June 15 2020 | Radio Biafra
A cleric and advocate of Biafra restoration, Aiden Dillon, has said that veteran actor, Pete Edochie, got his facts wrong on Igbo land being landlocked. The cleric was reacting to Edochie’s statement in which he expressed dissatisfaction over IPOB insulting the president of the proscribed Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nnia Nwodo, adding that Igbo-land is landlocked.
Offering to put the Nollywood star right, the cleric in a message titled “Advice to Pete Edochie” wrote: “Nna’anyi Pete Edochie, please sir respect yourself. Do not dare IPOB. We love you as a cultural icon, role model, good actor and somebody who speaks fluent Igbo. You got your facts wrong on Igboland being landlocked and we merely corrected you sir. Igboland is not landlocked because UBANI (Bonny) and Opobo are Igbo people not Izon as we were deceived to believe until IPOB came.
Whoever in Ireland shot the video that angered you sir did a very good job. Any Igbo elder who thinks Igboland is restricted to 5 south-east states stand to be corrected. It’s a shame some of our elders that should know better are being tutored by this fearlessly vibrant generation.”
Berating the veteran actor on the Nwodo episode, Dillon said, “Your support for the traitor Nwodo who along with Ike Ekweremadu superintended Operation Python Dance that cost so many lives will put you into trouble with Biafrans. Those who are close to you must caution you on this issue. Sir, before you can pontificate on reciprocity of respect as obtains in Igbo tradition, you need to first undergo what parents of victims of Operation Python Dance endured, the pain of the loss of a loved one.
Had you lost your first son to Nnia Nwodo’s treachery will you still regard him as an Igbo leader worthy of respect? Next time Sir, please choose your words very carefully. Some of us in IPOB are older than you. The era of condoning or celebrating mediocrity in our land because it’s coming from an older person is over for good. If you claim you are old but cannot defend your children then you are not a father, you are an Efulefu. Respect is earned not given, respect is reciprocal.”
The cleric concluded his message by reminding the actor of the love and respect the people have for him and pleading that the veteran doesn’t drag it all to mud. He said, “You are our hero and cultural icon, you will always have our admiration and respect forever but please don’t defend traitors or dabble into subjects that are above your station. Biafra is our only hope; anybody toying with it will be destroyed beyond recognition.”
The people’s love and respect for Pete Edochie is of course palpable and reflective in the tone of Dillon’s message, for the cleric, assertive and blunt, surprisingly appeared romantic with Edochie. Bidding him farewell, the cleric greeted in Igbo, “Daalu nna’anyi ukwu.”
Source: The Biafra Times
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media