Such impunity and callousness has rarely been seen in the annals of world history. Not even Hitler’s Nazis that gassed 6 million innocent Jews and Gypsies to death in concentration camps during the Second World War spoke with such pride and joy about their sheer barbarism and horrendous atrocities either at the Nuremberg Tribunals where…
Permit me to share a scholarly, revealing and I daresay disturbing intervention which was sent to me by a friend. The author wishes to remain anonymous. He wrote as follows: “The disruptive power of the Hausa-Fulani cabal is a structural reality and will only get worse, no matter where the President of Nigeria comes from.……
Read the first part of this article, Biafra: The March Of Ethnic Nationalists And A Friendly Warning To The French And British Ambassadors, By @RealFFK HERE. Meanwhile, just as their counterparts are doing in Nigeria, the racial integrationists, the champions of globalisation, the apostles of a new world order and the advocates of mass migration continue to test the waters by attempting to place obstacles in the path of the true believers and ethnic nationalists all over the world. For example Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, suggested that this was not the time to discuss the issue of a new referendum for Scottish independence just two weeks ago. Thankfully Alex Salmon, the former leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, responded to her in an eloquent manner by assuring her that if she continued talking that way her words and attitude would actually guarantee Scottish independence rather than prevent it. His warning is appropiate and timely. Again just last week, the President of the European Commission, Jeanne Claude Junker, who is one of the world’s most rabid and diehard integrationists and globalists, said that President Donald Trump’s stated desire to see “more Brexits” and to “witness more countries leave the European Union” was “provocative and inappropiate” and that in retaliation the European Union may consider calling on states like Ohio and Texas to seceed from the United States of America. Nigel Farage MEP, the former leader of the British United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and one of the most formidable and respected nationalists in the world today, jumped into the ring the following day with a swift and devastating response. He said that Junkers’ words were inappropiate and misplaced because the United States of America came together as a consequence of consensus whilst the Europen Union was brought together by fiat and compulsion. He also made the point that, unlike America, which is a transparant and functional democracy, the European Union is run by a group of faceless and unelected bureaucrats and officials at the European Commission in Brussels. Farage is absolutely right. His was indeed a beautiful response. Both Salmon and Farage have spoken the minds of millions of people all over the world including Nigeria. The bottom line is that you cannot compel a people to remain part of any nation unless they choose to be in that nation and you cannot deny them the right of self-determination and the freedom of choice and association. Thankfully that message is spreading. The forces of integration and globalisation are clearly on the ropes in todays fast-changing world just as they are in Nigeria. Nothing can stop the quest for self-determination or the glorious march of the ethnic nationalists. A couple of weeks ago in an essay titled “The Hausa Fulani, The Yoruba and The Slaughter in Ile-Ife” (Part 2) yours truly wrote the following: “The right to take pride in our ethnicity and invoke the principle of self-determination cannot be denied. We reject the concept of globalisation and the enthronement of a new world order. We reject the concept of an artificial, man-made, multi-cultural, multi-religious, mongrel mega-nation that is made up of ethnic and religious incompatibles. We reject the notion that we must bury our ethnicity, forget our differences, arrest our development, discard our values and enthrone the idea of a strange and complicated hybrid nation where we are expected to live with and accomodate those that hate our faith, despise our people, scorn our values and that rape, maim and kill our loved ones and compatriots in the name of religion, conquest, land, cows and cattle. The truth is that no force in hell or on earth can stop the rise and establishment of the sovereign state of Biafra, Oduduwa or any other ethnic nation that will one day be carved out of what is presently known as Nigeria”. I believe that these words are relevant and prophetic. Those that do not see the wisdom in restructuring Nigeria have guaranteed her future dissolution. Yet sadly this is a fact that appears to be completely lost on both the British and French Ambassadors given their simplistic and asinine contributions to what is essentially a very complicated, multi-layered, multifaceted, problematic, volatile and dangerous long-standing debate which borders on the nationality question in Nigeria. May the counsel of the Lord stand in our nation and may His name be glorified. (TO BE CONTINUED). Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
n 1941 during the course of the Second World War, the most famous alumna of my old school Harrow and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Sir Winston Churchill, said the following words to General Bernard Montgomery, who was also known as the “Spartan General”, the hero of the Battle of Alamein, the Commander of the famous British Desert Rats and the Field Marshall of the British Armed Forces. He said, “Monty, never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”. These are powerful and inspiring words from one of the greatest leaders that the world has ever known. Today I share those words and sentiments with every Nigerian who yearns for freedom from the bondage of ethnic slavery and religious bigotry and who believes that the only way forward is to restructure or redefine Nigeria. Those of us that have these noble aspirations will “never yield to force” and we will “never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”. Like Shakespeare’s Macbeth we shall be “bold, bloody and resolute” and if necessary we shall “fight until the flesh be hacked from our bones”. No matter what comes our way we shall be encouraged, we shall walk tall, we shall stand firm and we shall stand strong. This is because our cause is just and even though our enemies may have today, we know that tomorrow belongs to us. Again even though the night may be dark, we know that joy comes in the morning! Whatever the powers that be in Empire Nigeria throw our way we shall not bow and we shall not be cowed. Like our Lord and Saviour and Commander in Chief, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the Living God once did on the cross two thousand years aģo, for the glory that lies ahead, we shall take their taunts and insults, bear their horrendous persecution, endure their malevolence and wickedness and despise the shame. We shall stand our ground, hold our heads up high, fight a good fight and, by the grace of the Living God, in the end, we shall prevail. We draw strength from the fact that we are not alone in this struggle. Others that have also suffered injustice and the most brutal form of subjugation and repression from their oppressors have similar hopes and aspirations as ours. Consider the nation of Scotland. Her people are yearning to have another referendum on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom in 2018. When Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, announced their intention I did not hear Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, throw insults and threats at her or accuse her of treason. I did not hear the French government or the French Ambassador to the UK telling the Scots that they would never be allowed to have their way and that they should perish the thought of Scottish independence. Yet when it comes to the affairs of Nigeria it appears that everyone feels that they can tell us what to do. For example Denys Gauer, the French Ambassador to Nigeria, recently said that those that were agitating for Biafra were indulging in an exercise in futility and that they would never achieve their dream or ambition. What a sad testimony and sorry tale this is. It appears that the man knows little about the deep resolve of those who are fighting for their freedom and frankly he needs to learn a thing or two about the history of his own country before he pontificates to us about ours. His unsolicited counsel is both misguided and inappropriate and we completely reject it. The French people, since the days of the Great Revolution of 1789 and bold leaders and reformers like Maximilien Robespierre, Jean-Paul Marat and years later, the greatest of them all, Napoleon Bonaparte, have always prided themselves on being the friends of the subjugated and the deprived. They have always been the champions of liberty and freedom. They have always resisted oppression and tyranny. They must not stop now. To make matters worse Paul Arkwright, the British Ambassador to Nigeria, threw his hat into the ring as well and said that the United Kingdom “would not allow” Nigeria to break up. Such ill-conceived pomposity, self-serving claptrap and what the great writer and historian David Icke describes as the “arrogance of ignorance” has no place in the postcolonial world. Simply put Arkwright, and all other “Englanders” that think like him, ought to remind himself that Nigeria is no longer a British colony. In any case given the consequences of Brexit and the strong agitation for Scottish, Welsh and even Northern Irish independence it appears to me that the British Ambassador would do better by trying to ensure that the United Kingdom itself remains together rather than attempt to tell us what we “will be” or “not be” allowed to do in Nigeria. He would also do well to remember that the days of “Rule Brittania” are long over, that the “Great” has been taken out of “Britain” and that the evil amalgamation and unworkable contraption that his forefathers forced on us in 1914 is fast unravelling as a consequence of the hideous atrocities, sheer cruelty and sociopathic megalomaniac of those that they imposed on us as our internal colonial masters. The bottom line is that the destiny of this nation will be determined by the people of Nigeria and no-one else. Whether the Ambassador of France, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom or anyone else likes it or not the world is fast changing. The philosophy, ethos and culture of ethnic nationalism is gaining ground and pride of place. Nothing terrifies the hegemonists, the internal colonial masters and the ‘born to rule’ conquerors in Nigeria more than this because Yoruba, Igbo and Ijaw nationalism coupled with the quest for southern and Middle Belt emancipation is their worse nightmare. The glorious march of ethnic nationalism, the desire to break the yoke of internal colonialism, slavery and bondage, the agitation for self-determination and the quest for a fundamental restructuring of Nigeria or, failing that, the establishment of new and independent nation states to replace her is at an all-time high. And so is the determination of the various ethnic groups and nationalities to resist oppression, subjugation and tyranny and defend and protect the interests of their people. If anyone doubts that they should speak with the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), the Oodua Liberation Movement (OLM), the Oodua Nationalist Coalition(ONAC), the Movement For The Actualisation Of The Sovereign State Of Biafa (MASSOB), the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC), the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the Middle Belt Youth Forum (MBYF), the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), the Ombatse Militia Group (OMG), the Tiv Cultural and Development Association (TCDA), the Berom Militias, the Tiv Militias, the Zaar militias, the Jukun militias, the Ngas Militias, the Nigerian Christian Falange (NCF), the Sons of Gideon (SG) and numerous other groups that are not only well-motivated, well- organised and well-equipped but also highly focused and committed to their cause and ready to defend the interests of their people no matter the price that may have to be paid. I sincerely hope and pray that it never happens because I deplore violence and I am a man if peace but if push ever comes to shove and there is a showdown, the Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies, the Fulani militias and herdsmen and Boko Haram will have a very hard time containing the fury and power of any or all of these groups. I say this because it is not the size of the dog in the fight that counts but rather the size of the fight in the dog! (TO BE CONTINUED). Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a foremost thought leader in Nigeria, studies the trajectory of the Muhammadu Buhari regime with regards to the number of lives lost in tragic circumstances under the president’s watch. our hundred people were killed by meningitis in our country in the last few days. Twenty two girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Borno state four days ago. Ten people were killed by Fulani herdsmen in Cross Rivers state three days ago. Two more people were killed by another set of Fulani herdsmen in Kwande, Benue state two days ago. Worse still suicide amongst Nigerian professionals (including bankers, lawyers and doctors) and members of the middle class as a consequence of the harsh and intolerable economic conditions that they are facing has reached alarming and epidemic proportions. Sorrow, carnage, tragedy and affliction has struck our nation in the last few days and weeks yet we have not heard ONE word about any of them from our ailing President. Not a word of commiseration. Not a word of encouragement. Not a word of regret. Not a word of remorse. Not a word of condolence. Not a word of comfort. Not a word of reconciliation. Not a word of confidence-building. Not a word of bridge-building. And not a word of concern. Not only is this unacceptable but it is also shameful even by his standards. Instead of comforting our people he appears to be more concerned with attempting to silence all credible opposition, destroying the PDP, cowing the media, weakening the south, decimating the Middle Belt, humiliating the Igbo, intimidating the Christians, exterminating Shiite Muslims and undermining the power and authority of both the Judiciary and the National Assembly. This is particularly the case with the Nigerian Senate whom the President and his men evidently have nothing but disdain and contempt for. Things are so bad that some around the president are even openly calling for the scrapping of the entire Senate! All because they cannot pocket, cage, or control Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu. Clearly, in Buhari’s world the concept of separation of powers, the rule of law, respect for court orders, the imperatives of tolerance, religious plurality, the accommodation of dissent, the protection of civil liberties and the freedom of speech simply do not exist. To him all dissent, all contrary views and all opposition must be utterly crushed and he will use any sadistic and hungry little monkey that he can find or any desperate and ageing neanderthal clown that is willing to achieve that sinister and nefarious objective. Professor Itse Sagay SAN are you there? Quite apart from that let us consider the sorry plight of Buhari’s own core north. Affliction seems to be stalking the region and frankly this has been the case over the years and indeed from day one. The first is stark poverty. Then came barrenness. Then came lack of productivity. Then came famine. Then came illiteracy. Then came Maitatsine. Then came polio. Then came leprosy. Then came infant mortality. Then came drug abuse. Then came Benylin addiction. Then came gutter, glue and soakaway sniffing. Then came child marriage and paedophilia. Then came VVF (Vesicovaginal Fistula). Then came the cripples. Then came the beggars. Then came the almajiris. Then came Boko Haram. Then came the Fulani herdsmen. Then came lassa fever. Then came meningitis. The list goes on and on. To compound the problem and to add to the appalling situation comes the manifestation of crass ignorance. For example, as his own peculiar contribution to the quest for a solution to the problem, Abdul Aziz Abubakar Yari, the governor of the core northern Zamfara State, said “type C meningitis is God’s punishment for our many sins“. He said, “God took away the type A one which has a cure and gave us type C which has no cure because of our sins”. He concluded by saying, “How can you expect such things not to happen when we indulge in adultery and other sins?”. This is surely one of the best examples of a 6th century explanation for a 21st century problem that I have ever heard. Such words and such a display of ineptitude and insensitivity coming from the leader of one of the most important northern states is shameful and unacceptable. No vaccines have been provided by the states or federal governments to prevent or arrest the scourge and neither has any care been provided for the afflicted and this is the best and only contribution that the Governor of one of the worst hit states can make? Worse still the only thing that Buhari’s struggling Minister of Health has said is that the federal government needs to borrow one billion USD to stop the spread of meningitis. Clearly, we are in serious trouble. Northern Nigeria needs prayer. They need to reach Prophet T.B. Joshua, Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Dr. Sign Fireman, Dr. B.O Ezekiel, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, Dr. Tony Rapu and as many other servants of God as possible and get them to stand in the gap and invoke the Living God’s power to forgive, heal and bless their land. They also need as much love and counselling as they can get. Yet, the truth is that the anger and resentment against them all over the country is steadily building and something must be done to assuage the fears and concerns of the people of the Middle Belt and the south. The predominant view is that we must restructure our country and, failing that, we must exercise our right of self-determination and redefine it. Gone are the days when we dare not speak out openly about our desire to, if necessary, peacefully redefine Nigeria, break her into two or more pieces and separate ourselves from the core north This is because we are simply fed up with the sheer barbarity and cruelty of powerful and well-armed ethnic militias like the Fulani herdsmen, terrorist organisations like Boko Haram, aggressive, violent, intemperate and intolerant land-grabbing settlers like the Hausa Fulani communities dotted all over the Middle Belt and the south and the excesses and genocidal tendencies of our northern-led security agencies and Armed Forces. The Fulani herdsmen slaughtered 808 Christians in Southern Kaduna on Christmas eve and on Christmas day. They also slaughtered 1000 Christians in Agatu last year. The Hausa Fulani settlers slaughtered 30 sons and daughters of Ile-Ife in Osun State three weeks ago and they have been doing that sort of thing in Jos, Plateau state and elsewhere for many years. The Fulani militias killed defenceless and innocent men, women and children in Enugu, Abia, Edo, Delta, Ondo, Kwara, Ekiti, Lagos, Taraba, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Cross Rivers, Oyo, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra over the last two years. Anambra, where, according to the women of that state, mass rape was deployed as a weapon of war by the Fulani herdsmen, was particularly bad. To make matters worse our core-northern Muslim-led security agencies have murdered hundreds of Christian Igbo youths in the eastern region over the last two years. In addition to that our core northern Sunni Muslim-led Armed forces butchered 1000 Shiite Muslims in Zaria two years ago. All these atrocities have taken place yet up until today not ONE person has been arrested, brought to justice or convicted for these merciless, wicked, senseless and barbaric acts of terror. How can one rationalise or explain that? The truth is that the Buhari administration has no interest in putting a stop to this madness simply because the perpetrators are, like our President, Hausa Fulani. In my view our government values the blood of the Hausa Fulani more than others and to them no-one else really matters. To add to that the Buhari regime is evil, weak, incompetent, sectional, bloodthirsty, genocidal, wicked, divisive, mendacious, narcissistic and bereft of any integrity or intellectual pretensions. This is a government whose sole intention is to turn non-Hausa Fulani Nigerians into second class citizens and slaves. They protect the genocidal maniacs, the killers and the aggressors and they persecute, torment, incarcerate and traumatise the victims of aggression. Whether it be Agatu, Ile-Ife, Southern Kaduna, Enugu, Abia, Jos or anywhere else the story is the same: the victims are locked up and the murderous barbarians and savages that killed them are rewarded. Like satan himself the Buhari administration have come to do nothing but to kill, steal and destroy. Under their watch more Shiite Muslims and Christians have been butchered than at any other time in our entire history outside the civil war. Is there any other nation on earth that such evil will be visited upon its people by its own government and such a group of rampaging beasts that those people will not agitate to leave? Must we put up with this evil and vampire-like Buhari government with its ethnic and religious agenda forever? Must we stay with those that hate us and see us as being worth far less than their cows? Is it not time to say enough is enough and that, whether they like it or not, we are leaving? We do not want and neither do we advocate for violence and we do not want reprisal killings or acts of vengeance in any shape or form. This is because we are men and women of peace and we are responsible law-abiding citizens. What we want is our liberty and the right to live in a country where our values and faith are respected and where we are free from religious and ethnic marginalisation, persecution and domination. Is that too much to ask for? These are hard questions that need to be answered. And whether anyone likes it or not, at the end of the day, the Nigerian people shall answer them. Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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n March 28th a hitherto unknown northern group known as the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, through its spokesman, one Yerima Shetima, had the nerve and effrontery to accuse Afenifere and the Yoruba nation of a “subtle campaign of ethnic cleansing” and went on to threaten us with what they described as “reprisals against the millions of Yoruba living in the north” if we did not stop complaining about the fact that our people were slaughtered in Ile-Ife and that the police were handling the whole matter in a selective, inappropriate and unjust manner. It is clear that this is not an empty threat because for the last two weeks fake and horrendous videos and graphic pictures of what purport to be the killings of Hausa Fulanis by the Yoruba and the people of Ile-Ife are being circulated all over the internet and social media by those that seek to promote anarchy, violence and carnage and those that are set to kill. This is not the time to escalate the tension and we must do all we can to exercise restraint and keep the peace but clearly the stage is being set by some in the north for ethnic pogroms and reprisals against the Yoruba. Yet we are not in the least bit perturbed and someone should advise the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum and those that they represent that pulling the tail of the tiger can be a very dangerous thing indeed. Like Shakespeare’s King Henry V once said they must “wake not our sleeping sword lightly.” They and whoever sent them can be rest assured that the Yoruba are not intimidated or deterred by their boastful threats and that we will lose no sleep over their irresponsible and reckless words. Whether they and their sponsors like it or not we shall continue to complain and to protest and we eagerly await the full manifestation and execution of their cold-blooded and unwarranted threat. Yesterday evening the Arewa Consultative Forum itself, the body of elders and leaders that speaks for the north, chose to stop hiding behind their youths and waded into the ring. They issued a formal statement, through one Muhammadu Ibrahim, who is apparantly their spokesman, cautioning Yoruba elders and leaders not to “give ethnic coloration to the Ile-Ife crises” and that if they continued to do so they should be mindful of and ready for what he described as “reprisal consequences”. This is yet another not so well-couched warning and veiled threat. They have made their point and we have taken our stand. The next move is theirs. Meanwhile I find it curious that not one prominent voice from outside Yorubaland, except for a handful of notable, insightful and deeply courageous essayists and political commentators like Reno Omokri and Jude Ndukwe, has spoken out against the evil and injustice that the people of Ile-Ife have been subjected to by both the Hausa Fulani community and the Nigerian Police Force. It appears that the Yoruba have been left to carry their cross on their own even though when the Fulani militants and herdsmen, or indeed anyone else, commit genocide and mass murder against innocent people in other parts of the country the Yoruba are always at the forefront of speaking up for the victims. Yet despite this wonderful quality of more often than not being our brothers keeper, the people of the south west still harbour a number of so-called leaders within their ranks who are more comfortable with sleeping with the enemy than in defending or speaking up for their own. . Permit me to give just one example. A few renegades from the south-west, whom I regard as the enemy within and the sons of perfidy, have complained that my two part essay on the Hausa Fulani and Yoruba clash in Ile Ife (tltled “The Hausa Fulani, The Yoruba and The Slaughter In Ile-Ife”) was “too harsh” and that it may even have “compounded the problem”. They also complained about the follow-up that I wrote to that article titled “The Sons and Daughters Of Ile-Ife: Butchered, Paraded and Now Prisoners Of War” which came out last week. Frankly I am at a loss to comprehend their baseless concerns and criticisms or appreciate their warped logic. How can one “compound the problem” by speaking the bitter truth? How can one “compound the problem” by resisting evil and standing up for ones own? How can one “compound the problem” by standing against tyranny and ethnic domination? How can one “compound the problem” by objecting to mass murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity? How can one “compund the problem” by pointing out that the Hausa Fulani must stop killing other Nigerians wherever they go? How can one can one “compound the problem” by saying that we refuse to be sacrificial lambs or second class citizens in our own land? How can one “compound the problem” by asserting that it is ungodly and unacceptable for others to storm our territory, rape our women, burn our homes, occupy our land, steal our farms, desecrate our places of worship, kill our children and terrorise our people? How can one “compound the problem” by contending that it is not only a grave insult but also an affront to decency and justice that only the Yoruba were arrested by the police after the carnage at Ile Ife even though people from both sides were killed? How can one “compound the problem” by rejecting the conspiracy of silence, refusing to be a coward and saying “enough is enough?” How can one “compound the problem” by saying that if the brutal killings of our people does not stop that we will have no choice but to reconsider being part of Nigeria and no qualms about exercising our right of self-determination and thereby light the glorious flame of the sovereign state and independent nation of Oduduwa? Needless to say I offer no apology and neither do I have any regrets for any of the things that I have said or written even if the primitive and barely educated in our midst see things differently. Some of the things they wrote, particularly in the pro-Government newspapers and websites, were brought to my attention and frankly I saw nothing but unadulterated rubbish. I have never read so much puerile nonsense, infantile balderdash and disjointed verbiage before in my entire life. The traitors that joined hands with our collective enemies and led our people into the jaws of death and the poisonous fangs of the ravenous and insatiable Fulani monster still dont know who and what they are up against or who and what they are dealing with. They are slaves and cowards in body, spirit and soul. I have always known that but what I didn’t know is that they would also go as far as to cast aspertions on the character and noble efforts of those of us that are risking our lives and liberty by confronting the beast. Instead of applauding us for doing what THEY ought to be doing they are denigrating us and belittling our efforts. They believe that if they say and do the right things the Hausa Fulani will leave them alone and allow our people to live in peace. Little do they know the monster. They have also said that the area known as “Sabo” where the Hausa Fulani live was the only place that their APC got votes in Ile-Ife during the governorship and presidential elections. Consequently they believe that they must protect the Hausa Fulanis that live there and sacrifice the Yoruba. People that reason, think and talk like that are evil. They are nothing but vermin. They are scum and so are ALL those that share their views. They are traitors, cowards and cockroaches and they have sold the Ifes and the Yoruba down the river. They are playing politics with this grave and very serious issue whilst the blood of their people is being shed and their traditional rulers and sons and daughters are being falsely accused, detained and locked up in distant and dingy underground cells. They helped President Muhammadu Buhari to win power in 2015 yet they have remained silent as his Hausa Fulani kinsmen have slaughtered people ALL over the country in the last two years. Not one word of objection or protest did they offer when confronted with this monstrous outrage. They even applauded and encouraged the killings and patted the genocidal maniacs on the back. When the beasts were done with the people of Southern Kaduna, Benue, Enugu, Abia, Taraba, Delta, Plateau, Kogi, Kwara, Anambra, Imo, Edo, Ebonyi and elsewhere and the same thing was done to their own Yoruba kith and kin in Ile-Ife they were shocked beyond belief but they did nothing except beg their Hausa Fulani friends. They crawled and bowed before Rabiu Kwankwaso when he came to Ile Ife to insult our people asking for compensation after the massacre. They shivered and went on their knees before Abdulrahman Dambazau when he came to Ile Ife to intimidate our people saying the Ifes must behave themselves after the carnage. They trembled and bowed before the Nigerian police when they paraded our sons and daughters and a reverred traditional ruler before the television cameras, labelled them as murderers and common criminals and said they would prosecute them. They clapped with joy and shouted “bravo” when the security and intelligence agencies refused to arrest even ONE Hausa Fulani person after they slaughtered and beheaded our people in the sanctity of their own homes. They sang and danced with joy and servile adoration when the northern Inspector General of Police labelled the Yoruba as “criminals” and attempted to justify the fact that no Hausa Fulani person was arrested after the conflict. Now they have been commissioned by the same Hausa Fulani-led govermment to denigrate and insult those of us that have courageously stood up, resisted the evil, exposed the truth, called the murderers to order and encouraged our people to stand firm and stand tall. What a useless heap of dung these cowardly animals are. It is no wonder that so many people in our country WRONGLY label the Yoruba as cowards that cannot be trusted in a fight. They do not know that these cowardly dogs do not represent the Yoruba but only their own stomachs. The only thing that is worse than the evil agenda of those that slaughter others at will in Nigeria are the slaves that are prepared to work for them and destroy the destiny of millions of Yoruba for a pittance. Yet they can be rest assured of one thing: their plan to dampen our enthusiasm, break our resolve and destroy our efforts will not work. Whatever they do or say we shall continue to sensitise our people about the great evil that confronts them today and we shall strengthen our resolve to resist the Buhari administration’s scurillous attempt to break our will, intimidate our people and destroy our future. (TO BE CONTINUED). Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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ermit me to begin this contribution with an aside. The barbarians that launched a terror attack in Westminster, London yesterday in which four people were killed and many more injured are the same type of people that attacked and beheaded the sons and daughters of Ile-Ife in their own homes and on their own land earlier this month. They are also the same type of people that butchered the people of Southern Kaduna on Christmas eve and Christmas day, that massacred the people of Agatu last year and that butchered the people of Zaki Biam a few days ago. They are kindred spirits with those that have dedicated their lives to violence, carnage and cold-blooded murder and terror is their language. My heart goes out to the people of London and indeed the whole of the United Kingdom. May the souls of those that were killed rest in peace. Now to the meat of this essay. Let me make myself clear right from the outset. I do not regard the gallant sons and daughters of Ile Ife that were arrested, taken to Abuja and shamelessly paraded before the television cameras and the media by the Nigerian police a few days ago as violent criminals or murderers: I regard them as prisoners of war. I do not believe that they have done ANYTHING wrong other than perhaps defend themselves and their community from a vicious and barbaric attack from a bunch of merciless and blood-thirsty barbarians and I believe that at the end of the day they will be vindicated and set free. I must commend Afenifere for not only stepping into the matter expeditiously and putting the Nigerian police and the Federal Government on notice but also for raising a powerful team of 21 Yoruba lawyers, which includes Wole Olanipekun SAN and the great Ahmed Raji SAN, to defend them. It is no longer news that no Hausa/Fulani person has been picked up, detained, paraded before the television cameras or slated for prosecution by the police after the carnage that they unleashed on our people. Many sons and daughters of Ife were brutalised and slaughtered in the crisis and yet the police have not arrested any Hausa/Fulani man or woman. Can you believe that? That is President Buhari’s Nigeria for you. One wonders if the police are trying to suggest that the gallant Ifes that fell and lost their lives during the course of the battle actually killed themselves? Are they trying to suggest that nobody from the Hausa Fulani community committed any crime? Are they trying to suggest that the Hausa Fulani did not provoke the whole incident and draw first blood? This shameless perfidy is wholeheartedly unacceptable. The whole crisis started when members of the Hausa Fulani community beat up a young Yoruba woman and stabbed her husband. They went further by killing another young man and displaying his badly mutilated body all over town in a wheelbarrow. Finally they publicly beheaded yet another young man and jubilantly paraded his head in triumph on a long pole through the streets of the Hausa Fulani community in Ife known as Sabo. The good people of Ile Ife, rightly, found this affront outrageous and unacceptable and they reacted violently. At the end of the day many people on both sides of the divide and FAR MORE than the police and the Nigerian media dare or care to admit were killed. Furthermore virtually the whole of Sabo was burnt to the ground. These are the facts yet sadly the handling of the whole matter by the Federal Government and the way that they have distorted the facts, befuddled the issues and established a false and misleading narrative betrays a high level of deceit, deception and partiality. The police should not be selective in this matter and the Federal Government needs to be careful with the way it treats Yoruba people. If nothing else the events of 1966, 1983 and 1993, all in the south west, which brought our country to a standstill, truncuated democracy and resulted in horrendous violence and a change of government proves that. The truth is simple and clear: when it comes to a fight the Yoruba never back down and neither do they bow down to an insult or turn their backs on a challenge. Afenifere has spoken for us all. Gani Adams of the OPC has done the same and so has the reverred Pa Ayo Adebanjo who has been in active politics for the last 67 years and who has seen it all. I have also spoken in a two-part article titled “The Hausa Fulani, The Yoruba and The Slaughter In Ile-Ife” and so have many others. And what we are all saying is simple and clear: the Yoruba will not accept a situation whereby we are made second-class citizens in our own country. If you do not accept that we are all equal before the law and before God, then we will no longer accept the concept or notion of one Nigeria. It is as simple as that. When these same Hausa Fulani people slaughtered the indigenous and people of Southern Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Kogi, Kwara, Abia, Enugu, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos and elsewhere none of them were arrested. The police did not parade them before television cameras, they did not arrest their Emirs, their traditional title holders or their sons and daughters and they did not claim that they had committed heinous crimes. As a matter of fact in most cases it was their victims and those that they attacked that were rounded up and arrested simply for defending themselves. This has to stop because that is what the police are doing in Ile Ife. They are rounding up the victims and claiming that they were the aggressors and they are protecting the aggressors. This is reckless and dangerous. The Federal Government is playing with fire. And as Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman of Afenifere, wisely counselled just two days ago, the Buhari administration would do well “not to pull the Yoruba tiger’s tale”. Yet sadly, as serious as this whole matter is, some irresponsible miscreants and shameless elements in our midst, both in the government, the media and in the political class, have said that the whole thing was not an ethnic crisis and conflagration but rather a clash between a handful of Yoruba and Hausa Fulani miscreants and touts. They have run to their friends in certain sections of the media who are more than ready to feed the Nigerian people with their usual “fake news” and false narrative in a scurrilous and futile attempt to becloud the fundamental issues and cover the whole thing up. Yet if this is not an ethnic clash I wonder what is? You have the Yorubas on one side and the Hausa Fulani on the other. Both sides lost many people in the fighting. Then at the end of it all you only arrest the Yoruba and say it was not an ethnic clash. You also arrest a Yoruba traditional ruler from Ile-Ife, Oba Ademiluyi, remove his beaded crown, handcuff him, take him to Abuja and parade him on national television as a murderer. One wonders whether he too can be described as a “tout and a miscreant?” This whole affair and the way the authorities are handling it is utterly sordid and one is constrained to ask the following question: who is fooling who? This shameless cover up by the Federal Government and the Nigerian police has to stop. This dangerous recourse to political correctness by the friends and functionaries of the Buhari administration and this perfidious attempt to bury the whole matter and cover up the atrocities of the usual suspects also has to stop. Let us admit that we have a major problem on our hands and that in order to solve that problem the Government must stop protecting those who are in the habit of attacking and killing people that welcome them with open arms and allow them to settle in their communities. The application of selective justice and the toleration of genocide, mass murder and ethnic cleansing by the Buhari administration must stop. Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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And neither can he compare himself to the great Halidu Hananiya, who retired as a Major General in the Nigerian Army and yet who proudly wore the uniform of the Federal Road Safety Corps after being appointed as the head of that agency The post Hameed Ali and the Senate, by Femi Fani-Kayode appeared first…
etired Colonel Hameed Ali, the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service, is a proud and stubborn man. His disdain for others and insufferable arrogance is not only vexatious to the spirit but also downright nauseating. Someone should remind him that the Holy Bible says “the Lord resists the proud and exalts the humble”. Another should tell him that, according to Greek mythology, nemesis always follows hubris. If he doubts that he should find out what happened to a character called Icarus. Clearly this obnoxious and cantankerous little man needs to be brought down a peg or two and pulled off his high horse. I say this because I cannot but wonder how any reasonable, right-thinking and responsible person can refuse to wear the uniform of an agency that he heads and leads. This is especially so when the Nigerian Senate has, for the second time, asked him to do so when appearing before them. The first time he apologised and promised to do so and the second time he stubbornly refused and was consequently and appropriately thrown out of the Senate Chamber. There may be no law in our statute books that constrains or compels him to wear his uniform but humility, good manners, morality, wisdom, custom and decency most certainly do. How does he and those that support him expect those working under him in the Nigerian Customs Service to feel when he refuses to wear their uniform? Is he not indirectly telling them that he is superior to them and that he is too good for them? This is a service that they have dedicated their lives and careers to. I wonder how that affects their morale? And in any case what signal is he sending to the Nigerian people and to the rest of the world? Such a thing has never happened before and the truth is that such open and obvious contempt being displayed by a senior government official and the head of a paramilitary organisation and government parastatal towards his underlings and the agency that he heads is rarely seen. Ali has contempt for his Minister who he is meant to report to. He has contempt for the government agency that he purportedly leads. He has contempt for the people that work under him in that agency. He has contempt for the Nigerian Senate. He has contempt for the government that he serves and finally he has contempt for the Nigerian people. By his open defiance what he is really saying is the following: “You people just don’t get it. I belong to the small circle of those who OWN Nigeria and you people and your customs, rules, regulations, practices, conventions and norms do not matter”. He is saying, “You are nothing before us and you can shout and scream as much as you like. At the end of the day, whether you like it or not, we are in power, we were born to rule and we OWN you all so just shut up and sit down!” That is his mindset and it is simply appalling. And with him this has always been the case. If anyone doubts that they should find out a little more about his antecedents and what he stands for. They should find out about his history and record in and outside of the military. They should do the research and find out what he did as Military Governor of Kaduna state during the regime of General Sani Abacha and later Sec. Gen. of the Arewa Consultative Forum. They should read the derogatory and incendiary statements he made about the south, the Middle Belt and all those that opposed the agenda of the ACF at the time. To say that he was arrogant, overbearing, racist and tribalist and that he is a bigot would be an understatement. And worst still he is a total and complete creation of President Muhammadu Buhari. He was his Chief of Staff during numerous presidential campaigns and the President loves him as if he were his own son. That, together with a streak of sadism, explains Ali’s sheer impudence and supreme confidence on this and so many other issue. He is reported to have said that he will not wear the customs uniform because he is a retired officer of the Nigerian Army and the only uniform he will ever wear again is the military one. Does this man have a brain? One wonders what infantile nonsense this is? What misplaced arrogance and childish verbiage? What absurd and good old fashioned gobbledygook? I really don’t know whether to laugh or cry. If Ali was not prepared to honor and respect the conventions and norms of the Nigerian Customs Service why did he accept the job? Since when did things degenerate to this level in our country? Has Nigeria turned into a land of misfits, comedians and Tolkien-like orcs and goblins or are we still a nation of serious-minded and sensible human beings and precious souls? Are we a giant army barracks where only senior military officers and commanders are respected or a sovereign and independent nation-state where the will of the people holds sway at all times and in all matters. Are we a zoo that is populated by wild animals and ravenous beasts or a land of honorable men and respected mortals? Does Ali not know that military rule ended in Nigeria 18 years ago in 1999 and that the Nigerian people are not interested in it EVER coming back or of being reminded about its traumatising and barbaric excesses? Does he, like a small handful of other hard-line, ultra-conservative, core northern retired army officers, see Nigeria as nothing but a vassal state and subjugated colony that was conquered by his forefathers, elders, leaders, mentors and seniors in the military after the “northern officers revenge coup” of January 29th 1966? If this is the case then he is still living in the distant past and he is certainly in urgent need of psychiatric attention. He also needs a series of powerful all-night prayer sessions for deliverance from the malevolent demons that control him. His attitude and disposition certainly throws up a lot of questions? Amongst them are as follows: Firstly does Nigeria live for the military or does the military live for Nigeria? Secondly if he had come from the southern or Middle Belt zone of the country would he have dared to pull this stunt and, if so, would he have got away with it? If he had not been from the core north and a member of the President’s inner circle of untouchables would Buhari have tolerated his irresponsible behaviour and his sheer indiscipline. If he had not been Buhari’s soul-mate and kinsman would the President have endorsed his not so subtle refusal to bow before civilian institutions and to submit to civilian authority. In any case who the hell does Ali really think he is? Does he believe that he is the reincarnation of Usman Dan Fodio of the Fulani Caliphate or the living manifestation of Salahudeen Yusuf of Egypt and Syria? He was retired as a colonel in the military many years ago and there was nothing that was particularly distinguished about his career. He was certainly not a blue-blooded, swashbuckling, gallant, courageous, good-looking, principled and polo-playing Col. Abubakar ‘Dangiwa’ Umar. And neither can he compare himself to the great Major-General Hananiya who retired as a Major-General in the Nigerian Army and yet who proudly wore the uniform of the Federal Road Safety Commision after being appointed as the head of that agency? Whatever misplaced, vain and inconceivable notions that he has ought to be kept to himself and if I had been his Minister I would have insisted that he not only wore his uniform to all official functions and meetings but also during office hours. The man is really very strange. He has what I would describe as the “Cassius look”. Like the character Cassius in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ he is lean, mean, spartan, silent, hungry and dangerous. This is a cold man with a dark soul: a man that is as hard as nails and who finds it difficult to smile. He is what the British refer to as a “strange fish”. He is reticent, reclusive, nocturnal, limited in knowledge, stunted in intelligence, very thuggish and, worst of all, he sees and says “AREWA” before anything else. My friend and brother, Oloye Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman of Afenifere and a leading columnist and writer in Nigeria, wrote the following as part of his contribution to the debate. He said, “Ali answers to the Comptroller General of Customs title. He lives in the official residence. He takes the pay. He uses the official cars and takes ALL the privileges of the office. But he rejects ONLY the uniform!” This is a pertinent observation. Odumakin has hit the nail on the head. In his own contribution Bashorun Akin Osuntokun, one of the most respected and courageous columnists in the country and a formidable historian and veteran politician, said: “One problem of our people is exasperating political naivety and lack of strategic thinking. This Ali man was the most truculent secretary of Arewa Consultative Forum. His recent behavior is a typical manifestation of the northern hegemony syndrome hence a strategic enemy of our vision of an egalitarian Nigeria. And here is an opportunity to advance this objective – and what do we do with it?” How right Osuntokun is. And for the benefit of those that are defending Ali on the specious grounds that the law does not compel him to wear the uniform he went on to ask: “Is there any law that says we must rise when the President enters a gathering? Or is there any law that says we must play the National Anthem at official functions?” Osuntokun’s point is well served and well taken. These are pertinent questions that he has asked. Both he and Odumakin have done justice to the matter. Their words appropriately and adequately reflect the sheer arrogance and impunity of Hameed Ali and the ignorance and naivety of those that are encouraging, defending and supporting him. Osuntokun’s earlier point particularly reflects the fact that there is a terrible weakness and a lack of fortitude and courage coupled with a deep and grave affliction buried deep in the souls of those that truly crave for a just and egalitarian society in Nigeria yet who, when they see a man like Ali beating his chest like an alpha male gorilla, either openly support him in his scandalous tomfoolery or they remain silent in awe and trepidation of him. Nothing is more shocking and disappointing than the disposition and behaviour of such people, many of whom ought to know better. Essentially the problem here is that many that have been turned into slaves in our country do not even know that they are slaves anymore because they have gotten used to it and they see it as the norm. This, surely, is the worse form of bondage and servitude. Permit me to share an example of such a twisted and warped mindset and disposition with you here. During the American civil war you actually had some black slaves fighting for the southern Confederate forces of Dixie despite the fact that those same forces were fighting to perpetuate the institution of slavery. That is how I view those that constantly support and encourage the arrogant hegemonist monsters that live amongst us and those who cannot comprehend the damage that they are doing to our collective cause and pysche by doing so. That is how I see those that are quick to endorse and applaud the shameful challenge and affront of Hameed Ali to the Senate and to the Nigerian people. They are the tragedy of Nigeria and without their support conflicted personalities like Ali would not get away with the kind of things that they are getting away with. May the Lord deliver us from power-mad and arrogant men who attempt to play God, whose time is short and whose clock is ticking fast. Shalom. Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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You may read the first part of this article, Femi Fani-Kayode: The Hausa Fulani, The Yoruba, And The Slaughter In Ile-Ife – Part 1, HERE. used to love and respect Governor Aregbesola even though we belong to different political parties. I knew him to be a proud, strong, unrepentant and inspiring Yoruba nationalist who knew the history of the Yoruba inside out and who was ready to stand his ground and fight his corner with anybody at anytime in defence of the Yoruba cause. Yet now it appears that all that has changed. Seven years in public office as Governor has softened him and made him lose his nerve, his edge and his fighting spirit. One wonders what really happened to the fire-brand that we knew as “Ogbeni?” The old Ogbeni was strong but the new one is weak. His love for power and desperation to foster and maintain questionable and futile political alliances at any cost and price has impaired his vision and beclouded his better judgement. The old Ogbeni would never have compromised with the aggressors and purveyers of violence in this way and he would have called a spade a spade and been fair to all. He would not have bent over backwards to appease the Hausa Fulani community and abandon his own people. The truth is that though I still love Aregbesola I find it difficult to forgive him for refusing to rise up to the occasion and for not defending and protecting the people of Ile Ife and Osun state from the reckless adventurers that have humiliated, assaulted and afflicted them in the last few days. He has refused to shelter and protect them from the evil scourge that seeks to subjugate them and turn them into village idiots and second class citizens in their own land. We needed to be consoled and comforted for the outrage and wickedness that was visited on our people by the Hausa Fulani settlers but instead Aregbesola betrayed his own people, went on his knees and begged the aggressors and those that beat, raped and slaughtered them. I despise anyone that bows and trembles before tyranny and those that take pleasure in killing the innocent in the name of faith, cows, cattle or some strange and misguided notion of ethnic supremacy. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the Leader of the Yoruba, once said, “Kaka ka dobale fun Gambari ka kuku roju Ku” which means “instead of a Yorubaman prostrating for a Hausa Fulani it is better to take courage and die”. Have our leaders in the south west forgotten these heroic words so soon? Has Aregbesola lost his memory? Since when have we had cowards as leaders in Yorubaland? Since when did we start fearing our own shadows and since when did we start speaking in hushed and muffled tones? Is political correctness more important than the lives of our people? The truth is that Rauf Aregbesola has forfeited the right to lead Osun state and I pray that the Lord forgives him for dancing on the blood of the people of Ile Ife and wining and dining with the enemy. Yet sadly the stinking mess does not stop there. I have been reliably informed by the spokesman of Afenifere, Oloye Yinka Odumakin, that up until the time of writing this piece only the sons and daughters of Ile-Ife, including notable traditional rulers, community leaders and other prominent men and women, have been arrested by the police and put in police cells in Osogbo, Ibadan and Abuja. Not ONE person from the Hausa Fulani community in Ile ife has been detained by the police or security agencies up until now. Given this, one wonders whether the 30 sons and daughters of Ile-Ife that lost their lives in the conflict committed suicide? One wonders whether they committed what the Japanese call “hari-kari”. One wonders whether they slit open their own stomachs with a long sharp sword and spilled their own bowels all over the battlefield. I say this because no-one seems to be interested in bringing those that butchered them in the sanctity of their own homes and their own land to heel. Such a selective application of justice can hardly be described as being reasonable or fair and surely that is not the way to foster better relations between the Hausa Fulani and the Yoruba in Ile Ife or elsewhere. A note that was sent to me captured the mood rather well when the author said the following: “There is no Yoruba person who has incited anything beyond putting our case across. We cannot keep quiet when our people are being harassed and intimidated. Barrister Gbenga Awosode,an Ife indigene has just been summoned to Abuja yesterday. As we speak no member of the Arewa community has been summoned. Our people have been killed on our land and on Arewa land over the years with no arrest made in history. We will not look for anybody’s trouble but if anyone look for ours he will get it double. Yoruba will not die on our knees. Any death that will kill us will meet us on our feet. But before we die……”. The concern is clearly building-up and the anger is mounting. Yet despite that the impunity continues. I say this because in the last seven days alone the Hausa Fulani have slaughtered scores of innocent people in Ile-Ife (Osun state), Buruku (Benue state), Arochukwu (Abia state), Malagum (Southern Kaduna) and Igbeti (Oyo State). Must we continue like this? Our faith, identity and ethnic nationalities are under attack and are threatened with annihilation and you want me to accept it in the name of one Nigeria? The fundamental question that we must all answer either now or later is as follows: if we cannot live together in peace and unity as one nation must we stay together by force? Is the unity of Nigeria truly sacrosanct? And if the older generation believes that this is so must the younger generation believe so as well? Never in the history of our country, other than during the civil war, has there been so much ethnic and sectarian bloodletting as there is today? And it is the usual suspects and those that the late and great Chief Bola Ige called “the Tutsis of Nigeria” that always spark it off and attack others either in the name of their faith or in their quest to take over and forcefully seize the land of others or in the name of herding cattle and grazing cows. When one considers this one is constrained to ask the following question: is it a crime to demand for the restructuring of our nation or for the peaceful and equitable dissolution of our very unhappy union? Can we not at least attempt to be civilised and start learning from others? Must we continue to ignore the voices of our fathers, elders and revered heroes like the great Pa Ayo Adebanjo and the gallant General Alani Akinrinade who saw all this coming many years ago and who urged us all to sit up and prepare for the worst? Must everything here be by compulsion and by force? Must some of us be regarded and classified as field hands and slaves whilst others are described as being “born to rule?” Is this not insulting to the majority? Is it not unacceptable? Is it wrong for people to exercise their God-given right of self-determination? Is that not the basis and the very essence of freedom and democracy? The wave of ethnic nationalism rising throughout the world, including countries like Holland, the United Kingdom, France, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, Israel, Germany, Turkey, Austria and, increasingly, Nigeria cannot be resisted or played down. And in Nigeria the more of our people that our collective ethnic oppressors kill, the more that wave will rise. The right to take pride in our ethnicity and invoke the principle of self-determination cannot be denied. We reject the concept of globalisation and the enthronement of a new world order. We reject the concept of an artificial, man-made, multi-cultural, multi-religious, mongrel mega-nation that is made up of ethnic and religious incompatibles. We reject the notion that we must bury our ethnicity, forget our differences, arrest our development, discard our values and enthrone the idea of a strange and complicated hybrid nation where we are expected to live with and accommodate those that hate our faith, despise our people, scorn our values and that rape, maim and kill our loved ones and compatriots in the name of religion, conquest, land, cows and cattle. The truth is that no force in hell or on earth can stop the rise and establishment of the sovereign state of Biafra, Oduduwa or any other ethnic nation that will one day be carved out of what is presently known as Nigeria. This is what the German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler once described as “Mein Kampf”, meaning “my struggle”. This is my hope. This is my desire. This is my dream. In conclusion I call for restraint from both sides in the Hausa Fulani and Yoruba conflict in Ile-Ife. I call for the restoration of peace and I pray that the souls of all those that were slaughtered rest in perfect peace. God bless and be with the people of Ile-Ife and the Yoruba nation now and forever. (CONCLUDED). Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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have been reluctant to write anything about the clash between the Yoruba and the Hausa Fulani in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and in which far many more people were killed than anyone cares to publicly admit. I was reluctant because Ile-Ife happens to be the home of my ancestors and indeed my hometown and for four generations my family have had a stake there and have been making meaningful contributions to the affairs and development of the community. Consequently I have an emotional attachment to the town and when I hear that a son or daughter of Ife is in trouble or is in any way hurt or harmed it hurts me to the marrow. This is because the Ifes are more to me than just my kinsmen. I consider them to be part of my family and deep down I love each and everyone of them whether they be friend or foe. Yet despite all this, on this occasion, I am constrained to set emotion aside, look at the cold facts and write about this ugly and tragic episode. I compelled to do so out of a sense of loyalty, honor and morality. This is especially so given the fact that the victims in this conflict appear to have no voice and no-one appears to be ready to speak for them. I am ready to be that voice. I owe my people, history and posterity that much and I have no apology for doing so. The crisis in Ile-Ife started when a group of Hausa Fulani men molested and physically abused a young Yoruba woman by the name of Kubura and almost killed her in the process. She went home covered in blood and when her husband, Akeem (a leading member of the NURTW in Ile-Ife) found out what she had been subjected to he went back to the Hausa-Fulani quarters (commonly known as Sabo) with her in tow to find out why she had been subjected to such barbaric treatment and who the perpetrators were. On getting there instead of being received with sympathy and remorse the husband himself was viciously stabbed and almost lost his life. After that the Hausa Fulanis in Sabo went on the rampage killing many sons and daughters of Ile-Ife their host community and in the process they proceeded to behead a young Yoruba man and they paraded his head on a pole through the streets. This infuriated the people of Ile-Ife and they retaliated by attacking the perpetrators. After that all hell broke loose and many Hausa Fulanis were killed. I have been reliably informed that at the end of the day approximately 300 Hausa Fulani’s were killed and buried in mass graves whilst over 70 per cent of the houses in Sabo were burnt down. The Ifes lost about 30 in the conflict. This is a tragedy of monumental proportions for each and every one of us. The casualty rate on both side is unacceptable and I wholeheartedly condemn the taking of human life for ANY reason unless it is in self-defence. As sad and tragic as this event may be we must point the fingers at the right places and place the blame for the conflagration where it belongs. Many have failed in this respect. For example instead of blaming the aggressors for the crisis and the carnage and warning them to stop killing our people and raping and beating our women, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been shamelessly begging the Hausa Fulani and saying such an attack will never take place again. It is right and proper for him, and indeed all responsible leaders, to call for restraint, to sue for peace and to encourage people not to break the law or take the law into their own hands in the name of retaliation and I must commend the efforts of our most revered traditional ruler, his Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11 in this respect. However it is equally important for Aregbesola to condemn the aggressors, the wife-beaters, the rapists and the murderers and to tell them in simple and clear language that Ile-Ife, the source and cradle of the Yoruba race, or indeed anywhere else in Osun State or the South West is NOT the sort of place that they can commit such atrocities and get away with it. We are not Southern Kaduna or Agatu in Benue State. We find it difficult to sit by idly and watch our people being slaughtered in cold blood. And neither do we bow down before our oppressors. There is something deep in the Yoruba spirit and soul and particularly that of the Ifes that resists and rebels against injustice, brutality, barbarity and subjugation and the history of the Yoruba proves that. We are slow to anger but irresistible in battle and the fact is that for one hundred years before the British colonial masters arrived on our shores we were fighting brutal civil wars against one another. We know the tragedy, the pain, the terror, the evil and the horrendous sacrifice that comes with war and conflict and though we avoid it as best as we can, we never shy away from it once it is forced upon us. Worse still the youth of Ile Ife, many of whom are veterans of numerous Ife-Modakeke wars, are hardened and battle-ready any day and any time. This is indeed a potentially volatile and dangerous mix. In this respect relevant and insightful are the words of Oloye Gani Adams, the leader of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), when he said, just yesterday, that “the Yoruba cannot be conquered!”. And if anyone has any doubts about that they should consider the sheer courage and unconquerable spirit of a loyal and faithful son of the Yoruba like Ayo Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti state. This is where Aregbesola missed it. This is what he appears to have forgotten and this is what slipped his mind. This is the point that he failed to appreciate and instead of doing so he chose to tread the disgraceful path of servility and appeasement whilst sacrificing the lives and interests of his own people. Though I am a firm believer in the right of self-defence, I do not seek to incite anyone to violence and neither do I advocate, condone or encourage it in any shape or form. I am simply stating the facts and pointing out that it is important to call an aggressor an aggressor and call a spade a spade. My old friend Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso who is the former Governor of Kano state then entered the ring and made matters worse. He went to Ile-Ife, met with the Hausa Fulani community and had the nerve and effrontery to tell Aregbesola that our people must pay compensation for the killing of his people: sounds familiar? I remember General Muhammadu Buhari’s words to Governor Lam Adesina in 2001 when, after a conflict between the Hausa Fulani and the Yoruba in Oyo, he asked “why are your people killing my people?” Kwakwanso came to Ile-Ife 16 years later, demanded an answer to the same question and asked for compensation! What a gratuitous insult this is delivered at a time when everyone is suing for peace and calling for calm. If the truth be told who should pay compensation to who? Who is accommodating who? Who did the attacking? Who killed first? Who drew first blood? Whose land and soil is it and who are the guests and visitors? You come into a man’s house and enter his land and you start killing members of his family and people and then you ask him to pay you compensation? Does this make sense? How many people did the Fulani compensate after they slaughtered the indigenes of Southern Kaduna, Benue, Enugu, Abia, Delta,Taraba, Lagos, Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Adamawa, Nassarawa, Niger, Edo, Ebonyi, Ondo, Ekiti and numerous other states in the country in their own land? How many did they compensate after the sectarian and barbaric killings of Christians and southern Muslims all over the north over the last 56 years? How many did they compensate after the pogroms, mass murder and genocide perpetrated against the Igbo all over the north just before the civil war in 1966? Who should apologise and who should compensate who? Honestly I cannot stomach all this. It would have been better for Kwakwanso to start with an apology for the beating, raping, carnage and barbarity that his Hausa Fulani brothers indulged in and unleashed on their generous and accommodating hosts before the fighting started. Do some people have a greater right to life than others in Nigeria? Is the blood of some more precious than the blood of others? Do the lives of the Ife people mean nothing to these people? Does anyone not feel a deep sense of outrage about what the Hausa Fulani did and how this whole thing started? Are we supposed to brush it under the carpet out of fear and our accursed desire for peace at ANY price? How do we expect the woman that was beaten and whose husband was almost stabbed to death for attempting to defend her honor to feel? How do we expect the family of the young man that was beheaded and the families of the other Yorubas that were killed to take all this? Are we not dancing on the graves of those that were slaughtered for no just cause? What does that say about us as leaders and as a people? Are we not meant to defend the weak and stand up for the oppressed and the defenceless? Do the people of Ile-Ife, a proud, gentle, kind and accommodating people with a rich and distinguished heritage, deserve to be visited with such violence from their guests and such contempt from their leaders? (TO BE CONTINUED). Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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