A public affairs commentator, Reno Omokri, has called out the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, accusing him of failure to call his followers, known as Obidients, to order.
Omokri said Obi’s supporters have insulted all Nigerian icons, including the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
DAILY POST reported earlier that Pastor Adeboye had on Sunday expressed optimism that the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, would fix Nigeria with the help of God.
Adeboye, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Pastor Dele Balogun, spoke at the monthly Thanksgiving service at the RCCG Headquarters in Ebute-Metta.
But, Obi’s supporters felt offended by the statement credited to Adeboye, calling him names on various social media platforms.
It could be recalled that Adeboye was dragged by Obi followers in the build-up to the election when they accused him of refusing to declare open support for the former Anambra Governor.
Many of them were of the belief that the Christian leader might be surreptitiously supporting Tinubu’s Muslim-Muslim ticket because the incoming First Lady is a pastor in his church.
In a post on his social media handles on Tuesday, Omokri said Obi’s supporters insulted Adeboye; the Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
“In Christianity, the most respected Nigerian is Pastor Adeboye. You may not like that it is a fact, but it is true. So respected is he that he was called ‘Daddy Adeboye’ by a British Prime Minister (David Cameron). In Islam, the most revered living Nigerian is Sarkin Musulumi, His Eminence, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto. So revered is he that Nigerian Presidents even bow to him.
“In academics, the most respected Nigerian national is Professor Wole Soyinka. The first Black African to have won a Nobel Prize in an academic category. So honoured is he that a former US President (Jimmy Carter) personally took his Green Card to him without him even applying for one.
“Each of these three national icons has been insulted publicly and carelessly by Obidients,” Omokri stated.
He expressed sadness that Obi was afraid to publicly call his supporters to order, saying he preferred meeting the insulted leaders privately to say one thing indoors and another thing outside.
“Sadly, their leader is afraid of publicly calling them to order. And instead prefers to go privately to see people they insult to say one thing in private and then another in public.”
Omokri recalled his written exchanges with Peter Obi, saying the LP man “told me that the people insulting me were not Obidients but All Progressives Congress supporters pretending to be Obidients. How he felt I would be foolish enough to believe that beats my imagination.”
He lamented that the Obidients have forgotten history and are “making offensive images, songs, skits, and remarks against Pastor Adeboye, who has millions of loyal followers in Nigeria.”