Senator Shehu Sani has told the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the February 25 presidential election, Peter Obi, to stop being apologetic about the actions of his supporters, the Obidients, or he would unwittingly kill the Obidient Movement.
According to him, Obi’s colleagues in the presidential contest, Atiku Abubakar and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and even President Buhari do not apologize for their supporter’s behavior.
The former lawmaker took to his Twitter handle this morning to advise Obi.
“Asiwaju, Atiku, & Buhari never denounce or apologize for whatever their supporters say or do. Peter keeps apologizing & disassociating. If you keep moving on this apologetic path you will kill the libido of your movement. You sparked a fire, embrace the inferno with courage.”
His advice came following an apology by Obi to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and other eminent Nigerians, for attacks they suffered from his supporters.
Obi also visited Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka who suffered similar online attacks from the Obidients for his comments on Datti Baba-Ahmed, Obi’s running mate’s remarks on the outcome of the election.
The senator’s advice, however, triggered a flurry of divided opinions. Many agreed with him, that Obi is acting too soft and really needs to stop apologizing for what his supporters do or say and man up to face his opponents squarely.
But a slightly higher number of people disagreed with that line of thought.
Instead, they argued that Obi’s unassuming attitude and disposition as a man of peace are some of the positive attributes that have endeared him to many Nigerians and he does not need to change them. They pointed out that these attributes make him unique, standing him out of the pack and over and above his contemporaries. For that reason, they said Obi needs to keep being and doing an Obi and not an Atiku, a Tinubu, or a Buhari, you keep his followers.
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