he clouds of war are gathering with blood sucking gods that follow the perching of vultures. Vultures from Eastern Europe, vultures from Europe, vultures from Asia, yes, vultures from America that deal on arms. With eyes constantly fixed on any trouble spot in the world. They’re are hopefully praying to extend their business from Tripoli to Abuja. This is because, Nigeria is fast descending to the very path that Freetown took. The path that ruined Congo and Libya. The expressway to Rwanda, that is the path Nigeria is fast speeding to. Yet, this path is not a new path to us. It’s a similar terrain that we have taken before. In 1966, long before even the Rwandan path was paved. We wasted over 3million people as hundreds of innocent souls were slaughtered before even the war started. Long before the Rwandan path was paved, religious differences and ethnic intolerance as being repeated today, led to a civil war that took our best, took our leaders, took innocent souls and took us backward. The backwardness is still hunting and hurting us till day. And, it’s the wounds of the war that was not treated in a round table talk, talk, that is leading to another war. Yet, the leader of the nation insists that he’s comfortable exactly the way things are. So, it’s either history is unfair to us or our leaders are blind to it. Indeed, the death meant to kill a dog does not allow her to smell farces. And, like the saying goes, those who do not understand history are bound to repeat it. Even if we hadn’t experienced a civil war before, what happened in Free Town, Monrovia, Abidjan in recent history ought to have taught us a lesson. The way Tripoli was turned from a fast developing city into a slave town where war lords reign should serve as a lesson. But no, we learnt nothing. Just 50 years after, when those that played major role to the last civil war are still alive, here the snowball of war goes rolling down from the snow mountain of stupid arrogance, gathering with it all the ethnic intolerance and religious divide that paved the path of Rwandan. Where are you Gen. Gowon? Your silence is strongly becoming cowardice. Where art thou Alhaji Abudsalem Abubakar? Your silence is strongly becoming a tactical approval to the atrocities going on in the nation. Where are you Chief Emeka Anyaoku for there is an error in your silence. Speak out Gen. IBB or else history will record it that you said nothing when your voice was needed most. Ochiagha Ndi Igbo Comr.Ebitu Ukiwe your children are being slaughtered in their farms and you said nothing. You all said nothing as the youngman who watched his pregnant mother gang raped and her stomach ripped open bites his tongue and moan in revenge. You bigmen in power and in office, you felt secured and less concerned because you thought the evil is far of. When this Rwanda that is fast speeding to Nigeria will arrive, the distinguished Senator will be extinguished. The honourable house members will be dishonored. Some of you in executive offices will be executed. All by war lords who will takeover and parade the streets of Osun, Sokoto, Abuja, Calabar, Enugu etc. The war lords that took over the streets of Rwanda did the same. So. Let each and everyone one of you wake up while it’s day, let us collectively pursue the black sheep. Or else, when Rwanda will arrive, lizards will replace cows as major source of protein in our cooking. Ask Samuel Doe, when Rwanda arrived at Morovia, he hit the streets from the presidential palace in search of food after slaughtering his lions for meal. That was how he was captured and slaughtered. Rwanda does not respect big men and big office holders. As there are no big men Libya today, but war lords that are selling the children of even the rich into slavery. When Rwanda arrives there will be no strong man, no community leader, big men or small men. In Rwanda, there was not even religious leaders. Everyone will be to himself and God to all us. For the bigmen aides will desert them and run to take their families into the bush for safety. Then, the high fences of the local almighties will be climbed, their strong pad locks broken, their properties stolen, their wivies and daughters violated before them. For they’re always the first target of the Rwanda mobs. Ask the former almighty of Congo, Zaire politics, ask Gaddafi, when Rwanda visited their palaces were the first target of attack of the Rwandan mob. So, no one should feel less concerned about this Rwanda breeze that is blowing towards Nigeria. Do whatever you can today to stop it by speaking out. Or else, we all will live to regret our inactions. If the truth must be said, the path way to Rwanda is being paved due to our Executive arms of government lackadaisical attitude in respect to the insecurity ravaging the country. Under this very regim that came for change, Nigeria our beloved country has unfortunately, become a lawless country. A country with no rules and regulation, a country where laws are not adhered to. A country where there is no consequence for killing of innocent citizens. Yet, we have a government in place that refuses to take responsibility and security agents that seems not to know what their work is. Yet, every year we budget and spend billions on security agencies and the citizens are taxed for this. That’s how the path to Rwandan is being paved. On the expressway to Rwandan, citizens got killed, innocent girls are violated, mothers raped, farmers throat slit, people going about their businesses are killed at gun point and nothing was done about it. From Enugu, Kaduna South, Bornu, Bauchi, Zamfara, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Taraba, Plateau down to Benue, the Rwandan experience is going on. You might feel secured today because you move around with escorts, but when Rwanda will arrive it will only be war lords that will be escorted. There will be no senator, Federal or State House member, because each zone will be manned by war lords that legislate the rule of law. When Rwanda will arrive there will be no governor, no minister, no government officials because there was none in Rwanda, each area will have a war lord that will be lord of the law. In Rwanda, there will be no middle class, industrialist, banks etc, so there will be no ATM. The war lords controlling the areas you fall into might decide to print a new currency with his head as the logo. So, stop counting on what you have acquired now, for all be lost. On the path to Rwanda men of God that speak out and speak the truth to the government of the day were arrested and detained. Just as it is happening now. On the path to Rwanda the government of the day favoured one ethnic group against the other, and those that felt neglected took to self-defense. That was what paved the way to Rwanda. The Rwandan highway is being paved in Kaduna South, Jos, Taraba, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Benue. Communities that felt neglected by the federal government are going into self-defense. In Rwanda, babies were born with no future. As soon as they grow up they pick up an AK 47 and start killing fellow human beings. That Rwandan path is being paved in the Boko Haram controlled areas in Northern Nigeria. In Rwanda, bodies of dead people littered everywhere and the government of the day felt less concerned, just as dead bodies means nothing anymore in Nigeria. Nigeria is just as if we are in Liberia or Afghanistan. Nigeria has become a barbaric nation with no respect for human life. Like Rwanda, Nigeria has become a place where we wake up every day and hear that people are being slaughtered and we feel like it’s normal. In fact, like Rwanda, Nigeria has become a place where we hear 6 killed, 24 injured and we are like it’s small. Like Rwanda, schools has closed in so many villages due to the attack of war lords struggling for territories and the government of the day are helpless about it. Nigeria is seriously drifting towards Rwanda, but some people instead of speaking out and saying the truth are clapping and urging the president to go on as if nothing is happening. But, when Rwanda will come there will be no oil money to share, no nation to govern and all the major oil fields will be controlled by Niger Delta war lords. So keep on clapping and praising the government while pregnant women are being slaughtered. Keep on talking about 2019 while innocent children are being murdered. Keep on pretending that all is well with Nigeria when a foreign army of occupation has taken over most villages in Nigeria and our military are doing nothing about it. Keep on feeling less concerned when our national territory has been invaded by foreign mercenaries and we keep on pretending like all is at peace. The truth is, we cannot continue like this and expect Nigeria not to hit the Rwandan path. Nigerians are being slaughtered like a cattle, and their cries are hitting the ground. Hearts are hurting, souls are ravaging for revenge and they’re gathering storms of war. Nigeria will not survive a second civil war and the next war will be so shapeless because people are being hit from all angle. In Rwanda, everywhere and everyone was affected. When Rwanda visited Sudan, the former senate president lined up to beg for food from the relief agencies. The earlier our leaders drop their ethnic and religious differences and come together to demand an end to the herdsmen moving from one village to another to slaughtered our people, the earlier this snowball gathering storms of war will be controlled. Please speak out now for no matter how small your voice may sound, our collective voices will sound like a big mega phone to help stop the looming danger. 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 runs a syndicated column on The Trent. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
ew can dispute the fact that President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Ebora Owu, was one of those that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015. Without Obasanjo’s wholesale and comprehensive endorsement Buhari would have failed woefully at the polls three years ago. Yet, in my view, today the Ebora Owu has absolved himself of this grave and monumental error by standing up to speak truth to power at great risk to his safety, fortunes and welfare and by sending our President an explosive, damning and much-awaited missive telling him that he has failed woefully, admonishing him to get off his “high horse of leadership” and advising him not to attempt to run again in 2019. I am delighted and indeed proud of what the Ebora has done and I commend and congratulate him for finding the courage to say what those of us that have been at the forefront of the struggle against President Buhari have been saying for the last three years. My friend and brother Governor Peter ‘The Rock’ Ayodele Fayose gallantly led the charge and said it. Pastor Reno Omokri said it. Dr. Reuben Abati said it. Professor Abubakar Sulaiman said it. Col. Abubakar ‘Dangiwa’ Umar said it. Governor Nyesom Wike said it. Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said it. Mujaheed Asari Dokubo said it. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said it. Yours truly said it. And a number of others said it. And each and every one of us that did, in varying degrees, have faced all manner of insults and threats and have paid a heavy price for doing so. Yet we have no regrets because no matter what happens tomorrow posterity will judge us kindly and history will recall that, when it mattered the most, we stood for the people, for the truth, for justice and for equity and we resisted and opposed racism, ethnic hegemony, religious bigotry, naked tyranny, oppression, mass murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing and the relentless attempt to subjugate and enslave our compatriots and our nation. We welcome President Obasanjo and others to the honorable and noble ranks of conscientious dissenters, non-conformists and men of courage. Yet as refreshing and inspiring as his letter was I respectfully disagree with just one aspect of it. I believe that his categorisation and condemnation of the main opposition party was unecessarily harsh, misplaced and regrettable. And neither do I accept the assertion that the PDP “procured” a judgement at the Supreme Court. The continous attempt to demystify, demonise, demean and destroy the PDP, which the APC and the Buhari government set in motion as one of its cardinal policies three years ago, is certainly not the way forward. If anything those that got it wrong three years ago and that supported Buhari should be thanking the PDP for having the insight and fortitude to recognise the insincerity of purpose and glaring incompetence in Buhari and his APC at a very early stage when they stubbornly refused to do so. They should also be thanking a few of us for providing a viable, strong and virile opposition to a man that can best be described as a vicious and vindictive maximum dictator who has no respect for the rule of law or the tenets of democracy and a party that was contrived and conjured up from the pit of hell. Yet outside of that faux pax I believe that the Ebora Owu’s intervention was not only welcome but also timely. His counsel has removed whatever little was left of the spiritual foundation of the APC and the Buhari government and it has stripped them naked before the civilised world. Today they are nothing but a sorry bunch of castrated and weakened renegades who are living on the fading glory and diminishing power of an “all-conquering” ethnic hegemonist and religious bigot. Simply put, they are nothing but a shell of their former selves. Baba Obasanjo’s intervention also creates the potential for a new beginning and a massive and purposeful realignment of political forces that may end up saving Nigeria. Let us hope that thousands of others that have hitherto been hiding under their beds out of fear of Buhari will follow the Ebora’s lead and find their voice. Yet if we really want to ensure that Buhari does not return in 2019 we need to go much further than offering wise counsel or letter-writing. The truth of the matter is that this whole issue goes far beyond party politics: it is a struggle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. I say this because what we are faced with is pure tyranny and unadulterated evil. As a matter of fact it is probably the greatest evil that we have ever known in our entire history. Quite apart from the sheer duplicity, double-speak, greed, mendacities, double-standards, nepotism, ethnic and religious motivations, clanishness, cruelty, incompetence and monumental corruption of the Buhari administration, under their watch more people have been slaughtered by the security forces and by state-supported and protected ethnic militias like the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen than at ANY other time in our history outside the civil war. . Too much blood has been shed. Too much suffering and devastation has been wrought and inflicted. Too much has gone wrong. The very root of our foundation and our source of strength and unity has been tampered with and damaged almost irreversably over the last three years. Worse still is the fact that the neo-fascist forces that Buhari and those that are still with him represent will not let go of power without a hard and bloody fight. Those forces are far more entrenched, determined, bloody-minded, dangerous and devastating than anything we have ever known or that we have ever been confronted with in our entire history. They are not only ruthless but they are also relentless. If anyone doubts that they should read the words of the Minister of Defence when he attempted to defend, justify and rationalise the activities of the Fulani herdsmen. I said this during the 2015 Presidential campaign and many refused to listen. I am saying it again today. Buhari and those behind him will not go down without a fight yet they must be stopped before they soak the whole of Nigeria in innocent blood and shatter whatever little is left of our fragile unity. They must be stopped before they ignite a second civil war in which brother will kill brother and to which there will be no end. We must avoid this at all costs and we must settle our many differences in a peaceful and civilised way through dialogue, fair play, justice, restraint, understanding, free and fair elections and, most important of all, the restructuring of our nation. We must also be ready to confront the tyranny in the land and face down the evil wherever and whenever it raises its ugly head. Those that choose to play down the dangers of our situation and that have turned a blind eye to the gravity of the unfolding crisis would do well to consider the words of Mr. Abdulazeez Adeniyi Sulaiman. He wrote, “Buhari’s legacy of bigotry and ethnic hatred is set in stone. There is no amount of makeover under the sun that can change that. Fulani herdsmen set a 150-acre palm plantation ablaze in Oyo state”. Disturbing? Indeed. Yet no-one has managed to capture the mood better than Mr. Nnaemeka John who wrote the following on 21st January, “I love the Fulanis! Our political scientists take time to study Machiavelli, Gramsci, Shaka the Zulu, Hans Morganthau’s ‘Power’, Guevara et al ignoring a rare and unique political philosophy in our midst- “the Fulanism-Jihadism!” See how they took Hausa land, took Ilorin, used and dumped Ken Saro Wiwa, used the Tivs, Igalas, Idoma’s et al and dumped them. Unongo is now a wailing wailer, David Mark has lost his voice, Gemade is lost, Audu is still somnambulistic, Fani-Kayode is screaming, Olu Falae is now a chronic wailer: learnt they visited him again yesterday. Na so life be? Now, let it be known all over southern Nigeria, that the march to dip the Koran into the Atlantic ocean has began in earnest. Any obstacle will be ruthlessly crushed. They tested the people’s will by threatening to soak dogs and baboons in blood, they got their way. The killed and burnt the entire family of a Resident Electoral Commissioner nothing happened. They appointed only people from their side into their kitchen cabinet, southerners were made to justify it. They closed the Chapel on the Rock at Aso, our Christian Vice president, explained it away. They released murderous Boko Haram members, without any kind of penal measures into society, we hissed and went about our normal businesses. They paraded our people accused of corruption in handcuffs like common criminals, we kept quiet. They picked up Nnamdi Kanu, whose words pierced their conscience, exposed their plans and cried to the world; they handcuffed him, like a common criminal while Boko Haram kingpins, who have murdered hundreds, appeared in court unfettered, we only grumbled. They sent herdsmen to cause havoc in our homelands, rather than defend ourselves, we begged them to stop killing us in own ancestral homes. They pushed further by appointing only their own into the National Defence Council, something that has never happened before, not even immediately after the civil war, all we did was murmur. They took on unarmed IPOB, proscribed them, labeled them terrorists and militants, politically correct people hailed them and clapped for them. For the jihadists, it was a sign that the time has come, the time to implement the time tested strategy that worked in Ilorin, Lebanon, Turkey and several other places. Since it is now very obvious, that the people have been cowed, intimidated and politically outsmarted, it is now time to introduce the Trojan horse, under the guise of cattle colonies. They will take the people’s lands, develop them with proceeds from oil, gotten from the people’s land and hand them over to their people. They will move in with their families, one man to four women, each woman have at least five children, in twenty years time, they’ll outnumber the Aborigines, use their numbers to get strategic political positions and declare an Islamic state. Sounds like fiction? No! That’s exactly how Lebanon moved from a very popular trading and beautiful tourist country that it was, to the ruins and debris laden country that it is today. The Christians in the South have a choice, they either hand over the colonies to the Jihadists, sorry government, and convert to Islam or say “No!” to the colony project and begin to prepare for the consequences. To be forewarned, is to be forearmed! God help us”. The unfolding scenario is indeed grave and it is fraught with danger. War is on the horizon and the sheer madness, greed, bloodlust and callousness of the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen coupled with the conspiratorial collaboration and criminal collusion of the Buhari administration in their unconsciable evil is stirring a retributive, wild, dangerous and uncontrollable rage in the hearts of their victims and in the communities that they consistently terrorise, burn down and subject to ethnic cleansing and genocide. That rage is like a massive volcano that is waiting to erupt and explode. And when it does not one of the perpertrators or the objects of its hate will escape the wrath of its burning lava. The message is simple and clear: “we shall not be conquered”. 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 runs a syndicated column on The Trent. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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wo days ago Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the following. “100 billion naira and $289 USD million was withdrawn in cash by President Goodluck Jonathan two weeks before the presidential election ostensibly for security. This was unprecedented stealing and it led to the economic recession that we are suffering today”. Sadly the wild, baseless and frankly absurd allegations and willful and premeditated display of perfidy did not stop there. A few weeks earlier Osinbajo had said the following: “President Goodluck Jonathan did not put in place ANY infrastructural development in his last 5 years”. This is yet another unmeritorious and unworthy clangger! The truth is that I am fed up with this despicable little man’s horrendous lies. If he is not lecturing, talking down to or insulting the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Christian leaders or trying to convince the world that there is no islamisation agenda in Nigeria he is resorting to the most disgusting and shameful mendacities. The truth is that there is nothing worse or more repugnant than a pernicious liar and a sanctimonious and self-serving dwarf that thrives in double standards and hypocrisy. Osibanjo never saw fit to publicly condemn the stealing of the Ikoyi/Osbornegate billions, the SGF grass cutting stealing, the $26 billion USD NNPC contract scam or the Mainagate scandal. Instead he always saves his perfidy and lies for President Jonathan and the leaders of the PDP. He never condemned the slaughter of thousands of Christians (including clerics) and hundreds of Shiite Muslims in the north. He never condemned the mass murder of IPOB and Biafran youths. He never condemned the obvious Islamisation and anti-Christian policy of the Buhari regime. He never condemned the ethnic cleansing being carried out by the Fulani herdsmen. He never condemned the relentless persecution and violation of human rights and civil liberties that the opposition have been subjected to for the last two and a half years. He never condemned the northernisation of governance in Nigeria and the fact that his boss President Buhari had directed the World Bank to only develop the north and to ignore the south. He never condemned the fact that southern Nigeria and the Midddle Belt are effectively under occupation. He never condemned the fact that every single security agency in the country and every branch of the Armed Forces except for the Navy is headed by a northern Muslim. He never condemned the fact that the army attacked Nnamdi Kanu’s home, murdered 26 people in cold blood, killed his dogs, burnt his cars and “disappeared” him. He never condemned the fact that the wives and children of opposition members and perceived enemies of the government are being killed, detained, maimed, rounded up, tortured and harrased by Buhari’s goons and security agencies. He never condemned the fact that his own colleague, a female pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), was murdered in cold blood by muslim fundamentalists in the north just over one year ago. He never condemned the censorship of the press, the intimidation and blackmailing of newspaper publishers and editors and the threats issued against the owners of radio and television broadcasting stations. He did not condemn the planned clampdown on the social media over the next few weeks and months. He did not condemn the systematic and insidious adoption of a culture of fear and silence which is being foisted upon our people. He did not condemn the bombing of predominantly Christian IDP camps by Muslim Air Force officers. He did not condemn the wholesale slaughter of the innocent Christian indegenous populations, including women and children, in Plateau state, Benue state, Southern Kaduna, Kebbi state, Borno state, Adamawa state and elsewhere in the north by Janjaweed-like Fulani militants. I could go on and on. Osinbajo, our supposedly learned, God-fearing, pious, humble and righteous Pastor and Professor of Law, has not deemed it fit to condemn anything that is evil or reprehensible that goes on in our country! All he did and has done was go around calling Buhari his father, running his mouth off against CAN, the Church and Christian leaders and insulting President Jonathan and other members of the resistance and the opposition. The truth is that I have lost all respect for this man. That is a pity because I have known him for over thirty years and have always held him in high esteem. Yet sadly that has all changed because I never knew that below the surface he was nothing more than a gutless coward and quisling who, like Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, had sold his soul to the devil for knowledge and power. I never knew that he was the sort of man that would sit by idly and quietly whilst his own southern people and members of his own Christian faith are being humiliated, cheated, persecuted, enslaved, marginalised, slaughtered and, in some cases, being subjected to ethnic cleansing. As far as I am concerned Vice President Osinbajo is not just a deceitful, mendacious and poisonous dwarf but he is also a lying imp and devlish little midget who has been overwhelmed and possesed by a stunted, crude, cowardly and servile evil spirit. The truth is that he would kill or sacrifice anyone, no matter how close they are to him, just to please his boss Buhari. I stopped regarding him as a believer the minute he bowed his head and went on bended knee before Baal’s Prophet and the minute he opted to be the running mate to the greatest enemy of Christ’s Church in Nigeria. The fact of the matter is that, in my view, the Vice President is not a Christian let alone a Pastor. He ceased being one long ago. Like Judas Iscariot he has betrayed Jesus Christ in return for thirty pieces of silver and he has assisted those that have continuosly insulted and sought to undermine the Christian faith in Nigeria. His is nothing less than a hideous, horrific and monuemental Shakesperean tragedy that shall not end well. Permit me to close with the following. The lack of sense that some commentators in Nigeria consistently display never ceases to amaze me. They claim that it is fair game for the likes of Osinbajo to keep calling Jonathan and opposition leaders looters and thieves but that it is wrong, disrespectful and unfair to call him a lying dwarf for saying so! This is nonsense. And those that hold that view should mark this: the more bricks Osinbajo and his boss throw at us the more they will get in return. We cannot be intimidated by them and we shall not be cowered into silenced. Being a Vice President is one thing but allowing yourself to degenerate into a willing tool and servant of Baal and debasing yourself into what is nothing more than an unrepentant son of perdition is quite another. I suggest that both Osinbajo and Buhari leave Jonathan and the PDP alone and clean up their own filthy mess! They have just over one year left to do so. 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 runs a syndicated column on The Trent. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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n the early 1960′s Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the first Premier of the Western Region, lost his first son and years later his second son and second daughter were cut short in the prime of their lives. Chief S.L. Akintola, his bitter political rival and the second Premier of the Western Region also lost his first daughter in the early 60′s and a few years later lost his third and youngest son. His second son was also cut short in his prime a number of years later. Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode, the Deputy Premier of the Western Region, who was a close ally and second in command to S.L. Akintola, lost his second son. Sir Adesoji Aderemi, who was the Ooni of Ife, a close ally of Awolowo and the first ceremonial Governor of the old Western Region, lost his first son. Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Premier of the old Eastern Region and Nigeria’s first and only ceremonial President, lost his first wife. President Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s second democratically-elected President lost four wives and one son many years ago whilst Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Premier of the Northern Region, lost two sons and one daughter. Awolowo and Obasanjo went to jail for three years each whilst Ahmadu Bello went to jail for three months. S.L. Akintola was killed in the prime of his life just as were Ahmadu Bello and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first democratically-elected leader and Prime Minister. As a matter of fact they were all killed on the same night- the night of January 15th 1966. President Shehu Shagari, Nigeria’s second democratically-elected leader and first executive President lost four children whilst he was in power and was locked up for over two years after he was toppled. Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12th 1993 Presidential election, lost two wives, was locked up for 4 years and was eventually killed. Chief Bola Ige, the first democratically-elected Governor of Oyo state and the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federation lost his first son and he himself was later murdered. Chief Bisi Onabanjo, the first democratically-elected Governor of Ogun state lost his first son. Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first democratically elected Governor of Lagos state, lost his first daughter. Dr. Omololu Olunloyo, the second democratically-elected Governor of Oyo state lost his son. Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, the first Minister of Finance of Nigeria was killed. Chief Alfred Rewane, one of the founding members of the Action Group and a leading figure in NADECO, was killed. The list is endless and I could go on and on. Alhaji Musa Yar’adua was Minister of Lagos Affairs in the First Republic. He was blessed with a long and peaceful life. However two of his sons were not so lucky. His first son, General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, who was number two to General Obasanjo when he was military Head of State and who for many decades was one of the most powerful men in the country, was murdered whilst he was in prison. His second son, President Umaru Yar’adua, was cut short in his prime by a strange and inexplicable ailment after he had been President for only three years. He was succeeded by his number two, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan lost his brother and his mother-in-law one year after the other after he became President. After losing the presidential election in 2015 he lost his Special Advisor on Political Affairs and his Chief Security Officer within a matter of months. Worse still those that he had been deputy to throughout his political life, either as Deputy Governor or Vice President, always suffered one form of misfortune or the other, whether it be death, shame, incarceration or impeachment, and he would end up stepping into their shoes and taking their place. When it comes to our military rulers the story of consistent tragedy is no different- General Aguiyi-Ironsi, our first military Head of State was killed. General Yakubu Gowon, our second military Head of State, was toppled from power, exiled, lost his brother and his first son was jailed. General Murtala Mohammed, our third military Head of State, was killed and lost both his son and son-in-law. General Olusegun Obasanjo was our fourth military Head of State and we touched on his misfortunes earlier. I should however add this. In the case of Obasanjo every single one of his official ADC’s since the civil war right up until the time that he left office as President in 2007 except for two was cut short and died a mysterious and inexplicable death. Sadly it did not stop there. Every single one of his spokesmen between 1999 and 2007 also died before their time except for one. General Muhammadu Buhari, our fifth military Head of State, was toppled from power, locked up for three years, lost his mother whilst he was in detention and was not allowed to attend her burial, lost his number two (General Tunde Idiagbon) in very strange and suspicious circumstances and later lost two daughters. General Ibrahim Babangida, our sixth military Head of State, was eased out of power and compelled to ”step aside” amidst massive controversy and turmoil and later lost his wife. His number two, Rear Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, lost his first son, Chief Ernest Shonekan, our first and only Interim Civilian Head of State, was badly humiliated and toppled from power. General Sani Abacha, our seventh military Head of State, lost his son, was removed from power and was killed. General Abdulsalami Abubakar, our eighth military Head of State, as far as I am aware is the only exception and appears to have escaped any misfortune. Yet the picture is very depressing. This is indeed a catalogue of tragic events. Sorrow and pain just appears to be following sorrow and pain. It is a vicious cycle of misfortune and calamity. Yet the most curious phenomenon and bizarre series of events of all is the fact that every single Head of State or President that has ruled our country from the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja for three years or more has either ended up dying whilst there or has lost a spouse before leaving office. Babangida did not stay in the Villa in Abuja for up to three years so he and his wife escaped what has come to be known as the ”Villa curse”. It was the same for Chief Ernest Shonekan who, wisely, never stayed at the Villa at all but who chose to preside over the affairs of the nation from Aguda house next door and who remained in power for barely six months. General Abdulsalami Abubakar stayed at the Villa but he remained there for less than a year. However Abacha, Obasanjo and Yar’adua were not so lucky- each of them stayed at the Villa for three years or more and before the end of their tenure they either lost their own life or the life of their spouse whilst there. The story is that once the three year mark is passed the curse sets in and the clock begins to tick. At the end of the day only one of the two spouses comes out alive. The case of President Goodluck Jonathan and First Lady Patience Jonathan was an interesting one in this respect. In my view it was by the grace of God, the prayers of the Church and the intercessors and the fact that Jonathan conceded victory to President Buhari in 2015 that the curse did not affect them. I say this because it is a matter of public record that during the one year and six months preceding the 2015 election Dame Patience Jonathan was compelled to undergo no less than 12 operations abroad as a consequence of a strange life-threatening abdominal affliction. This affliction persisted throughout the 2015 presidential campaign and it is a testimony to her immense courage and loyalty that in spite of it she was able to campaign for her husband in between the numerous procedures. The strange thing is that the minute the election was over and President Jonathan conceded victory to President Buhari the affliction and all its symptoms completely disappeared without any trace and without any logical or medical explanation. Consequently both Jonathan and his wife left the Villa in good health later that year. Many believe that had it not been for the intense prayers and the concession of victory things may well have been different. The Bible says “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform”. President Muhammadu Buhari has been in office for almost 2 years and six months. It is a fact that he has spent more time on sick leave undergoing treatment in foreign hospitals outside our shores than he has at his desk running the affairs of our country. On his last medical trip he spent no less than 105 days abroad in a single stretch virtually incommunicado taking care of his health even though the Nigerian people were never told the nature of the affliction or what the prognosis was. This led to a lot of concern and speculation as to whether he would make it back to Nigeria alive. Yet in what can only be described as a remarkable and miraculous recovery Buhari returned to Nigeria but curiously he has refused to work from his official office in the Presidential Villa or even set his foot there claiming that “rats” had taken over the whole place. Instead he has chosen to work and run the affairs of our nation from a tiny cramped office in the residential wing of the Villa which can barely take up to four people comfortably and which has a tiny desk. No explanation has been offered for this bizarre setting and state of affairs other than the one of rats. Yet the wise, the discerning and the spiritually sensitive know what is going on. Whichever way May 2018 will be the three year mark of Buhari in the Presidential Villa and I hope and pray that he and his wife will be as lucky as President Jonathan and First Lady Patience Jonathan were. It is incumbent on us all to pray for them. Permit me to conclude with the following observations which I believe are curious and relevant. During the course of the three years before the 2015 presidential election President Muhammadu Buhari lost another daughter whilst Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state, who is being groomed as his heir and successor, lost one daughter, one son and one nephew. Finally one year and six months before the 2019 presidential election, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos state, the National Leader of the APC, Buhari’s closest and most powerful ally in southern Nigeria and a man who, it is rumoured, himself has presidential ambitions lost his first son. The Angel of Death that stalks the corridors of power in Nigeria is frightful and real. May God deliver us from it and may the souls of all those that were cut short before their time rest in peace. 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 runs a syndicated column on The Trent. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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any years ago the irrepressible Hausa leader who hailed from Kano and who was the founder of the radical leftist political party in Nigeria called NEPU, Mallam Aminu Kano, said. “Until the Fulani Emirs are toppled northern Nigeria will not know peace”. History has proved him right. The feudal structure of the north and its deeply conservative ethos has resulted in nothing but retrogression, poverty, disease, radical Islam, terror and killer herdsmen. Yet the problem goes much further than the north: it extends to the whole of Nigeria. Worse still it has affected the psyche of the Nigerian people and left them with a very low self-esteem. We have become victims and casualties of our modern history and little more than miserable serfs in a Fulani-controlled artificial, man-made vassal state which deems non-Fulanis as nothing more than the biblical “hewers of the wood” and “drawers of the water”. In our very own eyes we are nothing and in our hearts we believe that the Fulani are everything. We bow and tremble before them, we jump when they sneeze or express their displeasure and we smile and commend them when they commit all manner of abominable atrocities and slaughter. The bitter truth, which few wish to hear and even fewer are prepared to acknowledge, is that the fundamental problem of the Nigerian is that subconciously he has accepted the erroneous and false notion that he is a slave to the Fulani. He has been robbed of his identity, history and culture. He does not know where he is coming from or where he is going. He suffers from a grave, crippling and debilitating inferiority complex which has robbed him of his ability to think in a rational way or protest any act of injustice and barbarity that he or she is subjected to by his Fulani slave-masters. This applies to every Nigerian both from the north and the south. The challenge of our time is to shatter that notion, free their minds and break their chains in spite of their weakness and their reluctance to fight for their own freedom. For example look at a man like General Yakubu Gowon our former Head of State. The Fulanis have been slaughtering his Plateau people for years yet he cannot bring himself to condemn them publicly. Instead he says things like “restructuring Nigeria is impossible” which is exactly what the slave masters want to hear. This is one of the most shameful and retrogressive assertions in contemporary Nigerian history and sadly it comes from a man who claims to pray. Has Gowon forgotten that Bible says “with God ALL things are possible?” Again hear what Gowon had to say about the cause of the Nigerian civil war 47 years after it ended. He said Colonel Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the leader of Biafra, caused the civil war by lying about what transpired in Aburi. This is false. Ojukwu told no lie. Gowon agreed to all the terms in Aburi but when he got home he reneged on the agreement simply because the power behind the throne and the de facto leader of Nigeria, a Fulani army officer by the name of General Murtala Mohammed who led the July 29th 1966 northern officers “revenge coup” and who put Gowon in power, said so. Gowon’s concessions at Aburi were unacceptable to the Fulani ruling class so the whole thing was thrown out of the window. This is what led to the civil war. Sadly the tales of woe and servility do not stop there. Look at a man like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has suffered every form of insult and indignity over the last two years from the Fulani CPC and President that he helped put into power in 2015. He literally helped to enslave his Yoruba people and fellow southerners and he consolidated and fortified the relentless subjugation, bondage and humiliation that the people of the Middle Belt have been subjected to by the Fulani for the last 100 years. Yet despite that he now says he still “has confidence in Buhari”. Poor him. Does slavery and the selling of one’s soul, heritage and kinsmen not have limits? Is there no pride and dignity left? Must some live on their knees and lead others into servitude and perdition? By the time Buhari finishes with him he will wish he had never been born! By the time the Fulani finish with Nigeria we will all be speaking Fufude and have a cow in our back yard. Permit me to conclude this contribution with perhaps the most graphic and appauling example of crawling servility and protecting and serving the master’s agenda. This was provided by none other than Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who went to Lagos and told a gathering of Christians that “nobody can Islamise Nigeria”. That is exactly what the leaders of Egypt and Turkey once said.They both used to be 99% Christian until they let down their guard. Now they are both Muslim countries with tiny Christian minorities that suffer untold hardship and persecution. Leaders must LEARN from history and STOP IGNORING it. The truth is that Osinbajo betrayed the Church by pairing with a man who HATES southerners and Christians but because that man is a Fulani it did not matter to him. He went on bended knee and served his principal as if the man were God. And for him he was prepared to betray not just his kinsmen and peiple but also his faith. And the result is as follows: under Buhari the head of EVERY military and security agency in our country except for one is headed by a northern Muslim and every parastatal in the energy sector is headed by a northerner. Finally consider this: The D-8 countries are Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. They all have one thing in common: ISLAM. Osinbajo talks down on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for raising the alarm of islamisation. Nigeria is now a member of EVERY international Islamic organisation yet, according to him, there is no islamisation agenda! Are we to keep quiet until they either pull down every Church or announce it officially? Somebody needs to talk to the VP. He has forgotten why he was named the running mate to Buhari instead of his mentor, Bola Tinubu. He needs to study the book of Esther before it is too late! May God deliver us from these slaves and their relentless masters! Such is the disgust that many feel about the shameful behaviour and self-serving utterances of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that the President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, was constrained to warn him and advise him to educate himself and stop attempting to prove his loyalty to Buhari by slamming Christians in the country. Ayokunle has displayed courage and fortitude by offering this timely admonition. Let us hope that Osinbajo listens. Permit me to conclude with the words of President Abraham Lincoln. He said, “to sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men”. The Nigerian people have much to learn from this great man’s insight and wise counsel. May God grant us courage and faith. 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 runs a syndicated column on The Trent. He tweets [email protected] The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
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he greatest crime that man has inflicted on his fellow man in the last 50 years is the evil concept of unrestrained globalisation coupled with the incremental evolution, unacceptable espousal and wholehearted acceptance of the artificial, man-made, mongrel nation-state which is made up of ethnic and religious incompatibles. Yet thankfully there has been a backlash. The forces of the far-right and ethnic nationalism are marshalling and are on the rise all over the world. Consequently a laudable, unprecedented and irresistible counter-offensive has begun. We see this in Trump’s United States of America, Putin’s Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Israel, France, Holland, Hungary and many other parts of the civilised world. We have witnessed it in Catalonia, Biafra, Scotland and Kurdistan where the oppressed are fighting for the establishment of their own nation. All over the world we hear the cry of those that are struggling for their emancipation and deliverance from alien and foreign oppressors with whom they share no history or have any cultural or religious links or affiliation. Throughout the comity of nations we hear the desperate lamentations and compelling words of those great and noble patriots and souls who take pride in their history, cultural heritage, ethnicity and religious faith and who refuse to allow their identity to be redefined, watered down, eradicated or decimated in the name of unrestrained and unfettered racial integration with those that they have nothing in common. We hear the voices of those who refuse to be robbed of their heritage and persona by a godless horde of ranking unbelievers, murderous religious extremists, barbarous aliens and desperate usurpers who come from a distant land and we acknowledge the concerns of those who refuse to be ensnared by false, bogus and long-discredited notions of political correctness and the wholesale adoption of discredited and nonsensical liberal values and philosophies. The bottom line is as follows: there is no crime in flying the flag of ethnic nationalism, in rejecting the idea of a nation of hybrids and in wanting to take your nation back for its people. There is no sin in the desire to re-establish pure and unpolluted ethnic bloodlines and racial stock. There is no shame in chanting “blood and soil” whilst marching in the streets with torch in hand as others once did many years ago. It is indeed the procession of the faithful: it is the march for freedom and the song of liberty. It is an attempt to restore, defend and preserve the very essence of who we are. It is an attempt to break the shackles of bondage and the chains of slavery. It is an attempt to liberate us from those with whom we share no history, no heritage and no values and yet who insist on imposing their will on us, controlling and dominating our very lives and insisting that they were born to rule. This is all the more so given the fact that, in the Nigerian context, we are saddled with the most bloodthirsty, sadistic, sectional, extremist, bigoted, tribalistic, vicious, bitter, narrow-minded and ignorant President that our country has ever known. This is a man that was once a profoundly good man but that has now become one of the worlds greatest ethnic cleansers. I say this because under his watch more Shiite Muslims, northern Christians, Igbo youths, Middle Belters and southerners have been slaughtered and butchered than at any other time in our history other than during the civil war. Worse still, this is a man who, according to the president of the World Bank, Kim Yong Jim, said that his organisation should concentrate their efforts on developing northern Nigeria alone as if the rest of our country does not even exist. Yet why am I not surprised? After all as far as Buhari is concerned the people of southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt are nothing but low-lifes, vassals and slaves who are only relevant at the time of a presidential election. This is a man who had the sheer effrontery and nerve to insult us all by addressing the entire nation in the Hausa language on the occasion of the Islamic Ramadan observance. This is a man who boastfully and openly told the world that he would favour those who voted for him in the 2015 Presidential elections (meaning his core Muslim northern base) and that he would not favour those who voted against him (meaning the predominantly Christian south). This is a man who the celebrated writer Bashorun Akin Osuntokun rightly described in his latest column as a President “who is firmly wedded to the politics of division and of pan northern Nigerian Muslim irredentist politics”. This is a man under whose watch as Minister of Petroleum in 1977 $2.8 billion dollars went missing. This is a man under whose watch as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund in 1997 $500 million dollars went missing. And this is a man under whose watch as President of the Federal Republic and again as Minister of Petroleum and Energy in 2017 $26 billion dollars has gone missing. A leader must put the good of his country before his own inclinations and that of his party. This is something that is clearly lost on Muhammadu Buhari and his core northern Hausa Fulani supremacist supporters. Nigel Farage MEP, the founder and former leader of Great Britain’s United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and one of the most formidable and potent voices behind BREXIT recently said, “The establishment media across Europe and the West despise me. They cannot accept that people still believe in the nation state”. I know precisely how he feels. The walk of the ethnic nationalist in todays globalised world is more often than not a lonely one. Farage places his english heritage and identity before he does his British one. He also places his British heritage before his European one and he outrightly rejects the concept and notion of a fully integrated and amaglamated European super state where various and disparate ethnic nationalities are merged into one. I share his vision and ethos and I superimpose it on the Nigerian plain. I am an Ife before being a Yoruba, I am a Yoruba before being a Nigerian and I refuse to have it any other way. This is especially so when one considers what has been going on in the last two years in our country. A monster from Futa Jalon has been foisted upon us. And that monster uses misplaced notions of ethnic supremacy, religious bigotry, intellectual intolerance, radical islam, selective justice, hidden agendas, vicious coercion, secret and ruthless cabals and state-sponsored terror to impose his will and effect his purpose. Consider the events in Plateau state a few days ago. No less than forty (and according to some reports as many as one hundred) innocent and defenceless indigenous Christians, including women and children, were butchered in their homes by Muslim Fulani herdsmen. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is himself a Muslim, a Fulani and indeed the Life Patron of the Fulani Herdsmen Association (Miyetti Allah) has offered no commiserations to the families of the dead, has refused to visit the state, has expressed no genuine regrets or remorse, has failed to arrrest any of the perpertrators and has refused to declare the Fulani herdsmen as terrorists. Instead of doing any of the above he said there must be no reprisals against his Fulani kinsmen after which he promptly flew off to Turkey for a D8 meeting. Is that the behaviour of a President of Nigeria or the heartless and insensitive actions of the imperial master and overlord of a conquered people and a subjugated vassal state? That is where Buhari has brought us. One is compelled to ask, is this the kind of leadership and country that we deserve. Is that what Lord Lugard’s amalgamated super state with its anointed Fulani overlords have to offer? Is that what I am supposed to subsume, suppress and sacrifice my Yoruba heritage and my Christian faith for? I think not! One thing I know is this: Buhari is a man-made President and not a God-made President. He is the biblical Saul. And like Saul, he will end in defeat and shame and his wickedness shall not go unpunished.The good news is that with every Saul comes a David and I have little doubt that sooner than later David will appear on the scene and he will rise and rule. Permit me to end this contribution with the words of Sir Winston Churchill, an Old Harrovian (like yours truly) and the greatest Prime Minister that Great Britain ever had. He said, “Never give in. Never give in. 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 words inspire and I commend them to every man, woman and child in our country who refuses to bow to tyranny and be enslaved and who takes pride in who they are, where they come from and what their ethnic heritage, bloodlines, racial stock and true nationality is. Though Buhari’s darkness has covered the light and glory of Nigeria and his evil empowers cruel men, heartless women, troubled souls and evil spirits it will soon come to an end because joy comes in the morning. I conclude with the following counsel. There will be times that we are powerless when we face evil, injustice and tyranny but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. This man Buhari is a cancer that keeps growing and the only proper thing to do is to cut it out. Some say that the path of uncompromising and relentless opposition that we have chosen is a dangerous and unpredictable one. They forget that the wounds of honor are self-inflicted. If you want to be set apart and regarded as a man of courage, truth and honor or the champion of the oppressed and the voice of the voiceless you must be ready to take the blows, wounds and oftentimes dire consequences that go with it. William Shakespeare wrote “cowards die many times before their time but the valiant die but once” whilst our very own Wole Soyinka wrote “the man died in him who remained silent in the face of tyranny”. The great American patriot and hero of the war of independence, John Mchenry, told King George 111 of England to “give me freedom or give me death” whilst George Washington, the leader of the American forces in that war and the first President of the United States of America said, “the thing that sets the American Christian apart from all other people in the world is that he will die on his feet before he will live on his knees”. To top it all one of the most courageous souls of the 21st century, Edward Snowden, who is the American spy that defected to Russia two years ago, wrote “speak not because it is safe but because it is right”. Given the circumstances that we have found ourselves in Buhari’s Nigeria, EVERY single person in our country has much to learn from the profound words of these deeply courageous men. Some of us have chosen to be courageous and valiant and have refused to remain silent. We made a choice to stand up and resist the chicanery and wickedness of this administration and we are prepared to pay the price for the choice that we have made. I for one would rather live a short life and die as a free man than live a long life as a slave. The Bible says “he who holds on to his life will lose it and he who is ready to give up his life for my cause will gain it”. I do not fear any man or any circumstance because I know the God that I serve. I am a servant of truth, a warrior of light and a child of the Living God: I bow to no man and I do not tremble before tyrants. I will endure anything and pay any price to liberate my nation and deliver my people from the chains of perfidy, ignorance and oppression and from the tyranny, evil, manifest corruption and double standards of the Buhari administration. Finally I will resist the inequalities, cruelty and bondage of the unconscionable vassal state that Nigeria has been transformed into in the last two years with every fibre of my being in the full knowledge that in the end we shall prevail. 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 little doubt that Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Energy, regrets the day that he left the relative comfort of the private sector and entered the stormy waters of Nigerian politics. I am sure that he curses the day that he met President Muhammadu Buhari, that he opted to join the APC and that he accepted the long-awaited and much sought after invitation to be a member of his troubled cabinet and fast-sinking government. As the saying goes, “not all that glitters is gold” and as the fiery and courageous black American civil rights leader and cleric, Malcom X, once said, “in the final analysis, whether he be a house nigger or a field nigger, a nigger remains a nigger and one day ‘masser’ still gonna give him a damn good whoppin’!” Today Kachikwu has finally come to understand and hopefully accept the fact that no matter how much he tried to be a loyal and true member of Buhari’s kitchen cabinet and inner circle and no matter how much he considered himself to be a key and indispensible member of the tyrant’s feared and dreaded cabal, he remains nothing but the proverbial “house nigger” who is at best tolerated by his “masser” and owner and who is being played and upstaged by a very small boy and a relatively junior member of the Hausa Fulani ruling elite by the name of Maikanti Baru that has been mandated to run the affairs of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The golden rule is as follows: all slaves and house niggers must know their place and they must never venture to cross the line or to join issues or cultivate the nerve and temerity to challenge the authority of ANY of the “masser’s” sons, including the most trucluent, impudent, obnoxious, objectionable and stubborn ones. The “masser’s” son may know next to nothing and he may be rotten and vile in all his ways yet his bloodline and race still sets him apart: he was “born to rule” and remains the head whilst house niggers like Kachikwu and the rest of us were “born to serve” and remain the tail. And that is the story of Nigeria. That is why a fine and upstanding Governor like Willie Obiano of Anambra state will sit before President Muhammadu Buhari, remove his beautiful fedora hat and place it on his lap like a pliant puppy and obedient little schoolboy and pay homage and obesience to the maximum dictator. He knows his place. He knows how to behave in front of “masser”, he knows never to look him in the eye and he knows that “masser” is to be feared, reverred, worshipped and loved by every good house nigger and slave as if he were God. It is in this context that one must ask why Kachikwu should be in the least bit surprised that he has not been granted access to President Buhari and that the northern Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has completely usurped his functions and undermined his authority? Did he really expect things to be any different in a Buhari administration? Has he forgotten that he is Igbo? Has he forgotten that his people are part of those that the President once disdainfully referred to as the “5 per cent”? When I said that Buhari hated the Igbo some time back many were shocked, many disputed my assertion, many were in disbelief and many were in denial even when the evidence to prove and substantiate my assertion was incontrivertible and compelling. Today a good number of hitherto and erstwhile doubting Thomas’, cynics and skeptics have seen the light, finally agreed with me and voiced their observations and concerns loudly and publicly. The President himself affirmed our grave allegations and confirmed our worst fears during the course of his reprehensible, uninspiring and downright shameful Independence Day speech in which he insulted the Igbo elders and leaders and basicallly told them to go and control their children and wards. This is bad enough but permit me to share something with you today that is even more disconcerting and troubling: the truth is that deep down Buhari has nothing but contempt for southerners, Middle Belters and Christians. As painful as it is for some to hear and as difficult as it is for others to accept, there it is. That is the BITTER TRUTH! Sadly Ibe Kachikwu jumped in the sack with the wrong set of people. He got into bed with a brood of vipers and a horde of vampires who secretly hate and despise his own. He chose to wine and dine with an insatiable and rappacious set of self-seeking, self-serving, flesh-eating, blood-drinking, spirit-crushing, destiny-destroying and soul-wounding demons and devils and now the chickens have come home to roost. He chose to overlook the fact that to Buhari and his tiny cabal of ethnic and religious supremacists ALL southerners and Middle Belters are second class citizens and dispensable slaves. And neither will his mouthwatering and earth-shaking revelations about the monuemental fraud, graft and corruption that is going on under his watch at the Petroleum Resources Ministry in any way help or protect him. As a matter of fact his singing and spiling the beans will rather make things worse for him because sooner or later those he has courageously chosen to expose will hit back with all the force and fury of a wounded lion and with the venom and spite of a cuckolded husband and a cheated wife. From what I have seen and heard the truth is that the EFCC are already in the process of a detailed investigation and are closing in on him. These people are blackmailers and gangsters. To them siphoning 24 billion USD from the coffers of the Northern (sorry I meant “Nigerian”) National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by awarding questionable and fake contracts outside of due process means absolutely nothing. As a matter of fact that is what is expected of their cronies and agents. Where else will they get the money for Buhari’s 2019 presidential campaign from? My friend and brother Reno Omokri captured the situation rather well when he wrote the following: “the first time Muhammadu Buhari was Petroleum Minister in the 1970s, Fela sang ‘2.8 billion Naira missing’. Now he is Petroleum Minister again and Kachikwu is singing $26 billion missing! Why is it that huge billions tend to go missing or spent without due process whenever Buhari is Minister of Petroleum? However, Kachikwu was naive for writing that letter to Buhari! He does not know that Baru was brought in to do exactly what he is doing!” Omokri is absolutely right. What a messy and stinking cesspool and pit of poisonous snakes Ibe Kachikwu has found himself in. And quite apart from all that it must be a living nightmare and pure hell for an intelligent, well-educated, enlightened, cosmopolitan, Harvard-trained former Shell executive and Federal Minister to have his powers curtailed and usurped and to be treated with contempt and disdain by the Chief Executive Officer of a corporation that is under his own Ministry! This is made even worse by the fact that that Chief Executive Officer probably, if at all, went to some fourth-rate rodent-infested “school” or “university” near the borders of Chad or Niger Republic or some other dubious institution of “higher learning” not too far from the dusty, dry and barren sand slopes of the Sahara desert. Poor Ibe Kachikwu! I guess that he has to live with the consequences of the choices that he has made. His situation reminds me of the verse in the Holy scriptures that says it is “a great evil under the sun when the sons of slaves ride around on horseback whilst the sons of the King are walk around on bare feet”. This goes against the natura order of things and something ought to be done about it. My first prayer for him is that he does a thorough spiritual search and attempts to discover who and what his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, really is and what he seeks to achieve in our country. My second prayer is that he finds the decency and courage to resign from the government that he serves before it is too late, before they turn on him and before he is thoroughly discredited and rubbished out of office by his traducers and powerful adversaries. And finally my third prayer is that he restores his confidence, his self-respect and his dignity, that he stops walking around barefoot, that he finds and puts on his royal shoes and that he mounts and rides his horse. Gone are the days that he should be running behind the carriages and horses of slaves and working for those that do not have ten percent of his wisdom and knowledge. He is far better than that. Yet whatever he chooses to say or do one thing is clear: in Nigeria the keepers of wealth are not the keepers of compassion. They are cruel and relentless and their greed and wickedness knows no bounds. They hate more than any other yet they accuse others of hate speech. They steal more than any other yet they accuse others ofstealing and corruption. They kill more than any other yet they accuse others of killing. They engender and enthrone modern-day apartheid, fascism and slavery more than any other yet they accuse others of espousing and enunciating their very own deep-seated and insidious intolerance and racism and their unbridled and perfdious religious bigotry. They are a government of double standards, lies and deceit. A government that uses its army to commit mass murder, genocide and ethnic cleansing against its own people. A government that protects, encourages and supports the barbaric activities of evi and deadly Janjaweed ethnic militias that slaughter and dispossess innocent souls, including defenceless women and children, in the name of herding cattle. A government that cannot stomach strong opposition or critical and consistent criticism. A government that is so terrified of its own shadow and that is so averse to righteousness, wholesomeness, equity and truth that it is ready to wipe out a whole race of people simply to deny them their right of self-determination and silence their voices. They are a government of the corrupt, for the corrupt and by the corrupt: a government whose sole purpose and not so hidden agenda is to re-establish the hegemony of the core Muslim north and turn the Nigerian people and state into a colony of servile vassals, gutless quislings, broken serfs and hopeless slaves. Yet they shall fail because, like the brilliant, beautiful, dazziling and passionate American Amazon, Dana Loesch, recently said, “we will shatter their violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth”. They shall fail because history testifies to the fact that no matter how unyielding, brutal, savage, relentless, deceitful, mendacious and bloodthirsty they may be, the agents of satan and the forces of darkness have NEVER been able to conquer, defeat or overwhelm the children of God and the spirit of the people. It shall be no different in our shores. It is only a matter of time. The notion of a united Nigeria after the 2017 genocide against the Igbo and state-sponsored terrorism coupled with the wholesale rejection of the idea of restructuring by the core north is absurd and far-fetched. There cannot be peace where there is no justice. There cannot be tranquility and harmony where there is inequality. There cannot be love and peaceful co-existence where there is hate, condescension and fascistic philosophies. There cannot be camaraderie and fellowship where the tyrant unleashes the full force of his tyranny against the people. The fact of the matter is that if he continues to send his army to kill innocent civilians, if he refuses to bring to justice the military personnel that slaughtered the Shiite Muslims two years ago and that have been murdering young Igbos and IPOB members since he came to power and if he continues to condone the mass murder of northern Christians and Middle Belters by his Fulani kinsmen and herdsmen the resistance and opposition to his administration will continue to be relentless and the agitation for restructuring and the quest to exercise the right of self-deternination by the various ethnic groups in our country will continue to increase and become far more aggressive and pronounced. Many may suffer. Many may be killed. Many may be detained and incarcerated. Many may be wrongly accused, villified and in bondage. Many may be dispossesed, humiliated and scattered. Many may be tortured, brutalised, maimed and scarred and many may suffer all shades and manners of indignity, shame, poverty, lack, deprivation and hunger. Yet despite all these deep, harrowing and seemingly endless travails, one thing is sure: our liberation shall eventually come because no matter how dark the night, joy comes in the morning. The Bible says “many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him of them all”. In the end God’s glorious light shall bring the tyrant to his knees, dispel the darkness and break the chains of servitude, subjugation and evil. In the end deliverance, freedom, joy, peace, justice, abundance, vindication and the victorious lamp of liberty shall rise from Zion as the freedom bell rings and our nation is healed and restored. In the end the Lord’s will shall be done, His counsel shall stand, His pupose shall be established, His name shall be glorified and we shall prevail. 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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I am a product of divine prophecy and a fulfilment of God’s promise. I am the axe that cuts down the evil tree. I am the wind that parts the dark waters. I am the shining light that resists the terrors of the night. I am the warrior that never falters or falls in battle. I hate injustice and oppression. I am the servant of truth, the voice of the voiceless and the champion of the oppressed. I am a King and the royal blood of the Holy One of Israel flows through my veins. I am a conqueror and the Holy Spirit of the Living God guides my steps. I am a deliverer and the Lord of Hosts emboldens my heart and sharpens my sword. I am a living manifestation of the grace of God. I am a beneficiary of His manifold blessings, His love, His kindness and His infinite patience and mercy. I am a favoured son of the Ancient of Days and it is my calling and destiny to effect His will. For this great commission He lifted me up and He forged me in fire. For this noble cause He taught my hands to fight and my fingers to war. I am a terror to tyrants and a friend to the subjugated. I torment those that abuse power and that visit evil upon the innocent. I am a shield to the weak, an inspiration to the despised and a comfort to the vulnerable. I am a scourge to great and mighty dictators. I am an adversary to men of blood and I am the defender of the righteous, the poor and the persecuted. I am Oluwafemi, the Beloved of the Lord, the champion of the Most High, the favoured of the King of Kings and the son of the Alpha and the Omega. I am FFK, the one whose hand is strong and mighty and whose angels wax strong in battle. I am the Odum-Agu of the south, the one who has the heart and strength of the lion and the courage and soul of the tiger. I am the Odogwu N’agha of Christiandom: the strange and mighty warrior who is covered by the blood of Jesus and who fears no adversary in battle. I am David, the anointed: a mighty Prince of the Kingdom. I am irrepressable, indestructable and unbeatable: none can stand against me. I am FFK: he that knows no fear and that bows before no man. 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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Given the unfolding events in our country I believe that this is the time for deep introspection and sobre reflection. I am not a member of IPOB, I have never attended any IPOB meeting and neither am I Igbo. I am however deeply concerned about what is going on in our country, what the Igbos are being subjected to and what I consider to be the greatest assault on the human rights and civil liberties of the Nigerian people since the military left power in 1999. A violation of the constitutional right of freedom of association and freedom of speech affects not just those that have been targetted but each and every one of us. An act of injustice against one is an act of injustice against all. What affects the part also affects the whole. If you beat my neighbours child it is as good as beating mine and consequently I have a duty to defend that child. That is the essence of humanity and chivalry: to speak up for those that are being persecuted, to defend the defenceless, to fight for those that are too weak to fight for themselves and to be the voice of the voiceless. We must cultivate the discipline and courage to defend the right of others to be different and to think differently from us and to express contrary views. We may not all agree with the style, language and objectives of IPOB but we surely have a duty before God and the law to defend, uphold and affirm their right to express themselves in any way that they deem fit providing they do not threaten or hurt others whilst doing so. This is the very essence, foundation and indeed cornerstone of freedom and democracy and if we allow the government to take that away from us and to get away with what they are doing without a stiff challenge we are finished as a people. It is IPOB today but tomorrow it could be OPC, Ijaw Youth Council, Ohaneze, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Arewa Youths, Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum or indeed anyone else. I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation that has not killed or threatened to kill anyone and that has totally rejected the idea of violence and an armed struggle. I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation whose only aspiration is to have a referendum to determine whether or not their people should or should not remain in Nigeria. I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation whose only objective is the peaceful and lawful exercise of the right of self-determination. I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation whose only crime is to take objection to the stripping away of their historical and cultural identity and to speak out against the willful marginalisation and mass murder of their people. I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation who believe in passive and non-violent resistance and who consistently emphasise the importance of peaceful opposition. Saying that IPOB is a terrorist organisation is like saying that Mother Theresa is the Marquis De Sade. It is like saying that an angel from heaven is a demon from hell. It is like saying that Little Red Riding Hood is the hungry and ravenous wolf. It is like saying that Snowhite is Jack the Ripper. It is like saying that Florence Nightingale is Aleister Crowley. It is like saying that the Apostle Paul is Anton La Vey. It is like saying that John the Baptist is Atilla the Hun. It is like saying that Desmond Tutu is Ghengis Khan. It is like saying that John Knox is Adolf Hitler. It is like saying that Martin Luther King is Osama Bin Ladin. It is like saying that Nelson Mandela is Ali Al Baghdadi. It is like saying that Mahatma Ghandi is Abubakar Shekau. It is like saying that Amnesty International are the Fulani Herdsmen. It is like saying that Medecine Sans Frontier is Boko Haram. It is like saying that Human Rights Watch is ISIS. It is like saying that the white dove of love and peace is the savage, cruel, blood-crazed and cadavar-eating vulture from the seventh circle of hell. It is like saying that ice is fire. It is like saying that a believer is an infidel. It is like saying that a peaceful preacher is a violent blasphemer. Such a designation and categorisation is unhelpful, inappropiate and unfair. It is a damning and specious lie that has been put out by a Federal Government that is paranoid, weak, bereft of ideas and scared of it’s own shadow. It is a desperate attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. It is childish nonsense and it does not make sense. Finally came the most absurd allegation of all: that IPOB is being funded by “treasury looters”, “disgruntled” and “destabilising” elements “in the opposition” and by France. Some assertions are so insane and asinine that they ought not to be dignified with a response and this is one of them. I urge IPOB to go to court and have the order that has designated them as a terrorist organisation set aside. I also urge President Muhammadu Buhari and his Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to remember that when they exercised their right of freedom of speech three years ago and openly defended Boko Haram by saying respectively that “an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north” and that it was “unconstitutional” and “unlawful” to ban them no-one threatened them with arrest because the government of that day had the prescence of mind to recognise the fact that the right to express one’s opinion, no matter how reprehensible that opinion may be, is enshrined in the constitution. The Federal Government should take a queue from that and stop trying to manufacture a crisis where there is none or kill a fly with a sledgehammer. They should also consider declaring the Fulani militants and herdsmen, who have been described by the International Terror Index as the “fourth most deadly terrorist organisation in the world” and who have killed more innocent Nigerians than any other terrorist organisation in the last two years, as the malevolent, vicious, murderous and bona fide cowards and terrorists that they are. 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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r. Jean-Claude Junker, the blunt, strong-willed and battle-tested president of the European Commission blew hot about the precarious plight of the Igbo people and the dangers faced by members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) in Nigeria last week. He said “it is the people’s right to agitate and make a request from their government. Self-determination is a right enshrined in the United Nation Charter. The people of Biafra have every right to request for a referendum. They have been in this struggle for a while now. They have never killed or shot a bullet instead they are the victims of attacks and murder. The EU hereby condemns the brutal attack on IPOB members and leadership under the pretentious disguise of a military exercise (Operation Python Dance). The Nigerian military is warned to adopt democratic tenets in handling citizens. The EU will not sit by idly and watch things go undemocratic in the largest economy of the West African region”. This is an excellent assessment of the situation and it provides a timely warning to the Buhari administration about their grave indiscretions and obvious excesses. Yet instead of addressing the deep concerns that the EU, Amnesty International, the United Nations and many other notable players and organisations on the world stage have about what is going on in Nigeria, Mr. Lai Mohammed, President Buhari’s Minister of Information and a man who told us just a few years ago that it was wrong and unlawful to ban Boko Haram, had only the following to say: “IPOB is a group sponsored by a coalition of political parties and looters who are bent on derailing the fight on corruption embarked upon by Buhari-APC led government.” Such unadulterated poppycock and pernicious lies and such baseless allegations and nonsensical assertions, even when they come from a man whose credibility is at best questionable, beggars belief. Instead of attacking and insulting those of us that have condemned the slaughter of Igbos and alleging that we are sponsoring IPOB the Buhari government would do well to consider Jean Claude Junker’s words and what the European Union have said about the barbaric killing of the Igbo and the universal right of self-determination which is protected and guaranteed by international law. Since when has it been acceptable or the norm to unleash the dogs of war against a group of innocent, unarmed and defenceless young people and their colourful leader simply because they dared to ask for a referendum? The fact of the matter is that whether anyone likes it or not, the attempt to break, subjugate, demonise, belittle, vilify and wipe out the Igbo race through the auspices of intimidation, disinformation, manipulation of the media, mass murder and ethnic cleansing by the Buhari administration shall fail. The truth is that this whole thing is not about IPOB but about the consistent expression of an irrational, illogical and pathological hatred of the Igbos by the maximum ruler of the Nigerian state. And if he gets away with it and manages to achieve his sinister and nefarious objective he will come after the Yoruba, the Ijaw, the Tiv and everyone else in a matter of time! That is why it is important to refuse to be intimidated, to stand firm, to hold the line, to resist him with every fibre of our being and to insist on the restructuring and the renegotiation of Nigeria. Fifty years after our brutal and genocidal civil war we have learnt nothing about the cataclysmic and devastating consequences and spiritual implications of slaughtering innocent people in the name of keeping Nigeria one. Why do you think nothing works in our country and that our people are mostly unfulfilled, poor, miserable, afflicted and deprived? Why do you think there is so much suffering in our nation despite the fact that we have been blessed with so many human and mineral resources? It is God’s judgement. Until we stop electing pyschopaths, sociopaths and cruel men of blood into office and until our leaders stop killing innocent people whose only “crime” is to express their desire to be free from slavery, bondage and tyranny and to be allowed to determine their own future nothing will or can change for the better in our beleagured country. As long as the ethnic cleansing and mass murder continues and as long as our people cheer on our leaders as they commit these heinous crimes against humanity Nigeria will continue to be a basket case of a nation which is ruled by unrepentant and wicked tyrants, garrulous court jesters and certified village idiots. If we continue to condone and refuse to desist from state sponsored repression and the mass murder of Igbos, northern Christians, Shiite Muslims, Niger Deltans or any other group of people who are seen by our collective oppressors as soft and easy targets our nation will continue to be perceived as an abominable and accursed dwarf that crawls around like a helpless, crippled and stunted child in the comity of nations. Nigeria was once the hope of the black man but sadly in the last two years she has become an embarrasment and burden to Africa and a reference point for everything that is reprehensible and shameful in the world. A nation where savage and insensitive beasts murder innocent men, women and children in the sanctity of their homes whilst the people cheer them on and embrace their murderous barbarity with joy and glad tidings. A nation where political opponents can be locked up for years without any recourse to the courts and without any form of due process. A nation where opposition members and dissidents are villified and subjected to every form of shame, malevolence and indignity simply because they refuse to bow before the maximum ruler and worship him as a living deity. Can God’s prescence possibly be in such an arrangement and can God’s blessing possibly be in such a place? Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, one of the true crusaders for justice and human rights in Nigeria and a man of remarkable fortitude and immense courage captured the mood and painted an accurate picture of the situation when he said the following: “The Fulani herdsmen who go on rampage daily, maiming, rapiing and killing and those responsible for the Agatu massacre, Shiites massacre, Southern Kaduna pogrom, indiscriminate killings, brazen quit notice givers across Nigeria, etc, have never been arrested, prosecuted, let alone been proscribed and stigmatised as terrorist organisations. We must surely have and operate two sets of laws for two sets of people in Nigeria”. How true this is! Yet even if the majority within the Nigerian political class and media are not prepared or able to confront and expose this great evil and speak truth to power, the international media, who are thoroughly and understandebly mortified and shocked by what is unfolding in our country, are evidently ready to do so. For example the Washington-based Newsweek International Magazine, in an excellent article written by Mr. Connor Gaffey just last week, focused on the fact that “many Biafran Christians” had been subjected to “extra-judicial killings” by a northern Muslim-controlled and led army. They condemned the activities of the Nigerian military in the east in very strong terms, decried the dangerous situation that is unfolding in Nigeria and echoed President Olusegun Obasanjo’s laudable call for dialogue between the IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Buhari. In their own contribution to the debate the respected New York-based Huffington Post published the following artice which was written by Mr. Bruce Feinn, a highly celebrated and distinguished human rights lawyer and a former Deputy Attorney General in the Reagan administration. He wrote: “The United Nations will live in infamy for lending its megaphone on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, to Nigeria’s elected military dictator Muhammadu Buhari. The Hausa-Fulani Muslim strongman is currently orchestrating genocide as defined by the Genocide Convention against Nigeria’s 50 million Igbo people because of their ethnicity and unwavering devotion to Christianity. Buhari’s genocide marks the culmination of a long train of Biafran subjugation by radical Hausa-Fulani Islamic terrorists. The dictator’s power is anchored to an illegitimate constitution decreed by a military dictator in 1999 to hold the Christian Biafran people in bondage to Hausa-Fulani Muslims. Nigeria’s constitution has never been approved by Nigerians. Last June, Buhari tacitly endorsed a Hausa-Fulani threat to expel by force and violence and to plunder 11 million Igbos in twelve northern Nigerian states that have adopted Sharia as their legal codes if they did not abandon their Igbo homes and businesses by October 1, 2017. During the past few years in northern Nigeria, Hausa-Fulani terrorists have destroyed thousands of churches and religious schools and displaced millions of Christian Biafrans. Hundreds of innocent civilians have died and more have been injured or terrorized by Nigeria’s military acting under Buhari’s direction in the last week alone. A courageous and influential Biafran leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has had his home attacked and quarantined by Nigeria’s armed forces and his followers killed. Grisly videos and photos taken at scenes of the harrowing crimes are conclusive. What they prove amounts to state terrorism—the systematic employment of violence to intimidate or coerce a civilian population. Instead of providing Buhari a megaphone, the United Nations should be expelling Nigeria from membership under Article 6 of the United Nations Charter. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should be referring the dictator and his henchmen like Army Chief of Staff Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, to investigate for complicity in genocide. The UNSC should also be imposing an arms embargo on Nigeria under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter until the right of the Biafran people to self-determination is secured through a free and fair referendum conducted by the United Nations Electoral Unit. At present, dictator Buhari is diverting arms purchased for ostensible use against Boko Haram, an international terrorist organization, to the terrorizing of Biafran Christians. Buhari has no interest in defeating Boko Haram because its threat triggers military and financial assistance from the United States in its global war on terrorism. These sanctions against Nigeria would honor twin objectives of the United Nations: (1) “to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained;” and, (2) “promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to religion”. The genocide of Biafrans is not a “domestic” matter within the exclusive jurisdiction of Nigeria. Genocide is a crime against all of mankind which concerns every country. Moreover, if dictator Buhari is permitted to kill and enslave Christian Biafrans with impunity, Nigeria could degenerate into a Hausa-Fulani Islamic theocracy and could become a state sponsor of terrorism. Nigeria’s example would embolden the persecution of Christians elsewhere. Nigeria’s 190 million inhabitants make it the most populous nation in Africa. It is a model not only in West Africa but throughout the continent. It is too important for its fate to be left to the roll of the dice. The international community planted the seeds of contemporary Nigerian and African strife by arbitrarily carving up the continent in favor of colonial powers at the1884-1885 Berlin Conference. The United Nations is saddled with a moral obligation to help remedy the dystopias spawned by many of its key members. While the suffering and persecution of Burma’s Muslim Rohingya have captured headlines and the attention of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, Nigeria’s far worse oppression of Biafrans has been largely ignored. It is difficult to resist the conclusion that the international human rights community squints when blacks kill blacks”. He concluded by saying: “Chad had its Hissene Habre, Libya had its Muammar Gaddafi and Nigerian President Buhari should learn from those examples before continuing his genocidal murders and torture of Biafrans. Justice will pursue Buhari as tenaciously as the Furies pursued Orestes. He would tremble if he reflected that God is just, and that His justice will not sleep forever”. These are valid and legitimate observations and laudable assertions from a respected individual that has dedicated his entire life to the cause of protecting human rights and a medium that prides itself on the highest standard of literary excellence and investigative journalism. Let us hope that President Muhammadu Buhari and his military commanders are listening! 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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