Flagbearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has been accused of possible cultism ties over a curious handshake he struck with Igbo rapper Phyno at a DC restaurant in the United States of America.
The former Anambra governor who is yet to deny rumored alliance with IPOB, a proscribed terror group responsible for numerous extra-judicial killings in the eastern region of the country, unusually shook the rapper in what many have described as a “claw” – a greeting style purportedly exclusive to a violent cult group in the country, typically used by members to signal shared membership and ‘brotherhood’.
The said handshake has raised dust on social media as other members of the cult celebrate what they considered Obi’s open association with the group and bold loyalty. Besides, it is no hidden fact that Nigeria’s entertainment figures maintain active ties with these groups, as some openly boast of their affiliation.
Obi’s suspected link has raised concerns among young citizens, some of whom have fallen victim, direct or indirectly, to the murderous activities of the group, especially on campuses across the country.
Others also noted the violent bent of the Obi campaign, including threats of arson, attacks, and intimidation to dissenters, notably Femi Kuti, son of late Afrobeats legend Fela Kuti who was caused to fear for his safety and that of his family after refusing the ‘Obidient’ label used to describe supporters of the Labour Party’s candidate.
More voices have emerged urging Peter Obi to publicly state his stance on violence and political intimidation, and whether or not he welcomes the support of the dangerous IPOB terror group, in light of recent links to a murderous cult association.