Cloned President: Ridicule and failure at the heart of race – By Okechukwu Nwafor


The video here is very provocative. It is a comedy show that ridicules the recent pronouncement of Nigerian president’s attempt to clear the prevailing doubt, especially by the IPOB group, concerning his true identity. The president had said that he is not a clone, contrary to the wide and wild assertion by IPOB that he is one. The statement was made in a public gathering during his visit to the Nigerian community in Poland. However, after this curious pronouncement individuals and international News media have been reacting.

Part of this reactions is this video below. The video is a comedy which has also provided a laconic laughingstock of not just the president of Nigeria but the entire Black race. The video embeds the larger controversy of race, political governance, failure of leadership and 419 crime into one ensemble.

The presenter, mimicking the strong accent of the Nigerian president, says, “Dear Sir, I am real president, who is trapped in my country because they all think I am a clone, please send me ten thousand dollars.” The fellow beside the presenter started clapping to the hilarious outburst of the audience. The presenter analyzed the clone speech saying that he cannot ascertain the veracity of the president’s claims and that if the CIA has a technology to test a cloned person that they will try it on an African first. He said if the CIA doubts the efficacy of the technology they will not try it on some rich White person but will try it on someone who doesn’t matter, which is an African.

Both the presenter’s speech and his analysis are trapped in an awful cesspool of race and strangely headlines Nigerians’ appalling reputation as internet fraudsters living inside a failed state. The statement ‘Dear Sir’ represents the opening statement of most Nigerian 419 mails. Further statements, ‘who is trapped in my country… send me ten thousand dollars,’ is also a popular slogan of Nigerian internet fraudsters who claim to be trapped in some ‘foreign’ location and soliciting for money from unsuspecting victims to escape. But this time around the ridiculous subversion of getting trapped in his own country amplifies the disturbing narrative of the clone claims by IPOB. The statement unpacks boundless formulations of probe and interrogation inside the mind of wonder: is Nigeria’s image veiled by fraud of clone by its ruling cabals or 419 by its numerous inhabitants or a failure of governance by its political class?

Further statement by the presenter, ‘they will try it on someone that does not matter, who is an African,’ is very disturbing and actually should warrant sanctions by Facebook on the presenter’s site. The statement suggests that all Africans are guinea pigs for unreliable western invention. And that Africa is, in summary, inconsequential.

One would assume that the remote question that gave rise to the spread of the clone debate against the president is the failure of leadership in Nigeria. Its recent escalation being the gradual but consistent unapologetic resolve to misgovern by the political class since independence in 1960, culminating into the recent incessant killing of unarmed civilian population in south eastern Nigeria. No one knows how the clone debate entered the imagination of IPOB but it is obviously a tactful art of derision gone awry.

When you drink cruelty and ruthlessness like a cup of water, your stomach will not have rest. The killings of IPOB members, undoubtedly, has elicited aggressive character assassination against the ruling class by the group. Violence begets violence. And violence does not happen ONLY with guns. Sometimes verbal violence can kill faster than guns. It seems verbal violence through the Social Media by IPOB group is winning the war.
When you shoot them with guns they shoot you with accusations of cloning. When you shoot them with guns again, they shoot you with verbal attack of Jubril from Sudan. When you shoot them yet again they violently release malevolent videos and voice claims of Nigeria under the defenseless hijack of a certain inconsequential man from Sudan. And there goes the endless proliferation of this unstoppable dynamo. Now see where this dynamo has blown us to: a media hype at the heart of cosmic and menacing race and national ridicule.

Nigeria is definitely undergoing caustic political climate change that can only be controlled by good governance. Nigerians should not be interested in whoever wins the president but should be more concerned with getting someone who will troubleshoot the fatal error called Nigeria. Nigeria needs an experienced mechanic that will repair her failing engine, not a quack who will help it fail entirely.



– By Okechukwu Nwafor


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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