Uncle Fani-Kayode: The Yoruba Uncle You Must Not Look Up To, By Abiodun Shomoye
Nigeria as a country is endowed with many ethnic groups at her disposal. These ethnic groups has assisted in forming a formidable country enviable to other neighboring countries. These ethnic groups are characterized with their unique culture. The world culture has generally be defined as the way of life of people within a location at a particular period of time. Out of the many ethnic groups, three has been selected as the major group in the country which are: Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. Each of these group occupies a unique geographical location within the country and also exhibits their culture independently. This write up, have total biasness for the Yoruba ethnic on no reason other than Yoruba being the ethnic group of the writer. I decided to write this after noticing some shambolic acts from our supposed Yoruba uncle which is totally against the tenets of the Yoruba as an ethnic group. Before our popular Yoruba uncle paint a dirty image of the ethnic group to the large populace, there is need to clarify some issues and this brought about this write up.
Yoruba as an ethnic group in the country have her people majorly located in the south western part of the country and partially in the north central part of the country. In the town, city, state and many other location Yoruba people are found, a reserved way of life remains one of their unique characters. As an ethnic group, Yoruba’s love for respect of people (both old and young) is unarguably one of the best if not the best. Lies, hypocrisy, back-biting, lack of stand, stealing and all other sort of immoral acts tried all possible best to gain entrance into the its culture but all efforts were rendered useless. This ethnic group went as far as creating superstitious believe just to tame her people from imbibing in immoral acts. Every Yoruba born is an ambassador of this great qualities and he/she is expected to act in accordance. As it is known, cultural attributes are not inborn but rather a transferrable character, hence there is need for young Yoruba boy or girl to look up to elderly ones to inherit those enviable features. As an ethnic group within the country, Yoruba is blessed with many elders who have assume the position of elites within and outside the country and remains a role model to all growing Yoruba offspring. Recently, a particular Yoruba elite seems to be doing everything possible to buy attention on every available medium, displaying his pseudo Yoruba features. He is no one other than Femi Fani Kayode.
For the starter, David Olufemi Adewunmi Abdullateef Fani-Kayode is a Nigeria lawyer with international study, an essayist and a politician to his personality. He was born into a prominent family of rev Emmanuel Adebayo Kayode. On his career, he was formerly a special assistant, minister of culture and tourism, minister of aviation, all during the watch of chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the president of the country (between 2003-2007). Femi Fani Kayode as generally known is a man who I can liken his mouth to other examples in physics that humbly obeys Newton’s law which states “a body remains at his constant position unless acted upon by an external force”. To support my assertion on FFK’s mouth and Newton’s law, his former boss, former president Olusegun Obasanjo described FFK’s external force in a lyric-like manner which goes thus “ Femi Fani Kayode is my boy, Provide him food, he will eat and then sing for you”. For remembering purpose, FFK was arrested by the economic and financial crimes commission with 47 count charges in the year 2008 but was discharge and acquitted of all charges in 2014 after he fully dedicated his hilarious mouth to the then ruling political party. FFK is not complete without citing some of his controversial statements, FFK was also quoted to have the Igbos as an ethnic group in Nigeria of more than 40million people are all in “collective, unlettered, uncourt, uncultured, unrestrained and crude in all their ways”. What a Yoruba man in reverse.
For FFK to still be claiming Yoruba as his ethnic group is unjust to the Yoruba culture as his ways of life negates all the stated qualities of a Yoruba man. His actions on various issues depicts he is anti-Yoruba culture and must not be taken serious by any young Yoruba boy or girl, in fact all ethnic groups. My words are not coming out of hatred but rather from a critical study conducted in which his characters and actions were mapped against the stated expected qualities of a Yoruba man. After the study, FFK passed just one test which was aided by the facts that he still bears a Yoruba name. To cut the story short, FFK is in three form: The Lying FFK, The hypocritical FFK and the Irresponsible FFK.
It was brought to my awareness that FFK has decided to release another album from his database of lies but this time around, he went too far even defending the “undefendable”.
What played out in his recent interview on Channels TV can be likened to a situation where there is a messenger without a message thereby turning into an attention seeker. FFK was quoted to have said “Once the Dasuki trial begins, many Nigerians will be shocked that no money meant for arms was used for campaign”. My question to my supposed Yoruba uncle is: Have you been in comma for some months prior to your interview? I guess that should be the only reason for a well-informed person to defend the alleged misappropriation of arms fund when the accused people has started the naming ceremony of the beneficiaries. There is no better definition of “LIES” other than this, young Nigerians outside there, please take note and don’t follow. As if that was not enough, he was also quoted to have said “many Nigerians seems to have forgotten that by the time we conducted the election, we had recovered every single territory”. Though my supposed Yoruba uncle might be subjected to early forgetfulness but people like me isn’t. Let me therefore refresh his memory by asking him this question “Who was in government on May 19, 2015 when Boko Haram recaptured a border town of Maite in Borno?”, don’t let me disturb you with the response, the state of comma was real. You can’t continue to propagate lies and expect to be categorized as a good ambassador of Yoruba’s culture. It will be better you desist from this and stop painting a bad image of the culture.
Let me end by citing some of FFK’s words in the past and what became of them when he was assured of getting his external force. FFK while defecting from PDP was quoted in a video interview to have said the following: “Going to opposition is a work of God”, “My closest friend are no longer in PDP, Nasiru Elrufai is no more, Ribadu is no more”, “Those of us that have been there have tried to endure the wind of corruption and evil, this is what I can’t cope with again”, “As for me, I have pathed way with PDP long ago but am only making it public, am now joining those that my soul has been linked to for so many years, those that are close to me in body, spirit and soul, those that are on the progressive side”. Months later, my Yoruba Uncle displayed his chameleon-like character and was quoted to again negate his words while defecting from PDP. In justification of leaving APC and returning back to the party he was trying hard to endure the wind of corruption and evil, he said the following: “Going to APC was a mistake of decisions”. One will wonder if all those people he said were joined to him in body and soul are also back to PDP, has there been a miraculous transformation which has cleaned up the wind of corruption and evils he said was in PDP? Don’t bother, the external force has influenced his position and a change in direction is definitely bound to occur, remember I said FFK’s mouth obeys Newton’s law.
To my young Nigerians outside there, these are just few out of FFK’s many culturally unacceptable acts, I therefore plead with everyone not to copy any of his bad characters. Though we can’t deny him, he is still our uncle by name.
SHOMOYE ABIODUN R