Days after his supporters and some members of the secessionist and violent IPOB group threatened to burn the New Afrika Shrine, presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi paid a visit to Femi Kuti, son of legendary afrobeat singer Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Femi came under attack from ‘Obidients’ over his refusal to identify with the movement and expression of doubt about the true intentions of candidate Obi who, in his view, has been frolicking with the same ‘old politicians’ his movement purports to depose.
He bemoaned a harassment campaign targeted at him by Obidients and described menacing threats of personal harm and vandalism of the New Afrika Shrine, the historic music and entertainment center.
Peter Obi’s visit is widely perceived as a ‘damage control’ move following the unanimous condemnation that trailed the harassment of the Kutis. Since then, the former governor of Anambra has been accused of ‘raising terrorists’ while more citizens have questioned his reluctance to dissociate his campaign from IPOB, the proscribed group terrorizing swathe parts of the Eastern region.