Femi Fani-Kayode: The Rivers Of Blood In Asaba [MUST READ]

his essay is about one of the most horrific events that has ever taken place in our history and one of the most graphic examples of ethnic cleansing that took place during our civil war in the quiet Delta town of Asaba. It is an event which mortified the civilised world and which brought our nation and Armed Forces opprobrium, disdain, contempt and shame. It is an event that turned the earth red with blood and the sky black with death on the accursed day that it took place. It is also an event which successive governments have attempted to brush under the carpet, forgetting that we owe it to God and to the slaughtered innocents to establish the facts, set the record straight and let the truth prevail. Whether anyone likes it or not what happened in Asaba on October 7th 1967 will constantly be revisited and one day, when history is taught in our schools, it will be a reference point for all that is sordid, unclean and reprehensible about our turbulent and ugly past. One day it will remind us of the depth of the brutality and sheer callousness that often prevailed in the old Nigeria and hopefully we shall garnish that reality with the firm resolve that such a thing will NEVER happen again. The facts are as follows. The Commanding Officer of the Second Division of the Nigerian Army that retook Asaba from Biafra was Lt. Colonel Murtala Mohammed. He was to become Major-General Murtala Mohammed and our nation’s Head of State within the next eight years. One of his key officer’s and the man that actually led the soldiers into Asaba on that day was Lt. Colonel Ibrahim Haruna (better known as Lt. Col. IBM Haruna). He was the commanding officer whilst one Major Ibrahim Taiwo, who actually gave the orders for the massacre to commence, was his second in command. According to Wikipedia: “The Federal troops entered Asaba around October 5 1967 and began ransacking houses and killing civilians claiming they were Biafran sympathisers. Leaders summoned the townspeople to assemble on the morning of October 7 hoping to end the violence through a show of support for “One Nigeria.” Hundreds of men, women, and children, many wearing the ceremonial akwa ocha (white) attire paraded along the main street, singing, dancing, and chanting “One Nigeria.” At a junction, men and teenage boys were separated from women and young children, and gathered in an open square at Ogbe-Osawa village. Federal troops revealed machine guns, and orders were given, reportedly by Major Ibrahim Taiwo, to open fire. It is estimated that more than 700 men and boys were killed, some as young as 12 years old, in addition to many more killed in the preceding days. The bodies of some victims were retrieved by family members and buried at home. But most were buried in many mass graves without appropriate ceremony. Many extended families lost dozens of men and boys. Federal troops occupied Asaba for many months, during which time most of the town was destroyed, many women and girls were raped or forcibly “married,” and large numbers of citizens fled, many not returning until the war ended in 1970″. Permit me to give a more vivid account. When the Federal troops “liberated” the town of Asaba from the Biafran Army, they invited all the young boys and old men into the town- centre for a briefing. Most of the men that were of fighting age had fled the town and retreated into the east with the Biafran army. The people left behind were mostly women, children and the elderly. At Ogbe Asawa the old men and young boys were asked to come out and report in the town square. Consequently no less than 1000 boys, some of whom were as young as 10 years old and elderly men, some of whom were as old as 80, left their homes and proceeded to the town centre for what they believed would be a pep talk and a happy reunion with Nigerian soldiers. They neither carried nor possessed any weapons and they offered no protest or resistance. As a matter of fact history records that many of them went to the town centre with great hopes of reconciliation and big smiles on their faces believing that they would find favour with their Nigerian “liberators”. When they got there they were lined up in neat rows and, within the space of one hour, every single one of them was dead. Those that were not shot to death were hacked to pieces and bludgeoned to death with knives, cutlasses, cudgels, axes and bayonets. Some were beheaded whilst others had their organs and private parts cut off and were badly mutilated. Worse still many had their eyes removed. Rivers of blood flowed through the town square as swarms of flies and hordes of vultures nested and feasted on the bloated corpses of the slaughtered innocents. The stench of death and rotting flesh was compelling and overpowering whilst the entire community was stunned with horror, frozen with fear and gripped with terror. Each and every one of them lost someone on that day and, as the bodies of both the young and old were thrown into mass graves, the entire town was thrown into weeks and months of weeping, wailing, mourning and gnashing of teeth. Other than the pre-meditated, cold-blooded and utterly callous “murder by starvation” policy of Gowon’s Federal Military Government which led to the death of over one million Biafran children, this event, which came to be known as the “Asaba massacre”, was undoubtedly the single most horrific and brutal act of genocide in the Nigerian civil war. Clearly those that were behind it forgot that the blood of the innocents and martyrs never goes to waste. They also forgot that the Lord of Hosts is a God of vengeance and the Ancient of Days always rewards and repays. 34 years later, in 2001, during the tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo and in front of the Justice Oputa-led Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Colonel IBM Haruna (who by that time had become a Major-General and was the Chairman and leader of the Arewa Consultative Forum), said the following words under cross examination in front of millions of Nigerians who watched the event on live television. He said, “as commanding officer and leader of the troops that massacred 500 men in Asaba, I have no apology for those massacred in Asaba, Owerri and Ameke-Item. I acted as a soldier maintaining the peace and unity of Nigeria”. He went further by saying: “If General Yakubu Gowon apologised, he did it in his own capacity. As for me I have no apology”. The fact that these were mostly defenceless little boys and elderly men who bore no arms, who carried no weapons, who offered no resistance and who were non-combatants during the war had no bearing or impact on the reasoning or thinking of this man. He expressed no remorse and no regrets for his reprehensible actions and he offered no compassion or sensitivity towards his harmless and trusting victims. And neither did he have any empathy with or sympathy for the families that they left behind. His mindset and attitude was sociopathic in nature. He refused to recognise or accept the fact that his actions were not only barbaric and utterly evil but also completely unnatural. This was a man who, under the administration of General Yakubu Gowon, was bestowed with the distinct honor and privilege of being appointed as Federal Commissioner of Information and Culture (the equivalent of Minister of Information and Culture) in our country, yet he openly expressed his pride and joy in slaughtering hundreds of innocent children, defenceless elderly men and helpless senior citizens in the name of “keeping the peace” and ensuring “Nigerian unity”. 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 they were put on trial or at any other time after the conclusion of the war. Worst still the open and public expression of this inhumane and utterly primitive attitude and sentiment by IBM Haruna proves more than any other that ever since the beginning and indeed right from the start southern Nigeria has been under the cruel yoke and bondage of the most inhuman form of subjugation, slavery and repression. We were (and still are) held together as a nation by nothing other than the fear of heartless and ruthless men like IBM Haruna and the force of arms. I sincerely hope that one day this wicked man who has no milk of human kindness flowing through his veins and who is incapable of harbouring any compassion faces justice for his heinous crimes. That is the least we could do to appease the souls of those that were so cruelly and brutally murdered in Asaba and give them the justice that they are screaming for from their graves. Interestingly, Major Ibrahim Taiwo, the officer who actually ordered the soldiers to shoot the civilians and who reported directly to Lt. Colonel IBM Haruna on that fateful day, was himself murdered nine years and five months later on February 13th 1976. He was killed alongside General Murtala Mohammed, the then Head of State and the civil war Commander of the Second Division to which they all belonged, during an attempted coup by Colonel Bukar Dimka. What an irony and strange twist of fate this was. Surely there is a lesson to be learnt there. May the souls of those that were massacred in Asaba on October 7th 1967 continue to rest in peace and may the Lord continue to strengthen and comfort their families and loved ones. Happy Easter! 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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Biafra: The March Of Ethnic Nationalists And A Friendly Warning To The French And British Ambassadors – Part 2

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.

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2019:INEC Beams Searchlight On Party Finances

As part of its strategic plan ahead of the 2019 general elections and even beyond, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has beamed its searchlight on finances of political parties in the country. The move, LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered, is to avoid a replay of what happened in the 2015 general elections in which staggering amount…

17 Years After, Dino Melaye Gets Certificate From ABU

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Biafra: The March Of Ethnic Nationalists And A Friendly Warning To The French And British Ambassadors, By @RealFFK

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.

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Our Retired Military Elites Fanning Embers Of Disunity – Oshiomhole

The immediate past former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has blamed Nigeria’s former retired military officers for the problems currently facing the country.   Speaking at the first Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia Memorial lecture, tagged, “Nation Building and Development in Nigeria,” organised by the University of Abuja, Oshiomhole noted that the elites who supervised…

Muhammadu Buhari: A Legacy Of Sorrow, Carnage, Tragedy, And Affliction [MUST READ]

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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Femi Fani-Kayode: The Enemy Within And The Cold-Blooded Threat From Arewa – Part 2

You may read the first part of this essay, The Enemy Within And The Cold-Blooded Threat from Arewa – Part 1 HERE. part from Afenifere, the OPC and a number of noble and courageous elders and leaders  hardly anyone else from the South West has spoken up publicly for the Ifes and the Yoruba in this matter and that is a crying shame. What happened to the voices of the APC Governors in Yorubaland? What happened to the voice of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo? What happened to the voices of the respected Pa Bisi Akande and the great Jagaban of Borgu, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu? We need to hear from all of these distinguished personalities now more than ever before. The celebrated American spy and defector Mr. Edward Snowdon urged public figures and leaders throughout the world to “speak NOT because it is SAFE but because it is RIGHT”. How right he is! The black American civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King jnr. took it a step further by saying,”In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends”. Finally, in his famous poem titled ‘The Inferno”, the great poet and immortal writer Dante Alighieri wrote, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis preserve their neutrality”. Those who remain silent as their compatriots and kith and kin are butchered have much to learn from the words of these three great and deeply profound men. When faced with the level of orchestrated carnage and the magnitude of pure malevolence and evil that was unleashed on the local indigenous population by the Hausa Fulani in Ile-Ife every single Yoruba leader worth his salt has a solemn duty and obligation before God  to condemn it and speak out against it. Honor and decency demands that much from each and every one of us and, more importantly, we owe it to the dead and to those that were cruelly butchered and cut short in their prime. We can appreciate the fact that the presidency and the federal government will not commiserate with us for those that we lost in the conflict given their rabid pro-Hausa Fulani disposition but we cannot comprehend the devastating and incomprehensible silence that comes from our fellow Yorubas who happen to be leaders, members and supporters of the ruling Hausa Fulani-led APC. Instead of standing in solidarity with us and publicly condemning those that drew first blood in the carnage, a few identifiable individuals within their ranks who have clearly lost their way and who ought to know better, are talking rubbish, running for cover and exhibiting nothing but good old fashioned trepidation and fear. Worse still they hate those of us that have the courage of our convictions and that are prepared to stand up, pick up the gauntlet and face the challenge. One wonders why this is so? Could it be because, as is being speculated, they had assured their hegemonist masters that they had Yorubaland under lock and key and that they could go ahead and kill as many of our people as they pleased? Could it be because they assured them that no-one would challenge them or complain when they did so? Is it possible, as many believe, that things have got that bad and that those from the south west that suffer from this slavish disposition have degenerated to this level? If so then what a tragedy this is! What a shame! What cowardice! What treachery! And all in return for a few measly crumbs from their master’s table. It is not enough that even their leader Bola Tinubu is being systematically squeezed and stylishly humiliated by the Hausa Fulani government that he helped put in power. It is not enough that they have cheated and humiliated him on numerous occassions. It is not enough that they have taken the lion out of the Lion of Bourdiĺlon. It is not enough that his Yoruba supporters and followers in the APC have been reduced to the demeaning status of colourless collaborators and lily-livered vassals. Worse still they have decided that no matter what they will continue to beg and play the role of “Uncle Tom’s” and  “house niggers” till the very end. They have sold their souls to the devil for thirty pieces of silver and they have traded in their heritage for a mess of pottage. Yet the truth is that whether they like it or not we will continue to speak out loudly and clearly against the atrocities that their paymasters are unleashing on Nigerians. Even though these very same traitors and cowards have displayed their greed and ignorance by openly opposing the restructuring agenda and have consistently opposed those of us that believe in the right of self-determination, we will not relent. We will continue to speak out and oppose the Hausa Fulani agenda for our nation. We will continue to oppose the hideous crimes against humanity and the genocide that the Fulani herdsmen are subjecting so many people to ALL over the country. We will continue to take the risks to life and liberty and face the persecution that comes with it. We will also continue to take their dirty insults and bear the inglorious display of their shameless ingratitude. We will pay whatever price that we must pay to be counted amongst those that defended, protected and ultimately liberated the great people of the south and the Middle Belt from the hegemony and subjugation of the scions of Usman Dan Fodio, the Sons of Futa Jalon and the shameless and gutless slaves that support and encourage them. We will do this for three reasons: firstly because we are led by the Holy Spirit to do so, secondly because we despise the brazen attempt to humiliate and enslave our people and thirdly because we abhor violence, genocide, ethnic cleansing and the shedding of innocent human blood. The Bible says we should “resist evil”. And what we are facing in the hands of the Fulani militias and herdsmen and the wider Hausa Fulani agenda in Nigeria today is the greatest evil that the African continent has ever seen or known. It takes an educated mind to appreciate that. Sadly most of those that are their slaves are barely educated. They lack confidence and suffer from low self-esteem. Instead of rising up to the occassion, trusting in the Lord and being strong and confident in the power of His might, they are feeble-minded, faithless, treacherous, cowardly and ignorant. It is in that context that I see the actions (or inactions) and hear the malicious words and insidious and insulting rantings of the grasshoppers and lilliputians that are lamenting about my contributions on the Hausa Fulani/ Yoruba conflict. Whatever they say or do we shall not be deterred. The struggle continues and victory is assured. Yet instead of getting any better things appear to be getting worse. For example such was the brutality and barbarity that the Fulani militias and herdsmen visited on the people of Benue state just last week that Samuel Ortom, the governor and chief security officer of that state, told the world that he would “ban the Fulani herdsmen” from coming to his state. As if things were not bad enough two days later yet another threat of mass murder was issued by the Fulani militias. This time it was in Kwara State, under the auspices of their umbrella organisation called Miyetti Allah. They said that they would kill anyone in Kwara state that challenged or confronted their people. That is how badly things have degenerated. Yet the nightmare goes on unabated. Four days ago yet another person was hacked into pieces by the Fulani militias. This time it was a staff of Delta State University in Abraka. When I called these barbarians  bloodsucking tsetse flies in 2015 many complained about my use of words. Are those people still complaining now? It is this type of murderous instinct, homicidal inclination, cold-blooded callousness, brazen impunity, reckless lawlessness and baseless arrogance that allowed a well-known Fulani Prince (as he then was) with Islamic fundamentalist tendencies, a salafist soul and a wahabbi spirit to publicly behead Gideon Akaluka in Kano in the mid-1990’s and yet escape prosecution and evade justice simply because of who and what he is and where he comes from. From the foregoing it is clear that in Nigeria some are more equal than others before the law and some can literally get away with murder. The truth is that we are really in trouble. The cow-lovers have charmed us with their suya and barbecued cow meat. We are under a terrible spell. We are bound in awe and fear of them and we have been turned into their perpetual slaves. Thousands have been slaughtered all over the country by these killer herdsmen in the last two years. Are they not worse than vampires from the pit of hell? They feed on the blood of the innocent: it  strengthens the demons that drive them, it fuels their confidence and it gives them satanic power. The more people they kill, the more power the devil gives them and the more violence, arrogance and impunity they display. Yet, as with all things that comes from satan, that power is always short-lived and it comes at a terrible price. These are just some of the things that the enemy within and those that have sold their souls to our collective oppressors would do well to consider. Meanwhile those of us that yearn for freedom and that have dedicated our lives to the liberation of our people shall continue to commit our noble cause into the hands of the Living God. He is faithful and true and, in the end, He will not only break our yoke of servitude but He will also grant us glorious victory and bring us to an expected end. He is ever faithful and ever sure: that is why they call Him the Lord of Hosts and the Ancient of Days. That is why no matter what they say or do, we simply smile and count it all as joy. Why? Because we know that with our God ALL things are possible and though the night may be dark, joy comes in the morning. Blessed be His name. (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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