Is Chauvinism, Prejudice And Persecution The Only Solution To Our National Problems? By Ismail Datti Sa’id
In the previous week, Nigerians were awash with a new political drama in which the sick and yet to be recovered from brain damaged Taraba state governor, Mr. Danbaba Suntai was imported back to the country by some cabals from within and outside the state. Though I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, looking at his pictures of arrival in Abuja airport, it was obvious that this man is suffering form brain damage due to the serious accident he had. He looks frail and scared as if his supporters are his enemies readying to attack him the moment they capture him. The purpose of this drama by the political power mongers from within and outside the state together with the governor’s close allies is to block the way for the deputy governor to assume fully the post of the governor of the state so that he can exercise full power and autonomy for the benefit of the citizens. It became more obvious that they were not in support of the deputy governor, Alh.
Garba Umar at the time people were agitating he should be sworn in as the acting governor of the state due to the prolong medical trip of the state governor that has keep the state at limbo. Despite the hooks and crooks, the deputy governor succeeded in becoming an acting governor of the state. Later on, some reports emerged that the governor, Mr. Danbaba Suntai is incapacitated and will be difficult for him to resumed his duty but this report stands contrary with the one we have heard from the PDPs especially the Jerry Ganas, Jangs of Jos and the Susuwans of Benue who admitted that Suntai is ok and will be back soon to resume his duty as the governor of Taraba state.
As a result of this development, the religious political bigots surrounding the governor who never wished Muslims to rule a state for which they were also citizens and among the majority, began plotting. Some reliable sources also revealed that these bigots had back up from the top house of the nation. A house said to be presently occupied by politicians who are professionals in using religion and ethnicity as a tool for election maneuvering, election rigging and political success.
According to a reliable media report, some insiders said, the return of Danbaba Suntai from the US to Taraba flouted medical advice as he was due to finish his present round of medication on August 28th after which he is expected to begin another round of treatment. Even his wife was said to have initially resisted his sudden return until powerful forces prevailed on her and urged the madam to steer clear.
Forces within and outside the state have brought him back so that a letter would eventually be sent to the State House of Assembly whose members have been pressurized towards the next move. The governor is expected to proceed on either holiday or medical trip very soon, an insider said.
Conclusively, they engineered his return so that they will remain on power and used the ailing governor as a shield. The main aim is nothing but “don’t let a Muslim rule Taraba- “shi ke nan”.
If Danbaba Suntai is healed, he’s welcome to come and retake his seat but only if he can prove to the world he’s ok and mentally sound but if not why all this political brouhaha similar to the Yar’adua saga.
Apparently, all these forecasts, highlights and even more were replayed during the week in the real episodes of the drama of the born to rule governor of Taraba state , Mr. Danbaba Suntai alias ‘ko da rai ko ba rai sai na mulke ku’ (whether dead or alive I must rule you).
I thought we have leared from our past mistake and used it as a deterrent for our future problems but instead; we are proving our defiance towards the fundamental principles that bind us together as one people, one Nation. With all these happenings, what do you expect next from Kaduna, Gombe, Kogi or Adamawa? Unless a Machiavellian maneuvered style of Obasanjo and his best student Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to help the minorities in the aforementioned states to become governors which they knew it will be difficult for them to win by vote count.
President Johnathan as Obasanjo’s successor has proven to take the footstep of his predecessor and master. Obasanjo started the game, instead of choosing a trusted northerner to succeed him, he chose Atiku Abubakar simply to pave way for a Christian to rule Adamawa state. Then follows his intelligent student, Johnathan who chose Sambo as VP so that a Christian will rule Kaduna. Despite the fact that this trick was obvious and a game of dirty politics played against the Northern Muslims and Hausa Fulani in particular, the peaceful and enduring nature of the northerners kept them silent until God reversed the case in Kaduna. You all knew what happened but still some myopic and bigots claimed that it was a northern Muslims plot that assassinated the Christian governor of Kaduna. The question is, when Obasanjo and Jonathan chose their VPs’ from Adamawa and Kaduna is it a Christian or CAN plot? At least, there should be other sincere and acceptable ways to give opportunity to the minorities to rule but not through cunning and deceit ways that are capable of undermining our peaceful co-existence.
With all these political upheavals going on in our dear country Nigeria, one will be wondering where are the so called freedom fighters, the barking dogs of Nigeria, or is Soyinka on a leave that makes him silent on the Politricks of Taraba State. The ‘Save Nigeria group’, that claimed to have saved the nation from the hands of the Yar’adua Cabals trying to seize control of the country? Or is the Taraba saga different from the Yar’adua’s? Or is it because this is a case of a Christian to Muslim and not from Muslim to Christian that was why they kept mute? Apart from Femi Falana (SAN) and a few others none of these so call fundamental human right forces are agitating for the respect of the rule of law in Taraba state. Where are the men of God? Why the deaf and dumb attitude?
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”. – Desmond Tutu.
Well, despite your hypocrisy, the youths especially we from a region that is allegedly tagged with slanders and backlash comments are watching from a different perspective and our concern is growing deeper and deeper until justice and equity is shared equally among all irrespective of our backgrounds, religions and political inclinations.
We felt betrayed, marginalized and always been robbed of our right when it is our time to take the task.
In Nigeria, some media are biased and also their misrepresentation of the north has precipitated stereotypes and idiosyncratic beliefs against the people from the northern part of the country especially, the Hausa Fulani (Nigeria’s scape goat) and the Muslims from the north.
In the views of the tribalists and bigots, when it comes to attacking the north, they referred to it as one entity and also a Boko Haram conclave that are killing the Christian from the South. Ironically, when it comes to politricks, they don’t see the north as one entity. They coined words like ‘middle belt Christians’ and ‘Hausa Fulani Muslims’ to divide and rule us as well as segregating us from the rest of the society just because the Yoruba Muslims, Idoma Muslims, Bendel Muslims, Igala and Igbra Muslims, Igbo and Ekwere Muslims have been broken away from us. While the Northern and Southern Christians were becoming their brothers keepers hence, the silence of our brothers have paved the way to our unjust attack and the unjust denial of our fundamental rights as citizens of our dear country Nigeria, a country where Muslims are up to 60% of its population.
Even when it comes to our right of religious practice, the bigots gave us backlash comments especially, one that is currently ordained with the title of tribalist, Mr. Femi Fani Kayode. Imagine this islamophobic shelling words of hatred on our religion and to our respectful senator Yarima simply because he said our religion approves early marriage (when a woman reaches puberty) this bigot with some social egocentric elements took to their twitter TL and other mainstream media to rain abuse on him. Now that COZA’s pastor is in a sexual scandal, I expected such bigots to rain the same abuse they did to our respectful Sen. Yarima to their pastor but their hypocrisy kept them silent. Why? Because he is of the writers belief (religion). Instead of redirecting their energy to more pressing issues like crimes of corruption, mal- governance, cabalism, ASUU and Doctors strike, youth unemployment, or maybe social ills like fornication, adultery, prostitution and female genital mutilation or husbands killing wives? Pressing and actual issues and not made-up events but they tend to focus in another’s man business when theirs is getting rotten.
Perhaps, it is because we live in a country where a religious leader will be given a private Jet as a gift on his birthday so that he can open his big jaws to challenge other sections of the society and use the influence of his organization to cause instability in the country in a view of aiding his kinsman to win elections at a time when large populations of the country are living in abject poverty.
Furthermore, according to this renowned bigot of the first order, Fani-Kayode in one of his interviews at Channels TV, he shamelessly lied against our belief and went ahead to call us pedophilies just because we are exercising our right. Mark his words, “This is the only country in the world that allows child marriage, child sex and pedophilia apart from Saudi Arabia (who are about to change the law), Yemen and Iran. And it is Yarima that encourages this great evil in the name of his faith in Nigeria. 95 per cent of Muslim countries in the world today have specifically banned child marriage by law yet some people keep trying to justify this filthy practice in the name of their faith. He went further to say “The great faiths of Islam, Christianity and Judaism all have three things in common- firstly they are all derived from Father Abraham who was the ”father of faith”.
Secondly, they are all monotheism and believe in only one God. And thirdly they are designed to inspire us, to bring us closer to God, to guide us through our lives, to show us the way to heaven when our work on earth is done and to protect and support the weaker and more vulnerable ones in our community and society including the children. No religion was designed to prey on children and feed fat on them through perverse sexual appetite.” What a shameless liar. You want to teach me my religion when you have ignored the tenets of yours? Once again, shame on you! Your comments on Senator Yarima and your intrusion into our affairs exposed you and your likes as those who are suffering from a problem of religious and cultural dislocation as a result contact with of western civilization or western mode of life.
This bigot who is defiant to the canon of fair play and equal opportunity has failed to tell us why did he adulterate as quoted by one Oguwike Nwachukwu in his article ‘Femi Fani-Kayode’s Shabby Claim, he cited Kayode’s article entitled: ‘A WORD FOR THOSE THAT CALL ME A TRIBALIST’ in which the bigot ridiculously started reeling out the names of Igbo ladies he probably slept with for which only men who need psychiatric assistance can waste such precious time on how they perused the anatomy of the female homo sapiens.
This is a man that has failed to address or attack boring and relevant issues disturbing our great nation especially those people or institutions in the eastern part of the country where newborn babies and children are sold for ritual or prostitution business in Europe. Is this crime worst than that of Yarima’s freedom of religion or is wajoko not an abomination or against the Christian creed whereby you test a Lady by impregnating her after all if you like you marry or dump her? Or is it worst than a crime that was recently confessed by one ‘turn a day pastor’, Shina Rambo who admitted to have pounded many babies and slept with his mother? Or is the sexual affairs of COZA’s pastor not enough for Fani Kayode to understand that Yarima is more righteous to God than the pastor who preached and called for demonstration against early marriage and ended up having some special extra curricula services with his clients?
Kayode think before you talk. You are a capital liar for saying the Yorubas don’t accepts early marriage but where were you when Prof. Ishaq Oloyode secretary Gen. of Jama’atu Nasril Islam of Nigeria, a Yoruba man, shed light on the issue of early marriage and stated that we muslims have the right to marry immediately the girl is matured. Shame on you bigot!
Our perseverance is not an act of cowardice but an innate habit that has bestowed us with patience and endurance, which is the key to our unity as one nation. For this reason, some people are misusing this advantage by attacking and bomb shelling us with all sorts of idiosyncratic comments. Even the sky has a limit and even the farthest point on the horizon is eventually breached. Every story has an end; all legends eventually fade and are, inevitably, surpassed. It is the way of things.
In a recent development, in what seem to be like an act of providence to us, a show of shame between these bigots occurred recently or is still going on when the former Minister (FFK) told the Igbos that Lagos is their ancestral land and not a no man’s land as claimed by some Igbos. To our surprise, the two groups wasted their time rattling and distorting history only to claim Lagos. One will ask is Lagos a Mecca or Rome? Well to me, I have no interest in a state that’s too tiny to share. A lagoon for that matter. My land is amass and enough for me to plant and build houses. And for the Dangotes, IRS, and Abdussamad who have invested much there, it’s left for these two groups to decide the faith of their properties in Lagos after they have succeeded in forming their south republic. Agberobiafiran republic or let suggests another, MASSOBOPIC republic.
I only have a little property there, a bungalow house. If you like demolish it for I have had much in my agricultural and fertile mass land. My onions, tomatoes, peppers, beans, groundnut and meat that was used to build the former capital will stop supplying there and it will be enough for me to survive. The MASSOBOPIC republic citizens will use crude oil as substitute or preferable Ogogoro. My forefathers never drank the crude nor even came to know about it and they survived and even traveled to Mecca by foot because of their good health living condition.
I will not end this article without citing Mr. Festus Odimegwu alias ‘master of calculus manipulator’. This man was sent to the National population Commission (NPC) to distort data. He recently asserted that the data result of the previous census in 2006 was inaccurate. His only target is the north. Why will they always say Kano is the most populous state in Nigeria?
Answer: How can you compare Kano population spread within a parameter of 20,131 km2 (7,773 sq mi) and the population of Lagos, which is compressed within 3,577 square kilometers? The people of the 44 local government areas in Kano and the people jam packed together in 20 Local government areas in Lagos. Even the Igbo community in Kano is more than 2millions not to mention the Lebanese and Egyptians communities. During the previous census many areas in Kano state were omitted especially the ones that are very remote.
Currently, Kano is expected to be more than 18million people. The state is booming, people from neighboring states as well as the Chinese and Indians keep relocating to Kano. In addition, we marry and have children continuously.
Unlike the south of Nigeria, in the north even the poorest can marry and borne as many children as they could. Standard of living is very cheap here. When family planning is part of family life in the south here some clerics preached against it and declared it un-Islamic. We are being mocked because our girls got married and borne children at the age of 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs, and above but when the head counts proves our population strength they go against it out of bias, hatred and sentiments. In the south most the girls in such ages are not dimmed for marriage unless after their higher education or success in business and this is proven today. Not to mention the booming celebrity business.
Some school of taught similar to Mr. Festus alias ‘calculus manipulator’ alleged that the north is full of desert while some even shamelessly lied that we are counted together with our goats and chickens. This is Ridiculous!
Enough is enough of all these nonsense allegations against the north and Hausa Fulanis. A tribe always accused of the shortcomings of the nation. A tribe always used by some Nigerian comedians from the south to portray an ignorant and useless human being. A tribe that has been ridiculously misrepresented with the only roles of an illiterate gate man or a womanizer Alhaji in Nollywood movies. A tribe that has become the sacrificial lamb and the scape goat to be blamed with all the Aguyi Ironsi(Igbo), Chukwuma Nzeagwu Kaduna(Igbos), Yakubu Gowon (Birom native), IBB (Nupe native), Obasanjo (Yoruba) and Abacha (Kanuri native) Abdussalmu Abubakar (nupe native) failures or mistakes of their governments when they were military officers or head of states.
From now on, we would not keep quite or wait to watch some bigots and tribalists trying to destroy our beautiful and historical race that has established a civilized empire even before the invasion of Europeans to Africa. Their selfishness had made them blind and deaf to see and to speak the truth about us. If people especially the bigots, like Fani Kayode are ready to live together with us as one nation, they must learn to respect us (our culture and religion) for respect is reciprocal. We live in a democratic society that gave us the freedom to practice our religion without the interference of Islamophobic people like you.
For those wanting a nation of theirs, it is imperative for them to note that it is not in the interest of our forefathers that Gen. Lugard amalgamated us but of the queens and British interest. But for the purpose of African-hood or brotherliness, we decided to shame the queen whose main aims of amalgamating us is not for integration purposes but for commercial purposes in which our grandfathers were exploited to farm for the queen of England.
It is also pertinent to know that the military have dictated this country for more than 3 decades but of whose interest and benefits? Is it for the talakawas (poor masses) of the north or for themselves? Of whose benefit do they rule us? I believed the sincere answer is; of their benefits but not their regions, religion, or tribes benefits. If so, why our persecution? Haven’t you been to the north?
It is also worth to note that the Hausa Fulani and majority of tribes in the north especially the Kanuris and Nupes are civilized and educated as well as having economic institutions such as the trans sahara trade.
Education is not English speaking or only those taught in western languages should be regarded as the only intelligentsias. The problem here is that when the western missionaries came to the north to dominate us, we resisted and hence only a few of us were converted to the western religion and have the privilege of attaining western education. We already are educated and had an established system of government that is akin to that of our colonizers.
Finally, we have only two groups of people in Nigeria, the oppressed and the oppressors. These two groups can be found in any of the 372 tribes or ethnics and religions in Nigeria. Which of the groups did you fall in?
“The oppressors do not favor promoting the community as a whole, but rather selected leaders.” Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
By Ismail Datti Sa’id Kano.
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