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SENATOR ABARIBE ON BIAFRA, KANU AND NIGERIA

SENATOR ABARIBE ON BIAFRA, KANU AND NIGERIA

ABARIBE

Enyinnaya Abaribe, the brilliant and brave senator who signed the bail for Nnamdi Kanu's release delivered perhaps the most perceptive and wisest speech on Igbos and Nigeria last week in Mississippi, US. Every Igbo who cares about the present and the future of our people should read it. It's a bit long but the effort is worth it. Please see below:


"What I will say here today may come as a surprise to many of you. For those that I will rub the wrong way, I apologize in advance.


However, "NDIGBO si na owu onye nke mmadu na ghu ya ahu na agbata ukwu". If I fail to say the truth about the existential challenges that we face today in our country Nigeria, and how we believe we should face them, then I would not be true to myself and to you who sent me to represent you in the red chamber.


From the Past to Today.


1970


We can situate our position today following the end of the civil war in 1970. Igbo's in 1970 were impoverished having lost an estimated 3 Million Igbo souls in the war, with a ruined and destroyed landscape and infrastructure. Every Igbo man/woman with savings in the banks before the outbreak of hostilities were pauperized as the military government decreed that one would only get 20 pounds notwithstanding the amount you had. The indigenization decree was passed in 1972 and no Igbo could participate since all had been reduced to penury.


2017


Today the Igbo have the largest pool of educated Nigerians. In 2007, Imo State had more subscribers to the JAMB UTME exams than the 19 Northern States put together. In 2017, 56% of of NYSC members are from the South East. Our feat in education means that we now have the army to win the war of competition in a market driven economy. Since 1999, the south east states have been the best in all exams.


The largest group of direct domestic investors in Nigeria are from the south east. Igbo investments in property in Abuja alone probably has more than any other ethnic group. We are the most travelled in Nigeria. In all parts of Nigeria after the indigenous population, Igbo's are the next largest group. We are the largest propertied class of all ethnic groups in Nigeria and despite all this confusion, we have grown the most economically since the inception of the current democracy in Nigeria. We have the richest and largest pool of Nigeria diaspora population.


Taking an example of Lagos state, Ndigbo form a large proportion of the economy of the state. We created the following from nothing;

Computer Village in Ikeja. Ladipo Spare Parts market. Alaba Electronic Market. Balogun Int'l Market.

Balogun (Trade Fair) International Market. Aspamda market in Festac.

Orile Market for house fittings & appliances etc.


All second hand clothing markets in Lagos. About 4 markets. The combined turnover daily of these markets run into billions daily. Lagos state benefits by collecting taxes and now its economy contributes 56% of all VAT collected in Nigeria. Above scenario is replicated in most big cities in Nigeria. Go to Kano, Port Harcourt, Benin City, Kaduna, Sokoto, not to talk of Abuja. Ndigbo are very large players in the economy of all parts of Nigeria. I will return to this.


The ALLURE of BIAFRA


So the question is, given all the advantages that we as Ndigbo have in Nigeria, why the clamour by our youths and others for a separate state of Biafra?


The present agitation in the South East for a sovereign state of Biafra seems very tempting under the prevailing circumstance given the manifest sectional approach to governance at the center. To some especially the youth and the disadvantaged it is the way to go and when viewed critically you cannot help but to agree with the agitators. Of a truth there is an obvious feeling of alienation within the Nigerian state today. But has this always been the case? Apart from the civil war and the pernicious policies of the military regimes, we have not fared badly during civil rule until presently.


Given that following the civil war, there seemed to have been a glass ceiling in certain professions in Nigeria where it looked as if Igbo should not aspire to. In the police, military etc. But we can posit this as the lingering effects of the war where the victor in a war finds it very difficult to fully integrate the other party they fought with into all areas. In the US for example, I understand that it took a very long time for someone from the southern part of the US several decades after the civil war which they lost to break the stranglehold of the north for the presidency of the US. (Correct me if I'm wrong).


But come to think of it, Dr Alex Ekwueme became the Vice President of Nigeria barely 9 years after the civil war. The glass ceiling was on its way to being broken! The military interregnum from 1993 led by the same Muhammadu Buhari put a hold on this. In the US, Germany, Japan and other climes deliberate policies were used by governments to build stronger ties among groups and opposing tendencies. This helped to forge a bond within their nations. Nigeria seemed to think that a policy of benign neglect will resolve our problems. Of course it didn't and that's why we are seeing a resurgence of separatist agitation going on all over the country.


Fast forward to the civil rule era starting from 1999. Nobody would accuse Presidents Obasanjo, late Yar'adua, or Jonathan of what seemed like sectionalism as state policy. A look at the pattern of appointments by President Obasanjo evinced the fact of an all inclusive government from all parts of the country. Same as President Yar'adua. President Jonathan took it a step further by appointing the first Igbo chief of army staff, first Igbo secretary to the federal government, coordinating minister for the economy etc. In fact, one of the criticisms we face today in Nigeria is to explain why should this agitation for separation be under President Buhari when it was not done under the previous administration? However, that criticism is not true. Recall that under President Obasanjo and Yar'adua there was Massob which was managed much better than today.


However, you will recall that when this government came into place, President Buhari went to the US where he made a most unfortunate statement that was widely condemned at that time. He reportedly said that he doesn't need to bother about the 5% that didn't vote for him but will rather concern himself with the 97% that voted for him. I had at the time the statement was made raised concern that such declaration from an elected President sounds discriminatory and may create the impression that our elected President Buhari is sending a message to those who didn't vote for him that he will be partial in his decision making. Unfortunately, it seems also that the people who are in and around the president didn't advise him properly. 


They left him to make appointments and take decisions that gave the impression that there are some parts of the country that are not supposed to be part of Nigeria. Little wonder that our youths feeling left out and not having anything to give them hope in Nigeria, started believing that a separate country would be better. But I say it is NOT. I will come to this later.


I recall that in November of 2016, after seeing how things were going, the South East caucus of the Senate sought for and got an appointment with the President Buhari. Our discussion centered on the south East perception of not being part of this administration thereby giving rise to our people feeling disconnected from the government. We pointed out that it should be a cause for concern if a major part of the country is not represented in the security architecture of the country in addition to other critical sectors from the inception of the administration. We were promised that our concerns would be looked into. Sadly, this was not done till today.


Our country Nigeria is supposed to be for inclusion; for making sure that everyone makes his or her input into its affairs. Allowing such fairness and equity to prevail in a plural society like ours will make us a bigger and better nation. Today that is not the case. Either as a deliberate act as it seems or a willful omission geared towards achieving a pre-determined goal, Ndigbo have been pushed to the fringes of the Nigerian Union in so many ways by the present government. The unfortunate scenario is enough for one to ask the hypothetical question....why am I here?


WHAT ALTERNATIVES


As much as the music of separatism stirs the soul, one must ask the question; Is relapsing into a sovereign state of Biafra the optimum option or is it a restructuring of the state such that all the federating units would have greater autonomy in the mould of a near quasi self determination the better option? When these two options are posed; a sovereign state of Biafra or restructured Nigeria, the position of most Nigerians as of today is for the latter.


Apart from the problem of even determining the boundaries of the state of Biafra and the multifarious and multifaceted problems a simplistic solution such as Biafra poses, perhaps it makes more sense for those who have tasted war to be a little more discerning when matters affecting their race comes up in Nigeria. Nigerians have been known to come together to use the Igbo head to break coconuts (apologies to late Abiola). Despite the problems that befell the Yoruba race following the annulment of the June 12 elections, they didn't seek to break out out of Nigeria despite some of them calling for an Oduduwa country. They simply used the sympathies of other Nigerians to create an economic haven for themselves which has led to massive relocation of industries by all Nigerians to Lagos and Ogun States. They also got the Presidency of Nigeria.


Our brothers from the Niger Delta have not sought to go away either. They also got the Presidency of Nigeria. However we seem to be in the unfortunate position of seeming to drag the Niger Delta into a Biafra unwanted by them. The agitation for Biafra and how it was being prosecuted by IPOB has rather elicited hate and disdain for our people from other ethnic groups notwithstanding that they may have been nursing such tendencies. The agitation as championed by IPOB somehow gave muscle to traditional traducers of Ndigbo to spew out hate and envious vituperations. This was exemplified by the October 1st quit notice given to Igbos to leave the North by the so-called Arewa youths which persons are yet to be arrested for hate speech and breaching the law. They claimed to be responding to our own hate speeches etc.


Indeed, other people seem to want to see us fall into the trap for them to use us to solve their own problems with Nigeria. That notwithstanding, we as political leaders from the South East were unequivocal in asserting that that the rights of Ndigbo to peaceful and democratic engagements must be respected. On this score we made it clear that no amount of threat will cow Ndigbo from consistently demanding for an equitable, fair and just society within the Nigerian State. We also cautioned our youths on their vituperative calls and employed the Igbo concept of "bu uzo chu fuo Ufu, tutu ta wa Okuko uta"! This of course was misunderstood by other Nigerians as support rather than constructive engagement.


WHY NOT BIAFRA?


We believe that the best way to go given our situation today is to look before we leap. We must not be pushed to abandon our huge contribution to the modern Nigerian state. As we pointed out in the beginning of this paper, Ndigbo have been the single ethnic group that have welded the country Nigeria together given our way of life as sojourners everywhere in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the world. I dare say that we make up to 50% or more of Nigerians in the US. The question is why would we look to confine ourselves to a small landlocked entity when we have the whole of Nigeria to cavort in?


I have deliberately left out of this discussion the practical impossibility of even getting our brothers from the Niger Delta to go with us in this quest. Not to talk of the Idoma or the Kogi that we insist are part of us.

One thing seems to elude our people when these questions are posed. We look at the determination of the present government to treat us dismissively and feel that it is well nigh an impossible task to get our wish for a just society but we fail to look at the historical evidence before us.


When the 97% vs 5% controversy erupted, I told our people that my people the Ngwa says that "Ohu afor abughi ndu ebighi ebi". Governments come and go. PDP government lost election and quit the stage for this APC government. Who says they cannot also lose? Why are we then acting as if it's the end of the world? The maximum any government can stay is two term totaling 8years. "Obughi ndu ebighi ebi"!


Restructuring is an idea whose time has come and it will happen.

Biafra should be a last option, only after every other avenue to realize a restructured Nigeria where every component part is allowed a measure of autonomy and self determination fails. Let me state here that if the dominant views in Nigeria is for restructuring, then that should be the minimum that Ndigbo should demand, so that every component part of this country can substantially harness its resources and develop at its own pace.


Do not forget that the breached Aburi accord was about restructuring and today this call has garnered overwhelming momentum even from quarters that hitherto opposed it. Just recently former President Ibrahim Babangida, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and lately Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and a host of others have joined the fray. Restructuring has become a singsong which we must explore vigorously. Even the ruling APC has set up a committee led by Governor el-Rufai to bring about a considered view on it. Forget the fact that it was part of their manifesto. The fact is that the discussion is on, as it should be.


I recall that in August, the Igbo political elite, Ohaneze, Governors, National Assembly Caucus met in Enugu and affirmed that the terms of our marriage in Nigeria is stifling to everybody and therefore we must have another look at it. That position has not changed but has in fact been reinforced by the agreement by other parts of Nigeria that it is time to look at the matter as evidenced by the South West Political Summit where they endorsed restructuring back to the 1963 constitution.


To me the strident calls by IPOB for a referendum should be seen as a legitimate demand to compel the state to see the urgency of having a second look at our marriage, with the ultimate aim of enthroning equity and fairness, where our people will no longer be treated as second class citizens in Nigeria. Though the methods may be misconstrued, the true colour of the agitation would have come out had there been a concerted effort at dialogue. The agitations gives fillip to the Igbo idiom..."Ma Opara emeghi nkpotu, agaghi ilughi ya Nwanyi ".


Our people are saying this union is stifling us, and we are making a lot of noise so we can find a solution.

The solution I think can be found in a restructured Nigeria. The beauty of it is that while we can enjoy near wholesale autonomy, our people as itinerant business people could have an unrestrained space in a larger market provided by a united Nigeria.


We should not be swayed by what we think is the attraction of an exclusive opportunity to be provided by a sovereign Biafra. No. That would box us into a tiny corner which has its own challenges which would prove overwhelming as time goes on. This is a topic for another day.


DIASPORA IGBOS AND US.


One of the problems those of us who attempt to show a direction to our people at home is the near universal disdain that some of our brother Ndigbo in Diaspora have for our leaders and elected representatives at home. Nowhere is it more apposite than in this matter of Biafra agitation. While some of our brothers/sisters here in the comfort of their homes seems to urge our youths through their utterances and actions to use unconstitutional means and disparage other ethnic groups that which actions seems to alienate us from our neighbors and the Nigerian State, we the leaders at home have been been left with the task of intervening in such a manner to dissuade the government from deploying the coercive instruments of state against the agitators. The aim was to stop bloodshed and waste of human lives. We have lost enough from the civil war. Those egging our youths on from here do not seem to appreciate this fact.


Most distressing is the labeling of those who disagree with their positions as "cowards, saboteurs, Hausa slaves etc". This tends to discourage those who genuinely strive to lead our people through a very distressing period in our history as a nation.


Nnia Nwodo as President of Ohaneze has been vilified for taking a stand for restructuring in Nigeria for Ndigbo, a position agreed by all of us in the earlier summit I referenced. Governors come in for bashing everyday. As for us legislators, we have been called all sorts of names such as 'legislooters' etc.


Yet, when it came to taking a stand at ground zero, to bail Kanu; to reject the Federal Government ascribing Terrorism to IPOB, we are the people doing so and we never hesitated to say that agitation in every clime is constitutional. We take the bullets from other ethnic groups and the government for standing firm and demanding that Nigerians should be left to talk to each other about the best way forward without preconditions. We would use this opportunity plead with our internet warriors who stay here in their comfort zone here that our Igbo say, "ma Opara nzuzu adighi nwuo, Opara ma izu aga beghi ibichi ezi".


SOME FINAL THOUGHTS


Why are we not Investing at Home.


Lack of Infrastructure. 


Should we continue to blame the Federal Government for the dilapidated infrastructures in Ala Igbo? What of our home governments in Igbo States? Sam Mbakwe of blessed memory did not wait for the Federal Government before undertaking massive rebuilding of old IMO State. We think that we have not given our best to our people with the little we got. 


Insecurity. 


Nowhere have we hurt ourselves and investment in Ala Igbo than in the insecurity pervading all parts of our homeland. Of course the latest imbroglio in Abia especially in Aba and Umuahia has worsened matters. We run the risk of undoing all the efforts made in promoting 'made in Aba' that we had embarked on as a catalyst for growth in Ala Igbo. Industries have relocated from Ala Igbo to other parts of Nigeria especially Lagos and Ogun States because of the very serious insecurity such as kidnappining and armed robbery faced by those who invest at home. We cannot be looking for investors and yet make our place not conducive to investment. 


Unemployment 


Unemployment is the single biggest problem we have in Ala Igbo today. Before this time due to our domestic investments and industry, this was not a very big problem but due to the dis-investment going on today in Ala Igbo today we are faced with a existential problem in our hand. Diaspora Igbo's have to assist us to also invest at home despite the problems and reduce the unemployment in Ala Igbo. Once we get Ala Igbo right the frustrations that fuel the agitation in ala Igbo will be dampened. What we have playing out in the world today is a knowledge economy. Oil is going out of fashion. As I pointed out earlier, we are poised through our educational exploits in Nigeria to dominate the economy of tomorrow. Why would we turn a blind eye to this emerging scenario? 


In ending let me quote what the great son of Igbo land, the great Zik of Africa said about himself: 


"Despite the mythic heights to which he was raised, Azikiwe was nothing if not pragmatic, a realist, always conscious of his limits and ever eager to extract all that was possible from that limited horizon". May we be guided by such humble thoughts as we seek a better Nigeria for us all. What we should look for is a BIAFRA of the MIND like some have suggested in order to play our role in the emerging Nigeria that will come...


ABARIBE

Enyinnaya Abaribe, the brilliant and brave senator who signed the bail for Nnamdi Kanu's release delivered perhaps the most perceptive and wisest speech on Igbos and Nigeria last week in Mississippi, US. Every Igbo who cares about the present and the future of our people should read it. It's a bit long but the effort is worth it. Please see below:


"What I will say here today may come as a surprise to many of you. For those that I will rub the wrong way, I apologize in advance.


However, "NDIGBO si na owu onye nke mmadu na ghu ya ahu na agbata ukwu". If I fail to say the truth about the existential challenges that we face today in our country Nigeria, and how we believe we should face them, then I would not be true to myself and to you who sent me to represent you in the red chamber.


From the Past to Today.


1970


We can situate our position today following the end of the civil war in 1970. Igbo's in 1970 were impoverished having lost an estimated 3 Million Igbo souls in the war, with a ruined and destroyed landscape and infrastructure. Every Igbo man/woman with savings in the banks before the outbreak of hostilities were pauperized as the military government decreed that one would only get 20 pounds notwithstanding the amount you had. The indigenization decree was passed in 1972 and no Igbo could participate since all had been reduced to penury.


2017


Today the Igbo have the largest pool of educated Nigerians. In 2007, Imo State had more subscribers to the JAMB UTME exams than the 19 Northern States put together. In 2017, 56% of of NYSC members are from the South East. Our feat in education means that we now have the army to win the war of competition in a market driven economy. Since 1999, the south east states have been the best in all exams.


The largest group of direct domestic investors in Nigeria are from the south east. Igbo investments in property in Abuja alone probably has more than any other ethnic group. We are the most travelled in Nigeria. In all parts of Nigeria after the indigenous population, Igbo's are the next largest group. We are the largest propertied class of all ethnic groups in Nigeria and despite all this confusion, we have grown the most economically since the inception of the current democracy in Nigeria. We have the richest and largest pool of Nigeria diaspora population.


Taking an example of Lagos state, Ndigbo form a large proportion of the economy of the state. We created the following from nothing;

Computer Village in Ikeja. Ladipo Spare Parts market. Alaba Electronic Market. Balogun Int'l Market.

Balogun (Trade Fair) International Market. Aspamda market in Festac.

Orile Market for house fittings & appliances etc.


All second hand clothing markets in Lagos. About 4 markets. The combined turnover daily of these markets run into billions daily. Lagos state benefits by collecting taxes and now its economy contributes 56% of all VAT collected in Nigeria. Above scenario is replicated in most big cities in Nigeria. Go to Kano, Port Harcourt, Benin City, Kaduna, Sokoto, not to talk of Abuja. Ndigbo are very large players in the economy of all parts of Nigeria. I will return to this.


The ALLURE of BIAFRA


So the question is, given all the advantages that we as Ndigbo have in Nigeria, why the clamour by our youths and others for a separate state of Biafra?


The present agitation in the South East for a sovereign state of Biafra seems very tempting under the prevailing circumstance given the manifest sectional approach to governance at the center. To some especially the youth and the disadvantaged it is the way to go and when viewed critically you cannot help but to agree with the agitators. Of a truth there is an obvious feeling of alienation within the Nigerian state today. But has this always been the case? Apart from the civil war and the pernicious policies of the military regimes, we have not fared badly during civil rule until presently.


Given that following the civil war, there seemed to have been a glass ceiling in certain professions in Nigeria where it looked as if Igbo should not aspire to. In the police, military etc. But we can posit this as the lingering effects of the war where the victor in a war finds it very difficult to fully integrate the other party they fought with into all areas. In the US for example, I understand that it took a very long time for someone from the southern part of the US several decades after the civil war which they lost to break the stranglehold of the north for the presidency of the US. (Correct me if I'm wrong).


But come to think of it, Dr Alex Ekwueme became the Vice President of Nigeria barely 9 years after the civil war. The glass ceiling was on its way to being broken! The military interregnum from 1993 led by the same Muhammadu Buhari put a hold on this. In the US, Germany, Japan and other climes deliberate policies were used by governments to build stronger ties among groups and opposing tendencies. This helped to forge a bond within their nations. Nigeria seemed to think that a policy of benign neglect will resolve our problems. Of course it didn't and that's why we are seeing a resurgence of separatist agitation going on all over the country.


Fast forward to the civil rule era starting from 1999. Nobody would accuse Presidents Obasanjo, late Yar'adua, or Jonathan of what seemed like sectionalism as state policy. A look at the pattern of appointments by President Obasanjo evinced the fact of an all inclusive government from all parts of the country. Same as President Yar'adua. President Jonathan took it a step further by appointing the first Igbo chief of army staff, first Igbo secretary to the federal government, coordinating minister for the economy etc. In fact, one of the criticisms we face today in Nigeria is to explain why should this agitation for separation be under President Buhari when it was not done under the previous administration? However, that criticism is not true. Recall that under President Obasanjo and Yar'adua there was Massob which was managed much better than today.


However, you will recall that when this government came into place, President Buhari went to the US where he made a most unfortunate statement that was widely condemned at that time. He reportedly said that he doesn't need to bother about the 5% that didn't vote for him but will rather concern himself with the 97% that voted for him. I had at the time the statement was made raised concern that such declaration from an elected President sounds discriminatory and may create the impression that our elected President Buhari is sending a message to those who didn't vote for him that he will be partial in his decision making. Unfortunately, it seems also that the people who are in and around the president didn't advise him properly. 


They left him to make appointments and take decisions that gave the impression that there are some parts of the country that are not supposed to be part of Nigeria. Little wonder that our youths feeling left out and not having anything to give them hope in Nigeria, started believing that a separate country would be better. But I say it is NOT. I will come to this later.


I recall that in November of 2016, after seeing how things were going, the South East caucus of the Senate sought for and got an appointment with the President Buhari. Our discussion centered on the south East perception of not being part of this administration thereby giving rise to our people feeling disconnected from the government. We pointed out that it should be a cause for concern if a major part of the country is not represented in the security architecture of the country in addition to other critical sectors from the inception of the administration. We were promised that our concerns would be looked into. Sadly, this was not done till today.


Our country Nigeria is supposed to be for inclusion; for making sure that everyone makes his or her input into its affairs. Allowing such fairness and equity to prevail in a plural society like ours will make us a bigger and better nation. Today that is not the case. Either as a deliberate act as it seems or a willful omission geared towards achieving a pre-determined goal, Ndigbo have been pushed to the fringes of the Nigerian Union in so many ways by the present government. The unfortunate scenario is enough for one to ask the hypothetical question....why am I here?


WHAT ALTERNATIVES


As much as the music of separatism stirs the soul, one must ask the question; Is relapsing into a sovereign state of Biafra the optimum option or is it a restructuring of the state such that all the federating units would have greater autonomy in the mould of a near quasi self determination the better option? When these two options are posed; a sovereign state of Biafra or restructured Nigeria, the position of most Nigerians as of today is for the latter.


Apart from the problem of even determining the boundaries of the state of Biafra and the multifarious and multifaceted problems a simplistic solution such as Biafra poses, perhaps it makes more sense for those who have tasted war to be a little more discerning when matters affecting their race comes up in Nigeria. Nigerians have been known to come together to use the Igbo head to break coconuts (apologies to late Abiola). Despite the problems that befell the Yoruba race following the annulment of the June 12 elections, they didn't seek to break out out of Nigeria despite some of them calling for an Oduduwa country. They simply used the sympathies of other Nigerians to create an economic haven for themselves which has led to massive relocation of industries by all Nigerians to Lagos and Ogun States. They also got the Presidency of Nigeria.


Our brothers from the Niger Delta have not sought to go away either. They also got the Presidency of Nigeria. However we seem to be in the unfortunate position of seeming to drag the Niger Delta into a Biafra unwanted by them. The agitation for Biafra and how it was being prosecuted by IPOB has rather elicited hate and disdain for our people from other ethnic groups notwithstanding that they may have been nursing such tendencies. The agitation as championed by IPOB somehow gave muscle to traditional traducers of Ndigbo to spew out hate and envious vituperations. This was exemplified by the October 1st quit notice given to Igbos to leave the North by the so-called Arewa youths which persons are yet to be arrested for hate speech and breaching the law. They claimed to be responding to our own hate speeches etc.


Indeed, other people seem to want to see us fall into the trap for them to use us to solve their own problems with Nigeria. That notwithstanding, we as political leaders from the South East were unequivocal in asserting that that the rights of Ndigbo to peaceful and democratic engagements must be respected. On this score we made it clear that no amount of threat will cow Ndigbo from consistently demanding for an equitable, fair and just society within the Nigerian State. We also cautioned our youths on their vituperative calls and employed the Igbo concept of "bu uzo chu fuo Ufu, tutu ta wa Okuko uta"! This of course was misunderstood by other Nigerians as support rather than constructive engagement.


WHY NOT BIAFRA?


We believe that the best way to go given our situation today is to look before we leap. We must not be pushed to abandon our huge contribution to the modern Nigerian state. As we pointed out in the beginning of this paper, Ndigbo have been the single ethnic group that have welded the country Nigeria together given our way of life as sojourners everywhere in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the world. I dare say that we make up to 50% or more of Nigerians in the US. The question is why would we look to confine ourselves to a small landlocked entity when we have the whole of Nigeria to cavort in?


I have deliberately left out of this discussion the practical impossibility of even getting our brothers from the Niger Delta to go with us in this quest. Not to talk of the Idoma or the Kogi that we insist are part of us.

One thing seems to elude our people when these questions are posed. We look at the determination of the present government to treat us dismissively and feel that it is well nigh an impossible task to get our wish for a just society but we fail to look at the historical evidence before us.


When the 97% vs 5% controversy erupted, I told our people that my people the Ngwa says that "Ohu afor abughi ndu ebighi ebi". Governments come and go. PDP government lost election and quit the stage for this APC government. Who says they cannot also lose? Why are we then acting as if it's the end of the world? The maximum any government can stay is two term totaling 8years. "Obughi ndu ebighi ebi"!


Restructuring is an idea whose time has come and it will happen.

Biafra should be a last option, only after every other avenue to realize a restructured Nigeria where every component part is allowed a measure of autonomy and self determination fails. Let me state here that if the dominant views in Nigeria is for restructuring, then that should be the minimum that Ndigbo should demand, so that every component part of this country can substantially harness its resources and develop at its own pace.


Do not forget that the breached Aburi accord was about restructuring and today this call has garnered overwhelming momentum even from quarters that hitherto opposed it. Just recently former President Ibrahim Babangida, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and lately Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and a host of others have joined the fray. Restructuring has become a singsong which we must explore vigorously. Even the ruling APC has set up a committee led by Governor el-Rufai to bring about a considered view on it. Forget the fact that it was part of their manifesto. The fact is that the discussion is on, as it should be.


I recall that in August, the Igbo political elite, Ohaneze, Governors, National Assembly Caucus met in Enugu and affirmed that the terms of our marriage in Nigeria is stifling to everybody and therefore we must have another look at it. That position has not changed but has in fact been reinforced by the agreement by other parts of Nigeria that it is time to look at the matter as evidenced by the South West Political Summit where they endorsed restructuring back to the 1963 constitution.


To me the strident calls by IPOB for a referendum should be seen as a legitimate demand to compel the state to see the urgency of having a second look at our marriage, with the ultimate aim of enthroning equity and fairness, where our people will no longer be treated as second class citizens in Nigeria. Though the methods may be misconstrued, the true colour of the agitation would have come out had there been a concerted effort at dialogue. The agitations gives fillip to the Igbo idiom..."Ma Opara emeghi nkpotu, agaghi ilughi ya Nwanyi ".


Our people are saying this union is stifling us, and we are making a lot of noise so we can find a solution.

The solution I think can be found in a restructured Nigeria. The beauty of it is that while we can enjoy near wholesale autonomy, our people as itinerant business people could have an unrestrained space in a larger market provided by a united Nigeria.


We should not be swayed by what we think is the attraction of an exclusive opportunity to be provided by a sovereign Biafra. No. That would box us into a tiny corner which has its own challenges which would prove overwhelming as time goes on. This is a topic for another day.


DIASPORA IGBOS AND US.


One of the problems those of us who attempt to show a direction to our people at home is the near universal disdain that some of our brother Ndigbo in Diaspora have for our leaders and elected representatives at home. Nowhere is it more apposite than in this matter of Biafra agitation. While some of our brothers/sisters here in the comfort of their homes seems to urge our youths through their utterances and actions to use unconstitutional means and disparage other ethnic groups that which actions seems to alienate us from our neighbors and the Nigerian State, we the leaders at home have been been left with the task of intervening in such a manner to dissuade the government from deploying the coercive instruments of state against the agitators. The aim was to stop bloodshed and waste of human lives. We have lost enough from the civil war. Those egging our youths on from here do not seem to appreciate this fact.


Most distressing is the labeling of those who disagree with their positions as "cowards, saboteurs, Hausa slaves etc". This tends to discourage those who genuinely strive to lead our people through a very distressing period in our history as a nation.


Nnia Nwodo as President of Ohaneze has been vilified for taking a stand for restructuring in Nigeria for Ndigbo, a position agreed by all of us in the earlier summit I referenced. Governors come in for bashing everyday. As for us legislators, we have been called all sorts of names such as 'legislooters' etc.


Yet, when it came to taking a stand at ground zero, to bail Kanu; to reject the Federal Government ascribing Terrorism to IPOB, we are the people doing so and we never hesitated to say that agitation in every clime is constitutional. We take the bullets from other ethnic groups and the government for standing firm and demanding that Nigerians should be left to talk to each other about the best way forward without preconditions. We would use this opportunity plead with our internet warriors who stay here in their comfort zone here that our Igbo say, "ma Opara nzuzu adighi nwuo, Opara ma izu aga beghi ibichi ezi".


SOME FINAL THOUGHTS


Why are we not Investing at Home.


Lack of Infrastructure. 


Should we continue to blame the Federal Government for the dilapidated infrastructures in Ala Igbo? What of our home governments in Igbo States? Sam Mbakwe of blessed memory did not wait for the Federal Government before undertaking massive rebuilding of old IMO State. We think that we have not given our best to our people with the little we got. 


Insecurity. 


Nowhere have we hurt ourselves and investment in Ala Igbo than in the insecurity pervading all parts of our homeland. Of course the latest imbroglio in Abia especially in Aba and Umuahia has worsened matters. We run the risk of undoing all the efforts made in promoting 'made in Aba' that we had embarked on as a catalyst for growth in Ala Igbo. Industries have relocated from Ala Igbo to other parts of Nigeria especially Lagos and Ogun States because of the very serious insecurity such as kidnappining and armed robbery faced by those who invest at home. We cannot be looking for investors and yet make our place not conducive to investment. 


Unemployment 


Unemployment is the single biggest problem we have in Ala Igbo today. Before this time due to our domestic investments and industry, this was not a very big problem but due to the dis-investment going on today in Ala Igbo today we are faced with a existential problem in our hand. Diaspora Igbo's have to assist us to also invest at home despite the problems and reduce the unemployment in Ala Igbo. Once we get Ala Igbo right the frustrations that fuel the agitation in ala Igbo will be dampened. What we have playing out in the world today is a knowledge economy. Oil is going out of fashion. As I pointed out earlier, we are poised through our educational exploits in Nigeria to dominate the economy of tomorrow. Why would we turn a blind eye to this emerging scenario? 


In ending let me quote what the great son of Igbo land, the great Zik of Africa said about himself: 


"Despite the mythic heights to which he was raised, Azikiwe was nothing if not pragmatic, a realist, always conscious of his limits and ever eager to extract all that was possible from that limited horizon". May we be guided by such humble thoughts as we seek a better Nigeria for us all. What we should look for is a BIAFRA of the MIND like some have suggested in order to play our role in the emerging Nigeria that will come...


Nigerians Agitating For A Separate Nations Have Committed No Crime

Nigerians Agitating For A Separate Nations Have Committed No Crime

 — Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa


The lawmaker, on Tuesday, cautioned the military against the deployment of personnel to suppress agitations for secession. 


Obasa maintained that the use of force will not bear the desired result since it is part of democracy for citizens to speak out about leadership. He said although 22 years of unbroken democratic rule in Nigeria is worth celebrating, there are issues causing chaos in the country.


The Speaker spoke during the debate on a motion on Nigeria’s democracy raised by Setonji David, Daily Post reports. 


The Assembly members advised the Nigerian Government to engage agitators across in a dialogue.


“Those that elected have the right to protest when they think things are not working. The right to protest should not be taken away from them.


“There is no crime in seeking for separate nations within an existing nation. Those representing the people through the ideology of social contract must listen,” Obasa added.


Speaking on the ban on open grazing by herdsmen, he urged governors of Southern states to remain resolute in their decision.


“Having stated their position, they should not go to sleep. They should follow it through. We will continue to call for state police and devolution of power,” he said.


Obasa hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an executive order granting autonomy to state legislature and judiciary and for honouring the late MKO Abiola with the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day.


The House observed a minute’s silence in honour of Abiola, winner of the 1993 presidential election, and all those who died in the course of the struggle.

 — Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa


The lawmaker, on Tuesday, cautioned the military against the deployment of personnel to suppress agitations for secession. 


Obasa maintained that the use of force will not bear the desired result since it is part of democracy for citizens to speak out about leadership. He said although 22 years of unbroken democratic rule in Nigeria is worth celebrating, there are issues causing chaos in the country.


The Speaker spoke during the debate on a motion on Nigeria’s democracy raised by Setonji David, Daily Post reports. 


The Assembly members advised the Nigerian Government to engage agitators across in a dialogue.


“Those that elected have the right to protest when they think things are not working. The right to protest should not be taken away from them.


“There is no crime in seeking for separate nations within an existing nation. Those representing the people through the ideology of social contract must listen,” Obasa added.


Speaking on the ban on open grazing by herdsmen, he urged governors of Southern states to remain resolute in their decision.


“Having stated their position, they should not go to sleep. They should follow it through. We will continue to call for state police and devolution of power,” he said.


Obasa hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an executive order granting autonomy to state legislature and judiciary and for honouring the late MKO Abiola with the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day.


The House observed a minute’s silence in honour of Abiola, winner of the 1993 presidential election, and all those who died in the course of the struggle.

FULANI Militias Invading Yoruba Land are not Herdsmen, but members of a foreign terrorist militia armed with military grade weapons

FULANI Militias Invading Yoruba Land are not Herdsmen, but members of a foreign terrorist militia armed with military grade weapons

 Yorubas should beware of these militia men. These are not Herdsmen, these are members of a foreign terrorist militia that are armed with military grade weapons, have a formal military command and structure, have an objective and are organized like an armed fighting force.

Nigerian Government officials Calling them Herdsmen is a glaring and deliberate attempt to water down the real goals of these killers; which includes;

*Dan Fodio style Conquest of non Fulani areas

*Imposition of a foreign religion on the locals.

*Changing the demographics

*Annihilating dissenting elements.

*Killing, maiming and raping enough people to bring about subjugation of the land.


Where is their cattle?

You have seen videos of them in the forest displaying caches of sophisticated arms.

Did you see a single cow there?

You have seen them dressed in military fatigues with scores of bikes, boxes of ammunition, grenades, grenade launchers, and an odd assortment of assault rifles...

You have heard Yoruba elders raise the alarm that there are hundreds of cells of such groups in their forests.

You have heard middle belt leaders cry out that military choppers ferry arms and other supplies to these militias in their forests.

Has cattle been a feature of the discuss?

No!

So why call then Herdsmen?

They use real Herdsmen as Trojan horse to gain entrance into areas that they want to hit, provoke unrest and strike. Go to Jos and other parts of Plateau state, it's been a strategy. And when the natives flee, they change the name of the community, take possession and become attuned as locals.


I did a study of the Fulani and a few other northern societies as part of my Msc in Project Security Management many years ago. It was a course in History of ethno- religious clashes. The Northern Nigerian Example.


These are/were my findings...


*The Fulani have a warlike and aggressive essence coated with an intense religious flavour. They consider themselves puritanists, alongside the Arabs, as the inheritors of True Islam!


The Fulani have a fuedal society which is divided into four segments;


1. The Ruling class/ The Ulama*

The Ruling class are the Sultan, the Emirs, The Waziris, Sarduana and other highly placed nobles.

The Ulama are the clergy, preachers and other holy men. They provide political and religious direction the worldview of an invaded non Fulani society should go. They arrive to take control of any community or country Fulanis find themselves ..


2. The Town Fulani.

They are the second segment who are tasked with mingling with the local non Fulani population, become integrated but never lose their Fulani identity. 

Their task is to water down any hostilities to Fulani presence and sway the opinions of the ordinary folk to become pro Fulani.


3. The Bororoje or cattle Fulani.

As a nomadic people, these are the scouts who discover fresh land, compromise their contacts and stealthily settle down amongst the people. Their other task is to provoke unrest, cause confusion, pretend to be the aggrieved and give cause for a violent expression of righteous outrage...

They set the stage for the last group...


*The Fulani Militia:

The armed wing is present in every Fula community. From Senegal to Sudan, to Central African Republic, to Nigeria.


*Their task is to wage war, devastate the enemy and make him happy to pay any price for peace and safety...


Theirs is a highly political society that has garnered immense experience and fine-tuned their strategies over the centuries. And they have been largely successful!

Why do you think they speak with so much arrogance?


Study their history, discover what I have discovered and let's tell Ugo Egbujo nnaa to write with more circumspection.


Alhaji Integrity is the arrowhead of their game plan in Nigeria.


And he has no choice.


What is unfolding is an order by the pan Fulani body in west africa to settle the ethnic group permanently in Nigeria! Nigeria's Fulani President has no choice but to obey...

The process of making Nigeria theirs is the conflagration engulfing our country today.


I am addressing others who have no idea what is unfolding in the country and still see events as APC, PDP, Igbos hate Alhaji Integrity, IPOB, Kanu is destroying Igbo land and all that jargon...


It is for them to read and see the real reason why the country is caught up in crisis.

The Fulani thrive in war and dislocation!


Remember Afonja

Remember their face off with Rabeh of Kanem-Bornu in the 1890s

Remember their battles with the Yoruba at the plains of Oshogbo

Remember Sultan Attahiru's roguery in 1903 which led to his ouster by the British...

Perhaps because they haven't been properly smashed in their history save for recently when elements in Central African republic gave them a very bloody nose...


They have no idea why Nigeria has erupted in the volcano of insecurity since 2015. 


The Fulanis are also obstinate about retaining their pastoral lifestyle and blatantly refuse to embrace modernity and civilized methods of cattle rearing.


Medieval style invasion and conquest of fresh territories still holds sway in their minds.


And the only places they could live the life the so desire is in the fertile Benue valley, the huge tracts of land in the middle belt and the rich forests of the west. They also want Nigeria to settle millions of their stateless people made refugees by Tuaregs, the Mandingos, the Bambara and other foes they have in west african subregion...This is why you see strange Fulani faces of fellows who don't breath any word of English or Hausa anywhere they take over successfully...


As for the Igbo, our tiny overused land is not actually their target; they want our subjugation because the igbos represent the most potent opposition in their pathway of conquest. They feel they could use Islam to compromise the Yoruba. This is true to an extent, but the Igbo, is a very different worldview and creed. Again, first face-off that was the Biafran war, taught them that these people must be dealt with comprehensively this time. This is where you must locate Government's eagerness to use force and deafness to suggestions of dialogue...


They fear Igbo ingenuity, creativity, gallantry and valour in battle.


Once they Get rid of Igbos and the way is open to reach the sea at Port Harcourt!.


(c)  Chetam Obilo

 Yorubas should beware of these militia men. These are not Herdsmen, these are members of a foreign terrorist militia that are armed with military grade weapons, have a formal military command and structure, have an objective and are organized like an armed fighting force.

Nigerian Government officials Calling them Herdsmen is a glaring and deliberate attempt to water down the real goals of these killers; which includes;

*Dan Fodio style Conquest of non Fulani areas

*Imposition of a foreign religion on the locals.

*Changing the demographics

*Annihilating dissenting elements.

*Killing, maiming and raping enough people to bring about subjugation of the land.


Where is their cattle?

You have seen videos of them in the forest displaying caches of sophisticated arms.

Did you see a single cow there?

You have seen them dressed in military fatigues with scores of bikes, boxes of ammunition, grenades, grenade launchers, and an odd assortment of assault rifles...

You have heard Yoruba elders raise the alarm that there are hundreds of cells of such groups in their forests.

You have heard middle belt leaders cry out that military choppers ferry arms and other supplies to these militias in their forests.

Has cattle been a feature of the discuss?

No!

So why call then Herdsmen?

They use real Herdsmen as Trojan horse to gain entrance into areas that they want to hit, provoke unrest and strike. Go to Jos and other parts of Plateau state, it's been a strategy. And when the natives flee, they change the name of the community, take possession and become attuned as locals.


I did a study of the Fulani and a few other northern societies as part of my Msc in Project Security Management many years ago. It was a course in History of ethno- religious clashes. The Northern Nigerian Example.


These are/were my findings...


*The Fulani have a warlike and aggressive essence coated with an intense religious flavour. They consider themselves puritanists, alongside the Arabs, as the inheritors of True Islam!


The Fulani have a fuedal society which is divided into four segments;


1. The Ruling class/ The Ulama*

The Ruling class are the Sultan, the Emirs, The Waziris, Sarduana and other highly placed nobles.

The Ulama are the clergy, preachers and other holy men. They provide political and religious direction the worldview of an invaded non Fulani society should go. They arrive to take control of any community or country Fulanis find themselves ..


2. The Town Fulani.

They are the second segment who are tasked with mingling with the local non Fulani population, become integrated but never lose their Fulani identity. 

Their task is to water down any hostilities to Fulani presence and sway the opinions of the ordinary folk to become pro Fulani.


3. The Bororoje or cattle Fulani.

As a nomadic people, these are the scouts who discover fresh land, compromise their contacts and stealthily settle down amongst the people. Their other task is to provoke unrest, cause confusion, pretend to be the aggrieved and give cause for a violent expression of righteous outrage...

They set the stage for the last group...


*The Fulani Militia:

The armed wing is present in every Fula community. From Senegal to Sudan, to Central African Republic, to Nigeria.


*Their task is to wage war, devastate the enemy and make him happy to pay any price for peace and safety...


Theirs is a highly political society that has garnered immense experience and fine-tuned their strategies over the centuries. And they have been largely successful!

Why do you think they speak with so much arrogance?


Study their history, discover what I have discovered and let's tell Ugo Egbujo nnaa to write with more circumspection.


Alhaji Integrity is the arrowhead of their game plan in Nigeria.


And he has no choice.


What is unfolding is an order by the pan Fulani body in west africa to settle the ethnic group permanently in Nigeria! Nigeria's Fulani President has no choice but to obey...

The process of making Nigeria theirs is the conflagration engulfing our country today.


I am addressing others who have no idea what is unfolding in the country and still see events as APC, PDP, Igbos hate Alhaji Integrity, IPOB, Kanu is destroying Igbo land and all that jargon...


It is for them to read and see the real reason why the country is caught up in crisis.

The Fulani thrive in war and dislocation!


Remember Afonja

Remember their face off with Rabeh of Kanem-Bornu in the 1890s

Remember their battles with the Yoruba at the plains of Oshogbo

Remember Sultan Attahiru's roguery in 1903 which led to his ouster by the British...

Perhaps because they haven't been properly smashed in their history save for recently when elements in Central African republic gave them a very bloody nose...


They have no idea why Nigeria has erupted in the volcano of insecurity since 2015. 


The Fulanis are also obstinate about retaining their pastoral lifestyle and blatantly refuse to embrace modernity and civilized methods of cattle rearing.


Medieval style invasion and conquest of fresh territories still holds sway in their minds.


And the only places they could live the life the so desire is in the fertile Benue valley, the huge tracts of land in the middle belt and the rich forests of the west. They also want Nigeria to settle millions of their stateless people made refugees by Tuaregs, the Mandingos, the Bambara and other foes they have in west african subregion...This is why you see strange Fulani faces of fellows who don't breath any word of English or Hausa anywhere they take over successfully...


As for the Igbo, our tiny overused land is not actually their target; they want our subjugation because the igbos represent the most potent opposition in their pathway of conquest. They feel they could use Islam to compromise the Yoruba. This is true to an extent, but the Igbo, is a very different worldview and creed. Again, first face-off that was the Biafran war, taught them that these people must be dealt with comprehensively this time. This is where you must locate Government's eagerness to use force and deafness to suggestions of dialogue...


They fear Igbo ingenuity, creativity, gallantry and valour in battle.


Once they Get rid of Igbos and the way is open to reach the sea at Port Harcourt!.


(c)  Chetam Obilo

THE SEVEN-FOLD YOKE AND THE CABAL THAT OWN NIGERIA‼️

THE SEVEN-FOLD YOKE AND THE CABAL THAT OWN NIGERIA‼️

 Fani-Kayode's Expose on the essence of grand restructuring or the necessity of going separate ways


It's worth your time, read and circulate. 


 #THE SEVEN-FOLD YOKE AND THE CABAL THAT OWN NIGERIA‼️



Permit me to share a scholarly, revealing and I daresay disturbing intervention which was sent to me by a friend. The author wishes to remain anonymous.


He wrote as follows:


"The disruptive power of the Hausa-Fulani cabal is a structural reality and will only get worse, no matter where the President of Nigeria comes from. It is a seven-fold yoke which we must break for the sake of our children. 


*1. THE POLITICAL YOKE:*


Globally, out of the 16 Federal Republics in the world, Nigeria is the only federation where land mass is used as a primary criteria for creating federating units.



NO Southern leader (civilian or military) has ever had the guts to create any federating unit; all the federating units have been created by Northern military adventurers. 20 federating units were created from only one region (North), while 17 federating units were created from 3 regions (East, West and Midwest).


Competent leaders are easily filtered off by the rigged political structure. At every election, the evil and corrupt Northern cabal needs only a few Southern collaborators to impose any presidential candidate upon the two foremost political parties, only for the electorate to formalize one of the candidates with votes.


That's why Nigeria has been having such mediocre leaders as President, in a country awash with extremely capable presidential materials.


This also explains why since 1960 no Southerner has ever led Nigeria except by accident. 


The FIRST coming of ALL 3 Southern leaders - Aguiyi-Ironsi in 1966, Obasanjo in 1976 and Goodluck Jonathan in 2010 - followed the death of Northern incumbents! 


The fourth and only other Southern leader was Ernest Shonekan and his coming followed the forced "stepping aside" of a northern Head of State in 1993. He lasted for 3 months after which he was toppled and replaced by another northern military Head of State. 


For 2019 the presidential contest is being set for Atiku vs Buhari- two Fulani representatives of the Cabal. 


*2. THE ECONOMIC YOKE:*


Nigeria is the only oil-producing country where oil wells are allocated to individuals. The Hausa-Fulani cabal allocated over 80% of the oil blocks either to the Northerners or to their Southern fronts/allies. The names of these oil block allotees are in the public domain. 


*3. THE RELIGIOUS YOKE:*


No other faith is mentioned in the Nigerian Constitution, except Islam. For instance, in the 1999 Constitution, Christ, Christians and Christianity are not mentioned even once; whereas Islamic signposts are strewn all over the Constitution -

Sharia is mentioned 73 times, Grand Khadi 54 times, Islam 28 times , Muslims 10 times, etc..


That Constitution was written SOLELY by one Muslim Fulani Jihadist named Prof. Auwalu Yadudu (Special Adviser to Abacha on Constitutional Matters). 


While the 1979 Constitution emphasized Nigeria’s secularity, the 1999 Constitution of Yadudu is a de facto Islamic Constitution, and the Cabal ensured that Yadudu was there to fight that position at 2014 National Political Conference.


Subsequently, during Obasanjo's govt, the same Northern cabal formally adopted Islam as the State Religion in the core Northern States. Obasanjo refused to even discuss the issue, except to state that it would 'fizzle out'. He knew fully well that it would not 'fizzle out' but was afraid of confronting the cabal.


*4. THE CULTURAL YOKE:*


The Sultanate forms a major pillar of the Hausa-Fulani cabal. As permanent President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) the Sultan is the permanent leader of all Muslims in Nigeria (whether they are Northerners or Southerners). As the Permanent Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) the Sultan is the permanent leader of all traditional rulers in all 36 States of Nigeria & Abuja. By the way, the current Sultan was the Brigadier-General Commanding 241 Recce Battalion Kaduna.


Many public policies are determined only with the tacit approval of the Sultanate of Sokoto and the Emirates. 


For instance, when the Gender Bill was introduced in the National Assembly, the Sultan 'killed' the Bill simply by criticizing it publicly.


Even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (the world's most revered monarch) would never criticize Parliament publicly, because that would be an abuse of royal privilege.


*5. THE ADMINISTRATIVE YOKE:*


Nigeria is the only African country that built a new capital from scratch (using resources from the oppressed, deprived and degraded Niger Delta/South East ).


The Cabal claimed that the location of Lagos by the ocean was a security risk, but this was just an excuse to Northernize national public service. A careful look at the map of Africa shows that only 2 nations have central capitals. The most common location for African capitals is at the coast.


London (United Kingdom) is situated at the edge of England on the River Thames. Washington DC (USA) is located along the Potomac River on the East Coast of USA. Paris (France) is located at the edge of France in the north-bending arc of the river Seine.


When Lagos was capital the Governors of Lagos State were from East, West and North. Since the Capital moved to Abuja, NO Nigerian leader has ever had the guts to appoint a Southerner as substantive FCT Minister. The FCT Minister must be a Northerner, preferably a Muslim (the current FCT Minister was appointed while he was Executive Secretary of the Hajj Commission).


*6. THE DIPLOMATIC YOKE:*


Any Christian leader who questions Nigeria's membership of the two main international Sharia-driven bodies (OIC & D-8) faces the wrath of the Hausa-Fulani Cabal. So far, only Cdr Ebitu Ukiwe has ever had the guts to seriously question Nigeria's involvement in these Islamic bodies and as a result Ukiwe was summarily dismissed from office.


*7. THE MILITARY/SECURITY YOKE:*


Nigeria is the only Federation in the world where all MAJOR security agencies are headed by only one section of the Federation and only members of one faith. 


Army – Northern Muslim.  National Security Advisor – Northern Muslim.  Minister of Defence – Northern Muslim. Minister of InternalAffairs- Northern Muslim.  Airforce –@  Northern Muslim. Police – Northern Muslim.  Economic Financial Crimes Commission- Northern Muslim. National Civil Defence Corps – Northern Muslim. Department of State Security – Northern Muslim.  Immigration– Northern Muslim.  Prisons Service– Northern Muslim. Federal Road Safety Corps – Northern Muslim. Nigerian Customs Service – Northern Muslim. Chief of Defence Intelligence – Northern Muslim. Director of Military Intelligence - Northern Muslim. Fire Service – Northern Muslim. National Emergency Management Agency – Northern Muslim. Nigerian Ports Authority- Northern Muslim.


No southerner has been made substantive Comptroller General of Customs in 30 years.


Even with all his braggadocio, Olusegun Obasanjo dared not break the jinx in all this years as Nigeria's President. 


Again no southerner has ever been appointed as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since the day it was established in 2003. 


Finally the only southerner that was EVER appointed National Security Advisor was killed after he was unceremoniously removed from office by Goodluck Jonathan after the cabal blackmailed and arm-twisted him and told him that if he wanted peace he must appoint a northerner back to that post.


The above multi-faceted enslavement to the Hausa-Fulani Cabal is not an accident. Read the book by Harold Wilson which clearly states how and why the British laid the foundation for the Hausa-Fulani hegemony in Nigeria.


The principle guiding the Cabal was clearly set forth by the cabal's patron saint, Sir Ahmadu Bello who said to the media:


"The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Othman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the north as willing tools and the south as a conquered territory and NEVER ALLOW THEM TO RULE OVER US and NEVER ALLOW THEM TO HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN FUTURE." – (The Parrot Newspaper, October 12, 1960).


Freedom from the Cabal is NOT about "North versus South". In fact, the greatest victims of the Northern cabal are the Northern masses themselves. The struggle entails "Northern Cabal versus All of Lovers of Freedom".


Nigeria is structurally unworkable and MUST EITHER BE RESTRUCTURED OR BROKEN. The Hausa-Fulani cabal will resist this with their blood, but there is no other way out of the enslavement for us and our children. We cannot continue 'suffering and smiling' in this un-restructured zoo called Nigeria. 


The words of Harriet Tubman are relevant here. She said, 


'I freed a thousand slaves: I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves' ". 


The author of this brilliant intervention has given us plenty of food for thought.


He argued the matter in a detailed, succinct and concise manner and he stated the case very well. Though there were one or two omissions, his research is outstanding and his analysis is factual, insightful and incisive. The truth is that he has said it all. 


Sadly many in Nigeria do not know that they are slaves to the cabal because they cannot feel the yoke or see their chains. 


Yet slaves they are and it is time that we opened their eyes, broke their yokes, cut their chains and free each and every one of them. 


*That is precisely why yours truly, and millions of others, insist on restructuring our country or, failing that, dividing her and going our separate ways*. 


THIS IS A CHALLENGE TO ALL EDUCATED NIGERIANS INCLUDING GOVERNORS AND OTHER ELECTED OFFICE HOLDERS, CIVIL SERVANTS, TEACHERS, FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY TO FIND THEIR VOICES AND START TO SPEAK OUT. THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN IS INVOLVED.

May God help us.


...............................


The four major earners of Nigerian money

1) NNPC - Fulani

2) FIRS - Fulani

3) NCS - Fulani

4) NPA - Fulani 


The major spenders of Nigerian money

1) Defence - Fulani

2) Finance - Fulani 

3) Education - Fulani 

4) Justice - Fulani 

5) FCT - Fulani

6) Agriculture - Fulani 

7) Police Affairs - Fulani 

8. Aviation - Fulani 

9) Communication - Fulani

10) Power - Fulani 

11) Water resources - Fulani 

12) pHumanitarian affairs - Fulani

13) FERMA - Fulani

14) NYSC - Fulani

15) PTDF - Fulani

16) NTA - Fulani

17) FAAN - Fulani 

18) etc. etc...


Anti- corruption Agencies...

1) EFCC - Fulani 

2) ICPC - Fulani

3) NFIU - Fulani 


Very interesting. This shows a people who understand power and are very ruthless in grabbing and wielding it to its extremes - something southerners don’t understand.

I suspect the role they played centuries ago in the Arab slave trade may have shaped this power-hungry attitude in them.


The Fulanis are the latest tribe to move into the geographical expression called Nigeria.

The Fulanis are not a major tribe in Nigeria.

They are not known to be that well western-educated

Yet, they have dominated the Hausas who are a major tribe.

They dominate parts of Yoruba land - Ilorin, which they took from Afonja.

And they currently dominate Nigeria and all its resources.

They feel free to stroll into any community and massacre its members with impunity - men, women and children.

They currently hold a nation of 200m to ransom through banditry and kidnapping.


And most of the people seem to fear them.


There is a lot that many of us do not understand about Nigeria.


 *Forwarded as received*

✍🏾©️

 Fani-Kayode's Expose on the essence of grand restructuring or the necessity of going separate ways


It's worth your time, read and circulate. 


 #THE SEVEN-FOLD YOKE AND THE CABAL THAT OWN NIGERIA‼️



Permit me to share a scholarly, revealing and I daresay disturbing intervention which was sent to me by a friend. The author wishes to remain anonymous.


He wrote as follows:


"The disruptive power of the Hausa-Fulani cabal is a structural reality and will only get worse, no matter where the President of Nigeria comes from. It is a seven-fold yoke which we must break for the sake of our children. 


*1. THE POLITICAL YOKE:*


Globally, out of the 16 Federal Republics in the world, Nigeria is the only federation where land mass is used as a primary criteria for creating federating units.



NO Southern leader (civilian or military) has ever had the guts to create any federating unit; all the federating units have been created by Northern military adventurers. 20 federating units were created from only one region (North), while 17 federating units were created from 3 regions (East, West and Midwest).


Competent leaders are easily filtered off by the rigged political structure. At every election, the evil and corrupt Northern cabal needs only a few Southern collaborators to impose any presidential candidate upon the two foremost political parties, only for the electorate to formalize one of the candidates with votes.


That's why Nigeria has been having such mediocre leaders as President, in a country awash with extremely capable presidential materials.


This also explains why since 1960 no Southerner has ever led Nigeria except by accident. 


The FIRST coming of ALL 3 Southern leaders - Aguiyi-Ironsi in 1966, Obasanjo in 1976 and Goodluck Jonathan in 2010 - followed the death of Northern incumbents! 


The fourth and only other Southern leader was Ernest Shonekan and his coming followed the forced "stepping aside" of a northern Head of State in 1993. He lasted for 3 months after which he was toppled and replaced by another northern military Head of State. 


For 2019 the presidential contest is being set for Atiku vs Buhari- two Fulani representatives of the Cabal. 


*2. THE ECONOMIC YOKE:*


Nigeria is the only oil-producing country where oil wells are allocated to individuals. The Hausa-Fulani cabal allocated over 80% of the oil blocks either to the Northerners or to their Southern fronts/allies. The names of these oil block allotees are in the public domain. 


*3. THE RELIGIOUS YOKE:*


No other faith is mentioned in the Nigerian Constitution, except Islam. For instance, in the 1999 Constitution, Christ, Christians and Christianity are not mentioned even once; whereas Islamic signposts are strewn all over the Constitution -

Sharia is mentioned 73 times, Grand Khadi 54 times, Islam 28 times , Muslims 10 times, etc..


That Constitution was written SOLELY by one Muslim Fulani Jihadist named Prof. Auwalu Yadudu (Special Adviser to Abacha on Constitutional Matters). 


While the 1979 Constitution emphasized Nigeria’s secularity, the 1999 Constitution of Yadudu is a de facto Islamic Constitution, and the Cabal ensured that Yadudu was there to fight that position at 2014 National Political Conference.


Subsequently, during Obasanjo's govt, the same Northern cabal formally adopted Islam as the State Religion in the core Northern States. Obasanjo refused to even discuss the issue, except to state that it would 'fizzle out'. He knew fully well that it would not 'fizzle out' but was afraid of confronting the cabal.


*4. THE CULTURAL YOKE:*


The Sultanate forms a major pillar of the Hausa-Fulani cabal. As permanent President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) the Sultan is the permanent leader of all Muslims in Nigeria (whether they are Northerners or Southerners). As the Permanent Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) the Sultan is the permanent leader of all traditional rulers in all 36 States of Nigeria & Abuja. By the way, the current Sultan was the Brigadier-General Commanding 241 Recce Battalion Kaduna.


Many public policies are determined only with the tacit approval of the Sultanate of Sokoto and the Emirates. 


For instance, when the Gender Bill was introduced in the National Assembly, the Sultan 'killed' the Bill simply by criticizing it publicly.


Even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (the world's most revered monarch) would never criticize Parliament publicly, because that would be an abuse of royal privilege.


*5. THE ADMINISTRATIVE YOKE:*


Nigeria is the only African country that built a new capital from scratch (using resources from the oppressed, deprived and degraded Niger Delta/South East ).


The Cabal claimed that the location of Lagos by the ocean was a security risk, but this was just an excuse to Northernize national public service. A careful look at the map of Africa shows that only 2 nations have central capitals. The most common location for African capitals is at the coast.


London (United Kingdom) is situated at the edge of England on the River Thames. Washington DC (USA) is located along the Potomac River on the East Coast of USA. Paris (France) is located at the edge of France in the north-bending arc of the river Seine.


When Lagos was capital the Governors of Lagos State were from East, West and North. Since the Capital moved to Abuja, NO Nigerian leader has ever had the guts to appoint a Southerner as substantive FCT Minister. The FCT Minister must be a Northerner, preferably a Muslim (the current FCT Minister was appointed while he was Executive Secretary of the Hajj Commission).


*6. THE DIPLOMATIC YOKE:*


Any Christian leader who questions Nigeria's membership of the two main international Sharia-driven bodies (OIC & D-8) faces the wrath of the Hausa-Fulani Cabal. So far, only Cdr Ebitu Ukiwe has ever had the guts to seriously question Nigeria's involvement in these Islamic bodies and as a result Ukiwe was summarily dismissed from office.


*7. THE MILITARY/SECURITY YOKE:*


Nigeria is the only Federation in the world where all MAJOR security agencies are headed by only one section of the Federation and only members of one faith. 


Army – Northern Muslim.  National Security Advisor – Northern Muslim.  Minister of Defence – Northern Muslim. Minister of InternalAffairs- Northern Muslim.  Airforce –@  Northern Muslim. Police – Northern Muslim.  Economic Financial Crimes Commission- Northern Muslim. National Civil Defence Corps – Northern Muslim. Department of State Security – Northern Muslim.  Immigration– Northern Muslim.  Prisons Service– Northern Muslim. Federal Road Safety Corps – Northern Muslim. Nigerian Customs Service – Northern Muslim. Chief of Defence Intelligence – Northern Muslim. Director of Military Intelligence - Northern Muslim. Fire Service – Northern Muslim. National Emergency Management Agency – Northern Muslim. Nigerian Ports Authority- Northern Muslim.


No southerner has been made substantive Comptroller General of Customs in 30 years.


Even with all his braggadocio, Olusegun Obasanjo dared not break the jinx in all this years as Nigeria's President. 


Again no southerner has ever been appointed as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission since the day it was established in 2003. 


Finally the only southerner that was EVER appointed National Security Advisor was killed after he was unceremoniously removed from office by Goodluck Jonathan after the cabal blackmailed and arm-twisted him and told him that if he wanted peace he must appoint a northerner back to that post.


The above multi-faceted enslavement to the Hausa-Fulani Cabal is not an accident. Read the book by Harold Wilson which clearly states how and why the British laid the foundation for the Hausa-Fulani hegemony in Nigeria.


The principle guiding the Cabal was clearly set forth by the cabal's patron saint, Sir Ahmadu Bello who said to the media:


"The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Othman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the north as willing tools and the south as a conquered territory and NEVER ALLOW THEM TO RULE OVER US and NEVER ALLOW THEM TO HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN FUTURE." – (The Parrot Newspaper, October 12, 1960).


Freedom from the Cabal is NOT about "North versus South". In fact, the greatest victims of the Northern cabal are the Northern masses themselves. The struggle entails "Northern Cabal versus All of Lovers of Freedom".


Nigeria is structurally unworkable and MUST EITHER BE RESTRUCTURED OR BROKEN. The Hausa-Fulani cabal will resist this with their blood, but there is no other way out of the enslavement for us and our children. We cannot continue 'suffering and smiling' in this un-restructured zoo called Nigeria. 


The words of Harriet Tubman are relevant here. She said, 


'I freed a thousand slaves: I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves' ". 


The author of this brilliant intervention has given us plenty of food for thought.


He argued the matter in a detailed, succinct and concise manner and he stated the case very well. Though there were one or two omissions, his research is outstanding and his analysis is factual, insightful and incisive. The truth is that he has said it all. 


Sadly many in Nigeria do not know that they are slaves to the cabal because they cannot feel the yoke or see their chains. 


Yet slaves they are and it is time that we opened their eyes, broke their yokes, cut their chains and free each and every one of them. 


*That is precisely why yours truly, and millions of others, insist on restructuring our country or, failing that, dividing her and going our separate ways*. 


THIS IS A CHALLENGE TO ALL EDUCATED NIGERIANS INCLUDING GOVERNORS AND OTHER ELECTED OFFICE HOLDERS, CIVIL SERVANTS, TEACHERS, FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY TO FIND THEIR VOICES AND START TO SPEAK OUT. THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN IS INVOLVED.

May God help us.


...............................


The four major earners of Nigerian money

1) NNPC - Fulani

2) FIRS - Fulani

3) NCS - Fulani

4) NPA - Fulani 


The major spenders of Nigerian money

1) Defence - Fulani

2) Finance - Fulani 

3) Education - Fulani 

4) Justice - Fulani 

5) FCT - Fulani

6) Agriculture - Fulani 

7) Police Affairs - Fulani 

8. Aviation - Fulani 

9) Communication - Fulani

10) Power - Fulani 

11) Water resources - Fulani 

12) pHumanitarian affairs - Fulani

13) FERMA - Fulani

14) NYSC - Fulani

15) PTDF - Fulani

16) NTA - Fulani

17) FAAN - Fulani 

18) etc. etc...


Anti- corruption Agencies...

1) EFCC - Fulani 

2) ICPC - Fulani

3) NFIU - Fulani 


Very interesting. This shows a people who understand power and are very ruthless in grabbing and wielding it to its extremes - something southerners don’t understand.

I suspect the role they played centuries ago in the Arab slave trade may have shaped this power-hungry attitude in them.


The Fulanis are the latest tribe to move into the geographical expression called Nigeria.

The Fulanis are not a major tribe in Nigeria.

They are not known to be that well western-educated

Yet, they have dominated the Hausas who are a major tribe.

They dominate parts of Yoruba land - Ilorin, which they took from Afonja.

And they currently dominate Nigeria and all its resources.

They feel free to stroll into any community and massacre its members with impunity - men, women and children.

They currently hold a nation of 200m to ransom through banditry and kidnapping.


And most of the people seem to fear them.


There is a lot that many of us do not understand about Nigeria.


 *Forwarded as received*

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SEPARATION IS NOT ABOUT WAR: Why I will start promoting peaceful separation for healthy development - Aminu Sa'ad Beli

SEPARATION IS NOT ABOUT WAR: Why I will start promoting peaceful separation for healthy development - Aminu Sa'ad Beli

 See what @Aminu Sa'ad Beli wrote on his wall. Moving forward I will start promoting peaceful separation for healthy development.

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SEPARATION IS NOT ABOUT WAR, IT HAS PEACEFUL ASPECT.



In 1776, the USA split from the UK

In 1830 Belgium separated from the Netherlands

In 1965, Singapore split off from Malaysia 

in 2002, East Timor got split off from Indonesia

In 1921, Ireland split off from the United Kingdom, and (possibly in the future) there will be secession of Scotland.

In 1944, Iceland split from Denmark with remarkable ease.

In 1905 Norway split from Denmark

In 1905, Norway and Sweden also peacefully split ways. One got the car. the other got the kids.


In 1947, the British India Dominion was partitioned into India n Pakistan. In 1971, Bangladesh secceeded from Pakistan.

In 1992-93, the two parts of Czechoslovakia agreed to each go their own way. Thus were born the Czech Republic and Slovakia after what's been named the “Velvet Divorce”., About the same time, another kind of separation occurred, of course, in Yugoslavia. This one led to a bloodshed.


in 1965, Singapore split from Malaysia for a variety of reasons, including religious (Malaysia is majority Muslim, Singapore isn't), ethnic/racial (Singapore has a very large majority Chinese population) and concerns over the Malaysian Bumiputra policy, which was (and is) basically a form of "Affirmative Action" for Muslim Malaysians - who make up the majority population in Peninsular Malaysia.


Ethiopia and Eritrea


Sudan and South Sudan are now separate countries


USSR is now broken down into several countries.


I see separation as an avenue for a healthy competition for development as the case of Singapore and Malaysia, India and Pakistan, Norway/Denmark/Switzerland.


In the case of Nigeria, I am sensing a healthy competitive development among the original component part, the North/West/East each making useful progress while competing with the others.


It is not about war after all there is nothing wrong for one to decide he is no longer comfortable with the union and therefore want to opt out.


LETS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE AND SEPARATE HONORABLY.


This is worth sharing over and over again...


British named them Burma. They rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves Myanmar.


-British named them Upper Volta, but they rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Burkina Faso - Land of Incorruptible People.


-British named them Gold Coast, they rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Ghana.


-British named them Southern Rhodesia. They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Zimbabwe.


-British named them Northern Rhodesia. They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Zambia.


-British named them Tanganyika. They rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves Tanzania.


-Germans named them colony of South West Africa. They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Namibia.


-France named them Dahomey. They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Benin.


-Belgium named them Zaire. However, they rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


-Britain named a bunch of people - Nigeria. They rather kill to preserve it than restructure and give themselves a befitting new name.


"It is only an animal that bears the name that is given to it by his enemy" (Proverb).


THE FUTILITY OF PRESERVING NIGERIA


My angry reaction earlier today on APC UK platform:


Most of the Diasporans here living in Europe. Can you show me one multi-ethnic state in Europe where one group is positioned to dominate the rest that hasn't broken up?


For those who do not know, what you call ethnic groups in Nigeria are called nations in Europe.


There's nowhere in the world where the white man accepts domination from another white man in perpetuity.


It used to be so under the Roman empire and the like. Not anymore. The Communists tried it, dividing society into capitalists and proletariats, deluding themselves that ethnicity is effectively swept under the carpet, but what followed? The Communist edifices in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and the big brother, USSR, all collapsed, while the two Germans that are ethnically the same but split by communism vs capitalism were reunited. Such is the power of ethnic nationalism.


Czechoslovakia was made up of two ethnic groups,  the Czech and the Slovakians. Both separated peacefully on 1st January 1993. The former is today 10.6 million people and the latter 5.4 million. Added together,  they're not up to Lagos. Yet, they split for peace. Two masters can't be in the same house.


Yugoslavia in 1991 was 23.2 million, barely more than Lagos population. It broke into six countries same year - all along ethnic lines, namely: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.


Then the big brother, USSR. It had, at least, the following ethnic groups identified by their languages:


Regional languages:


Ukrainian


Belarusian


Uzbek


Kazakh


Georgian


Azerbaijani


Lithuanian


Moldavian


Latvian


Kyrgyz


Tajik


Armenian


Turkmen


Estonian


Minority languages:


Abkhaz


Bashkir


Buryat


Chechen


Finnish


Volga German


Korean


Ossetian


Tatar


& various others.


Today, your fingers will not be enough to count the number of countries that have emerged from the USSR.


Sit down there and be preaching unity in Nigeria as if you're the kindest gentleman on earth while you have no solution to the genocide in Southern Kaduna, the illegal but officially condoned arms in the hands of killer herdsmen roaming the country, and be condemning those better informed about the fact that the country is undergoing the strains of a forced union and should be peacefully restructured or let people go their separate ways.


In Europe, the two best examples of fairly stable multi-ethnic states are the UK and Switzerland.  The former is led by reasonable men who permitted regional autonomy to the Irish, the Scots and the Welsh, while the English dominate Westminster. That's something some of us are asking for, but you're fighting against it in your own country wracked by ethnic crisis. Your own people are better off under oppression of fellow black men because your people have bad leaders who can't do better than their new internal colonisers.


The latter country, Switzerland, has four ethnic groups. Each of them rotates the presidency annually through seven cantons that constitute the federation units. All the four languages of the four ethnic groups are recognized as official languages and school languages to boot, namely: German, French, Italian, and Romansch that has just a few thousand speakers!


There's nowhere in the world where the Caucasians allow the domination of their group by another.


In Canada, Quebec is the only full French-speaking province, aside a little section of New Brunswick.  The other seven provinces are English-speaking.  Yet, Canada is bilingual for the sake of Quebec! And each of the provinces is largely self-governing. 


Here we are in Nigeria,  you have people arguing vehemently that a decrepit,  structurally-flawed, and crisis-prone artificial contraption badly configured by the British only needs good people to survive. Why not centralise the powers of the British regions to London and see what happens?


My Conclusion:

When many commentators read and repost  or share your articles  with many of their friends and contacts, they do so because they want others to learn.


NIGERIA'S 36 STATES & FCT RANKED IN ORDER OF LAND SURFACE AREA (KM²)*


1. Niger State 76,363KM²

2. Borno State 70,898KM²

3. Taraba State 54,473KM²

4. Kaduna State 46,053KM²

5. Bauchi State 45,837KM²

6. Yobe State 45,502KM²

7. Zamfara State 39,762KM²

8. Adamawa State 36,917KM²

9. Kwara State 36,825KM²

10. Kebbi State 36,800KM²

11. Benue State 34,059KM²

12. Plateau State 30,913KM²

13. Kogi State 29,833KM²

14. Oyo State 28,454KM²

15. Nasarawa State 27,117KM²

16. Sokoto State 25,973KM²

17. Katsina State 24,192KM²

18. Jigawa State 23,154KM²

19. Cross River State 20,156KM²

20. Kano State 20,131KM²

21. Gombe State 18,768KM²

22. Edo State 17,802KM²

23. Delta State 17,698KM²

24. Ogun State 16,762KM²

25. Ondo State 15,500KM²

26. Rivers State 11,077KM²

27. Bayelsa State 10,773KM²

28. Osun State 9,251KM²

29. Federal Capital Territory 7,315KM²

30. Enugu State 7,161KM²

31. Akwa Ibom State 7,081KM²

32. Ekiti State 6,353KM²

33. Abia State 6,320KM²

34. Ebonyi State 5,670KM²

35. Imo State 5,530KM²

36. Anambra State 4,844KM²

37. Lagos State 3,345KM²


*Anambra + Enugu + Abia + Imo + Ebonyi = 29,525KM²*


*Kogi = 29,833KM²*


*Ogun + Oyo + Osun + Ondo + Ekiti = 76,320KM²*

*Lagos = 3,345KM²*


*Niger alone = 76,363KM²*


*Niger State = Entire Southwest States - Lagos*


*The entire Southeast 

is a little less than Kogi State only.


Just for our record


The North Has enough land for ranching and cattle colony. 


We in the South West have little land mass. PLEASE LET US BE; LEAVE US ALONE TO MANAGE THE LITTLE LAND WE HAVE


 *GLOBAL CATTLE BUSINESS: FACT SHEET* 


*A*. Top 10 NATIONS in terms of cattle inventory (2017).


1. INDIA 303 million 

2. BRAZIL 226 million

3. CHINA 100 million. 

4. USA 93 million. 

5. EU 89 million.

6. ARGENTINA 53 million

7. AUSTRALIA 27 million

8. RUSSIA 18 million

9. MEXICO 16 million

10. TURKEY 14 million.


*B*. TOP 10 MILK EXPORTERS

 

1. NEW ZEALAND  $4.4 Billion

2. GERMANY  $2.6 Billion

3. NETHERLANDS  $1.9 Billion

4. FRANCE  $1.5 Billion

5. USA  $1.4 Billion

6. BELGIUM  $1.2 Billion

7. AUSTRALIA  $852 Million

8. BELARUS  $637 Million

9. UK $569 Million

10. SAUDI ARABIA  $556 Million


*C*. TOP 10 BEEF EXPORTING NATIONS (2016).


1. AUSTRALIA  $5.6 Billion

2. USA $5.2 Billion

3. BRAZIL  $4.3 Billion

4. INDIA $3.7 Billion

5. NETHERLANDS  $2.7 Billion

6. IRELAND  $2 Billion

7. NEW ZEALAND  $1.9 Billion

8. CANADA  $1.5 Billion

9. URUGUAY  $1.4 Billion

10. GERMANY  $1.3 Billion


*Additional Considerations*:


1. Nigeria is not among the top 20 nations in the global cattle business. 

2. Non of the top cattle producing nations create cattle colonies or engage in primitive cattle grazing. All the top cattle producing and exporting nations utilise  modern technology and ranching methods to maximise production and profit.

3. Non of the top nations earning billions of dollars annually from the cattle business condone the killing of citizens for cattle.

4. Nigeria's cattle business requires a complete re-think now and not later, for posterity's sake.


_Knowledge_is_power,_ *Share to educate our leaders and citizens!*

 See what @Aminu Sa'ad Beli wrote on his wall. Moving forward I will start promoting peaceful separation for healthy development.

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SEPARATION IS NOT ABOUT WAR, IT HAS PEACEFUL ASPECT.



In 1776, the USA split from the UK

In 1830 Belgium separated from the Netherlands

In 1965, Singapore split off from Malaysia 

in 2002, East Timor got split off from Indonesia

In 1921, Ireland split off from the United Kingdom, and (possibly in the future) there will be secession of Scotland.

In 1944, Iceland split from Denmark with remarkable ease.

In 1905 Norway split from Denmark

In 1905, Norway and Sweden also peacefully split ways. One got the car. the other got the kids.


In 1947, the British India Dominion was partitioned into India n Pakistan. In 1971, Bangladesh secceeded from Pakistan.

In 1992-93, the two parts of Czechoslovakia agreed to each go their own way. Thus were born the Czech Republic and Slovakia after what's been named the “Velvet Divorce”., About the same time, another kind of separation occurred, of course, in Yugoslavia. This one led to a bloodshed.


in 1965, Singapore split from Malaysia for a variety of reasons, including religious (Malaysia is majority Muslim, Singapore isn't), ethnic/racial (Singapore has a very large majority Chinese population) and concerns over the Malaysian Bumiputra policy, which was (and is) basically a form of "Affirmative Action" for Muslim Malaysians - who make up the majority population in Peninsular Malaysia.


Ethiopia and Eritrea


Sudan and South Sudan are now separate countries


USSR is now broken down into several countries.


I see separation as an avenue for a healthy competition for development as the case of Singapore and Malaysia, India and Pakistan, Norway/Denmark/Switzerland.


In the case of Nigeria, I am sensing a healthy competitive development among the original component part, the North/West/East each making useful progress while competing with the others.


It is not about war after all there is nothing wrong for one to decide he is no longer comfortable with the union and therefore want to opt out.


LETS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE AND SEPARATE HONORABLY.


This is worth sharing over and over again...


British named them Burma. They rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves Myanmar.


-British named them Upper Volta, but they rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Burkina Faso - Land of Incorruptible People.


-British named them Gold Coast, they rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Ghana.


-British named them Southern Rhodesia. They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Zimbabwe.


-British named them Northern Rhodesia. They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Zambia.


-British named them Tanganyika. They rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves Tanzania.


-Germans named them colony of South West Africa. They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Namibia.


-France named them Dahomey. They rejected it, restructured and renamed themselves Benin.


-Belgium named them Zaire. However, they rejected it, restructured & renamed themselves Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


-Britain named a bunch of people - Nigeria. They rather kill to preserve it than restructure and give themselves a befitting new name.


"It is only an animal that bears the name that is given to it by his enemy" (Proverb).


THE FUTILITY OF PRESERVING NIGERIA


My angry reaction earlier today on APC UK platform:


Most of the Diasporans here living in Europe. Can you show me one multi-ethnic state in Europe where one group is positioned to dominate the rest that hasn't broken up?


For those who do not know, what you call ethnic groups in Nigeria are called nations in Europe.


There's nowhere in the world where the white man accepts domination from another white man in perpetuity.


It used to be so under the Roman empire and the like. Not anymore. The Communists tried it, dividing society into capitalists and proletariats, deluding themselves that ethnicity is effectively swept under the carpet, but what followed? The Communist edifices in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and the big brother, USSR, all collapsed, while the two Germans that are ethnically the same but split by communism vs capitalism were reunited. Such is the power of ethnic nationalism.


Czechoslovakia was made up of two ethnic groups,  the Czech and the Slovakians. Both separated peacefully on 1st January 1993. The former is today 10.6 million people and the latter 5.4 million. Added together,  they're not up to Lagos. Yet, they split for peace. Two masters can't be in the same house.


Yugoslavia in 1991 was 23.2 million, barely more than Lagos population. It broke into six countries same year - all along ethnic lines, namely: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.


Then the big brother, USSR. It had, at least, the following ethnic groups identified by their languages:


Regional languages:


Ukrainian


Belarusian


Uzbek


Kazakh


Georgian


Azerbaijani


Lithuanian


Moldavian


Latvian


Kyrgyz


Tajik


Armenian


Turkmen


Estonian


Minority languages:


Abkhaz


Bashkir


Buryat


Chechen


Finnish


Volga German


Korean


Ossetian


Tatar


& various others.


Today, your fingers will not be enough to count the number of countries that have emerged from the USSR.


Sit down there and be preaching unity in Nigeria as if you're the kindest gentleman on earth while you have no solution to the genocide in Southern Kaduna, the illegal but officially condoned arms in the hands of killer herdsmen roaming the country, and be condemning those better informed about the fact that the country is undergoing the strains of a forced union and should be peacefully restructured or let people go their separate ways.


In Europe, the two best examples of fairly stable multi-ethnic states are the UK and Switzerland.  The former is led by reasonable men who permitted regional autonomy to the Irish, the Scots and the Welsh, while the English dominate Westminster. That's something some of us are asking for, but you're fighting against it in your own country wracked by ethnic crisis. Your own people are better off under oppression of fellow black men because your people have bad leaders who can't do better than their new internal colonisers.


The latter country, Switzerland, has four ethnic groups. Each of them rotates the presidency annually through seven cantons that constitute the federation units. All the four languages of the four ethnic groups are recognized as official languages and school languages to boot, namely: German, French, Italian, and Romansch that has just a few thousand speakers!


There's nowhere in the world where the Caucasians allow the domination of their group by another.


In Canada, Quebec is the only full French-speaking province, aside a little section of New Brunswick.  The other seven provinces are English-speaking.  Yet, Canada is bilingual for the sake of Quebec! And each of the provinces is largely self-governing. 


Here we are in Nigeria,  you have people arguing vehemently that a decrepit,  structurally-flawed, and crisis-prone artificial contraption badly configured by the British only needs good people to survive. Why not centralise the powers of the British regions to London and see what happens?


My Conclusion:

When many commentators read and repost  or share your articles  with many of their friends and contacts, they do so because they want others to learn.


NIGERIA'S 36 STATES & FCT RANKED IN ORDER OF LAND SURFACE AREA (KM²)*


1. Niger State 76,363KM²

2. Borno State 70,898KM²

3. Taraba State 54,473KM²

4. Kaduna State 46,053KM²

5. Bauchi State 45,837KM²

6. Yobe State 45,502KM²

7. Zamfara State 39,762KM²

8. Adamawa State 36,917KM²

9. Kwara State 36,825KM²

10. Kebbi State 36,800KM²

11. Benue State 34,059KM²

12. Plateau State 30,913KM²

13. Kogi State 29,833KM²

14. Oyo State 28,454KM²

15. Nasarawa State 27,117KM²

16. Sokoto State 25,973KM²

17. Katsina State 24,192KM²

18. Jigawa State 23,154KM²

19. Cross River State 20,156KM²

20. Kano State 20,131KM²

21. Gombe State 18,768KM²

22. Edo State 17,802KM²

23. Delta State 17,698KM²

24. Ogun State 16,762KM²

25. Ondo State 15,500KM²

26. Rivers State 11,077KM²

27. Bayelsa State 10,773KM²

28. Osun State 9,251KM²

29. Federal Capital Territory 7,315KM²

30. Enugu State 7,161KM²

31. Akwa Ibom State 7,081KM²

32. Ekiti State 6,353KM²

33. Abia State 6,320KM²

34. Ebonyi State 5,670KM²

35. Imo State 5,530KM²

36. Anambra State 4,844KM²

37. Lagos State 3,345KM²


*Anambra + Enugu + Abia + Imo + Ebonyi = 29,525KM²*


*Kogi = 29,833KM²*


*Ogun + Oyo + Osun + Ondo + Ekiti = 76,320KM²*

*Lagos = 3,345KM²*


*Niger alone = 76,363KM²*


*Niger State = Entire Southwest States - Lagos*


*The entire Southeast 

is a little less than Kogi State only.


Just for our record


The North Has enough land for ranching and cattle colony. 


We in the South West have little land mass. PLEASE LET US BE; LEAVE US ALONE TO MANAGE THE LITTLE LAND WE HAVE


 *GLOBAL CATTLE BUSINESS: FACT SHEET* 


*A*. Top 10 NATIONS in terms of cattle inventory (2017).


1. INDIA 303 million 

2. BRAZIL 226 million

3. CHINA 100 million. 

4. USA 93 million. 

5. EU 89 million.

6. ARGENTINA 53 million

7. AUSTRALIA 27 million

8. RUSSIA 18 million

9. MEXICO 16 million

10. TURKEY 14 million.


*B*. TOP 10 MILK EXPORTERS

 

1. NEW ZEALAND  $4.4 Billion

2. GERMANY  $2.6 Billion

3. NETHERLANDS  $1.9 Billion

4. FRANCE  $1.5 Billion

5. USA  $1.4 Billion

6. BELGIUM  $1.2 Billion

7. AUSTRALIA  $852 Million

8. BELARUS  $637 Million

9. UK $569 Million

10. SAUDI ARABIA  $556 Million


*C*. TOP 10 BEEF EXPORTING NATIONS (2016).


1. AUSTRALIA  $5.6 Billion

2. USA $5.2 Billion

3. BRAZIL  $4.3 Billion

4. INDIA $3.7 Billion

5. NETHERLANDS  $2.7 Billion

6. IRELAND  $2 Billion

7. NEW ZEALAND  $1.9 Billion

8. CANADA  $1.5 Billion

9. URUGUAY  $1.4 Billion

10. GERMANY  $1.3 Billion


*Additional Considerations*:


1. Nigeria is not among the top 20 nations in the global cattle business. 

2. Non of the top cattle producing nations create cattle colonies or engage in primitive cattle grazing. All the top cattle producing and exporting nations utilise  modern technology and ranching methods to maximise production and profit.

3. Non of the top nations earning billions of dollars annually from the cattle business condone the killing of citizens for cattle.

4. Nigeria's cattle business requires a complete re-think now and not later, for posterity's sake.


_Knowledge_is_power,_ *Share to educate our leaders and citizens!*

FULANI Invaders: Conspiracy Theory or Fact - You be the Judge

FULANI Invaders: Conspiracy Theory or Fact - You be the Judge

Writeup by Chetam Obilo


“These are not Herdsmen, these are members of a foreign terrorist militia that are armed with military grade weapons, have a formal military command and structure, have an objective and are organized like an armed fighting force.

Nigerian Government officials Calling them Herdsmen is a glaring and deliberate attempt to water down the real goals of these killers; which includes;

*Dan Fodio style Conquest of non Fulani areas

*Imposition of a foreign religion on the locals.

*Changing the demographics

*Annihilating dissenting elements.

*Killing, maiming and raping enough people to bring about subjugation of the land.


Where is their cattle?

You have seen videos of them in the forest displaying caches of sophisticated arms.

Did you see a single cow there?

You have seen them dressed in military fatigues with scores of bikes, boxes of ammunition, grenades, grenade launchers, and an odd assortment of assault rifles...

You have heard Yoruba elders raise the alarm that there are hundreds of cells of such groups in their forests.

You have heard middle belt leaders cry out that military choppers ferry arms and other supplies to these militias in their forests.

Has cattle been a feature of the discuss?

No!

So why call then Herdsmen?

They use real Herdsmen as Trojan horse to gain entrance into areas that they want to hit, provoke unrest and strike. Go to Jos and other parts of Plateau state, it's been a strategy. And when the natives flee, they change the name of the community, take possession and become attuned as locals.


I did a study of the Fulani and a few other northern societies as part of my Msc in Project Security Management many years ago. It was a course in History of ethno- religious clashes. The Northern Nigerian Example.


These are/were my findings...


*The Fulani have a warlike and aggressive essence coated with an intense religious flavour. They consider themselves puritanists, alongside the Arabs, as the inheritors of True Islam!


The Fulani have a fuedal society which is divided into four segments;


1. The Ruling class/ The Ulama*

The Ruling class are the Sultan, the Emirs, The Waziris, Sarduana and other highly placed nobles.

The Ulama are the clergy, preachers and other holy men. They provide political and religious direction the worldview of an invaded non Fulani society should go. They arrive to take control of any community or country Fulanis find themselves ..


2. The Town Fulani.

They are the second segment who are tasked with mingling with the local non Fulani population, become integrated but never lose their Fulani identity. 

Their task is to water down any hostilities to Fulani presence and sway the opinions of the ordinary folk to become pro Fulani.


3. The Bororoje or cattle Fulani.

As a nomadic people, these are the scouts who discover fresh land, compromise their contacts and stealthily settle down amongst the people. Their other task is to provoke unrest, cause confusion, pretend to be the aggrieved and give cause for a violent expression of righteous outrage...

They set the stage for the last group...


*The Fulani Militia:

The armed wing is present in every Fula community. From Senegal to Sudan, to Central African Republic, to Nigeria.


*Their task is to wage war, devastate the enemy and make him happy to pay any price for peace and safety...


Theirs is a highly political society that has garnered immense experience and fine-tuned their strategies over the centuries. And they have been largely successful!

Why do you think they speak with so much arrogance?


Study their history, discover what I have discovered and let's tell Ugo Egbujo nnaa to write with more circumspection.


Alhaji Integrity is the arrowhead of their game plan in Nigeria.


And he has no choice.


What is unfolding is an order by the pan Fulani body in west africa to settle the ethnic group permanently in Nigeria! Nigeria's Fulani President has no choice but to obey...

The process of making Nigeria theirs is the conflagration engulfing our country today.


I am addressing others who have no idea what is unfolding in the country and still see events as APC, PDP, Igbos hate Alhaji Integrity, IPOB, Kanu is destroying Igbo land and all that jargon...


It is for them to read and see the real reason why the country is caught up in crisis.

The Fulani thrive in war and dislocation!


Remember Afonja

Remember their face off with Rabeh of Kanem-Bornu in the 1890s

Remember their battles with the Yoruba at the plains of Oshogbo

Remember Sultan Attahiru's roguery in 1903 which led to his ouster by the British...

Perhaps because they haven't been properly smashed in their history save for recently when elements in Central African republic gave them a very bloody nose...


They have no idea why Nigeria has erupted in the volcano of insecurity since 2015. 


The Fulanis are also obstinate about retaining their pastoral lifestyle and blatantly refuse to embrace modernity and civilized methods of cattle rearing.


Medieval style invasion and conquest of fresh territories still holds sway in their minds.


And the only places they could live the life the so desire is in the fertile Benue valley, the huge tracts of land in the middle belt and the rich forests of the west. They also want Nigeria to settle millions of their stateless people made refugees by Tuaregs, the Mandingos, the Bambara and other foes they have in west african subregion...This is why you see strange Fulani faces of fellows who don't breath any word of English or Hausa anywhere they take over successfully...


As for the Igbo, our tiny overused land is not actually their target; they want our subjugation because the igbos represent the most potent opposition in their pathway of conquest. They feel they could use Islam to compromise the Yoruba. This is true to an extent, but the Igbo, is a very different worldview and creed. Again, first face-off that was the Biafran war, taught them that these people must be dealt with comprehensively this time. This is where you must locate Government's eagerness to use force and deafness to suggestions of dialogue...


They fear Igbo ingenuity, creativity, gallantry and valour in battle.


Once they Get rid of Igbos and the way is open to reach the sea at Port Harcourt”.

Writeup by Chetam Obilo


“These are not Herdsmen, these are members of a foreign terrorist militia that are armed with military grade weapons, have a formal military command and structure, have an objective and are organized like an armed fighting force.

Nigerian Government officials Calling them Herdsmen is a glaring and deliberate attempt to water down the real goals of these killers; which includes;

*Dan Fodio style Conquest of non Fulani areas

*Imposition of a foreign religion on the locals.

*Changing the demographics

*Annihilating dissenting elements.

*Killing, maiming and raping enough people to bring about subjugation of the land.


Where is their cattle?

You have seen videos of them in the forest displaying caches of sophisticated arms.

Did you see a single cow there?

You have seen them dressed in military fatigues with scores of bikes, boxes of ammunition, grenades, grenade launchers, and an odd assortment of assault rifles...

You have heard Yoruba elders raise the alarm that there are hundreds of cells of such groups in their forests.

You have heard middle belt leaders cry out that military choppers ferry arms and other supplies to these militias in their forests.

Has cattle been a feature of the discuss?

No!

So why call then Herdsmen?

They use real Herdsmen as Trojan horse to gain entrance into areas that they want to hit, provoke unrest and strike. Go to Jos and other parts of Plateau state, it's been a strategy. And when the natives flee, they change the name of the community, take possession and become attuned as locals.


I did a study of the Fulani and a few other northern societies as part of my Msc in Project Security Management many years ago. It was a course in History of ethno- religious clashes. The Northern Nigerian Example.


These are/were my findings...


*The Fulani have a warlike and aggressive essence coated with an intense religious flavour. They consider themselves puritanists, alongside the Arabs, as the inheritors of True Islam!


The Fulani have a fuedal society which is divided into four segments;


1. The Ruling class/ The Ulama*

The Ruling class are the Sultan, the Emirs, The Waziris, Sarduana and other highly placed nobles.

The Ulama are the clergy, preachers and other holy men. They provide political and religious direction the worldview of an invaded non Fulani society should go. They arrive to take control of any community or country Fulanis find themselves ..


2. The Town Fulani.

They are the second segment who are tasked with mingling with the local non Fulani population, become integrated but never lose their Fulani identity. 

Their task is to water down any hostilities to Fulani presence and sway the opinions of the ordinary folk to become pro Fulani.


3. The Bororoje or cattle Fulani.

As a nomadic people, these are the scouts who discover fresh land, compromise their contacts and stealthily settle down amongst the people. Their other task is to provoke unrest, cause confusion, pretend to be the aggrieved and give cause for a violent expression of righteous outrage...

They set the stage for the last group...


*The Fulani Militia:

The armed wing is present in every Fula community. From Senegal to Sudan, to Central African Republic, to Nigeria.


*Their task is to wage war, devastate the enemy and make him happy to pay any price for peace and safety...


Theirs is a highly political society that has garnered immense experience and fine-tuned their strategies over the centuries. And they have been largely successful!

Why do you think they speak with so much arrogance?


Study their history, discover what I have discovered and let's tell Ugo Egbujo nnaa to write with more circumspection.


Alhaji Integrity is the arrowhead of their game plan in Nigeria.


And he has no choice.


What is unfolding is an order by the pan Fulani body in west africa to settle the ethnic group permanently in Nigeria! Nigeria's Fulani President has no choice but to obey...

The process of making Nigeria theirs is the conflagration engulfing our country today.


I am addressing others who have no idea what is unfolding in the country and still see events as APC, PDP, Igbos hate Alhaji Integrity, IPOB, Kanu is destroying Igbo land and all that jargon...


It is for them to read and see the real reason why the country is caught up in crisis.

The Fulani thrive in war and dislocation!


Remember Afonja

Remember their face off with Rabeh of Kanem-Bornu in the 1890s

Remember their battles with the Yoruba at the plains of Oshogbo

Remember Sultan Attahiru's roguery in 1903 which led to his ouster by the British...

Perhaps because they haven't been properly smashed in their history save for recently when elements in Central African republic gave them a very bloody nose...


They have no idea why Nigeria has erupted in the volcano of insecurity since 2015. 


The Fulanis are also obstinate about retaining their pastoral lifestyle and blatantly refuse to embrace modernity and civilized methods of cattle rearing.


Medieval style invasion and conquest of fresh territories still holds sway in their minds.


And the only places they could live the life the so desire is in the fertile Benue valley, the huge tracts of land in the middle belt and the rich forests of the west. They also want Nigeria to settle millions of their stateless people made refugees by Tuaregs, the Mandingos, the Bambara and other foes they have in west african subregion...This is why you see strange Fulani faces of fellows who don't breath any word of English or Hausa anywhere they take over successfully...


As for the Igbo, our tiny overused land is not actually their target; they want our subjugation because the igbos represent the most potent opposition in their pathway of conquest. They feel they could use Islam to compromise the Yoruba. This is true to an extent, but the Igbo, is a very different worldview and creed. Again, first face-off that was the Biafran war, taught them that these people must be dealt with comprehensively this time. This is where you must locate Government's eagerness to use force and deafness to suggestions of dialogue...


They fear Igbo ingenuity, creativity, gallantry and valour in battle.


Once they Get rid of Igbos and the way is open to reach the sea at Port Harcourt”.

For the Tribes & Religionists in Nigeria: 7 Fatal Delusions Among Southerners

For the Tribes & Religionists in Nigeria: 7 Fatal Delusions Among Southerners

7 FATAL DELUSIONS AMONG SOUTHERNERS


by


Moses Oludele Idowu


"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."

       - Saul Bellow


A delusion is a serious thing. It is worse than deception and much more fatal in its consequences.

  The word delusion comes from the Latin word _delusio_- which means "a false belief that is resistant to confrontation with actual facts."

  That is the best definition of delusion that I can find.


Let me give one major example of delusion in History and the fatal consequences it brought.

  During the invasion of Palestine by the Roman Army under Titus in 68 A.D the Jews succumbed to delusion that proved to be fatal.

  After resisting the Romans stoutly for two years the siege finally succeeded in 70 A.D when the Roman legions poured in to deal with this troublous race. By now there was no more food and as Josephus, the famous Jewish historian narrated even people were eating raw grass or anything they could find. Still they refused to surrender and fought on defending their Holy City and most especially their Holy Temple.

   By now the Christians, the Sect of the Nazarene, as they were called had deserted knowing that Christ had already prophesied this thing must come to pass - thus causing the eternal distrust and rift which still exists between Jews and Christian relations till today. But the Jewish patriots and nationalists fought on to the last and to their ruin.

   It was here the major fatal delusion was enacted.

  The Roman soldiers now inside the battle now finally shifted to the Temple. Believing that the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob; the God of the holy prophets, Moses and Elijah  would save the Temple and even them and remember His Covenant with their fathers many ran into the Temple as shield.

   But the day of the Temple has gone. A new Dispensation had dawn where God no longer dwells in physical temples but in living temples built with living stones, a house made without hands. He now lives in humans created in His Own Image. Thus rushing to the Temple for salvation before the Romans was a delusion, a fatal delusion.

It was here most Jews perished defending the Temple and using it as a defense. The Romans slaughtered on and set the Temple ablaze. They expected God to show up and defend His Temple but He didn't because the nation herself had committed sins by crucifying an innocent person and the day of revenge had come. Looking to the Temple for protection was a delusion.

   Today a gargantuan mosque stands around the very spot where that Temple once stood.


I have prefaced this essay with this story because it seems people rarely learn from History. It seems to me that another group of people are about to suffer very soon as a result of grand delusions - false beliefs that are resistant to confrontation with facts. And most Southerners presently suffer from these delusions.

   They are seven in all and I will briefly go over them because of time and space.


1. THAT BRITAIN WILL INTERVENE IN NIGERIA OR RESTRAIN MUHAMMADU BUHARI


The first delusion is that Britain, that treacherous nation called Britain will intervene in Nigeria and help us in anyway.

   When the National Christian Elders Forum wrote to  British Parliament I noted this in an article. It is a mistake to.think or expect that Britain will enter Nigeria or intervene in any way that will help the South against the North. It won't happen.

   To think that Britain or the British will come here to help the South is a delusion.

   They wont.

British design originally is that the North will rule and dominate the South not vice versa. Their sympathy was and still is with the North not the South. If you dont know this then you don't know much about Nigerian History or you probably forgot what you learned. Thus I consider it a mistake to report Buhari to Britain. It is like reporting the Italian  Brigades to the Bader  Meinoff gang or reporting the Hamas of Palestine to the Hezbollah of Lebanon.

   It is a waste of time.


2. THAT THE UNITED STATES UNDER JOE BIDDEN WILL INTERVENE IN NIGERIA IF THERE IS A CONFLICT


Another terrible delusion among most Southerners is that America would come here to intervene if there is trouble between North and South or even a Civil War.

   They won't.

When Buhari requested Americans to site the headquarters of their African Command closer here to help us I wrote: WHY AMERICAN'S WONT COME HERE

  They could go to Egypt or even South Africa, Lebanon, etc but not Nigeria.

   I know how America works. I have read about that nation, her politics, power play, history, Literature, religion etc for several years and I can tell you one thing: Americans won't come here.

   You may continue to delude yourself yo the contrary.


3. THAT THE UNITED NATIONS WILL DO ANYTHING IF WAR BREAKS OUT OR SEND A PEACE- KEEPING FORCE HERE


The worst of all these delusions and the most dangerous is the over reliance on the United Nations by the Ethnic Nationalist Agitators. They seem to have an unbending belief in the United Nation to give them the Oduduwa Republic and Biafra and Middle Belt etc.

   Is it that our learned people and scholars do not understand how the world works? And how the United Nations especially works? Who will enforce the decree of the United Nations?

   Of what use is a United Nations without the support of America and Britain? How many of the Security Council members of the UN has the military power to enforce a decision of UN in Nigeria? So if the North or Nigeria occupies the new Biafra nation or Oduduwa nation who will throw them out? Or you think it is like Kuwait that America would go to throw away Iraq? There is nothing you have that America needs.

   That is why I considered this the greatest of the delusions and the one that will prove most fatal.

   I expected that someone working on an Oduduwa Republic would have its own People's Militia at the ready -  just in case.

   Today I can see nothing.

General Togun alerted us yesterday that an invasion of the Southwest is imminent. And barring a divine intervention we may face this course soon.

   But you should have foreseen this coming and prepared for.this.

   Three years ago I warned the Yoruba in particular and the Southerners in general to set up their own People's Militia. How many paid heed to it. Now I am afraid it is now late - too late for the Yorubas. You are surrounded.

   United Nations won't help you in what is coming because without the firepower of the Americans United Nations is nothing especially when it comes to a populous nation like Nigeria and Americans won't come here except probably to evacuate their citizens and embassy staff.

   The United Nations could have stopped the genocide in Rwanda or at  least mitigated it, what did the body do? French Army watched as one African tribe massacred another in one week of madness without using force to intervene or stop the madness.

   United Nations is as strong as America and Britain decide to make it. All the Resolutions made by UN against Israel how many of them have been enforced? Who will enforce them without America the only super power now on the planet?

  That is why I think the South is making a terrible mistake in strategy.

   That the UN intervened in Sudan and split the nation does not mean they would do the same here. Sudan is not Nigeria and Nigeria is not Sudan.


4. THAT WRITING LETTERS OR STAGING PROTESTS WILL CHANGE THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION OR CAUSE IT TO MOVE AGAINST THE FULANI HERDSMEN OR BANDITS


A palace razed in IGANAGN,
Oyo state by FULANI Invaders

There is a belief that Muhammadu Buhari is not really aware of what is going on and that much of this information do not get to him. That the President is actually a good man but with bad advisers... And so on. I.consider these to be pernicious nonsense.

   I do not have the luxury of time to probe this deeply here.

  However there is a common mistake Nigerians often make which brought us here to begin with. People confuse knowledge with attitude. Knowledge or know- how is one thing and culture, attitude or behaviour is another. You can teach a man who doesn't know if he is willing to learn but it is difficult to change a man - and a man above 70 for that matter - of his beliefs, culture, attitude and dispositions.

   Buhari's insularity and provincialism fuel his attitude to even State affairs and these are the product of his Islamic fundamentalist belief system and Wahabist ideology. It is not that he is not aware that the Constitution provides for ethnic balancing in the area of appointments to strategic positions and offices. He knows. But as an Islamic fundamentalist he doesn't believe that a Muslim is equal or should have equal representation with a non- Muslim. 

  He did it in 1984 all the three topmost positions in the Supreme Military Council, - Head of State, his deputy and the Chief of Staff were all Muslims. He has done it in 2015 appointments and has worsened even in the 2019.

  This man cannot change and will never be changed.

  Thinking that he would change in 2019 brought Nigeria to.this mess when we have the opportunity through that singular election to change the narrative. Thus, writing letters, organising protests etc would change nothing. Buhari would do nothing against the Fulani herdsmen and bandits even if they became more brutal than they presently are.

   It is left for you to find answers for.yourself.


5. THAT ANYTHING SHORT OF FORCE, ADEQUATE, PROPORTIONATE, DEFINITE FORCE CAN STOP THE FULANI HERDSMEN IN THEIR TEMPORARY MISSION OF HARASSING, EXTORTION AND TERRORISM; AND IN THEIR LARGER ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF TOTAL INVASION, RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL HEGEMONY AND IMPOSITION OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE ON OTHER ETHNIC NATIONALITIES


I will give you one sign so that you may know this people are being guided and up to an agenda.

  Shortly after Buhari became President and all the security apparatus fell in their hands the Fulani herdsmen went haywire and began to attack other Nigerians - farmers and travelers alike. As they were attacking on the road way so they were attacking in the farms.

  Then suddenly something happened. I am not sure Nigerians notice because we are a people without understanding and perception but at least one NIGERIAN noticed and wrote about it in the Guardian newspaper.

  What was it?

  Shortly before the election of 2019 just about the time when campaigns began the Fulani herdsmen stopped their atrocities.It was like a ceasefire in war.  It was a coordinated approach. All across the nation you couldn''t hear of a single attack either against farmers or travelers while the campaign to return Buhari to power was going on.

   You may again go and check the newspapers of the period, you can't read of any Fulani attack against anyone.

  Why?

  It now seems they deliberately managed themselves so that Buhari could get a second term, so that Nigerians won't notice anything. 

   Now that Buhari is on for the second time they have resumed their atrocities. This singular incident shows me conclusively that this people are being coordinated somewhere and up to some purpose. United by their common belief and entrenched in their religion - a religion that does not see anything wrong with bloodshed, slavery of infidels, war- mongering and even plunder - they march on to execute their larger purpose.

   Now famine is imminent in the South.

Now most Southern states are surrounded. A siege is the first stage in the declaration of war among the ancients. That is now happening. Farmers cannot go to farm, prices of foodstuff continue to skyrocket. The war has started but Southerners enslaved by too much book learning are still embroiled in Conferences, seminars, symposium, fantasia, papers... While every day their choices become narrower and narrower.

   Barring the special grace of God and divine intervention nothing can stop the Fulani herdsmen in their sinister course except equal, proportionate force.

   If as Newton shows that "to every action there is equal and opposite reaction" then it is left for the different ethnic nationalities to plan their counter - action or reaction that is equal and formidable to this existential threat to their collective survival. Buhari would do nothing about it and his government would do nothing. Either you act now or you wait for the UN at your own perils.



6. THAT THE WORLD WILL INTERVENE IF A CIVIL WAR  BREAKS OUT BETWEEN THE NORTH AND SOUTH OR BETWEEN FULANIS AND YORUBAS


This is another fallacy based on delusions of grandeur. Which "world" are you talking about?

  The world of the black man or the white man? The world of the developed nations or the backward Third World nations?

   During the Civil War how many nations came here?

  They only sold arms to us.

 Only on the side of Biafra that France and Israel actually actively participated. They didn't send soldiers only logistical support.

  That was then.

The world has since changed even worse than then.

   No one will come here except to sell arms. The resulting demographic disaster doesn't worry the developed nations so long it does not endanger the white skin. They may even be happy secretly about it.



7. THAT CHRISTIANITY IS AGAINST WAR AND SELF -DEFENSE


This will be the most fatal of all the delusions to the South. Since most Christians live or reside in the South.

  Leading this fallacious and illogical position is the Church of Rome and mostly espoused by its exegetes the most notable of which is Bishop Kukah.

 It is held by Catholic Church School of theology that peaceful non- resistance is the way out and the Christian standard.

   I stand here to say that the Bible either in the New Testament or Old Testament knows nothing like pacifism or peaceful non- resistance in the face of extreme aggression and existential threat of genocide against an entire race or tribe battling for collective survival.

  I stand here to state and to challenge anyone who has a contrary idea to a debate that neither the New Testament nor Church History knows anything as pacifism or peaceful non- resistance in the face of a genocide against an entire people groups or whole races.

  I would be glad if anyone can accept my offer for a debate on any platform.

  The Bible and Historical Theology never condemned self- defense or engagement in "a just war"- a war to remove the cause of aggression and to punish evil. From Cicero to Augustine, from Aquina to Calvin and Luther, all the great exegetes and authorities of Theology are agreed that it is proper for a people facing existential danger of survival to defend themselves with any and every weapon they can lay their hands on.

  I have read Bishop Kukah on this peaceful non- resistance but I don't know where the modern Catholic system got this. None of you in the entire Nigerian Roman Catholic Church is more Catholic than Aquina and none of you is as saintly as Augustine who first laid the theology of Just War that became the governing premises of the Western nations and Civilization till today.

  The madness in man must sometimes be answered not with persuasion or pleading but with greater madness. This is what prompted the Crusades although today we have distorted their History and Islam and apologists of Islam and their new found allies in the Western universities and leftist revisionist historians now mouth plenty of nonsense about the Crusaders forgetting it was the same type of provocations that triggered that Movement. The madness presently going on in Nigeria will not end until it is confronted with an equal madness from the other side. Sometimes it takes madness to cure madness. That is the great lesson of the Crusades.

   Most of the foolish things people say to justify peaceful non- resistance are neither scriptural not logical.

  If Jesus was so much against self - defense, as the authors of non- resistance tell us, what were two of his Disciples doing with swords on the night of His betrayal? A sword is not an object of decoration or ornament in First Century Palestine, it is an instrument of war. It is them what AK-47 is to us today.

  Let the pacifists answer that charge.

  I am aware that people are fasting and praying. I salute you all. I am praying too. But as in the days of Nehemiah don't just pray alone plan too with weapons girded around you and be prepared "with fire and with thunder."

I will not endanger anyone and I will do no evil to anyone but anyone who intends or plans to remove me from the land of my fathers before my time from whatever religion or tribe will have himself to blame if I be a servant of the Most High God.

   Every ethnic nationality has a right to defend itself, raise her own militia to defend its people and spaces and land. Even churches ought to raise their own militia to.defend the people who worship or come to worship there.

  Enough of using CHRISTIANITY to justify a system of unrighteousness or prop a structure of iniquity. There is nothing in Apostolic CHRISTIANITY that forbids a whole tribe or people groups from standing up for their lives against an aggressive enemies with a history of genocide and blood stains.

   It is time for a Liberation Theology in Nigeria and even more Confrontation Theology. The minds of Christians in this nation need to be liberated from religion and slavery.

  That will soon be done. That is a major task ahead. Slaves won't survive what is coming, only sons will.


©️ Moses Oludele Idowu

         June 5, 2021

     All Rights Reserved

7 FATAL DELUSIONS AMONG SOUTHERNERS


by


Moses Oludele Idowu


"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep."

       - Saul Bellow


A delusion is a serious thing. It is worse than deception and much more fatal in its consequences.

  The word delusion comes from the Latin word _delusio_- which means "a false belief that is resistant to confrontation with actual facts."

  That is the best definition of delusion that I can find.


Let me give one major example of delusion in History and the fatal consequences it brought.

  During the invasion of Palestine by the Roman Army under Titus in 68 A.D the Jews succumbed to delusion that proved to be fatal.

  After resisting the Romans stoutly for two years the siege finally succeeded in 70 A.D when the Roman legions poured in to deal with this troublous race. By now there was no more food and as Josephus, the famous Jewish historian narrated even people were eating raw grass or anything they could find. Still they refused to surrender and fought on defending their Holy City and most especially their Holy Temple.

   By now the Christians, the Sect of the Nazarene, as they were called had deserted knowing that Christ had already prophesied this thing must come to pass - thus causing the eternal distrust and rift which still exists between Jews and Christian relations till today. But the Jewish patriots and nationalists fought on to the last and to their ruin.

   It was here the major fatal delusion was enacted.

  The Roman soldiers now inside the battle now finally shifted to the Temple. Believing that the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob; the God of the holy prophets, Moses and Elijah  would save the Temple and even them and remember His Covenant with their fathers many ran into the Temple as shield.

   But the day of the Temple has gone. A new Dispensation had dawn where God no longer dwells in physical temples but in living temples built with living stones, a house made without hands. He now lives in humans created in His Own Image. Thus rushing to the Temple for salvation before the Romans was a delusion, a fatal delusion.

It was here most Jews perished defending the Temple and using it as a defense. The Romans slaughtered on and set the Temple ablaze. They expected God to show up and defend His Temple but He didn't because the nation herself had committed sins by crucifying an innocent person and the day of revenge had come. Looking to the Temple for protection was a delusion.

   Today a gargantuan mosque stands around the very spot where that Temple once stood.


I have prefaced this essay with this story because it seems people rarely learn from History. It seems to me that another group of people are about to suffer very soon as a result of grand delusions - false beliefs that are resistant to confrontation with facts. And most Southerners presently suffer from these delusions.

   They are seven in all and I will briefly go over them because of time and space.


1. THAT BRITAIN WILL INTERVENE IN NIGERIA OR RESTRAIN MUHAMMADU BUHARI


The first delusion is that Britain, that treacherous nation called Britain will intervene in Nigeria and help us in anyway.

   When the National Christian Elders Forum wrote to  British Parliament I noted this in an article. It is a mistake to.think or expect that Britain will enter Nigeria or intervene in any way that will help the South against the North. It won't happen.

   To think that Britain or the British will come here to help the South is a delusion.

   They wont.

British design originally is that the North will rule and dominate the South not vice versa. Their sympathy was and still is with the North not the South. If you dont know this then you don't know much about Nigerian History or you probably forgot what you learned. Thus I consider it a mistake to report Buhari to Britain. It is like reporting the Italian  Brigades to the Bader  Meinoff gang or reporting the Hamas of Palestine to the Hezbollah of Lebanon.

   It is a waste of time.


2. THAT THE UNITED STATES UNDER JOE BIDDEN WILL INTERVENE IN NIGERIA IF THERE IS A CONFLICT


Another terrible delusion among most Southerners is that America would come here to intervene if there is trouble between North and South or even a Civil War.

   They won't.

When Buhari requested Americans to site the headquarters of their African Command closer here to help us I wrote: WHY AMERICAN'S WONT COME HERE

  They could go to Egypt or even South Africa, Lebanon, etc but not Nigeria.

   I know how America works. I have read about that nation, her politics, power play, history, Literature, religion etc for several years and I can tell you one thing: Americans won't come here.

   You may continue to delude yourself yo the contrary.


3. THAT THE UNITED NATIONS WILL DO ANYTHING IF WAR BREAKS OUT OR SEND A PEACE- KEEPING FORCE HERE


The worst of all these delusions and the most dangerous is the over reliance on the United Nations by the Ethnic Nationalist Agitators. They seem to have an unbending belief in the United Nation to give them the Oduduwa Republic and Biafra and Middle Belt etc.

   Is it that our learned people and scholars do not understand how the world works? And how the United Nations especially works? Who will enforce the decree of the United Nations?

   Of what use is a United Nations without the support of America and Britain? How many of the Security Council members of the UN has the military power to enforce a decision of UN in Nigeria? So if the North or Nigeria occupies the new Biafra nation or Oduduwa nation who will throw them out? Or you think it is like Kuwait that America would go to throw away Iraq? There is nothing you have that America needs.

   That is why I considered this the greatest of the delusions and the one that will prove most fatal.

   I expected that someone working on an Oduduwa Republic would have its own People's Militia at the ready -  just in case.

   Today I can see nothing.

General Togun alerted us yesterday that an invasion of the Southwest is imminent. And barring a divine intervention we may face this course soon.

   But you should have foreseen this coming and prepared for.this.

   Three years ago I warned the Yoruba in particular and the Southerners in general to set up their own People's Militia. How many paid heed to it. Now I am afraid it is now late - too late for the Yorubas. You are surrounded.

   United Nations won't help you in what is coming because without the firepower of the Americans United Nations is nothing especially when it comes to a populous nation like Nigeria and Americans won't come here except probably to evacuate their citizens and embassy staff.

   The United Nations could have stopped the genocide in Rwanda or at  least mitigated it, what did the body do? French Army watched as one African tribe massacred another in one week of madness without using force to intervene or stop the madness.

   United Nations is as strong as America and Britain decide to make it. All the Resolutions made by UN against Israel how many of them have been enforced? Who will enforce them without America the only super power now on the planet?

  That is why I think the South is making a terrible mistake in strategy.

   That the UN intervened in Sudan and split the nation does not mean they would do the same here. Sudan is not Nigeria and Nigeria is not Sudan.


4. THAT WRITING LETTERS OR STAGING PROTESTS WILL CHANGE THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION OR CAUSE IT TO MOVE AGAINST THE FULANI HERDSMEN OR BANDITS


A palace razed in IGANAGN,
Oyo state by FULANI Invaders

There is a belief that Muhammadu Buhari is not really aware of what is going on and that much of this information do not get to him. That the President is actually a good man but with bad advisers... And so on. I.consider these to be pernicious nonsense.

   I do not have the luxury of time to probe this deeply here.

  However there is a common mistake Nigerians often make which brought us here to begin with. People confuse knowledge with attitude. Knowledge or know- how is one thing and culture, attitude or behaviour is another. You can teach a man who doesn't know if he is willing to learn but it is difficult to change a man - and a man above 70 for that matter - of his beliefs, culture, attitude and dispositions.

   Buhari's insularity and provincialism fuel his attitude to even State affairs and these are the product of his Islamic fundamentalist belief system and Wahabist ideology. It is not that he is not aware that the Constitution provides for ethnic balancing in the area of appointments to strategic positions and offices. He knows. But as an Islamic fundamentalist he doesn't believe that a Muslim is equal or should have equal representation with a non- Muslim. 

  He did it in 1984 all the three topmost positions in the Supreme Military Council, - Head of State, his deputy and the Chief of Staff were all Muslims. He has done it in 2015 appointments and has worsened even in the 2019.

  This man cannot change and will never be changed.

  Thinking that he would change in 2019 brought Nigeria to.this mess when we have the opportunity through that singular election to change the narrative. Thus, writing letters, organising protests etc would change nothing. Buhari would do nothing against the Fulani herdsmen and bandits even if they became more brutal than they presently are.

   It is left for you to find answers for.yourself.


5. THAT ANYTHING SHORT OF FORCE, ADEQUATE, PROPORTIONATE, DEFINITE FORCE CAN STOP THE FULANI HERDSMEN IN THEIR TEMPORARY MISSION OF HARASSING, EXTORTION AND TERRORISM; AND IN THEIR LARGER ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF TOTAL INVASION, RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL HEGEMONY AND IMPOSITION OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE ON OTHER ETHNIC NATIONALITIES


I will give you one sign so that you may know this people are being guided and up to an agenda.

  Shortly after Buhari became President and all the security apparatus fell in their hands the Fulani herdsmen went haywire and began to attack other Nigerians - farmers and travelers alike. As they were attacking on the road way so they were attacking in the farms.

  Then suddenly something happened. I am not sure Nigerians notice because we are a people without understanding and perception but at least one NIGERIAN noticed and wrote about it in the Guardian newspaper.

  What was it?

  Shortly before the election of 2019 just about the time when campaigns began the Fulani herdsmen stopped their atrocities.It was like a ceasefire in war.  It was a coordinated approach. All across the nation you couldn''t hear of a single attack either against farmers or travelers while the campaign to return Buhari to power was going on.

   You may again go and check the newspapers of the period, you can't read of any Fulani attack against anyone.

  Why?

  It now seems they deliberately managed themselves so that Buhari could get a second term, so that Nigerians won't notice anything. 

   Now that Buhari is on for the second time they have resumed their atrocities. This singular incident shows me conclusively that this people are being coordinated somewhere and up to some purpose. United by their common belief and entrenched in their religion - a religion that does not see anything wrong with bloodshed, slavery of infidels, war- mongering and even plunder - they march on to execute their larger purpose.

   Now famine is imminent in the South.

Now most Southern states are surrounded. A siege is the first stage in the declaration of war among the ancients. That is now happening. Farmers cannot go to farm, prices of foodstuff continue to skyrocket. The war has started but Southerners enslaved by too much book learning are still embroiled in Conferences, seminars, symposium, fantasia, papers... While every day their choices become narrower and narrower.

   Barring the special grace of God and divine intervention nothing can stop the Fulani herdsmen in their sinister course except equal, proportionate force.

   If as Newton shows that "to every action there is equal and opposite reaction" then it is left for the different ethnic nationalities to plan their counter - action or reaction that is equal and formidable to this existential threat to their collective survival. Buhari would do nothing about it and his government would do nothing. Either you act now or you wait for the UN at your own perils.



6. THAT THE WORLD WILL INTERVENE IF A CIVIL WAR  BREAKS OUT BETWEEN THE NORTH AND SOUTH OR BETWEEN FULANIS AND YORUBAS


This is another fallacy based on delusions of grandeur. Which "world" are you talking about?

  The world of the black man or the white man? The world of the developed nations or the backward Third World nations?

   During the Civil War how many nations came here?

  They only sold arms to us.

 Only on the side of Biafra that France and Israel actually actively participated. They didn't send soldiers only logistical support.

  That was then.

The world has since changed even worse than then.

   No one will come here except to sell arms. The resulting demographic disaster doesn't worry the developed nations so long it does not endanger the white skin. They may even be happy secretly about it.



7. THAT CHRISTIANITY IS AGAINST WAR AND SELF -DEFENSE


This will be the most fatal of all the delusions to the South. Since most Christians live or reside in the South.

  Leading this fallacious and illogical position is the Church of Rome and mostly espoused by its exegetes the most notable of which is Bishop Kukah.

 It is held by Catholic Church School of theology that peaceful non- resistance is the way out and the Christian standard.

   I stand here to say that the Bible either in the New Testament or Old Testament knows nothing like pacifism or peaceful non- resistance in the face of extreme aggression and existential threat of genocide against an entire race or tribe battling for collective survival.

  I stand here to state and to challenge anyone who has a contrary idea to a debate that neither the New Testament nor Church History knows anything as pacifism or peaceful non- resistance in the face of a genocide against an entire people groups or whole races.

  I would be glad if anyone can accept my offer for a debate on any platform.

  The Bible and Historical Theology never condemned self- defense or engagement in "a just war"- a war to remove the cause of aggression and to punish evil. From Cicero to Augustine, from Aquina to Calvin and Luther, all the great exegetes and authorities of Theology are agreed that it is proper for a people facing existential danger of survival to defend themselves with any and every weapon they can lay their hands on.

  I have read Bishop Kukah on this peaceful non- resistance but I don't know where the modern Catholic system got this. None of you in the entire Nigerian Roman Catholic Church is more Catholic than Aquina and none of you is as saintly as Augustine who first laid the theology of Just War that became the governing premises of the Western nations and Civilization till today.

  The madness in man must sometimes be answered not with persuasion or pleading but with greater madness. This is what prompted the Crusades although today we have distorted their History and Islam and apologists of Islam and their new found allies in the Western universities and leftist revisionist historians now mouth plenty of nonsense about the Crusaders forgetting it was the same type of provocations that triggered that Movement. The madness presently going on in Nigeria will not end until it is confronted with an equal madness from the other side. Sometimes it takes madness to cure madness. That is the great lesson of the Crusades.

   Most of the foolish things people say to justify peaceful non- resistance are neither scriptural not logical.

  If Jesus was so much against self - defense, as the authors of non- resistance tell us, what were two of his Disciples doing with swords on the night of His betrayal? A sword is not an object of decoration or ornament in First Century Palestine, it is an instrument of war. It is them what AK-47 is to us today.

  Let the pacifists answer that charge.

  I am aware that people are fasting and praying. I salute you all. I am praying too. But as in the days of Nehemiah don't just pray alone plan too with weapons girded around you and be prepared "with fire and with thunder."

I will not endanger anyone and I will do no evil to anyone but anyone who intends or plans to remove me from the land of my fathers before my time from whatever religion or tribe will have himself to blame if I be a servant of the Most High God.

   Every ethnic nationality has a right to defend itself, raise her own militia to defend its people and spaces and land. Even churches ought to raise their own militia to.defend the people who worship or come to worship there.

  Enough of using CHRISTIANITY to justify a system of unrighteousness or prop a structure of iniquity. There is nothing in Apostolic CHRISTIANITY that forbids a whole tribe or people groups from standing up for their lives against an aggressive enemies with a history of genocide and blood stains.

   It is time for a Liberation Theology in Nigeria and even more Confrontation Theology. The minds of Christians in this nation need to be liberated from religion and slavery.

  That will soon be done. That is a major task ahead. Slaves won't survive what is coming, only sons will.


©️ Moses Oludele Idowu

         June 5, 2021

     All Rights Reserved

Attacks on Igangan, others: These incendiary video clips!

Attacks on Igangan, others: These incendiary video clips!

By Femi Mimiko, mni



It is indeed scary the speed with which our country is cascading into cataclysm! Some of the video clips making the Internet rounds - of deadly attacks on the sleepy Igangan community in Oyo State; of burning of individuals and animals in the Southeast; assassinations and killings in Imo; kidnappings in Ondo; and massacres in Benue, Plateau, Zamfara, Borno and elsewhere - are unspeakable! 


I have argued consistently, standing on the observatory of history, that when things are moving in this direction and with this speed, the onus is on GOVERNMENT to re-strategise, climb down from its Olympian heights, make concessions, and actively engage - to bring angry and hurting citizens and groups back into the loop. This is because, ultimately, if things get out of hand and the country collapses, it is the President and his government, not sundry movements or groups - many with incohate ideas, befuddled ideologies, questionable personal ambitions, and suspect platforms - that would be blamed. Today, nobody remembers the anti-Bashir Assad forces in the DESTRUCTION of Syria; or the multiple non-state actors that, in resistance to Siad Barre, helped to CRUSH Somalia. It is the President of these countries and their government that are and will forever be blamed. What is more, contemporary history has demonstrated that virtually ALL countries that sought the path of civil war this century ended up virtually completely destroyed! 


I, therefore, appeal to our colleagues on this platform, who may have the requisite access, to advise in this manner. Rather than trafficking in incendiary video clips - many of which are truly a disgrace to the fatherland, by the nature of the bestiality they evoke - we should seek the ears of government with enduring pieces of advice that are needful at times like these. Government here, as elsewhere, is the dominant force in society; the one with the right to legitimate use of violence. This exceptionalism is not in doubt. Thus, whatever concessions it chooses to make cannot be cited as evidence of weakness. This is what, elsewhere, I referred to as the leadership agency, which alone can move us away from this impending implosion and save our country, not just for Nigerians, but indeed for all of Africa and the black race. 


The starting point is an all-stakeholders, and I mean, ALL-stakeholders, meeting, to be held at the instance of government, to discuss these concerns. You'll be surprised how impactful such a little step as this can be in bringing our country back from the brink. There should be no sacrifice considered too much at this stage of our national life. As I have often said, if Nigeria crashes, it will be due to our irresponsibility and eternal shame as elites - governing and non-governing alike - of the country. 


Dear colleagues, I plead you bear with me. I have, by this missive, no intention to drag us into the arena of extant social contestation. But I consider it inappropriate for us to just keep on socializing, celebrating birthdays, and pretending everything is fine, when indeed our nation faces a present danger of existential proportions! We shouldn't be like that great emperor of Rome who fiddled while his empire burned. Nero, he was called, a name that has continued ever since to swim in the cesspool of infamy. 


Merci beaucoup!


@FemiMimiko, mni

June 6, 2021.

By Femi Mimiko, mni



It is indeed scary the speed with which our country is cascading into cataclysm! Some of the video clips making the Internet rounds - of deadly attacks on the sleepy Igangan community in Oyo State; of burning of individuals and animals in the Southeast; assassinations and killings in Imo; kidnappings in Ondo; and massacres in Benue, Plateau, Zamfara, Borno and elsewhere - are unspeakable! 


I have argued consistently, standing on the observatory of history, that when things are moving in this direction and with this speed, the onus is on GOVERNMENT to re-strategise, climb down from its Olympian heights, make concessions, and actively engage - to bring angry and hurting citizens and groups back into the loop. This is because, ultimately, if things get out of hand and the country collapses, it is the President and his government, not sundry movements or groups - many with incohate ideas, befuddled ideologies, questionable personal ambitions, and suspect platforms - that would be blamed. Today, nobody remembers the anti-Bashir Assad forces in the DESTRUCTION of Syria; or the multiple non-state actors that, in resistance to Siad Barre, helped to CRUSH Somalia. It is the President of these countries and their government that are and will forever be blamed. What is more, contemporary history has demonstrated that virtually ALL countries that sought the path of civil war this century ended up virtually completely destroyed! 


I, therefore, appeal to our colleagues on this platform, who may have the requisite access, to advise in this manner. Rather than trafficking in incendiary video clips - many of which are truly a disgrace to the fatherland, by the nature of the bestiality they evoke - we should seek the ears of government with enduring pieces of advice that are needful at times like these. Government here, as elsewhere, is the dominant force in society; the one with the right to legitimate use of violence. This exceptionalism is not in doubt. Thus, whatever concessions it chooses to make cannot be cited as evidence of weakness. This is what, elsewhere, I referred to as the leadership agency, which alone can move us away from this impending implosion and save our country, not just for Nigerians, but indeed for all of Africa and the black race. 


The starting point is an all-stakeholders, and I mean, ALL-stakeholders, meeting, to be held at the instance of government, to discuss these concerns. You'll be surprised how impactful such a little step as this can be in bringing our country back from the brink. There should be no sacrifice considered too much at this stage of our national life. As I have often said, if Nigeria crashes, it will be due to our irresponsibility and eternal shame as elites - governing and non-governing alike - of the country. 


Dear colleagues, I plead you bear with me. I have, by this missive, no intention to drag us into the arena of extant social contestation. But I consider it inappropriate for us to just keep on socializing, celebrating birthdays, and pretending everything is fine, when indeed our nation faces a present danger of existential proportions! We shouldn't be like that great emperor of Rome who fiddled while his empire burned. Nero, he was called, a name that has continued ever since to swim in the cesspool of infamy. 


Merci beaucoup!


@FemiMimiko, mni

June 6, 2021.

ARE IGBOS REALLY MARGINALIZED IN NIGERIA?

ARE IGBOS REALLY MARGINALIZED IN NIGERIA?

By Temitope Akayi


Two days ago, a very good egbon wrote here in a Facebook post that the Igbos have been mindlessly marginalised in Nigeria. After reading the post, I asked him to explain how the Igbos are marginalised. I am well aware we have many who binge on elite conspiracies which are just mere grand design to pollute the waters for personal advantage. With an open mind, I asked my good egbon to educate me on how the Igbos have been marginalised because I really want to know. Let me say I am still waiting to be well schooled on how badly Nigeria has treated Igbos.


For decades, many people, including the media have perpetuated wrong narratives in this country because of the way falsehoods have been mainstreamed. There is no part of Nigerian history from 1958 when we had the first all Nigerian cabinet headed by a Nigerian elected Prime Minister, preparatory to independence in 1960, that supports the false narrative of marginalisation of Igbos. 


For those who may not know, the first indigenous Federal Permanent Secretary even before independence was an Igbo man, Mr. Francis Nwokedi. Mr. Nwokedi and Dr. S.O Wey, who later in 1961 became the first Secretary to the Government of the Federation, were the first two indigenous Federal Permanent Secretaries in the colonial government. The two men were the doyen of Nigerian civil service. Mr. Nwokedi was promoted as Permanent Secretary about two weeks ahead of Dr. Wey. 


To make Aguiyi Ironsi the General Officer Commanding of Nigerian Army, Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa broke rank with his Northern People Congress colleagues and Sir Ahmadu Bello. NPC and Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Region wanted a Northerner as the GOC. The last British General Officer Commanding of Nigerian Army, Major-General Christopher Welby-Everard in his recommendation to the Prime Minister raised a number of issues against the then Brigadier Aguiyi Ironsi who at the time was the most Senior Nigerian Army Officer and concluded Brigadier Ironsi was unfit to lead the Army of a brand new country. For fairness and to preserve the tradition of seniority in the Army, Balewa ignored General Welby-Everard’s recommendation. He appointed Ironsi as the first indigenous General Officer Commanding of Nigerian Army. A stubborn fact of history is that the Igbos dominated the top echelon of the Army and Federal Civil/Public Service for many years from 1958. Till date, Abia, Anambra and Imo State have largest number of indigenes in Federal Civil Service.


If we all agree our country has historical animus we must, therefore, be honest to acknowledge them and confront them. If it is about trading blame of who did or caused what in Nigeria, no tribe or group will smell like roses. In confronting our demons, we must also reject this persecution mentality many Igbos have carried for far too long. It is distorted version of history that is fueling anger in Igboland since the civil war broke. However we choose to dice it, Nigeria has been good to all tribes. Each tribe can only complain of not having enough but no one can honestly complain of having the short end of the stick. Like other countries, our union is not perfect. It remains a work in progress.


Let's go back to our history and let history guide us. There is no strong argument to support the marginalisation of Igbos in Nigeria beyond what exists in the imagination of those who constantly mine the Biafra franchise to amass private wealth from brainwashed people and politicians who use same for political bargain. I can conveniently say that Igbos have had the best of Nigeria more than any other tribe. Blackmailing the country with victim mentality is not a strategy. Today, many Southern politicians and so-called activists built their public credentials on constant agitation for restructuring of Nigeria. If indeed there is anything wrong with the current political structure of the country, the blame should be more on Igbos. Who promulgated the Decree 34 that abolished 1963 Federal Constitution and unitarised the Federal structure? It was Major-General Aguiyi Ironsi as Military Head of State. With scant regard to other tribes, Igbos dominated the security agencies and the Federal civil service in the first Republic. Professor Ben Nwabueze who is now the chief priest of restructuring drafted the unification decree as Legal Counsel to General Ironsi. Igbos who literally ran the Federal Government then executed the unitary arrangement for domination and ethnic advantage. Who plotted first coup that decimated South West and Northern political establishment? The fallout of that misadventure led to the civil war in 1967. The mainly Igbo officers who masterminded the coup didn't kill any political leader from their tribe. Some Igbo leaders talk about the Civil War as if Nigeria started the war against them. Colonel Emeka Ojukwu started the war not Major-General Yakubu Gowon. Gowon had a duty to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria.


Even with all the noise about all that is supposedly wrong with Nigeria, who are the biggest beneficiaries of Nigeria's diversity today? It is still igbos. Every part of this country welcomes them. They prosper more across the country outside their ancestral homeland. Igbos are probably the biggest real estate owners among all Nigerian tribes. In fact records show they own more than 60% of houses, Plazas, hotels and housing estates in Abuja. They play big in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, and Port Harcourt - every part of Nigeria. I need someone to tell me the number of Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Ijaw, Kanuri, Tiv man or woman etc that currently have lands, houses or any business that can employ 50 people in any part of South Eastern Nigeria the same way Igbos do in South West, South South and in the North. Do they sell land to non-Igbos in South East same way they freely buy land and own properties in other parts of Nigeria?


Under President Jonathan, the government they seem to have invested heavy emotions more than Jonathan's own Ijaw tribe, Igbos got key federal appointments through Senator Pius Anyim as Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Did other tribes bitterly complain the way Igbos now do over appointments? In any case, which statutory appointments have they been denied by current government despite rejecting President Muhammadu Buhari and his party in 4 elections? Let’s get real here. Igbos really want to get all top appointments in a government they rejected and have shown unimaginable hostility despite the government offering them the best deal in Nigeria in terms of real development no administration offered them since 1960. It is on record Buhari, in two presidential contests, made top Igbo politicians his running mate. Let’s face it. Which government in Nigeria has taken on the quantum of Federal government-funded infrastructural projects that are going on in the South East than this current FG since 1960? If we analyse the Federal Budget from 2016 when President Buhari presented his first budget, the current FG has possibly spent more money developing SE in 6 years than it has done in Buhari's own North West if we consider FG's spend on Infrastructure per region. 


It will appear Igbo elites prefer appointments that only benefit individuals and their hangers-on more than real development that benefits majority of citizens of that region. They covet appointment of an Igbo person as Chief of Army Staff more than Second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt Express, Awka-Enugu Express, Owerri-Port Harcourt Express, Port Harcourt-Aba and other dead Federal highways that are being reconstructed across the region. For all the special intervention supports by Federal Government to all States of the Federation, I am not aware President Buhari denied South Eastern States what is due to them because Igbos didn't vote for him. Question: how did all the appointments held by Igbos before the Buhari administration including Chief of Army Staff, Comptroller General of Immigration, Deputy Senate President, Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Inspector General of Police, Minister of Aviation, Director-General of Pension Commission, Executive Chairman of National Electricity Regulatory Commission, Minister of Power etc improve the lives of Igbo people. Stella Oduah and Osita Chidoka as Ministers of Aviation couldn't even fix Enugu Airport in 5 years or did Dr. Sam Amadi, Professor Bath Nnaji and Professor Chinedu Nebo who superintended over the power sector for 6 years supply more electricity to Onitsha, Aba and Nnewi? Having Igbo sons leading the power sector for 6years could not even resolve the legal logjam between Emeka Offor’s, Enugu Distribution Company and Geometric Power owned by another Igbo man to supply regular electricity to Aba. Whereas a Federal government being led by a man they rejected in every election since 2003 has done, in 6 years, what the Igbo adopted political party could not do for them in 16 years. It was Buhari that gave Ariaria Market, the biggest market in the region uninterrupted electricity supply.


The main point here is the fact that Igbos cannot continue to claim they are the only good people or tribe in Nigeria while others are the evil people holding them down. Certainly, hate and insulting other tribes can't be a strategy for engagement in addressing any grievances if at all there are genuine ones. Even though the Nigerian constitution does not allow for referendum, let the Federal Government allow it to see if majority of Igbo people will vote to leave Nigeria. I am sure majority wants to remain citizens of Nigeria because they know Nigeria serves them better. If the Nigerian government won’t allow a referendum, can the South East governors agree and fund an informal referendum to even give us a scientific basis to know if the Igbos want to live as citizens of Biafra, after all, Lagos State, in 2003 or so, conducted its own census independent of the Federal Government. 


The Igbo elites must summon courage to counter the IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu's hate mongering. Igbo elites have tolerated Kanu too much without considering their own hard work, sweat and investments in Nigeria. Whatever our country is today is what we all made of it. If we now need to press the reset button it should be done in a manner we all can listen to ourselves. We must not yield the space to the mad man and his specialists in IPOB.

By Temitope Akayi


Two days ago, a very good egbon wrote here in a Facebook post that the Igbos have been mindlessly marginalised in Nigeria. After reading the post, I asked him to explain how the Igbos are marginalised. I am well aware we have many who binge on elite conspiracies which are just mere grand design to pollute the waters for personal advantage. With an open mind, I asked my good egbon to educate me on how the Igbos have been marginalised because I really want to know. Let me say I am still waiting to be well schooled on how badly Nigeria has treated Igbos.


For decades, many people, including the media have perpetuated wrong narratives in this country because of the way falsehoods have been mainstreamed. There is no part of Nigerian history from 1958 when we had the first all Nigerian cabinet headed by a Nigerian elected Prime Minister, preparatory to independence in 1960, that supports the false narrative of marginalisation of Igbos. 


For those who may not know, the first indigenous Federal Permanent Secretary even before independence was an Igbo man, Mr. Francis Nwokedi. Mr. Nwokedi and Dr. S.O Wey, who later in 1961 became the first Secretary to the Government of the Federation, were the first two indigenous Federal Permanent Secretaries in the colonial government. The two men were the doyen of Nigerian civil service. Mr. Nwokedi was promoted as Permanent Secretary about two weeks ahead of Dr. Wey. 


To make Aguiyi Ironsi the General Officer Commanding of Nigerian Army, Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa broke rank with his Northern People Congress colleagues and Sir Ahmadu Bello. NPC and Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Region wanted a Northerner as the GOC. The last British General Officer Commanding of Nigerian Army, Major-General Christopher Welby-Everard in his recommendation to the Prime Minister raised a number of issues against the then Brigadier Aguiyi Ironsi who at the time was the most Senior Nigerian Army Officer and concluded Brigadier Ironsi was unfit to lead the Army of a brand new country. For fairness and to preserve the tradition of seniority in the Army, Balewa ignored General Welby-Everard’s recommendation. He appointed Ironsi as the first indigenous General Officer Commanding of Nigerian Army. A stubborn fact of history is that the Igbos dominated the top echelon of the Army and Federal Civil/Public Service for many years from 1958. Till date, Abia, Anambra and Imo State have largest number of indigenes in Federal Civil Service.


If we all agree our country has historical animus we must, therefore, be honest to acknowledge them and confront them. If it is about trading blame of who did or caused what in Nigeria, no tribe or group will smell like roses. In confronting our demons, we must also reject this persecution mentality many Igbos have carried for far too long. It is distorted version of history that is fueling anger in Igboland since the civil war broke. However we choose to dice it, Nigeria has been good to all tribes. Each tribe can only complain of not having enough but no one can honestly complain of having the short end of the stick. Like other countries, our union is not perfect. It remains a work in progress.


Let's go back to our history and let history guide us. There is no strong argument to support the marginalisation of Igbos in Nigeria beyond what exists in the imagination of those who constantly mine the Biafra franchise to amass private wealth from brainwashed people and politicians who use same for political bargain. I can conveniently say that Igbos have had the best of Nigeria more than any other tribe. Blackmailing the country with victim mentality is not a strategy. Today, many Southern politicians and so-called activists built their public credentials on constant agitation for restructuring of Nigeria. If indeed there is anything wrong with the current political structure of the country, the blame should be more on Igbos. Who promulgated the Decree 34 that abolished 1963 Federal Constitution and unitarised the Federal structure? It was Major-General Aguiyi Ironsi as Military Head of State. With scant regard to other tribes, Igbos dominated the security agencies and the Federal civil service in the first Republic. Professor Ben Nwabueze who is now the chief priest of restructuring drafted the unification decree as Legal Counsel to General Ironsi. Igbos who literally ran the Federal Government then executed the unitary arrangement for domination and ethnic advantage. Who plotted first coup that decimated South West and Northern political establishment? The fallout of that misadventure led to the civil war in 1967. The mainly Igbo officers who masterminded the coup didn't kill any political leader from their tribe. Some Igbo leaders talk about the Civil War as if Nigeria started the war against them. Colonel Emeka Ojukwu started the war not Major-General Yakubu Gowon. Gowon had a duty to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria.


Even with all the noise about all that is supposedly wrong with Nigeria, who are the biggest beneficiaries of Nigeria's diversity today? It is still igbos. Every part of this country welcomes them. They prosper more across the country outside their ancestral homeland. Igbos are probably the biggest real estate owners among all Nigerian tribes. In fact records show they own more than 60% of houses, Plazas, hotels and housing estates in Abuja. They play big in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, and Port Harcourt - every part of Nigeria. I need someone to tell me the number of Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba, Ijaw, Kanuri, Tiv man or woman etc that currently have lands, houses or any business that can employ 50 people in any part of South Eastern Nigeria the same way Igbos do in South West, South South and in the North. Do they sell land to non-Igbos in South East same way they freely buy land and own properties in other parts of Nigeria?


Under President Jonathan, the government they seem to have invested heavy emotions more than Jonathan's own Ijaw tribe, Igbos got key federal appointments through Senator Pius Anyim as Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Did other tribes bitterly complain the way Igbos now do over appointments? In any case, which statutory appointments have they been denied by current government despite rejecting President Muhammadu Buhari and his party in 4 elections? Let’s get real here. Igbos really want to get all top appointments in a government they rejected and have shown unimaginable hostility despite the government offering them the best deal in Nigeria in terms of real development no administration offered them since 1960. It is on record Buhari, in two presidential contests, made top Igbo politicians his running mate. Let’s face it. Which government in Nigeria has taken on the quantum of Federal government-funded infrastructural projects that are going on in the South East than this current FG since 1960? If we analyse the Federal Budget from 2016 when President Buhari presented his first budget, the current FG has possibly spent more money developing SE in 6 years than it has done in Buhari's own North West if we consider FG's spend on Infrastructure per region. 


It will appear Igbo elites prefer appointments that only benefit individuals and their hangers-on more than real development that benefits majority of citizens of that region. They covet appointment of an Igbo person as Chief of Army Staff more than Second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt Express, Awka-Enugu Express, Owerri-Port Harcourt Express, Port Harcourt-Aba and other dead Federal highways that are being reconstructed across the region. For all the special intervention supports by Federal Government to all States of the Federation, I am not aware President Buhari denied South Eastern States what is due to them because Igbos didn't vote for him. Question: how did all the appointments held by Igbos before the Buhari administration including Chief of Army Staff, Comptroller General of Immigration, Deputy Senate President, Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Inspector General of Police, Minister of Aviation, Director-General of Pension Commission, Executive Chairman of National Electricity Regulatory Commission, Minister of Power etc improve the lives of Igbo people. Stella Oduah and Osita Chidoka as Ministers of Aviation couldn't even fix Enugu Airport in 5 years or did Dr. Sam Amadi, Professor Bath Nnaji and Professor Chinedu Nebo who superintended over the power sector for 6 years supply more electricity to Onitsha, Aba and Nnewi? Having Igbo sons leading the power sector for 6years could not even resolve the legal logjam between Emeka Offor’s, Enugu Distribution Company and Geometric Power owned by another Igbo man to supply regular electricity to Aba. Whereas a Federal government being led by a man they rejected in every election since 2003 has done, in 6 years, what the Igbo adopted political party could not do for them in 16 years. It was Buhari that gave Ariaria Market, the biggest market in the region uninterrupted electricity supply.


The main point here is the fact that Igbos cannot continue to claim they are the only good people or tribe in Nigeria while others are the evil people holding them down. Certainly, hate and insulting other tribes can't be a strategy for engagement in addressing any grievances if at all there are genuine ones. Even though the Nigerian constitution does not allow for referendum, let the Federal Government allow it to see if majority of Igbo people will vote to leave Nigeria. I am sure majority wants to remain citizens of Nigeria because they know Nigeria serves them better. If the Nigerian government won’t allow a referendum, can the South East governors agree and fund an informal referendum to even give us a scientific basis to know if the Igbos want to live as citizens of Biafra, after all, Lagos State, in 2003 or so, conducted its own census independent of the Federal Government. 


The Igbo elites must summon courage to counter the IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu's hate mongering. Igbo elites have tolerated Kanu too much without considering their own hard work, sweat and investments in Nigeria. Whatever our country is today is what we all made of it. If we now need to press the reset button it should be done in a manner we all can listen to ourselves. We must not yield the space to the mad man and his specialists in IPOB.

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