in the open, a bird in hand. Machiavelli warned against the unarmed prophet, who fights without power. Elijah was armed against his foes. So was Jesus until he was crucified. They see Obi as armed with electoral quest. It is their own version of the Trojan War. Obi is the Greek Gift that they will ride in the battle for conquest,” the poet wrote.
Omatseye added, “Obi has turned out to be an excuse for even closet Biafrans to betray open emotions about Biafra without being accused of it. This includes intellectuals who did not show mercy to him while he reigned in Anambra as a pharisaic chief executive. It is like wearing a colour beneath another colour. Obi has become a shelter for both miscreants and activists of the crowd.”
He concluded thus, “This is not the time to properly interrogate in details the false intimations of Obi’s agenda and hypocrisies. But it is safe to say one thing. Before he peters out and hurtles towards an electoral Obi-tuary, the country knows the content of the crowd and its origin.”
The journalist came under heavy criticism on social media, where Obi enjoys large following, for his article.
In a tweet, however, Omatseye asked Obi to call his supporters to order.
“Mr. Peter Obi, call your supporters to order. They are calling and issuing death threats. If anything happens to me, you will be held responsible!!!!” he wrote.