Over 100,000 Nigerians have signed a petition calling for Twitter to ban Reno Omokri from its platform, following comments he made concerning Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
According to many netizens, the human rights activist and one-time aide to ex-Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, tweeted an opinion which could incite ethnical crisis between Northeners and Southerners.
Reacting to a July 6 interview on Arise TV hosting Peter Obi, the vocal activist opined that the Labour Party flagbearer considered himself a ‘pilot’, and Rabiu Kwankwaso–the presidential candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), a ‘mere driver’. He further stated that the people of the North have heard Obi’s words.
During the interview aired on Wednesday, Peter Obi responded to a comment made by Kwakwaso in an earlier interview at same media outlet.
‘The comment from my respected elder brother, Kwankwaso, is the reason why we have 100 million Nigerians living in poverty and the reason why we have 18 million Nigerian children out of school.
‘It is the reason why we have over 55% of Nigerians on the under or unemployment ladder. It is the reason why Nigeria is unsecured, because rather than vote for competence, we choose to vote for incompetence based on a primitive consideration of ethnicity and religion.
‘Show me where you can buy food cheaper, where you have uninterrupted electricity or where people are prospering in the North because northerners are in power? In the South West because they are in power? or in the South East.
‘What we’ve chosen to do in this country is to consistently hire vehicle drivers to fly the Nigerian airplane instead of hiring qualified pilots,’ the LP flagbearer said.
Apparently, these words didn’t sit well with Reno Omokri, who took to Twitter; causing an uproar on the platform. He further lamented that his life and family have been threatened by ‘Obidients’, saying Peter Obi faithfuls should be held responsible if he is harmed.
‘Watch what they are doing to me. That is exactly what they will do to anyone critical of Peter Obi if he becomes President. There will be no free speech. Only mob justice.
‘They threatened my life. Then they threatened my one year old daughter. Why? Because I criticised their god and messiah.
‘What exactly did I say? I said Peter Obi was wrong to describe himself as a pilot and other Presidential candidates as “mere drivers” and “substitute players.”
‘That is why they are threatening my life. If I was in Nigeria, they would have sent unknown gunmen after me.
‘Now, imagine if Rabiu Kwankwaso had described himself as a pilot and other Presidential aspirants, and Peter Obi in particularly, as ‘mere drivers’. What will they do? I reported their threat to my life to Peter Obi directly. He did nothing.
‘The threats are becoming too much. My life is at risk. If anything happens to me, my wife, my children, or my siblings, the world should hold Peter Obi responsible. He has raised a horde of intolerant and violent Obidients who just want to replace Buhari’s tyranny with theirs!’ he lamented.
It is not the first time Reno Omokri has been accused of inciting violence between two groups.
According to Rev. Fr. Kelvin Ugwu, a Nigerian Catholic priest in Malawi, Omokri had done a similar thing between Christians and Muslims, when he posted a picture of a Peter Obi engraving on a mat. This had led to the release of a disclaimer by Peter Obi.
In Rev. Ugwu’s opinion, Reno Omokri created a leeway via emotional blackmail of ‘Obidients’ when he accused them of cyberbully and threats; incase he is armed.