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Sequel to this, Mr Obi visited Femi Kuti in apparent attempt to douse the tension. From the South-East, Professor Charles Soludo, after a series of insults hurled at him and his family, penned a direct letter to Mr Obi containing brotherly and frank advise. Characteristically, the letter elicited an expected response from the Obidients, who have also threatened to close their accounts with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) because Mr Tinubu, the president-elect, visited Mr Tony Elumelu, the chairman of UBA.
In all, the Obi herd mentality, like Dutch courage, has emboldened many of them to insult, disrespect and demonise anyone who shares a contrary opinion. Now, what defines violent extremism more than threatening to inflict pain and/or punishment on somebody else for expressing a contrary but legally permissible opinion?
Understanding the Obidients
Gbemisola Animasawun is with the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin.
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