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Obierika is like Ezeudu who warned Okonkwo not to participate in the death of Ikemefuna because the boy called Okonkwo "father". Obierika is more balanced than Okonkwo and appears to be able to balance tradition with practical concerns. Obierika questions the morality of his friend's participation in the killing of Ikemufuna. He says he would have respected the Oracle, who called for the boy's death, but he would have not taken part in the ritual killing because the Oracle did not ask him to participate and he would not have killed someone who considered him to be his father.
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