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By Femi Fani-Kayode



"If you thought oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1959, you could pass your high school economics with that information. It was actually discovered 50 years earlier.

Did you know that Oil from the Territory was sold for almost 50 years before the approach of Independence in 1960 forced the disclosure of Oloibiri by Britain? Even at that, the quantities were concealed from the newly Independent Nigerian Governments, until the Counter Coup of July, 1966, when the North packed their baggage to head back North in the famous ARABA putsch.

The then British High Commissioner to Nigeria, of course on the promptings and direction of his home Government, zoomed in upon Gowon halfway, and prevailed on him to reverse the decision of moving the North out of Nigeria, at a time Gowon already hoisted the Arewa Flag in a temporary Capital, Ilorin.

In the hurry to announce this reversal, the Gowon’s speech that was originally designed to take out the North, was poorly edited, leaving a portion that should have been expunged and so distorting the concluding part from the body of the speech.

That unexpunged portion is the celebrated Gowonian faux pas in which he in one breathe declared that "Everything considered, the basis of Nigeria's Unity was no more", yet going ahead in the next breathe to proclaim that "To keep Nigeria One is a task that must be done".

It was in the heat of the ARABA (Northern Secession) move that the British whispered into the ears of the fledgeling Gowon Government, the huge quantities oil that Eastern Nigeria would have, if the North left, and so would become the poor neighbour of the South, particularly Eastern Region.

In a series of dubious underhanded exchanges that followed rapidly, the British practically took over the handling of the crises all the way to when it became War in July 1967, from the poor School Certificate-holder soldier, Yakubu Gowon (Gowon went for tertiary education only after he was overthrown in 1975 by his July 1966 comrade-in-crime, Murtala Mohammed).

In that dark period, Gowon signed off the entire oil/gas reserves of Eastern Nigeria to the British for 50 years, more or less, contracting the War to Britain.

The British which held those concessions via Shell, had to parcel out substantial blocs of their holdings to the other World Powers and Permanent Members of the UN Security Council.

Thus the entry of Gulf Oil and Mobil (US) Elf (France), Agip (Italy). Soviet Union had oil at home and so didnt need oil blocs. What Russia (USSR) got was an open order to supply the hardware for the War, including MIG Jet Fighters, Ilushyn Battle Tanks, AK 47 Riffles, all at double of prevailing market prices.

This oil blocs bribe was the basis of the cooperation of the then World Powers with Britain and its stooge, Northern Nigeria, to kill 3.5 million Easterners in a simple Self-determination disputate, substantially resolved in Aburi, January 1967.

Back to Willinks Commission.

Could it be because of the Special love the the British had for the Niger Delta that the Commission Recommended the preferential accelerated development of the Area. Dead no. So much had been taken.

The people would soon find out. The Development was an upfront bribe and containment Strategy to help calm would-be frayed nerves.

Unfortunately, the North-led Government that took over in 1960 from the British, abandoned that proactive scheme (partly because the whole truth as to the quantities of crude and money involved was not disclosed to them by the British departing arrangers).

Some of the findings of the LNC on reasons Isaac Boro and his Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, (yes NDPVF did not begin with Asari) declared the Defunct Niger Delta Republic, had to do with this "detail" of British concealments, some of which are still in force.

Those who are still in doubt should find out whether Shell was not Headquartered in Owerri for 42 solid years up till 1960 in the place still called Shell Camp to date (now broken into several large premises' including the Government House, Rockview Hotel, Alvan Ikoku College of Education, the Federal Medical Center, the Mobile Police Camp and a number of other Governmental institutions).

It was Premier Michael Okpara who bought the large premises off Shell in 1961 on behalf of the the then Eastern Region, after Shell moved to Port Harcourt in the dawn of this grand pretence at a distinct Niger Delta that had nothing to do with Igbo, which has now been confirmed by Junaid Mohammed when he charged at Jonathan with the rebuke that the Niger Delta was a creation of the North to manage its interests in Eastern Nigeria!.

Those who wish to interrogate this claim of 50-years-oil-sale-before-Oloibiri should get on SPDC website so they can see for themselves that it was in 1936 that a certain Company called Shell D'Arcy (Shell's predecessor) came under Crown Regulation, to pay more to the Crown probably because of the impending Second World War.

Prior to that time, Shell D'Arcy had the same kind of Charter as the Royal Niger Company (later UAC, UNILEVER).

Those Charters were issued about same period at the turn of the 19th Century, before your Nigeria was created in 1914.

Do the arithmetic. Nigeria was purely a business venture of the British and everything that became our "Constitution" took their roots from that Main Object to date".
February 17 at 1:26pm ·
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Mindset of the enemy.
By Femi Fani-Kayode
16th April 2018.

One of the greatest and most respected modern historians that ever lived, an Englishman by the name of Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper of Oxford University, once described the history of black Africa as being “darkness, nothing but darkness”. As if that were not bad enough there was another even more indicting contribution from a famous and wealthy Arab slave trader (who lived in the 18th century) and whose name was Mehtma Mohammed.

He captured and purchased his slaves mainly from what is now West Africa and he transported them through the Sudan to the Arab world and to the Middle East where they spent the rest of their short and brutish lives as slaves. Mehtma Mohammed said the following about the black African: “these black creatures were born to be in perpetual servitude and were ordained by God to be our slaves forever. They are lazy, greedy, stupid, godless, dirty and most important of all they are cowards. When you put the whip to them and hard they line up and will do anything for you. They and their African brothers who sell them to us have no sense of collective purpose and they think nothing of killing and selling their own kinsmen for a pittance.
“They have no god and they have no interest in dying for or fighting for anything which is outside their daily feeding. They are docile, lazy, dirty and stupid and that is why I have made so much money from selling them. The most gratifying thing is that even if one of the group shows signs of any potential or hope of being able to be a great leader to the others, they are the ones that will expose him, report him and destroy him just for a few morsels from my table. They present no danger to us. They are as harmless and fearful as puppies and they only growl like dogs at each other and to no-one else. We will shame them, trade them, own them and rule over them forever.”

These are painful and harsh words coming from this Arab slave-trader. Yet sadly such views about the African are not limited to the likes of him or indeed to the 18th century. Permit me to give you just one example.

The following is a speech that was made by former South African President P.W. Botha to his Cabinet. This reprint was written by David G. Mailu for the Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, dated August 18, 1985. It reads as follows:

“Pretoria has been made by the White mind for the White man. We are not obliged even the least to try to prove to anybody and to the Blacks that we are superior people. We have demonstrated that to the Blacks in a thousand and one ways. The Republic of South Africa that we know of today has not been created by wishful thinking. We have created it at the expense of intelligence, sweat and blood. Were they Afrikaners who tried to eliminate the Australian Aborigines? Are they Afrikaners who discriminate against Blacks and call them Niggers in the States?

Were they Afrikaners who started the slave trade? Where is the Black man appreciated? England discriminates against its Black and their “Sus” law is out to discipline the Blacks. Canada, France, Russia, and Japan all play their discrimination too. Why in the hell then is so much noise made about us? Why are they biased against us? I am simply trying to prove to you all that there is nothing unusual we are doing that the so called civilized worlds are not doing. We are simply an honest people who have come out aloud with a clear philosophy of how we want to live our own White life.

We do not pretend like other Whites that we like Blacks. The fact that, Blacks look like human beings and act like human beings do not necessarily make them sensible human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles simply because they look alike. If God wanted us to be equal to the Blacks, he would have created us all of a uniform colour and intellect but he created us differently: Whites, Blacks, Yellow, Rulers and the ruled. Intellectually, we are superior to the Blacks; that has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt over the years.

I believe that the Afrikaner is an honest, God fearing person, who has demonstrated practically the right way of being. Nevertheless, it is comforting to know that behind the scenes, Europe, America, Canada, Australia-and all others are behind us in spite of what they say. For diplomatic relations, we all know what language should be used and where. To prove my point, Comrades, does anyone of you know a White country without an investment or interest in South Africa? Who buys our gold? Who buys our diamonds? Who trades with us? Who is helping us develop other nuclear weapon? The very truth is that we are their people and they are our people. It’s a big secret.

The strength of our economy is backed by America, Britain, Germany. It is our strong conviction, therefore, that the Black is the raw material for the White man. So Brothers and Sisters, let us join hands together to fight against this Black devil. I appeal to all Afrikaners to come out with any creative means of fighting this war. Surely God cannot forsake his own people whom we are. By now every one of us has seen it practically that the Blacks cannot rule themselves.
Give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex. Let us all accept that the Black man is the symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence. Isn’t it plausible? therefore that the White man is created to rule the Black man?

Come to think of what would happen one day if you woke up and on the throne sat a Kaffir! Can you imagine what would happen to our women? Does anyone of you believe that the Blacks can rule this country? Hence, we have good reasons to let them all-the Mandelas and the others-rot in prison, and I think we should be commended for having kept them alive in spite of what we have at hand with which to finish them off. I wish to announce a number of new strategies that should be put to use to destroy this Black bug. We should now make use of the chemical weapon.

Priority number one, we should not by all means allow any more increases of the Black population lest we be choked very soon. I have exciting news that our scientists have come with an efficient stuff. I am sending out more researchers to the field to identify as many venues as possible where the chemical weapons could be employed to combat any further population increases. The hospital is a very strategic opening, for example and should be fully utilized.

The food supply channel should be used. We have enveloped excellent slow killing poisons and fertility destroyers. Our only fear is in case such stuff came in! ! to their hands as they are bound to start using it against us if you care to think of the many Blacks working for us in our homes. However, we are doing the best we can to make sure that the stuff remains strictly in our hands.

Secondly, most Blacks are vulnerable to money inducements. I have set aside a special fund to exploit this venue. The old trick of divide and rule is still very valid today. Our experts should work day and night to set the Black man against his fellowman. His inferior sense of morals can be exploited beautifully. And here is a creature that lacks foresight. There is a need for us to combat him in long term projections that he cannot suspect. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year: that stance, for example, should be exploited. My special department is already working round the clock to come out with a long-term operation blueprint.

I am also sending a special request to all Afrikaner mothers to double their birth rate. It may be necessary too to set up a population boom industry by putting up centers where we employ and support fully White young men and women to produce children for the nation. We are also investigating the merit of uterus rentals as a possible means of speeding up the growth of our population through surrogate mothers.

For the time being, we should also engage a higher gear to make sure that Black men are separated from their women and fines imposed upon married wives who bear illegitimate children. I have a committee working on finding better methods of inciting Blacks against each other and encouraging murders among themselves. Murder cases among Blacks should bear very little punishment in order to encourage them.

My scientists have come up with a drug that could be smuggled into their brews to effect slow poisoning results and fertility destruction. Working through drinks and manufacturing of soft drinks geared to the Blacks, could promote the channels of reducing their population. Ours is not a war that we can use the atomic bomb to destroy the Blacks, so we must use our intelligence to effect this. The person-to-person encounter can be very effective.

As the records show that the Black man is dying to go to bed with the White woman, here is our unique opportunity. Our Sex Mercenary Squad should go out and camouflage with Apartheid Fighters while doing their operations quietly administering slow killing poison and fertility destroyers to those Blacks they thus befriend. We are modifying the Sex Mercenary Squad by introducing White men who should go for the militant Black woman and any other vulnerable Black woman. We have received a new supply of prostitutes from Europe and America who are desperate and too keen to take up the appointments.

My latest appeal is that the maternity hospital operations should be intensified. We are not paying those people to help bring Black babies to this world but to eliminate them on the very delivery moment. If this department worked very efficiently, a great deal could be achieved”.

These are manifestly racist, demonically-inspired and utterly despicable submissions coming from malevolent, evil, dark, twisted, tormented and ignorant souls. They tell us exactly how many of our detractors view us, even up until today, even if they cannot afford to say so openly. And we must also accept the fact that oftentimes our own behaviour confirms these negative stereotypes.

If anyone doubts that just look at the Nigerian example. The truth is that we take pleasure in persecuting, shaming, killing and destroying one another, we enjoy pulling down our brightest and our best, we willfully and consciously promote and celebrate compromise and mediocrity and we are simply not prepared to fight and die for any worthwhile cause or principle, even when it is in our interest so to do.

That is the difference between us and those from other parts of the world. They are ready to pay any price for a better and safer tomorrow for their children but we are not. They will always insist on the best, on enforcing their rights, on jealously guarding their civil liberties, on resisting evil, on fighting persecution and injustice and on preserving the integrity of their civil institutions whilst we are not.

Instead we are prepared to settle for anything, compromise with anything and take anything from anyone or any institution. If we wish to progress we must change our attitude, we must discard this slavish mindset and thereby put to shame our detractors and enemies. We must be ready to stand up and insist on our rights and we must be ready to pay the supreme price whilst doing so if that is what is required.

We must dig deep and find the required strength and courage and we must, as a people, rise up to where we belong and become what God wants us to be: a great, beautiful, free, prosperous, educated, respected and strong people. We are no less than that and that is our due. To establish and confirm the glory of our continent and to bring honour, self-respect and dignity to every African: that surely is the challenge of our time.
May God help us to achieve this in our generation and may He put the Mehtma Ali’s, the Hugh Trevor Roper’s and the P.W. Botha’s of this world to utter shame. God bless People of goodwill in Nigeria. God bless Africa.

Fani-Kayode to Fulani prof. : Yoruba were in world's best universities when Usman dan fodio was still learning to ride a horse -Femi Fani-Kayode
~PUNCH Nigeria. Sunday, February 11, 2018.

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in this interview with GBENRO ADEOYE, comments on a recent interview that Prof. Umar Labdo of the Maitama Sule University granted to Saturday PUNCH in which he described Fulani as destined to lead Nigeria
We heard that you have not been feeling too well of late. I hope you are feeling better.

I feel much better now and thanks for asking. I had a small 'glitch' and my wife was worried. The doctor ordered bed rest for a while and I was told that I would need more medical attention at a later stage. Other than that, I am very well and very strong. Thanks be to God.

Saturday PUNCH recently had an interview with Prof. Umar Labdo of the Maitama Sule University, Kano who described the Fulani people as destined to rule Nigeria. He said that Fulani people are saddled with the burden of leadership and that they have to shoulder that responsibility because they are qualified for it. What do you think about that assertion?
Qualified? How? As a matter of fact, some would argue that in terms of history, they are the least qualified and the least deserving to lead and rule. If it was simply about qualifications and not a brutal show of power and the force of arms, they would be nowhere because there are many nationalities in Nigeria that are far more qualified to take the lead than they were or are.

The Fulani are not amongst the most educated in Nigeria and if the truth be told, education came to them very late. They were so uneducated and unenlightened that they were terrified of Nigeria gaining independence from the British in 1953, when the first motion for Nigeria's independence was moved because they knew that they could not compete with any of the southern ethnic nationalities in a newly independent Nigeria.

That is why they said 1953 was too early for our nation to have independence. Imagine someone saying it was too early to be free and to break the yoke of colonialism.
That is what the North, led by the Fulani, said in 1953. They walked out of Parliament when the motion was moved because they knew that they were not qualified or capable of leading and managing the affairs of a newly independent nation then and they made it clear that they did not want southern leadership or domination and that they would rather have British rule than southern rule. That is why the British loved them so much and favoured them. Because of their attitude and their aggression and hostility to the better educated and more qualified South and because of their morbid fear of southerners, southern rule and domination, they held up our independence for eight years.

And even then, the understanding and deal between them and the British was that the system would be rigged, the census figures would be doctored and the Armed Forces would be skewed, all in their favour so that an independent Nigeria would be led by them and not by the far more qualified and better educated South.

What the British did to us by giving them power and leadership and protecting and favouring them for all these years just to keep the South in bondage and to spite us was cruel and unprecedented and we have been paying the price and suffering the consequences of that cruel act ever since.

Labdo talks about education and I wonder what he and his people know about it. If not for Federal Character and the quota system, where would they, including Labdo, be today? Would he even be a professor? What was his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather in life? Were they educated or were they qualified in any way to lead? I doubt it very much and I don't want to say the sort of things they may well have been doing. Compare that to the southern experience and their southern counterparts.

The Yoruba, for example, had people in the best universities in the world like Oxford and Cambridge as far back as the early 1800 when Usman Dan Fodio was still learning to ride a horse and planning his Jihad. The Igbo also had many educated and enlightened people then. Do you know how many southern Nigerians were at the great Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, which was part of Durham University in the late 1800? What do people like Labdo and his progenitors and forefathers know about that? Do you know how many people in the South who were educated by the great Christian missionaries and the Anglican Church, including my great grandfather, Rev. Emmanuel Adebiyi Kayode, who was one of those that first brought Christianity to Ile-Ife (in Osun State) after finishing at Durham University.

Do you know that his son, my grandfather, Justice Adedapo Kayode, was at Cambridge just as his son, my father, Chief Remi Fani-Kayode, was? Where were their forefathers that were so qualified to lead educated and what was the nature of that education?
Does he know of places like CMS Grammar School and the great King's College of old?
Does he know of great educated men in our history like Bishop Ajayi Crowther, Herbert Macaulay, Sir Adeyemo Alakija, Justice Coker, Justice Ademola, Justice Fatayi-Williams, Chief Frederick Rotimi Williams, Chief Bode Thomas, Chief Sobo Sowemimo, and countless others, who went to Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, London and many other great universities all over the world?

What about Wole Soyinka, the Ransom-Kutis, the Chinua Achebes, the Christopher Okigbos and so many others that came in the later generation of great minds and that went to the top Nigerian universities, when they were amongst the best in Africa?
How many of such people do the Fulani have? Not one. They knew nothing about western education till many years later. The first northern lawyer was called to the bar in 1955, which was over 100 years after the first Yoruba lawyer, Sapara Williams, was called to the bar.
And even that northerner was a northerner of Yoruba extraction by the name of Alhaji Abdul- Rasaq from Ilorin. Where were the Fulani throughout these years in terms of education? Even the Hausa, who they conquered, the Kanuri and much of the North, were far ahead of them.

The earliest and most educated family in the North were the Attas and they were Ibira and not Fulani. The earliest and best educated family in the core North were the Walis of Kano, but even they were well behind the Attas and the Abdul Rasaqs. Most of the northern tribes, like their southern counterparts, had thousands of years of rich history, empires and kingdoms in their present locations long before the Fulani came and when they were still plying the trade routes with their camels to North Africa from Futa Jallon in Guinea and herding cattle. The Fulani did not even appear in northern Nigeria until 1797 and the jihad was launched in 1804. They met us all here. They came from elsewhere and they came with the sword. What they got in northern Nigeria, they got by the power of the sword and through violence, bloodshed and conquest, and not as a consequence of any qualification or education, which they never had.

They conquered parts of the North, toppled old dynasties, destroyed ancient empires and imposed their Emirs by force on their new-found slaves and vassals. It was by force and not by qualification or superior knowledge and education as Labdo would have us believe. And when they talk about education and you point these facts out, they will say "oh, we are talking about Islamic education and not western education". But yet again, they are wrong there because even in that, they were very far behind most others. I say this because Islam came to the Yoruba tribes primarily through the Turkish traders 400 years before Usman Dan Fodio put his foot in northern Nigeria and attacked the Hausa Habe Kingdom and King Yunfa of Gobir.

The Hausa had already accepted Islam as their faith then just as the Kanuri had done too. However, in the whole of Nigeria, no tribe knew Islam or was better educated in Islamic literature, the Koran and the hadith, than the Yoruba Muslims. So when Labdo talks about the Fulani being better qualified or better educated than anyone else, it is simply a manifestation of his ignorance, his delusion and his arrogance of power.

The professor said that the Fulani people were educated before others in Nigeria and had manuscripts dating as far back as 300 to 500 years. What do you think about that?
The truth is that the opposite is the case. They are the ones that knew nothing whilst others were far ahead of them and well advanced in matters of civilisation and governance. He is wrong and we must set the record straight so that the younger generations are not misled. The Caliphate has only existed for about 220 years and before then, the Fulani were barely educated, they were nothing and they knew nothing.

In terms of qualifications and education, they are very far down the line when compared to the numerous ethnic nationalities that make up Nigeria. As painful as it may be, this is the bitter truth.

What do you think about their leadership qualities?
There is something very interesting that Napoleon Bonaparte once said about the British cavalry. I believe it was at the Battle of Waterloo. He said that the British had the best cavalry in Europe but that it was the worst led. This describes the Fulani very well. They are a wonderful people who are courageous in battle, fearless and disciplined. They are also deeply loyal to their friends and bitterly ruthless and ferocious with their enemies, never forgetting a favour or a slight. Sadly, their traditional institutions and political leadership encourage and sustain a feudal system, which frowns on education for the ordinary people and keeps them in darkness and bondage. Worse still, they have a rigid class system which does not serve them well.

That is why the great Hausa leader from Kano, Mallam Aminu Kano, once said that until all the Fulani Emirs were removed, the ordinary people and masses would remain in servitude and would not be truly free. That is what the Fulani leaders have done to their own working class people. They would rather have them herding cows or walking the streets as almajiris and begging for alms and food than lead them into a place of enlightenment, liberty and prosperity and I think that is a failure on their part. If you cannot lead your own people right and you insist on keeping them in bondage and ignorance, how can you then possibly lay claim to leading others? Outside of that though; I must add this and it is very important. When it comes to furthering and protecting a collective tribal interest or championing the cause and interest of their own ethnic group, there is no tribe that is better at that than the Fulani. And this applies to both their rich and their poor. They are focused, courageous, patient, disciplined, tough, resilient, ruthless and able to take pain without betraying any emotion, all because they think far ahead and they know what they wish to achieve for the greater good of their tribe and kinsmen.

However, when it comes to furthering or protecting the national interest; in my view, they are the weakest and the worst, simply because, generally speaking, they see themselves as overlords and masters of everyone else and this breeds hatred and resentment.
Most of them actually believe that Nigeria was created for their benefit alone and that the country and its people are essentially their footstool. Labdo's words actually betray the thoughts of most of them, though they would never say it publicly.

They conquer not just by force of arms but by guile, deceit and assimilation. History proves that, particularly the way they conquered Gobir and Ilorin. And of course, President Muhammadu Buhari's actions and style of governance over the last three years, which is basically Fulani and Muslims first in everything and to hell with everyone else, proves that.
I am very reluctant to judge a whole race of people based on the failings of their present and past leaders but generally speaking, I am not impressed by their leadership abilities because it is always more about promoting a tribal and ethnic interest rather than a national interest. They always pretend otherwise, but that is the reality. Actions speak louder than words. I know the history of our country well and sadly, that has always been their trait and style whenever the Fulani are in power.
To them, everything is about conquest and domination. And it is not just ethnic but also religious and that makes it even more dangerous. Worse still is the fact that they never allow their most civilised and liberal or their brightest and best to get to the top.

They fight and attempt to destroy people like Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, Sambo Dasuki, Kabiru Turaki (SAN), Sule Lamido, Ahmed Makarfi, Abubakar Atiku, Shehu Sani, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Aliyu Gusau, Mohammed Dankwambo, Aminu Tambuwal, and others for being too liberal and for accommodating other tribes and faiths, whilst they encourage and promote those that kill Shiite Muslims and Christians in their states and that attempt to justify and rationalise the barbaric genocide and unconscionable ethnic cleansing of the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen. I will not mention names but you know who I mean.
They prefer the ultra-conservative feudalists, the ethnic supremacists, the religious bigots, the diehard hegemonists and the radical hardliners amongst them to lead.
In terms of former Presidents of Fulani extraction, the one I can say that I have the most respect and affection for is Shehu Shagari, who, in my view, is a good man.
He was a gentle and moderate leader that did not let power go to his head, that was fair to all ethnic nationalities and had no ethnic agenda.

There are many Fulani that would make good leaders but those that have the mindset of total domination of other ethnic groups hardly ever allow those ones to emerge because they know that they will serve a national interest rather than a narrow tribal or religious one. This is my view about Fulani leadership.

Do you agree with Prof. Labdo's assertion that Fulani people were benevolent by not forcing people to convert to Islam and so on during the invasion that brought them to Nigeria and led to the conquering of some empires in the North?
He was talking absolute rubbish. He is indulging in deceit and falsehood of the worst kind and he is attempting to reverse history. The fact of the matter is that the conquest of parts of the North by the Fulani and the establishment of the Caliphate Empire was justified and propelled by the desire and supposed religious obligation to wipe out all other faiths, including Christianity, and spread Islam by the force of arms.

Consequently, this was done by a series of brutal and genocidal jihads in which hundreds of thousands of people were slaughtered in cold blood.
More Christians and traditional religion practitioners were slaughtered during the jihads and during the establishment and spreading of the Caliphate than at any other time in our history. Usman Dan Fodio offered either the sword or the Koran and he was utterly ruthless about it.

Are you denying the fact that Fulani people indeed have a rich heritage or history dating back to many years?
Certainly not many years! I have told you that the history of the Caliphate dates back to just over 200 years.
That is very young when you compare it to others like the Benin Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Habe Empire, the Borno Empire, the Kalabari Empire, the Ashanti Empire in Ghana, the Kingdom of Dahomey and the numerous kingdoms that were dotted all over the geographical space, which later became Nigeria after the British arrived. The Fulani do have a rich heritage and a noble history but all that came after the establishment of the Caliphate and their invasion of northern Nigeria. Before the establishment of the Caliphate, their history was very dark and there was simply nothing to it. They were just easy-going, nomadic and migrant cattle herdsmen from Futa Jallon, who wandered all over West Africa, rearing cattle and trading primarily with the Malians, Berbers, Arabs and Tuaregs of North Africa.

You said in your essay published during the week that Fulani people were originally not part of us, does that mean you don't agree with Prof. Labdo that Fulani people should not be called settlers in Nigeria because other tribes had also settled where they are at a point in their history?
Fulani people are best described as settlers because they came here relatively recently compared to everyone else. The rest of us have been here for 500 to 1,000 years and some even more. Secondly, they are the only tribe in Nigeria that wander into other people's ancestral and tribal lands, reside there for some time and then after some time, claim that land as their own. This always leads to trouble as they try to forcefully impose their will, religion, culture and ways and dominate the indigenous community that unwittingly took them in as guests, years before. When these conflicts start, they always lead to violence and that is why the Fulani are not only regarded as settlers but also, there is always a high level of resentment channeled towards them.

Labdo cannot get away with attempting to label the indigenous communities that have lived on their tribal land for up to 1,000 years as settlers. This is intellectually dishonest, disingenuous and unfair. For many generations, the indigenous people have lived on that land and their right to it cannot be altered by those that have just arrived and that they originally welcomed with open and loving arms.

When you said 'originally not part of us' in your essay, who are the people that you meant by 'us'? Which tribes should be considered as original owners of Nigeria?
Every single tribe in the country apart from the Fulani can be considered as the original owners and I said that only in the context that the Fulani only arrived on our shores 200 years ago. I did not say they are not Nigerians. What I said was that they joined us later than others and unlike the rest of us, they were not originally from here.

It appears that there is Fulani-phobia in Nigeria now. What do you think is responsible for that? Is it because of the attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen on host communities, villages and farms or what?
It is much deeper than that and it is very real. You need to look at what has been happening to this country over the last 100 years since the amalgamation and over the last 57 years since independence to understand it. Things are about to explode and Buhari, who sees himself as the third Mahdi and the reincarnation of Usman Dan Fodio and Sir Ahmadu Bello, all rolled into one, has made matters worse. I do not hate the Fulani and as a matter of fact, one-eighth of the blood that runs through my veins is Fulani blood, but the truth is that their leaders have not been fair to the rest of Nigeria. We want a nation in which everyone is equal and not one of masters and slaves. We are not interested in a nation where some are more equal than others. They have other ideas and we cannot allow that. This inordinate desire and long term aspiration of conquering the whole of Nigeria and dipping the Koran in the Atlantic Ocean cannot work.
It will be resisted. And those that wish to do it must desist from trying before the whole thing explodes in their faces.

I say again, it will be resisted. And the more they try to impose it, the more resistance they will meet. I predicted conflict a while back. They have obviously reached a decisive stage in a plan long prepared. A plan that has economic and social facets, as much as political.
They are following a script long prepared. Large bodies of armed men cannot be roaming the country freely without the intervention of security agencies if there is no high level complicity. If you ask me why they are doing it, the answer is simple and clear: it is what the Nazis called the quest for "Lebensraum" (meaning living space).

It is an economic programme of inheriting as much land with as few people as possible left on them. The desertification, increasing population, dwindling resources are driving them southward. It was bound to happen with our lack of planning. Even the Rwandan genocide had an economic aspect to it. Rwanda and Burundi are one of the most densely populated places in Africa. Lack of planning over the decades is the cause. Apart from Obafemi Awolowo, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Habib Bourguiba, Kwame Nkrumah and Julius Nyerere, African leaders, including Nelson Mandela, had neither strategic vision nor a clear plan for resolving the challenges facing us. Awolowo suggested incorporating secession clause into our constitution at the 1954 Constitutional Conference. Sadly it was opposed primarily by the North and it failed. Had it been entrenched in our constitution, we may have avoided the first civil war and any other one, which I am praying will never come.

The professor and the National Chairman of Fulbe Development Association, Alhaji Ahmad Bello, have been quoted as saying that Fulani can never be defeated. What do you think about such claims?
It is historically untrue. The Yoruba defeated the Fulani in Osogbo and sent them back to the North. Though they got Ilorin as a consequence of the rebellion of Aare Ona Kakaanfo Afonja, who colluded with them and fought against his commander and traditional ruler, the Alaafin of Oyo, the Yoruba have never been conquered by the Fulani or anyone else and neither will they ever be. We are slow to anger but irresistible in battle. 

They say that it is not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of fight in the dog. Nobody wants to fight and neither do we want a war. We must all be restrained, sue for peace and try to talk our differences out like civilised people do rather than exchanging blows and indulging in violence. However, if a full scale war is ever forced upon the people of the South or indeed the Middle Belt by anyone, we will not run or shy away from it. It will be viewed as the final battle for our independence from our internal colonial masters. 

They say hubris always comes before nemesis. Let this Fulani man and all those that think like him and make these threats keep talking and bragging that his people can never be defeated. If, God forbid, armed conflict ever comes, we shall put his boast to the test and I trust that God shall defend His own.

What are the things the professor said in the interview that you think are untrue?

Other than to say that the Yoruba defeated the Fulani at Osogbo and "sent us packing", he did not say one thing that was true. Everything else that he said was untrue: he did nothing but tell a series of offensive, perfidious, specious, pernicious and dangerous lies and he told those lies with arrogance and sheer callousness. That man is dangerous and I pray that he does not set our nation on fire.

The angel of death that stalks the corridors of power by Fani-Kayode
Written by Femi Fani-Kayode
~Vanguard Nigeria. Sunday, November 5, 2017.

“O grave where is thy victory? O death where is thy sting?”- The Holy Bible.

In the early 1960€²s 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€²s 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.

The Lion of the East - By Femi Fani-Kayode  
~Vanguard Nigeria. Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Let me make this abundantly clear right from the outset. I love and respect Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the supreme leader of the Biafran movement, the founder and convener of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and the man that I have appropiately dubbed as the Lion of the East. I do not however agree with him on EVERYTHING and neither do I share his views about President Goodluck Jonathan.

I do not believe that Jonathan was weak or that he was incompetent. As a matter of fact I believe that the contrary is the case.
I believe that he exhibited immense strength and courage by letting go of power even though he did NOT lose the 2015 presidential election but was rather rigged out of it and even though he did NOT need to do so. 

If Jonathan had been a lesser man and if he had wanted to do so he could have knuckled down, called the bluff of the then opposition and held on to power Instead of calling the bluff of the opposition and thereby endanger the lives of millions of Nigerian people, Jonathan said “my being President is not worth the drop of blood of one Nigerian” and he let go. Only a strong and disciplined man who is not in the grip and under the power of satan and who is not driven by a primitive, bestial and compelling lust for power can do that. Jonathan was not weak: he was strong. 

Secondly I believe that his record of infrastructural development throughout the nation is second to none. Most importantly in this context I believe that Jonathan, more than ANY other President in the history of Nigeria, did more to rehabilitate and empower the Igbo whilst he was President. Having said this I must confess that, other than his past remarks about the Yoruba people which he made a number of years ago and which he has told me privately and said publicly that he no longer holds, I am on all fours with Nnamdi Kanu on virtually everything else. The truth is that I have a soft spot for him and no matter what he says or does I will always love him like a brother because he has managed to do, in a very short space of time, what most cannot do in a lifetime: he has won my respect and rekindled my hope in Africa and African leaders. 

I believe that he is a courageous, strong and dynamic young man and indeed the greatest thing that has happened to the Igbos in the last 103 years. As I alluded to in an earlier essay which I wrote after meeting him for the first time in Kuje prison in 2016, he is an Ojukwu, an Nzeogwu and an Azikiwe all rolled into one. Despite the contrived and sponsored disinformation and rubbish that his many detractors are saying and writing about him, today he remains focused on his objectives and clear about his mission: nothing appears to move him and or distract him from his calling. 

He has a date with history and destiny and no matter what his enemies do to him or say about him he shall keep that date. Most important of all is the fact that I understand what drives him and kindles his extreme passion for the cause that he serves. I understand his burning yet clearly repressed anger at the shoddy and inexcusable plight of his Igbo people in the contraption called Nigeria. I can feel his pain and when you sit with him for a long period of time, to the discerning and the sensitive in the spirit, that pain is not only contagious but also literally tangible. 

Rarely have I met a man that has so much genuine love and concern for his people. My admiration and respect for him remains intact and it cannot easily be diminished. And frankly if I had been born an Igbo person, given the history and what they have been through in the hands of Nigeria over the last 57 years, I would have been far more radical and uncompromising than even he is. The truth is that Nigeria should count herself lucky that he is a pacifist who has not called for and neither is he interested in an armed struggle. If that had been the case and if he had made his battle-cry “blood for blood”, things would have been very different today and our country would have been in the terrible vice-like grip of another civil war. Yet despite his pacifist and non-violent approach in this struggle there are still so many that simply hate this rising young star for no just cause. And there are thousands within the intelligensia and ranks of the Nigerian ruling elite both from the north and the south who oppose what he stands for and despise the very idea of the establishment a new, sovereign and independent Biafran nation. 

As a matter of fact they find such an idea and notion deeply offensive. They believe in freedom, the rule of law, the right of self-determination, the concept of restructuring and the cause of freedom for themselves and their own but they do not believe that the Igbo people deserve the right to have such freedoms or to make such choices. What a contradiction and what a tragedy. You are comfortable in your chains but when your Igbo brothers say they wish to break theirs and become free you seek to deny them that right and you join forces with the slave-masters and tell them that you will help them to keep the igbo in chains by force. 

Can this be considered as being fair and just? Can it be right before God? Can it be sustained? Can it be justified and defended? Is it not an intellectually dishonest, spiritually jaundiced and utterly flawed position? Should we not bow our heads in shame when we think and talk like this? Are the Igbo not human beings too? Do they not share the same rights that we do and that we cherish? 
You believe that the people of Scotland have the right of self-determination but you don’t believe that the people of Biafra have that right as well. You believe that the people of Hong Kong have the right of self-determination but you don’t believe that the Biafrans have that right as well. 

You believe that the Palestinians have the right of self-determination but you don’t believe that the Biafrans have that right as well. You believe that the people of Northern Ireland have the right of self-determination but you don’t believe the Biafrans have that right as well. You believe that the Basques and the people of Catalan in Spain have the right of self-determination but you don’t believe the Biafrans have that right as well. You believe that the people of the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Israel, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Australia, Ghana, Kenya, Benin, East Timor, Ireland, Europe, the former Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union, the former Czechoslovakia, the former Malaya, Taiwan, the Sudan, the countries of South America and South East Asia and hundreds of other nation states throughout the world and over the years have the right of self-determination but you don’t believe that the people of Biafra have that right as well. 

O Nigerians, who has bewitched you? And who, like Apostle Paul’s Galatians in the Holy Bible, has put you under a spell? You scream “restructuring” when you know very well that the owners of your nation and the “born to rule” will never allow it and that it is an idea and concept that ought to have been accepted, established and implemented many years ago. What burns in the hearts and souls of most young Nigerians today, and this is especially and understandably so with the young people of the east, is total liberation and independence from Nigeria. That is what they want and not just restructuring.

Those from outside Igboland that say that they do not want Biafra have missed the point. It is for the people of the east to make that call and to make that decision and not for you.

What you believe is good for the Igbo or what you prefer for them is neither here nor there. Ultimately it is only THEIR choice and THEIR decision, which can only be made and established in a free and fair UN-sponsored and conducted referendum, that matters. And in that referendum every single Igbo person, whether they be a traditional ruler, a chief, a wealthy business man, a pauper, a prince, a governor, a legislator, an elder-statesman, a student, a trader, a hairdresser, a bus-driver, a houseboy, a lawyer, a dancer, a singer, a landlord, a tenant, a judge, a clerk, a fisherman, a farmer, a taxi-driver, a secretary, a banker, a writer, a mortuary attendant, a pimp, a prostitute or a jobless man or woman only has one vote. It is either “yes” or “no”. No single vote is more important than the other and each vote carries the same weight. 

The arrogance of those that beat their chests and believe that they know how that vote or referendum will ultimately go is second only to the short-sighted fools in the British media and political class who never believed that the United Kingdom would vote for BREXIT and opt to leave Europe. It is also similar to the willful blindness and self-inflicted delusions of the Obama and Clinton-controlled liberal-left of American politics who swore and honestly believed that Donald Trump would and could NEVER win the presidential election of 2016. They forgot the “God factor” in all matters touching and concerning the destiny of nations and men and what a shocker they got! 

Those in Igboland that say they are the true leaders of the Igbo and that their people do not want to leave Nigeria and establish their own country may get the biggest surprise of their lives when the time comes. And not one of them can defeat Nnamdi Kanu in a free and fair election ANYWHERE in Igboland today. If they doubt that perhaps they should try putting it to the test. The great black American freedom fighter Malcom X said “the price of freedom is death”. The 3 million Igbos that died in the civil war paid that price. The hundreds of thousands of Igbos that were slaughtered in pogroms in the north in the mid-60’s, during the civil war, in the ’70’s, in the 80’s, in the ’90’s, in the 2000’s and indeed right up until today paid that price. The thousands of young and courageous IPOB men and women who were massacred by security forces in the streets of the east and in the sanctity of their homes over the last two years have paid that price. The hundreds of Igbos that have been killed by state-protected Fulani militias and herdsmen in their villlages and on their farms in the last two years have paid that price. 

Then came the threat of genocide and carnage from the Arewa Youth when the Igbo were told that they must leave the north by Oct. 1st 2017 or suffer another whirlwind of slaughter and pogroms. Those that will be killed in the north after that date and once that deadline has expired will also have paid that price. Given all this I have one question to ask: if the Lord, in His infinate wisdom and mercy, can raise a deliverer like the great Sir William Wallace to liberate Scotland from the English in 1297 why would He NOT raise a Nnamdi Kanu to deliver the Igbo people after they have been subjected to genocide, mass murder, wickedness and injustice at the brutal hands of the Nigerian state for the last 57 years? 

If the Lord can raise an Oliver Cromwell to deliver the people of England from the tyranny of the Crown in 1642 why would He not raise a Nnamdi Kanu for the Igbo in 2017? If the Lord can raise a George Washington to fight for American independence from the subjugation of the British Crown in 1775 why would He not raise a Nnamdi Kanu for the Igbo in 2017? If the Lord could raise a Maximillien Robespierre and Marat for the French people against the Bourbon royal family in 1789 and a Vladimer Lenin and Trotsky for the Russian people against the Romanov royal dynasty in 1917 why would he not raise a Nnamdi Kanu for the Igbo in 2017? If the Lord could raise an Emeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu to deliver the Igbo people from total elimination, annihilation and extermination in 1967 why would he not raise a Nnamdi Kanu to deliver them from tyranny, mass murder and threats of genocide in 2017? 

And the comparisons with Ojukwu are interesting. Both come from a royal and noble lineage and bloodline. Both went to some of the best schools and universities in the United Kingdom. Ojukwu was at Oxford whilst Kanu was at the Metropolitan University (after finishing his first degree at Nsuka). Both were well educated and enlightened enough to recognise the chains of tyranny and both had the mettle and the courage to cultivate a firm resolve to stand against it. One did so in the filed of battle when his people were subjected to genocide, denied the right of self-determination and attacked whilst the other did so through aggressive political activism and without firing a shot. Both are endearing, charming, handsome, charrismatic, articulate and profound. Finally, like all human beings, both are fallible and made one or two mistakes and errors in their careers by what they said about others from time to time. This is to be expected because they are both human. 

Yet it is not what they say about others that matters but what they represent. And what they both represent, which is essentially the protection of the weak from the tyranny and barbarity if the strong, is not only wholesome and righteous but also noble, honorable and worthy of emulation. Few can dispute that the suffering of the Igbo over the last 57 years has been horrendous, disproportionate and barbarous. 

By any civilised standard it has been totally and completely unacceptable. Oceans of Igbo blood, including that of infants and babies, have been shed and spilt over those years and that sacred blood not only cries to God in heaven for vengeance but also continues to plague, foul and soil the very foundation of the Nigerian state. . Not only has no remorse or regret been expressed or displayed for shedding that blood but instead those that have continuosly done so for no just cause for the better part of the last fifty seven years have been handsomely rewarded and well-compensated for their great evil and sociopathic disposition instead of being brought to justice. 

When we go out of our way as a people to care for the weakest, the most vulnerable, the most villified, the most persecuted and even the most undeserving in our society it says a lot about us. And when we kill them at will and treat them like animals it means that we are no better than ravenous beasts. The truth is that nothing and no-one can stop Nnamdi Kanu because there is a divine element to his meteoric rise. God Himself has raised, lifted and annointed him and in doing so He has planted a seed, ignited a fuse and unleashed the spirit of Biafra in the mind, body, spirit and soul of the Igbo nation. Whatever happens to Kanu today that spirit and that movement will not die but rather go from strength to strength. 

The man has died in millions of Nigerians that have remained silent when faced with the tyranny and injustice of today’s Nigeria. But not in Nnamdi Kanu. The man has refused to die in him and still lives on. He has refused to bow to tyranny and he has refused to succumb to the blackmail and intimidation of the state. He is the Lion of the east: I stand by him, I love him and I salute his courage. O that we had more of his ilk in our shores. May God defend him and may the Ancient of Days guide and protect Him. 


The killer midget and the stunted dwarf -Femi Fani-Kayode
~The SUN Nigeria. Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

"Not a single soul has been prosecuted, let alone jailed for the genocide in Southern Kaduna and you are blaming someone for preaching self defence? You are INSANE. Yes, INSANE"- Olufemi Korode, Twitter, 24th of January 2016.

Can anyone dispute the fact that Mr. Korode is right? Are those that say that Christians should not defend themselves or complain when they are being slaughtered not completely insane?

The truth is that had it not been for the fact that eight more innocent and defenceless people were butchered by Fulani militants in Samaru Kataf, Southern Kaduna on 17th of January, that six young students of the College of Education, Gidan Waya, Southern Kaduna, were massacred on 23rd of January and that twenty innocent souls, including women and children, were slaughtered by the same pack of beastly savages in the village of Ohimini in Benue State on that same day, I may not have written this piece.

Yet I am constrained to do so because the animals in human flesh and Islamist demons that are on the rampage in Kaduna State and indeed all over the country have not satisfied their lust for Christian blood and their carnage persists. As a matter of fact, the cancer is spreading.

When you add the thirty four that were murdered in the last few days to the 808 innocent souls that were killed by the same creatures on Christmas eve and Christmas Day, you cannot come to any other conclusion than the fact that this is genocide and that it is time to resist it.

Unfortunately, some do not wish to hear that. They would prefer the people of Southern Kaduna to continue to be the sacrificial lambs that they have always been. Permit me to share just one example of their mindset here.

In reaction to the suggestion that the people of Southern Kaduna ought to defend themselves from mass murder and genocide, given the fact that the state government has refused to protect them, Mallam Uba Sani, a four-foot dwarf and the political advisor to Kaduna State's dimunitive midget-in-chief, Governor Nasir El Rufai, wrote the following in Thisday and a number of other newspapers:

''The greatest challenge to peace in Kaduna State now is the antics of political jobbers and opportunists, who have gone as low as spreading hate speeches; telling communities in Kaduna State to "defend themselves." This, of course, is an unmistakable call on the people of Kaduna State to procure arms and ammunitions and start killing themselves. This is not just very low but extremely dangerous. This call on the citizenry to take the laws into their own hands totally undermines all on-going efforts to achieve lasting peace in Kaduna State.''

These are strong words from the dwarf, who appears to be expressing the frustration, angst and cold rage of his employer, the chief midget.

Instead of showing remorse for their woeful failures and begging for forgiveness for the oceans of innocent blood that has been shed under their watch, the government of Kaduna State is lashing out at those of us that have called them out and that are deeply concerned about the annihilation and decimation of human life and sheer carnage that is taking place in Southern Kaduna.

The dwarf pours scorn on the suggestion that a man should protect his family, loved ones and home from cold-blooded murderers who are attempting to maim and kill them.

He is suggesting that the people of Southern Kaduna should keep quiet, fold their arms and happily welcome, with a warm smile, those that have come to rape their wives, slaughter their children, burn their homes, wipe out their faith and possess their land. Is that how to make Kaduna great again?

Is that how to get back to the glorious days of Abubakar 'Dangiwa' Umar, Ahmed Makarfi and Patrick Yakowa when Kaduna State was presided over by men of substance and character?

Is that the way to get back to the days when Kaduna State was blessed with kind and compassiomate governors, who were balanced, mature, sensitive, caring, gentle, cosmopolitan, inclusive and fair to all regardless of faith, tribe or ethnic nationality?

Is that how to get back to the peaceful days of Kaduna when those of us that play polo used to look forward to going there to play a few chukkas at the annual Kaduna Polo tournament?

Is that how to get back to the days when Kaduna was one of the best places to live in or visit in the country?

I doubt it very much. The truth is that nothing could be more insensitive, irresponsible, callous and utterly absurd than the dwarf's counsel and suggestion.

If that is the kind of advice that the midget has been getting from his aides and advisors ever since he was elected as governor, one needs to look no further to know why he has failed so woefully.

Under his watch, Kaduna State has become more divided than it has ever been in its entire history and the pungent smell and rotten stench of fresh human blood and fly-infested bloated corpses fills the air.

That is the shameful legacy that the midget and his dwarf are desperately trying to white-wash and defend.

Instead of going on their knees and begging God, the Christian community, the Shiite Muslims and the Nigerian people for forgiveness for what can, at best, be described as their irresponsible, incompetent and criminally negligent behaviour and, at worse, their willfull and premeditated attempt to wipe out, exterminate and cleanse the land of the entire Christian community and every ethnic and religious minority group in Southern Kaduna and Zaria, they are throwing bricks at their perceived enemies and flying into childish tantrums.

The dwarf spoke of "political jobbers" and "oppprtunists". One wonders just who they are? Again one wonders precisely what the "ongoing efforts to achieve lasting peace in Kaduna" that he mentioned are given the fact that his boss, the midget, does not appear to give a damn about the fact that thousands of innocent and defenceless people, including women and children, have been butchered during his watch and right under his nose.

At the end of 2015, over 1000 Shiite Muslims were slaughtered in cold blood and buried in mass graves by the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State. Many Shiites have accused the midget of covertly playing a sordid and questionable role in the whole affair and when one hears the facts one cannot blame them.

For example, is it true that it was he that fingered Sheik Ibrahim El Zak Zaky, the Shiite leader, by phoning him and ascertaining his whereabouts for the military before they tracked him down, shelled, shot and murdered hundreds of his people in the sanctity of their homes and proceeded to shoot him and his gentle Yoruba wife in the eye and stomach before whisking them both away?

Since that time, they have kept both husband and wife incommunicado and in detention despite court orders to release them. One wonders what efforts the midget has made to get them out.

One wonders why he, a Sunni Muslim, hates the Shiite so much? One wonders why he has been tormenting, arresting, persecuting, outlawing, proscribing and locking them up ever since their leader's arrest even though they have never sought to harm or attack anyone?

Another example of the sheer depravity of this man was provided approximately one month ago over the Christmas holiday.

On Christmas eve and Christmas Day alone, according to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), no less that 808 Christians were killed by the midget's friends and brothers, the Fulani militia (aka herdsmen), in Southern Kaduna.

The midget and his government provided security and enforced a curfew in the Muslim areas of the state but they refused to do the same for Southern Kaduna, which is Christian. Consequently, the Fulani militia not only struck but they struck very hard indeed, leaving nothing but death and destruction in their path.

Evidently the chief midget and his government are more interested in insulting, undermining, discrediting and threatening with arrest its critics and those that have expressed outrage about what the people of Southern Kaduna have been subjected to under his watch than in protecting and saving innocent Christian lives.

One wonders why he hates Christians so much to the extent that the only hospital in the relevant Christian community was shut down by his government on the days that the attacks took place in order to ensure that the wounded could not be treated and that as many Christians suffered casualties and died as possible.

Is the midget not vicariously liable and criminally culpable for those deaths even if he did not take part in the attacks himself? What is the source of and reason for his hatred for our Christian brothers and sisters? Are they not human beings as well? Are they not worthy of life? Do they not deserve to be protected?

These questions must be answered whether they like it or not. Yet instead of doing so they are spewing out more and more garbage by the day.

For example, in his essay, the midget's dwarf went even further by saying that "a Yoruba ex-minister, who should know better" and who is "being sponsored" held a series of meetings in his Abuja home with various delegations from Southern Kaduna where they planned how to effect "a violent attack on others" in Kaduna State.

Though he did not have the courage to mention the name of that Yoruba ex-minister, it is obvious that the dwarf was referring to yours truly.

As a rule, I do not respond to hired help and the aides of public office holders no matter how short they are because they are too small for me. This is especially so when they are stunted not just in physical growth but also in mental capacity.

When the midget himself dares to open his mouth and talk rubbish, I will give him the full measure of my pen and tongue but I cannot bring myself to the very low level of joining issues with a frustrated dwarf or any of the other hired guns of an embittered and drowning midget.

What I will say to the dwarf, however, is this. If it was me that he was accusing of having meetings in my Abuja home with various delegations from Southern Kaduna he is absolutely right.

I have many friends in and from Southern Kaduna from both the Shiite Muslim and Christian community, who deemed it necessary to pay me a visit in Abuja over the Christmas holidays and tell me about the genocide that they were being subjected to by the Fulani Janjaweed terrorists and military forces, with the full support and knowledge of the midget-in-chief.

I was proud to host them and I will continue to do so whether the little dwarf and his paymaster likes it or not.

I should also mention the fact that at no time did I discuss any violent attack on the Fulani or anyone else in Kaduna State with any of them though I told them plainly that if the government failed in its duty to protect them they must go ahead and defend themselves.

That is my view and it will always be my view and I will continue to share it with whoever I deem fit.

For this counsel, I have no apology. If it gives the midget governnor and his little dwarf sleepless nights that the people of Southern Kaduna will no longer sit back and allow their loved ones to be slaughtered by their Fulani friends and kinsmen, that is their problem. For all I care, they can go and hug a transformer or jump in the lagoon.

The Fulani Republic of Nigeria - by Fani-Kayode
~vanguard Nigeria. Friday, January 20, 2017.

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The Sultan of Sokoto is the father of the Fulani people, the foremost traditional ruler in northern Nigeria and the spiritual leader of all northern Muslims.

He is not just a traditional ruler but an all-powerful potentate who represents a strange and mystical power and who heads an ancient and dark empire.

Not only is he reverred by his subjects but he is also regarded and treated by some as something akin to a deity and by others as nothing less than the reincarnation of Sheik Usman Dan Fodio, the Sufi Muslim who founded the Caliphate empire by conquering and utterly crushing the Hausa kingdoms in a brutal and bloody jihad in northern Nigeria in 1804.

Whichever way his subjects choose to view him, whether as a deity or an all-conquering and all powerful jihadi war-lord, to the Muslims of the core north his word is law and absolutely everything revolves around him.

He is the living symbol of Fulani power, strength and glory and the physical manifestation of the quest for Islamist domination.

Yet despite these lofty heights and undoubtedly rich and impressive heritage his people have slaughtered, subjugated and terrorised more Nigerians in the last 212 years since Usman Dan Fodio’s 1804 Jihad than ANY other ethnic group in our nation.

They have butchered more of their fellow Nigerians in that space of time than the white Boer settlers and farmers of apartheid South Africa butchered the black African population in Southern Africa in 363 years of white rule and domination since the time that the Dutch coloniser and admnistrator, Jan Van Riebeek, first put his foot on the South African Cape in 1653.

No African ethnic group has killed as many of their fellow Africans as the Fulani of northern Nigeria. Not even the Hutus of Rwanda, who did a whole lot of killing in the genocide of the early 1990’s, could match them.

From the first Mahdi, Usman Dan Fodio, to the second, Sir Ahmadu Bello and to the third, General Muhammadu Buhari, the trail of blood, carnage, terror and religious compulsion and the inexplicable quest and insatiable desire to dominate, conquer, subjugate and control others trails them.

This is as unacceptable as it is provocative. The truth is that there is no place in any civilized society for any form of compulsion or ethnic and religious domination and bigotry

I say this because I believe that the mark of civilization is the ability to tolerate dissenting views and to accommodate those that do not share your faith or come from your tribe, ethnic stock or nationality.

If you are incapable of being tolerant of others simply because they are different or they come from a different place and if you cannot indulge in any form of accommodation of those that do not share your views, your faith or your bloodlines then you are nothing more than an uncivilized field hand and an intellectual barbarian.

If you are capable of both tolerance and accommodation of others, no matter how strange or absurd their views, their faith or their circumstances may be, then you are the epitomy of civilization, decency, good breeding and good old fashioned class.

The morale of the tale is as follows: to be tolerant and kind to ALL those that see things differently from you, to stand up against the intolerant and to resist the ignorant, the bigoted, the racist, the ethnic supremacist and the religious extremist. .

It is in an attempt to keep faith with this sacred resolution and honor this fundamental principle that I wish to bare my mind and share my views about the way forward for the Fulani Republic of Nigeria in this contribution. Those views are as follows.

I am a nationalist. I believe in the rise and power of the nation state. I believe in the sovereignty of the will of the people. I believe in the right of independence and self-determination for all and sundry. This is especially so for the numerous ethnic nationalities that make up the space called Nigeria.

I believe in the right of the Igbo to have Biafra and the right of the Yoruba to have Oduduwa if that is their wish.

I believe that that right ought to be extended to the Ijaws and indeed to every other ethnic nationality in the country if that is what they want.

I believe that to compel a man or a people, by the force of arms and with the raw power of the state, to stay in a house or a space that they do not wish to stay is evil.

Such a state of affairs and situation is an eloquent testimony, graphic example and accurate illustration of subjugation and bondage.

It is a testimony of the most barbaric form of wickedness and a total denial of the most basic civil liberties, fundamental human rights and expression of free will of the victims.

I believe that there are many countries in the belly of Nigeria but sadly they have all been choked, suffocated, swallowed up and killed at birth.

I believe that Chief Obafemo Awolowo was right when he said that Nigeria was “not a nation but a mere geographical expression”.

I believe that Sir Ahmadu Bello was right when he described the amalglamation of the northern and southern protectorates as a “great mistake”.

I believe that he was also right when he told the ever-accomodating and over-compensating Owelle Nnamdi Azikiwe that we needed to “understand our differences” rather than to just “forget them”.

Again I believe that Awolowo was right when he said “there are no ‘Nigerians’ in the sense as there are English, Welsh or French. The word ‘Nigerian’ is merely a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria and those who do not”.

I believe that Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa accurately reflected the mind of his core northern people when he said,

“the Southern people who are swamping into this region daily in such large numbers are really intruders. We don't want them and they are not welcome here in the North. Since 1914, the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country but the people are different in every way, including religion, custom, language and aspirations. We in the north take it that Nigeriam unity is only a British intention for the country they created. IT IS NOT FOR US."

I believe that Lord Fredrrick Lugard, the architect of the 1914 amalglamation, was right when he said “the North and the South are like oil and water. They will never mix”.

Again I believe that Awolowo was right when he said “Nigeria is only a geographical expression to which life was given by the diabolical amalgamation of 1914. That amalgamation will EVER remain the most painful injury a British government inflicted on Southern Nigeria”.

I believe that the hero of Biafra, Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu (the one and only Eze Igbo Gburugburu), was right when he said “it is better we move slightly apart and survive than move together and perish in our collision”.

I believe that Sir Ahmadu Bello spoke the minds of his northern people when he said,

"the new nation called Nigeria should be an estate from our great grandfather, Othman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We must use the minorities in the North as willing tools and the south as conquered territories and never allow them to have control of their future."

I believe that General Yakubu Gowon was right when he said,

"suffice it to say that putting all considerations to the test, political, economic as well as social, the basis of unity is not there."

I believe that Dr. Nnamdi Benjamin Azikiwe was right when he said,

"if this embryo republic of ours must disintegrate, then in the name of God, let the operation be a short and painless one."

Finally I believe that Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was right when he said,

“Nigeria is a stooge of Europe. Her independence was and is a lie. Nigeria committed many crimes against her nationals which in the end made complete nonsense of her claim to unity. Nigeria persecuted and slaughtered her minorities; Nigerian justice was a farce; her elections, her census, her politics - her everything - was corrupt. Qualification, merit and experience were discounted in public service. In one area of Nigeria, for instance, they preferred to turn a nurse who had worked for five years into a doctor rather than employ a qualified doctor from another part of Nigeria; barely literate clerks were made Permanent Secretaries; a university Vice-Chancellor was sacked because he belonged to the wrong tribe."

These words are as truthful, accurate and appropiate today as they were when Ojukwu spoke them many years ago.

If there is still anyone left that believes that all is well in our forced union I urge them to consider the words of Chief John Nwodo who is a former Minister of Information and the newly-elected President-General of Ohaneze, the leading Igbo political and socio-cultural group which comprises of all the elders and traditional rulers of Ndi Igbo. He said,

"Our young men and women can no longer tolerate a second class status in their own country. They can no longer forgive the President for arguing before he came into office that Niger Delta militants were meekly treated and tolerated by President Yar Adua while Boko Haram was harshly treated by President Jonathan when his law enforcement agents literally opened fire and maimed and killed unarmed MASSOB and IPOB members. They see how returnee Boko Haram members are absolved and rehabilitated while leaders of MASSOB and IPOB are incarcerated or mercilessly murdered. In their rage, they are becoming uncontrollable as they pass a vote of no confidence on us, their parents, describing us as cowards and compromised”.

Could anyone have put it any better than this? Has Nwodo not hit the nail on the head? Has he not spoken the bitter truth? Is this not an aberrant and unacceptable state of affairs?

Has our so-called country not been turned into the theater of the absurd where anything can happen in the last two years? Did some of us not warn that this would happen if a Fulani supremacist and Muslim fundamentalist with delusions of grandeur like Buhari was elected President? Are the Nigerian people not reaping what they sowed in 2015?

Have the southerners and Middle Belters in Nigeria not all been turned into slaves today? Have their leaders and elders not all been turned into quislings and cowards who shiver under their beds at night and who dare not speak truth to power?

Christians are slaughtered, nobody talks. Southern youths are butchered, nobody talks. Shiite Muslims are massacred, nobody talks. Christian refugees are bombed at IDP camps, nobody cares. Fulani militants murder hundreds in cold blood on a weekly basis all over the country and nobody is arrested or apprehended.

Was this not Awolowo and Ojukwu’s greatest fear? Are we not living that nightmare today?

Whether they wish to admit it openly or not EVERY southerner and Middle Belter in this country feels like a second class citizen today.

They Love the Blood by Femi Fani-Kayode

~Vanguard Nigeria. Monday, December 19, 2016. 

I just watched a horrific video of hundreds of young men in the traditional orange prison garb.

They were in shining new handcuffs and their eyes were filled with the darkness of hopelessness, helplessness and sheer terror.

They reminded me of sallah rams and christmas turkeys just before the slaughter.

Their bodies were hung upside down on a butchers meat-hook whilst their throats were slowly slit wide open with a sharp long knife and their blood drained into a metal gutter by a group of jihadist terrorists.

I was badly traumatised and pained as I witnessed the life flow out of them and heard the bloodcurdling screams, the frightful moans and groans and their pitiful and child-like begging as the blood streamed down their bodies in gallons and fed the waiting gutter.

That sight and those sounds will never leave me. They are a living and undeniable testimony of man’s inhumanity to man. They are incontrovertible evidence of the fact that, as the Holy Bible says, “the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel”.

That pain conjured up a living force in me and inspired and moved me to write the following words.

I struggled desperately to get into the minds of the barbarous beasts that have dedicated their lives to the devil and that commit such heinous and mind-boggling crimes with such passion and ease.

They reminded me of those in our own nation that share a similar disposition and that are given to shedding innocent blood at the drop of hat either in the name of their god or for the sake of their cows.

What I discerned and saw and what came to my spirit was as follows.

They love the blood. The blood is life. The blood is sweet. They love to see it flow. They love to see it sprinkled. They love to see it spattered all over the walls. They love its smell and its warmth.

They love it even more when it is the blood of infants and babies. They thirst for it. They yearn for it. They cry for it. They lust for it. They crave for it. They kill for it. They love the blood.

They love sharp knives and cutlasses. They love violence and aggression. They love tribulation and turmoil. They love tears and hardship.

They love fire and they love to burn. They love to watch others suffer and they love to inflict pain and misery.

They are the children of the Amalekites, the first born of Al Qaeda and the bastard offspring of ISIS and the Taliban.

They are the blood brothers of Al Shabab, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They are the headhunting herdsmen that come in the dead of the night spreading terror and carnage and riding on the wings of the Angel of Death all in the name of grazing their accursed cows.

They are the Janjaweed of Darfur, the Brabarians of the Rhine and the frenzied hordes of Atilla the Hun and Ghengis Khan all rolled into one.

They are Hell’s most loyal and faithful: the sevants of the Lord of Flies. They are the seed of destruction. The children of Satan. The enemies of humanity.

The purveyors of poverty. The merchants of slavery. The slayers of children. The drinkers of blood. The eaters of human flesh and the mockers of our faith.

They are debased, dehumanised, depraved and devoid of any feeling or compassion. They are totally evil and evil is their name. They are indeed the darkness that seeks the darkness.

Permit me to conclude this insight with a brief word on the tragic and unfolding events in southern Kaduna which has been plagued and afflicted by attacks from the herdsmen.

The bitter truth is that Southern Kaduna has been turned into a bloodbank for those who delight and deal in the shedding of blood.

What people need to understand is that those that are funding carnage, that are behind it and that are encouraging it are using the killings and the blood of the people of Southern Kaduna and the Shiite Muslims as a ritual sacrifice.

They will never stop it. They need it. They want to be President in 2019 and they are paying for it with the blood of Christians and Shiite Muslims today.

Others did the same in 2011. All the killings that took place then were necessary for the relevant person to ascend the throne by 2015.

Some even sacrificed their own children. This matter is deeper than most people think or appreciate. It is not political. It is not religious. It is spiritual.

Blood is the currency in the spirit realm. They need it to get what they want and to feed the vampires and demonic entities that they slavishly worship.

They are pagans. Worshippers of Molech: the demonic deity that delights in the shedding of human blood and the sacrifice of infants and babies.

May God deliver us and rid our land of these bloodsucking human bats and evil vampires. They are the darkness that seeks the darkness.

Araba, Biafra and ‘your land or your blood’ (Part 1,2), By Femi Fani-Kayode

Written by Femi Fani-Kayode
~Vanguard Nigeria. Sunday, September 11, 2016. 

I am a historian and my intention for writing this is simply to enlighten, educate and inform rather than to create rancour, tension, strife, division or stress.

I also proffer a solution to what I consider to be the problem that some of our northern compatriots pose at the end of this essay.

It is a long contribution, so I have broken it into two parts. Each part is well worth reading and it is my prayer that you stay with me till the end. Here we go.

A few weeks ago, one Mr. Adamu Mohammed wrote an essay on Facebook titled, ‘Your Land Or Your Blood’.

The write-up was widely-published in Nigeria and it was well circulated in the social media. It has indeed been the subject of much interest and a heated debate.

Permit me to share its contents here. He wrote as follows and kindly overlook the bad grammer and colorful language:

“Ever since President Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership of this great country Nigeria, we (Hausa-Fulanis) have come under severe media attack from enemies of progress.

"Just because they are educated than us, they stereotype us with negativity. Just because they own and control the media, they use the media against us.

"But let me make something clear to you stupid fellows hating us, whether you love us or hate us, it doesn’t change anything.

"We are who we are and we will continue to remain like that. We hate you even more and we can never love you because you are all infidels.

"I pity those of you who keep deluding yourselves that we can love and trust you simply because you worked against your people to our own advantage, never!

"I heard that the stupid Governor of Oyo State, Ajimobi, said that they won’t accept the proposed Grazing Bill.

"But my message to the filthy Yoruba pig is that, if you don’t want to give us your cursed land, we will rear our cattle not only on your farmlands but in your churches.

"And if you try to stop us, we would killed your chicken hearted men like rabbits then turn your mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to our sex slaves like we have always done.

"It is either you give the whole of South to us to use as grazing reserve or we soak it with your blood.

"And what you would do like you always do is make noise on Facebook and Twitter. You cannot be united against us because there would always be the likes of Tinubu, Amaechi and Okorocha in your midst who will divide you for selfishness and love of money.

"Such treacherous characters can’t survive in our midst because we burn them and their families.

"I so much detest Southern Christians because they are the problem of this country. If I have my way, there won’t be any functional church in this country, especially in the North.

"That’s why I am so much happy with Governor El-rufai who is living up to the expectations of Allah in Kaduna State.

"We are not really pleased with President Muhammadu Buhari who is too slow to implement everything we asked him to implement in this country for us, he has not even done 20% of the Northern/Islam agenda, what he is waiting for I don’t know.

"We will make life unbearable for Igbos like they are in Hell, and yet we won’t let them have their useless Biafra because the whole of South is a conquered territory.

"We can never see Yorubas as allies no matter how hard they try to please or serve us because they are born traitors and infidels.

"Those slaves in the Middle Belt would continue to be willing tools in our hands, and the day they attempt to raise their heads, we will cut off their heads like weeds.

"I lack words to tell the inconsequential and always crying Niger Delta because what we are waiting for is for President Buhari to declare state of emergency in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta, then we will show them how to use power.

"We are at war with you people but we won’t allow the country to breakup because, natural resources found in any part of the country is our heritage and birth right.

"We will continue killing you in large numbers until you are truly submissive to us as your slave masters. We won’t stop killing you until we fully takeover your land as a conquered territory.

"This is not the time to mince words, this is not the time to sugarcoat things, and this is not the time to be economical with the truth, this is nothing but the truth, ignore it at your own peril”.

"As repugnant as they are and as despicable as he is" we must thank Mr. Mohammed for his honesty and for speaking his mind. His views and intent are self-evident and need no further analysis or explanation.

"The point that needs to be grasped and fully appreciated though is that his is not the view of a minority or some inconsequential lunatic fringe in the core North.

His words represent the thinking of many in the North even though most of them would rather hide it or mask it rather than voice it out.

Mrs. Mary Ekeh captured the situation very well when she offered the following counsel about the Grazing Reserve Bill after she read Mohammed’s essay. She wrote:

“Please continue to pass this leaked information until every Yoruba, Igbo, all tribes and all Christian parts of Nigeria get alerted.

"This was planned many years by Fulanis as a strategic way to Islamization of Nigeria.

"That was why Buhari continued running for presidency even at his old age because they knew he is the most possible mean to achieve their goal.

"In 1804 – 1808. Fulanis came in from Guinea to the Northern part of Nigeria, led by Usman Dan fodio. He led jihad against the Hausa kingdom of the northern Nigeria.

"The forces of Usman Dan Fodio slowly took over more and more of the Hausa kingdom through war. By 1810, Fulanis had already conquered all Hausas.

"They formed Boko Haram sect solely for the process, waiting for Buhari or any of their Fulani brothers to come in power but unfortunately, Goodluck Jonathan came into power and they became annoyed.

"They started their violence to distract him and it did not matter whether it was Yoruba or Igbo that was on the seat during President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime.

"The same thing could’ve still happened about Boko Haram. Now their dream has been achieved having their brother on top.

"Here is their plan. They started herdsmen war believing that they have the chance to control all parts of the country since they are in power and forces.

"If Grazing Reserve Bill is passed and achieved, it means that Fulanis will have a place mapped out for them in all 36 states of Nigeria.

"The next thing is that they will start bringing in their wives and children and take over your land.

Mrs. Ekeh’s analysis is superlative and her admonitions are timely and appropriate.

Permit me to share another contribution from yet another northern voice who has employed the same colorful language as

Mr. Adamu Mohammed and who suffers from the same hateful disposition.

His name is Mr. Aliyu Gwarzo and in 2014 he wrote an essay titled, “It Is Either The Koran Or The Sword”. Like Mr. Mohammed’s, which came two years later, his piece was also widely circulated and it also generated a heated debate. He wrote as follows:

"When I say that the Presidency must come to the North next year, I am referring to the Hausa-Fulani core North and not any northern Christian or Muslim minority tribe.

"The Christians in the North such as the Berom, the Tiv, the Kataf, the Jaba, the Zuru, the Sayyawa, the Bachama, the Jukun, the Idoma and all the others are nothing and the Muslim minorities in the North, including the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur and all the others, know that when we are talking about leadership in the North and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to us, the Hausa-Fulani.

"They can grumble, moan and groan as much as they want but each time they go into their bedrooms to meet their wives and each time they get on their prayer mats to begin their prayers, it is we the Fulani that they think of, that they fear, that they bow to and that they pray for.

Some of them are even ready to give us their wives and daughters for one night’s sport and pleasure. They owe us everything. This is because we gave them Islam through the great jihad waged by Sheik Usman Dan Fodio.

"We also captured Ilorin, killed their local king and installed our Fulani Emir. We took that ancient town away from the barbarian Yoruba and their filthy pagan gods. We liberated all these places and all these people by imposing islam on them by force.

"It was either the Koran or the sword and most of them chose the Koran. In return for the good works of our forefathers, Allah, through the British, gave us Nigeria to rule and to do with as we please. Since 1960 we have been doing that and we intend to continue.

"No Goodluck or anyone else will stop us from taking back our power next year. We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa's biggest war zone and refugee camp if they try it.

"Many say we are behind Boko Haram. My answer is what do you expect? We do not have economic power or intellectual power. All we have is political power and they want to take even that from us.

"We must fight and we will fight back in order to keep it. They have brought in the infidels from America and the pigs from Israel to help them but they will fail. The war has just begun, the Mujahadeen are more than ready and by Allah we shall win.

"If they don't want an ISIS in Nigeria then they must give us back the presidency and our political power. Their soldiers are killing our warriors and our people every day but mark this: even if it takes one hundred years we will have our revenge.

"Every Fulani man that they kill is a debt that will be repaid even if it takes 100 years. The Fulani have very long memories.

Mr. Aliyu Gwarzo, like Mr. Adamu Mohammed that came after him, has expressed a point of view which, though utterly reprehensible and barbaric, reflects the thinking of many in the core Muslim North.

These sentiments are regrettable and unacceptable, yet no matter how much we complain about such views or pretend that they are not representative of the thinking of the majority in the core Muslim North, we must learn to live with them or deal with them.

We must also adopt all necessary measures to enlighten our people about the dangers and challenges that such sentiments present and we must be ready to do all that is in our power to defend and protect them.

That is what leaders are meant to do. Indeed that is the challenge and burden that every southern and Middle Belt leader in our nation is faced with and carries today.


Yet I wonder how those southern leaders who have opted to collaborate with our collective enemies and betray their own people feel about the words of men like Mr. Mohammed and Mr. Gwarzo.

I wonder whether the key leaders from the South that joined forces with Buhari during last year’s election have read what these two men wrote and what those that share their views and disposition have to say.

And if they did, I wonder how they can possibly justify or rationalise their decision to support a Buhari presidency.

Whether they accept it or not, history will record and posterity will testify to the fact that these men handed us all over to the ultra-conservative Fulani hegemonists who not only have a clear intention to subjugate our people and Islamise our nation but who also secretly have as much contempt for them as they do for us.

I wonder whether they got Adamu Mohammed’s message and whether they understood what he said? I wonder whether they can comprehend the import of Aliyu Gwarzo’s words.

I wonder how they sleep at night seeing what is unfolding in our country.

Given the words and disposition of men like Mr. Mohammed and Mr. Gwarzo, there is only one fact that bears any relevance when it comes to the history of our nation and that fact is that the people of the South and the Middle Belt made a monumental mistake by supporting the North and fighting to keep Nigeria one during our civil war.

That is the long and short of it. We owe the late Colonel Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the erstwhile Head of State of Biafra, and his entire Igbo race an apology for leaving them in the lurch and not supporting their cause and quest for self-determination when they needed us the most and when they called on us to do so.

Given the fact that so many from the core Muslim North hate us with passion and see us as nothing more than slaves and animals to be ruled over and butchered at will, I believe that we need to go back to the drawing board and divide this country peacefully before we all end up killing ourselves.

I do not believe in restructuring because it is too late for that: I believe in division. I believe that the two zones in the core North should leave Nigeria and go their separate ways whilst the rest of us that constitute the four remaining zones either stay together as one country or break into even smaller units along zonal or ethnic lines.

Self-determination must be the guiding and overiding principle and referendums must be conducted in the various zones to determine precisely what the will of the people really is. That is democracy. That is justice. That is equity. And only that can bring lasting peace to our sad, divided and beleagured land.

Those that seek to crucify me for suggesting that we should chart this new course should bear in mind the fact that I am not the first to suggest it and neither will I be the last. Those that doubt the veracity of this assertion should consider the following:

In 1953, the North declared their interest to break off from the rest of Nigeria after they rejected Chief Anthony Enahoro’s motion for Nigeria’s independence from Great Britain and walked out of parliament.

They insisted on secession and it took the intervention of the British authorities to get them to sheath their swords and agree to remain in the same country as those they openly described as “southern devils and infidels”.

Once again, in 1966, the North did the same thing and openly demanded for separation from the South after they effected their northern officers revenge coup on July 29th.

On the night of that “revenge coup”, they massacred over 300 Igbo officers in one night together with the Igbo Head of State and the Yoruba Military Governor who refused to leave his commander-in-chief’s side and who insisted on protecting him.

After what was undoubtedly one of the most bloody nights in our entire history and after all the butchery was done, the northern officers that carried out the coup loudly declared “araba”, which means “let us share it”, “let us tear it apart” or “let us break it up” in Hausa.

It took three days of frantic appeals by the British High Commissioner and a handful of American diplomats and southern civil servants to stop them from leaving.

They eventually agreed to stay but they gave one condition: that one of their own, a northern officer by the name of Lt. Col. Yakubu Jack Gowon, should be the Head of State of a united Nigeria even though there were at least three southern officers that were senior to him in rank that were still left on the army.

The conditions were accepted, Gowon became Head of State, the North agreed to stay and Nigeria remained one. Yet, sadly, the story did not end there and neither was its end a happy one.

Evidently the cold-blooded murder of three hundred Igbo soldiers was not enough to satisfy their blood lust.

The North still insisted on having its revenge and its pound of flesh for the Igbo coup that took place on January 15th 1966 in which many northern political and military leaders together with a handful of their political and military allies from the West were killed.

Consequently, three months after Gowon took power, mass murder was unleashed against the Igbo population that resided in the core North and over 100,000 innocent Igbo civilians, including women and children, were slaughtered in the sanctity of their homes in just a matter of weeks.

Nothing had ever been seen like that before on the African continent. It was brutal, barbaric and horrendous. Innocent civilians, including pregnant women and little babies, were hacked to pieces in shops, hospitals, buses, cars and in their own homes whilst the authorities, and indeed the entire world, stood by silently and did nothing to help them.

This led to exodus of Igbos from the North back to the East and to the declaration of the sovereign State of Biafra (which means “come and join us”).

The result of that declaration was the commencement of the most brutal, savage and bloody civil war that the African continent has ever experienced in which no less than three million Igbos, including at least one million young children, were killed all in the name of “keeping Nigeria one”. That war lasted three gruelling years: from 1967 till 1970.

Yet since 1967 when oil was discovered in commercial quantities in a place called Oloibiri in what is now known as the Niger

Delta area of southern Nigeria, the North has NEVER called for “araba” or the breaking up of Nigeria again.

Instead they have bullied, intimidated, cheated, killed, maimed and slaughtered others just to keep Nigeria one simply because they are addicted to southern oil.

Without the revenues that come from that oil, the core North would be probably the poorest, most barren and most desolate region in the whole of Africa. In view of this, it is understandable that we have not heard “araba” from any core northerner again.

They now view anyone that calls for the break up of Nigeria with murderous intent and extreme hatred and they label them as dangerous subversives and uninformed miscreants.

The North appears to have forgotten that they themselves called for secession in 1953 and 1966 and at that time no-one threatened, killed or insulted them for doing so. And neither did anyone try to enslave them or keep them in by the force of arms.

The bottom line is as follows: As long as people like Mr. Adamu Mohammed and Mr. Aliyu Gwarzo exist and as long as they say and do the sort of things that they say and do, the people of the South will not rule out the possibility of secession.

Thomas Jefferson, one of the great patriots, founding fathers and gallant heroes of America during their war of independence and struggle against their English colonial masters, said the following: "When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes a duty”.

Patrick Henry, another of the great founding fathers and a noble and righteous man, proclaimed the following words before England’s King George 111:

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Another, by the name of George Washington, who was a deeply courageous man, the Supreme Commander of the rebel forces and the man who was later elected as the first President of the proud, newly born and independent American nation, proclaimed “in God we trust” as he entered the field of battle.

He also shouted “victory or death” as he led the cavalry charge and “you cannot rule without God and the Holy Bible” after he became President.

These were were men who refused to compromise with evil and were prepared to offer their lives in their struggle to break the yoke of servitude.

Again Thomas Jefferson said “the tree of liberty is watered by the blood of patriots and tyrants”. There are lessons to be learnt here for us all and particularly by the leaders of the South.

And thankfully it appears that a few southern stars are beginning to learn those lessons, rise up to the occasion and stand up like men.

Yet whatever happens and whether the core Muslim North likes it or not, our very own southern “tree of liberty” shall be watered as well and in the end we shall be free.

That same Living God whose name George Washington always invoked before going into battle is with us today and He shall see us through. He shall grant us the strength and power to endure.

He will not forsake us and, at the appointed time, He will grant us victory over our tormentors.

I say this because His name is Faithful and faithful He is. As old as He is, He never changes and He never forsakes His own: that is why they call Him Ancient of Days.

He never loses in battle: that is why they call Him the Man of War and the Lord God of Hosts. He is our strength and our shield, our glory and the lifter of our heads. He is our everything and without Him we are nothing.

In He alone we trust and He will NEVER allow the counsel of ungodly men from the deserts of a distant and barren land called Futa Jallon in modern-day Guinea, like Adamu Mohammed and Aliyu Gwarzo, to stand.

We harbour no fears because in the end we know that we shall prevail and our freedom and liberation has been guaranteed.

Their end, and the end of all those that they represent, has already been determined by He that sits above the circles of the earth and that answers by fire and that end will be pitiful: It is just a matter of time.


Plane crashes in Nigeria man- made, says Fani-Kayode

Written by Henry Umoru
~Vanguard Nigeria. Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 

ABUJA- FORMER Minister of Aviation and Ex- Spokesperson to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode has revealed that the five plane crashes that occurred between 2005 and 2006 were man-made, planned and the 453 victims were sacrifices.

According to him, most of our leaders are not human beings, just as he described them as very callous and cold- blooded reptiles and certified psychopaths.

Fani-Kayode who disclosed this in a Facebook post said, “Most of our leaders are not human. They are what Mr. David Icke, the famous British historian and public speaker describes as “hybrids” and “reptilians” who are working for a hidden hand and some very dark and sinister forces.

“It is in that context that you can understand their exceptional callousness. They are cold-blooded reptiles and certified psychopaths.

“Between 2005 and 2006, just before I was redeployed as Minister to the Ministry of Aviation, there were 5 plane crashes in Nigeria in one year.

“453 innocent souls perished in those crashes in that year alone. All of them were man-made and planned. They were sacrifices.

“In one case a bomb was planted on the plane. I know this because I took over as Minister and stopped it. I had access to all the reports, particularly the American NTSB reports.

“I wrote to the powers that be and demanded an international investigation only to find out that they were involved too. I was asked to drop it in very clear and almost threatening terms.

“Despite that I told the Senate Aviation Committee in 2008 at a public hearing what my views were.

“I spoke about a blood cult that was in the aviation sector that derived their power from causing crashes.

“Because of my testimony at the Senate I became an enemy of the entire system.

“From being their darling and blue-eyed boy I became their mortal enemy overnight because I refused to guard their secrets.

“They forgot that I was a true believer and child of the Living God. I cannot be part of their evil.

“Since then they have hated me and tried to destroy and discredit me in more ways than one but God has been with me.

“Members of the public know nothing about their political leaders. And it is worldwide phenomenon.

“There is a grand conspiracy to establish a New World Order and most of these world leaders are just puppets of the illuminati, paving the way for the Anti-Christ.

All you have to do us to be in the inner circles of power for one hour to know that these creatures are not human.

“They are cold, unfeeling and callous. They kill, maim and destroy at the drop of a hat.

“There are many secrets that some of us will carry to the grave.

“They say knowledge is power and ignorance comes with a very heavy price and devastating consequences.

“This matter is for developed and enlightened minds and sadly beyond most people.

“The so-called Islamic agenda in Nigeria and elsewhere is obvious and we are here fighting it day and night risking life, liberty and limb.

“The question is who is behind it and why? What is the end game? The motto of a small branch of the illuminati tree known as the Freemasons is “out of chaos comes order”.

“It follows that theirs is to first create chaos from country to country and then to establish their ‘new world order’ “. FFK”

The Road to Kigali, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Written by Femi Fani-Kayode
Femi-Fani Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and a former Minister of Aviation. 
Tweeter: @realFFK.
~Vanguard, Nigeria. Monday, May 2, 2016

In 1994 almost one million Tutsis were murdered in cold blood in the space of one month by members of the ruling Hutu tribe in Kigali, Rwanda.

The genocide that took place in Rwanda at that time ranks as one if the most sordid chapters of African history and it must never be allowed to happen anywhere again on our continent.

Sadly we do not appear to have learnt the lessons of Kigali in our country probably because most Nigerians have no knowledge of history because it is not taught in our schools.

That single failing and lack of understanding and knowledge may well lead to our final undoing as a nation because the parallels and signs of what led to the butchery and tragedy that occured in Rwanda are slowly unfolding here today. The dark clouds of blood are gathering but sadly most of our people cannot even see them.

They seem wholly incapable of discerning the season and the times. This is my greatest concern. Our people are behaving like turkeys that are celebrating the approach of Christmas and like rams that are rejoicing on the day before sallah.

That in itself is a tragedy of monumental proportions and the implications and consequences of our collective indifference, amnesia and naivity are calamitious and far-reaching.

The title of this essay owes an intellectual debt of gratitude to my friend and brother Chief Dele Momodu who happens to be one of the most engaging writers and columnists in Nigeria today.

“Bobby Dee”, as Dele is better known to his numerous fans and close friends, was a strong supporter of the June 12 struggle and something of a protegee of the late and great Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12th presidential election in 1993.

He wrote an essay at that time and during the heady and dangerous days of NADECO and General Sani Abacha, in which he used this title. It was a brilliant essay and the title has stuck with me ever since because it really captured the moment.

I believe that we are back on the road to Kigali again in Nigeria and I pray that Dele will forgive me for using the same title as he did approximately twenty years ago. Now to the point.

The number of Igbos slaughtered by Fulani militants in Enugu on 25th April 2016 has gone up to 100.

Many churches and homes have been burnt to the ground. When will President Muhammadu Buhari appreciate the fact that NON-FULANI LIVES MATTER?

In reaction to this horrific situation,Mr. Babatunde O. Gbadamosi, a highly respected Lagos-based businessman, wrote the following on Facebook:

“Scores slaughtered by #FulaniTerrorists in Enugu, but the President, Muhammadu Buhari, his senior security commanders and government functionaries are more interested in pipeline vandals that are killing no one!

Nigerians, if you don’t arm yourselves and fight back, na una sabi.

Those of you Yoruba APC members that think you are special, when they finish with the MiddleBelt, the South-South and the South East, you will be next, and there will be no one left to defend you.

I am referring to you, my Muslim uncles and aunties, who think the Fulanis will see you as kindred spirits and spare you. They will not.

Just as they are fake Muslims in the eyes of the Arabs, you are also fake Muslims in their eyes, only useful to help subjugate your people under their rule, then you will see pepper.

Kill Afonjaism now, and stand for something, or your children will one day curse the day you were born”.

Mr. Gbadamosi’s insight and understanding of the situation is second to none. His counsel is as priceless as it is timely. Let us hope that someone is listening.

In his own contribution to the debate on Facebook Mr. Lere Olayinka added the following:

“In this April alone, Fulani herdsmen killed almost 200 Nigerians, but Buhari’s headache is Niger Delta”.

On his part, Mr. Charles Ogbu, an obviously intelligent and gifted young man, wrote the following on his Facebook wall.

“The Fulani vampires are at it again. Today, Enugu, my state is their target. Dozens of people have been reportedly killed and hundreds displaced with buildings including a catholic church burnt.

This murderous group killed hundreds in #Agatu and occupied their land. The Fulani president did nothing. The Fulani headed DSS did nothing.

They went to Anioma in Delta state, abducted and killed their king. The fulani president did nothing. The Fulani headed DSS did nothing.

They went to Awgu community in Enugu state, killed dozens and abducted dozens. The Fulani president did nothing. The Fulani headed DSS did nothing.

Only the police and the army did something this time: they arrested 78 indigenes of Awgu who are the victims and dumped them in prison and denied them bail on the allegation that they planned on attacking the fulanis. Meanwhile, the perpetrators were allowed to roam free

It took a #hashtag campaign on social media for the #Awgu78 to be released.

Today, these vultures are back again, visiting death and destruction on defenseless Uzo-uwani people of Enugu state for no just cause.

The president will not say anything about this. The DSS will not say anything. The police will describe it as a mere misunderstanding between farmers and herdsmen. They will hardly confirm that anyone was killed neither will they arrest or prosecute any of those invading fulani vultures.

The governor of Enugu state called Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will neither say nor do anything about this.

Father Mbaka …the one who swore that Buhari is the Lord’s anointed… will not talk.

Basically, the citizens are left with no choice than to defend themselves by any means necessary.

You either die fighting to defend your honour, your family, your land and your dignity as a human person or you die cowering in fear like some coward. Either way, you stand little chance.

Permit me to point out one fact here:

The Fulanis are not invincible (undefeatable) because they posses some kind of special fighting prowess. No! Not at all.

These fulanis are invincible because they are enjoying government support/cover/protection in their murderous activities. The impunity with which these guys operate is state-sponsored.

This is a fact, not just my opinion. Deep down, you know it. I know it.

President Buhari has a constitutional duty to protect the lives and properties of all Nigerians. He swore to do this. He is being paid to do this.

He has deliberately chosen not to do this. He has chosen to place the interest of his Fulani brethren above the lives of innocent Nigerians.

Buhari believes that his Fulani people are superior to other Nigerians. This is no different from the mindset displayed by Hitler which led to the world war. We know how it ended.

The silence of President Buhari over the murderous activities of his fulani brethren is a moral tragedy! This is the height of man’s inhumanity to man!

Believe it or not, it will come to a time that Nigerians will rise up in their numbers and confront the herdsmen together with their sponsors.

There is a limit to what a man can take.

Let it be on record that Buhari is the one setting this country on the road once traveled by Rwandans in 1994”.



On her own part, again on Facebook, Miss Santors Ugwuada Ezirigwe wrote,

“Before now, the Fulani herdsman were generally a group of cattle herding nomads plying their trade with every sense of innocence.

Then his dagger and sword was primarily for personal use and self-defense in the wilds.

However, this narrative has changed since the recent past especially since after the election of President Buhari in 2015.

The Fulani herdsmen have become purveyors of violence, rape, kidnap, robbery, arson and murder.

They are professional and coordinated in their terrorist activities, an indication that it is an organic group with possibilities of hierarchical command structure.

Little wonder they have metamorphosed into the 4th most vicious terrorist group in the world.

Terrorism is the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear. And this has become the hallmark of Fulani herdsmen.

Some allege that they have the backing of top Fulani officials in government and security apparatus.

Others allege that they are offshoots of Boko haram terrorists while some others allege that they were assembled by some elements in the North, trained and stationed to attack Nigerians in the South in the event that GEJ wins the 2015 elections.

GEJ conceded the election to their greatest surprise but the trained Fulani terrorists were never debriefed and disarmed, hence the surge in their terror acts since PMB took office as President.

Whatever be the case, one common denominator in these narratives is "the mission to terrorize". We seem to be at war in Nigeria, though undeclared. Otherwise, why are there as many deaths from weapons of warfare?

Unfortunately, there are no signs of abatement. And the victims of this undeclared war have no one to run to for safety and no hope of salvage.

Rather than create assuring facts that will contradict the Biafra narrative, President Buhari has more than anyone else, through his continued silence to the activities of his the Fulani herdsmen, among his other body language of contempt and abhorrence of the Igbo, helped in creating Biafra.

His continued silence remains suspect. Such an attitude from a supposed national leader sends the wrong signal to both the vanquished and the valorous.

To the vanquished victim, the leader cares less about his plight and predicament. This as a consequence diminishes his confidence in such a leadership.

To the valorous, the leader "understands". And this as a consequence emboldens him to up the ante of terror against the vanquished.

It is this loss of confidence that has led many to advance self-help as an immediate and strategic response to the activities of the murderous terrorist Fulani herdsmen.

These indeed are ominous and grave in consequence. The Nigeria state apparatus have failed in her primary responsibility to protect life and property of the victims of the terrorist Fulani herdsmen.

The federal government, under President Buhari's watch, have done very little to inspire confidence and assure security of life and property in the face of the prevailing harvest of kidnaps, rape, armed robbery, violent attacks, arson and genocidal war by the herders against indigenous peoples of Nigeria.

Agatu and co were the victims of the terrorist Fulani herdsmen yesterday; it is Nimbo, Uzo Uwani that is the victim today.

Tomorrow will certainly produce more victims unless urgent steps are taken to nip this unfortunate trend.

In devising measures to counter these marauding blood thirsty terrorists masquerading as herdsmen, we must look beyond Nimbo, Uzo Uwani. We must fashion a regional strategy that will require the collaboration of the leaders and the peoples of the areas under siege.

Efforts should be activated to mobilize through churches, Traditional rulers, Market and Town unions and Associations, etc, to sensitize people about the need to be vigilant. "Nkwucha aburo ujo" (caution is not cowardice).

We need to convene a regional assembly to articulate defensive and offensive measures to be taken to reduce our vulnerability to, and deter the terrorist acts of these terrorist Fulani herdsmen.

We should also organize protest rallies across the region to renounce the activities of the terrorist Fulani herdsmen and attract global attention to our predicament lest we be fraudulently labelled as terrorists by the sponsors of the terrorist Fulani herdsmen if we take to self-help before putting the world on notice.

MASSOB and other local vigilante groups should be mobilized to counter the terrorist herdsmen in view of the suspicious disposition of the conventional security apparatus of the federal government.

Governors of South East states and Governors of other states (Benue, kogi, Taraba, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Platue) so far affected by the activities of these terrorist herdsmen should mobilize and send a strong warning to The Presidency that, never again shall they sit hopelessly and watch as the lives and property of their subjects are destroyed by the terrorist Fulani herdsmen.

These are short term measures for restoration of sanity. The solution to this security challenge if we must continue to stay together as a united Nigeria, is to restructure our federation and allow the establishment of state police with full powers to maintain law and order within the states”.

These are powerful words and insights from these young contributors.

As they say there is fire on the mountain and many are concerned.

When one considers all the facts one can only come to one conclusion: this is Yugoslavia downloading. This is the road to Kigali. This is Rwanda unfolding before our very eyes.

A few months ago I wrote a widely published essay about the atrocities of the Fulani militants titled ‘The Herdsmen From Hell’.

In that write-up I referred to the murderous militants as “vampires, cockroaches and tsetse flies”.

In addition to that last week I wrote another essay titled “The National Grazing Reserve Bill: The Greatest Evil Of All”.

In that contribution I pointed out the grave dangers posed by the diabolical activities of the Fulani militants and the long-term expansionist agenda of their backers and sponsors.

One week before then I wrote yet another article on the same topic titled “The Murder Of The Fulani: Yugoslavia Unfolding” in which I stated clearly that Nigeria was toying with a massive conflagration in the not too distant future if the Buhari government did not find the will and cultivate the courage to stop the activities of the Fulani militants and if they refused to stop supporting them.

In return for these contributions I received the usual insults from shortsighted Nigerians who have always believed that the best way to contain evil is to tolerate it, bow before it, accept it and welcome it with open arms.

It appears that I have now been vindicated and my concerns have proved to be legitimate.

The very same people that condemned me and called me “‘a Fulani-hating racist”, “a purveyor of hate speech”, “a hater of Muslims” and “a loud-mouthed and paranoid alarmist” just a few months ago are now saying that I was right.

Yet sadly it is too late. The vampires are now in control and they have tasted blood. The Nigerian Janjaweed are on a roll and they are determined to conquer new lands for the Caliphate.

They will not stop now and neither will they retreat.

It saddens me to say so but that is the bitter truth. That is what “chanji” has brought upon us.


'My word for northern minorities' -Femi Fani-Kayode in Jos

~The SUN Nigeria. Monday, September 19, 2016.

Being a speech delivered to the Christian Information Network Forum by Femi Fani-Kayode in Jos

Blessed be the name of the Most High God, the God whose I am and the God whom I serve, blessed be His holy name forever.

Mr. Chairman, our royal fathers, my Lords spiritual and temporal, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. Let me begin by thanking you for your invitation and for all your love. It is indeed a privilege and an honour for me to be here today and I am deeply humbled and touched.

I crave your indulgence to permit me to share a few things with you before I get to the main thrust of my speech in an attempt to explain precisely what my links with the northern minorities are and to show you why I can never leave you.

My home is in the North. I have lived here for the last 14 years of my life. I know the history of the North, and indeed the history of every part of Nigeria, very well. This is because I made a point of studying and researching that history over the last 35 years. That is why I know and understand the mindset of, for example, the Fulani so well. I know that they are not indigenous Nigerians like you and I but rather strangers and aliens that, approximately 211 years ago, came from a distant and desolate land called the Vulture Mountains in Futa Jalon, which is in modern-day Guniea.

It is because I know and say these things that some of them hate me so much and will do anything to stop, silence, discredit, destroy or even kill me. Yet I know that I cannot die before my time or before my work on earth is done and neither can I be destroyed because I am covered by the blood of Jesus. Despite their obvious malice and evil intentions for me, I do not hate them because we are compatriots. Hate is a corrosive and self-destructive quality: It wounds and ultimately destroys the hater far sooner and in a much more profound way than it does the object of his hate. I, therefore, choose to return their hatred with love.

It is not the Fulani that I hate but rather what they are doing to our people in Nigeria today and indeed what they have been doing to us over the last 211 years since they arrived in this country. In any case, we are all Nigerians, even though some of us came to these shores much sooner than others. We must endeavour to live in love and peace with one another, including the Fulani, and that has always been my position.

Permit me to make a confession to you today: I actually have Fulani blood running through my veins because my great grandmother was a pure Fulani woman from Sokoto. She married my maternal great grandfather, who was a Yoruba Muslim from Ilesha, and she moved to the southwest with him. How can I then hate myself? I may not have much Fulani blood in me but I am very proud of the little that I have and I would be the last to deny it. I am even prouder of my Yoruba bloodlines and heritage, which are Ile-Ife, Ijesha, Egba and Isale Eko.

The way the average Fulani man feels about his Muslim faith is the way I feel about my Christian one. I have no apology for that. Just as he fears ethnic and religious domination and he rejects subjugation, intimidation and marginalisation, sometimes with aggression and passion, is the same way that I do. That is why I can boldly say that I consider it a solemn duty to point out the consistent excesses of the Fulani in Nigeria and particularly their ill-treatment of the northern minority groups over the years.

My history and link with the northern minorities did not begin with me. It started a generation before me. I say this because my late father of blessed memory, the Balogun of Ife and the former Deputy Premier of the old Western Region of Nigeria, Chief Remilekun Adetokunboh Fani-Kayode had a unique, deep and profound relationship with the northern minorities throughout his long and distinguished political and legal career. For example, he represented them and spoke for them under the banner of the Action Group at the famous Willicks Commission in 1957 when they were agitating for the creation of a Middle Belt region, which was to be carved out of the old Northern Region. It was my father, as lead counsel, that argued the case for the northern minorities at the public hearing. Sadly, the British authorities refused to grant it as a result of strong pressure from the Fulani ruling class and traditional rulers and their political allies in the old Northern Peoples Congress.

Yet ever since that time, my family ties and passion for the horrendous plight of the people of the Middle Belt has been very strong. This was why my father forged such a strong bond and deep relationship with the late Governor Aper Aku of Benue State in the Second Republic and indeed represented him in court on numerous occasions, pro bono, when his gubernatorial mandate was challenged.

My second link with the northern minorities is of a more personal nature and it is as follows. Madame Saratu 'Baby' Atta, who is the mother of my first child, Folake, is the daughter of the late Alhaji Adamu Atta, the former governor of the old Kwara State, who was a distinguished elder statesman and proud Ebira man. The Attas are indeed, the royal family of the Ebira people of the Middle Belt and it is, an honour for me to be associated with them in this way. My third link with the northern minorities is the fact that the principal of the Action Faith Bible Seminary in Accra, Ghana, where I studied for my degree in Theology 23 years ago, was a distinguished and well-respected northern Christian from Kaduna State by the name of Pastor Abubakar Bako. Bako, who was a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University in the 1980s, was compelled to flee from Nigeria to Ghana (where he lives till today) when the Muslim fundamentalists tried to kill him and his entire family for daring to share the word of God and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ on campus.

They accused him of blasphemy, attacked him and left him for dead. Thankfully, he survived the attack and he lived to continue to do God's work. He is a deeply courageous man, who has suffered many tribulations and made great sacrifices over the years for the Body of Christ and the Christian faith and he is undoubtedly one of God's "end-time generals." He is also a great Prophet, an extraordinary teacher and a living legend in Pentecostal and Evangelical circles. He was my mentor when it came to the things of God and, like Paul did with Gamaliel, I learnt the scriptures at his feet. I lived in his house in Accra for two years while I studied at the Bible seminary, where he was Principal and he taught me much of what I know about the Living God.

My fourth link with the northern minorities is rooted in the ugly and sad events, surrounding the first coup d'etat that ever took place in our country during the First Republic. It was a northern minorities officer (from present-day Taraba State) by the name of Captain Takoda, under the command and instruction of another northern minorities officer (from present-day Plateau State) by the name of Lt. Col. Yakubu Jack Gowon, that saved my father's life during the bloody mutiny and military coup of Jan. 15, 1966. It was also a northern minorities officer (from present-day Kogi State) by the name of Lt. Col. Dixon, who was the Airport Commandant at Lagos Airport in Ikeja in 1967, that smuggled my father on the plane and safely out of the country into self-imposed exile in the UK, after orders were issued to "shoot him on sight" by the Military Governor of the old Western Region, Lt. Col. Adeyinka Adebayo.

In view of all of the foregoing, it is clear that I owe the northern minorities so much and I love them as much as I love the South where I come from. I also identify strongly with their suffering and I appreciate the barbarity and injustice of the ruthless persecution that they have been subjected to from those that have kept them in bondage and subjugation for over 200 years. As a matter of fact, I regard myself as being as much of a northern Christian as anyone else in this forum and when one of our own is killed by the islamists and terrorists in our country, it hurts me to the very marrow. These are my people that are being slaughtered as much as they are yours.

If Nigeria were ever to break up, we would ensure that the northern minorities and the Middle Belt come with the South. We will never leave you in the hands of our collective enemies and we will never abandon you. When Nigeria is either redefined or restructured: That is when your true liberation begins. When it comes to suffering injustice, marginalisation, mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide you have suffered more than any other.

It is only the Igbo people of the South-East that have been subjected to the kind of wickedness that your people have been subjected to by the Nigerian state and those that have controlled it since independence. The only difference is that they literally took your identities away from you whilst they couldn't do that to the Igbo who, till today, are still fighting hard for self-determination. It is our intention to right the wrongs of the past and to help to liberate you. It is our intention to encourage and support you in your quest for emancipation and freedom in this historic fight. My links with the northern minorities are deep, spiritual and unbreakable. As I said earlier, it did not begin with me but with my father.

My family owes you everything because your leaders and forefathers saved my father's life on, at least, two occasions. My links with you cannot be broken by any force on earth and I will always stand for you and defend you as much as I will stand for and defend the rights of the oppressed and marginalised people of the South. We are together in our struggles and we must never forget that or allow our collective adversaries to divide us. It is self-evident that the Christians of the North need our help and support and more importantly they deserve it. They deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and decorum by all, including their northern Muslim brothers. They deserve to he able to live in peace anywhere in the North and to be able to buy land and build their churches and schools where they please.

They do not deserve to be treated with contempt and disdain and to be referred to as "arne" or "infidels and unbelievers" at every point in time. This is all the more so because they are the true believers and the sons and daughters of the Living God. They must no longer be subjected to persecution, discrimination, ethnic cleansing, genocide and mass murder by those that wish to wipe out their faith and subject them to bondage, servitude and slavery in perpetuity. The people of the South particularly have a duty to step up to the plate and reach out to them in love and with compassion.

There can be no gainsaying the fact that when we go out of our way as a people to care for the weakest, the most vulnerable, the most deprived, the most abused, the most traumatised, the most vilified, the most cheated, the most ridiculed, the most persecuted, the most misunderstood and the supposedly most "undeserving" in our society it says a lot about us. When we kill them like flies and treat them with contempt, hate and insensitivity or like animals it means that we are no better than beasts ourselves.

No matter how you may feel about an individual or an entire race of people and no matter what challenges they may be passing through, we must show them love and treat them with the compassion and kindness that they deserve. That is God's law and that is what distinguishes us from animals and makes us human beings.

Permit me to share the profound and prophetic words of Mrs. Love Zidon, who is one of the members of this distinguished forum. She said: "We have decided to raise our heads up high in this country to walk as Christians. The law of retribution shall be activated on anyone that touches God's own."

What a lady! She is, indeed, a true Daughter of Zion and she is absolutely right. God shall punish and destroy those that seek to kill our people and torment our lives. Yet together, we shall prevail and God will shame our collective enemies, bring them to their knees and strip them bare.

Finally, please, bear the following in mind. If you remember nothing else that I have said here today, at least, remember this: That we, the oppressed, despised and marginalised people of Nigeria, whom our internal colonial masters regard as being nothing more than chattel and slaves, are with you and we feel and share your pain.

We are bound together by the precious blood of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and, therefore, we feel and share your suffering. We feel and share your shame. We feel and share your consistent humiliation and persecution. Yet no matter how dark the night, joy comes in the morning. No matter how bad things get, always hold your heads up high, never bow before them, never show them fear, never let them break you and always remember that our God is mighty and that it shall be well.

No matter what violence they inflict upon you, no matter what indignities they subject you and yours to and no matter who or what they take away from you, never forget that on Christ the solid rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand: All other ground is sinking.

Never forget that He who created the universe and holds it together by the power of His word and that He that is known as the Alpha and the Omega, the Ancient of Days, the Lord God of Hosts, the Elohim, the Adonai and the King of Kings is with you. He has made us the head and not the tail. He has removed our rags, placed a crown on our heads and dressed us in purple and gold.

We are Kings and Queens and warriors of the faith. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation and, at the appointed time, we shall have the fat of the land; we shall rule over the Amalekites and the uncircumcised Philistines and we shall prevail.

God bless you all. God bless this forum and be rest assured that I shall never leave you.

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I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka

This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.


In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.


The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.

The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.

The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.

In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.

Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.

In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.

The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.

Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.

The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.

The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.

The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.

This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.


"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”


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