Professor of Journalism, Farooq Kperogi has cautioned those circulating photo grid of an unidentified IPOB activist and Peter Obi Son, Oseloka as the one in both photos.
In the photo which has been circulated by anti-Obi supporters, the unidentified IPOB activist stepped on the Nigerian flag while robed in the colors of the Biafran flag, and was pictured in the European countries.
Peter Obi is the standard flag bearer of the Labour Party, LP, in the forthcoming presidential election, and he has garnered organic support from mostly Nigerian youths who believes he is different from other politicians and will bring effective change in the political space.
Since his rise in the national level, the LP Presidential Candidate has received verbal attack from the opposition.
In this recent anti-post, Obi’s Son, Oseloka is in the center of attack. Reacting, Kperogi in a Twitter post said even if Obi’s Son was the one in the picture, it’s wrong in “visiting the sin of the son on the father.”
“This unidentified IPOB activist stepping on the Nigerian flag while robed in the colors of the Biafran flag is being falsely called Peter Obi’s son by people who resent Obi’s rising national visibility & potential disruption of the certainties of next year’s presidential election.
“But even if he were Obi’s son (he isn’t), is it fair to hold Obi responsible for the opinions and choices of his adult son who is at least 30 years old? Are pastors & imams responsible for the choices of their children who are now atheists? Should atheist parents take responsibility for their children who’re religious?
“How about puritan parents whose children are now libertines and sexual deviants? Or political liberals whose children are fire-eating conservatives and vice versa?All adults have a right to hold opinions that are independent of their parents & that transcend their upbringing.
“If Obi’s son isn’t already a father himself, he’s more than old enough to be one. It’s insulting to his intelligence & sense of self to attribute whatever opinions he holds to his dad If the choices—in this case, false choices—of a child is all you can invoke to question the motives of a parent, then you really have nothing on that parent.
“I’ve never read, seen, heard, or watched anything that even remotely suggests that Obi is any less patriotic than any other Nigerian. It’s legitimate to scrutinize Obi and his records—like we should do to all who aspire to be president—but making up false, scurrilous accusations against him and his son is just intolerably deplorable”.