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All the essay that have been listed below have been published in numerous Nigerian and foreign newspapers and magazines over the years and they can all be found on the internet.

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OF WARRIORS AND HEROES PAST
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

The warrior is noble and strong. His resolve is firm and his commitment is total. His is to kill, to shed blood and to be killed. His is to die for his king and for a worthy cause. His is to protect and lay down his life for his faith, his nation, his people and his loved ones.

What manner of men are these whose spirit speak of such valour and nobility? Consider the ancient Spartans and the Roman warriors of old. Consider the fearsome Vikings who believed that it was a curse to die a peaceful death and that the only way to heaven was to die violently and heroically in fearsome battle. Consider the greatest of all warriors that ever lived, the noble and gallant Achilles.

Consider Alexander the Great who conquered the world with his sword. Consider King David, the greatest of all the kings of Israel, who was a man of blood and war and yet whom God so loved and who loved God more than any other.

Consider David's "strongmen" who stood with him through thick and thin and who fought for and protected him to the very end. Consider their gallant captain, the mighty Joab and the others, Abishai, Asahel, Eleazer, the Tachomonite, Shammah, Benaiah, Eliam, Igal and Uriah the Hittite.

These were David's ''strongmen'': all great and valient men of war whose courage was legendary and whose loyalty to their God and their King was unflinching and unquestionable.

Consider Shaka the Zulu, Beowulf the Nordic king and William Wallace the liberator of Scotland. Consider King Henry V of England who routed the French at the battle of Agincourt even though he was outnumbered by three men to one.

Consider Julius Caesar who came, who saw and who conquered. Consider the great Heracles who was a descendant of the mighty Hercules himself. Consider Spartacus, who turned slaves into men. Consider Samson, who slew a troop with the jaw bone of an ass and yet who fell at the touch of a woman.

Consider Gideon who slew the Midianites, Jeptha who sacrificed his own daughter, Joshua who brought down the walls of Jericho and Jehu, who drove his chariot like a madman, who slew the witch-Queen Jezebel and who fulfilled prophesy by ensuring that the dogs ate her flesh and licked her blood in the valley of Jezreel.

Consider those that laid down their lives for our great and noble faith: Paul of Tarsus, the greatest of all the apostles, who brought the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the gentiles and to the wider world.

Peter the disciple, who became the rock on whom the Church of God was built. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, Stephen, Isaiah, Elijah, Daniel, John and all the other disciples and prophets of old.

For martyrs and heroes that lived and died for God are also gallant warriors who feared not death and who stood firm to the end in defense of their faith.

Consider George Washington who led his troops into battle and whose war cry was "victory or death". Consider the charge of the Light Brigade, the courage of the 600, at the battle of Balaclava in the fields of the Crimea. Consider the Ikemba, Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu who resisted genocide and who established Biafra. Consider Isaac Boro, the champion of the Delta, who rejected tyranny and who fought for his people. Consider Ken Saro-Wiwa whose prose moved mountains and who refused to bow to a dictator. Consider Moshood Abiola, who defied the oppressor and who died a martyr. 

Consider Patrice Lumumba who died for his country, John Jerry Rawlings who liberated a generation, Thomas Sankara who stood for Africa and Malcom X who brought dignity to his people. Consider Robespierre, Marat and the heroes of the French revolution who defied kings and queens and who watered the tree of liberty with blood. Consider Muammar Ghaddafi, who empowered his people, Gamal Abdel Nasser, who gave hope to the Arab, Fidel Castro, who broke the yoke of bondage and Nelson Mandela who brought joy to millions. Consider Toussaint L'Ouverture who freed the slaves of Haiti and who established a proud black nation. 

Consider General Lee at the battle of Gettysburg, Oliver Cromwell at the battle of Nasby, Horatio Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar and King Leonidas, with his gallant ''300'', at the battle of Thermopylae. Consider Generals Marshal, Patton, Eisenhower, Rommel and MacArthur in the great battles of the Second World war. Consider the ''Black Scorpion'', General Benjamin Adekunle, with his 3rd Marine Commando at the Battle of Ore.

Consider Zhukov at the siege of Leningrad and his courageous exploits at the battle of Moscow. Consider Bernard Montgomery, with his fearless ''Desert Rats'', at the battle of Alamein, Charles De Gaulle at the siege of Paris and Chang Kai-Shek in the war against Japan. Consider Attila the Hun, Ghengis Khan, Peter the Great, Richard the Lion-heart, Salahudeen the Compassionate, Katsumoto the Samurai, Hannibal of Carthage and Hector of Troy.

Consider our gallant amazons and female warriors of old- Boadicea of East Anglia, Joan D'Arc of France, Elizabeth 1 of England, Amina of Zaria, Moremi of Ife, Golda Meir of Israel, Margret Thatcher of Great Britain, Indira Ghandi of India, Queen Idia of Benin, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, Queen Esther of the Medes and Persians, Cleopatra of the Blue Nile and Egypt and Yaa Asantewaa of the Ashanti Kingdom.

Consider Generals Foche and Hague at the battle of the Somme. Consider George Armstrong Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn, the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Waterloo and Napoleon Bonaparte, in his full glory and power, at the battle of Marengo.

Had these great men and women all not stood their ground and had they all not played their role in our collective history, where would the world be today? They sacrificed their today so that we may have our tomorrow.

They lived and died for the sake of others and asked for only one thing in return: that their names should live forever and that we should never forget their noble deeds and their worthy sacrifices.

And we must not forget, nay we dare not forget, for as Martin Luther King once said "if a man is not ready to die for something, then he is not worthy of living for anything". The warrior is prepared to die for his cause. That is what makes him so noble and that is why he will always have a special place in our hearts.

May the spirit of the warrior and selfless courage fill us all and, like the true warriors that we are meant to be, when the angel of death comes may the Lord give us the strength and boldness to look at him fearlessly in the face and treat him with the contempt and disdain that he deserves- knowing that he has lost his sting and that, by the power of Christ Jesus, he has been conquered and crushed.

When the dark angel comes, as come he must for us all, let us be men and let us die a good death, not cringing and crying like puppies, but like true warriors, fighting to the bitter end. For it is never for the warrior to ask the why: it is only for the warrior to do or die.
The warrior does not vanish into the night. The warrior will not go down without a fight.

________________FFK, 2015


THE CARNAGE OF THE CATTLEREARERS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

I support the call by Afenifere that all Fulani herdsmen should be banned from the south-west. Actually I believe that they should be banned from the entire south and not just the south west. I also stand by every word that I wrote in my widely published essay titled ''The Herdsmen From Hell''. This contribution serves as a follow up to that essay.

The bottom line is this: we do not want those that slaughter innocent people, including women and children, in our midst.Those that say that we must remain silent when aliens and vandals invade our land, rape our women and kill our people are, at best, misinformed and misuguided and, at worse, insensitive and wicked.

How can they expect us to remain silent when our elders and leaders are being terrorised and brutalised on a regular basis. Those that harbor such views and that have such misgivings are suffering from a callous and diseased state of mind and they shall be put to shame. No matter what they say we will continue to expose and resist this barbarity and we shall continue to call it precisely what it is: pure and unadulterated evil. We shall not be intimidated by those that seek to silence us and neither shall we cowered into silence.

I have no regrets for describing those murderous Fulani herdsmen as tsetse flies. Actually they are worse than that because, like Satan, they only come to kill, steal and destroy. It is obvious to any discerning mind that this categorization is limited to those Fulani herdsmen that indulge in barbaric and criminal activities and not the entire Fulani race.

Like any other ethnic group there are good Fulanis and there are bad ones. For someone to suggest that we ought to spare the bad ones simply because we are scared of offending the sensibilities of the good ones makes no sense to me. I have many Fulani friends and the last thing on my mind would be to demonise an entire ethnic group. For anyone to suggest that a literary attack and a verbal assault on a bunch murderers and killers who happen to be of Fulani extraction is an attack on the entire Fulani race is absurd. Worse still to describe such an attack as ''hate speech against the Fulani tribe'' is simply asinine: it is nothing more than the gross manifestation of a subterranean slave mentality and an attempt at sucking up to those that believe that they own Nigeria.  

Those that have voiced such puerile nonsense ought to provide an answer to the following question: should we remain silent when we see some wicked and uneducated cattle rearers committing atrocities which may, if not properly checked, result in a full scale ethnic war. If the herdsmen had been Yoruba or Igbo I would have condemned them in similar terms and labelled them in precisely the same way. I may even have gone further because I would have expected far better from my own people.

I also happen to know that if Yoruba or Igbo traders or farmers went to the core north and singled-out the elders, leaders, traditional rulers and women and  children of the Fulani tribe for murder, pillage, torture and rape all hell would have broken loose by now and their reaction would not have been limited to harsh words, strongly-worded essays and uncomplimentary categorizations.

The bottom line is this: the days of us keeping quite and suffering in silence in the name of political correctness are long over. If we don't want trouble and we don't want matters to escalate we must speak out against evil very clearly and very quickly and we must condemn and correctly label those that like to shed human blood at the drop of a hat. This is especially so when they prey on the weak, the elderly and the more vulnerable in our society.

It is the gutless cowards that live amongst us that seek to play down the pillage, murder and rape of others that are guilty of hate crimes and collusion with genocidal maniacs and not those of us that have the courage to call a spade a spade.

Those that support the atrocities of the herdsmen are insensitive to the feelings and sufferings of others and that is the biggest crime of all. They hate the victims of these terrible atrocities and they love and make excuses for the perpetrators. They are completely incapable of any form of empathy with those that have been violated and slaughtered and in their heart of hearts they relish the atrocities and they consider them fair game and fair sport.

A good example of such people is the individual who leads an organisaton which is supposed to protect the rights of the less fortunate in our society. This individual apparently does not deem it appropriate to stand up against the evil that the herdsmen have been indulging in for the last few years and he prefers to pamper them. Why am I not surprised?

Instead of speaking up for the human rights and civil liberties of those that have been maimed, killed and persecuted as he has been charged to do, the man is busy trying to say things that are politically correct. Whilst he is attempting to please and impress his new paymasters people are being killed by his cattle-rearing friends on a daily basis.  I say shame on him and those that think like him and I honestly believe that the blood of those innocent people that have been maimed and slaughtered by the herdsman are partly on his hands because he has encouraged them with his complicit silence and his veiled support.

Given the attitude of men like that, coupled with the apparent indifference of the Federal Government to the whole issue, it is clear that the carnage and tyranny of the Fulani herdsmen may not end any time soon. I say this because barely ten days after the abduction and matcheting (yes matcheting) of Chief Olu Falae and on October 1st 2015, which is Nigeria's independence day, the Fulani herdsmen struck again. On that day they abducted a traditional ruler from the Yoruba-speaking area of Kogi state. His name is Oba Adebisi Obademi and they abducted him from his palace in Apa-Bunu in the Kabba-Bunu area of his state. They have asked the family to pay a ransom for his release.

On the same day they released a 70 year old Yoruba cleric by the name of Pastor Japhet Obafemi who is from Ilepa, Ikare Akoko in Ondo state. They had abducted him and kept him in tortuous captivity for 11 grueling days. Sadly a number of others whose homes were invaded by the herdsmen were not so lucky. Mr. Agbaose Sowetan from Oja-Odan, Ogun state and Mrs. Ayeshi Balogun from Asa village, Ogun state, both of whom were farmers, were not allowed to go home to their families but instead they were murdered in cold blood. According to press reports Mrs. Balogun, who was a mother of three, was gang-raped before being hacked to death.

Can there be any greater evil than this? Who will tame these wicked and hard-hearted herdsmen and who will clip the wings of these bloodthirsty cattle-rearers? Who will deliver us from these sadists and terrorists that have no sense of restraint or remorse and that have no mercy or compassion? Who will stand up to them boldly and say "let my people go"?

Permit me to conclude this intervention by repeating an interesting and relevant contribution from the famous British historian, writer and educationalist Dr. T.R. Batten. He wrote: 

"The Fulani were at their most influential in Gobir. Then a dispute broke out between their Imam, Usman Dan Fodiyo and Sarkin Gobir Yunfa.The Fulani rallied behind their leader who encouraged them to defy their Hausa Chief. He began a jihad and fighting broke out. Thus the Fulani seized the country by force against the will of those who lived there. The enmity had nothing to do with religion for among those who fought (against the Fulani) were many Muslims. It was about the Fulani's wish to seize power from the Hausas."

    

It follows that the herdsman and those that they represent conquer by infiltration, assimilation and guile. Those that doubt this should find out what became of the ancient Hausa kingdoms. They should also find out about the terrible fate that befell the famous Yoruba general, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of the old Oyo empire, Afonja, at the hands of Abdulsalami, the son of his erstwhile "ally" and friend the Fulani Salih Janta (A.K.A Shehu Alimi).

After Afonja died Abdulsalami killed his son and took over his throne in Ilorin. Since that time a Fulani Emir, with a flag from the Sultan of Sokoto, has ruled Ilorin whilst the Yoruba descendants of Afonja have been denied the throne in a predominantly Yoruba town that was founded and established by Aare Afonja, their illustrious Yoruba forefather.  It is better to learn from the mistakes of history rather than to allow them to be repeated.

________________FFK, 2015


A COVENANT WITH DEATH
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay


''Israel will no longer exist in 25 years''- Grand Ayatollah  Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei , the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Prince of Persia is a spirit-being that the Holy Bible describes as a ''principality’’. He rules over the geographical space that was once known as Persia but that is now known as Iran.

Judging from the words of Ayatollah Khamenei I have little doubt that he is firmly under the grip of this spirit-being.

When he speaks, it is not him that is speaking but rather it is the Prince of Persia that is speaking through him. This contribution is about the folly of trusting such a man and the manifest danger of entering into a nuclear arms deal with him.

Permit me to begin with an aside. One of the consequences of the war in Syria and Iraq is the massive inflow of refugees from the Middle East into Europe. It is sad to see millions of people fleeing their homeland and walking half way across the world to escape the savagery of war.

The question that arises is this: why have Saudi Arabia and the other Arab Gulf states refused to assist their Muslim and Arab brothers and take them in? Mr. Paul Joseph Watson raised some pertinent points in a contribution to Global Research. He wrote:

‘’While European countries are being lectured about their failure to take in enough refugees, Saudi Arabia which has taken in precisely zero migrants has 100,000 air conditioned tents that can house over 3 million people sitting empty. The sprawling network of high quality tents are located in the city of Mina, spreading across a 20 square km valley, and are only used for 5 days of the year by Hajj pilgrims. The tents could provide shelter for almost all of the 4 million Syrian refugees that have been displaced by the country’s civil war. While it refuses to take in any more refugees, Saudi Arabia has offered to build 200 mosques for the 500,000 migrants a year expected to pour into Germany. While Europe is being burdened by potentially millions of people who don’t share the same culture or religion as the host population, Gulf Arab states refuse to pull their weight, resolving only to throw money at the problem’’.

Mr. Watsons’ observations are legitimate.

I support the assertion that the west should take in as many Arab refugees as possible on humanitarian grounds. However there must be a moment of pause whilst we consider the following questions.

Is it possible that some of those that have fled to Europe are actually ISIS members who are using this opportunity to plant themselves in the very heart of western civilization where they can wreak havoc? Is there any truth in the Russian narrative that the massive exodus of Arab refugees into Europe today is nothing short of a "Trojan horse" invasion?

Again is it conceivable that the refusal of the Saudis to receive any of the refugees is borne out of the fact that the quickest way to change the racial and religious identity of Europe and to bring greater Arab and Islamic influence to bear on western culture and civilization is the mass migration of millions of Muslim refugees into Europe?

This suspicion is reinforced by the fact that instead of taking in the refugees the Saudi authorities have instead offered to build 200 mosques in Germany in order to cater for the migrants that seek refuge there.

Do those voices in Europe that have called for caution in receiving the refugees have a point? That remains to be seen. One thing is very clear: the Saudi authorities cannot be trusted. More often than not they hide their true intentions and they always cover their tracks. A good example of this is their reaction to the horrendous events of last week when 717 pilgrims were killed and 850 injured in a stampede that took place in Mina during hajj. 

Instead of accepting responsibility and consoling the families of the dead (many of whom were African) the Saudi government's official reaction, voiced through a member of the royal family by the name of Prince Khaled Al Faisal, was to blame the tragedy on ''some pilgrims with African nationality''. This was before any investigation had even commenced. This brings us to the very heart of this contribution and begs for an answer to the following question.

If such an influx of refugees into Europe has been triggered off by what is essentially a Middle Eastern proxy war between the U.S.A and Saudi Arabia on the one hand and Russia and Iran on the other, can one possibly imagine the sheer carnage and massive influx that a war between Iran and Israel would cause?

What is happening today would be child's play when one considers that scenario. Yet those that support the Iran nuclear arms deal fail to appreciate the fact that strengthening Iran by lifting sanctions and putting hundreds of billions of dollars in the Iranian governments’ coffers takes us one step closer to such a conflict.

Until Iran renounces its intention of spreading global jihad and until the clerics that rule that country stop their provocative rhetoric towards Israel there can never be peace.

The only language that terror understands is an equal dose of terror. The policy of appeasement which the Iran nuclear deal represents is the worst thing that could have happened and those that have put it in place will have cause to deeply regret it.

The greatest mistake that President Obama has made is to trust Iran. This is a country whose leaders have continuously referred to America as the ‘’great Satan’’ and Israel as the ‘’little Satan’’.

This is a country whose Supreme Leader opens political rallies by chanting ‘’death to America’’. This is a country whose former President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Israel would be ‘’wiped off the face of the earth’’.

This is a country whose leaders believe in the coming of the great muslim ''Mahdi''- the so-called "Guided One" whose coming, according to shia eschatology and prophecy, "will be heralded by the raising of a black flag in Kurasan". This is a country whose leaders fully espouse the concept of global jihad and whose constitution specifically calls for the destruction of America and Israel.

By this deal President Obama has given the Iranian government immense power and a new lease of life. This is a government that is perverse in all its ways and that presides over the affairs of a vicious and unrelenting theocratic state. This is a government that is led by a handful of misguided religious fanatics whose objective is to spread radical Islam throughout the world.

This is a government that has taken away the basic freedoms of its' own people and held them in bondage for the last 36 years. This is a government that exports blood, death and terror by funding terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Mehdi Army and many others throughout the world.

Given all this can anyone legitimately dispute the words of the former Foreign Minister of Israel, Mr. Avigdor Lieberman, who described the nuclear deal as ''a surrender to terror''? On his part the Defence Minister of Israel, Mr. Moshe Yaalon, said it is a deal that was built on Iran's ''lies and deceit''. He went further by describing the agreement as ''a tragedy for all who aspire for regional stability and who fear a nuclear Iran''. Not one to be left out of the fray, the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu, called the deal a "historic mistake".

Most instructive of all was the contribution of Israel's Education Minister, Mr. Naftali Bennet, who warned that: ''The history books have been re-written again today and this period will be deemed particularly grave and dangerous''. He said, ''western citizens who get up for another day at work or school are not aware of the fact that about half a trillion dollars has been transferred to the hands of a terrorist superpower, the most dangerous country in the world, who has promised the destruction of nations and peoples. Today it may be us, tomorrow it may reach every country in the form of suitcase bombs in London or New York. Israel has done everything possible to warn of danger and in the end it will follow its own interest and will do whatever it takes to defend itself'' (See Peter Beaumonts’ article in the UK's, Guardian Newspaper, 14th July 2015).              

These men have spoken nothing but the truth and the world would do well to listen. Sadly that does not appear to be happening because the American government has been sold a dummy and they have taken the full plunge. I have always viewed Obama's policies in the Middle East and North Africa with suspicion.

In my view he is the greatest friend that the radical jihadists have ever had in the White House and he has done more for their cause than any other American President. His support for the Iran nuclear deal confirms this.

Permit me to conclude this contribution with a word to Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the man who said that Israel will ''no longer exist’’ in 25 years: hell will freeze over before Israel ever goes down.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to him in an equally eloquent manner by saying, "anyone who attacks the State of Israel will pay with his life".

A word is enough for the wise. The Holy Bible says ''He who keeps Israel never sleeps or slumbers''. The day that Iran attacks Israel will be the day that Iran would have signed its own death warrant. They will be crushed beyond recognition and redemption.

Finally a word for our American friends. Pastor John Hagee, a leading American evangelist and a man of tremendous insight, wisdom and knowledge said the following: ''the day America turns its back on Israel will be the day that God turns His back on America''. He has described President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran as a ''covenant with death'', he argues that it represents a betrayal of Israel and he believes that America will suffer the consequences of it. I concur. 

________________FFK, 2015


THE HERDSMEN FROM HELL
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

"Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted,  the indifference of those who should have known better and the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph"- His Royal Majesty Haile Selassie 1, Emperor of Ethiopia. 
     

If there was ever a time to remember the words of  Haile Selassie and speak out against evil this is it. With the abduction of the elder statesman and June 12th struggle hero, Chief Olu Falae, from his home by a group of Fulani herdsmen in south western Nigeria it is time for us to seriously consider the expulsion of all Fulani herdsmen from the southern part of our country.

We thank God and commend the efforts of the Inspector-General of the Nigerian police that Chief Falae was returned home safely after a harrowing three days. Given his status in Yoruba land, had this not been so there would have been cataclysmic consequences for the unity of our country.

It is because we wish to avoid such a scenario that it is important that we get these marauders and vandals out of our territory as quickly as possible. This is especially so given the fact that, by Falae's testimony, it is clear that the Fulani herdsmen that abducted him were working hand in hand with Boko Haram.

These herdsmen have become the pests of our nation. They are like the east African tsetse fly: wherever they go they suck the life blood out of their hosts and, like the locust, they destroy everything in their path. They are like leeches: they indulge in a parasitic mode of nutrition and they suck the blood of the carcass until their victim is left for dead. 

Like the Arab Janjaweed, they are only known for the most hideous of things. This includes terror, intimidation, theft, murder, rape, abduction, mutilation, the violation of the rights of others, the destruction of the land and crops of farmers and the destruction of property.

Anyone that doubts this should ask the people of the north central zone what they have been suffering in the hands of these vagabonds and vagrants for the last 50 years. This is especially so in Plateau, Benue, Niger, Kwara, Nassarawa, Taraba and Adamawa states.

Yet up until 20 years ago this was essentially a northern problem and it did not affect the south. Sadly that has changed. It has now become a national plague that knows no boundaries and whose poison threatens to consume us all.

In the last few years the Fulani herdsmen have attacked, ravaged and pillaged many rural communities south of the River Niger and they have slaughtered and raped thousands of innocent people in the south-south, the south-east and the south-western zones of our country.

We recall how, after a violent clash between them and some Yoruba farmers in Oyo state in 2000, General Buhari (as he then was) led a strong delegation of northern leaders to see the late Governor of Oyo state, Governor Lam Adeshina. On arrival Buhari put the following question to him: "why are YOUR people killing MY people?" This was a classic case of a Freudian slip. The Bible says ‘’out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks’’. The general had spoken his mind.

Governor Adeshina was shocked with disbelief and he responded by telling Buhari that he was rather surprised that a former Head of State would refer to one ethnic group as "his’’ people whilst referring to another as someone elses'. He said that this was especially so given the fact that people were killed on both sides of the divide in what was a sad and unfortunate conflict.

The insensitivity of Buhari to the Yoruba farmers and their plight in the hands of the Fulani raiders was noted from that moment on. Ever since that conversation took place the lines have been drawn and the south west has been on alert.

The abduction of Falae may well have brought things to a head because today virtually every self-respecting Yoruba man is calling for strong resistance to these alien cattle-rearers whose criminal activities have led to nothing but blood, tears and carnage. If the government refuses to stop them then it is very clear that some communities may end up doing so themselves.

Yet there is an even more sinister dimension to this problem than most people care to admit. That dimension is best illustrated by the following question. Can there be any truth in the assertion that the Fulani herdsmen are nothing less than the vanguard and covert armed wing of the Fulani ruling class which has managed to infiltrate the south under the ingenious guise of selling cows?

Are they sleeper cells of a much bigger army and a much wider cause? Are they, as Falae has suggested, working hand in hand with Boko Haram? If a major conflict were to arise would those sleeper cells be activated and would they commence the wholesale slaughter of the indigenous population in their host states? As painful as it may appear these are questions that we must ask.

The fact that the herdsmen demanded for a 100 million naira ransom from Falae speaks volumes. The question is this: what do mere cattle-rearers want with 100 million naira?  Even more instructive is the fact that when they were offered 2 million naira they responded by saying that that amount would not be enough for Boko Haram.

Given all this it is clear to me that we must begin to look at the wider picture. We must accept the ugly reality that there may be more to all this than meets the eye. This is especially so given the fact that up until the time of writing this piece not one of Falae's captors has been apprehended by the police and they seem to have vanished into thin air. One wonders what transpired. Were they granted amnesty or are they ghosts?

Can there be any truth in the suggestion that there was some kind of official collusion in the abduction? Was it an attempt to put Falae, and by extension the Yoruba, in their place for vigorously supporting the idea of a national conference? Is it an attempt to intimidate those from the south west that opposed President Buhari in the 2015 presidential elections? If so it will not work.

Afenifere, the leading socio-cultural group of the south west of which Falae is a leading member, and the Yoruba people generally have a way of rising to the occasion when they are threatened, cheated or persecuted. History proves that. Worthy of note are the words of Dr. Frederick Fasheun and Otunba Gani Adams, both leaders of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) in this matter. Only the unwise would ignore their counsel. 

Another curious twist to the tale is the fact that it took the Buhari administration two days to make any formal announcement on Falae's abduction and just the day after they finally did so the elder statesman was suddenly released.

The question is this: who is pulling the strings from behind the scenes and who is attempting to test our resolve and test the waters? Whatever the answer to these questions are one thing remains clear. The days of killing people with impunity and stripping them of their lands and possessions are long over.

The Fulani herdsmen may well believe that they have one of their own in the Villa today but that does not mean that they will get away with their murderous ways or their sheer impunity. It is most unwise for them to continue to test the resolve of the people of the south in this way. I say this because collectively southerners are slow to anger but irresistible in battle. When pushed to the wall they often indulge in what Dr. Amanze Obi, the respected columnist for Nigeria's Sun newspaper, once described as ''southern fury''.

Permit me to conclude this intervention with an interesting and relevant contribution from the famous British historian, writer and educationalist Dr. T.R. Batten. He wrote:  

"The Fulani were at their most influential in Gobir.Then a dispute broke out between their Imam, Usman Dan Fodiyo and Sarkin Gobir Yunfa.The Fulani rallied behind their leader who encouraged them to defy their Hausa Chief. He began a jihad and fighting broke out. Thus the Fulani seized the country by force against the will of those who lived there. The enmity had nothing to do with religion for among those who fought (against the Fulani) were many Muslims. It was about the Fulani's wish to seize power from the Hausas."
     

It follows that the herdsman and those that they represent conquer by infiltration, assimilation and guile. Those that doubt this should find out what became of the ancient Hausa kingdoms. May God deliver us from the vagabonds and vagrants in our midst.

________________FFK, 2015


THE TROJAN HORSE AND THE PRINCE OF PERSIA
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

''Israel will no longer exist in 25 years''- Grand Ayatollah  Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei , the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Prince of Persia is a spirit being that the Holy Bible describes as a ''principality’’. He rules over the geographical space that was once known as Persia but that is now known as Iran.

This is an entity that has the power to contend with even the most awesome of God's angels. Judging from the words of Ayatollah Khamenei I have little doubt that he is firmly under the grip of this spirit being.

When he speaks, it is not him that is speaking but rather it is the Prince of Persia that is speaking through him. This contribution is about the folly of trusting such a man and the manifest danger of entering into a nuclear arms deal with him.

Permit me to begin with an aside. One of the consequences of the war in Syria and Iraq is the massive inflow of refugees from the Middle East into Europe. It is sad to see millions of people fleeing their homeland and walking half way across the world to escape the savagery of war.

The question that arises is this: why have Saudi Arabia and the other Arab Gulf states refused to assist their Muslim and Arab brothers and take them in? Mr. Paul Joseph Watson raised some pertinent points in a contribution to Global Research. He wrote:

‘’While European countries are being lectured about their failure to take in enough refugees, Saudi Arabia which has taken in precisely zero migrants has 100,000 air conditioned tents that can house over 3 million people sitting empty. The sprawling network of high quality tents are located in the city of Mina, spreading across a 20 square km valley, and are only used for 5 days of the year by Hajj pilgrims. The tents could provide shelter for almost all of the 4 million Syrian refugees that have been displaced by the country’s civil war. While it refuses to take in any more refugees, Saudi Arabia has offered to build 200 mosques for the 500,000 migrants a year expected to pour into Germany. While Europe is being burdened by potentially millions of people who don’t share the same culture or religion as the host population, Gulf Arab states refuse to pull their weight, resolving only to throw money at the problem’’.

Mr. Watsons’ observations are legitimate.

I support the assertion that the west should take in as many Arab refugees as possible on humanitarian grounds. However there must be a moment of pause whilst we consider the following questions.

Is it possible that some of those that have fled to Europe are actually ISIS members who are using this opportunity to plant themselves in the very heart of western civilization where they can wreak havoc? Is there any truth in the Russian narrative that the massive exodus of Arab refugees into Europe today is nothing short of a "Trojan horse" invasion?

Again is it conceivable that the refusal of the Saudis to receive any of the refugees is borne out of the fact that the quickest way to change the racial and religious identity of Europe and to bring greater Arab and Islamic influence to bear on western culture and civilization is the mass migration of millions of Muslim refugees into Europe?

This suspicion is reinforced by the fact that instead of taking in the refugees the Saudi authorities have instead offered to build 200 mosques in Germany in order to cater for the migrants that seek refuge there.

Do those voices in Europe that have called for caution in receiving the refugees have a point? That remains to be seen. This brings us to the very heart of this contribution and begs for an answer to the following question.

If such an influx of refugees into Europe has been triggered off by what is essentially a Middle Eastern proxy war between the U.S.A and Saudi Arabia on the one hand and Russia and Iran on the other, can one possibly imagine the sheer carnage and massive influx that a war between Iran and Israel would cause?

What is happening today would be child's play when one considers that scenario. Yet those that support the Iran nuclear arms deal fail to appreciate the fact that strengthening Iran by lifting sanctions and putting hundreds of billions of dollars in the Iranian governments’ coffers takes us one step closer to such a conflict.

Until Iran renounces its intention of spreading global jihad and until the clerics that rule that country stop their provocative rhetoric towards Israel there can never be peace.

The only language that terror understands is an equal dose of terror. The policy of appeasement which the Iran nuclear deal represents is the worst thing that could have happened and those that have put it in place will have cause to deeply regret it.

The greatest mistake that President Obama has made is to trust Iran. This is a country whose leaders have continuously referred to America as the ‘’great Satan’’ and Israel as the ‘’little Satan’’.

This is a country whose Supreme Leader opens political rallies by chanting ‘’death to America’’. This is a country whose former President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Israel would be ‘’wiped off the face of the earth’’.

This is a country whose leaders believe in the coming of the great Muslim ''Mahdi''- the so-called "Guided One" whose coming, according to shia eschatology and prophecy, "will be heralded by the raising of a black flag in Kurasan". This is a country whose leaders fully espouse the concept of global jihad and whose constitution specifically calls for the destruction of America and Israel.

By this deal President Obama has given the Iranian government immense power and a new lease of life. This is a government that is perverse in all its ways and that presides over the affairs of a vicious and unrelenting theocratic state. This is a government that is led by a handful of misguided religious fanatics whose objective is to spread radical Islam throughout the world.

This is a government that has taken away the basic freedoms of its' own people and held them in bondage for the last 36 years. This is a government that exports blood, death and terror by funding terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Mehdi Army and many others throughout the world.

Given all this can anyone legitimately dispute the words of the former Foreign Minister of Israel, Mr. Avigdor Lieberman, who described the nuclear deal as ''a surrender to terror''? On his part the Defence Minister of Israel, Mr. Moshe Yaalon, said it is a deal that was built on Iran's ''lies and deceit''. He went further by describing the agreement as ''a tragedy for all who aspire for regional stability and who fear a nuclear Iran''.

Most instructive of all was the contribution of Israel's Education Minister, Mr. Naftali Bennet, who warned that: ''The history books have been re-written again today and this period will be deemed particularly grave and dangerous''. He said, ''western citizens who get up for another day at work or school are not aware of the fact that about half a trillion dollars has been transferred to the hands of a terrorist superpower, the most dangerous country in the world, who has promised the destruction of nations and peoples. Today it may be us, tomorrow it may reach every country in the form of suitcase bombs in London or New York. Israel has done everything possible to warn of danger and in the end it will follow its own interest and will do whatever it takes to defend itself'' (See Peter Beaumonts’ article in the UK's, Guardian Newspaper, 14th July 2015).              

These men have spoken nothing but the truth and the world would do well to listen. Sadly that does not appear to be happening because the American government has been sold a dummy and they have taken the full plunge. I have always viewed Obama's policies in the Middle East and North Africa with suspicion.

In my view he is the greatest friend that the radical jihadists have ever had in the White House and he has done more for their cause than any other American President. His support for the Iran nuclear deal confirms this.

Permit me to conclude this contribution with a word to Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the man who said that Israel will ''no longer exist’’ in 25 years: hell will freeze over before Israel ever goes down.

Mr. Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, responded to him in an equally eloquent manner by saying, "anyone who attacks Israel will pay with his life".

A word is enough for the wise. The day that Iran attacks Israel will be the day that Iran would have signed its own death warrant. They will be crushed beyond recognition and redemption.

________________FFK, 2015


THE 9th EARL OF BATHURST AND THE NIGERIAN STATE
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

Allen Christopher Bertram Bathurst, the 9th Earl of Bathurst is a British peer whose other title is Lord Apsley.  He and I were colleagues at Harrow School, the best private school in the United Kingdom, 30 years ago. In 1985 he said the following: ‘’Nigeria is a toilet of a country where evil reigns’’.

I have never forgotten his insulting remarks. I found it intriguing that this quintessential member of the English upper class had the nerve to say such things to me about my country.

My response to him was equally graphic and frank. I told him that Nigeria was not a ‘’toilet of a country’’ but that if he insisted on his insolent characterization then it was a ‘’toilet’’ that was established by  non-other than his British forefathers who defecated in it and left a horrible mess before departing from our shores. He found my response most disconcerting and we almost came to blows.

Yet I look at what has happened to us in the last 54 years of our existence as an independent nation and what we have suffered in the last 100 years since the 1914 amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates and I really do wonder.

If the truth must be told, things have not gone too well for us. I was born in the same year as we gained our independence and as I ponder and reflect on the last 54 years all I see is violence, bloodshed, dashed hopes, lost opportunities and shattered dreams. I see a brutal civil war in which two million people died.

I see a string of violent military coups and repressive military dictatorships and I see suspicion and division between the peoples of the north and the south. I see dangerous tensions between the numerous ethnic nationalities, continuous strife and sectarian violence. I see bombings, the slaughter of the innocents, Islamic fundamentalist rebellions, battle-ready ethnic militias and bloodthirsty local war lords.

I see economic degradation, decaying infrastructures, environmental disasters and untold suffering and hardship. And finally I see poverty and unemployment, poor quality leadership and a dysfunctional semi-failed state which is still struggling to find its true identity.

On October 1st every year we make nostalgic and inspirational speeches about the ‘’labors of our heroes past’’ and congratulate one another on our independence. Yet we refuse to sit back in deep reflection, take stock of what has really been going on and carry out an honest and candid appraisal of our situation.

We are not ‘’a toilet of a country where evil reigns’’ but we must admit that we are in a mess. And the question is why are we in such a mess, how did we get there, why have we not been able to get out of it in 52 years and what role did our former colonial masters play in creating and sustaining that mess.

If we want to answer these questions we must go back to the beginning. The problem is that the British established a faulty foundation for Nigeria right from the start which they knew could not produce anything wholesome. The Nigeria that they handed over to us in 1960 was nothing but an unworkable artificial state and a “poisoned chalice”. It was destined to fail right from the outset.

Worse still they handed us that poisoned chalice with a malicious and mischievous intent and without any recourse to our people in terms of any form of a national referendum. The British did the same thing in varying degrees when they left virtually each and every one of their other ‘’third world’’ colonies. The most obvious cases however were Nigeria, the Sudan, India and the nation that was formerly known as Malaya.

Every single one of these four countries had monumental problems with sustaining their unity after independence and all of them, with the exception of Nigeria, were compelled to break up into smaller entities before they could bring out the best in themselves as a people and fully exercise their human potentials.

Consequently India broke up into three and became India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the Sudan broke into two and became Southern Sudan and the Sudan and Malaya broke into two and became Malaysia and Singapore. Nigeria is yet to find the courage and fortitude to go that far and whether we will eventually break up or not remains to be seen.

Yet the truth is that when you force two incompatibles with completely different world views together into an unhappy marriage, lock the gates of the house, throw away the keys and bestow leadership upon a “poor husband” to rule over a ‘’rich wife’’ in perpetuity, you are looking for trouble.

The result of the amalgamation was therefore predictable. It was either that the “poor husband” (the north) would fully subjugate and eventually kill the “rich wife”(the south) or the “rich wife” would fully subjugate and eventually kill the “poor husband”. And we are right in the middle of that struggle for mutual subjugation till today.

In 1960 the British ensured that power was handed over to the most pliable region at the Federal level by establishing an alliance with the northern traditional institutions and political ruling elite and fixing the census figures in their favor.

Consequently by 1960 we had a situation where the well-educated, enlightened, progressive and predominantly Christian south was played out through intrigue, deceit and fixed census figures and instead power was given to a fatalistic and ultra-conservative Muslim north who were prepared to do anything the British wanted them to do, who had already overwhelmed and suppressed their own ethnic and Christian minority groups and whose major preoccupation was to dominate and control the entire federation, to keep the south out of power and to “dip the Koran in the Atlantic ocean”. It did not stop there.

Even after the British left in 1960 they continued to meddle in our affairs and they encouraged, sponsored and supported a string of repressive military regimes, all of which derived their power from a northern-controlled army officers corps whose retired generals are the ones that determine who will be what in our country. That is our story.

Some have argued that despite the ignoble intentions of the British we ought to have been able to sort out our own problems 54 years after they left us. This is a good point. It does however betray a tinge of naivety and a lack of appreciation of just how chronic those problems were right from the start and just how malevolent a hand the British dealt us.

I say this because the bitter truth is that the system in Nigeria cannot be changed simply because the forces that have controlled our country since 1960 are deeply conservative and the foundation and the structure upon which she has been established has been designed in such a way that makes radical and fundamental change impossible.

Some have compared Nigeria to a badly wounded leg which can only be healed through restructuring.  It follows that the only way real change can come is if the country is restructured and power is devolved from the center.

Unfortunately the Nigerian people do not seem to be minded to effect this option anytime soon. They seem to have lost their will to resist inequity, tyranny and injustice, to insist on determining their own fate and to fight for their own future.

The relevance of the British today is that they are not only the architects of this monumental monstrosity but they are also the ones that have continued to encourage and support the ruling elite that runs and sustains it.

If they were being fair to us they would have been amongst those that have been encouraging the idea of restructuring our country, devolving power from the center and effecting a fundamental and radical change in our attitudes and affairs.

That is precisely what they are doing in the United Kingdom itself today where power is being systematically and gradually devolved from the center at Westminster in England to the hitherto suppressed and occupied regions of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

This is good enough for them yet our erstwhile colonial masters have never supported a similar course of action for us. It is for this reason that we can blame the forefathers of the 9th Earl of Bathurst almost as much as we can blame ourselves for the mess that our country is in up until today. 

________________FFK, 2015


LORD LUGARD'S MAGIC AND FLORA SHAW'S SPELL
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

In 1916,  Lord Frederick John Dealtry Lugard, the 1st Baron Lugard, the fourteenth Governor of Hong Kong and the first Governor-General of Nigeria, said the following:   “Lagos has for 20 years opposed every Governor and has fomented strife and bloodshed in the hinterland. I have spent the best part of my life in Africa; my aim has been the betterment of the natives for whom I have been ready to give my life. But after some 29 years, and after nearly 12 years as Governor here, I am free to say that the people of Lagos and indeed the westerners are the lowest, the most seditious and disloyal, the most purely prompted by self-seeking money motives of any people I have met.”

As if that were not bad enough, two years later, on September  25th 1918, in a letter to his colleague Walter H. Lang, Lugard wrote the following:  "The Hausa-Fulani has no ideals, no ambitions save such as sensual in character. He is a fatalist, spendthrift and a gambler. He is gravely immoral and is seriously diseased that he is a menace to any community to which he seeks to attach himself." 

 

Lugard's words are utterly reprehensible. They represent the most appalling examples of racial stereotyping that I have ever seen. Yet he didn't stop there.  In his book titled 'The Dual Mandate' (pg. 70) 1926 he wrote the following: 

 

"In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person. LACKING IN SELF-CONTROL, DISCIPLINE, AND FORESIGHT. Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewelry. HIS THOUGHTS ARE CONCENTRATED ON THE EVENTS AND FEELINGS OF THE MOMENT, and he suffers little from the apprehension for the future, or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals' placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached. Through the ages THE AFRICAN APPEARS TO HAVE EVOLVED NO ORGANIZED RELIGIOUS CREED, and though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural  .    HE LACKS THE POWER OF ORGANIZATION, and is conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business. HE LOVES THE DISPLAY OF POWER, but fails to realize its responsibility... he will work hard with a less incentive than most races. He has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct rather than a moral virtue... In brief, the virtues and defects of this race-type are those of attractive children, whose confidence when it is won is given ungrudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy...Perhaps the two traits which have impressed me as those most characteristic of the African native are HIS LACK OF APPREHENSION AND HIS LACK OF ABILITY TO VISUALIZE THE FUTURE."

 

There can be little doubt that this arrogant englishman was a rabid racialist who had nothing but the deepest contempt for our people. He was also one of the most uncouth and vulgar souls that ever polluted our shores with his unwholesome and malevolent presence. It is one of the greatest ironies of modern history that this ignorant seafarer was the individual that recommended to the British Colonial Office that the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria and the Lagos colony, should all be merged into one large country. That recommendation was accepted and consequently Lord Lugard can legitimately be described as the chief architect of modern-day Nigeria.

 

It was actually Lord Lugard's wife, Miss Flora Shaw, that proposed the name Nigeria for our country. This was done in an article that she wrote for the London Times on January 8th 1897.  She and Lugard got married five years later in June 1902 after which she became known as Lady Flora Lugard. Shaw was well connected. 

 

Her mother was a French lady of Mauritian stock by the name of Marie Adrienne Josephine and her father was Major-General George Shaw, a respected British army officer. She was colonial editor of the Times of London where she wrote an influential weekly column titled ''The Colony''. She was not only stunningly beautiful but she also had vision and substance. Given that, one finds it difficult to comprehend what an enterprising and extraordinary woman like this found attractive in an abominable scalywag like Lord Lugard.  I daresay that this was a classic case of the beauty and the beast.                     

 

Despite his pretensions of love Lugard despised the numerous ethnic nationalities of Nigeria and he continuously expressed his contempt for us with his insulting and condescending commentaries.

 

Perhaps his best known intervention was made in 1914 in a letter that he wrote to the British government just a few weeks prior to the amalgamation.  He wrote as follows:

"What we often call the Northern Protectorate of Nigeria today can be better described as the poor husband whilst it's southern counterpart can be fairly described as the rich wife or the woman of substance and means. A forced union of marriage between the two will undoubtedly result in peace, prosperity and marital bliss for both husband and wife for many years to come. It is my prayer that that union will last forever".  

 

From this contribution it is clear that ours was a ''forced'' union. It is also clear that Lugard saw northern Nigeria as a ''poor husband'' that needed constant attention and support whilst he saw  southern Nigeria as nothing more than a ''rich wife'' or a ''woman of substance and means'' whose plight was to be constantly pillaged and ravished.

 

This was his vision: a northern Nigeria that was essentially the ''head of the household'' and that would remain in control of all the power and resources of the state and a southern Nigeria that would play the role of a passive and subservient wife whose destiny it was to remain in perpetual subjugation and bondage.

 

Sadly this was the crooked foundation upon which our union was built.  What made it even worse was the fact that the so-called ''southern wife'' and ''northern husband'' were never asked if they wanted the marriage in the first place.

 

The truth is that the British colonialists were masters of divide and rule. The amalgamation of the southern and northern protectorates was a Greek gift which was designed to fail and to crumble at the appropriate time. Nigerians have done well to have held it together for so long and the fact that we have only experienced one civil war is miraculous.

 

Despite all pretensions, the only thing that has kept us together is the oil of the Niger-Delta and the extraordinary resilience, patience, faith, fortitude, zeal and strength of the Nigerian people themselves.Mr. Sola Adebowale, a writer, understood  the mindset of Lord Lugard. He captured it rather well on Facebook in 2014 when he wrote the following:

 

''Lugard was a stark illiterate and it was quite unfortunate that that was the best that imperial Britain could send to Africa. Hence he was noted to have vehemently opposed native education for Africans. And he was said to have loathed the educated and sophisticated Africans of the southern coastal regions who had been educated by the Christian Missionaries before him and instead wined and dined and positioned the uneducated feudal hordes of Africa to the forefront of leadership of Africa. Is that not the albatross against many African nations till date? Hence the moral right of Devil Lugard to pontificate about Africans is questionable''.

 

Mr. Adebowale has hit the nail on the head. I concur with his submissions. 

 

Permit me to end this contribution with an interesting aside. It is generally agreed though not commonly admitted that both Lugard and Flora Shaw were Luciferians who practiced the black arts and all manner of satanic rituals. He was a "High Priest of the Freemasons" whilst they were both avid folllowers of Aleister Crowley, the leading satanist of his day and the self-styled "worlds most wicked man". 

 

This explains a lot. It also explains why Shaw gave us the name "Nigeria"- a name which has questionable roots. Anyone that doubts this should consider the literal translation of Nigeria from latin: it means "the area of darkness" and there is a deep spiritual and mystical reason that she gave us that name. It comes with a lot of baggage because not much good can come out of an area of darkness. 

 

Most of the former British colonies changed their names after independence for similar reasons but because most of our leaders in Nigeria were not aware of these matters they refused to do so. Lugard and Shw were an unlikely couple who had no children. What held them together was more spiritual and mystical than anything else and Nigeria and the Sudan are their joint legacy to the world. 

 

Sadly both countries are having major challenges today. Sudan has broken into two after a protracted and bitter civil war whilst Nigeria is experiencing serious regional, ethnic and religious tensions. It is clear that our nation needs a good deal of prayer. May God deliver us from Lord Lugard's magic and his beautiful wife's spell.

 

________________FFK, 2015


NIGERIAN PRESIDENT OR KING OF THE NORTH?
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

In 418 B.C. Herodotus, the Greek philosopher who is known as the ‘’father of history’’, said "a man who does not know anything about the events that took place before he or she was born will remain forever a child.’’ Not only was he right but one must go a step further by saying that those who refuse to learn from their history are condemned to repeating its mistakes. 

 

In 1957, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Saurdana of Sokoto and the Premier of the North, said the following:  "We the people of the north will continue our stated intention to conquer the south and to dip the koran in the Atlantic ocean after the British leave our shores."

  
Three years later, on 12 th October 1960, he went a step further by saying the following words to the Parrot Newspaper: “The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We must use the minorities in the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control over their future”.

  
That same year he said:  "I will allow Sir Tafawa Balewa to go and become Prime Minister and lead the unbelievers of the south whilst I will stay in the north and lead the faithful".

 

One year later, in a television interview with the BBC (which can still be viewed on Youtube) he was asked whether his ''northernisation policy'' would be a temporary or permanent feature. His response was as follows. ''In actual fact the policy is a northerner first. If you cannot get a northerner then you get an expatriate like yourself on contract. If we cannot get that then we will employ another Nigerian from the south on contract too. This is going to be a permanent policy as far as I forsee''.   

 

Not to be outdone, in January 1947 on the floor of the Northern House of Assembly, Sir Tafawa Balewa, a man that was to become the first Prime Minister of Nigeria 13 years later, said the following words:

 

“We do not want our Southern neighbours to interfere in our development. We have never associated ourselves with the activities of these people. We do not know them, we do not recognise them, and we share no responsibility in their actions. We shall demand our rights when the time is ripe. If the British quit Nigeria now at this stage, the Northern people would continue their uninterrupted conquest to the sea”.

 

 The passion for the total domination of the Nigerian state by the north has not in any way diminished over the years. As a matter of fact it appears to have become even more pronounced and, for some,  it has become an obsession.  Consider the following.

 

On 2nd October 2014, one Aliyu Gwarzo said the following to Pointblanknews:

 

”When I say that the Presidency must come to the north next year I am referring to the Hausa-Fulani core north and not any northern christian or minority tribe. The Christians in the north are nothing and the minorities know that when we are talking about leadership in the north and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to us, the Hausa-Fulani. They owe us everything. This is because we gave them Islam through the great Jihad waged by Sheik Usman Dan Fodio. We liberated all these places and all these people by imposing islam on them by force. It was either the Koran or the sword and most of them chose the Koran. In return for the good works of our forefathers Allah, through the British, gave us Nigeria to rule and to do with as we please. Since 1960 we have been doing that and we intend to continue. No Goodluck or anyone else will stop us from taking back our power next year. We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa’s biggest war zone and refugee camp if they try it. Many say we are behind Boko Haram. My answer is what do you expect? We do not have economic power or intellectual power. All we have is political power and they want to take even that from us. If they don’t want an ISIS in Nigeria then they must give us back the Presidency and our political power. Their soldiers are killing our warriors and our people every day but mark this: even if it takes one hundred years we will have our revenge. Every Fulani man that they kill is a debt that will be repaid even if it takes 100 years. The Fulani have very long memories”.

 

The full text of Gwarzo's contribution can be read on Pointblanknews or elsewhere. His words are self-explanatory and they need no further analysis. Thankfully his views do not represent the thinking of the majority of Hausa Fulani people but he does speak for a dangerous and vocal minority and his words constitute a clear statement of intent. Simply put, it is his desire to conquer and subjugate southern Nigeria and to restore northern domination and supremacy in the affairs of our nation in perpetuity.

 

The quest for northern domination in the affairs of our country is as old as the hills. It led to a brutal civil war between 1967 and 1970 in which millions were killed. It led to pogrom after pogrom and slaughter after slaughter in the north. It led to a series of military coups and counter coups. In 1991 it led to a coup by Major Gideon Orkar which, if it had been successful, would have resulted in the excision of the core northern states from our country. It led to the annulement of Chief MKO Abiola’s presidential election of June 12th 1993 which almost resulted in a second civil war.

 

It led to the brutal suppression of the south by General Sani Abacha and the murder, torture, incarceration and exile of many southern leaders. It led to stiff opposition to the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo in the north which came in the guise ''political sharia''.  And finally it led to it’s most barbaric and hideous expression in the relentless opposition to the regime  of President Goodluck Jonathan which came in the form of Boko Haram.

 

Judging from recent events, with President Buhari now in power it appears that those that have been lusting for total northern domination for the last 55 years have finally had their way.

 

The inability to think deeply or profoundly is a curse. The inability to read widely and learn from others is a pitiful and costly affliction. If there were ever a time for profound thinking and deep and sober reflection when it comes to the affairs of our nation it is now. I say this because only three months after President Buhari has been sworn into office the power configuration, vis a vis north and south,  has resulted in the following mess.

 

1. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria - north. 2.Senate President- north. 3. Speaker of the House of Representatives- north. 4. Chief Justice of the Federation- north. 5. President of the Court of Appeal- north. 6. Chief Justice of the Federal High Court- north. 7. Secretary to the Federal Government- north. 8. Chief of Staff to the President- north. 9. Chief of Army Staff- north. 10. Chief of Air Staff- north. 11. Comptroller General of Customs- north. 12. Director-General of State Security Services (SSS)- north. 13. National Security Advisor- north. 14. Director General NIMASA- north. 15. Chairperson of the Independant Electoral Commission (INEC)- north. 16. Comptroller-General Immigration- north. 17. Accountant-General of the Federation - north. 18. Commander of Civil Defence Corps- north. 19. Chief Security Officer to the President- north. 20. ADC to the President- north. 21. Principal Secretary to the President- north. 22. Senior Special Assistant to the President on media- north. 23. Chairman of the EFCC- north. 24. MD Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)- north. 25. Head of Service north. 26. DG National Communication Commission (NCC)- north. 27. Chairman NDLEA- north. 28. CEO AMCON- north.   

 

There is no gainsaying that this is unacceptable. Some of us warned that this would happen but we were insulted and lampooned for doing so. These appointments are not only lopsided but they are also a manifestation of the fact that in just three months southern Nigeria has finally been relegated to being little more than an occupied region and a vassal state. The people of the south appear to have been placed in servitude and bondage. Our chains may be invisible but they are very much there.

 

The question must be asked: is Buhari the President of Nigeria or is he the King of the north? Some have argued that the federal character formula has no place in our affairs anymore and that merit ought to be the only criteria for government appointments.  Permit me to qoute a young man from twitter who responded to that absurd logic rather well by saying ‘’if federal character isn't important, why is the Vice President also not from Daura? Educated people should not speak like illiterates’’.

 

Others have said that we should wait for the ministerial list and that after that things would balance out. Again this is absurd logic and those that spout such convoluted thrash appear to have forgotten the fact that the President is compelled by law and the constitution to appoint a Minister from every state of the federation, including each of the southern states.

 

Whether he is President of Nigeria or King of the north Buhari would do well to retrace his steps. The consequences of not doing so for both his government and the unity of our country will be grave and costly.  The south cannot be subjugated and treated with contempt and the people of the south will never be slaves. Fairness and equity in the distribution of national resources and key government appointments are a fundamental pre-requisite for peace, security and national unity in our country.

 

It has served our collective interest well for many years. Those that seek to upset the applecart and jettison it today are not considering the inevitable and monumental consequences of their actions. Power may have returned to the north but the people of the south must be treated with respect, sensitivity, dignity, fairness and decency. Those that refuse to accept this counsel and that insist on charting a different course do so at their own peril.

 

________________FFK, 2015


THE WAY OF THE EAGLE, THE LION AND THE KING
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

Permit me to begin this weeks column with a small aside. One of the things that I learnt from my late father, Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode and my leader, President Olusegun Obasanjo, is that one must never respond to the ignorant, the uncouth, the uncultured, the unlettered, the unrefined and the accursed.  

They  also taught me never to join issues with the embittered, the obsessed, the scorned in love, the imbecilic, the foolish, the living-dead and those that are emotionally, psychologically and intellectually challenged.  Rather than a response, such sad and sorry souls are deserving only of our prayers and our pity. 

It is in this context and through this prism that I view those that have of late taken pleasure in peddling the most shameful, disgusting and reprehensible type of falsehood about me and mine. Joining issues with such vermin is far below me. I do not have the time for it and I refuse to wallow in the pigsty with them. Instead I leave them to God and I pray that He visits His judgement upon them at the soonest.  

They are like the stubborn fly that insists on following the corpse into the grave- the stench of death stalks them and they shall eat the bread of sorrows.  Now let us get back to today's topic which is titled ''The Way Of The Eagle, The Lion and The King''.

Eagles do not hide when they see a storm gathering, lions do not retreat when the enemy threatens and kings do not run when they hear the sound of battle. Rather the eagle flies boldly into the eye of the storm without a trace of fear but with power, majesty, grace and passion. The lion rises and roars with courage and strength as his adversary approaches.

The king does not yield one inch of the field to the enemy but rather he boldly leads his captains and princes into the thick of the battle. This surely is our calling and the essence of our lives. The Lord has given us the spirit of the eagle and the lion: the spirit of the warrior and the king. We cannot and will not be intimidated by anything, any circumstance or anyone and least of all by what we see, feel or hear.

And why should we be afraid of mere mortals, for what is man? The bible asks,”who art thou o man?” It then answers its own question by saying “thou art as the grass that withers, thou art as the flower that fadeth........a man that is born of woman, that is today and tomorrow is no more.” Indeed that is all we are before God- withering flowers and fading grass that will one day come to an end. His word says it is He alone that has the power to “give life and to kill''. If we die tomorrow it is by His will and if we live tomorrow it is by His grace. 

We must therefore humble ourselves before God and know that He alone rules in the affairs of men and determines the destiny of nations. We must fear God alone and we must strive to be the man (or woman) that He has called us to be- a prince of Heaven, a deliverer of his people, a fearless warrior and a worthy king. One of the characteristics of such a leader and king is the courage and ability to fearlessly rise up to the occasion and speak out when faced with evil, injustice and oppression. This can hardly be disputed.

Yet some people still have their reservations and often ask the following questions- ''why should we speak out? Why should we bother? What difference will it make? Why should we risk our lives? Why should we swim against the tide? Why should we bother fighting against the government or the authorities because we can never win?'' These are deep and difficult questions but thankfully Dante Alighieri provided the answer to some of them when he wrote that ''the hottest place in hell is reserved for those that remain neutral in times of great moral crisis''.

This is not only true but it is also deeply profound. There is no gainsaying that when good men remain silent evil thrives in the land. That is why it saddens me when some people suggest that we should not talk about our challenges and that we should not speak out and protest against the evil and injustice that thrives in our land. Imagine what it would have been like if people had adopted that attitude all over the world and throughout the ages. What a disaster it would have been for us all. A few examples will suffice.

If people did not speak out and protest, we would still have had slavery all over the world today. If people did not speak out and protest, we would not have had democracy in the world today. If people did not speak out and protest, fascism and Hitler's Nazis would have been alive and well today and the Aryan race would have been ruling the world with an iron fist.

If people did not speak out and protest, we would still have had the evil of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe today and worse still the communists may well have been controlling most of our planet by now. If people did not speak out and protest, a black man would not be the President of the United States of America today.

If people did not speak out and protest, every country in Africa would still be a grovelling colony today. If people did not speak out and protest, apartheid and the Boers would still have been enthroned and in power in South Africa today. If people did not speak out and protest, ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Al Shabab and Boko Haram would have taken over half of the world by today.

If people did not speak out and protest, there would have been no State of Israel or Jewish homeland today. If people did not speak out and protest, Iran would have possessed and would most likely have used nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction by today.

If people did not speak out and protest, vicious military dictatorships and unaccountable military tyrants would still have been ruling most of Africa today.

If people didn't speak out and protest, the great monotheist faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism would never have been established and the world would still have been controlled by pagans, cannibals, cultists and devil worshipers till today.

If people did not speak out and protest, there would not have been a separation of power between the church and the state till today. If people did not speak out and protest, there would have been no freedom of worship today and neither would there have been any freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to share information or freedom to communicate: there would have been no civil liberties, no human rights, no right to vote and no equality of the sexes in the world till today.

If people did not speak out and protest, the United States of America would never have been founded and established as an independent nation state and she could never have become the great and powerful country that she is today.

If people did not speak out and protest, Great Britain, France, Russia and indeed the whole of Europe would still be ruled by a handful of autocratic and indolent royal families till today. If people did not speak out and protest, Africa would still be in the dark ages till today and we would still have been drowning twins at birth and selling one another into slavery. I could go on and on.

The point is that we must speak out strongly and protest against injustice and evil whenever and wherever we see it. That is why we were educated in the first place and that is what being a believer or a man or woman of faith is all about.

Dissenting, protesting and standing up for the rights of the weakest and most vulnerable in our society, even at the risk of death or our liberty, is the lifeblood of any decent and civilised community. As Martin Luther King once said, ''if we are not ready to die for something then we are not fit to live for anything''. Speaking out against injustice and vigorously opposing the abuse of power, wickedness in high places, governmental incompetence, tyranny and evil is the greatest duty that we have to posterity and to one another as human beings.

It is a sacred duty- a trust and obligation before the Living God who has explicitly commanded us in His Holy Word to ''resist evil'' and to ''fight injustice''. The minute we stop talking, we stop protesting and we stop speaking out against that which is unjust and evil, that is when we are truly lost as a people. That is when we cease to be the men and women that God has ordained us to be. That is when we no longer deserve to be called human beings. That is when we must bow our heads in shame forever. 

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WHEN COMETH OUR DELIVERER?
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

On the 20th April 1653 Oliver Cromwell, who was the Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland and the greatest statesman and revolutionary that England ever knew, stormed the English ''Rump Parliament'' at Westminster and courageously pronounced the following words after which he sacked Parliament and boldly took power. He said- 

''It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Republic? Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the democracy temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!'' -OLIVER CROMWELL (1599-1658). 

Cromwell was undoubtedly one of the greatest and most courageous men that ever lived and he is certainly one of my heroes. Not only was he moved by a compelling and irresistable zeal and thirst for righteousness in high places and by the power of the Holy Spirit but he, like the biblical Jehu, was ready to pay the supreme price and sacrifice his life in order to effect it and bring lasting change to England. 

He abhorred corruption and injustice and his puritan roots and christian fundamentalist background and upbringing caused him to oppose the excesses of the Catholic church in his day and the awesome power and influence of the Catholic Bishops and their Pope. Quite apart from saving her from the excesses of catholicism and the sheer brutality of the Jesuit Order and the Spanish Inquisition, Cromwell literally and single-handedly also saved England from the tyranny of absolutist monarchs and the evil of corrupt Parliamentarians. He was indeed the father of modern-day parliamentry democracy in Great Britain and it was he alone that shattered the myth and demonic philosophy of the ''divine right of kings'' to rule with ''absolute power''. 

Let us carefully consider the words that he spoke and read them once again. Let us imbibe their spirit and feel their power and passion. These are sacred and divinely-inspired words that were spoken 362 years ago to a sitting all-powerful Parliament that had just triumphed in a civil war against the King of England and had chopped off his head. Cromwell, who was a Member of Parliament himself, had led the armies of that Parliament into the field of battle on numerous occasions. He was indeed the Commander of it's army and the main inspiration and motivator for the revolution and rebellion against the King. 

 

Not only did he defeat the Royal Army of King Charles 1st in various battles and win the civil war but he also apprehended the King, arrested him, brought him to justice before the courts of law and had him executed. This was the first time that a King was brought to justice before a Court of Law and executed in the history of England. 

 

All seemed well and the House of Commons ruled until Cromwell noticed how the new-found power of this new Parliament had utterly corrupted it's members. They were drunk with power and they wielded it with impunity and no sense of decency and restraint. Worse still they were hopelessly corrupt, awarding themselves fat allowances (sounds familiar?) and resolving to remain in power for as long as they lived. 

In time he knew that they would have to go as well. He knew that a new order, which truly imbibed the spirit of justice, accountability, good governance, decency, christian sobriety, restraint and democracy, had to be put in place. He knew that only he could effect that change and that is precisely what he did by furiously storming Parliament, courageously confronting it's members, speaking those chilling yet insightful words and forcefully taking power from them 362 years ago. 

He risked everything, including life, liberty and limb. Yet, without hesitation, he did it all for his beloved England. He was moved and driven by his deeply religious convictions and his puritanical faith. Nothing could stop him and, for him, failure was not an option because He knew that God was with him. He not only succeeded beyond his wildest imagination but he also laid a glorious foundation for the future of England and he was probably the greatest reformer that ever ruled that great and sturdy island nation.  

I look at Nigeria today and the behaviour of our collective overlords reminds me very much of the behaviour of the pre-Cromwellian ''Rump Parliament'' in England. Can anyone be in any doubt that it is time for us to speak those same words that Oliver Cromwell spoke to the English Pariament on April 20th, 1653 to our own our leaders here in Nigeria? Are those words not more appropiate for our leaders today than at any other time in our history? Yet who will utter them? Who will go forth courageously and speak truth to tyranny in the power of the Lord. When will God raise our own deliverer? 

 

Where is our own Oliver Cromwell or our own biblical Jehu? Where is our Elijah? When will the Jezebels that rule our land be thrown down from the balcony and when will the dogs eat their flesh and drink their blood? When will our Ahab be slaughtered in battle? When will the Nigerian people say ''enough is enough'' and demand the change that they so desperately crave and yearn? 

When will they wake up from their accursed slumber and wipe away the faecel mess with which they have been stained, smothered, blinded, deafened and silenced? When will the spell that has been placed upon them be finally broken? When will they be free of this unwholesome bondage and be rid of their godless fears? When will their shackles be finally broken and when will they see, feel, hear and live again? When, O when, will our people be free and when will they become the pride of Africa that they were destined to be?  

Why has fate been so cruel to us and why has our star dimmed and refused to shine brightly? Why do we always take ten steps forward and twenty steps backwards? Why is our case and example one of constant failure, ineptitude, defeat, shame, lack and incompetence? What is wrong with the Federal Republic of Nigeria and what plagues and afflicts the Nigerian people? 

Since 1960 every single one of our potential deliverers have failed. They have not been allowed to emerge and even when they do emerge they have not been allowed to succeed. They have either been killed, jailed, vilified, belittled or destroyed by the system and the neo-colonial conservative forces that have sworn to resist change. 

 

Worse still the sheer naivety, nauseating timidity and simple lack of insight and foresight of the ordinary people, who seem to have cultivated an extraordinary capacity to tolerate injustice, incompetence, wickedness and evil in their land, does not help. As a matter of fact it is that attitude and that cowardly and weak mindset that has sustained the disasterous system that has held Nigeria captive since 1960. 

The average Nigerian would rather go to the church or to the mosque to bear his or her mind to the priest or imam and pray about his or her numerous challenges rather than march in the streets and demand a change for the better from their Government and President. Yet it is only in our country that men and women suffer from such a lack of firm resolve and such a sorry and tepid affliction. 

Karl Marx's view that ''religion is the opium of the masses'' has no greater meaning or significance anywhere in the world than in Nigeria where we all, in a most cowardly manner, hide behind the cleric and imam's ornate robes and refuse to insist on our God-given rights from the government and the state. What a tragedy we have become. We deserve nothing but pity.  

Other nations have been blessed with many Oliver Cromwell's over the centuries and years yet sadly it is not so with us. Ill-fortune is our portion and we appear to be cursed because we enjoy killing and villifying all of our heroes and deliverers whilst others recognise and revere theirs and grant them the right and opportunity to do that which they were born to do- that is to take their respective nations by the scruff of the neck, take them from strength to strength and lead them to glory. 

These were great and noble men and women who made their mark and created a great legacy for their respective nations and peoples even though some of them were murdered, maimed, jailed and cut short whilst doing so. Yet in the end each and every one of them triumphed because they made a difference to their generation and to those that came after them from generation to generation. 

In the Nigerian context the question is this- when will our great stars emerge and when will Nigeria's time to shine on the world stage come? When will the words of Oliver Cromwell find relevance in our space and when will the Lord answer our prayer and deliver us from the evil that plagues our land. May God bless and redeem our beloved homeland. May He have mercy upon her, may He defend her, may He deliver her and may He cause His face to shine brightly upon her. One day our time will come. One day Nigeria shall shine again.

________________FFK, 2015


WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS?
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

Sometime last year I watched the Hollywood blockbuster titled ''12 Years A Slave'' starring Brad Pitt and the Nigerian-born actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. After watching the film I was at a loss for words. It was a masterpiece. It was a powerful rendition of a true and heroic story.

After watching the film I could not help asking myself the following question: what did the black man ever do to deserve such wickedness and suffering? What did our forefathers do to deserve such barbarity and mindless torture in the hands of those that held them captive in a distant land?

May God forgive those that brutalised and enslaved us. I cannot hate them. I can only love and forgive them because only love and forgiveness can drive out hate and heal the wounds that they inflicted on the souls of our people.

What they did to us was far greater, far more damaging and far more devastating than the Germans ever did to the Jews. Though we are compelled to forgive by scripture, we must never forget.

And never must such a thing be allowed to happen again. No minority, whether he or she be black, brown, yellow, red, white or in any other way ''different'' should be allowed to suffer like that or to feel the pain of humiliation, indignity, servitude, persecution and the denial of the most basic and fundamental rights because we are all God's children.

It is incumbent on us all to stand up for the weak, the vulnerable, the deprived, the despised, the enslaved, the voiceless, the ''different'' and the persecuted wherever and whoever they are because to love others as we love ourselves is God's primary law.

They must never be allowed to walk alone because it was that spirit of standing up for others and fighting for the weak and helpless and the display of such love and selflessness that eventually freed the so-called ''slave'' from his hideous captivity in the film titled ''12 Years A Slave''.

It was the goodness, love, kindness courage and inherent power of those who refused to remain silent and who were ready to take a risk and stand up for truth and justice that caused the man to regain his freedom and to be returned to his family in Washington after being enslaved for twelve long years. What a man. What a film. What a great and powerful rendition of truth and what a testimony of man's inhumanity to man.

What compelling evidence and confirmation of the eternal truth that tells us that no matter how dark the night may be, ''joy comes in the morning''. What an affirmation of the undeniable fact that ultimately good always triumphs over evil. What a magnificent example of God's power, grace, manifold blessings and great mercy.

I urge as many as possible to find the time to watch ''12 Years A Slave''. You will never be the same again. Having watched this film I believe that the case for reparations for the slave trade must continue to be made. If the world can give the State of Israel back to the Jews as compensation for persecuting them for thousands of years and killing 6 million of them during the Second World war alone why can't that same world pay reparations to the African for enslaving him for thousands of years and for killing at least 30 million of our people over the ages.

Why can't the western powers be made to pay reparations to Africa for what they subjected our people to even after the institution of slavery and the slave trade was formally abolished and particularly during the colonial era?

As a glaring example of the sheer cruelty of the Europeans during that period, King Leopold 11, who ruled Belgium from 1865 to 1909, actually owned the Congo and all that was in it as part of his personal estate.

By virtue of his supposedly blue blood, one man owned millions of Africans and all their land and chattels even though he resided thousands of miles away in a distant Europe.

Such was this man’s inate brutality and monstrous power that he orchestrated and directed the slaughter of no less than 15 million Congolese Africans whilst he ruled from Brussels. This was so even though he never set his foot in Africa throughout his long reign.

Yet the world sat by silently and did nothing. As a matter of fact many of his fellow Europeans actually applauded his actions and described him as a good example and indeed the epitomy of all that was noble and all that ought to be expected from the very best of European royalty. I ask again, what did the black man do to deserve this?

What about Cecil Rhodes, the Englishman man who, according to European historians, ''literally and lawfully bought'' a large part of southern Africa and all that was in it and who named that new frontier after himself by calling it ''Rhodesia''? He also sent millions of Africans to their early graves.

 

This is the same Cecil Rhodes who established the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for Oxford University and whose money has helped, and still helps, to educate some of the western world’s most distinguished and celebrated leaders by paying for their fees at Oxford.

One of those leaders was a young man by the name of Bill Clinton who took immense pride in being a Rhodes Scholar and who later became the President of the United States of America.

Little did Clinton and all those other ‘’great’’ future leaders of the western world know that the money that was used to pay for their ‘’Rhodes scholarship’’ at Oxford was in fact blood money which had it’s origins and roots in the suffering of the tormented souls, wasted lives and barbaric slaughter of millions of dispossesed and enslaved southern Africans that were bought, sold, maimed, enslaved and butchered in the diamond mines of Cecil Rhodes’ De Beers company.

It was this pernicious state of affairs that provoked Mr. Ronald King to post the following words on his Facebook page on august 3rd 2015:
‘’Every black child in grade school is taught that Adolf Hitler killed 6 million Jews and is the worse human being that ever lived. On the other hand our children are taught that the ‘’Right Honorable’’ Cecil Rhodes, the founder of the De Beers diamond company in South Africa, who killed ten times that number of Africans is a hero and a statesman and if they study hard and do well in school they may win the Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world. They don’t mention that those scholarships are paid for by the blood of their ancestors’’.

 

Such was the power of Rhodes’ sinister, evil, pervasive and malevolent legacy that it took over 100 years and a bitter and prolonged 15 year civil war (from 1964 to 1979) for the black Africans of that country to secure their rights, to be recognised and acknowledged as being human beings, to win the right to vote and to install democracy and majority rule.

It was only after all this was achieved, in 1979, that the name ''Rhodesia'' was dropped like a hot potato and was changed to ''Zimbabwe''. I ask again, what did the black man do to deserve this?

We need not go into the sufferings of our black brothers and sisters in apartheid South Africa at the hands of the white Boers from the day that the Dutchman, Van Riebek, arrived on the southern African coast in 1604 and saw what he graphically described as ''stinking black dogs''.
We need not talk about the humiliation and enslavement of our fellow black Africans at the hands of the Arabs of the Sudan, whether it be in Darfur or Southern Sudan for over 500 years.

We need not go into the sheer barbarity and inhuman suffering that our brothers and sisters were subjected to in the sugar cane fields and the coffee and bannana plantations of the West Indies and South America for many centuries.

Everywhere we look throughout world history the story is the same: Africa and Africans have been pillaged, raped, tortured, humiliated, enslaved, butchered, wrenched from their families, scattered, bought and sold, considered as chattel and treated with the most explicit and extreme forms of brutality and violence by those who have a different skin color to us and those from outside our shores.

Yet still there have been no reparations and no formal apology. Instead what they have given us today is the the ''second slavery'' of foreign debt and humiliating servitude by every single African country to the western monetary agencies such as the IMF, the Paris Club, the Bretton Woods Institutions and the World Bank.

Those evil and opaque bodies and their paymasters and agents are today's slave masters and they have turned successive African governments into little more than desperate pimps, shameless prostitutes and indebted and pliant little beggars.

They have squeezed the very life out of our people, destroyed the future of our respective nations and blighted our collective destinies. This is neo-colonialism in it's most primitive and raw form. I ask again, what did the black man do to deserve this?

Yet thankfully there is still hope and God's power still remains sure and ever present. He is ever faithful and His promises are ever sure.

Nothing drives that point home more than the fact that despite all we have suffered over the centuries in the hands of those that enslaved us and that viewed us as nothing more than worthless chattel, today it is a black man of free African descent, whose forefathers were never slaves and whose proud ancestry can be traced to modern-day Kenya on the east African coast, that is the most powerful man in the world.

That man's name is Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. The fact that such a man with such a heritage can be President of a nation that once prided itself on slavery and that once regarded the black man as nothing more than a glorified chimpanzee is a testimony to the power of God. Yet the African is not alone in this respect.

Apart from the Jews, the Red Indians of North America, the Armenians of Asia and the Aborigines of Australia there is only one other group of people that have suffered almost as much as the African in the hands of other races in human history.

Those people are those that were once known as the ''serfs''- the slave under-class of slavic Russia. Like the African, the serfs and peasants of Russia were also treated with disdain, regarded as chattel and viewed as being sub-human by the Tsars and ruling class of the Russian Empire.

They also suffered immeasurably in their millions for thousands of years under successive Russian governments and rulers. Like the African, they were also ''owned'' by their rulers and they lived or died at the pleasure of the nobility.

It is yet another irony of fate and another testimony to the awesome power of God that today the second most powerful man on the planet is a proud, confident and strong-willed Russian whose ancestry can be traced directly to the serfs of mother Russia and who comes from equally humble origins. His name is Vladimer Putin, the President of the Russian Federation.

The world has indeed been handed over by God to the seed and lineage of those that were once oppressed and that were once treated as sub-human by others. The meek and the once despised have indeed inherited the earth. Yet that is not good enough. We have far more to do.

The case for reparations can and must still be made for Africa and Africans in particular and we must begin to make that case without fear or favor right from today.
We must pick up the gauntlet and take over the baton from where others left off. We must acknowledge the fact that if we, as men and women of color, do not do it ourselves no-one will do it for us.

May the souls of all those that suffered and perished as slaves continue to rest in peace. God bless Africa.

________________FFK, 2015


THE MINDSET OF THE ENEMY
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

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

He captured and purchased his slaves mainly from what is now West Africa and he transported them through the Sudan to the Arab world and to the Middle East where they spent the rest of their short and brutish lives as slaves. Mehtma Mohammed said the following about the black African:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The strength of our economy is backed by America, Britain, Germany. It is our strong conviction, therefore, that the Black is the raw material for the White man. So Brothers and Sisters, let us join hands together to fight against this Black devil. I appeal to all Afrikaners to come out with any creative means of fighting this war. Surely God cannot forsake his own people whom we are. By now every one of us has seen it practically that the Blacks cannot rule themselves. 

Give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex.  Let us all accept that the Black man is the symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence. Isn't it plausible? therefore that the White man is created to rule the Black man? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We must dig deep and find the required strength and courage and we must, as a people, rise up to where we belong and become what God wants us to be: a great, beautiful, free, prosperous, educated, respected and strong people. We are no less than that and that is our due. To establish and confirm the glory of our continent and to bring honour, self-respect and dignity to every African: that surely is the challenge of our time. 

May God help us to achieve this in our generation and may He put the Mehtma Ali's, the Hugh Trevor Roper's and the P.W. Botha's of this world to utter shame. God bless Nigeria. God bless Africa.

________________FFK, 2015


TODAY'S AMERICA AND MORE QUESTIONS FOR SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

The United States government helped Boko Haram immensly by refusing to classify them as a terrorist organisation until 2014 and by refusing to sell us arms to fight them. Worst still, they imposed an international arms embargo on us so that we could not buy arms from anyone else in the international community. When asked why they are doing this to us they tell us that it is because of the Leahy Act which prohibits them from selling arms to governments that violate the human rights of their own citizens. 

 

They forget that we are in the middle of a bitter war and that our enemies are being sponsored and supported by both ISIL and Al Qaeda. They forget that over 50,000 innocent Nigerians have been slaughtered in cold blood and thousands more raped and abducted during the course of that war over the last 5 years. They disregard the fact that every day Nigerians are bleeding more and more and that our gallant Armed Forces, through no fault of their own, have not been able to get the necessary weapons to fight back effectively. 

 

Some things are above partisan politics and this is one of them. Regardless of whichever political party we belong to we must all join forces and support the fight against Boko Haram. We must do this regardless of party affiliation because if we don't Boko Haram will consumme us all, whether we are PDP, APC or anything else. 

 

We love and admire the Americans and we regard their country as a bastion of good governance, justice, equity and decency. We also recognise the fact that they have brought an immense amount of good into the world over the last 100 years and that they continue to do so. 

 

However in this matter of arms supply to our country it appears to me that a double standard is being applied. It is almost as if they want Nigeria to be brought to her knees and that they want us to be humiliated and destroyed. All the territory that was recovered from Boko Haram by the Jonathan administration is now being threatened again or has been retaken by Boko Haram in the last few weeks. 

 

This comes as a direct consequence of the fact that the Americans have refused to sell us arms and the new allies and friends that the Jonathan administration reached out to in their stead just a few months before leaving power together with the military assistance contracts that they entered into at the time for help in the war against Boko Haram have been terminated. 

 

This is very sad because the immediate consequence of it is the fact that over 1000 Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram in the last two months alone. That means over 100 people per week have been murdered by the terrorists since May 29th. This must stop and something has to give. We must support the new government in their efforts to stem the tide and to fight terror. 

 

This is all the more important when one considers the fact that there seems to be some hidden agenda on the part of the western powers, led by America, to ensure that we do not acquire the necessary weapons to take on Boko Haram effectively. 

 

When one considers the position of the American government one is forced to ask the following question: w  hy did they not invoke the Leahy Act against Israel, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Ukraine, Pakistan, Yemen, Kenya and Iraq for human rights violations? Why do they continue to supply arms to the governments of all those countries despite what they have done to many of their own citizens and those that they oppose just outside their borders? 

 

Why is it only Nigeria that they have refused to sell arms to and that they have imposed an international arms embargo on even though we are fighting a civil war against a barbaric, relentless and evil enemy that is being sponsored by ISIL and Al Qaeda? Given all this, I believe that it is time for us as a country to begin to reconsider who our friends really are? They say that a friend in need is a friend indeed. You cannot say that you are our friends whilst you sit by idly and watch the blood of our people being shed on a daily basis yet you refuse to do anything about it. 

 

We are not asking you to send troops to fight for us or to give us free arms. We are not cowards or beggars. We are simply asking to buy sophisticated arms and modern weapons from you so that we can defend our people yet you keep saying no and you are urging others not to sell to us either. This is not the act of a friend. 

 

It is unacceptable, it is unfair and, if sustained, it will prove to be counter-productive to the interests of the Americans in our country and in the west African sub-region. The truth is that given the attitude of the United States government I believe that it is time for us to rely far more on our Chinese and Russian friends in our collective war against terror. 

 

I say this because it appears that the western powers and our traditional allies like the United Kingdom, France and America have left us in the lurch. Whichever way we can be rest assured of one thing: Nigeria will never be brought to her knees and ultimately we will win this war because God is with us. 

 

On a final note permit me to take this opportunity to respond to the words of U.S. Senator Patrick Leah, the convener and author of the Leah Act, who has said that our Armed Forces are nothing but ''rapists and murderers''. He also said that we should ''clean up our military'' if we want the arms embargo lifted. 

 

This type of  condescending, colonial-overlord, slave-master and gung-ho language and contribution from this foreigner is most unhelpful and it is totally unacceptable. This is all the more so because his words are simply not true. 

 

Whether the Leahy's of this world wish to accept it or not the truth is that the Nigerian Armed Forces, despite their limitations and constraints, remain one of the most outstanding, successful, courageous, battle-ready and disciplined fighting forces on the African continent. History can attest to that and the sacrifice that those gallant young men and women in uniform make on a daily basis on the battle field in the fight against Boko Haram and in the war against terror over the last five years is a reflection of their deep patriotism and noble calling.  

 

Referring to them as nothing but ''rapists and murderers'' is not only a sweeping statement and an absurd generalisation but it is also a deep insult to the Nigerian people and a denigration of the memory of all those courageous young men and women that fought and died on the war-front defending our country. 

 

The truth is that Senator Leahy is nothing but a low-life redneck and so are all those that think like him and that have his mindset. He is the scum of the earth: a typically confused, ignorant, petty-minded, blinkered and racist yankee who has little understanding of world affairs, no understanding of our situation in Nigeria and Africa and no sense of history. He owes the Nigerian people and our Armed Forces an unreserved apology and until he purges himself and renders it, I urge every self-respecting Nigerian to treat him with the contempt and disdain that he deserves.   

________________FFK, 2015


SENTATOR PATRICK LEAHY- WITH FRIENDS LIKE THIS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

The United States of America funded and led the fight against tyranny and the German Kaiser (Emperor) Wilhelm 2nd in World War 1. She led the fight against fascism, the Axis Powers and Adolf Hitler’s Germany in World War 2.  

She led the fight against communism, Josef Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev, the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union in the cold war.  She led the fight against Saddam Hussein in the two Gulf Wars and the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the war against terror. On all these occasions and many others the Americans literally saved the world.

That is the United States of America that we know and love. In those days, in the conduct of their foreign policy, they led by example, they displayed solid religious values, they feared God and they stood firmly against all manner of evil.

Sadly things appear to have changed in the last few years. Today’s America seeks to impose her culturally deviant and strange values on the rest of the world by hook or by crook.

Today’s America boastfully and openly erects statues of and builds monuments to Satan (the Lord of Destruction) in her cities, all in name of religious freedom.

Today’s America openly celebrates the cult of humanism and the rejection of God in all its dealings and affairs. Today’s America says things like "we will compel Nigeria to accept homosexuality and gay marriage".

Today’s America, through its Supreme Court, has redefined the institution of marriage, has rejected its traditional definition and has affirmed the right of every American to enter into same-sex marriages- a course of action which is in direct contradiction with the Holy Bible and which is nothing less than an affront to the Living God.

Today’s America has done more than any other country in the world to destabilise and topple Arab and North African secularist governments and to help spread the dreaded Wahhabi/salifist philosophy, jihadist terror and Islamic fundamentalism.

Today’s America has isolated the State of Israel and has pampered and appeased the traditional enemies of the Jewish state more than any other.

Today’s America has provoked and alienated Russia, caused a civil war in the Ukraine, divided eastern Europe, increased tensions and nuclear proliferation amongst the world powers and made the world a far more dangerous and unstable place.

Today’s America has a police force that slaughters blacks for sport and has a military that indulges in the systematic torture and rape of prisoners of war. Today’s America gives sodomy a pride of place in the affairs of men. I could go on and on.

So much has gone wrong in "the land of the free and the home of the brave". So much has gone awry in "Gods own country" and all of it has happened under the watch and during the tenure of office of a suave, good-looking, elegant, eloquent, brilliant and seemingly gentle, humble and pious African American President who first rode into power in 2008 on the slogan "yes we can".

Little did we know at that time that "yes we can" actually meant "anything goes". Yet despite all these challenges and conflicting signals one thing remains clear: many of us, including this writer, still love America and we always will.

Our admonitions and observations are made out of love and concern and not out of anger or hatred. Let us pray that the USA gets back up there again where she belongs.

Let us pray that she turns back to God and that her glory is restored. Let us hope that in 2016 the American people elect a President that "knows God", fears Him and stands in awe of Him.

Meanwhile I have a few more questions for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. 

The United States of America, both directly and through their regional allies like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and various other Arab Gulf states, supplied millions of dollars’ worth of arms to the vicious Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organisation known as the Al Nusra Front three years ago in Syria in an attempt to get rid of President Bashir Al Assad. Did they forget about the Leahy Act then? 

Did they not recognise the fact that when Al Nusra was going from town to town wiping out whole civilian populations, including women and children, and openly cutting out and eating the hearts of their victims that it was a gross violation of human rights? Worse still they filmed their barbarous behavior and proudly aired it on the internet.

The Al Nusra Front was to later transmute into the beast called ISIS and the rest is history. Who created, funded and fed that beast at the initial stage? Who encouraged them at the outset? Was it not America?

Come to think of it who funded and created Al Qaeda itself and who supported and armed Osama Bin Ladin to resist and fight the Soviets in Afghanistan right from the start? Was it not America?

Again who supported and funded Saddam Hussein in the early years and who sold him millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to fight a war against Iran in an attempt to topple Ayatollah Khomeni after the Iranian revolution? Was it not America?

Where was U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on all these occasions? Did he lose his voice? Was he on vacation in Hawaii? Did he complain about the atrocities and human rights violations committed by the Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein at the appropriate times?

In particular why was he so silent about the atrocities of Al Nusra three years ago and why did he not call them ''rapists and murderers'' in the same way that he called our soldiers same?

Why was his celebrated Leahy Act not invoked to stop the Obama administration from supplying arms to the Al Nusra Front in the same way that it was invoked to stop them from supplying arms to our Armed Forces?

Senator Leahy should explain that one away to the world instead of insulting the sensibilities of our people. Who is kidding who?

________________FFK, 2015


FEMI FANI-KAYODE HAS JUSTICE BEEN DONE
        ...by Tunji Adigun  __________TA, 2015         - Close Essay

It is no longer news that the Federal High Court has declared that Chief Femi Fani Kayode (“FFK”) is not guilty of the money laundering charges brought against him by the Federal Government. In His judgment delivered on 1st July 2015, His Lordship, Honourable Justice Rita Ofili- Ajumogobia stated that the prosecution’s case was feeble and that it has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

FFK was charged under section 15 of the Money Laundering Act, 2004 (“MLA”). This Act states thus:

“15 (1) Without prejudice to the penalties provided for illicit traffic in narcotic drugs or psycho tropic substances, the laundering of drug money or the proceeds of a crime or illegal act, any person who

(d) makes or accepts cash payments exceeding the amount authorised under this Act commits an offence under this section”

Section 1(a) of the MLA provides the amount authorised by Section 15(1) above.

“(1) No Person or body corporate shall make or accept cash payment of a sum exceeding

  1. N500,000 or its equivalent, in the case of an individual

Except in a transaction through a financial institution

The law states that any individual who makes or accepts a payment in excess of N500,000.00 in cash without going through a financial institution has committed a crime. In our everyday transaction, this means that if a shop owner after selling the goods in his shop, realizes a sum of say N550,000.00 and decides to carry the whole cash to Balogun market to restock his shop, he has committed a crime; Where a man decides to sell his car and a buyer comes with a cash sum of N600,000.00 and he receives it, both the buyer and the seller have committed a crime; where a young couple put together all the cash gifts they receive on their wedding day and it amounts to N510,000.00 and they decide to go and pay their rent with the money in cash both the couple and the landlord who receives the cash have committed a crime. There are countless instances where crimes according to the Money Laundering Act are committed daily. But that is not the focus of this commentary.

Back to the FFK charge. The prosecution brought a 40 count charge against FFK alleging that various sums of money were received by him and that he handed over such money to several cronies of his to pay into his account. That is all that the counts were about. There was no count that says that he took money from any Government purse or that he inflated any Government project or that he received bribes from anybody, all the charge said was that sums of money above N500,000.00 were paid into his account by his assistants.

FFK’s counsel led my Mr. Adedipe SAN and Mr. Wale Akoni SAN filed a no case submission on behalf of FFK after the prosecution finally closed its case. The court ruled that FFK had no case to answer on 38 of the 40 counts. It therefore meant that FFK was facing only two counts as he had been discharged on 38 counts. The two remaining counts are reproduced below.

Count 25
That you Chief Femi Fani-Kayode on or about the 20th day of September, 2006, whilst serving as Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court made a financial transaction exceeding N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) which was not done through a financial institution by accepting cash payment of N1,100,000.00 (One Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) which sum was further paid into your personal account no. 103450252601 with First Inland Bank, Plc, Apapa Branch (now First City Monument Bank Plc) through one Supo Agbaje (your administrative staff now at large), and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (1) (d) and punishable under Section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004.

 

Count 26
That you Chief Femi Fani-Kayode on or about the 29th day of September, 2006, whilst serving as Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court made a financial transaction exceeding N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) which was not done through a financial institution by accepting cash payment of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira Only) which sum was further paid into your personal account no. 103450252601 with First Inland Bank, Plc, Apapa Branch (now First City Monument Bank Plc) through one Supo Agbaje (your administrative staff now at large), and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15 (1) (d) and punishable under Section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004.

As the learned judge stated in her judgment, there are 3 elements that need to be proved by the prosecution namely:

  1. The accused received a sum above N500,000.00
  2. The accused made a payment of a sum above N500,000.00
  3. The transaction was done without a financial institution.

 

For FFK to be found guilty of the charge against him, the prosecution must prove the above ingredients. The prosecution called in evidence a certain Agbaje who testified that FFK gave him the sum of N1,100,000.00 and N1,000,000.00 on two occasions and that on his instruction he paid the money into FFK’s account. The entries in FFK’s bank account supports the testimony of Agbaje to the extent that he made the payments into FFK’s account. The prosecution relied almost solely on the testimony of Agbaje. Analyzing the testimony of Agbaje alone, it can be argued that the prosecution has done its job. But has it?

In his defence, FFK called two witnesses, a certain Mr. Olasupo who is a co administrator with FFK of his father’s estate and a certain Mr. Aderemi Ajidahun who was FFK’s Chief of staff at the material time. Olasupo testified that he collected rent from tenants of the estate twice in the sum of N1,100,000.00 and N1,000,000.00 representing a deposit and balance of rent due. He stated that the tenant issued a cheque in his name and that he cashed the cheques in Abuja, he further stated that when he sought to give the money to FFK, he was not available and that on Ajidahun’s instruction he gave the money to Agbaje to pay into FFK’s bank account. It was also his account that on the two occasions he drove with Agbaje to the bank to make the payments. Aderemi corroborated Olasupo’s account.

This is where it becomes interesting. Agbaje said FFK gave him the money; Olasupo said he gave Agbaje the money and not FFK; Aderemi said it is true that Olasupo gave Agbaje the money not FFK; Agbaje did not state where and when the money was given to him by FFK; Olasupo on the other hand stated how, when and the circumstances where he gave Agbaje the money; there is only one entry in the bank statement of FFK in the sums stated above and on the days Agbaje paid the money. Who does the Judge believe? Clearly in this case the Judge has chosen to disbelieve the account of Agbaje. His Lordship stated that she finds Agbaje’s testimony unreliable, and that his testimony appears to be an afterthought.

It is my opinion that it is at this point that the matter turns. In other words the charge was won and lost at this point. The prosecution could not prove, to the satisfaction of the court, the source of the money paid by Agbaje. Its inability to demonstrate even vaguely that FFK received the money from a particular source was fatally detrimental to its case. The court did not agree with the prosecution that the fact that money was paid into his account is enough evidence to show that he has received the money from an illegal source. His Lordship opined that the mere fact that a sum of money above N500,000.00 was paid into his account does not necessarily mean that he received the money in one lump sum, he could have received the money in tranches of N499,000.00 or N300,000.00 etc. This logic is quite sound in my opinion since the MLA seeks to punish transactions above N500,000.00

Has the prosecution proved all the elements of the charge; would a reasonable man sitting through the trial come to the conclusion that FFK is guilty; Is there no reasonable doubt in the His Lordship’s mind that FFK committed the offence. If any of the questions above is answered in the negative then FFK must be discharged and acquitted. And so he has.

It appears the prosecution did not think through its case before charging this gentleman. I certainly agree with the Learned Judge that the prosecution has not proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

FFK is a character who divides opinion wherever he goes, he has many enemies, some will say deliberately and has cultivated friendships bordering on followership. Some call him blunt and forthright others say he is rude and disrespectful. Many people will like to see him sentenced to a jail term just to “teach him a lesson” but the courtroom is not a classroom where moral lessons are taught. He may not be the most popular person in town but in a court of law where a person’s liberty or life is at stake, the public opinion of an accused is not a consideration when his guilt or otherwise is to be decided. And rightly so!

Article written by Tunji Adigun, a legal practitioner.

________________TA, 2015


FEMI FANI-KAYODE: THE MANY LIES OF JOE IGBOKWE
        ...By Jude Ndukwe  __________JD, 2015         - Close Essay

Joe Igbokwe’s many lies about Femi Fani-Kayode in a recent article he mischievously titled “Femi Fani-Kayode - Aturu Mulu Ebunu Gba aka Nwa” is shocking, to say the least. The essay murdered history, stood logic on its head and was replete with copious and deliberate falsehood fabricated just to match the childish fancy of the author and his paymasters. Or else how could one explain the attempted but unsuccessful beguiled humiliation of Fani-Kayode’s family members even his late father in that infamous essay? Who is Joe Igbokwe to talk about the family of Fani-Kayode? Where was Joe Igbokwe’s father when Femi Fani-Kayode’s father successfully moved the motion for Nigeria’s independence? Who among Femi Fani-Kayode’s family members, siblings and relations, have kept that famous name alive and aglow if not Femi Fani-Kayode himself? Surely, Fani-Kayode Senior would be very glad that his son has kept the struggle going and has maintained the uncommon courage to speak the truth even to the powers that be at a great cost to his person and comfort just like he (Fani-Kayode Senior) did against the oppressive colonial masters.
The allegation in the essay that Fani-Kayode fleeced people of their hard earned money while he was minister under Obasanjo’s government is not true. Femi Fani-Kayode never fleeced anyone of their money for whatever purpose. The Anambra-born businessman Joe Igbokwe referred to in his essay is Obinna Uzo who is well-known to both Fani-Kayode and Igbokwe. Anyone is very free to approach Obinna on this issue and see how Igbokwe’s mendacious voyage quickly hits the rocks. Joe should be ready to face an impending court case for defamation of character as Fani-Kayode has concluded arrangements to take legal steps to have all the lies written against him retracted with generous public apologies while seeking severe punitive verdict on the offender to serve as deterrent to others.
Joe Igbokwe also lied by saying that former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, said, “If you want Femi Fani-Kayode to sing for you for years non-stop, just give him money”. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo never said this and it was nothing but the mendacious product of unimaginative minds who would drag respected names like those of Obasanjo and Femi Fani-Kayode in the mud. Obasanjo himself has since issued a statement saying he never said anything like that. Osun Defender, the news medium which carried that story has since retracted it and the erring journalist punished.
It is all jealousy! Has anyone ever imagined that highly intelligent, politically sagacious and gargantuan figures like Obasanjo would want to hire one Joe Igbokwe for anything? Never! Nobody hires a dullard for the type of services Femi Fani-Kayode has rendered to this country. From being a former Senior Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Public Affairs, through being a former Minister of Culture and Tourism, former Minster of Aviation, and to being the immediate past Director of Media & Publicity of the President Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation, only fine minds are given such responsibilities and this is what jolts Joe!
In his voyage of falsehood, Igbokwe insinuated that Femi Fani-Kayode relocated to Ghana during the NADECO struggles against IBB and the late General Sani Abacha to right the wrongs of June 12, 1993 presidential election. There is nothing special in this point as a lot of the NADECO members and sympathizers including Prof Wole Soyinka and Ahmed Bola Tinubu also went on exile. Exile was one of the painful but inevitable options left for the activists then. Those who chose to stay back then were

gravely brutalized or even murdered, sometimes in very strange circumstances just like it happened to Chief MKO Abiola, most unfortunately.
In trying to vitiate the seriousness of Femi Fani-Kayode’s commitment to his religion, Igbokwe played God by saying Femi Fani-Kayode can never be a pastor even till the end of time. Assuming that we are talking about a man who has been condemned by mortals, is Igbokwe saying that the power of God to save any man no matter his atrocities is limited? Going by his first name and also his quoting St Augustine of Hippo in that same essay, one would have thought that Igbokwe is a Christian who should believe in the power of God to save any man or even rescue any situation no matter how bad it is! To limit God’s power to save any man is a sin of despair, and this is the same sin that Judas Iscariot committed as he hung himself on a tree to die having lost hope in the saving powers of Christ. Coincidentally, Joe Igbokwe and Judas Iscariot are birds of the same feather, they collect mere “thirty pieces of silver” to sell out and have good men condemned publicly. While Judas Iscariot did his out of sheer greed, Joe Igbokwe is doing his out of both greed and hunger!
Furthermore and contrary to Igbokwe’s submission that Femi Fani-Kayode left the APC to become Director of Media & Publicity of the PDP Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode actually left the APC not based on any ambition but based on very strong personal principles and convictions. As an insider and contrary to his expectations, Fani-Kayode saw the alarming and inexplicable tacit support being given members of Boko Haram through the actions and statements of a majority of the most powerful leaders of APC; evidence of this is what we are witnessing today in the daily killings of Nigerians like never before by the insurgents. Once he noticed this, Femi had no option but to leave and went back to PDP. He could not imagine himself to be dining and wining with people who see everything wrong in President Jonathan’s clampdown on the terrorists. He simply walked away. People like Joe Igbokwe lack such courage since they have been perpetually tied to the hypnotizing strings and inordinate love of money of a certain godfather.
In order to further promote hate against Fani-Kayode, Joe Igbokwe deliberately tried to bring to memory an issue that has since been settled by trying to remind Nigerians of what Fani-Kayode said and did not say against Ndigbo. The man has since expressed his happiness at being at peace with Ndigbo after some disagreements which is normal in pluralistic societies of our nature even in the most advanced countries like the United States of America. Femi Fani-Kayode had said this of Ndigbo as far back as November 20, 2014, on his facebook page: “The Igbo are truly amazing people and I am very proud of their sense of pride in their language, their culture, their history and their noble and illustrious heritage. We have put the issue of the Igbo/Yoruba debate behind us now and thankfully I am now at peace with my Igbo brothers and sisters again. I give thanks to God.”
Apart from this touching gesture, how many Joe Igbokwe’s stood for his people, the Igbo, against the unprovoked threat of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, when he threatened them with drowning in the lagoon should they not vote for his preferred candidates in the April 2015 elections? It took brothers from distant lands like Femi Fani-Kayode whom Joe Igbokwe is today wickedly accusing of bearing anti-Igbo sentiments to stand the Oba face to face, eyeball to eyeball and called him to order. Hear Fani-Kayode: “The Oba of Lagos’ threat against the Igbo in Lagos that if they don’t vote for Ambode they should be ready to perish in the lagoon is ominous and unacceptable” (Femi Fani-Kayode facebook page, April 6, 2015). That is the voice of a gentle volcano speaking for the oppressed people in a distant land.

On the heels of the transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to Ekwulobia prison in Anambra State, Fani-Kayode took to his facebook page on July 7, 2015, to condemn the transfer describing it, and rightly so, as an attempt by the present administration to “spread the word” to the South-East.
Joe Igbokwe has never raised a voice against the injustices done to Ndigbo and upon that he vilifies those who from distant lands summon the courage to speak up for the people simply because ohun ti won fe je, ko je ki won gbon (what they want to eat has blocked their senses).

  • Jude C. Ndukwe

Transpharm Plaza, Abuja; 08023140065; jrndukwe@yahoo.co.uk

________________JD, 2015


THE APC AND THE CULTURE OF VIOLENCE
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2015         - Close Essay

Once again supporters of the APC, whilst chanting ''sai Buhari'' and carrying brooms, have stoned our candidate President Goodluck Jonathan whilst he was on his way to a rally in the north. It happened in Yola, Adamawa state. This is the third time that this has happened in the last few days. The first time it happened in Katsina state and then in Bauchi.

In the case of Bauchi state the violence resulted in the brutalisation, wounding and hospitalisation of no less than six of President Jonathan's security operatives. In Yola, just as it was in Katsina and Bauchi, the whole thing was well-orchestrated and well-funded by the APC and there  is an obvious conspiracy to hurt and intimidate the President and his supporters and prevent them from campaigning in the north. This is despite the fact that Jonathan is very popular in many parts of the north and he has millions of followers there.

We wish to assure the APC that this barbaric and uncivilised behaviour will not deter Mr. President from campaigning in every nook and cranny of this country because his supporters, in both the north and the south, expect no less from him. The question that Nigerians must ask is this: will Buhari not call his supporters to order and stop this violence unless and until someone is killed? Is that what he and his APC want? Do they want the President and those that go on campaign with him dead?

Why do they delight in violence and intimidation? Are they scared of a free and fair election? Can they not handle the prospect of defeat? Has it finally dawned on them that they are going to lose the election woefully and consequently they wish to avoid that by creating a crisis in the country? We have warned them over and over again about the consequences of their reckless and dangerous behavior, their fondness of physically attacking the President and his campaign team and their irresponsible and insatiable appetite for aggression but General Buhari and the APC have refused to call their supporters to order.

Instead they have continued to relish and delight in their habitual violence and in the most heinous and hideous forms of unprovoked attacks. Worse still they have consistently encouraged such behaviour in others. It is no wonder that Buhari was once nominated by the terrorist organisation Boko Haram as their negotiator and spokesman when the idea of dialogue with the Federal Government was first mooted in 2014. Equally relevant is the fact that the official spokesman of the APC, Lai Mohammed, objected to the proscription of Boko Haram and described it as being ''unconstitutional and unjust'' a few months ago. This was after the terrorists had slaughtered over 20,000 innocent and defenceless Nigerians. Such is the love that the APC have for violence and those that revel in it.

Sadly it does not stop there. Worthy of note is the fact that when Buhari's supporters butchered a number of people, including some youth corpers, after he lost the election in 2011 he refused to apologise to the families of those that were so brutally and callously murdered and he expressed absolutely no remorse. This was despite the fact that the killings were done in his name and despite the fact that the Nigerian people and indeed the international community expressed their outrage about those killings and the attendant acts of violence, arson, rioting and vandalisation that went with them.

One wonders if the same uncharitable and insensitive 2011 spirit still resides in Buhari? Is there any indication that he has changed?  Is he preparing for a repeat performance of what his supporters did after losing the election four years? Does he still hold to his ''baboon and dog will both be soaked in blood'' philosophy if he loses the february election? Are his supporters and allies still threatening to ''make the country ungovernable'' after he loses the election? We sincerely hope not because this time around he and his supporters may not get away with it so lightly. 

We wish to take this opportunity to serve them notice of a final warning: if they do not desist from these unprovoked attacks and if anything untoward should happen to President Goodluck Jonathan whilst he is on campaign or even after the election the consequences will be grave and worse than they can possibly imagine. Buhari was not attacked by supporters of the PDP when he campaigned anywhere in the south so why should President Jonathan be attacked by supporters of the APC when he campaigns in the north?  Enough is enough. The madness has to stop.

The violent behaviour of the APC is utterly reprehensible and we condemn it in the strongest terms. Under no circumstances should violence be condoned or encouraged by them or anyone else because this is simply an election and not a war. The truth is that the APC have become utterly desperate because they can see defeat staring them in the face. They have found it difficult to come to terms with the fact their their candidate is a man with questionable credentials who has been rejected by the Nigerian people and who does not have the strength, energy, fortitude or vision to govern Nigeria.

They also find it difficult to accept the fact that he is a perjurer who falsely swore to an affidavit and lied under oath that he had a secondary school certificate and that that certificate was with the army. This obnoxious and odious mendacity goes to the very heart of the issue of character and integrity and it is indicative of the fact that not only is Buhari unfit to rule Nigeria but also that his party is a haven of questionable individuals. If this were not the case why would Asiwaju Bola Tinubu boldly assert that ''certificate or no certificate'' the Nigerian people must vote for Buhari. Could there be a more graphic example of impunity, disdain for the rule of law and moral laxity than this?

Our position is that Buhari is not qualified under the law to run for the Presidency because he has not been able to produce or display his secondary school certificate as required by law and this is the basic requirement for anyone that wishes to aspire to that exalted office. We also believe that he was not even qualified to have gone to the Officers Training College of the Nigerian Armed Forces in 1968 because he never had the prerequisite qualifications to be admitted. At best he ought to have remained a non-commissioned officer and not a commissioned officer of the Nigerian army. We believe that based on that he ought to be stripped of all the entitlements and ranks that he attained within the army over the last 46 years.

The truth is that with Buhari the more you look the less you see. His story and whole history is shrouded with double-speak and double-standards and we shall continue to alert the Nigerian people about the dangers of electing such a questionable character as their President and putting him in power.  In a futile attempt to cover his shame the latest development is that some desperate individuals have now fraudulently procured a fake and forged result sheet which is meant to fool Nigerians into thinking that Buhari actually passed his exams.

Yet the Nigerian people, as wise and discerning as ever, cannot be fooled. They know that if they were to put such questionable people in power it would result in utter disaster. Buhari's quest for power and his mantra of change is a mere illusion. He will fail simply because our people wish to move our country forward and they do not want a return to the ugly past.

By their consistent and continued acts of violence General Buhari and his APC have not only violated the historic Kofi Annan-led Abuja Peace Accord but they have also effectively raped it. Despite their desperate attempts to silence and intimidate us we shall continue to raise cogent issues about their fitness to lead our nation, their modus operandi, their policies and their conduct and we shall continue to ask the relevant questions. The game is on.

________________FFK, 2015


THE BELIEVERS CREED
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Bring light where there is darkness, joy where there is pain, hope where there is despair and respite where there is suffering. Fear not the mighty, be strong and confident in all circumstances, uphold the truth and defend the weak. Fight the power, bow to no man, stand firm on your convictions and resist the evil. Watch and pray, have faith in God, hold your head up high and fight the good fight. This is the creed of the believer: the obligation and calling of the Sons and Daughters of Zion. 

Yet we still have so much to learn. Consider the following. We live in an interesting world with interesting people. We only have one life so we must live it to the fullest. Trust and love God, hold on to your dreams, be faithful to your convictions and do as much good as you possibly can to all those around you. Do not be arrogant or forceful but at the same time bow to no man and let none intimidate you.

Know who you are and where you are in the scheme of things: you are a child of the Living God, dedicated and covenanted to Him alone even before you left your mother’s womb. He is your God and your strength, He is awesome in battle and true to His word and He will not allow you to fail, to fall or to be ashamed. He has a mission and a purpose for you in this difficult, lonely and oftentimes cruel world. The challenge is to identify that purpose and to fulfill it in a glorious way. 

Yet despite the ugly storms of life let your resolve be strong: to live for God and to be a blessing to all those around you. And if nothing else remember this: that He loves you, that you are very special to Him and that you are destined to succeed. So take hold of your beautiful destiny and espouse it’s great promise to the fullest. Let it be for you as it was written in the Holy Books before the oracles of time. Let courage, truth and honor be your armor. Let praise, love, faith and compassion be your banner. Let the earth, the wind, the water, the fire and all the elemental forces of the cosmos confirm your greatness and protect your precious soul. 

Let the Lion of the Tribe of Judah watch over you. Let the Seven-fold Spirit of the Most High God defend you. Let the Holy Angels that guard the seven seas and the four corners of the earth fight for you. Let all of creation bow before you and  let He that is more than able, He that sits above the circles of the earth,  He that is known as Yeshua, the Son of the Living God be with you all the days of your life.

And who is this infallible God whose name we consistently invoke? Who is this mighty Lord in whom we believe and whom we exalt and worship morning, night and day? Who is this all-powerful deity that is our strength, on whose name we stand and in whom we make our boast? 

He is the God of the Holy Bible: the giver of life. He is the Holy One of Israel whose coming was prophesied for thousands of years by the Prophets before it came to pass. He is He that humbled Himself and shed His divinity: who came down as God incarnate in the flesh. Who suffered on the cross under Pontius Pilot, who shed His blood, who gave up His life as a living sacrifice for our sins, who went down into hell and overcame satan and the principalities and powers, who rose again, who ascended into Heaven and who sits at the right hand of God the Father.

He is He whose Holy Spirit guides, leads, protects and fights for us on earth today. He is He who holds the universe together by the power of His word. He is He that is high and lifted up, whose train fills the Temple and whose love has no end. He is He that is more than able and whose Kingdom shall reign forever. He is He that makes all things beautiful in His own way and in His own time. He is the Spoiler of our adversaries, our Advocate, our Defender and our Judge.

He is the Man of War, the Avenger of our Blood, The Ancient of Days, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lord of Hosts, the Comforter, the Consuming Fire, the Alpha and the Omega, the Creator of all that is, the Prince of Peace, the Lily of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon, the Balm of Gilead, the Blood of the Sprinkling, the Rejected Stone that became the Cornerstone, the Nazarene, the Conqueror of Satan and the Great Provider.

He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith, the Lifter of our Heads, our Shield and our Glory. He is our Father who is filled with love, who guards us jealously and who never fails. He is the Lord of the Universe, the Lord of the 24 Elders that sit before Him in His heavenly throne room. He is the Lord of the Angels and the Archangels, the Lord of the Cherubim and the Seraphim and He is the King of Glory. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle, He is the King of Glory.

His name is Jehova Sabaoth, Jehova Rapha, Yahweh God and the I Am That I Am. He is irresistable and unfathomable. He is the God of the Armies of Israel and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the All-Seeing and the All-Knowing. He is the Compassionate and the Merciful: the Adonai, the Elohim. He is the Lamb of God, the Risen King, the one and only Messiah, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is Yeshua: Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the Living God. We are created for His pleasure, He delights for us to prosper, He displays His splendor, glory and majesty in our lives and besides Him there is no God.

To those that know and trust Him and that believe in Him I have this to say: He will guide you and protect you through this year and beyond. He will make his face to shine upon you. Your feet shall not slip and neither shall you suffer want. You shall live long and prosper and your joy shall be full. You shall not be cut short because long life is your portion. 

The Lord shall give you the fat of the land and a place of honor in the land. You shall increase. The Lord shall enlarge your coast and he shall exalt your horn. The seductions and evil of this world will not overwhelm you and neither will they consume you. The Lord shall guide you in all your ways and deliver you from the hands of the wicked one and his agents. 

You shall rise up to greater heights than you can possibly imagine and neither shall you ever suffer want, shame or defeat. Before your very eyes you shall see the recompense of the wicked and those that seek your hurt and wish you to go astray. You will excel in your work and studies and the Lord will grant you joy everlasting. Because you have honored Him in all your ways your days will be long and His blessing shall never depart from you. 

The love of God and his grace and mercy shall walk with you all the days of your life and his angels shall guard you jealously both night and day. May God bless and keep you now and always and may this year and beyond be great in your life and in your family. You are simply wonderful; a great blessing from a great God. You will never be ashamed but rather like a well-watered garden, you will be fruitful and productive. 

You will flourish forever and neither shall your leaves ever wither. Your pockets shall never run dry for the Lord will grant you plenty and he will cause rivers to flow through your desert places. His precious anointing and Holy Spirit shall never depart from you and his peace and favor shall cover you all the days of your life. 

I soak your body, spirit and soul in the precious blood of the sprinkling; the blood of the Holy one of Israel, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, son of the Living God. I commit you into the hands and power of the God of Heaven and into the presence and power of he who came down as God incarnate in the flesh. 

May the deep mysteries of his precious blood speak for you at the gates and fight for you in every circumstance touching and concerning your life. Go forth into the world and the new year boldly with your head held up high knowing who you are and knowing that you serve a mighty God. Because of him you are safe and sound and you cannot be defeated. Because of him everything that you set your hands to do that is in accordance with his will , shall meet with good success. 

Give him the praise and glory in all things and remember always that He loves you more than life itself. God bless and keep you and all that is yours now and always. We serve a mighty God so go forth into the world in his strength and in his power. Take dominion and conquer, be courageous and be strong and most important of all be thankful and be happy: for in the end he makes all things beautiful. Faithful, mighty and true, that is his name. Have a great year and may God be with you and yours now and always.

________________FFK, 2014


A WORD FOR PROFESSOR YEMI OSINBAJO
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I am glad that the APC eventually took my advice and saw the wisdom in not fielding a muslim/muslim ticket for the 2015 Presidential election even though I hear that, right up till the last minute, they almost did.

I congratulate my friend and brother Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his nomination as the Vice Presidential candidate of the APC and running mate to General Muhammadu Buhari.

I have known Yemi for a number of years and I must say that he is not only a very pleasant and civilised person with a warm and gentle disposition but he is also a cerebal lawyer with a brilliant mind. I have immense respect for him.

Yet sadly ever since I heard about his nomination and announcement as Buhari's running mate I have felt nothing but sheer pity for him and a deep sense of pathos. My counsel and words for him are as follows:

Woe unto the children of light that secretly delight in darkness and that seek to thwart the counsel of God for their nation by joining hands with the sons of Boko and the daughters of Haram.

The bible says ''what fellowship is there between light and darkness?'' It says ''what does God  have to do with Belial?'' It says ''what profiteth a man to gain the world and lose his soul?''.

A respected Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a devout and committed Christian and an intellectually-sound, well-bred and well educated Professor of Law accepts to be running mate to a closet fundamentalist, a bloodthirsty, cruel and murderous military dictator and a die-hard believer in the philosophy of ''born to rule''? This is serious. 

A gifted servant of God who is a favored spiritual son of Rev. Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God has jumped into bed with one of the most notorious troublers of the faith and one of the most consistent enemies of democracy and Nigeria? This is very sad. 

Rev. Enoch Adeboye is undoubtedly one of God's greatest and most respected generals on the planet and one of the Church's most humble and best-loved precious gems, yet one of his spiritual sons has surely let him, and indeed the Kingdom of God, down by choosing to play ''man Friday'' and second fiddle to an individual that represents everything that is troubling, unsettling and repugnant to the modern world and to the 21st century? What a tragedy.

A learned Professor of Law and a senior member of the Nigerian bar who is the leading authority on the law of evidence and who has written numerous books on that topic chooses to play number two to a man that failed all his exams at military college and that never went to a decent school or to any university? Jumping Jehoshaphat.

It is only in Nigeria that this sort of thing can happen. Poor Yemi. Look at what the Haramites have done to him and look at what they have reduced him to. Is there anything that these creatures from hell will not do? Is there anyone that they will not use and is there any norm that they will not defile, pervert, debase, violate and corrupt in their ignoble quest for power and as a consequence of their insatiable lusts and manifest greed?

The truth is that each and everyone one of us, including my friend Yemi, will ultimately have to answer to God for the choices that we make and we must live with the consequences of those choices.  It is no wonder that the Redeemed Christian  Church of God has disassociated itself from a false claim that the Church and, by implication, Rev. Adegboye himself, was supporting the Buhari/Osibajo ticket. Thankfully they have come out to say clearly and categorically that this is not so. One can always trust Adegboye to do and say the right thing because he is a man that is truly ''after God's heart''.  

Yet the denial of an endorsement and tacit support from his Church is just the first of many shockers and unwelcome surprises that Yemi will be served with in the next few weeks. He will get shock after shock and surprise after surprise until the battle is over and circumstances compel him to go back to his very lucrative legal practice. 

Yet before he does that he should learn a thing or two from one of his esteemed colleagues and yet another Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the courageous Pastor Bosun Emmanuel. Bosun said the following words in his famous sermon titled 'The Nigerian Church' which went viral just a few months ago.

He said, ''woe be unto any believer who joins hands with the enemies of God in an attempt to bury the Church and destroy the gospel''. This was a timely admonition and these are strong and wise words from a true servant of God who is under no illusion about what is going on in the politics of Nigeria and who is brave enough to say it as it is. 

Yet whether we choose to heed Bosun's words or not I am absolutely certain of one thing: those that have aligned with the servants of satan and the children of darkness and that seek to thwart God's counsel for our nation shall not prevail.

Boko Haram abducted 185 women in Borno state on December 18th and they killed no less than 52 innocent people. Despite that some people are still supporting Buhari and his army of desperate Haramites? What a people, what a country.

Those that say that Buhari has changed simply because he chose a Pastor as his running mate are ignorant. Did he not have a Pastor as his running mate in his last outing in 2011? Did he not still say that it was his intention to ''spread sharia throughout the country'' and that ''an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north''?

Did he not oppose a state of emergency in the north eastern states and say that it was unfair for the military to kill Boko Haram members? Did he not say that instead of killing them they should forgive them, pamper them and treat them in the same way that the Niger Delta militants were treated?

Did the spokesman of his party Alhaji Lai Mohammed not say that the proscription of Boko Haram by the Federal Government was ‘’unjust’’ and ‘’unconstitutional’’? How does the fact that Buhari has opted for a Christian running mate change any of these things?

In any case he only opted for a Christian running mate because he was compelled to do so as a consequence of the hue and cry that the prospect of a muslim/muslim ticket had already started to generate. Are those that cite the fact that he has a Christian running mate as evidence of his new-found love for Christians aware of the fact that during the American civil war a small, ignorant, misguided and deluded group of negro slaves actually fought on the side of the southern confederate forces in an attempt to keep slavery in place?

Did that suggest that the leaders of the southern confederate ‘’secession’’ states suddenly changed their minds and fell in love with the blacks that they had enslaved and treated like animals? Is Buhari's claim of not being partial to his own hausa-fulani tribe not a little far-fetched?  Did he not lead a northern delegation to Alhaji Lam Adesina, the late Governor of Oyo state, just a few years ago when some Fulani herdsmen were slaughtering Yoruba farmers on their own land and ask him ‘’why are YOUR people killing MY people?’’ Apparantly Buhari believed that the aggressors that had invaded the land and farms of others and that killed all the occupants had a right to do so simply because they were fulani. Yet some people still claim that the man is not a tribalist.

Ignorance and lack of knowledge is a terrible affliction but in this context it is not only terrible but also very dangerous. Buhari’s choice of a Christian Pastor as his running mate means nothing and changes nothing about him or his entrenched views and ancient mindset. 

It rather provides clear evidence of his sheer desperation to win power at all costs and it is a reflection of his obvious and deep-seated deceit. Let the truth be told even though the heavens may fall: Christian Vice President or no Christian Vice President, Buhari's heart remains as dark as ever.

We shall meet him in the field: let God's will be done.

________________FFK, 2014


BUHARI OR JONATHAN: THE TIME TO DECIDE
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Major General Muhammadu Buhari has emerged as the APC flagbearer  for the 2015 Presidential election and President Goodluck Jonathan has emerged for the PDP. The battle for the soul and future of our nation now begins.  

 

Let us consider Buhari.  On 22nd July 2014 he told The Nation Newspaper that "our country has gone through several rough patches, but never before have I seen a Nigerian President declare war on his own country as we are seeing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President deploy federal institutions in the service of partisanship as we are witnessing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President utilize the common wealth to subvert the system and punish the opposition, all in the name of politics. Our nation has suffered serious consequences in the past for egregious acts that are not even close to what we are seeing now. It is time to pull the brakes''.

One may have been prepared to accept the general's words as being those of a genuinely concerned and committed patriot who simply wanted our President and his Government to do a better job and who was worried about the unfolding situation in our country if he had not consistently exposed his true colors and his obvious soft spot for Boko Haram.

Permit me to share just one example of the expression of that soft spot in this contribution. On 3rd June 2013, Thisday Newspaper led their newspaper with the following headline: ''The military offensive against Boko Haram is anti-north- General Muhammadu Buhari''.

 

The headline was followed by these words: ''Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has criticised the declaration of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States and the subsequent military offensive against the Boko Haram Islamic sect. Buhari, who featured on the “Guest of the Week,” a Hausa programme of the Kaduna-based Liberty Radio, yesterday said the federal government’s action was a gross injustice against the north. According to him, unlike the special treatment the federal government gave to the Niger Delta militants, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished. He said he was not in support of the declaration of state of emergency in the three north-eastern states because President Goodluck Jonathan had failed from the outset in addressing the security situation in the country''.

The implications of these shameful and indefensible comments, coming from a former Head of State, are obvious and self-evident. If the truth be told Buhari's peculiar affinity with the terrorists and his fawning about their safety and welfare is as unbearable as it is nauseating.

Yet that same General Buhari who said these unacceptable things one year ago is now busy pontificating about his concerns for our nation. Many would argue that that is pretty rich coming from him given his past comments about a ruthless group of terrorists who, more than any other, merit the award for the greatest ''troublers of our nation''. Given this I regard Buhari's comments to the Nation Newspaper on the 22 July 2014 as nothing but self-serving and belated clap trap and balderdash.

 

Yet this clap trap and balderdash is worthy of a little attention. Of particular interest to me were the following words: ''never before have I seen a Nigerian President declare war on his own country as we are seeing now''. Really? Correct me if I am wrong but I thought that the war that President Goodluck Jonathan  had declared was against terrorism and Boko Haram and not against the Nigerian people.

 

Does General Buhari find it difficult to make a distinction between the jihadists and the Nigerian people? Does he see them as being one and the same? Does he actually equate members of Jama'at ahl as-sunnah li-d-da'wa wa-l-jihad with the Nigerian people? Does he regard the military offensive against Boko Haram as being an offensive against OUR people? Does he honestly believe that anytime that a Boko Haram terrorist is killed by our Armed Forces and security agencies or that his house is blown up that it is an attack on the Nigerian people or an assault on the north? Are those people that Boko Haram slaughtering, terrorising, abducting, pillaging, robbing and raping on a daily basis all over our country not the real Nigerians?

Does he honestly believe that Boko Haram is representative of the thinking of our people or even the majority of the people in the muslim north? Has this man not lost touch with reality? Does he really belong to the 21st century or is he nothing more than an old relic from the distant past who secretly craves for a return to the norms, ways and values of 6th century Saudi Arabia? Is such a man really fit to be President of our country?

 

Is he still insisting on having another muslim as his running mate in order to establish his strange dream of a muslim/muslim President and Vice President for our country or has he shelved that idea due to political pressure from President Olusegun Obasanjo,  public resentment and bitter outrage?

 

Has he beat a tactical retreat from the muslim/muslim adventure and finally opted for Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Professor Yemi Osibajo, Governor Kayode Fayemi or some other yoruba christian to be his running mate as my sources are suggesting?

 

I must confess that all three of these individuals are profoundly good men and are eminently qualified for the job but does this latest concession come from the heart or is it just a ruse and an attempt to appease the christian community? Is it an attempt to lure them in and make them drop their guard? Does Buhari have any respect for Christians?

 

Does he have any empathy with the christian community in northern Nigeria for the immense suffering, degradation, humiliation,contempt, shame, indignity, persecution and mass murder that they have been subjected to in the north for the last 54 years and particularly in the last few years?

 

Does he regard christians as being human beings? Does he accept the fact that Boko Haram are nothing but beasts? Does he recognise the fact that no-one has the right to take the life of another human being in the name of religion? Does he know that compulsion has no place in any civilised religion and that each human being has the right to exercise his or her free will to determine which religious faith he or she wishes to espouse?

 

Does Buhari understand the meaning of the words ''secular state'' or the concept of the secularity of the state? Can he possibly accept the virtues and comprehend the wisdom of such an equitable and reasonable constitutional arrangement which guarantees the rights of all faiths and which does not allow one faith to laud it over another anywhere in our country?

 

Does he recognise the fact that Nigeria is in actual fact a secular state in which the rights and dignity of the members of every faith, including the christian faith, are guaranteed by the constitution? Does he accept the fact that in this day and age it is a heinous crime against humanity and particularly the girl-child and that it is a complete violation of the laws of our land for little girls of the age of 5, 6, 9 13 and even up to 16 to be married off and subjected to rape in the name of religion and marriage?

 

Does the General support paedophiles, sexual predators, sociopaths, sadistic perverts and the criminally-insane like the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau who are sexually attracted to innocent and defenceless little girls and who believe that they can be ''sold in the market'' and ''forced into marriage and slavery?'' Does he honestly believe that Boko Haram are human beings? Does this man that wants to be President of our country not recognise a heartless and callous beast when he sees one?

 

Does the wanton and relentless shedding of rivers of innocent blood, including the blood of children, not move his heart? Does the open abduction of almost 300 little girls, each of whom is young enough to be his grandaughter, from the sanctity of their school dormitory in the dead of the night not evoke pity in him and not stir him to rage?

 

Does he have any compassion and does he feel no pain for the suffering of the victims of Boko Haram? Does he know that Boko Haram has killed as many muslims as they have christians in their insane attempt to establish an islamic fundamentalist state in our country?

 

Is his inability to make a distinction between Boko Haram and the Nigerian people informed by the fact that he is a closet Haramite whose stated desire is to ''spread sharia throughout the whole of the country'' as he said in 2001? Does Buhari still believe that ''muslims should only vote for muslims’’  or  ‘’for  those that will protect their interest'' as he said in 2001?

 

Does he still believe that ''christians should not worry when muslims chop off their own arms and hands in the name of sharia because it is none of their business'' as he said in 2001? Does he still believe that Boko Haram members should be forgiven, granted amnesty, pampered, sent abroad to learn and given monthly allowances ‘’like the Niger Delta militants’’ as he suggested in 2013?
Does he still believe that , if he is not elected as President in 2015, ''the dog and the baboon shall both be soaked in blood''?

 

The questions are legion. Given his views about Boko Haram does General Muhammadu Buhari have the moral right to condemn anyone, least of all the President and the Federal Government, for the challenges that we are facing in this country?

Never before have I seen a former Nigerian Head of State openly express sympathy and covertly support a murderous and bestial terrorist organisation that has killed well over 30,000 innocent Nigerians in cold blood, that has abducted and raped our little girls and that has slit the throats and drained the blood of our young boys.

Never before have I seen a former Nigerian Head of State openly defend a bunch of cowardly, uncouth and barbaric jihadists that have bombed and burnt alive the weak, the vulnerable and the elderly in our country and that have slaughtered our soldiers, policemen and intelligence agents at will and with such callousness and glee.

Never before have I seen a former Nigerian Head of State openly canvass restraint and mercy for a bunch of bloodthirsty, cold-blooded mass murderers and criminals that have turned our country into a pariah nation, that has made the north the home of the most callous, ruthless, hateful, vile and evil terrorist organisation in the world and that has transformed our nation into a horrendous haven for ruthless islamic fundamentalists and bloodthirsty islamist militias.

If the truth must be told the only thing that is worse than Boko Haram are those in the Nigerian political class that secretly support and covertly assist them. A Buhari Presidency would be a disaster for our country, a danger to the Christian community and clear evidence of the final victory and triumph of Boko Haram and the jihadists over the Nigerian state. It would also represent the end of Nigeria as one nation.

________________FFK, 2014


THE BLACK FLAG OF TERROR AND THE BARBARIANS OF OUR TIME (PART 2)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

''. In a show of utter contempt, indigenous Hausa and Fulani Christians in Kaduna State are given “certificates of non- indigeneship”, meaning that they would not have access to rights and privileges accruable to indigenes of the state; Islamisation is carried out not only by Muslim rulers. Unsuspecting southern rulers are unwittingly used to drive some aspects of the Islamisation agenda:

. Under President Goodluck Jonathan, erstwhile Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi introduced Islamic Banking;

. President Jonathan has set up Almajiri schools for the exclusive benefit of Muslims in spite of robust protest by the Christian community, whose schools were taken over;

. In many Northern states like Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Gombe state governments refuse to give building permits for the erection of churches. As a matter of fact, a disclaimer contained in building permits in Kano State specifies that the building permit is not to be used to erect bars, brothels and churches thereby classifying churches among undesirable establishments like bars and brothels;

. In places where churches have been destroyed in the past three decades state governments in several states in the North refuse the owners permit to rebuild. In Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe, Sokoto, Katsina and Gombe states Christian churches numbering over five thousand have been lost this way. None of the owners were compensated.

The Hausa/Fulani insist that they are the largest ethnic group yet when former president, General Obasanjo wanted to include ethnicity and religion as issues to be disaggregated in the Census exercise of 2006, the Hausa/Fulani elite pressurized him to drop the idea because doing so would expose the lie.

. The Hausa International Media outfits e.g. BBC, VOA, Germany etc. usually employ Moslem Hausa Fulani and they tend to propagate the Islamic views of events in Nigeria in line with their religious perception of not identifying with any government not ruled by a Moslem.

The Boko Haram insurgency is only the latest in the history of Islamist insurgencies in the North and they have vowed to drive away, if unable to kill all Christian and non-Moslems from northern Nigeria:

. There was the Maitatsine Rebellion in Kano, in 1980, that sought to bring to pass an Islamic fundamentalist order;

. There was the Bulumkutu Rebellion in the North East that sought to do the same thing in Maiduguri, Borno State; Jimeta, Yola; and Bauchi, Bauchi State.;

. There was the Kala Kato Rebellion in Bauchi State in the 1980s;

. The eighties and nineties also witnessed riots perpetrated by Muslims in Kano, Zaria, Kafanchan, Maiduguri and Bauchi;

. Since the return to civilian democracy, Jos has witnessed four major religious riots perpetrated by Muslims including the murder of more than 500 indigenes of Dogo Nahawa in the dead of the night in 2010. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for that attack;

. Each time something irks the Muslim world anywhere in the world Nigerian Christians are made to pay for it. In 2003 a Danish newspaper published a cartoon that Muslims felt painted Prophet Mohammed in a bad light. Nigerian Christians were slaughtered in cold blood in Maiduguri, Kano and Bauchi and their property looted and vandalized.

After US planes attacked Tripoli, Libya in the 1990’s Nigerian Christians were attacked and killed in Northern Nigeria. After the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York on September 11 2001 Muslims celebrated in Northern Nigeria. After US forces started its war on Iraq Nigerian Christians were attacked and killed.

After late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua fell ill in 2009, there were concerted efforts by the northern political elite to prevent the then Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan, from being elevated to the position of Acting President.

The then Vice President was made to take an undertaking that he would not vie for election in 2011 before northern governors gave their members in the National Assembly the green light to elevate Jonathan. Before he was elevated to Acting President, Nigeria had no leader. As a matter of fact, the 2010 Appropriation Act allegedly signed by Yar’adua in Saudi Arabia was procured through forgery.

Yar’adua was not in a position to sign anything! Highly visible northerners in the ruling PDP (including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former NSA General Aliyu Gusau, former military President General Ibrahim Babangida and former Kwara State Governor Bukola Saraki) banded together to fight Jonathan under the “consensus arrangement”.

One of those leaders, Aliyu Gusau, is today Minister of Defence and this complicates the fight against Boko Haram because Gusau is a dye-in-the-wool ......

The post 2011- election violence was orchestrated in places where Goodluck Jonathan did not win the required 25% (Kano, Bauchi, Maiduguri, Yobe). The spike in Boko Haram violence is a continuation of that episode. Boko Haram has not hidden its ambition to drive away if unable to kill all non-muslims from Northern Nigeria.

The inspiration for the current insurgency of Boko Haram and the murderous activities of the Fulani Militia onrampage in the Middle Belt is about the desperation of the Muslim North to have power at the center returned to it, whether the Nigerian electorate say so or not.

In Gombe State where President Jonathan got over the 25% votes, post election violence was unleashed against the southern Gombe Christians who gave President Jonathan 70% of their votes compared to the few votes he got in Gombe North. This violence led to the house of the State PDP Chairman being burnt and he was never compensated until his untimely death.

Six northern governors namely: Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State; Alhaji Magatakarda Wamako of Sokoto State; Alhaji Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State; Alhaji Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Alhaji Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Alhaji Abdufattah Ahmed of Kwara State banded together with Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi to demand that the sitting President, Goodluck Jonathan, should undertake not to partake in the forthcoming 2015 Presidential Election.

The refusal of the President to give such an undertaking led to an orchestrated crisis in the PDP, and led to the willful abandonment of the party by five of the aforementioned governors. Members of the National Assembly, states houses of assembly and other party faithfuls in those states also exited PDP. 
Such is the desperation with which northern muslims want power at the center in Nigeria.

Conclusion:

There is an active agenda of Jihad and much of the rest of the country, especially the South, are sleep-walking into what could be a fait accompli. This agenda is being actively pursued with the imprimatur of the authorities in several states;

The Federal Government seems incapable of appreciating the true dimensions of the problem and is often a facilitator of the Jihad agenda.
All Nigerians must be prepared to play by the rules. The country is practicing democracy and in any democracy, power issues from the ballot. 

The international community should not allow itself to be hoodwinked into supporting the attempt by Islamists to conquer Nigeria, because that is what Boko Haram and the Fulani Militia are attempting.

The West, including the United States of America, United Kingdom, France etc. should be wary of information they get about Nigeria if they do not want to be guilty of helping the Islamist agenda. The comments coming out of the West alleging that President Jonathan’s government was anti-North reflects flawed intelligence about Nigeria and misinformation.

The Nigerian public must begin to ask questions concerning how humongous amounts given to the Armed Forces and other security agencies in the past three years were expended. The National Assembly of Nigeria ought to be very interested in how funds it appropriated were spent.
The Nigerian public should go beyond the faade erected by contemporary politicians to tease out what they are not saying publicly. That is the way out of sleepwalking into the Islamist agenda that we are faced with’’.

Pastor Jonah Isah's contribution is deeply troubling yet it is timely and highly appropriate. Anyone that ignores his concerns or that chooses to treat them with scorn and contempt does so at his or her own peril. Yet sadly Nigeria is a nation that hates to admit the truth and that often shies away from confronting it. That is why we are in a mess.

Pastor Isah represents a new breed of christian leaders that are slowly rising up in Nigeria and that are not afraid to speak the truth despite it's dangers and attendant risks. Thankfully he is not alone. There are others too like Pastor Bosun Emmanuel of the Redeemed Christian Church of God whose message that warned that there was a plot to wipe out Christianity in Nigeria within 30 years titled ''The Nigerian Church'' went viral earlier this year and Pastor Ladi Thopmson, whose strong voice and compassionate work with the victims of Jihad in northern Nigeria through the auspices of his NGO called the Macedonian Initiative has been inspiring and deeply encouraging. 

Yet in my view Pastor Isah stands apart. His research is astounding and his contribution to the debate is truly remarkable. Clearly he knows the history of our country very well and his assertions are credible and compelling. He has spoken nothing but truth and he has enunciated  and uncovered a hidden agenda which, if not acknowledged and vigorously resisted,  is capable of causing the greatest conflagration in the history of the African continent and possibly in the history of the world.

A full scale religious war in Nigeria fought between 65 million Muslims on the one hand and 65 million Christians on the other would not do anyone any good. It would not be fought on the conventional battlefield but it would be fought from street to street and house to house  and it would last for many decades.

May God forbid that it should ever come to that but one thing is clear: any attempt to Islamise our country or to destroy or in any way negate the secularity of the Nigerian state will result in that war.

May God guide us all and may He prevent us from going over the brink.  May He cause us to live in peace and with mutual respect for one another and may He lead us by His Holy Spirit to be our brother’s keeper. 

________________FFK, 2014


THE BLACK FLAG OF TERROR AND THE BARBARIANS OF OUR TIME (PART 1)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

36 innocent ''non-muslim'' souls were slaughtered in cold blood in Kenya on 2nd December by Al Shabab. Amongst them were defenceless women and children. The same thing happened in Kano, Nigeria four days earlier  when over 200 innocent ''muslim''  souls were blown up in a Kano mosque by Boko Haram suicide bombers.

Three days before then 70 innocent ''muslim'' and ''non-muslim'' souls were killed by Boko Haram in the ancient cities of Maiduguri and Potiskum in Nigeria. It just goes on and on: the nightmare never ends and the shower of blood continues.

Every single day, somewhere in the world, the innocent are hacked down and cut to pieces  by our modern-day jihadists who thrive on terror and who feed on human flesh, human blood and unmitigated and unrestrained carnage.

Africa and indeed the world is slowly bleeding to death and our sons and daughters are being slaughtered like flies by those that are best described as the lowest form of filth and vermin yet we still shy away from speaking the hard and bitter truth.  And what is that hard and bitter truth?

Today, more than ever, the world is suffering  from the grave error and manifest unbelief of the biblical Father Abraham who, when promised a son through his aged wife Sarah, refused to trust and believe God and instead entered the bonded woman Hagar, who took seed and brought forth a son for him by the name of Ishmael.

Ishmael was the father of Islam whilst Isaac, the promised child and the son of Sarah who came a few years later, was the father of Judaism and Christianity.  

From the advent of time the seed of Abraham's two sons, the son of the bonded woman and the promised child, have either been at war or have viewed one another with the greatest suspicion and caution.

1,400 years after Islam was established came ISIL, ISIS, Al Shabab, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Nosra and countless other terror groups that corrupted and perverted the original teachings of that great faith.  And since the advent of jihad and Islamist terror the world has not known peace and the nations of the earth continue to suffer. 

Babies have been cut into two, infants have been crucified, children have been butchered and beheaded, little girls have been sodomised and raped to death, women have been stoned and enslaved, men have been castrated, children have been orphaned, wives have been widowed, husbands have witnessed the violation of their wives, nations have been conquered, churches have been burnt to ashes, mosques and ancient sites have been bombed, towns have been ravaged and whole communities have been pillaged and turned into Nazi-like concentration camps where violence, fear, intimidation and pestilence is legal tender. They hate humanity and they fly the black flag of terror, death and destruction. That is the hard and bitter truth. 

Permit me to share just one more example of that suffering with you here. On 28th November, the same day that no less than 200 innocent Nigerians were blown up in a Kano mosque by Boko Haram, over 314 innocent Muslim and non-Muslim civilians were skinned alive and crucified in the killing fields and inner cities of Syria and Iraq by the jihadists of ISIL. Such manifest brutality and such a heartless bloodfest has rarely been seen in the annals of world history yet it appears that these terror groups enjoy the covert support of many from all over the world.

The truth is that supporting violent islamist groups like Boko Haram and ISIL, for whatever reason, is the manifestation and expression of cruelty and evil in its purest and most perverse form. It is the glorification of carnage, barbarity and wickedness and it is the celebration of ethnic cleansing and genocide. May God curse those who do so.

So many questions need to be answered. In the Nigerian context some of those questions are the ones that were put by  Mr. Egheomhanre Eyieyien, an aspirant for the Nigerian Senate from Edo state, who made the following contribution on his Facebook page on 30 November. He wrote:

''Now that Kano has an Emir who is an ....... himself, I find it rather curious that he FINALLY said something which is against Boko Haram and then the Mosque at which he usually preaches every Friday was bombed by suicide-bombers WHEN he was not in attendance. Several questions on my mind:

1. What led Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to tell the worshippers at the Kano Central Mosque about two weeks ago that "Muslims should defend themselves against Boko Haram" when he knows that Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor was severely criticised when he called on Christians to defend themselves against the same Islamist jihadist terrorists after they bombed St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Niger State in 2011?

2. Why did Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi miss the Jumat Service last Friday at the Kano Central Mosque?

3. Did Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi know about the planned suicide-bombing of the Mosque?

4. If Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi had fore-knowledge of the attack, did he warn the security agencies?

5. If Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi somehow knew about an imminent attack on the Kano Central Mosque, what steps did he take to avert the attack or ensure that the Mosque was better secured?

The role that ...... played in instigating the riot which resulted in the beheading of Gideon Akaluka in Kano by a mob of Islamists is still very fresh in our memory. We will get ?justice for Gideon Akaluka some  day soon by God's Grace!''

These are profound and disturbing questions that have been put by a deeply courageous soul who has boldly spoken the minds of many. Kudos to Mr. Eyieyien. Yet there is one more question that needs to be asked and that question is as follows. 

Why did the Sultan of Sokoto, the reverred and respected leader of the Muslim community in northern Nigeria, feel that it was appropriate to tell Boko Haram to ‘’stop killing Muslims?’’ He did not tell them to stop killing ''Nigerians'' but rather to stop killing ''muslims''. What coded message and subterranean signal was he sending?  

The logical implication of his directive and the inference that can be drawn from it is that he has no objection to the killing of Christians and other non-muslims. Are the lives of Christians and other non-Muslims not as important to the Sultan as the lives of Muslims? Again why did he see fit to write to ISIL and urge them to stop their bloody onslaught and war of terror against ALL the people of the Middle East and not see fit to write to Boko Haram to stop doing the same in Nigeria?

Given this, the admonition of the much-loved President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, that the Sultan ought to write a letter to Boko Haram as well was timely and appropriate.

In order to get a better grasp of the problem that we have been confronted with in Nigeria permit me to end Part 1 of this essay by quoting extensively from an interesting essay titled ‘’The Plot To Islamise Nigeria’’ which was written by Pastor Jonah Isah and which was widely published on the internet on June 22nd 2014.  He wrote,

‘’Promotion in the civil service depended on if a candidate had converted to Islam. The late Sardauna promised to “dip the Koran into the sea” meaning he will spread Islam from the far North across the country to the Atlantic Ocean before he was done.

This agenda of “dipping the Koran to the sea” has continued unabated till date by consistent terror attacks and killings in the middle belt followed by mass movement of new communities of Hausa Fulani into the middle belt all the way down to the south states near the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1960, the late Sir Ahmadu Bello said “The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great-grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities of 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 future.” (Parrot Newspaper, 12th Oct. 1960; republished on November 13, 2002, by the Tribune Newspaper, Ibadan.);

. The Conference of Northern Chiefs, in response to a letter from the UK-based West African Students’ Union (WASU) to the Northern emirs asking them to support the constitutional evolution of Nigeria into an independent nation, had declared “holding this country together is not possible except by means of the religion of the Prophet. If they want political unity let them follow our religion.” (Obafemi Awolowo, Path to Nigerian Freedom, London: Faber and Faber, 1947, p.51.);

. During military rule in the 1970s Christian missionary schools were forcibly taken over by government, and in many instances their names changed to Islamic ones;

. As late as 1997 under General Sani Abacha’s rule, all Police Commissioners in Nigeria were Muslims;

. In 1990, all members of the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) were Muslims except General Ike Nwachukwu, an Igbo, whose mother was a Fulani Muslim;

. During military rule, General Ibrahim Babangida surreptitiously registered Nigeria as a member state of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) without tabling the issue before the AFRC. The then second in command, Rear Admiral Ebitu Ukiwe told the world that he heard about Nigeria’s membership of OIC like everybody else in the media. He was promptly removed and retired from the Navy;

. Babangida hosted the first Islam in Africa conference in Abuja and donated Federal Government funds to its operations, including its vision of transforming Nigeria to an Islamic state and enthroning the Sultan of Sokoto as its “supreme ruler”. 

. Under the presidency of General Olusegun Obasanjo, 1999-2007, the Sharia code of Islamic law was re-introduced in the North in an expanded format. Islamic Police (Hisbah) was introduced and Christian girls were abducted, forcibly converted and married off to Muslims in Bauchi, Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara states. The Sharia Commissions of the states merely write parents informing them that their daughters had converted and had been given out in marriage''. (TO BE CONTINUED).

________________FFK, 2014


GATOR MEAT, KILLER COPS AND A TOWN CALLED FERGUSON
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

The decision by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict police officer Daren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, a young black man, has caused quite a stir.

It has not only sparked off a vicious cycle of violence in Ferguson itself coupled with protests all over America but it has also sparked off a heated debate about race relations and racial violence. Some of the assertions that have been made are interesting. Permit me to share a couple of examples with you.

On 23 November during a heated debate on NBC with Professor Michael Dyson, Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City said ''white police officers would not be there (black communities) if you were not killing one another''.

 

Again on 25th November, during a discussion on CNN, he went further by saying ''93 per cent of blacks are shot by other blacks in America. Blacks kill blacks 7 times more than whites kill whites. 75 per cent of murders in New York City are committed by blacks''.

 

Few would dispute the fact that these assertions are not only truthful but also pertinent and relevant. I have no doubt that Giuliani is right when he expresses the view that the black community in America has far more to do when it comes to curbing crime in their own communities.

 

He is also right when he says that it is perfectly justifiable for the police to put many more officers into black communities where violent crime is rife and high than in white ones where violent crime is relatively low?

 

The question is whether the fact that Giuliani expresses these uncomfortable truths and bitter facts makes him a racist? I don't think so but whatever
our thoughts about the former Mayor may be one thing remains clear: the growing rage over what is perceived as the most insidious and profound manifestation of callousness, insensitivity, cruelty and racism by the American police is building up throughout America and indeed throughout the world.

 

My sister Miss Toyin Fani-Kayode made a pertinent and instructive point about the Ferguson affair when she made the following observation on her facebook page on 25th November. She wrote: 

 

"9 of the 12 jurors, in a prominently black area, in a state where you need 9 votes for something to happen, were white.  Let that sink in. The statistics show that 0.01% of all grand juries fail to indict a cop. Firing six shots into an unarmed black teenager is apparently that 0.01%".

 

The fact that this sort of thing is still happening even when America has a black President, a black Attorney-General and a black Director of Homeland Security proves that something has gone drastically wrong. There is undoubtedly a Jekyll and Hyde aspect in the psyche and character of American culture and society that few can comprehend.

 

On the one hand America is ‘’God’s own country’’ and ''the home of the brave and the free'' whilst on the other she is a cesspool of institutional racism, racial injustice, double standards, doublespeak, gun-violence, godless secularist and humanist philosophies and sheer hypocrisy.

 

Like millions of others throughout the world I feel a deep sense of disgust and outrage about what happened to Michael Brown. This is especially so because we expect so much more and so much better from America. Yet the question is whether we ought to be surprised. American history is replete with the most horrendous examples of man's inhumanity to man and the most graphic manifestations of racial injustice.

 

If anyone doubts that they should consider the historical origins of ''Black Friday'', which is a day that is celebrated in the United States after ''Thanksgiving Day'' and find out what it represents and stands for.  The historical experiences of people of color from all over the world (whether  they  be red, brown, yellow or black) in the white hands of the self-acclaimed ''masters of the earth'' and the western colonial powers of both the old and new world has been very unpleasant.      

 

Permit me to share just one example in order to  illustrate the point. 140 years ago live black babies in the southern ''confederate'' states of America were fed to alligators for sport and for bait. The screaming of the babies after they were placed and tied up in a chicken basket at the end of a long pole just above the water attracted the alligators who would swim towards them in a rabid frenzy, jump out of the water, pluck them whole from the air and eat them raw. This is where the derogatory and insulting term ''gator bait'', which is often used to describe black people in America, comes from. Today, 140 years later, young black men are shot to death by American police officers at will and for fun without any fear of sanctions. Clearly not much has changed.

America remains the most violent nation on earth and it is a place where young black men are treated as objects for target practice and blood sports by unstable, trigger-happy, paranoid, wicked, psychopathic, sociopathic, indisciplined and sadistic police officers who believe that they are still living in the ''wild wild west'' of Colonel George Armstrong Custer and David ''Davy'' Crockett. They believe that they are still living in the southern ‘’Dixie'' plains of ''Gone With The Wind'' and ''Uncle Tom's Cabin''.

They secretly yearn for the days of the Ku Klux Klan, large southern mansions and plantations, cotton-picking negroes and summary lynchings. So much for God's own country.

Every man and woman of color ought to feel a deep sense of outrage by the evil that took place in Ferguson and by the scurrilous attempt to cover it up and every white person ought to feel a deep sense of shame.

Let the history of the ''masters of the earth'' be told and, though we must forgive, like the Jews, we must NEVER forget. They wiped out the red man, they drugged the yellow man, they enslaved the black man, they robbed and humiliated the brown man, they conquered the world and today, in the United States of America, they kill our sons and brothers with impunity. Worse still when we complain they treat us with contempt and disdain.

 

Yet let them hear this loud and clear: as long as there is no justice in the world there will be no peace. As long as the heartless killing and indefensible slaughter of young black men by the American police continous that nation will pay a heavy price for her insidious and deep-seated racism and her inherently racist institutions.

 

The latest example of this obscene and obsessive barbarity and it's latest victim is a young 12 year old black boy by the name of Tamir Rice who was shot to death in Cleveland by two white policemen on 26th November  simply for carrying a fake gun. Unluckily for the officers involved the whole thing was secretly filmed. Let us hope that the grand jury indicts them for murder and let us pray that in this case, unlike that of Ferguson, that justice is done.

Permit me to end this contribution with an interesting perspective to the whole episode from Mr. Joe Thorn, a respected and distinguished Englishman that has lived in the southern state of Louisiana in the United States of America for many years. Joe is a white man and an old school friend of mine. I have known him for almost 30 years and I have immense respect for him.

On 25th November,  in a write-up titled ‘’From Louisiana 140 Years Later’’, he made his own contribution to the heated debate by writing the following in response to my observations about Ferguson on my facebook page:

‘’Anyone using innocent babes to catch alligators would receive the death penalty. Everyone knows the best gator bait is a whole chicken.  Store bought, free range, fresh or frozen, does not seem to matter. But it does matter that you have a license and a tag for that gator, or you will be in big trouble with the law. Today black men commit crimes and murder on other black men at record rates. Sometimes for sport and with complete disregard for the law or their fellow man. American urban black youth is an extremely dangerous demographic to be born into. Young black men treat each other as objects for target practice and bloodsports for other young black youth. Adopting a "gangsta" culture reminiscent of the early 20's where life was cheap and a take what you can by force mentality prevailed. They have abandoned God and family, instead serving gold and gang: preying for the most part on their own community and peers. Occasionally this spills over into the general population.  Just recently a man, suspected of a felony strong-armed robbery minutes before, commits a felony assault on a police officer and is shot. The stepfather was later filmed calling for his fellow community members to "burn their town to the ground" which they did, thereby ensuring the black on black slaughter and destruction may continue. America has indeed come a long way in 140 years. Through hard work and God’s blessing you may indeed prosper here regardless of color or ethnicity. Some Fifty years ago Evers, King et al: rallied around "we shall overcome" but sadly many in the black urban youth have yet to take the first step. Overcoming your fellow man by killing them was not what they had in mind’’.

Joe has painted a dismal yet truthful picture of the black American condition and it confirms the veracity of Cassius’s famous assertion in Shakespeare’s celebrated play ‘’Julius Caesar’’ when he said ‘’the fault is not in our stars Brutus but in ourselves’’. I am still reeling from his words.

 

He concluded his piece by making a distinction between  the attitude of the African immigrant that has come to settle in America and that resides there as opposed to that of the black American. He wrote,

‘’All of the immigrant Africans that I have personally known embrace God, family, hard work and freedom. With those credentials in hand they have risen, been successful in providing for their families and become proud contributors to American society. Do not confuse them with a minority with no moral compass and that are intent on the destruction of their fellow man. We embrace the former and bemoan the latter, who despite the efforts of society seem unable to grow but rather spread pestilence’’.

These are powerful words from my old friend. I guess that we all have much to learn from them. May the soul of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice rest in perfect peace.iller Cops

________________FFK, 2014


A GREAT DAY
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

God is truly great and this essay serves as a testimony to His love, mercy, faithfulness and awesome power. We had a great day in court on Monday 17th November 2014. I give thanks to God. After we made our no case submission I was discharged and acquitted of 38 counts out of the 40 count charge that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) profered against me a number of years ago. 

I have been fighting this matter and have waited for this day for the last 7 years when the whole nightmare first started. God has once again proved how faithful He is to His own. Only He could have done it. He promised that He would do it and He did it. To Him alone be the glory. 

Where and how did it all begin? In 2007 after we left office and the late President Yar'adua came to power, the most vicious and insidious campaign of calmuny, misrepresentation, fabrication and persecution was unleashed against those of us that had served President Olusegun Obasanjo's government faithfully, diligently and loyally, that were members of his inner circle and that were labelled as ''Obasanjo'' or ''OBJ'' boys. These so-called ''OBJ boys'' included people like Nasir El Rufai, Nuhu Ribadu and a number of others. Each and every one of them have a story to tell.   

Mine is as follows. In 2008 the Yar'adua administration alleged that I stole 19.5 billion naira (114 million USD) from the Aviation Intervention Fund when I was Minister of Aviation. This was despite the fact that the Senator Anyim Ude-led Senate Aviation Commitee had investigated the matter thoroughly in a highly celebrated and well-attended public hearing and gave me a clean bill of health on this allegation. 

Despite that clean bill of health the EFCC insisted on conducting their own investigation. After their so-called investigation, they arrested me, detained me illegally for 10 days and locked up, humiliated and tortured most of my staff, political associates and political appointees. 

They also purged most of my known loyalists from government positions and key appointments and they went out of their way to destroy them. This was all done in an attempt to coerce them into making false statements against me and to implicate me.  

Eventually they charged me to court but there was no evidence of any wrongdoing on my part and eventually all charges were dropped for want of evidence. 

Later that same year they came back again and alleged that I stole 6.5 billion naira (38 million USD) from the Safe Tower Project when I was Minister of Aviation. Again there was no evidence of any wrongdoing on my part and once again, eventually, all charges were dropped for want of evidence. 

Yet as a consequence of the clear and precise orders that they got from the top  they refused to stop. That order was that I must be destroyed at all costs.  

Rather than get better things actually got far worse. It became an obsession for those in the corridors of power at that time to discredit, humiliate, shame and jail me even though they knew that I had done nothing wrong. 

In 2009 they ambushed me, arrested me, detained me for another 10 days at Ikoyi prison and finally hit me with a 47 count money-laundering charge. They alleged that I laundered 200 million naira (1,169,000 USD) whilst I was Minister of Culture and Tourism and whilst I was Minister of Aviation respectively between 2006 and 2007. 

I contested their claims and maintained that I was innocent of all the charges. After 4 years of going in and out of various courts before no less than three separate judges they changed their minds, reduced the number of counts from 47 to 40  and alleged that I did not launder 200 million but rather 99 million (679,000 USD). 

We contended that they had not even made a prima facie case let alone prove the allegation. Consequently we entered a no case submission before the presiding judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court in Lagos, on 10 November 2014.

Exactly one week later, on the 17th November 2014, and a good six years after the money- laundering charges were first filed, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia considered their 40 count charge and ruled that in 38 out of the 40 counts a prima facie case had not been made against me and that I had no case to answer. 

I was therefore discharged and acquited of 38 counts of the charge without even having to enter a defence. Those counts represent the amount of 96.5 million naira (664, 000 USD).

The remaining two counts represent the sum of 1 million naira (6000 USD) and 1.1 million naira (6,500 USD) respectively which they allege that I laundered whilst I was Minister of Culture and Tourism in 2006. The court has directed that I present my defence to these two allegations. 

I look forward to doing so on and we shall begin that process on December 8th 2014. On that day we shall provide a vigorous defence to these spurious and politically-motivated allegations and charges. I remain confident in the belief that we shall prevail and that that which the Lord has started, He is faithful to complete. 

By the grace and mercy of God victory was ours today and victory will be ours again tomorrow and indeed always. The bible says ''many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them of them all''. My innocence has spoken for me at every turn, the Lord has delivered me and I do not have one iota of doubt that He shall continue to do so. 

It is the doing of the Lord and it is marvelous in our sight. I have no doubt whatsoever that the Lord shall perfect His work and deliver me completely from the hands of my enemies. 

I thank all those that have stood by me, encouraged me and prayed for me over the last seven years and indeed throughout this grueling ordeal. It was indeed a difficult period and a great test for me and my family. 

Most important of all it proved one thing to me: that without a test there can be no testimony. It proved that without a mess there can be no message. It proved that without trials and tribulations there can be no vindication or lasting victories.

It proved to me that without going through the hottest fire there can be no purification and refining. It proved to me that until you fall down and touch the bottom you cannot get up and rise to the top. 

It proved to me that without any pain there can be no gain. I have been to the bottom of the valley and I have survived it: now I shall rise to the top of the mountain.

A special thanks goes to my darling wife Regina for never giving up on me and for always trusting in me. She is so strong and, unlike me, she never flinched for one second throughout this entire ordeal. Without her I couldn't have made it through the last seven years.

She is a great believer in the power of God, a true Daughter of Zion, a Princess of the Kingdom and a woman of unshakable faith and unimpeachable virtue and integrity. She the mother of my beloved daughter Remi and she is my heart and my strength: a precious gift from God.  

I bless the name of the Lord for all that I have been through and for delivering me from the hands of those that seek my destruction and death. I thank Him for His faithfulness. To Him alone be the glory.

________________FFK, 2014


THE BLOOD OF THE CHILDREN, THE SHAME OF A NATION
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Forty nine innocent little boys were butchered by Boko Haram in their schools on 10th November 2014 as they resumed class in Yobe state. The question must be asked: is there any limit to the depravity of these monsters and those that secretly support and encourage them?

I may not know much but one thing that I know is this: the spilling of innocent blood has terrible consequences for both the land on which it is spilt and for those that spill it. I am talking about long-term generational consequences.

This is the more so when that blood is the blood of children. Our girls are kidnapped from their schools, abducted, raped, married off and sold into slavery and we call ourselves blessed.

Our little boys are bombed to smithereens in their schools, their young lives are snuffed out, there is no sense of outrage and no-one is brought to book yet we call ourselves blessed.

Our level of sensitivity has been seared to a point that we don't care anymore and we are no longer moved when we hear about the horrors being inflicted on our people yet we call ourselves blessed.

When will we appreciate the fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with us? I had every reason to feel so sad on the day that the news from Yobe came but my initial sadness was quickly overwhelmed by a deep and burning rage.

I was (and still am) enraged by this latest act of pure evil and I condemn it in the strongest terms. When I told Nigerians three years ago that Boko Haram and their secret sponsors and friends had to be crushed like vermin even if it meant wiping out whole communities that secretly supported them virtually everyone said that I was wrong.

Many within and outside government counselled that we ought to adopt a ''softly softly'' approach towards them and disregarded my counsel. They even subjected me to insults and ridicule for taking such a strong stand and such a hardline at the time.

Yet unlike them I saw the evil behind Boko Haram long before it fully manifested and I recognised it for what it was right from the start. Few others did.

The saddest aspect of it all is that even now most Nigerians still can't see or feel that evil despite the daily bombings, killings, abductions and kidnappings.

The truth is that until Boko Haram takes over the entire north and knocks on the gates of the south Nigerians will continue to act as if the whole thing is no big deal and that whatever atrocities that Boko Haram commit really doesn't matter. That is how short-sighted, insensitive, depraved and ignorant we have become.

We are a people that have no conscience and we no longer care when our citizens are treated like filth or slaughtered like flies. There is no other country and no other people in the world that suffers from our particular type of affliction. We are suffering from a strange disease.

Nigeria is not blessed, she is cursed and she is in dire need of deliverance. If we were not cursed how can we act as if all is well and how can we be normal after 49 of our school children were bombed to death in one fell swoop.

This single outrageous and horrendous act is enough to traumatise most nations and most people for the next ten years, but not us. Most of us are indifferent: we shut it out and act as if it never happened.

We are a strange land of strange men and women. We are a land where the nepthalim hold sway. We are a land that enjoy to watch others suffer injustice, persecution and wickedness and where the youth would rather rant on facebook and twitter than risk their lives by marching on the streets and demanding change.

We are a land that despise the learned and that celebrate ignorance. We are a land that hates the truth and that worships mammon. We are a land where courageous and righteous men suffer hardship, humiliation, injustice and persecution whilst evil men are reverred and exalted. 

We are a land that claims to love God but that does everything that is contrary to His counsel and His will. We are land where brother eats sister and where sister eats brother. We are a land where parents trade off the future, the destiny and the glory of their own children for a pittance and where men sell their souls to the devil for fame, power and wealth.   

We are a land where children are killed and maimed, where women are dehumanised and turned into desperate harlots by virtue of the circumstances in which they are forced to live and where evil is nurtured, encouraged and glorified.

We are a land that continues to dance, to make merry and to rejoice even as it's weakest and most vulnerable citizens are butchered and even when it's very own children are slaughtered like christmas turkeys and sallah rams. I see all this and I say shame on us all: from the highest to the lowest we have all failed. From the pauper to the prince and from the servant to the king we are all guilty. 

Our hope and salvation lies in one thing and one thing alone: the love of the Lord God of Hosts, the mercy of the Ancient of Days and the grace of the Living God. I have little doubt and abundant evidence to prove that He still loves us despite the evil that is inherent in us. 

If we repent and call on His name He shall deliver us from our fanciful and destructive delusions, our manifest and inexplicable greed, our insatiable love of money, our obsessive lust for power, our glorification of all that is ungodly and evil and our shameless self-hate and He shall make us whole again. His love for us is never ending: it remains faithful and true and it is as constant as the northern star. 

As a matter of fact it is by the power of that love alone that we have not fallen over the brink and totally destroyed ourselves by now. It is by His grace and mercy that we have not suffered or experienced a Rwanda-type genocide in our shores or walked on the road to Kigali by now.  

A couple of weeks back a courageous Canadian soldier was killed by an insane terrorist who stormed the Canadian Parliament and who held their political leaders hostage until he himself was killed. The whole world rose up and condemned this callous act and rightly came to a standstill.

Most importantly the Canadian government and people honored the dead and paid him tribute after tribute. It was very moving and highly appropiate. That soldier deserved no less. Everyone in Canada, and indeed throughout the civilised world, was talking about it and people were very sad.

That is how normal people and normal countries are meant to react to such things and that is how sane and civilised people are expected to behave. Yet in Nigeria it is not so. In this country hundreds of our people are slaughtered in 100 different ways and abducted every week and there is no sense of panic or alarm.

There are no tears, there is no urgency, there is no passion, there is no anger, there are no demonstrations or demands for those that commit this evil to be brought to justice, there is no support for our security agents and military, there is no sense of national outrage and most important of all there is no genuine empathy or sympathy for the victims and casualties of terror even though most of them are women and children. It is just business as usual and our nation is flying on auto pilot. Let us hope and pray that we don't eventually go into free-fall and crash. 

May the souls of the 49 young boys that were murdered in cold blood by a Boko Haram suicide bomber in their school on 10th November 2014 rest in perfect peace. May God forgive us for our sheer insensitivity, wickedness, selfishness and callousness and may His love never depart from the shores of our nation.

________________FFK, 2014


THE GREAT DELUSION
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I read Mr. Don C. Adinuba's article titled  'Toying With The Fire Of Religion' in Thisday Newspaper on 5th November 2014. He raised some interesting points, some of which I will attempt to address here. There is a grave affliction that has gripped our land. That affliction is known as willful delusion. Thankfully not all Nigerians suffer from it but many of them do: particularly those from the south. They believe that religion does not play a role in our politics and that it never has done.

I agree with those that believe that religion OUGHT NOT to have a place or play a role in our politics but I am compelled to concur with those that admit, albeit in hushed and nervous tones, that it does. Whether we like it or not that is the reality.

It is the bitter truth. It is the elephant in the room that everyone pretends is not there. It is the proverbial demon that has come to stay and that we have no choice but to live with. It is the bad smell that emanates from a silent but deadly fart at a well-attended and well-heeled dinner party: everyone can smell it but everyone pretends that it is not there and that it never happened. Sadly, whether we like to admit it or not, that is the reality.

Yet many still close their eyes to the veracity of this assertion and the glaring consequences of this sad and unfortunate state of affairs. Those that that live in this wilful yet blissful denial can easily be identified by the fact that they consistently and loudly repeat the lie that religion does not play any part in our politics.

Even though they know that it is not true they say it over and over again as if to say that the repetitive chanting of this vainglorious and masturbatory mendacity is capable of changing anything or of melting away the bitter truth.

Sadly it does not and only the abjectly ignorant believe that it ever could. Worst of all is the fact that ignorance is not only a terrible disease but it is also a very dangerous one. As a matter of fact it is even more dangerous and debilitating than cancer, ebola, heart disease and aids all put together and it is responsible for far many more deaths.

For those that honestly believe that religion plays no role in Nigerian politics permit me to suggest the following. They should tell the residents of the predominantly christian town of Mubi, which has now been captured by Boko Haram and renamed ''Madinatul Islam'' (meaning 'the City of Islam and Peace') that there is no religion in the politics of our country. They should find out what has since happened to the good people of Mubi and what they have been subjected to. They should tell the hundreds of thousands of northern minority Christians that have been slaughtered in the north over the last 50 years that religion has no place in politics in our country. They should tell the Berom people of Plateau and the Sayyawa people of Bauchi. They should tell the people of southern Kaduna and the people of Zangon Kataf. They should tell the people of Zuru and the people of southern Zaria.

They should tell those that have been forcefully converted to islam or those that have been made to appear in sharia courts in northern Nigeria even though they were not muslims that religion has no place in the politics of Nigeria. They should tell the people of Taraba, Adamawa, Benue, Plateau and the Christian minorities of Kogi and Kwara that religion has no place in the politics of Nigeria.

They should tell all these people this and they will laugh them to scorn. They should tell General Theophilius Yakubu Danjuma, the greatest and most respected general in the history of the Nigerian Armed Forces, that religion has no place in our politics and see what his reaction will be. I could go on and on.  The worst thing to do to a festering wound is to ignore it and pretend that it is not there.

The fact that we refuse to acknowledge certain things and the fact that those things are unpalatable and unpleasant does not mean that they do not exist. They should tell the thousands of igbo Christians that have been slaughtered in the north over the years both before and after the Nigerian civil war that there is no religion in Nigerian politics.

They should tell the millions of christians that have been denied the right to buy land to build churches in many parts of the core north that there is no religion in Nigerian politics. They should tell those that have witnessed the hundreds of churches that were burnt down to the ground over the last four years all over the north by the islamists that there is no religion in Nigerian politics.

They should tell the thousands of muslims that were slaughtered in Zangon Kataf, Southern Zaria and Plateau state over the last twenty years that there is no religion in Nigerian politics. They should tell the muslims who were murdered in cold blood and had their flesh cooked and eaten in Jos by some Berom christian youths two years ago that there is no religion in Nigerian politics.

The truth is that it is a selfish and selective recourse for anyone to say such a thing and it smacks of nothing but insensitivity. That insensitivity is well- manifested by the millions of very comfortable southern middle class elites who continue to view the dire religious tensions, discriminations, perversions and divisions in the north as essentially a northern problem which does not concern them. They forget that the adage is that when your neighbours house is on fire you better help him to put it out before yours catches fire as well.

Many in the south have forgotten the fact that Sir Ahmadu Bello, the late Saurdana of Sokoto and the most revered political leader in northern history, said that it was the intention of the people of the north to ‘’continue their march to the south and dip the Koran in the Atlantic ocean’’ after the British had left and thereby perfect their grand scheme to conquer and islamise the whole of Nigeria.

It took Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the erstwhile Leader of the Yoruba, to stand up and reply him in very clear and decisive terms by saying that rather than for the Yoruba to bow down to the hegemonists of the north and succumb to their horrendous agenda they would prefer to face death.

 For those amongst us that are still delusional and that insist on holding fast to the erroneous view that religion does not play a role in our politics permit me to end this contribution with the words of Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje who is a banker, an economist and a lecturer at the Lagos Business School. On 4th October 2014 on his Facebook page he wrote the following:       

‘’I know it sounds intelligent, modern and sophisticated to say that religion should not be a consideration in politics. I know that is also the politically correct thing to say. As a matter of fact, that is how I have always lived my life and that is how the South West has always practiced its religion. We have always adopted a tolerant, accommodating and matured view about the place of religion in social, cultural and political affairs. However if you live in a country in which eleven (11) states in one region of the country have established a Sharia regime with religious laws, police and policies, there is nothing intelligent or even rational about saying religion is not a consideration in politics. Indeed in the Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri Islamic North, religion is not a factor in politics, it is the ONLY factor! If you live in a country in which a religious terrorist group called Boko Haram has killed over 20,000 people in just four years, it is almost insane to say that religion is irrelevant! I agree it should be, and indeed would have preferred that it is, but evidently and unfortunately due to the actions of the sponsors of religious politics, today it is NOT irrelevant! Sadly but clearly! If the country you live in was smuggled into the OIC and remains there; if a region of your country has been overwhelmed by religious terrorists with millions of displaced people; if there are substantial allegations that one of the two dominant political parties has a preponderance of one religion among its officials, office holders and candidates; if infact the leading presidential candidate of the party is a former military dictator who has PUBLICLY declared his intention to establish sharia all over the country; and if the whole world is contending with religious extremists including ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusrah, Hamas, Al Shabab, Seleka, Daesh and Boko Haram who are trying to establish Islamic Caliphates in Northern Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, CAR, Egypt, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia's Caucausus region, India's Kashmir, China's Uighur region and even the US, Europe and Canada are battling religious extremists, there is nothing at all smart about saying religion is not a consideration in politics! Instead frankly such a statement would be delusional!!!’’

How right Mr. Agbaje is.  I need say no more. Permit me to end this contribution by making reference to an article titled ''Re: The APC and A Dream That Once Was'' which was purportedly written by one Nkem Ibekwe and which was published in Thisday Newspaper on 8th November 2014. The article was meant to serve as a rejoinder to an essay that I wrote a few months back titled ''The APC and A Dream That Once Was'' which was about the APC, it's links to Boko Haram, it's islamist roots and agenda and it's irresponsible and dangerous employment of religion as a tool for political mobilisation by it's two co-owners and particularly by General Muhammadu Buhari, it's leading Presidential aspirant. 

Usually I love to read rejoinders to my essays but sadly I found Ibekwe's contribution lacking in depth, knowledge, understanding, sincereity of purpose and intellectual gravitas. Clearly the matter at hand is beyond him. In order to help him and put him out of his misery I would refer him to my essay titled ''Some Hard Questions For The Buharists'' which has been widely published. I believe that he will find the answers that he so desperately needs to hear about his leader Buhari in that piece. 

To say that Buhari is not the champion of the islamist cause in Nigerian politics today is, at best, naive, and, at worst, simply dishonest. Ibekwe has so much to learn about the dark nature of those he is attempting to defend and that he serves. He claims to be a christian and he tells us that he is not a member of the APC. I question the veracity of both assertions but whatever he is and whoever he works for, he needs to work much harder and do far more research if he wishes to join issues with someone like me. You do not send a dog to square up with a lion. You do not send a mere messanger to take on Achilles. Where are the Hectors in the ranks of the APC? Do they not have any or are they just running scrared? Surely they can do better than to send a young Ibekwe to do their fighting for them? 

I will not bother to respond to the young man's garbage other than to say that woe be unto him that joins hands with the enemies of God and that seeks to bury the Church of Christ or shame the christian faith. Their end is never good.  

________________FFK, 2014


SOME HARD QUESTIONS FOR THE BUHARISTS (Season 2)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

This is indeed the time for us to answer some hard questions and speak some home truths. It is a season that shall separate the men from the boys. It is a time that the holy and wholesome light of truth shall overwhelm and expose the evil darkness of doublespeak and deceit. It is a season that the enunciation and exposure of the ugly realities of the day must not be sacrificed or compromised on the alter of political expediency or on the table of fear. Thankfully there are a few courageous and discerning voices that have risen to the occasion, made the relevant observations and asked the right questions. Amongst them are Mr. Bayo Oladeji and Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje. Permit me to begin with the former.

Oladeji, a seasoned and experienced  journalist who writes for the Leadership Newspaper, wrote the following on his Facebook page on 31st October 2014.  

''When Chief Femi Fani-Kayode came out to expose the plan of the APC chieftains to impose a Muslim/Muslim ticket on the party, their attack dogs were ordered to abuse him using words picked from the gutter. They even told us he was never part of them! Chief Tom Ikimi came out and corroborated him and they said he was telling a moon tale. They then recalled his participation in the Abacha evil rule which murdered Ken Saro Wiwa as if their hero, Muhammadu Buhari did not play same role in the same government. When I raised the issue here after confirming from those who were involved in the plan some who can never talk to their hero rose up ignorantly to fault me. But since President Olusegun Obasanjo did the same, their response remains a deafening silence! When I was growing up I was told that SILENCE MEANS CONSENT. Meaning those who have been saying it are not wrong after all. The Church has kept mum for so long and these people in the opposition are cornering all for themselves. For example, I have challenged the apologists of APC to publish the list of names and the religions of all their political appointees in the Southwest especially the following- the governors, SSGs, Speakers, Finance Commissioners in all the APC controlled states in the southwest. Let us see how fair they are to the two religions in the country. If they could do this at the state level where they have someone who claims to be a Christian as deputy governor, we wonder what they would do when they have the President and the Vice President from them. In the whole of the North, there is only one Christian in the National Executive Commitee and the National Working Commitee of the APC. His name Engineer Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa State! And if you know the extent he went to get that seat, you would know what that party is up to. These are the issues. It goes beyond President Jonathan. If the party does not change, God spares our lives, come 2019, you will still find me doing the same. Until the rotten tooth is pulled out of the mouth, the mouth will continue eating with caution. It is a tragic irony that those who have come out to defend them are those who claim to be Christians''.

Oladeji’s observations are indeed food for thought even though in fairness to the APC their party Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, did come out and respond to Obasanjo by saying that his party had no intention of fielding a Muslim/Muslim ticket. Few believe him. The question is this: in the light of General Mohammadu Buhari's latest assertion that he cannot rule out the possibility of the selection of a muslim running mate if he manages to win the nomination as the presidential flagbearer of his party, can the belated assurances of the National Chairman be taken seriously? I doubt it very much but even if I do take John Odigie-Oyegun seriously and even if he has the best of intentions, the fact of the matter is that at the end of the day it is the Presidential candidate of the party alone that will make the choice as to who his running mate will be and what religious faith that running mate espouses and not the party's National Chairman. 

To that extent Buhari's celebrated and widely reported comments about not seeing anything wrong with a Muslim/Muslim ticket, in my view, speaks volumes and outweighs Odigie-Oyegun's denials and desperate attempts to calm the waters. To make matters worse it is quite possible that John Odigie-Oyegun may end up not being National Chairman for much longer simply because he has dared to challenge the status quo and say what no-one else in his party has dared to say.  

To add to Oladeji's concerns permit me to point out the fact that in the APC-controlled Lagos State today 80 per cent of State House of Assembly members are muslim, 80 per cent of Local Government Area Chairmen are muslim, 80 per cent of National Assembly members are muslim and 80 per cent of Commissioners and key government functionaries are muslim. 

All this in a state that has an overwhelming christian majority and that has been governed by a muslim governor for the last 15 years. I will not even go into the affairs of the APC-controlled Osun state which is slowly being turned into a Taliban enclave and which is a place in which Christians are fast becoming second class citizens. Should anyone be surprised or alarmed by all this? I don't think so. It is a well-orchestrated, well-thought out, well-designed and well-implemented agenda. 

That is the APC for you. With them you will never see what you will get until it is too late. They are very good at using religion to achieve their objectives and at playing double games. And of course propaganda and the manipulation of the mass media is their forte. They implement their hidden agenda by guile, stealth, deceit and subtefuge and they prey on our sense of fair play, generosity and magnaminity. In short they have taken us all for granted and they have mistaken our genuine sense of liberalism and the desire to accomodate other schools of thought and perspectives as weakness and stupidity. 

Yet it gets worse and it doesn't stop there. It is also a fact that every single state that is under the control of the APC in the south west today is governed by a muslim whilst 90 per cent of APC governors throughout the Federation are muslims. If this does not paint a clear picture about what the overall agenda of the APC really is and if it does not give a clear indication about what their intentions for our country really are then nothing ever will. 

Let us come to Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje who is a banker, an economist and a lecturer at the Lagos Business School. He made his own contribution to the debate by asking the following insightful questions on his Facebook page on 31st October, 2014 . He asked:

''How come the only debates we have in Nigeria are over a "Muslim-Muslim" ticket? How come the opposition partys instincts are always in that direction-Nuhu Ribadu/Fola Adeola in 2011 and now all sorts of Muslim-Muslim permutations and possibilities? How come a discussion of a Christian-Christian presidential ticket is completely inconceivable and has not been countenanced by anyone? How come Buhari, who even in a military regime instituted a Muslim-Muslim/North-North ruling clique along with Idiagbon and 8 or 9 out of 11 Supreme Military Council members, is now testing the ground again with another possible Muslim-Muslim pairing? Is it that we have a shortage of capable Christians in NIgeria?''

I wonder if anyone can answer these questions. I believe that the Nigerian people deserve to hear the answers. The fact of the matter is that even though many in our country are in deep denial and have buried their heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich, religion has not only become a factor in our politics today but it has actually become THE factor. 

This was never meant to be the case and it is a sad and unwelcome development but, sadly, that is the reality and we have no choice but to live with it. Those that dispute it ought to be reminded of the fact that these are the days of Abubakar Shekau and Boko Haram. They ought to be reminded of the fact that this is an age that has witnessed the unprecedented and meteoric rise of Islamic fundamentalism, religious intolerance and ISIL-like barbarity in the affairs of our nation.

They ought to be reminded of the fact that these are the days that have witnessed the advent of an opposition party that is hell bent on using religion as a major political weapon in an attempt to grab power at the center regardless of the dangers of undertaking such a dangerous and unpredictable course of action. They ought to be reminded of the fact that this is a time in which the leading Presidential candidate of the opposition party is on record as saying that an attack on Boko Haram ''is an attack on the north''. They ought to be reminded of the fact that the same man told the Nigerian people in 2002 that he wishes to spread sharia law ''all over the Federation''. They ought to be reminded of the fact that the official spokesman of the opposition party only last year said that the proscription of Boko Haram by the Federal Government was ''unconstitutional and unjust''. Given all this only a fool would suggest that religion is not a major factor in the unfolding events in Nigeria’s political arena today.

Yet I am not surprised and neither should anyone else be. That is style and manner of Nigeria's opposition party. That is the APC way: lies, deceit, doublespeak, Byzantian manouverings, subterranean plots and hidden agendas are their stock in trade. They are nothing but darkness and only the light of God and the power of truth will expose them. May God deliver our nation from their ilk. 

There is no gainsaying that both Oladeji and Agbaje have raised some very pertinent issues and their deep concerns reflect the thinking of millions of Nigerian who are very worried about the unfolding agenda. 

We await the response of anyone within the ranks of the Buharists and the Haramite hordes for an answer to these pertinent questions and observations that these two courageous and deeply patriotic Nigerians have raised. Whichever way we choose to look at it one thing remains clear: the reaction of the Nigerian people will be decisive and swift if those that wish to turn our nation into an ISIL-style state push their luck too far. 

________________FFK, 2014


SOME HARD QUESTIONS FOR THE BUHARISTS (Season 1)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

This is indeed the time for us to answer some hard questions and speak some home truths. It is a season that shall separate the men from the boys. It is a time that the holy and wholesome light of truth shall overwhelm and expose the evil darkness of doublespeak and deceit. It is a season that the enunciation and exposure of the ugly realities of the day must not be sacrificed or compromised on the alter of political expediency or on the table of fear. Thankfully there are a few courageous and discerning voices that have risen to the occasion, made the relevant observations and asked the right questions. Amongst them are Mr. Bayo Oladeji and Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje. Permit me to begin with the former.

Oladeji, a seasoned and experienced  journalist who writes for the Leadership Newspaper in Nigeria, wrote the following on his Facebook page on 31st October 2014.  

''When Chief Femi Fani-Kayode came out to expose the plan of the APC chieftains to impose a Muslim/Muslim ticket on the party, their attack dogs were ordered to abuse him using words picked from the gutter. They even told us he was never part of them! Chief Tom Ikimi came out and corroborated him and they said he was telling a moon tale. They then recalled his participation in the Abacha evil rule which murdered Ken Saro Wiwa as if their hero, Muhammadu Buhari did not play same role in the same government. When I raised the issue here after confirming from those who were involved in the plan some who can never talk to their hero rose up ignorantly to fault me. But since President Olusegun Obasanjo did the same, their response remains a deafening silence! When I was growing up I was told that SILENCE MEANS CONSENT. Meaning those who have been saying it are not wrong after all.
The Church has kept mum for so long and they are cornering all for themselves. For example, I have challenged the apologists of APC to publish the list of names and the religions of all their political appointees in the Southwest especially the following- the governors, SSGs, Speakers, Finance Commissioners in all the APC controlled states in the southwest. Let us see how fair they are to the two religions in the country. If they could do this at the state level where they have someone who claims to be a Christian as deputy governor, we wonder what they would do when they have the President and the Vice President from them. In the whole of the North, there is only one Christian in the National Executive Commitee and the National Working Commitee of the APC. His name Engineer Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa State! And if you know the extent he went to get that seat, you would know what that party is up to. These are the issues. It goes beyond President Jonathan. If the party does not change, God spares our lives, come 2019, you will still find me doing the same. Until the rotten tooth is pulled out of the mouth, the mouth will continue eating with caution. It is a tragic irony that those who have come out to defend them are those who claim to be Christians''.

Oladeji’s observations are indeed food for thought even though in fairness to the APC their party Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, did come out and responded to Obasanjo and said that his party had no intention to field a Muslim/Muslim ticket. The question is this: in the light of General Mohammadu Buhari's latest assertion that he cannot rule out choosing a muslim running mate if he manages to win the nomination can we believe the National Chairman? I certainly don't but even if I do and even if Oyegun has the best of intentions, at the end of the day it is the Presidential candidate of the party that will make his choice as to who his running mate will be and what faith that running mate represents and not the party's National Chairman. To that extent Buhari's celebrated and widely reported comments about not seeing anything wrong with a Muslim/Muslim ticket, in my view, speaks volumes and outweighs Odigie-Oyegun's denials. 

To add to Bayo's concerns permit me to point out the fact that in the APC-controlled Lagos State today 80 per cent of State House of Assembly members are muslim, 80 per cent of Local Government Area Chairmen are muslim, 80 per cent of National Assembly members are muslim and 80 per cent of Commissioners and key government functionaries are muslim. 

All this in a state that has an overwhelming christian majority. Are you surprised or alarmed? That is the APC for you. They implement their hidden agenda by guile, deceit and subtefuge and they prey on our sense of fair play, generosity and magnamosity. In short thay have taken us all for granted. Yet it gets worse and it doesn't stop there. It is also a fact that every single state that is under the control of the APC in the south west today is governed by a muslim whilst 90 per cent of APC governors throughout the Federation are muslims. If this does not paint a clear picture about what the overall agenda of the APC is and if it does not give a clear indication about what their intentions for our country really are then nothing ever will. 

Let us come to our second commentator. Agbaje, a banker, an economist and a lecturer at the Lagos Business School has made his own contribution to the debate by asking the following insightful questions on his Facebook page on 31st October, 2014 . He asks:

''How come the only debates we have in Nigeria are over a "Muslim-Muslim" ticket? How come the opposition partys instincts are always in that direction-Nuhu Ribadu/Fola Adeola in 2011 and now all sorts of Muslim-Muslim permutations and possibilities? How come a discussion of a Christian-Christian presidential ticket is completely inconceivable and has not been countenanced by anyone? How come Buhari, who even in a military regime instituted a Muslim-Muslim/North-North ruling clique along with Idiagbon and 8 or 9 out of 11 Supreme Military Council members, is now testing the ground again with another possible Muslim-Muslim pairing? Is it that we have a shortage of capable Christians in NIgeria?''

I wonder if anyone can answer these questions. I believe that the Nigerian people deserve to hear the answers. The fact of the matter is that even though many in our country are in deep denial and have buried their heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich, religion has not only become a factor in our politics today but it has actually become THE factor. 

This was never meant to be the case and it is a sad and unwelcome development but, sadly, that is the reality and we have no choice but to live with it. Those that dispute it ought to be reminded of the fact that these are the days of Boko Haram. They ought to be reminded of the fact that this is an age that has witnessed the unprecedented and meteoric rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the affairs of our nation.

They ought to be reminded of the fact that these are the days that have witnessed the advent of an opposition party that is hell bent on using religion as a major political weapon in an attempt to grab power at the center regardless of the dangers of doing so. Given all this only a fool would suggest that religion is not a major factor in the unfolding events in Nigeria’s political arena today.

There is no gainsaying that both Oladeji and Agbaje have raised some very pertinent issues and their deep concerns reflect the thinking of millions of Nigerian who are very worried about the unfolding agenda. 

We await the response of anyone within the ranks of the Buharists and the Haramite hordes for an answer to these pertinent questions and observations that these two courageous and deeply patriotic Nigerians have raised.

Meanwhile let us look at the unfolding events in the Federal House of Assembly and the shenanigans of the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal.  It is bad enough that the APC deprived the yoruba the slot of Speaker of the House when Tambuwal emerged but the latest exercise in perfidy is even worse.

A Speaker of the House changes parties and yet refuses to resign as Speaker after the party on whose platform he used to get that position has asked him to do so. Can this be right? Just how shameless and devoid of morality or conscience can the APC be? Will these Buharists and Haramites ever know the meaning of decency? Do they have any honor? Can they be trusted with power?

When ignorance reigns supreme in the mind of an imbecile that knows next to nothing it lowers the quality of debate and discussion. Those that compare the case of Aminu Tambuwal to that of Governor Segun Mimiko of Ondo state and a number of others are good examples of the proverbial imbecile and I will tell you why.

Mimiko's former party, the Labour Party, did not complain about his decamping to the PDP and neither did they ask for him to resign as governor. As a matter of fact virtually the whole of the Labour Party in Ondo state and the entire country decamped with him and went back to the PDP.

In the case of Tambuwal, the PDP, on whose platform he was elected to be Speaker, has formally asked for his resignation from that position. Instead of responding to that call and resigning honorably the man has refused to resign and instead has adjourned the sitting of the House for at least one month.

Surely even those that have a brain that is the size of a monkeys can appreciate the fact that this is totally unacceptable behavior. Yet I am not surprised and neither should anyone else be. That is style and manner of Nigeria's opposition party. That is the APC way: lies, deceit, doublespeak, Byzantian manouverings, subterranean plots and hidden agendas are their stock in trade. They are nothing but darkness and only the light of God and the power of truth will expose them. May God deliver our nation from their ilk. 

Meanwhile those that are claiming that the Federal Government is planning to kill Aminu Tambuwal should grow up. If I were Tambuwal I would watch my back very carefully and sleep with one eye wide open because the Haramites that he has just joined cannot be trusted. They are prepared to say and do anything in their quest to win power and in an attempt to discredit the Federal Government. 

________________FFK, 2014


THE WORDS OF A HARAMITE AND THE PERFIDY OF THE 'BRING BACK OUR GIRLS' CAMPAIGN
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

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

The Christians in the north are nothing and the muslim minorities in the north know that when we are talking about leadership in the north and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to us, the Hausa-Fulani.

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

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

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

It was either the Koran or the sword and most of them chose the Koran. In return for the good works of our forefathers Allah, through the British, gave us Nigeria to rule and to do with as we please.

Since 1960 we have been doing that and we intend to continue. The Igbo tried to stop us in 1966 and between 1967 and 1969 they paid a terrible price. They were brought to heel and since then they have been broken.

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

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

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

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

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

These are the words of an unrepentant Haramite by the name of Aliyu Gwarzo who I am told hails from Kano. I might add that his views do not represent the thinking of the majority of hausa-fulani people but it does represent a tendency which is, more often than not, kept as hidden and as secret as possible.

The fact that it is not often spoken or publicly expressed does not mean that it is not there. Whether we like to admit it or not there are some individuals, like Gwarzo, in our country that fully espouse the doctrines of apartheid and who honestly believe that they were born to rule and that Nigeria was bequethed to their fathers and ancestors. Wining and dining with such people is like making merry with a cult of vampires: one must do so with a very long fork and knife.

To them the return of power to the north, and when they say north they mean the small cabal of ultra conservative fulanis and no-one else, is an imperative that must be achieved by any and every means necessary. To them cheating, lying, killing, maiming, deceiving and pretending is fair game providing that objective is achieved.

It is an insidious, deadly and dangerous agenda which, sadly, many from outside the north that have aligned with the opposition and particularly the Buhari presidential aspiration are unknowingly feeding into.

Luckily for us the Aliyu Gwarzo's of this world do not speak for or represent the thinking of the ordinary working class hausa-fulani, or indeed northerner, who are as much of a victim of this chronically racist cabal as anyone else.

Neither do they speak for the more enlightened, progressive and civilised elements within the northern ruling class that are silently rising up like the Kashim Ibrahim Imams, the Nuhu Ribadus, the Sambo Dasukis and the Ahmed Muazus of this world who are doing their very best to swim against the tide and establish a new northern Nigeria where racism and ethnic bigotry has no place and where  all men, regardless of tribe or creed, are regarded as being equal before the law and before God. 

Unfortunately I cannot vouch for some of the leading members of the opposition and particularly the Buharis of this world in the same way. One of the strategies that the hegemonists have employed to achieve their objectives is the insidious attempt to use the Nigerian chapter of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group (BBOG) to undermine and rubbish the attempts of the present government to get the Chibok girls back home.

It would be interesting to know who funds this group and who the hidden forces, foreign or otherwise, that gives them orders really are. Are they involved with the CIA? Are they linked to the South African intelligence agencies? Are they in bed with M16?

These are questions that need to be answered. Every single Nigerian yearns and prays for the return of the Chibok girls but when this otherwise laudable initiative and noble activism becomes a rallying point for everything that is anti-Jonathan, anti-government and anti-military it gives cause for concern.

In their determination to denigrate the efforts of our intelligence agencies and our armed forces the leaders of the BBOG campaign seem to forget that men and women of the Nigerian military and security agencies are being killed every day in their attempt to protect us against Boko Haram.

These courageous and patriotic Nigerians are risking their lives for us and they are giving their today so that we may have our tomorrow. It is as a consequence of their gallant and courageous efforts that many of us can sleep well late into the night in the knowledge that we are safe and secure. Yet the leadership of BBOG do not appear to appreciate this and instead of commending our armed forces and security agencies for their noble sacrifice they constantly ridicule their efforts on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and elsewhere.  Worse still they are clearly in bed with the opposition.     

If it is true that the Nigerian wing of the ''Bring Back Our Girls Campaign Group'' is the political wing of APC as Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Director General of the Buhari for President Campaign Organisation, has said then some of it's leading figures have some hard questions to answer.

Whatever happened to their claim of impartiality and neutrality when it comes to political matters? This has proved to be the lie of the century. Some of us knew all along that they were manipulating the system and using the Chibok tragedy just to embarass the Federal Government and the PDP.

I smelt a rat right from the beginning when it was brought to my attention that virtually every single key figure in the Nigerian wing of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign is an APC member or sympathiser and when I noticed that they constantly shied away from attacking or criticising Boko Haram itself.

Instead of doing that they have channeled all their anger and toxic frustrations towards the Federal Government and saved all their vitriol and hate for the President.

One would have thought that they would blame the terrorists, kidnappers and abductors as much as the security agencies who failed to find the girls and rescue them but this is not the case.

As far as the key figures behind the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign are concerned the Federal Government, who have not been able to find the girls and return them home safely, are the demons whilst Boko Haram, who are the ones that actually abducted the girls and subjected them to rape, slavery, torture and the most extreme and brutal form of physical abuse, are the angels.

This twisted logic is a manifestation of their sheer perfidy and a reflection of their confused minds. They are a handful of heartless people that will do and use anything or any situation to gain some political mileage for their friends in high places.

This is so even where the liberty,welfare, future and lives of innocent little children are involved. The truth is that those behind the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign in Nigeria are shedding crocodile tears and they have been doing so for the last few months.

They do not mean what they say and they do not want those girls to be found and brought home because the political party that they represent are getting so much political mileage out of this whole sordid episode.

This is sad and unfortunate but it is the bitter truth. It is utterly despicable to use the plight of those poor girls for political purposes.

Worse still it is clear to me that Boko Haram, the military wing of the APC, are working closely and in tandem with it's political wing which, according to Audu Ogbeh, is the BBOG campaign organisation.

The former are a bunch of sadistic murderers, pyschotic beasts, perverted child rapists and reprobate sociopaths who actually carried out the kidnapping and stole our girls from their school in the middle of the night whilst the latter are a bunch of sanctimonious ''holier than thou'' pretenders who have an insidious and dangerous political agenda, who do not give a hoot about the welfare or well-being of the girls and who take pleasure and delight in gloating over the fact that the Federal Government has been unable to locate, find or rescue them.

If the BBOG group really want those girls to be brought back they should talk to their associates in the military wing of their political party, the APC. Audu Ogbeh has confirmed that they are all working together in the same party and for the same evil cause.

From what he has said one thing is clear to me: if enough pressure is brought to bear on the leading figures behind BBOG by our security and intelligence agencies they will eventually crack and they will be compelled to bring their immense influence to bear over their associates in Boko Haram to free those girls and return them safely to their homes.

It is time for this motely group of malevolent and politically-motivated personalities to stop using the tragedy of the Chibok girls for their own subterranean agenda and for gaining cheap political mileage.

As an addendum to this series of ugly and unfolding events permit me to end this contribution with the following observation. The Australian negotiator Stephen Davis, a man that was widely celebrated by the opposition and the BBOG group when he alleged that Alhaji Modu Sheriff, now a leading member of the PDP and Major General Ihejirika, the former Chief of Army Staff, were sponsors of Boko Haram, has now alleged that elements in Nigeria's opposition do not want the Chibok girls to be freed and that they are frustrating all attempts to get them released.

This is indeed grave news but I am not surprised. Some of us have been saying it for the last few months but few would believe it or even listen. I wonder what the leading lights of the opposition have to say about Davis' latest allegation and I would be interested to know whether they still love and admire him as much as they once did.

I wonder if they still believe that he is the modern day hero whose intentions for Nigeria are noble, who can tell no lies and who can do no wrong. Most important of all I wonder how the leading lights in the BBOG campaign, who clearly have a strong affinity with and empathy for Stephen Davis, feel about his latest allegation. May God deliver us from these pretenders and may He bring our girls back home at the soonest.

________________FFK, 2014


A STEP TOWARDS VICTORY
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

The good news is that a ceasefire has been announced between the Federal Government and Boko Haram and the girls may well be released very soon.

This came as a consequence of the fact that the Nigerian military finally managed to acquire the weapons that they so badly needed to fight Boko Haram and, having done so, they were able to bring the terrorists to their knees.

 My counsel has always been that the Federal Government ought to crush Boko Haram utterly, beat them to a pulp in the field of battle, force them into retreat, decimate their defences, eliminate their leaders, bring them to justice and, after all that has been achieved, the terrorists would have no choice but to come begging through their numerous friends and surrogates.

This is precisely what seems to be happening today and I wish that the Jonathan administration had set this process of ‘’getting tough’’ with the terrorists as far back as three years ago. If they had done so many lives would have been saved.

Yet, as they say, it is better late than never and I am delighted with the latest developments and our apparent string of successes and victories in the war against terror.

It appears that Nigeria has survived yet another civil war and that those that sought to turn us into a 6th century caliphate, ISIL-style Islamic state have failed in their insane, ignoble and thoroughly evil endeavor.

 The official military wing of the opposition have lost the war, they have been put to shame and Nigeria has prevailed. Next year, when the presidential and gubernatorial elections are held, their political wing, the APC, will also lose woefully and finally meet their waterloo.

This state of affairs and unfolding set of events provides telling evidence of the veracity of the biblical assertion and age-old spiritual truism that says ‘’darkness cannot overcome light’’. In Nigeria the light is breaking through and the darkness is on the retreat.

 The servants of satan and their misguided minions, emissaries, associates and political allies are crawling on their knees. They have tugged their tail between their legs and they are on the run whilst the sons and daughters of the Living God are on the rise and are witnessing a new beginning and resounding victories.

The night was dark and full of horrors yet joy, saddled with God’s unfathomable mercies and blessings, came in the morning. We prayed for peace, we yearned for victory, we cried for mercy and in the end the Ancient of Days, the Lord God of Hosts, the El Shaddai, the Elohim, the Adonai and He that is known as the Man of War answered our prayers. He has done His bit by breaking the ranks of the terrorists and now it is left for us to do ours.

My prayer is that Boko Haram honors the terms of the ceasefire agreement, that they cease all hostilities, that they stop killing our people, that they drop their arms and surrender and that they release our girls and all the other prisoners of war that are in their custody.

If that happens, and I pray that it does, it will not be simply as a consequence of the efforts of the world-wide ‘’Bring Back Our Girls Campaign’’ but as a direct consequence of the prayers of the Nigerian people and  the supplications of millions of others throughout the world. It will also be as a consequence of the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan, his National Security Adviser, our intelligence agencies and the Nigerian Armed Forces .

Our nation defeated the ebola virus even though our detractors never thought we could do so and now we are on the brink of defeating Boko Haram even though our foreign friends and partners put obstacles in our way and refused to sell us arms. For this we must give thanks to God.
  
Now is the time for us to heal our wounds, to forgive one another, to preach peace and unity and to put the evil behind us. Now is the time to put the past behind us, to put our hands to the plough and to build a great nation.

Now is the time to ask God to bless Nigeria and to shame all those that collaborated with the enemy, that joined forces with the demons of hell and that shed the blood and tormented the souls of our people.
  
The declaration of the ceasefire is indeed a thing of joy but that in itself is not victory: it is only one step towards achieving it. Given this I cannot help but to be swayed by the words of Mr. Nnamdi Egbudi when he wrote the following on my facebook page. He said,

''Reaching a ceasefire agreement with a terrorist group that killed thousands of Nigerians and slit the throats of our Military personnel is not my own definition of victory neither is exchanging the abducted Chibok school girls with terrorist commanders anything to be proud of. For me, the terrorists with all their commanders should be exterminated from the face of the earth as there are no half measures in the quest for peace and security of a Nation''.
  
I am compelled to agree with this young mans insightful assertion. Nevertheless the fact that a ceasefire is now in place is cause for cheer. They say that a journey of one thousand miles starts with one step. With this ceasefire in place we have just taken that first step.

 

________________FFK, 2014


A TIME TO HEAL
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

If it is true that the Nigerian wing of the ''Bring Back Our Girls Campaign Group'' is the political wing of APC as Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Director General of the Buhari for President Campaign Organisation, has said then some of it's leading figures have some hard questions to answer.

Whatever happened to their claim of impartiality and neutrality when it comes to political matters? This has proved to be the lie of the century. Some of us knew all along that they were manipulating the system and using the Chibok tragedy just to embarass the Federal Government and the PDP.

I smelt a rat right from the beginning when it was brought to my attention that virtually every single key figure in the Nigerian wing of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign is an APC member or sympathiser and when I noticed that they constantly shied away from attacking or criticising Boko Haram itself.

Instead of doing that they have channeled all their anger and toxic frustrations towards the Federal Government and saved all their vitriol and hate for the President.

One would have thought that they would blame the terrorists, kidnappers and abductors as much as the security agencies who failed to find the girls and rescue them but this is not the case.

As far as the key figures behind the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign are concerned the Federal Government, who have not been able to return the girls, are demons whilst Boko Haram, who are the ones that actually carried out the abduction and stole our children in the first place, are angels.

This twisted logic is a manifestation of their sheer perfidy and a reflection of their confused minds. They are truly a small handful of heartless people that will do and use anything or any situation to gain some political mileage.

This is so even where the liberty,welfare, future and lives of innocent little children are involved. The truth is that those behind the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign are shedding crocodile tears and they have been doing so for the last few months.

They don't actually want those girls to be found and brought home because the political party that they represent are getting so much political mileage out of this whole sordid episode. This is sad and unfortunate but it is the bitter truth.

The truth is that I have never seen such callousness and insensitivity. What they are doing is wicked and unspeakable. It is utterly despicable to use the plight of those poor girls for political purposes.

Worse still it is clear to me that Boko Haram, the military wing of the APC, are working closely and in tandem with it's political wing which, according to Audu Ogbeh, is the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign Organisation.

The former are a bunch of sadistic murderers, beasts, child abductors and rapists who actually carried out the kidnapping and stole our girls from their school in the middle of the night and the latter are a bunch of sanctimonious pretenders who don't give a hoot about the welfare or well-being of the girls but who instead take pleasure and delight in gloating over the Federal Government's inability to rescue them.

If the Bring Back Our Girls group really want those girls to be brought back they should talk to their associates in the military wing of their political party, the APC. Audu Ogbeh has confirmed that they are all working together in the same party and for the same evil cause.

From what he has said one thing is clear to me: if enough pressure is brought to bear on the leading figures behind the Bring Back Our Girls Organisation by our security and intelligence agencies they will eventually crack and they will be compelled to bring their immense influence to bear over their associates in Boko Haram to free those girls and return them safely to their homes.

It is time for this motely group of loud opportunists and desperate political jobbers to stop using the tragedy of the Chibok girls for their dirty and shameful criminal agenda and for cheap political mileage.

Meanwhile the good news is that a ceasefire has been announced between the Federal Government and Boko Haram and the girls may well be released very soon.

This came as a consequence of the fact that the Nigerian military finally managed to acquire the weapons that they so badly needed to fight Boko Haram and, having done so, they were able to bring them to their knees.

My counsel has always been that the Federal Government ought to crush Boko Haram utterly, beat them in the field of battle, push them into retreat, bring them to justice and, after all that has been achieved, the terrorists would have no choice but to come begging through their numerous friends and surrogates.

This is precisely what seems to be happening now and I wish that the Jonathan administration had set this process of ‘’getting tough’’ with the islamist terrorists as far back as three years ago. If they had done so many lives would have been saved.

Yet, as they say, it is better late than never and I am delighted with the latest developments and our apparent string of successes and victories in the war against terror.

It appears that Nigeria has survived yet another civil and that those that sought to 
turn us into a 6th century caliphate and an ISIL-style Islamic state have failed in their insane, ignoble and thoroughlysordid quest.

The official military wing of the opposition have lost the war, they have been put to shame and Nigeria has prevailed. Next year, when the presidential and gubernatorial elections are held, their political wing, the APC, will also lose woefully and finally meet their waterloo.

This is evidence of the veracity of the profound assertion and ancient spiritual truism that says ‘’darkness cannot overcome light’’. In Nigeria the light is breaking through and the darkness is on the retreat.

The servants of satan and their misguided minions, emissaries, associates and political allies are crawling on their knees, have tugged their tail between their legs and are on the run whilst the sons and daughters of the Living God are on the rise and are witnessing a resounding victory.

The night was dark and full of horrors yet joy, pregnant with God’s unfathomable mercies and blessings, came in the morning. We prayed for peace, we yearned for victory, we cried for mercy and in the end the Ancient of Days, the Lord God of Hosts, the El Shaddai, the Elohim, the Adonai and He that is known as the Man of War answered our prayers. He has done His bit by breaking the ranks of Boko Haram and now it is left for us to do ours.

My prayer is that Boko Haram honors the terms of the ceasefire agreement, that they cease all hostilities, that they stop killing our people, that they drop their arms and surrender and that they release our girls and all the other prisoners of war that are in their custody.

If that happens, and I pray that it does, it will not be as a consequence of the efforts of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign but as a direct consequence of the prayers of the Nigerian people and the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan, Colonel Sambo Dasuki his National Security Advisor, our intelligence agencies and the Nigerian Armed Forces .

Our nation has defeated the ebola virus even though our detractors never thought we could do so and now she has defeated Boko Haram even when our foreign friends and partners put obstacles in our way and refused to sell us arms. For this we must give thanks to God.

Now is the time for us to heal our wounds, to forgive one another, to preach peace and unity and to put the evil behind us. Now is the time to put the past behind us, to put our hands to the plough and to build a great nation.

God bless Nigeria and shame on all those that collaborated with the enemy, that joined forces with the demons of hell and that shed the blood and tormented the souls of the innocent.

The declaration of the ceasefire is indeed a thing of joy but that in itself is not a victory. I cannot help but to be swayed by the words of Nnamdi Egbudi when he wrote the following on my facebook community page:

''Reaching a ceasefire agreement with a terrorist group that killed thousands of Nigerians and slit the throats of our Military personnel is not my own definition of victory neither is exchanging the abducted Chibok school girls with terrorist commanders anything to be proud of. For me, the terrorists with all their commanders should be exterminated from the face of the earth as there are no half measures in the quest for peace and security of a Nation''.

I am compelled to agree with Nnamdi's assertion. Nevertheless the fact that a ceasefire is now in place is cause for cheer. They say that a journey of one thousand miles starts with one step. With this ceasefire in place we have just taken that first step. 

May God see us through to the end of the journey and may all those that killed our people at will, terrorised our nation, abducted our children, raped our women and maimed our men be brought to a terrible end.

Permit me to conclude this contribution by pointing out what I would describe as a curious, yet instructive, sequence of events. General Muhammadu Buhari, the leading APC presidential aspirant, the man that wishes to ''spread sharia law to the south'' and the man who once said that ''an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north'' declared his Presidential ambition on wednesday, bought his nominaton form on thursday and Boko Haram, the terrorist organisation that he has consistently sought to protect and that he has often expressed some sympathy for, entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Federal Government on friday.

Is this interesting sequence of events a mere coincidence or is there more to it than meets the eye? I guess that only God knows the answer to that question but whichever way we view it we can all agree on at least one thing: the plot seems to thicken by the day.

________________FFK, 2014


REMEMBERING THE CHIBOK GIRLS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

They were all between the ages of 15 and 18. They were eager to get a good education and to make something of their lives. 90 per cent of them were Christians who believed passionately that their God would always protect them and make a way for them in the predominantly Muslim Borno state where they resided in north-eastern Nigeria. 

They left home on the morning of April 13th confidently, eagerly and happily and went to school to do an exam. The Federal Government of Nigeria, headed by a Christian President by the name of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, had earlier reminded the local authorities that the school had been closed for a considerable period of time for security reasons and warned that it should not be re-opened for the exams to take place at Chibok because of the activities of the deadly islamist terrorist sect known as Boko Haram in that area. However the Muslim Governor of Borno state, Mr. Kashim Shettima, ignored these warnings and assured the Federal Government that he would provide the necessary security. He also assured the parents of the safety of the young girls. 

He said that he would open the school specifically for the purpose of the exams and he encouraged the girls to not only come and do those exams but also to spend one night at the school after finishing them. Convinced by his assurances and moved by his conviction and confidence, the parents of the girls allowed their wards to proceed to the school for the exam and they encouraged them to spend the night there. The curious twist to the tale is the fact that a few of the girls that went to take that exam were the children of those that taught at the school yet after the exams were concluded not one of them stayed in the school or opted to spend the night. 

It was almost as if they had a premonition of what was going to happen or, perhaps, someone on the inside had warned them about the horrors that lay ahead. The Governor of the state did not honor his word to provide security at the school. As a matter of fact as the girls prepared to sleep that night not one adult was in the school premises to watch over them apart from an old man who was the school gatekeeper and who slept at the gate. No teacher, supervisor or school official stayed with them that night and neither did the school matron, headmaster or principal. 

Not one person in authority was with them let alone an armed man or woman to protect them from the obvious dangers. They were on their own. Worse still there was no electricity that night and no lights were on because there was no power flowing from the national grid and neither was the school generator working. The girls were not only on their own but they were also in total and complete darkness. They said their prayers, sang a few hymns, asked for God's protection and went to bed. Then, at approximately 3.00 a.m. in the morning, Boko Haram stormed the premises. The girls were subjected to the most unspeakable forms of abuse: they were raped, brutalised, traumatised and finally they were abducted. 

The terrorists not only took the girls but they also ransacked the school, stole all the food in the premises, burnt a number of school buildings and made away with whatever they could lay their hands on. They bundled the 276 young girls into their lorries and sped in the dead of the night into the deadly clutches and dark groves of their hideout- the notorious Sambisa Forest.  A few days later the leader of Boko Haram, Mr. Ibrahim Shekau, released a video of himself telling the world about his intention to convert the girls to Islam, sell them into slavery ''in markets'' and marry them off in foreign lands. 

He said that Islam permitted him to do so. He also said that he would never release them. He claimed that they had become slaves of Boko Haram and that they would remain slaves forever. Two weeks later a video was released of some girls covered in Muslim shawls and garb reciting the Koran. It was clear that Mr. Shekau had kept his word. These girls had been forcefully converted to Islam and they were now slaves. 

Thankfully 55 of them managed to escape whilst they were being abducted from the school on their way to Sambisa forest. They did so by jumping off the moving lorries that their captors had herded them into. Two more escaped a few days after arriving in Sambisa forest. They have since recounted some of the horrors that they were subjected to and that they faced whilst in captivity. 

This includes multiple rapes on a daily basis from several men, group sex, beatings, killings, torture, enslavement, maimings and forced renunciations of their christian faith and conversion to Islam. Clearly the 219 girls that are still in captivity are literally in hell. Stories are told of how some of them have been sold off ''in marriage'' to wealthy Arabs in north Africa and the Middle East and how others have become sex slaves in bordering African nations like Chad, the Sudan and Niger Republic. Up till today the Nigerian Federal Government has no idea where they actually are and have not been able to rescue any of them. 

A world-wide ''Bring Back Our Girls'' campaign has been launched and this has created more awareness about their horrendous plight and kept hope alive for their safe return. However when a former President of Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, said that the world would soon have to come to terms with the fact that ''we may never see those girls again'' and that ''by now some of them will be dead whilst others will be pregnant'' it did not give much cause for hope or cheer. Perhaps the utter despair that Mr. Obasanjo's words reflected added to the anxiety, trauma and heartache that resulted in the sudden deaths of no less than 7 of the parents of the abducted girls.  

The truth is that the girls are not just the victims of the most vicious Islamist terrorist organisation on the African continent today, an organisation whose sheer cruelty and barbarity is at par with that of ISIL, but they are also the victims of an uncaring and insensitive ruling political elite in Nigeria who would prefer that the whole matter is just swept under the carpet and forgotten simply because they do not have the capability, the guts or the political will to take on Boko Haram in any meaningful way and rescue the girls. 

The reality, as unpleasant as it may sound, is as follows. When the question is asked ''where are our girls?'', the answer is that they are somewhere in hell, hoping and praying that the Nigerian authorities and the international community never forgets them and manages to muster the resolve, know-how and courage to rescue them. We owe them that much: after all they are our children. 

Yet all hope is not lost. On 25th September 2014 one of the girls was released by Boko Haram. Sadly she was not only pregnant but she had also lost her mind as a consequence of the trauma that she had suffered from her ordeal. The good news is that she is at least alive and safely back home with her family where she belongs. This gives us hope for the others. May God bring home our girls and may we never forget them.

________________FFK, 2014


GOD LOVES NIGERIA
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

God loves Nigeria so much. For those that doubt it kindly consider the following.
They created ebola in their demonic labs for bio weapons. They sent the disease to our shores through an insane Liberian but the Lord defended us and refused to allow it to take root in our shores.
The watchers prayed "return to sender" and ebola was sent back to Houston through another insane Liberian. Now they seek to learn lessons from the Nigeria that they targetted and sought to destroy about how to "contain ebola".
God loves Nigeria so much. Why? Because, as the bible says, ''He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wisdom of the wise''. For those that still doubt it kindly consider the following.
They refused to label Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation until all men of goodwill begged them to do so and until the terrorists had slaughtered no less than 25,000 Nigerians, including innocent children whilst abducting thousands more.
They refused to sell us arms to fight the Haramites and when we approached other nations to do so they directed them to say ''no'' and turn us down.
Yet God was with us, we sourced those arms ourselves and ever since then the tied has turned and our gallant soldiers are winning the war against Boko Haram.
Can all this be just coincidence? Do these so-called friends and allies of our nation really wish us well?
I read the response of the American Ambassador to Nigeria about our concerns about the US arms embargo on Nigeria. He spoke nothing but nonsensical popycock and bunkum.
What on earth have we done to them that they seek to bring us to our knees and decimate our country with terror, torment, violent brutality and disease?
Why have they visited us with so much covert hate despite our obnoxious fawning and desperate crawling before their superpower thrones for the last one hundred years?
Have we not played the fool enough for them and have we not bowed low enough to them on bended knee for the last 54 years?
Yet despite all our efforts to please our international partners and modern-day slave masters they seek to effect their prophecy that chaos must envelop Nigeria and that our country must break up by 2015.
They seek to ensure that we are enveloped in a sea of carnage and fratricidal butchery the likes of which have never been seen before on the African continent or indeed in world history.
In the light of all these observations numerous questions must be asked? Who is really behind Boko Haram and how come they have more sophisticated arms than the Nigerian military?
Who supplies them with those arms and all that training? Is it the same forces that covertly trained, armed and supplied ISIS, Al Nusra and Daesh?
Is it the same powers that used those barbaric terrorist organisations in Syria to attempt to topple President Bashar Al Assad and in Iraq to push Nouri Al Malaki out of power?
Is it the same forces that unleashed mayhem and created turmoil in the Ukraine and that sought to plunge Europe and Russia into a bloody war?
Is it the same forces that created Al Qaeda and commissioned Osama Bin Ladin to push the Soviets out of Afghanistan? Is it the same people that seek to use Boko Haram to decimate our country, destroy our people and bring our government to it's knees?
It is very clear to me that NATO will deploy ground troops to Iraq and Syria relatively soon. This was the plan all along. The long-term objective is not just to destroy and defeat ISIL but also to remove Bashar Al Assad from power in Syria.
As a matter of fact the latter has always been the primary objective and America, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and a handful of others in the Arab Gulf states supported and funded ISIS, Al Nusra, Daesh and a number of other terrorist groups specifically for that purpose for a number of years.
The sheer evil and horror of ISIS has provided a useful pretext and justification for a full scale invasion of Syria and Iraq by the western powers and their sunni Arab allies.
That invasion, which will be clothed in the name of ''liberation'', will come soon. Bashar Al Assad, Syria, Russia, Iran, China and their secularist allies in the region need to brace up and prepare for the worst. This is indeed a rhapsody of reality.
Yet whoever unleashed these forces and whatever their evil intentions for Nigeria are, one thing is clear: despite all our complexities, self-hate, self-doubt, ignorance, naivety, eccentricities and innocent trusting ways, God loves us dearly and we shall not go the way of Iraq, Syria or Libya.
After all this is the land of the Ameyo Adadevoh's and other brave souls. This is the land where the watchers pray through the night and stand in the gap for their beloved nation and their compatriots regardless of faith, tribe or creed.
This is the land where, though we pretend to hate one another and we bicker morning, night and day, we know the meaning of the word patriotism, honor, dedication, resilience, ruggedness and love.
This is the land whose people know how to worship and praise the one true God and who call on His name night and day.
The earthly powers that be and the emissaries of the devil, no matter how powerful, how rich and how connected will never destroy us and neither shall the counsel of satan prevail in our land.
Each time they throw a bomb at us, like ebola, it shall ''return to sender''.
Each time they refuse to sell us arms to enable us to defend our people and redeem our honor the Lord shall raise others who shall do it in their stead.
The bottom line is as follows: you may hate us and seek to shame and humiliate us but God loves Nigeria and His purpose for our nation, whether you like it or not, shall surely come to pass.
God bless Nigeria and may He continue to deliver us from our enemies, preserve our unity, defend our shores and protect our borders.
  

________________FFK, 2014


NIGERIA: A NATION AT THE CROSSROADS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

With the dreaded Islamist terrorist organization, Boko Haram, ravaging parts of the north and with ethnic tensions and sectarian strife simmering all over the country, there is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and its fastest growing economy, is a nation at the crossroads.

The presidential and gubernatorial elections will take in February next year engulfed in what will undoubtedly be an atmosphere of tension, fear and deep concern for many.

The country has a population of 160 million people roughly divided between a predominantly Muslim north where approximately 50 per cent of the people reside and a predominantly Christian south where the other 50 per cent hail from.

Nigeria has a higher population of Christians and Muslims than any other nation on the African continent. Ever since she gained her independence from the British in 1960, there have been varying degrees of friction between the two groups.

This led to a brutal civil war, which was as ethnic as it was religious in nature, between the predominantly Christian Igbo tribe from the south-east and the rest of Nigeria from 1967 till 1970 in which over 2 million people lost their lives.

The basic challenge and fundamental problem that Nigeria faces is the fact that the north, which is dominated by the Muslim Hausa-Fulani tribe and ruling elite and which, either directly or through carefully selected fellow northern surrogates, has ruled Nigeria for close to 40 of it’s 54 years of existence, believe that they have lost out in the administration of power.

They believe that President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a southern Christian from the minority Ijaw tribe in the oil-producing Niger Delta area, must not be allowed to return to power next year under any circumstances on the simple basis that he is not a northerner and that he is not a Muslim.

They also believe that under Mr. Jonathan leadership, the Muslim north has lost out badly in terms of the sharing of government patronage. The reaction to this ‘’power must return to the north’’ mindset of the Muslim north from the Christian south is one of utter defiance.

They seek to send a clear message to the north in next year’s Presidential election that they are not second-class citizens, that they are not slaves, that Jonathan has the right to seek a fresh mandate and that the Muslim north was not somehow inherently ”born to rule”.

Boko Haram has added a new and horrendous dimension to the unfolding script of Nigeria by slaughtering no less than 20,000 innocent civilians in Nigeria in the last three years alone. They behead, bomb, burn and mutilate their victims, many of whom are children, in the most ruthless, brazen and chilling fashion.

They have also abducted thousands of young girls, subjected them to rape, forced them to convert to Islam, ”married” them off and sold them into slavery in distant foreign lands. This includes the ”Chibok girls”, a group of 300 young girls that were callously abducted from their school dormitories in the dead of the night.

Boko Haram’s objective is to establish a Muslim fundamentalist state, in the ISIS mold, in the whole of northern Nigeria. They seek to establish a new caliphate where 6th century Islamic sharia law is practiced, where Christianity and all other faiths are banned, where Christians and non-Muslims are compelled to convert to Islam or are killed and where the most radical and extreme form of Islam is practiced. 

In this respect they can be compared to the dreaded Taliban government that held sway in Afghanistan from 1996 till 2001. They are the quintessential jihadists, indulging in the most extreme forms of violence, including both male and female suicide bombings. 

Like the Al Nusra Front in Syria, Hamas in Gaza, ISIS in Iraq and Al Shabbab in East Africa, they wholeheartedly espouse the most radical form of salifist and wahabbi philosophies.

They are backed and funded by Al Qaeda in the north African Maghreb and they are covertly supported by high-ranking elements within the northern Muslim political ruling elite who see them as a useful tool to fight President Jonathan and to give him sleepless nights.Boko Haram has managed to capture some northern Nigerian towns, including Gwoza, in the last few weeks.

They have also seized a number of Nigerian villages and communities in the far northeastern part of the country where they now fly their flag and administer the territory.

They are no longer just a bunch of ruthless terrorists but they are now a well-trained, well-funded, well-motivated and fully committed rebel army that is giving the Nigerian military a very hard fight.

Whether next year’s Presidential election in Nigeria will result in chaos and degenerate into the break-up of the country into two or whether they manage to pull back from the brink, conduct a free and fair election and stay together as one nation remains to be seen. There is little doubt that Nigeria is a nation that has reached the proverbial crossroads, in every sense of its meaning. 

She will either remain a united, secular, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic modern pluralistic state where human rights, civil liberties and the rights of ethnic and religious minorities are guaranteed by the constitution, or she will explode, breaking up and plunging into fratricidal butchery along ethnic and religious lines, presenting the world with the most horrific civil war that Africa has ever witnessed.

Whatever the outcome, Nigeria needs the support, dare I say, the prayers, of the international community more than ever.

________________FFK, 2014


OUR LOST GIRLS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

In Nigeria 276 young girls were abducted from their school in the early hours of the morning on April 14th 2014. They all came from a predominantly Christian town in north-eastern Nigeria called Chibok.

They were all between the ages of 15 and 18. They were eager to get a good education and to make something of their lives. 90 per cent of them were Christians who believed passionately that their God would always protect them and make a way for them in the predominantly Muslim Borno state where they resided in north-eastern Nigeria.

They left home on the morning of April 13th confidently, eagerly and happily and went to school to do an exam. The Federal Government of Nigeria, headed by a Christian President by the name of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, had earlier reminded the local authorities that the school had been closed for a considerable period of time for security reasons and warned that it should not be re-opened for the exams to take place at Chibok because of the activities of the deadly Islamist terrorist sect known as Boko Haram in that area. 

However the Muslim Governor of Borno state, Mr. Kashim Shettima, ignored these warnings and assured the Federal Government that he would provide the necessary security. He also assured the parents of the safety of the young girls.

He said that he would open the school specifically for the purpose of the exams and he encouraged the girls to not only come and do those exams but also to spend one night at the school after finishing them. Convinced by his assurances and moved by his conviction and confidence, the parents of the girls allowed their wards to proceed to the school for the exam and they encouraged them to spend the night there. 

The curious twist to the tale is the fact that a few of the girls that went to take that exam were the children of those that taught at the school yet after the exams were concluded not one of them stayed in the school or opted to spend the night.

It was almost as if they had a premonition of what was going to happen or, perhaps, someone on the inside had warned them about the horrors that lay ahead. The Governor of the state did not honor his word to provide security at the school. 

As a matter of fact as the girls prepared to sleep that night not one adult was in the school premises to watch over them apart from an old man who was the school gatekeeper and who slept at the gate. No teacher, supervisor or school official stayed with them that night and neither did the school matron, headmaster or principal.

Not one person in authority was with them that night let alone an armed man or woman to protect them from the obvious dangers. They were on their own. Worse still there was no electricity that night and no lights were on because there was no power flowing from the national grid and neither was the school generator working. 

The girls were not only on their own, but they were also in total and complete darkness, completely vulnerable. They said their prayers, sang a few hymns, asked for God’s protection and went to bed. Then, at approximately 3.00 a.m., Boko Haram stormed the premises. The girls were then subjected to horrendous abuse, and were brutalized, traumatized, and finally, abducted.

The terrorists not only took the girls but they also ransacked the school, stole all the food in the premises, burnt a number of school buildings and made away with whatever they could lay their hands on. They bundled the 276 young girls into their lorries and sped in the dead of the night to the deadly clutches and dark groves of their hideout- the notorious Sambisa Forest.  

A few days later the leader of Boko Haram, Mr. Ibrahim Shekau, released a video of himself telling the world about his intention to convert the girls to Islam, sell them into slavery ”in markets” and marry them off in foreign lands.

He said that Islam permitted him to do so. He also said that he would never release them. They had become slaves of Boko Haram and they would remain slaves forever. 

Two weeks after that a video was released of some of the girls covered in Muslim shawls and garb reciting the Koran. It was clear that Mr. Shekau had kept his word. These girls had been forcefully converted to Islam and they were now slaves.

Thankfully 55 of them managed to escape whilst they were being abducted from the school on their way to Sambisa forest. They did so by jumping off the moving lorries that their captors had herded them into. 

Two more escaped a few days after arriving in Sambisa forest. They have since recounted some of the horrors that they were subjected to and that they faced whilst in captivity.

This includes multiple rapes on a daily basis from different men, beatings, killings, torture, enslavement and forced renunciations of their Christian faith and forced conversions to Islam. There can be no doubt that the 219 girls still in captivity, are living in a proverbial hell. 

Stories are told of how some of them have been sold off ”in marriage” to wealthy Arabs in North Africa, and the Middle East, and how others have become sex slaves in bordering African nations like Chad, the Sudan and Niger Republic. 

Up till today the Nigerian Federal Government has no idea where they actually are and have not been able to rescue any of them. A world-wide ”Bring Back Our Girls” campaign has been launched and this has created more awareness about their horrendous plight and kept hope alive for their safe return. 

However when a former President of Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, said that the world would soon have to come to terms with the fact that ”we may never see those girls again” and that ”by now some of them will be dead whilst others will be pregnant” it did not give much cause for hope or cheer. 

Perhaps the utter despair that Mr. Obasanjo’s words reflected added to the anxiety, trauma and heartache that resulted in the sudden deaths of no less than 7 of the parents of the abducted girls.

The truth is that the girls are not just the victims of the most vicious Islamist terrorist organization on the African continent today, an organization whose sheer cruelty and barbarity is at par with that of ISIS, but they are also the victims of an uncaring and insensitive ruling political elite in Nigeria, who would prefer that the whole matter be swept under the rug and forgotten, simply because they do not have the capability, the guts or the political will to take on Boko Haram in any meaningful way or to rescue these girls.

The reality, as unpleasant as it may sound, is as follows. When the question is asked ”where are our girls?’’ the answer is that they are somewhere in hell, hoping and praying that the Nigerian authorities and the international community never forgets them and manages to muster the resolve, know-how and courage to rescue them.

We owe them that much because they are nothing but innocent little children, not political pawns. Out of the 57 girls that managed to escape 15 of them have returned back to school. but this time outside of Borno state. The rest are still living in the Chibok area of Borno state but they have refused to go back to school out of the fear of being abducted again.

Given the attitude of the local authorities in Borno state and given the failure of the Nigerian security agencies to rescue their classmates, no-one can blame them for that. May God deliver our girls from the hands of their cruel captors and tormentors and may He bring them back home to us.

We owe them that much.  Why?  Because they are our children.

________________FFK, 2014


FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

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

I thank the presiding Bishop of this great Church for honoring me in this way and giving me the opportunity to share a few words with this massive congregation. I thank the Pastors and the Board of Trustees of the Church for inviting me.

I look at this massive gathering of believers and I am humbled. I am also a little intimidated. I regard it is an honor and a privilage for me to be here speaking to you today from this holy pulpit and in this hallowed hall and chamber.

Unlike most politicians I shall endeavor to be very brief and not to keep you here any longer than necessary. Permit me to get to the point without much ado.

We are at war in this nation. That is obvious and self-evident. Yet despite our circumstances we must harbor no fears because we are winning that war. I say this because my bible tells me that darkness cannot overcome light and that even though it may tarry, the vision of total victory is for an appointed time.

I have been told that some of you that are here today lost their loved ones who were soldiers that were gallantly fighting at the war front against the terrorists. I hear that some died in Bama, others in Konduga and some fell whilst defending Mubi.

I am touched to the marrow and my heart bleeds for the pain that you must be going through having lost your loved ones in this way. I want to assure you that the great sacrifice of these noble, courageous and gallant heroes shall not be in vain.

It is my sincere prayer that their souls rest in peace and that the cause for which they paid the supreme price is achieved. May God reward them and their loved ones for their service to our nation. No greater a gift can a man give than to lay down his life for his people and for his country. The veracity of this assertion can hardly be disputed.

And neither is there a more honorable or noble death than that of a soldier who falls at the warfront whilst fighting for his nation. Your loved ones fought gallantly for Nigeria and gave their lives for the future and unity of their country. We shall never forget them.

More importantly history and posterity shall be very kind to them and their names shall be listed amongst the greats who stood to defend our people and our cause when the days were dark and when the enemy knocked at our gates.

Again I am told that there are others here today whose family members were innocent and defenceless civilians but who were murdered in cold blood in the sanctity of their own homes by the butchers of Boko Haram.

What a terrible tragedy this is. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions and it has engulfed, not just the north-east, but our whole nation. It is a tragedy that touches, concerns and affects us all. Your loss is ours. We share your pain and we mourn with you.

I assure you that those that were killed in this cowardly, brutal and barbaric way will be avenged and those that killed them will face the judgement of God and the justice of men both in this world and in the world to come.

What dark times these are. Yet despite the darkness of the night let us not forget that joy comes in the morning. As the bible says, let us count our tribulations and suffering as nothing but joy knowing that our Lord and master has already paid the price for our salvation and deliverance by shedding His precious blood on the cross at Calvary.

Let us remember that in the end we shall prevail and we shall overcome because we serve a mighty God. Let us remember that evil can never overcome good and that the Church of Christ and our Christian faith itself was built on the blood of the martyrs and the persecution and suffering of the saints.

Let us hold on to God's word. Let us be courageous. Let us exercise our faith and let us never forget that hope against all odds and strength, even in the face of the most trying times, are the hallmarks of a true believer. Let us remember that our God is irresistable and unbeatable and that in the end He makes all things beautiful.

Let us take heart and let us make no mistake about it: in the end, as surely as night follows day, we shall overcome. Let us remember that no matter what the media, the opposition, the Haramites and their secret friends in high places, the skeptics, the international community or anyone else tells us our Armed Forces remain the best, the most fearless, the most courageous, the most disciplined, the most effective and the most ferocious warriors on the African continent and we have every reason to be very proud of them.

If I were the President of this country, if I were compelled to do so by the circumstances, I would go to the four corners of the earth and to the edges of hell itself in order to procure the very best arms that money can buy for our soldiers so that they could protect our people and fight a good fight against the relentless barbarians that torment, afflict and plague our land.

If I had to I would violate every convention and norm in the land in order to bring the terrorists to justice and to degrade, kill, maim and destroy those who slaughter our people at will, who burn our homes, schools and churches , who violate and defile our women and who abduct and enslave our children.

People need to understand one thing: when fighting a war against an inhuman, barbaric and beastly enemy like Boko Haram in Nigeria or ISIS in Iraq, or Hamas in Gaza, or Al Shabab in Somalia, or Al Qaeda in Libya and Mali, or FIS in Algeria, or the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, or Daesh in Lebanon, or the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, or Al Nusra in Syria, or the Janjaweed in the Sudan or the Chechnyan separatists in Russia the gloves must come off.

History tells us that the policy of appeasement and the willful and naive display of weakness and procrastination before wicked and heartless men with reprobate minds can only lead to a further display of violence and aggression against the innocent. There must be no display of restraint or weakness exhibited to the enemy in this war and no quarter must be given to him. This is because we are fighting against an adversary that is beastly in all his ways and that does not consider himself as being bound by the laws of war or any known and internationally-accepted rules of engagement.

In such a war all is fair and all is permissable no matter how extreme and no matter how frightful and ruthless. No mercy must be exhibited. Absolutely anything goes and anything is allowed.

We must wipe them and all that is theirs out completely because they are the ultimate expression of evil. We must wipe them off the face of the earth. We must crush and eliminate them totally and wipe out all trace and memory of them. This is our God-given duty. It is our divine obligation and we must not fail or shirk it.

We must win this war and thereby stop the beasts from taking our land, enslaving our loved ones, beheading our children, raping our women, burying alive our men, burning down our churches and wiping out our beautiful Christian faith.

As long as Jesus sits on the throne and as long as some of us remain alive they shall not pass and neither will they succeed in their cruel venture because ultimately we shall prevail. We will not, we must not, we shall not and we cannot lose this war.

It is rather these shameless and conscienceless cowards, huns, biblical Egyptians, Philistines and Amalekites: these enemies of God and those who secretly support and encourage them, that shall fail. This I know because the bible says ''the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church'' and neither shall they prevail against the Lord's counsel.

I say this with absolute and supreme confidence because our God never fails. I say it because He is the Alpha and the Omega: the Man of War, the Ancient of Days, the Holy One of Israel, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lord God of Hosts whom none can resist in battle.

I say it because He knows the end even before the beginning. I say it because He is high and lifted up and the earth is His footstool. I say it because our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power and love: our God is an awesome God. 

Finally let me say this. Some people do not like the sort of things that I am saying here today. They have tried to silence me by the use of cheap blackmail, intimidation, lies, insults, threats, disinformation, persecution, misrepresentation, fabrication, the open and free expression of blind rage and hate and other foul and sinister means.

They do not like what I say or the fact that I, perhaps more than anyone else, has exposed their hidden and increasingly obvious agenda. Consequently they have told the most despicable and horrendous lies and stories about me all in a desperate attempt to discredit me, ridicule me, subject me to public opprobium and ensure that my words carry no weight.

They have even threatened my life on several occasions. Yet I still stand strong because the bible says ''He who keepeth Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers''. I shall not be intimidated. I shall stand up and speak my mind and I shall continue the good fight until my work on earth is done and the Lord Himself calls me home. And today, from this pulpit and from this hallowed chamber and sacred temple of the Living God, I am sending a message to such people. That message is as follows.

I make a solemn oath, in the name of the Living God and before the congregation of the saints, that no matter what you do to me I shall not flinch and neither shall I blink. The more you fight me and try to destroy me the stronger I shall get and the more powerful my voice will be. The more that you try to silence me, the more I shall speak. The more you try to hold me down, the more I shall rise up. This is because this battle and the cause that I am fighting is not mine but the Lord's.

I never chose this path. I never opted to be involved in this struggle or to be part of it. Yet, for reasons best known to Him and by dint of circumstance and chance, the Lord chose me and He prepared me for it over many years.

On that journey of preparation I have seen all sorts of things and I have been subjected to all manner of indignities. I have suffered persecution and betrayal even from those that were the closest to me. I have been through the fire and furnace several times, over and over again, and each time I have come out on top, newly-refined like the finest gold.

The greater the heat and the more the pain I feel, the more refined and pure it makes me. What they meant for evil, the Lord meant for good. This is the doing of the Lord and it is marvellous in my sight. It is for His purpose to be manifested, for His counsel to stand, for His will to be done and for His name to be glorified that He has preserved and protected me and mine all these years and that He has delivered us from the hands of my strong enemies and all manner of evil.

If only my detractors understood me better and knew my testimony. If only they knew the nature, the faithfulness, the diligence and the awesome power of my God. If only they knew about my passion for the Body of Christ, my vision for my country, my love for my God, my determination to make things better for my people and the nature of my calling they would stop trying to silence, kill, cage, destroy and discredit me in the knowledge that they can never succeed.

To silence, kill, cage, destroy and discredit me you would first have to silence, kill, cage, destroy and discredit the one who brought me into this world to fulfill my destiny and who sent me forth.

And He cannot be silenced, killed, caged, destroyed or discredited by any mortal or any created being because He is the father of creation itself. He is far above all principalities and powers and He existed before the beginning of time.

He is the Lord of the Universe, the God of all flesh and He is faithful to His own. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Gideon, Joshua, Jeptha, Samson, Peter and Paul. He is the Lord God of the Armies of Israel. He is the Blood of the Sprinkling. He is the I Am That I Am. He is everything.

His name is Jehova Sharma: the Elohim, the El Shaddai, the Adonai and as long as He lives and rules in the affairs of nations and men I shall continue to do the work that He has sent me to do in this nation and in the nations of the world.

I said something two years ago and I crave the indulgence of this wonderful congregation to say it again today in this most holy and sacred pulpit, in the presence of the saints and in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I say it for the record and for the benefit of my numerous detractors and adversaries, including the bloodthirsty Haramites and their secret friends, supporters and allies in the political class and media who choose to remain in the darkest shadows.

To them I say this: even on the pain of death I will never stop speaking the truth about any situation touching and concerning my country. I will never stop fighting for what I believe is right. I will never stop opposing evil. I will never stop speaking out against injustice. I will never tremble and bow before any man. I will never lack the courage of my convictions and I will never prostitute my principles.

No matter how hard they try they will never silence or intimidate me because He that is in me, despite all my imperfections, is greater than He that is the world. I will never stop because the angels that are with me are more in number and greater in strength than the demons that are with my enemies.

More than ever before I am persuaded by He that gave me life and that sent me into this world that the battle has been won and the victory is ours. I say this because I see the manifestation of it every day and I know the God that I serve.

His name is faithful and He is awesome. Love, joy, breakthroughs, mercy, power, blessings, preservation, prosperity, long life, good health, grace, favor, light, truth, kindness and all that is good resides in Him and He dispenses it as He deems fit.

He never fails and He never lies. His speaks His word, it goes forth and He honors and perfects it. For this reason alone, and not because of any vain claims to infallibility or perfection, know this day that we, the people of faith and the children of the one true Living God shall prevail in this land despite the giants that we see.

We shall take Nigeria for our Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. We shall take this nation for He that came down as God incarnate in the flesh, that shed His precious blood on the cross, that was crucified, dead and buried, that conquered death, that rose again, that ascended into Heaven and that sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty making intercession for us day and night.

His name shall be glorified in every nook and cranny of this nation because there is no other God but Him. His name shall be exalted in our lives and in our circumstances and He shall wipe away our tears, remove our cloth of mourning and replace them with robes of joy and laughter unspeakable.

This I know because God is good and He will never forsake Him own. Whatever you are going through today just have faith, look up to Him, hang on to Him and trust Him for a better tomorrow.

We serve a God that never fails. Always remember that and let your joy be full. Never forget that He will never leave us or forsake us. Never forget that His holy word asks ''who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?''. It answers the question by saying  ''it is God that justifies''.

It asks ''who is he that condemeth?''. It answers by saying ''it is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us''.

It asks ''who can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulaton, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?'' 

It answers by saying ''as it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither earth, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord''. 

This is the word of the Lord: hold on to it, shed your fears, fight the good fight, overcome the obstacles, live your dreams, achieve your objectives, live long and prosper and, most important of all, ensure that you prevail. God bless you all, God bless the Church and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

(CHIEF FEMI FANI-KAYODE DELIVERED THIS SPEECH AT THE VALLEY VIEW CHURCH ON 21st SEPTEMBER, 2014).

________________FFK, 2014


THE APC AND A DREAM THAT ONCE WAS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Ordinarily religion should not be brought into politics but sadly the APC has done precisely that. They have introduced religion into politics in a very irresponsible, divisive and dangerous manner and they are using it as a political tool and as a means to capture power.

Those of you that are Christians and that are moderate Muslims that believe in a secular state and that are still in the APC need to think twice. It is like having black people as members of Ku Klux Klan. It is like having Jews as members of Hitler's Nazi party.

It is like having black South Africans as members of the apartheid-loving, white-supremacist Boer Nationalist Party. It is like having Christians and moderate Muslims as members of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Al Shabab.

The difference between the APC and the PDP is that the former is a party that will only field a Muslim Presidential candidate at every point in time whilst the latter is quite capable of fielding either a Christian or la Muslim Presidential candidate at any point in time. The former is divisive whilst the latter is inclusive.

The former breeds and engenders a philosophy that is no different to that which was espoused by the Boers in apartheid South Africa: a philosophy that is established and enshrined on a platform of hate and division and that prides itself on the boastful assertion that some ethnic nationalities were ''born to rule'' and that some faiths are more equal than others.

The latter encourages religious harmony and seeks to establish and build a plural society where adherents of all faiths, all ethnic nationalities and all tribes are regarded as being equal.

The PDP is for both Christians and Muslims and it believes in racial integration, religious tolerance and ethnic harmony. The APC is a Boko Haramite party that is for Muslim extremists only and a handful of Christians who really don't know what they have got themselves into.

Such lost souls are in need of counselling. They forget that the wise ones say ''woe be unto any believer that seeks to join hands with others to bury Christ's Church and to shame His people and His gospel''.

One of the more credible leaders in the APC is Sam Nda Isaiah, the Kakaki Nupe. He is the most formidable columnist in Nigeria and the publisher of the influential Leadership Newspaper.

I know Sam very well and he is closer to me than a brother. We may not agree on everything but there is no doubt in my mind that he is a profoundly good man and a very serious-minded Christian. He is also forthright, cerebal, courageous, decisive and very tough.

He has Presidential ambitions and, in my view, he is just what Nigeria needs. The truth is that he would have made an excellent President. The only problem is that he is in the wrong party. Given the type of character and integrity that he has I really don't know how Sam manages in the APC.

I imagine that he spends a good deal of his time holding his nose and silently praying for his fellow party leaders. How I wish he was in the PDP. I consider it as a personal failing on my part that I could not persuade him to leave the APC when I parted ways with them.

If the APC had been a sensible or serious-minded set of people they would have fielded Sam as their candidate and paired him up with a muslim running mate from the south west but this will never happen because the Haramites and islamic fundamentalists in that party consider it to be ''their'' platform.

Femi Aribisala made a very good point in his column in the Sunday Vanguard Newspaper and Premium Times last week when he wrote about the deep wisdom there was in the APC fielding a northern Christian candidate for next year’s Presidential elections if they really wished to get rid of their muslim fundamentalist tag. I agree with him.

Yet sadly the truth is that the APC will never allow a christian to be the candidate of their party and, as one of it’s key leaders once said to me in very plain and simple terms, such a thing would happen only over his ''dead body''.

Expecting the APC to field a christian as it's presidential candidate is like expecting ISIS to declare the Pope as its leader. It is like expecting Al Qaeda to declare the Archbishop of Canterbury as its Supreme Commander. It is like expecting Al Shabab to declare Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God as its Field Marshall. It is like expecting the Al Nusra Front to declare Dr.Daniel Olukoya of the Mountain Of Fire Ministries as its political facilitator. It is like expecting Boko Haram to declare Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of the Word Of Life Bible Church and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria as its Lord Protector.

 

It is like expecting the Muslim Brotherhood, the Janjaweed, Daesh, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Khorasan and the Taliban to declare Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Pastor William F. Kumuyi, Bishop David Oyedepo, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Rev. John Hagee, Rev. Creflo Dollar, Dr. B.O. Ezekiel, Pastor Wale Adefarasin, Pastor Tony Rapu, Pastor Paul Adefarasin and the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa as their spiritual mentors and elder statesmen. Such a thing can never happen. Those that think otherwise are simply naive.

 

Let me be very clear here. I have nothing against Muslims. As a matter of fact I have nothing but respect for all those real Muslims that believe in a secular state, that believe in peaceful co-existence, that have no issues with those that do not share their faith, that do not use violence and terror as a means of effecting their purpose and that see religion as a purely personal affair. Most of my Muslim friends fall into that category.

Such is my liberal disposition when it comes to members of other faiths that on 17th Jan. 2013 I actually tweeted that I believed that Nasir El Rufai, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Babatunde Fashola, the Governor of Lagos state would have made a formidable combination as Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates respectively for the opposition in 2015.

They are both Muslims but I didn't care simply because at that time the APC had not been formed as a party and the opposition had no religious or Islamist agenda. At that time they still harbored a certain level of decency, respectability and sanity.

Sadly today, just under two years after that suggestion was originally tweeted, the APC has not only been formed but it has also transmuted into a political party that has decided to use Islam as it's primary tool of mobilisation and main source of motivation. It also has strong links with Boko Haram.

I have said it before and I will say it again: the APC is the political wing of Boko Haram and Boko Haram is the military wing of the APC. The two are soul mates.

This is in the same way that Sinn Fein was the political wing of the Irish Republican Army and the Irish Republican Army was the military wing of Sinn Fein.

The suggestion that anyone should support a party such as this, a party that has a clear and distinct islamisation policy and agenda, a party that has strong covert links with Boko Haram and a party that, at least up until very recently, wished to field a muslim/muslim ticket is repugnant to me.

It turns my stomach, it vexes my spirit, it troubles my soul and it offends my sensibilities. That is why I oppose such a party and such a single faith ticket.

The truth is that if it ever got power the APC would use it to islamise Nigeria, to humiliate and degrade Christians, to marginalise moderate Muslims, to undermine and destroy the Church of Christ and to implement a covert Boko Haram agenda.

I have no apology to anyone for taking this position because it is based on nothing but truth. There is no doubt that there are quite a few people in the APC that are not muslim fundamentalists.

Sadly though those people are in a party that is infested with and in the control and power of jihadists, religious zealots and islamist extremists.

This is a party that has defended Boko Haram on several occasions and whose supreme leader and leading presidential aspirant has espoused, endorsed and consistently enunciated some of the stated objectives, ideals and philosophies of Boko Haram such as the spreading of sharia law all over Nigeria, including down to the south.

Only an intellectually challenged person or someone that is blind, naive, irresponsible and shortsighted would support such a party. That is why I left them and that is why I am committed to opposing and exposing them.

They are cult-like in all their ways, they are dangerous to the future, peace, unity, stability and well-being of Nigeria and their intentions for this country are absolutely evil.

It is my prayer that the few moderate and more reasonable men and women within their ranks like Sam Nda Isaiah, Kashim Ibrahim Imam, Kayode Fayemi, Lawal Shuaibu, Adams Oshiomole, Rabiu Kwakwanso, Rauf Aregbesola, Tanko Al Makura, Abubakar Atiku, Buki Saraki, Hannatu Musawa, Sharon Ikeazor, Hadiza Usman Yakubu, Joseph Waku, Audu Ogbeh, Ogbonaya Onu, Abiola Ajimobi, Ibikunle Amosun, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Joel Danlami Ikenya, Yusuf Tuggar and a handful of others would simply find the courage to get up and leave in the same way that Ali Modu Sheriff, Tom Ikimi, Ibrahim Shekarau, Attahiru Bafarawa, Femi Lanlehin, Nuhu Ribadu, Buba Marwa, Marcus Gundiri, Dele Belgore, yours truly and many others did a few weeks and months ago. It is better late than never.

An El Rufai/Fashola ticket is a dream that once was but sadly no longer exists. That dream was shattered and destroyed by the obsessive ambitions of a tiny handful of greedy and power-drunk men and the formation, metamorphosis and tragic evolution of what was originally an attractive and respectable political platform to a deeply divisive and divided political party that is obsessed with religion, that has sympathy for terrorists and that has troubling intentions for Nigeria. What a tragedy.

________________FFK, 2014


WE SHALL OVERCOME (Part 2)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Finally let me say this. Some people do not like the sort of things that I am saying here today. They have tried to silence me by the use of cheap blackmail, intimidation, lies, insults, threats, disinformation, persecution, misrepresentation, fabrication, the open and free expression of blind rage and hate and other foul and sinister means.

They do not like what I say or the fact that I, perhaps more than anyone else, has exposed their hidden and increasingly obvious agenda. Consequently they have told the most despicable and horrendous lies and stories about me all in a desperate attempt to discredit me, ridicule me, subject me to public opprobium and ensure that my words carry no weight.

They have even threatened my life on several occasions. Yet I still stand strong because the bible says ''He who keepeth Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers''. I shall not be intimidated. I shall stand up and speak my mind and I shall continue the good fight until my work on earth is done and the Lord Himself calls me home. And today, from this pulpit and from this hallowed chamber and sacred temple of the Living God, I am sending a message to such people. That message is as follows.

I make a solemn oath, in the name of the Living God and before the congregation of the saints, that no matter what you do to me I shall not flinch and neither shall I blink. The more you fight me and try to destroy me the stronger I shall get and the more powerful my voice will be. The more that you try to silence me, the more I shall speak. The more you try to hold me down, the more I shall rise up. This is because this battle and the cause that I am fighting is not mine but the Lord's.

I never chose this path. I never opted to be involved in this struggle or to be part of it. Yet, for reasons best known to Him and by dint of circumstance and chance, the Lord chose me and He prepared me for it over many years.

On that journey of preparation I have seen all sorts of things and I have been subjected to all manner of indignities. I have suffered persecution and betrayal even from those that were the closest to me. I have been through the fire and furnace several times, over and over again, and each time I have come out on top, newly-refined like the finest gold.

The greater the heat and the more the pain I feel, the more refined and pure it makes me. What they meant for evil, the Lord meant for good. This is the doing of the Lord and it is marvellous in my sight. It is for His purpose to be manifested, for His counsel to stand, for His will to be done and for His name to be glorified that He has preserved and protected me and mine all these years and that He has delivered us from the hands of my strong enemies and all manner of evil.

If only my detractors understood me better and knew my testimony. If only they knew the nature, the faithfulness, the diligence and the awesome power of my God. If only they knew about my passion for the Body of Christ, my vision for my country, my love for my God, my determination to make things better for my people and the nature of my calling they would stop trying to silence, kill, cage, destroy and discredit me in the knowledge that they can never succeed.

To silence, kill, cage, destroy and discredit me you would first have to silence, kill, cage, destroy and discredit the one who brought me into this world to fulfill my destiny and who sent me forth.

And He cannot be silenced, killed, caged, destroyed or discredited by any mortal or any created being because He is the father of creation itself. He is far above all principalities and powers and He existed before the beginning of time.

He is the Lord of the Universe, the God of all flesh and He is faithful to His own. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Gideon, Joshua, Jeptha, Samson, Peter and Paul. He is the Lord God of the Armies of Israel. He is the Blood of the Sprinkling. He is the I Am That I Am. He is everything.

His name is Jehova Sharma: the Elohim, the El Shaddai, the Adonai and as long as He lives and rules in the affairs of nations and men I shall continue to do the work that He has sent me to do in this nation and in the nations of the world.

I said something two years ago and I crave the indulgence of this wonderful congregation to say it again today in this most holy and sacred pulpit, in the presence of the saints and in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I say it for the record and for the benefit of my numerous detractors and adversaries, including the bloodthirsty Haramites and their secret friends, supporters and allies in the political class and media who choose to remain in the darkest shadows.

To them I say this: even on the pain of death I will never stop speaking the truth about any situation touching and concerning my country. I will never stop fighting for what I believe is right. I will never stop opposing evil. I will never stop speaking out against injustice. I will never tremble and bow before any man. I will never lack the courage of my convictions and I will never prostitute my principles.

No matter how hard they try they will never silence or intimidate me because He that is in me, despite all my imperfections, is greater than He that is the world. I will never stop because the angels that are with me are more in number and greater in strength than the demons that are with my enemies.

More than ever before I am persuaded by He that gave me life and that sent me into this world that the battle has been won and the victory is ours. I say this because I see the manifestation of it every day and I know the God that I serve.

His name is faithful and He is awesome. Love, joy, breakthroughs, mercy, power, blessings, preservation, prosperity, long life, good health, grace, favor, light, truth, kindness and all that is good resides in Him and He dispenses it as He deems fit.

He never fails and He never lies. His speaks His word, it goes forth and He honors and perfects it. For this reason alone, and not because of any vain claims to infallibility or perfection, know this day that we, the people of faith and the children of the one true Living God shall prevail in this land despite the giants that we see.

We shall take Nigeria for our Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. We shall take this nation for He that came down as God incarnate in the flesh, that shed His precious blood on the cross, that was crucified, dead and buried, that conquered death, that rose again, that ascended into Heaven and that sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty making intercession for us day and night.

His name shall be glorified in every nook and cranny of this nation because there is no other God but Him. His name shall be exalted in our lives and in our circumstances and He shall wipe away our tears, remove our cloth of mourning and replace them with robes of joy and laughter unspeakable.

This I know because God is good and He will never forsake Him own. Whatever you are going through today just have faith, look up to Him, hang on to Him and trust Him for a better tomorrow.

We serve a God that never fails. Always remember that and let your joy be full. Never forget that He will never leave us or forsake us. Never forget that His holy word asks ''who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?''. It answers the question by saying  ''it is God that justifies''.

It asks ''who is he that condemeth?''. It answers by saying ''it is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us''.

It asks ''who can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulaton, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?'' 

It answers by saying ''as it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither earth, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord''. 

This is the word of the Lord: hold on to it, shed your fears, fight the good fight, overcome the obstacles, live your dreams, achieve your objectives, live long and prosper and, most important of all, ensure that you prevail. God bless you all, God bless the Church and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

(CHIEF FEMI FANI-KAYODE DELIVERED THIS SPEECH AT THE VALLEY VIEW CHURCH, 21st SEPTEMBER, 2014).

________________FFK, 2014


WE SHALL OVERCOME (Part 1)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

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

I thank the presiding Bishop of this great Church for honoring me in this way and giving me the opportunity to share a few words with this massive congregation. I thank the Pastors and the Board of Trustees of the Church for inviting me.

I look at this massive gathering of believers and I am humbled. I am also a little intimidated. I regard it is an honor and a privilage for me to be here speaking to you today from this holy pulpit and in this hallowed hall and chamber.

Unlike most politicians I shall endeavor to be very brief and not to keep you here any longer than necessary. Permit me to get to the point without much ado.

We are at war in this nation. That is obvious and self-evident. Yet despite our circumstances we must harbor no fears because we are winning that war. I say this because my bible tells me that darkness cannot overcome light and that even though it may tarry, the vision of total victory is for an appointed time.

I have been told that some of you that are here today lost their loved ones who were soldiers that were gallantly fighting at the war front against the terrorists. I hear that some died in Bama, others in Konduga and some fell whilst defending Mubi.

I am touched to the marrow and my heart bleeds for the pain that you must be going through having lost your loved ones in this way. I want to assure you that the great sacrifice of these noble, courageous and gallant heroes shall not be in vain.

It is my sincere prayer that their souls rest in peace and that the cause for which they paid the supreme price is achieved. May God reward them and their loved ones for their service to our nation. No greater a gift can a man give than to lay down his life for his people and for his country. The veracity of this assertion can hardly be disputed.

And neither is there a more honorable or noble death than that of a soldier who falls at the warfront whilst fighting for his nation. Your loved ones fought gallantly for Nigeria and gave their lives for the future and unity of their country. We shall never forget them.

More importantly history and posterity shall be very kind to them and their names shall be listed amongst the greats who stood to defend our people and our cause when the days were dark and when the enemy knocked at our gates.

Again I am told that there are others here today whose family members were innocent and defenceless civilians but who were murdered in cold blood in the sanctity of their own homes by the butchers of Boko Haram.

What a terrible tragedy this is. It is a tragedy of monumental proportions and it has engulfed, not just the north-east, but our whole nation. It is a tragedy that touches, concerns and affects us all. Your loss is ours. We share your pain and we mourn with you.

I assure you that those that were killed in this cowardly, brutal and barbaric way will be avenged and those that killed them will face the judgement of God and the justice of men both in this world and in the world to come.

What dark times these are. Yet despite the darkness of the night let us not forget that joy comes in the morning. As the bible says, let us count our tribulations and suffering as nothing but joy knowing that our Lord and master has already paid the price for our salvation and deliverance by shedding His precious blood on the cross at Calvary.

Let us remember that in the end we shall prevail and we shall overcome because we serve a mighty God. Let us remember that evil can never overcome good and that the Church of Christ and our Christian faith itself was built on the blood of the martyrs and the persecution and suffering of the saints.

Let us hold on to God's word. Let us be courageous. Let us exercise our faith and let us never forget that hope against all odds and strength, even in the face of the most trying times, are the hallmarks of a true believer. Let us remember that our God is irresistable and unbeatable and that in the end He makes all things beautiful.

Let us take heart and let us make no mistake about it: in the end, as surely as night follows day, we shall overcome. Let us remember that no matter what the media, the opposition, the Haramites and their secret friends in high places, the skeptics, the international community or anyone else tells us our Armed Forces remain the best, the most fearless, the most courageous, the most disciplined, the most effective and the most ferocious warriors on the African continent and we have every reason to be very proud of them.

If I were the President of this country, if I were compelled to do so by the circumstances, I would go to the four corners of the earth and to the edges of hell itself in order to procure the very best arms that money can buy for our soldiers so that they could protect our people and fight a good fight against the relentless barbarians that torment, afflict and plague our land.

If I had to I would violate every convention and norm in the land in order to bring the terrorists to justice and to degrade, kill, maim and destroy those who slaughter our people at will, who burn our homes, schools and churches , who violate and defile our women and who abduct and enslave our children.

People need to understand one thing: when fighting a war against an inhuman, barbaric and beastly enemy like Boko Haram in Nigeria or ISIS in Iraq, or Hamas in Gaza, or Al Shabab in Somalia, or Al Qaeda in Libya and Mali, or FIS in Algeria, or the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, or Daesh in Lebanon, or the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, or Al Nusra in Syria, or the Janjaweed in the Sudan or the Chechnyan separatists in Russia the gloves must come off.

History tells us that the policy of appeasement and the willful and naive display of weakness and procrastination before wicked and heartless men with reprobate minds can only lead to a further display of violence and aggression against the innocent. There must be no display of restraint or weakness exhibited to the enemy in this war and no quarter must be given to him. This is because we are fighting against an adversary that is beastly in all his ways and that does not consider himself as being bound by the laws of war or any known and internationally-accepted rules of engagement.

In such a war all is fair and all is permissable no matter how extreme and no matter how frightful and ruthless. No mercy must be exhibited. Absolutely anything goes and anything is allowed.

We must wipe them and all that is theirs out completely because they are the ultimate expression of evil. We must wipe them off the face of the earth. We must crush and eliminate them totally and wipe out all trace and memory of them. This is our God-given duty. It is our divine obligation and we must not fail or shirk it.

We must win this war and thereby stop the beasts from taking our land, enslaving our loved ones, beheading our children, raping our women, burying alive our men, burning down our churches and wiping out our beautiful Christian faith.

As long as Jesus sits on the throne and as long as some of us remain alive they shall not pass and neither will they succeed in their cruel venture because ultimately we shall prevail. We will not, we must not, we shall not and we cannot lose this war.

It is rather these shameless and conscienceless cowards, huns, biblical Egyptians, Philistines and Amalekites: these enemies of God and those who secretly support and encourage them, that shall fail. This I know because the bible says ''the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church'' and neither shall they prevail against the Lord's counsel.

I say this with absolute and supreme confidence because our God never fails. I say it because He is the Alpha and the Omega: the Man of War, the Ancient of Days, the Holy One of Israel, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lord God of Hosts whom none can resist in battle.

I say it because He knows the end even before the beginning. I say it because He is high and lifted up and the earth is His footstool. I say it because our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power and love: our God is an awesome God.  (TO BE CONCLUDED).

________________FFK, 2014


THE CASH, THE JET AND PASTOR AYO ORITSEJAFOR
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Much ado has been made about recent events in South Africa concerning the Nigerian-owned jet that was found loaded with millions of dollars and that was in the process of procuring arms and a fighter helicopter for the Nigerian military and security agencies.  As a former Minister of Aviation I wish to assure the general public that the flying of large sums of cash by security and intelligence agencies for the purchase of arms in a time of war and conflict is something that is quite normal and that it happens quite often. As a matter of fact it has happened under successive Nigerian governments, both military and civilian.

Obviously in the case of the jet that flew to South Africa with 9.3 million USD there must have been a breakdown of communication between the South African authorities and ours and a few lapses in procedure here and there which is what has led to the seizure of the money and all the ensuing suspicion and confusion. However the idea that there was anything untoward or sinister about the whole transaction has no basis in logic, sense or rationality. Perhaps the only failing was the fact that the cash was not declared to South African Customs as is required by law. 

The fact that our intelligence agencies have said that they were the ones that sent the money and that they have told us what it was for is good enough for me. It appears to me that this was a lawful and legitimate exercise and that there is nothing for anyone to worry about. I am aware of the fact that the British, the French, the American, the Chinese, the Isaereli, the Saudi Arabian and the Russian intelligence and security agencies, amongst many others, have indulged in such covert ''cash for arms'' transactions on numerous occasions in different parts of the world. 

They either sell such arms at short notice and off the cuff or they procure them for themselves or for unknown third parties. Even the South Africans themselves have done so on numerous occasions in the past.These are legitimate transactions that are covert and secret in nature but they are certainly not illegal. 

Such is the murky and dark world of intelligence and security worldwide. There is plenty that we do not know about their day to day operations and they have their own unique way of doing things. We should not assume the worse or constantly denigrate them simply because we are not familiar or comfortable with their modus operandi. Suffice it to say that anyone that is in the process of getting arms to help our boys at the war front to fight Boko Haram and protect our citizens and our country ought to be regarded as heroes and not villains. 

The attempt by certain elements in the opposition and the Nigerian media to stigmatise all those involved in this transaction and make the whole thing appear like something that is out of the ordinary or sordid and criminal in nature really does nauseate me. Those that know no better ought to appreciate the fact that this is how the real world operates and they should learn to live with it. 

The Nigerian intelligence services operate in no different a way to their colleagues in the international community and they do so with as much patriotism, professionalism and commitment as their counterparts from other parts of the world. And yes, we do have our very own ''James Bonds'' in our intelligence services even though, more often than not, they are not recognised, celebrated or appreciated. I counsel that we should cut these men and women that work in the shadows and in secrecy some slack and that we should not be too quick to label them as sleazy rogues who are attempting to indulge in all manner of criminal activities.     

Since we are on this topic I would like to take this opportunity to say one or two things about the way in which Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been villified, maligned and treated with the utmost disdain and contempt in this and other matters by elements within the leading opposition party in our country. 

The truth is that contrary to what some of the leading lights in the opposition would have us believe he is not an arms smuggler, a money launderer, a murderer or a Boko Haram sponsor. Going to a foreign land and telling the Parliament of that country that the President of CAN in Nigeria is the head of Boko Haram, as one or two of them have just done, is not only a pernicious and vicious lie but it is also utterly shameful and disgraceful. Worst of all it is an affront to the Christian community in Nigeria and a reckless provocation.  

On the South African matter it is clear that Pastor Oritsejafor was not the owner of the 9.3 million USD and neither was he aware that the cash was being flown on the plane. Though he has confirmed that he was the owner of the plane he has also pointed out the fact that he had leased it out to a company on a long term basis who were themselves subleasing it out to other companies for regular trips.

He has also said that he had no idea about who they were subleasing it to, where they were flying it to or who or what they were carrying in it in any of their operations. The two companies that were involved, both the one that leased it from Oritsejafor and the one that subleased it from them for the journey to South Africa, have since confirmed and corroborated what he has said. In my view that ought to settle the matter. Yet some people, fuelled and egged on by a ravenous and desperate opposition with a dark and sinister hidden agenda, have refused to let go of the matter and allow sleeping dogs to lie.

Those in our land that are trying to divide our ranks and denigrate us by alleging that Oritsejafor is involved in gun-running, money-laundering, Boko Haram or any other filthy and unsavory criminal activity are the lowest of the low. They are wicked and cruel and I have no doubt that such people are in desperate need of prayer.

They need deep intercession and deliverance from the demons that have taken control of them and that are using them. The truth is that it is a grave insult to the Christian community for anyone to suggest that the leader of the umbrella organisation of the over 80 million-strong Christian faithfuls in Nigeria is a sponsor of a vicious and barbaric Islamist sect that has killed and abducted more Christians and burnt more churches than any other terrorist organisation in the history of the African continent.

The same people may as well tell us that the leaders of the Christian community in Syria and Iraq are the ones behind ISIL and ISIS. They can also tell us that the Christian leaders in their respective countries are the ones behind Al Shabab, the Taliban, the Al Nusra Front, Islamic Jihad, Al Qaeda, Daesh, Hamas, the Janjaweed, the Islamic Brotherhood and all the other terrorist organisations that have recently afflicted the world with their vile inhumanity, their sheer evil and their venal barbarism.

It is only in Nigeria that the leadership of the Christian community would be accused, by a supposedly serious-minded opposition, of wanting to wipe out the Christian faith, wanting to kill all the Christians and moderate Muslims in the country and wanting to establish an Islamic fundamentalist state where 6th century sharia law applies, where little girls are subjected to serial rape and where women are enslaved.

Calling the President of CAN a money-launderer and arms-smuggler and accusing him of murder and sponsoring terror will not help to create religious harmony in our country. As a matter of fact it will completely destroy it. Those that are doing so and the Janjaweed political party that is stirring up the hornet’s nest and encouraging them ought to think very carefully about the implications of what they are doing.

We know that they have a religious agenda but they should not take this too far or push us to the wall. Our meekness and humility should not be taken for weakness or stupidity. It is in their own interest and in the interest of the unity of our nation for them to leave the President of CAN alone before matters get out of hand and before all hell breaks loose.

He deserves to be accorded the same level of respect from the Muslim community in our country as the Sultan of Sokoto, the leader of the Muslims in Nigeria, is accorded by the Christians. What is good for the goose is surely good for the gander.  A word is enough for the wise. 

________________FFK, 2014


THE QUEST FOR A NEW WORLD CALIPHATE
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

The CIA have confirmed the fact that up to 30,000 soldiers are now fighting for ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Given this sobering  news it is a matter of tremendous relief and indeed joy that President Barack Obama has announced that it is the intention of the United States to ‘’degrade and destroy’’ ISIL  by launching a series of deadly airstrikes and to play a more vigorous and active role in the fight against terror.  

 

Our very own President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian Armed Forces have a lesson to learn from this new-found American initiative and resolve: it is time for us to take off the gloves and to despatch our own local equivalent of ISIS back to hell where they belong. 

 

It is time for us to recognize the fact that were are not just fighting against a group of barbaric, primitive and ignorant peasants, cave men and insurgents who lack compassion and human decency but rather that we are involved in a full scale civil war against a sophisticated, clever, determined, well-funded, well-motivated, well-armed and relentless enemy who have plenty of resources and local support from elements within the political class and who are hell-bent on killing our people, raping our women, abducting our children, dismembering our country and taking us back to the 6th century.    

 

Had it not been for the admirable efforts of Colonel Sambo Dasuki, who was appointed National Security Advisor after the demise of General Patrick Azazi a couple of years back, things would have been a lot worse and Abuja would have still been under siege today. Had it not been for the sheer dexterity and immense courage of our intelligence agencies and Armed Forces the towns of Bama, Konduga and a number of other communities in the north-east would still have been occupied by the Haramites today and Maiduguri itself, the capital of Borno State, may well have fallen by now. 

 

I have nothing but praise, gratitude and admiration for our uniformed men and women that are fighting at the warfront and I pray for them every day. Regardless of a few set backs here and there they really have done us proud. Yet things should never have got this bad in the first place and Boko Haram ought to never have been allowed to make the kind of inroads and impact that they have made in the last four years. Three years ago I warned about this threat and offered similar counsel in a series of essays about Boko Haram. 

 

I also criticised what I considered to be the Federal Government’s inadequate response to the challenge at the time. Sadly, rather than listen, the majority of Nigerian politicians, newspaper columnists, government officials and professional commentators, as usual, condemned me roundly, said that I was an alarmist and complained that I was being far too harsh on the enemy and far too extreme in my counsel.

 

One particular individual even accused me of being a ‘’bloodthirsty and callous maniac who had no value for human life’’. Clearly they misunderstood what Boko Haram stood for and they had no understanding of the nature of the beast that they were dealing with.

 

Today, almost 20,000 cold-blooded murders and hundreds of abductions and kidnappings later, the very same people that condemned me and ostracised me three years ago for advocating that the Jonathan administration ought to ''treat Boko Haram like a festering and putrid cancer'',  ‘’kill all the Haramites and their secret friends, allies and sponsors'' and that ''they should blow up the towns that were loyal to them or that harbored them’’ are now commending my foresight.

 

They are also burying their heads in shame and hiding under their beds whenever they hear the words ‘’Boko Haram’’. Worse still those of them that are southerners are urging their fellow southerners that live in the north to leave the north as quickly as possible and move back to the south as a consequence of the scourge, as if that would not play right into the hands of the terrorists.  

 

The truth is that the majority of Nigerians are notoriously shortsighted people who are not only undiscerning but who also always choose to believe the best about the villains and the worst about the good guys. Sadly this has played right into the hands and the horrific narrative of the beasts and terrorists that seek to decimate us and consequently for the last three years they have had a field day. 

 

Yet, if it is any consolation, this has been so throughout the world and not just in Nigeria. The Jonathan administration were not the only ones that were slow in their initial response to the challenge presented by the islamists and they were not the only ones that failed to fully comprehend and appreciate the fact that the terrorists needed to be utterly crushed right from the outset.

 

The Obama administration and indeed the rest of the civilised world made the same mistake when confronted with similar terrorist organisations in north Africa, the Middle East and east Africa in the last three years.  The result of that lack of foresight is the fact that today ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State have now become a threat to the entire free world.

 

In Africa groups like Boko Haram and Al Shabab have drawn immense inspiration and courage from the successes of ISIL and ISIS in Iraq and Syria. ISIL is the greatest threat to world peace today and they have committed more horrors and indulged in more violence than any other islamist terrorist organisation that has ever existed.

 

They are providing moral support for Al Qaeda in the north African Maghreb, Al Shabab in East Africa, Boko Haram in west Africa, Hamas in Gaza, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Chechnyan separatists in Russia, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Islamic Jihad in Algeria, Daesh in Lebanon, the Al Nusra Front in Syria and all the other vermin that is crawling out from under the woodwork in the name of violent Jihad and in an attempt to create a new world Caliphate.

 

Thousands of Christians, moderate Muslims and people of other faiths have been slaughtered in cold blood and abducted, raped and sold into slavery by the Boko Haramites and their allies and associates in northern Nigeria, the Cameroons and Mali in the last 4 years alone.

 

This is a global war and we must ALL stand together to create more awareness and to fight it. I put much of the blame for the mess we are in on the doorstep of President Obama. He has been weak and naive on this matter right from the start.

 

He refused to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation up until early this year even though by the end of last year they had butchered well over 15,000 Nigerians. This is inexplicable and it is indefensible.

 

Even worse was his covert support for the rebels in Syria which included ISIS, Al Nusra and all the other islamist terrorists that were, and still are, fighting the government of President Bashar Al Assad. This policy was not only short-sighted and counterproductive but it was also nothing short of reprehensible.

 

Ditto the support that some of America's closest allies in the region including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and all the other countries in the Middle East that funded the so-called rebels that were fighting Al Assad. Thankfully those rebels have not succeeded up until today.

 

If they had done so we would have had an ISIL/Al Nusra government in power in Damascus today and I cannot imagine what could possibly be worse than that for peace in the Middle East and for peace with Israel.

 

On that score I say thank God for the Russians, Hezbollah (yes Hezbollah) and Iran who saw that the greater evil was ISIL and Al Nusra and who supported Al Assad and stood with him against them. America and her allies have to sit up, do some real soul-searching and endeavor to stop creating the unholy mess that the the rest of the world has to later assist in cleaning up.

 

Let us face it, getting rid of men like Muammar Ghadaffi, Saddam Hussein and Hosni Mubarak was a big mistake. The Arab spring has turned into a never-ending and horrific nightmare and that nightmare appears to want to consume the entire world in fratricidal butchery and never-ending carnage.

 

Yes those men were ruthless and brutal dictators but at least they were secularists who knew how to deal with islamist terror and Al Qaeda and at least they kept the peace in their respective countries and regions.

 

No they were not democrats but neither are the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan or any other ally of America in the Middle East except for Israel.

 

What is going on today in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Egypt today as a direct consequence of the choices that America made and the implementation of American foreign policy in those countries over the last ten to fifteen years is simply perverse and barbaric.

 

It is a tragedy of monumental proportions and it really does have implications for the entire free world and particularly for the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Israel. One thing is clear: whether we like to admit it or not the violent terrorists with their barbaric vision of a new islamist world order are here to stay.

 

We either do nothing, accept it and prepare for the worst or we fight it with all that we have got. I would prefer that we do the latter. Given the new-found resolve of the Americans in their struggle against ISIL and given the recent gains that the Nigerian Armed Forces have made in the war with Boko Haram it is clear that we are now moving in the right direction. May God deliver us and may He grant us the victory in this noble quest. 

________________FFK, 2014


IS NIGERIA A NATION?
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

If not for the courage and sheer gallantry of the men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces Boko Haram would have taken over Bama and many other towns in north-eastern Nigeria by now and things would have been far worse. 

We must not fail to commend and encourage our soldiers when they do a good job because they are the only thing that stand between us and the demon hordes. 

Frankly I am very proud of the way in which they gave Boko Haram the beating of their lives and threw them out of Bama in the last few days. I take this opportunity to salute them and to thank them for their service and this beautiful gift to the Nigerian people. 

Yet despite the admirable efforts of our military personnel the Haramite infidels and barbarians have taken over the town of Gwoza, killed the Emir and declared the place an islamic state. 

 

They have seceded from Nigeria and they are beheading Christians and southerners and all moderate northern muslims that do not share their views. 

I wonder what would have happened if it had been a town in the south that had been taken over in this way by a group of terrorists and christian fundamentalists. 



I wonder what would have happened if they killed the local traditional ruler and then started to kill every northerner, every muslim and every moderate christian in that town that did not share their views. 

I wonder what Nigeria would have done to them if it was a southern town that fought our soldiers, murdered our people, butchered our young boys, abducted and raped our little girls and declared secession from our country in this way and not a northern one. 

I wonder how our northern brothers would have reacted to this and how they would have felt if any southern terrorist group had as it's main objective the wiping out of islam and all muslims in Nigeria and the establishment of a christian fundamentalist state in the whole of the south that is governed by Old Testament christian canon law. 

I wonder if our northern brothers would be as calm, as forgiving and as patient as we in the south have been about the atrocities of Boko Haram. 

The last time that a part of this country attempted to secede we slaughtered over two million of our compatriots in order to keep Nigeria one. Yet today Gwoza has been taken over by murderous secessionist forces and we act as if it is no big deal. 

The truth is that this is a nation of double standards where southerners are subject to a different set of conventions, laws, rules and regulations when compared to northerners. 

Northerners can get away with secession and establishing an islamic fundamentalist state and new caliphate whilst southerners dare not try to do the same sort of thing.

This begs the question: is Nigeria really one country and are we really one people. And even if we say it is one country and we are one people, how much longer can this remain so given what is going on in the north today with Boko Haram? 

Some northerners have said that if power does not return to the north next year they will smash up Nigeria and make the south pay dearly. They believe that they own Nigeria and that they were born to rule. 

How are we as southerners supposed to react to this? Are we supposed to accept it sheepishly and just bow down and surrender? Does a southerner from the Niger Delta not have a right to serve two terms in office as President of Nigeria? 

Are southerners and Middle Belters not human beings? Are they nothing but slaves to the core muslim north? Are the issues that Colonel Emeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu, the erstwhile leader of Biafra, raised after the pogroms and brutal massacre of igbos that took place in the north in 1966 and just before the civil war in 1967 not still relevant today? 

 

Were the recommendations and agreement that were agreed upon and entered into by both sides after protracted negotiations at Aburi in Ghana not pertinent and appropiate? Did we not make a monumental error by not standing on Aburi and allowing Nigeria to become a confederation?  

Is it not of paramount importance that we restructure this country and devolve power from the centre before we all kill ourselves? Is Nigeria not meant to be a secular state where each and every religion, nationality and tribe are regarded as being equal, regardless of their size, strength or number? 

Should the minority ethnic nationalities not be protected from the excesses of the majority ones? If the basic principle of equality of all faiths and nationalities and the equitable principle of equal opportunities for all is violated must Nigeria remain one? 

Should we tolerate the practice and institutionalisation of apartheid in our fatherland twenty four years after contributing so much in helping to bring it to an end in South Africa? 

When a former Minister of the Federal Republic from the core north says that the killing of any fulani person by the Nigerian Armed Forces, or indeed by anyone else, in their fight against Boko Haram ''is a debt that will be repaid'', what are we to make of that?

When a leading Presidential candidate from the core north says that an attack on Boko Haram ''is an attack on the whole of northern Nigeria'' and that the islamist terrorists ''should not be killed'' and ''their homes should not be burnt'', how are we meant to feel?

When the northern spokesman of the leading opposition party says that Boko Haram ought not to be proscribed and that to proscribe them would be ''unconstitutional and unjust'', how are we supposed to react? 

How are we meant to feel about the constant threats and provocative submissions of some of the core northern delegates at the recently concluded Constitutional Conference? Permit me to give two examples. 

Firstly a vocal delegate from Yobe state, who was the National Secretary of the defunct CPC, who is a close associate of General Muhammadu Buhari and who is a leading member of the opposition said the following: 

''Let me come back to the issue of derivation. All these big names, professors, they almost knelt down before us that we should maintain the status quo for the stability, security of the Nigerian nation. All these people shouting at plenary. These are the people we liberated from the south east. They should be told. Is it because they have transient power?''

Secondly a leading traditional ruler from Adamawa state, who was also a delegate at the conference, said that if the north did not get it's way during the proceedings he and his people ''would leave Nigeria and relocate to the Cameroons'' where half of his kingdom was actually situated and where half of his people reside and come from.

One must ask whether these people know the implications of what they are saying? Are the rest of us meant to take all this lying low and do they really expect us to keep our mouths shut and not express our deep sense of outrage and utter disgust?

When the Northern Elders tell the President that he must withdraw the soldiers that are fighting Boko Haram from the north-east, cancel the State of Emergency that he declared in the three most affected northern states and that if he does not do all this and produce the girls that were abducted from Chibok at the soonest he should ''forget his re-election bid in 2015'', what does that mean? 

Do they not appreciate the fact that this is nothing but cheap blackmail? Do they not know that it reinforces the suspicion that Boko Haram is just a tool in the hands of the core north to ensure that the President is intimidated into throwing in the towel and to ensure that the country is brought to it's knees unless and until power is returned to the core muslim north? 

Do the core northerners themselves understand that this can result in a terrible reaction from the rest of the country against them and that they may end up losing everything that they have gained and benefited from Nigeria in the last 54 years if they do not desist from indulging in that sort of reckless rhetoric or from treading that dangerous and unpredictable path? 

How much longer do we have to put up with this sort of thing? For how long do we have to put up with these threats and this assumption that we are second class citizens in our own nation? 

How much longer do we have to shy away from asking the same question that others asked many years ago, namely, is Nigerian really one country? 

Are we a nation or a mere geographical expression? Has anything changed since Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the Leader of the Yoruba, asked that question as far back as 1947 in his book titled ''Paths To Nigerian Freedom?'' 

Is the principle of ''self-determination'' with it's inherent quest for freedom and it's ethos of ''justice for all'' a dirty word? Is it not a perfectly natural, legitimate, equitable and lawful aspiration which has the full backing of international law? Do people not have a right to determine what their future will be and whether that future will be spent as Nigerians or as non-Nigerians? 

Surely It is time for us to answer these difficult questions even though we keep brushing these matters under the carpet. It is time for us to either answer the Nationality Question once and for all or begin to prepare for the break up of this great country into two, three or perhaps even more pieces. 

It happened in India, Malaya, the Sudan, Indonesia,  Abssynia, Austria-Hungary, Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Yemen, Gran-Colombia, Prussia, the Ottoman Empire, the Persian Empire, United Arab Republic and in many other countries and it is in the process of happening in the United Kingdom today with the upcoming referendum on independence in Scotland. 

If that is the only thing that will bring peace, stability and lasting progress to our shores why should Nigeria be any different?

________________FFK, 2014


THE GRAVE ALLEGATIONS OF STEPHEN DAVIS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I read the grave allegations made by an Australian by the name of Mr. Stephen Davis about those that he believes are behind Boko Haram in the 29th August edition of Thisday Newspaper. He made some very serious allegations, he mentioned names and I would be interested in seeing the hard evidence that he claims to have. 

I have always said that I believe that anyone, no matter which political party that person belongs to and no matter how highly placed or powerful that person may be, that is involved with Boko Haram ought to be captured, caged, flogged and brought to justice because I regard such people as nothing but bloodthirsty beasts. 

I have also always said that I believe that some of the leading members of the opposition APC are secret sponsors and supporters of Boko Haram and I am glad that Mr. Davis appears to share this view and that he has indeed confirmed my worst fears in his celebrated interview with Arise TV. 

Similar concerns have been raised and allegations made about the suspicious nexus, the direct link and the questionable relationship between APC and Boko Haram by senior Members of Parliament in the British House of Commons together with a number of leading Russian and American civil and religious institutions, organisations, commentators and political figures. 

It is therefore good news that Mr. Davis has confirmed some of our collective suspicions and fears and that he has decided to come out and tell us what he knows given the role that he played in the negotiations to broker a deal to get the Chibok girls released from Boko Haram. I have little doubt that on the allegation that the APC and Boko Haram are linked Davis is absolutely right.

I am not however convinced about the culpability of one or two of the other people that he has fingered. No-one should be spared if the evidence is really there but I must say that I find the allegation that, for example, the former Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika, is somehow involved with Boko Haram a little far-fetched. 

I say this because firstly the man spent so much of his time, energy, career and resources fighting that same terrorist organisation that he is now being accused of being part of. 

Secondly I say it because that terrorist organisation has killed and continues to kill so many of his own officers and men. And thirdly I say it because the man is not a muslim but a christian and I have never heard of a christian helping or assisting an islamist terrorist organisation in their quest to establish an islamic fundamentalist state or ''new world caliphate'' in his country. 

This is especially so when that terrorist organisation is committed to wiping out the christian faith itself and killing every christian, every secularist and every moderate muslim in the country. It seems to me that this is an absurd notion and that it really doesn't make any sense but if the Australian has any hard evidence let us see or hear it. 

Again I disagree strongly with the leading figures in the opposition that have said that the Federal Government and the PDP are the ones behind Boko Haram. I say this because those individuals know very well that the APC as a party have far more sympathy for Boko Haram and far many more of their leaders and members have spoken up for and in defence of Boko Haram than anyone else. 

On Friday 29th August in Thisday Newspaper one of those leaders said that the Senator from Borno state that was facing terrorism charges was ''a PDP member''. This is not true. The Senator that he was referring to is Senator Ndume and he is in the APC and not the PDP. 

Quite apart from that certain things need to be noted. Let me remind those that are pointing fingers at the PDP today that It was not a member of the PDP or the Federal Government that said that Boko Haram should not be proscribed as an organisation, even after they had slaughtered no less than 15,000 innocent Nigerians in cold blood, sometime last year. It was rather the official spokesman of the APC, Lai Mohammed, who said so. 

It was not the PDP or any member of the Federal Government that told the world only last year that they were against the declaration of a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, that an attack on Boko Haram was an attack on the north and that Boko Haram members ought not to be killed but rather they ought to be pampered, granted amnesty and treated in a gentle manner like the Niger Delta militants. It was the leading Presidential aspirant and one of the two co-owners of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, that said so. 

It was the same General Buhari who has openly identified with and publiclly endorsed a number of the core objectives of Boko Haram when, as far back as 2001, he told the world that he wanted to ''spread sharia all over the country'', when he said that ''muslims should only vote for those that would protect their interest'', when he asked ''why should it concern christians when muslims chop off the limbs of one another'' in accordance with their divine law and when he said, in 2013, that there would be violence and that ''the blood of the dog and the baboon would both flow'' if the coming elections were rigged. 

It was not the PDP or a member of the Federal Government that told the world three years ago that if President Goodluck Jonathan or any southerner emerges as President in 2011 that ''we would make the country ungovernable''. It was Alhaji Lawal Kaita, a leading member of the APC, that said so. 

It was not the PDP or any member of the Federal Government that guaranteed the security of the Chibok girls and insisted that they should go ahead and do their exams at Chibok and that he would provide the necessary security, even after WAEC and the Federal Ministry of Education had written him a letter and warned him that it would be dangerous to do so and that he must not go ahead. 

It was the Governor of Borno state, who is a leading member of the APC, that did that. Not only did he not provide the promised security but he also abandoned the girls and left them in the lurch because only one adult, the school gateman, spent the night in the school with those girls despite all the obvious dangers. 

Worst still there was no electricity and no generator functioning at the school throughout the night and neither was there one adult, teacher or supervisor with the girls at the school. 

Even more suspicious was the fact that not one of the daughters of any of the staff and teachers that attended that school spent the night with the other girls at the school that night. They were all in the safety of their homes. One wonders why? Was it just a coincidence or did they have prior notice of the impending doom? 

The whole Chibok episode is still clouded in mystery but given the fact that the Governor of Borno state is now one of the leading members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign I wonder why he allowed all these lapses to take place and why he behaved in this way? 

Was his motive for not taking all reasonable measures to protect those girls political? Is there not more to his actions and inactions than meets the eye? I repeat my constant assertion that Boko Haram is the military wing of the APC and that the APC is the political wing of Boko Haram. 

I make this grave and very serious allegation partly because of the aforementioned public utterances and actions of these leading APC members and partly because of a number of other things that I will not say publiclly because Nigerians would be utterly traumatised if they heard them. 

There would be an uproar in this country if some of us were to say all that we know about the irresponsible and insidious religious agenda that the APC has and the hideous and shameful things that they are doing and saying behind closed doors. 

The suggestion that they never had a plan to have a muslim/muslim ticket is a lie from the pit of hell. They may have dropped that plan now due to the fact that ii has generated a good deal of public uproar and outrage but that was their original plan and many of them were hell bent on it and probably still are. 

The suggestion that they have not used religion as a political tool is another dirty lie. That is what they have been doing from day one and they are still doing it now. The suggestion that they cannot be equated with or compared to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt or the Sudanese Janjaweed is another lie from the pit of hell. 

If anyone has any doubts about that they should just scrutinise the religious composition of both their old and defunct Interim National Executive Commitee and the new one and they will see that it is virtually an all muslim affair spiced with a few token christians lurking in the shadows and acting as fronts. 

Nigeria is a multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic secular state and it is exceptionally dangerous to introduce religion into politics and seek to use it to gain political power as the APC are shamelessly doing. 

The suggestion that some of their more notable leaders often make that the PDP is linked to Boko Haram in any shape or form or that President Goodluck Jonathan, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) or the High Command of the Nigerian Military, Securiy Agencies and Intelligence Services are sponsoring or supporting Boko Haram is another lie from the pit of hell. 

For anyone in the APC to make such an allegation is not only absurd but it is like the pot calling the kettle black. It was rather elements in the APC, and none of those in PDP or any of those organisations that worked day and night to ensure that America did not label Boko Haram a terrorist organisation throughout last year and up until early this year. 

This is after the terrorists had killed and abducted so many young and innocent Nigerians. Now the question has to be asked, why was this so? If the APC were not behind Boko Haram why did they not want them to be labelled as terrorists by the Americans and the international community? 

Why did they complain morning day and night that the Nigerian military were killing ''innocent northerners'' and ''violating human rights'' simply because our brave soldiers were risking their lives on the war front and battlefield fighting terror, trying to protect our people and trying to wipe out the enemy. 

Some have cited the former National Security Advisor, General Patrick Azazi's comments as evidence of PDP's so-called involvement with Boko Haram. They conveniently forget that the elements that Azazi was referring to at that time have now all left the PDP and have now joined the APC. 

We do not need any more lessons, finger-pointing or self-serving statements from leaders of the APC or their party about Boko Haram. What we need and what we want from them is for them to stop supporting and encouraging the terrorists and to stop bringing religion into politics.

They should also apologise to the Nigerian people for the shameful things that they have said which has done nothing but encourage the terrorists and the enemies of our people. May God grant them the grace and humility to do so.

________________FFK, 2014


A MESSAGE FOR THOSE THAT LOVE TO HATE
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I had an interesting experience the other day. After spending a good deal of the morning in an interesting and intellectually stimulating discussion with a very bright and pleasant Irishman about the right of the State of Israel to exist, I spent the afternoon in a heated and acrimonious debate with a very irate and extremist Israeli who believed that ''blacks were slaves of islam'', that ''Arabs are animals'' and that ''muslims were evil''. 

In the morning I was defending the Jews and the State of Israel with all the logic, passion, debating skills, historical knowledge, powers of persuasion and sincerity that I could muster and in the afternoon I found myself vigorously confronting the excesses, religious bigotry, racism and sheer arrogance of a misguided Jew and the malevolent mindset and disposition that virtually all extremist and right-wing Israelis suffer from. 

What a day it was. I experienced as much hate and as much violence in temperament and language from that Jew as I have ever done from the most extreme and militant Islamic fundamentalist and jihadist. 

Naturally he got far more than he bargained for from me and he left the discussion a very sober man indeed because I was compelled to tell him the bitter truth about his own people, his own faith and his own intellectual and emotional disposition. 

Yet all in all the entire discussion troubled me. This is especially after I was labelled as being ''anti-Semitic'' by many American and European Jews and Christians on twitter simply for speaking the truth. 

I have also been labelled as being ''anti-Muslim'' by many of my Muslim friends and detractors simply because of my relentless and unyielding opposition to Islamist terror and Muslim fundamentalism over the years. 

Having been involved in public discourse and debates for over 20 years now I loose no sleep about what others think about me but what I always find troubling is the fact that some people find it very difficult to cope with the bitter truth when confronted with their own shortcomings, fallacies and errors. 

Worse still once you point those bitter truths out to them they go on the defensive, lash out at you, seek to demonise you and label you as public enemy number one. I am used to getting that from the Muslim extremists in our midst but I was surprised to get it from the Jews, whom I have always defended, as well. 

And frankly the extraordinary brand of arrogance and high level of historical revisionism, double-speak, stubborness and selective memory of the right-wing orthodox Jewish extremists is worse than any that I have ever come across in my life because, more often than not, they speak from the position of being the helpless victim and they feel justified in all that they say and do.  

Their rhetoric is powerful, compelling and convincing and the rationale for all that they do and say is laced with emotion. This is pretty potent stuff and these are very serious people with an extremly dangerous mindset. They are indeed the very same people that murdered the moderate Israeli Prime Minister and great peacemaker, Mr. Yizhak Rabin, simply because he had the decency and presence of mind to sign the American-sponsored Oslo Accords with Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organisation in 1995. 

 

I kept asking myself one question: how on earth do the Arabs cope when faced with such insolence, intolerance and racism from the Jewish far right? Many of us love Israel and consider ourselves to be friends of Israel but, like I told my Jewish orthodox antagonist, real friends are compelled to tell the truth, even if that truth is bitter and unpleasant. 

Only fake friends will endorse every act of Israel even when that act is wrong, counter-productive, ill-conceived, irrational and unreasonable. Only fake friends will support the display and expression of every inappropiate, disproportionate and indefensible Israeli action and utterance. 

If you are not prepared to tell the State of Israel or the Jews the truth when and where they have gone wrong then you cannot call yourself a lover of Israel or a believer in the Jewish cause. 

I sought to teach my right wing Jewish orthodox friend a few lessons in that debate and those lessons are as follows.

Not all Muslims are bad, not all Christians are good and not all Jews are civilised. Again not all Arabs are demons, not all Jews are angels and not all Christians are as holy as the Pope. 

Racial bigotry and religious intolerance is the worse form of ignorance that exists. It is a cancer and it is evil. That is why I am a secularist and I believe that religion must be kept out of the affairs of state and politics. 

Whether you are black, white, brown, red or yellow or whether you are a Muslim, Christian, Arab, Jew, Persian or anything else, if you are a racist or a religious bigot I despise you and I have nothing but contempt for you. 

I harbor the same degree of disdain and contempt for a Muslim fundamentalist and Islamist terrorist as I do for a christian terrorist, a Jewish terrorist and a Hindu terrorist. Terror is terror. It has no race or creed. It is evil and it is unacceptable. 

Those that believe that such atrocities are only committed by Muslims have not read their history very well. They forget that it was a christian by the name of Adolf Hitler, with the full backing and endorsement of the Pope of his day, who gassed 6 million Jews, Slavs and Gypsies and who caused the death of 50 million people during the Second World war. 

They forget that it was a christian by the name of Kaiser Wilhelm 11 of Germany who started the First World War which led to the death of 20 million people. 

They forget that it was a christian militia backed by the Jewish State of Israel and the Israeli Defence Force that killed thousands of innocent Palestinian and Arab women and children in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla. 

They forget that it was the Hindu nationalists that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Muslims in post colonial India which led to the breaking up of that nation into three separate countries. 

They forget that it was the white christian Boers of South Africa that institutionalised apartheid and that justified it with verses from the bible.They forget that it was the Jewish state of Israel that espoused and still espouses the deeply racist concept of Zionism. 

They forget that it was the Christian Hutus of Rwanda that slaughtered 800,000 of their own Christian Tutsi brothers and sisters in 28 days of madness, fratricide and genocide with knives, cudgels and machetes. They forget that it was Christian America that killed 150,000 innocent civilians in 3 days when they bombed Baghdad in an illegal war. 

They forget that it was Christian America that wiped out the Red Indians and that herded the few that they didn't slaughter into concentration camps that they called reservations. They forget that it was Christian western Europe that dehumanised and enslaved the black man and that carved up and colonised the African continent. They forget that it was Christian Great Britain that tormented and plagued pre-independence China and that turned the Chinese into helpless victims of a drug called opium.

They forget that it is Christian America that has killed thousands of innocent muslim women and children in secret drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the last few years. They forget that it was the Christian IRA that killed thousands of innocent British civilians over a period of 100 years and during the time of the ''troubles''. 

They forget that it was Christian King Leopold 11 of Belgium that personally ordered the slaughter of no less than 10 million Congolese and that actually owned the entire nation of the Congo and regarded it as part of his personal estate. 

They forget that it was Jewish Israel that killed 2000 innocent civilians, including 450 infants and young children, during the just-concluded bombing of Gaza. I have always believed that Israel has the right to defend herself and I have always supported them in their noble cause. 

 

This is because I believe passionately that the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was prophetic and because I believe that she has the right to exist. However that does not mean that I ought to endorse, commend or support the slaughter of 450 innocent Palestinian children.

They forget that it is Christian Ukraine that is shelling, bombing and killing thousands of their own people in the eastern part of their country today simply because those people are trying to exercise their right of self-determination and are fighting for their freedom and liberty. 

They forget that it was the Christian Serbs that were indulging in ethnic cleansing and slaughtering the Muslim Kosovars and Bosnians and the christian Croats in eastern Europe approximately 20 years ago. They forget that it was the Christian crusaders that massacred every single muslim man, woman and child when they took the City of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages. 

They forget that it was a Muslim by the name of Salahudeen who, 100 years later when he re-took Jerusalem back from the Christians, refused to retaliate and instead gave every christian safe passage to leave the city and ordered that not one of them should be harmed. 

Those that argue that all Muslims are butchers, animals and terrorists have forgotten the compassion of Salahudeen and those that argue that all Christians are beasts and sadistic killers have forgotten the compassion of King Richard the Lionheart of England, a God-fearing and profoundly good man who led the later crusades, who liberated Jerusalem from the Muslims and who was a respected friend and worthy adversary of the great Salahudeen. 

From this it is clear that kindness, restraint, mercy, compassion, righteousness and humanity has no religious or ethnic boundries or identity. Unfortunately neither does the affliction of wickedness or the perpetuation and willful administration of horror and misfortune.

Terror is unacceptable whether it comes from a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim and whether it is being administered by the state or by a religious or private militia. Human beings of every race and creed can be beasts and more often than not they use religion to justify their beastly activities and ways and to achieve their sinister political objectives. 

I condemn Islamist terror (particularly the type of horrific and unprecedented terror inflicted by groups like Al Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, Islamic Jihad, Al Shabab and Boko Haram) but I refuse to condemn Islam as a religion because not all Muslims are terrorists and not all terrorists are Muslims. 

If I were to condemn all Muslims for the barbaric actions of a few of them then I would have to condemn all Christians and Jews for the barbaric acts, committed throughout world history, by the adherents of both of these faiths as well. 

Not one of the three major religious faiths is evil because each of the three accept the concept and propogate the notion of one all-powerful and all-knowing God that rules in the affairs of men and that is the creator of all that exists. It is mankind that corrupts and abuses the practice and interpretation of these three great faiths and that, more often than not, uses them to justify the most barbaric and the most evil acts that one can possibly imagine. If we really want a better world this has to stop.

I shall pray for my right wing, orthodox Jewish antagonist because, as with all extremists, he has been blinded by hate, fear and venom. I shall also continue to pray for and bless the State of Israel because I have a very soft spot for the Jews and because my bible compels me to do so. 

Yet whether the Jews continue to see me as a friend or not is neither here nor there and neither does it bother me one way or the other. This is because the Lord sees my heart and, as a servant of truth, I am compelled by the laws of the God to continue to speak the truth no matter how painful it is and no matter whose ox is gored. Shalom Al Israel.

________________FFK, 2014


AMEYO ADADEVOH AND THE EBOLA CONSPIRACY
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

In an essay titled ''A Virus Called Ebola and the Secret Club From Hell'' (Premium Times, 17th August 2014) I wrote that Patrick Sawyer, the American/Liberian that brought the ebola virus to Nigeria ''was an evil man with an evil intention and purpose''. I went further by writing that: ''worst still he was not working alone. Some people, and I mean rich, powerful and well-connected people, were working with him. As a matter of fact they sent him on the mission''. 

I stand by those words and I maintain, as I argued in that essay, that there is an ''Illuminati'' connection to the whole ebola episode. I urge those that are skeptical about this and that have not read that write-up to google it and do so. This short contribution is something of an addendum to that essay. I was compelled to write it for two reasons. Firstly because the sheer depth, complexity and audacity of the conspiracy is so utterly appauling and mind-boggling that I believe that a little more detail is required to make the case. Secondly because Nigeria has just lost a woman of substance and one of her brightest and best, who happens to be a medical practitioner, to the ebola virus as a direct consequence of Sawyer's sinister and nefarious activities. 

Those that refuse to accept the fact that there is a hidden agenda unfolding here and that refuse to believe that there is a mysterious and diabolical force working behind the scenes ought to attempt to explain to us why it was that the Liberian Deputy Finance Minister, Mr. Sebastian Omar, gave Sawyer permission to travel to Nigeria even though he knew that he was infected with ebola and even though he knew that his sister had just died from the same disease. Sawyer was an ECOWAS official who had sought permission to travel to Nigeria for an ECOWAS summit. He knew that he had ebola and according to his wife's testimony he avoided contact with as many people as possible in Liberia before he came to Nigeria. Yet when he got to Nigeria he told the medical authorities that he simply had a fever and attempted to hide the fact that he had a highly contagious terminal disease which was capable of spreading throughout our nation and killing as many people as the infamous and dreaded bubonic plague that wiped out 60 per cent of Europe's population between 1346 and1363. Those that doubt this thesis should explain away the contradictions and inexplicable behaviour of this strange and demented Liberian whose string was obviously being pulled from elsewhere.  

Worse still they ought to explain to us why it was that after the demon landed in our shores, after the affliction was unleashed, after the damage had been done and after a number of our people had been infected with the virus as a consequence of their direct interaction with Sawyer, why the Liberian Minister boastfully and arrogantly told the world that he ''refused to apologise to Nigeria'' for his error of judgement even though that error had led to panic, fear, disease and numerous deaths in our country. What a beast of a Minister this horrible little man called Sebastien Omar is. His words are not only unacceptable but they are also utterly outrageous. He is a harbinger of death and destruction and he ought to be held directly responsible for the evil and tragedy that has befallen our people. How I wish that the Federal Government and specifically our Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs had mustered the courage to give him an earful for his sheer insensitivity and wickedness. 

The truth is that Sawyer, with the full backing of those that sent him, arrived in Nigeria with a clear understanding about what he intended to do. His deadly mission was simple and clear. Had it not been for the efforts of a very brave woman by the name of Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, who refused to release him from the hospital in which he had been admitted, despite the enormous pressure that was brought to bear upon her to do so by the Liberian Ambassador and a few Nigerians in high places, Sawyer would have spread the virus, with it's lethal package of death, to many other people in Lagos. This would undoubtedly have resulted in an uncontrollable and deadly epidemic and many lives would have been lost. Worse still this terrible plague would have also ended up in Calabar which was Sawyer's ultimate destination. I suspect that after spreading his deadly load in Calabar he would also have touched Abuja as well. That way he would have ''covered'' and ''treated'' both of Nigeria's two old capital cities and the new in a spectacular triangle and pyramid of death. What better way to effect his purpose? If he had succeeded in this monstrous venture Nigeria would have never been the same again.  

Sawyer's behaviour at the hospital was instructive and revealing. When he was told that he would not be allowed to leave, in a fit of rage and frustration, he removed the drip that was used to transfuse blood into his veins and he sprayed his blood all over Adadevoh and some of her nursing staff. He also poured his urine all over them. Such was his resolve to conclude his mission and kill as many Nigerians as possible. The only thing that stood in his way and stopped him from achieving it was the due diligence and professionalism of the First Consultants Hospital where he was admitted and where he was diagnosed as having ebola and the sheer courage, determination, fortitude and pure spirit of Dr. Adadevoh who understood the implications of releasing him and who stood her ground and refused to do so.

By that single act alone this noble lady saved the lives of thousands of Nigerians. Unlike others in her profession she did not go on strike, she did not abandon her post and she did not desert her staff, her hospital or her patients. I sincerely hope that she will be honored by the Nigerian people and by our government for her efforts and her gallant contribution. I am not in the least bit surprised by the remarkable role she played simply because she comes from excellent stock and she is the product of a noble and illustrious lineage. 

She was the maternal great grandaughter of Herbert Macauly, the founder of Nigerian nationalism, a great and courageous nationalist, the scourge of the British colonialists, the founder of the first Nigerian political party the Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP), the founder of the Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM) and the founder of one the most formidable political parties in our history, the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC). 

She was also the maternal great, great grandaughter of Thomas Babington Macauly, the founder of the first secondry school in Nigeria, Christian Missionary Grammar School, Lagos (CMS Grammar School). She was also the maternal great, great, great grandaughter of Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African Bishop of the Anglican Church, the man who first translated the Holy Bible to yoruba, the man who first translated the Book of Common Prayer to yoruba, the first Nigerian to be awarded a Doctorate of Divinity from Oxford University in 1864 and the man who introduced christianity to the Lagos Colony (as it then was) and to most of south-western Nigeria. In terms of heritage, excellent blood lines and good stock you can't do much better than that. She inherited this rich and illustrious ancestry from her mother who was a Macauly. 

Her paternal bloodlines were no less distinguished. Her father Professor Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh was the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos. He was a well respected, internationally-acclaimed and very successful metabollic physician and medical consultant. His father (Ameyo's paternal grandfather) was a leading member of one of the Royal houses in Ghana whilst his mother (Ameyo's paternal grandmother) was a distinguished Nigerian. Ameyo's paternal grandmother was actually Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe's father's sister. That makes Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Owelle of Onitsha, the first President of Nigeria, the great nationalist and one of the most revered statesmen and respected politicians in our history her blood uncle. 

Sadly Ameyo Adedovoh paid for her courage and fortitude with her life because she contracted the virus from Sawyer and she died a couple of weeks later. This was a lady of class and distinction and it reflected in all that she did till the very end. This explains why it was that when she discovered that she had been infected with the virus she insisted on keeping herself in total isolation in her home so that she would not infect anyone else until she contacted the officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Health and they came to pick her up. Right up until the end she was thinking about the safety of others rather than herself. 

Such commitment, valour and fortitude is rarely seen. The truth is that she gave her life so that others may live. If there was ever a Nigerian heroine that was worthy of adulation and adoration it was this this deeply courageous and selfless lady. In her, her family members and son have everything to be proud of and so do the Nigerian people. I join millions of others in praying that her beautiful and noble soul rests in perfect peace as she joins her illustrious forefathers in the great beyond. 

Permit me to take this opportunity to also commend the courage of Justina Obi Ejelonu who was a junior colleague of Adadevoh at First Consultants and who had helped to check Sawyer in and place him in proper care the day that he was brought to the hospital from Murtala Mohammed Airport with a fever. Like Ameyo Adadevoh, Justina Obi Ejelonu has since passed away as a result of being infected by Sawyer with the ebola virus. There are no words to describe the courage and the great sacrifice that these two ladies have made for their fatherland and for their people. May they and all that is their's be blessed from generation to generation.  

________________FFK, 2014


A VIRUS CALLED EBOLA AND THE SECRET CLUB FROM HELL
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I disagree with those that have described Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian/American that single-handedly brought the deadly ebola virus into our shores, as a madman. He was not mad at all but just evil. He was a man that was on a mission. That mission was to spread the ebola virus to Nigeria and to infect and kill as many people as possible with it.

He was an evil man with an evil intention and purpose. Worst still he was not working alone. Some people, and I mean rich, powerful and well-connected people, were working with him. As a matter of fact they sent him on the mission.

They cultivated him, took care of him, paid him, brainwashed him, gave him all that he wanted in life and finally asked him to go on a suicide mission to destroy the lives of others and spread the deadly disease.

This was a clear case of bio-terrorism and Sawyer was simply a pawn in a bigger game and a wider picture. The motive of those who sent him was to spread fear and panic, to kill as many people as possible, to create a need for a solution to the problem, to prepare the ground for a new wonder drug that could cure ebola, to create a massive market for that drug and to ensure that there would be massive profits from it's sale.

As usual it is the unbelieving, unprepared, undiscerning and naive Africans that have been used as the prime guinea pigs in this satanic venture. When will they stop destroying us and treating us with such contempt? When will they begin to see and treat us as human beings?

I guess the answer to that is when we cultivate the courage to stand up and say ‘’no more’’ and when we have the good fortune of being blessed with a ruling elite and a political class that truly cares and that is incisive, insightful, properly educated, enlightened and historically literate.

Just a few days ago a Russian website magazine known as Pravda.ru considered what they described as the very real possibility that the American government actually created the ebola virus as a lethal and effective biological weapon solely for the purpose of biological warfare. They wrote the following:

''The epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus that was born in the depths of the jungle, has been spreading around the world with an unprecedented speed lately. The number of victims, according to official figures, has already exceeded a thousand people. The number of infected individuals nears almost two thousand. The WHO declared the disease a threat of global significance. Are there ways to combat the fever? It turns out that there is a vaccine against Ebola. Pentagon scientists were developing it for 30 years, and all the rights for the drug belong to the government of the United States. Two infected US medics received injections of the vaccine and they started recovering from the disease immediately. Why has this been made public only now? Why is it the USA that holds all the rights for the use of the vaccine? There can be two most obvious answers found to these questions. As one can see, Ebola is a perfect biological weapon: it spreads quickly and gives nearly 100 percent mortality. Those having the life-saving vaccine can dictate any conditions to others. The second answer is a purely commercial interest. It is enough to arrange panic with the help of the media, as it was the case with several epidemics before, such as avian flu. Afterwards, it will be possible to sell the life-saving medicine at any price''.

This is an interesting contribution from the Russians and it is indeed food for thought,  Yet even though many may harbor deep suspicions about the role of the United States of America in this ugly episode and even though many may finger her, and indeed the entire western world, as being the sole culprits and co-conspirators behind the creation and unleashing of the ebola virus on Africa, in my view, this may not necessarily be the case.

I say this because even though the majority of the leading players in this small and exclusive club from hell that is known as the Illuminati and that are involved in this strange narrative are undoubtedly from America and western Europe it is by no means an exclusive club of solely Americans and western Europeans. As a matter of fact some leading and well-known third world and African leaders and business people are also deeply involved even though they may not rank too high up on the ladder or in the pecking order. 

Before anyone gets swept away with the idea that this is all about the evils of America we must make it clear that the American people themselves, as opposed to their leaders, are as much of a victim of this secret cabal of wickedness as is anyone else. They are also wallowing in the throes of abysmal ignorance about what is really going on behind the scenes almost as much as the average African.

In order to get a clearer picture it is important to take note of the following observations. The forces that are behind this evil are well beyond America and they are inflicting as much evil on America, and indeed the entire western world, as they are on the rest of humanity. Africa and the African people are not their only victims and they are not their only prey. They prey on all of humanity and they feed on the flesh and drink the blood of us all regardless of where we come from. The roots of these forces are ancient and they are very real.

They pre-date America and they were established by a tiny group of deep-thinkers, spiritualists, intellectuals, seasoned occultists and Lucifereans led by Adam Weishaupt in a place called Bavaria in Germany on the European continent in 1776. They are known as the ''Illuminati'' (meaning ''the Enlightened Ones") and their activities are buried in absolute secrecy.

Their symbol and operational structure is the pyramid and they are fortified, strengthened and protected by numerous ancient cults and fraternities, secret societies, false religions, pagan rituals, the control of the worlds banking system and money supply and the total domination and control of world politics and the entire world system itself. They are empowered directly, through a very complex and strict hierachial system and command and control structure, by satan himself through his human agents and demons.

Their ultimate goal and objective is to establish what has been rightly described by many commentators over the years as a ''New World Order'' which will be run by a ''One World Government'' that will be headed by the evil soul that the Holy Bible describes as ''the beast'', the ''son of perdition'' and the ''Anti-Christ''. The Koran describes the same individual as the ''MASIH AD-DAJAL''. Everything that is going on in the world today, including the carnage and bestiality of the numerous conflicts and wars that we are witnessing, are silently being orchestrated by them.

  

They were behind the First and Second World Wars and now they are busy stoking fires all over the world, covertly funding and supporting the most vicious and horrendous types of terror groups and quietly preparing the ground for the Third and final World War.

They are relentless, disciplined, purposeful, unyielding, ruthless, demonic, sociopathic, inhuman, committed, focused and very clear-thinking. Their ultimate goal is to enslave humanity, to enthrone the rulership of satan and his agents here on earth, to deny God His rightful place in the hearts and minds of His children, to destroy all His people and all men and women of faith that refuse to bow to their perverse values and to compel humanity to accept their ''humanist'' and ungodly philosophies and ways. These are the facts and anyone that does not believe that such an agenda or such a group exists needs to do a lot more reading, praying and research.

The fact is that their greatest source of strength and pleasure is the erroneous enunciation of the absurd notion that they do not exist. They want us all to believe that there is no such evil force and organisation and that there is no such hidden agenda. Yet sadly they DO exist and they not only control much of the world's economy, media and commerce but they also, through the process of subtle manipulation and sheer guile, install governments, Prime Ministers and Presidents in the most powerful nations in the world and they tell them what to do from behind the scenes.

The inner circle of the Illuminati comprises of thirteen very powerful families that are all related to one another through complex and ancient bloodlines even though they come from different parts of the world.  Between them these thirteen families, together with their underlings, fronts and associates, control virtually all the political power and money in the world.

Whether anyone chooses to believe it or not the truth is that they are not entirely human and they are utterly cold-blooded. One of those families is the Rothschild family (which literally means the ''Red Shield'').

I leave readers to do their own research on these families and to find out their links to the Illuminati. I suggest that they start by reading the numerous works of Mr. David Icke, an utterly brilliant man that has been described by his detractors as ''the world’s leading conspiracy theorist''.

Permit me to end this contribution with a simple yet compelling assertion.  In my view the most devastating, crippling and deadly disease that confronts humanity today is not ebola, aids, cancer or heart disease but rather it is ignorance. This includes the ignorance about the existence of groups like the Illuminati, their objectives and their modus operandi.

Ignorance of such matters is a terrible and debilitating affliction that results in more hardship, more suffering, more pain, more poverty of the body, spirit and soul, more loss of life, more wars, more carnage and more destruction than any other. Worst still it is very expensive in both spiritual and material terms.

The truth is that we must free our minds and see beyond the ordinary if we really wish to be liberated from the evils of our world. We must question everything that we have ever been told or taught and subject those things to deep analysis, thorough scrutiny and rational thinking.

As the bible says we must strive to ''know the truth'' and once we ascertain that truth and that hidden knowledge it will undoubtedly ''set us free''. May God deliver our nation from ignorant minds and from the scourge that is known as the ebola virus.

More importantly may He save us from those that created it in the first place and who wish to keep us in the dark about their evil purpose and sinister origins. As for Patrick Sawyer he has gone back to hell where he belongs. And may he burn there forever.

________________FFK, 2014


THE TIME TO SAY ''NO MORE''
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

''We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us''- Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, United Nations General Assembly, 1972.

As it was in 1972 so it is today. All those that love and support Hamas and that hate Israel should read the words of Golda Meir and meditate on them. All those that have condemned the actions of Israel in Gaza should read the words of Golda Meir, meditate on them and live with the fact that, according to a CNN poll, 86 per cent of the Israeli people support the activities and actions of the Israeli Defence Force in Gaza. 

All those that have a soft-spot for the Arabs and the Palestinians should read the words of Golda Meir, meditate on them and appreciate the fact that the threat to Israel is existential. 

All those that fail to understand what Hamas really stands for and that do not know that ever since the Gaza strip was handed back to the Palestinians by the Israeli's in 1994 it has been used as a launching pad for rockets that kill and maim innocent Israeli civilians, women and children should read and meditate on the words of Golda Meir. 

All those that believe that violence, carnage, murder and compulsion are a legitimate means of spreading their faith and imposing their will on others should read the words of Golda Meir and meditate on them. 

All those that have sympathy for the Haramites in Nigeria and their secret political friends, associates and allies should read the words of Golda Meir and meditate on them. 

All those that do not understand that there is a nexus between Hamas, ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, Islamic Jihad, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and all the other vicious islamist, salifist militias throughout the world should read the words of Golda Meir, meditate on them and understand that these terrorist groups ALL take pleasure in forcing others to slaughter their children by using them as human shields in order to gain sympathy and effect their purpose. 

They should also understand that they ALL take delight in killing, abducting, raping, butchering and terrorising the children and wives of others in order to spread their outdated, barbaric, hateful and anachronistic political and religious philosophies. 

The other day ISIS ordered that all Christians that reside in the parts of Iraq that they control must either leave the country or convert to islam or be killed. Since then thousands of Christians have been butchered and crucified in public places in that country but the world has remained silent and turned a blind eye to the whole thing. 

Today ISIS has ordered that all the women that reside in the parts of Iraq that they control must be subjected to female genital circumcision. Simply put ISIS has ordered that all women that reside in the parts of Iraq that they control must have their clitoris' cut off. This would deprive them of ANY form of sexual pleasure for the rest of their lives. What could be worse than that? 

Yet this is the sort of thing that the Haramites have in mind for the whole of Nigeria and this is what all the jihadist militias that exist throughout the world wish to impose on humanity. Sadly in many parts of the world they seem to be gaining ground and making progress. 

It is time to say ''no more'' and to stand up to them. It is time to stand shoulder to shoulder with the sons of David and the State Israel and to say ''no'' to those that wish to wipe them off the face of the earth and to drive them into the sea. 

It is time to say ''no more'' to the offspring of Osama Bin Ladin who take pleasure in butchering the innocent and who seek to impose their will on the people of the world. It is time to say ''no more'' to the likes of Abubakar Shekau who believe that our little girls should be abducted from their schools, raped from morning till night and from night till morning, sold in the market place like cattle and turned into sex slaves for the rest of their lives.

It is time to say ''no more'' to those that slit the throats and drain the blood of our young boys as if they were slitting the throats of sallah rams and christmas turkeys. It is time to say ''no more'' to those that torture and maim babies and that hack off the flesh, chop off the limbs and crush the bones of old men and old women. 

It is time to say ''no more'' to those that show no mercy and have no compassion for the weak, the vulnerable, the young, the aged and the innocent.

It is time to stand with the rest of humanity and with the civilised people of the world against all forms of homicidal, sociopathic, oppressive and deviant behavior and the evil of religious fanaticism and islamic fundamentalism. 

It is time to stand up against terror and those that believe in violent jihad and the establishment of a new worldwide islamic caliphate. It is time to stand up against the misogynists in our midst who regard women as nothing but worthless chattel and who take pleasure in sleeping with infants and young children. 

It is time to stand up to those that delight in blowing up and maiming others and who honestly believe that that is the only way to heaven. It is time to stop sitting on the fence and to say that enough is enough. 

Permit me to enrich this contribution with the words of the beautiful Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli Member of Parliament who is one of the rising stars in Israel's political firmament. Two weeks ago weeks ago she wrote the following on her facebook page.

''Behind every terrorist stands dozens of men and women without whom he/she could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons: nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise more little snakes will be raised there''. 

The harshness of Ayelet's contribution reflects the thinking of many in the world today who feel a deep sense of outrage about the atrocities of the jihadists and who are simply fed up with the bloodletting and the carnage that hundreds of thousands of innocents are facing at the hands of the terrorists. 

Let those that support Hamas, those that call them ''freedom fighters'' and those that endorse their evil ways and agenda of terror take a cue from this. If Hamas wants to impress us they should stop hiding behind women and children and they should come out and fight like men. 

In the same vein if the Haramites of Nigeria want to impress us they should stop abducting the wives and children of others, they should stop using their own women and children as suicide bombers and they should come out and fight like the fearsome warriors that they claim to be.
Permit me to conclude this write-up with an insightful, profound, intellectually stimulating and historically accurate contribution from Mr. Akin Ajose-Adeogun who is a lawyer and a historian of great repute. On 28th July 2014 on his facebook wall he wrote the following: 

"In my opinion, the insidious role of religion in inflaming the Arab-Israeli conflict over Palestine has been underestimated. The truth is that religious bigotry blinds the Arab Muslim majority, and their coreligionists around the world, to the reality that the Middle East is a heterogeneous region of diverse peoples with different faiths, each entitled to self-determination and statehood. Almost 30,000 Jews lived in Palestine - mainly in the Jerusalem area - before the first wave of Zionist immigration in the 1880s, according to the census figures of the Ottoman-Turkish Empire, of which Palestine was then a part (See Prof. Benny Morris' definitive work, 1948 : The First Arab-Israeli War). The creation of the State of Israel was one of the great events of the 20th century because a profound historic injustice, to a people who have greatly contributed to mankind's progress, was, after much suffering, finally righted. That this has also, unfortunately, resulted in some injustice and suffering for the Palestinians, cannot substantially be attributed to the emergence of the Jewish State. As we can see, once again, from the events in Gaza today, the primary cause of Palestinian suffering, even during the British Mandate, 1919 - 1948, is the egregious leadership shown by Palestinian leaders. Had there been a healthy response on the part of the Palestinian and Arab leadership to the stimulus provided by the increasing presence of their Semitic cousins in the land that is their joint inheritance, their people would have been far happier and prosperous today".

Akin has hit the nail on the head and no-one could have put it better. Let all those that are still unable to appreciate or fathom the sheer complexity and profound nature of the enormous challenges and very real dangers that the State of Israel is facing from their Arab neighbors consider the words of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spoken at the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) on August 17th 2006. 

 

He said ''the truth is that if Israel were to put down their arms, there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms, their would be peace''.  I need say no more.

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Lord God of Hosts, the God of the Armies of Israel, the God of Heaven and Earth, the God of all Flesh, the Lord of the Universe, the Ancient of Days, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Man of War, the Lily of the Valley, the Blood of the Sprinkling, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the I Am That I Am, the Rose of Sharon, the Great Provider, the Lamb of God, the Holy One of Israel, the Lord of Mercy and Compassion, the Nazarene, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the El Shaddai, the Adonai, the Elohim, He that is more than able, He that cannot be resisted, He that is high and lifted up and He that is known as Jehova Jireh, Jehova Rapha, Jehova Nissi, Jehova Gibbor: the one true God and the God of the Holy Trinity strike down the Amalekites, deliver us from evil and defend His people and may His counsel alone stand in the affairs of the earth and in the nations of men. 

I make these pronouncements in the name of He who died and arose triumphant on the third day, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the Living God.

________________FFK, 2014


QUESTIONS FOR GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

On 22nd July 2014 General Muhammadu Buhari told The Nation Newspaper that "our country has gone through several rough patches, but never before have I seen a Nigerian President declare war on his own country as we are seeing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President deploy federal institutions in the service of partisanship as we are witnessing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President utilize the common wealth to subvert the system and punish the opposition, all in the name of politics. Our nation has suffered serious consequences in the past for egregious acts that are not even close to what we are seeing now. It is time to pull the brakes''.

One may have been prepared to accept the general's words as being those of a genuinely concerned and committed patriot who simply wanted our President and his Government to do a better job and who was worried about the unfolding situation in our country if he had not consistently exposed his true colors and his obvious soft spot for Boko Haram.

Permit me to share just one example of the expression of that soft spot in this contribution. On 3rd June 2013, Thisday Newspaper led their newspaper with the following headline: ''The military offensive against Boko Haram is anti-north- General Muhammadu Buhari''.

The headline was followed by these words: ''Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has criticised the declaration of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States and the subsequent military offensive against the Boko Haram Islamic sect. Buhari, who featured on the “Guest of the Week,” a Hausa programme of the Kaduna-based Liberty Radio, yesterday said the federal government’s action was a gross injustice against the north. According to him, unlike the special treatment the federal government gave to the Niger Delta militants, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished. He said he was not in support of the declaration of state of emergency in the three north-eastern states because President Goodluck Jonathan had failed from the outset in addressing the security situation in the country''.

The implications of these shameful and indefensible comments, coming from a former Head of State, are obvious and self-evident. If the truth be told Buhari's peculiar affinity with the terrorists and his fawning about their safety and welfare is as unbearable as it is nauseating.

 

Yet that same General Buhari who said these unacceptable things one year ago is now busy pontificating about his concerns for our nation. Many would argue that that is pretty rich coming from him given his past comments about a ruthless group of terrorists who, more than any other, merit the award for the greatest ''troublers of our nation''. Given this I regard Buhari's comments to the Nation Newspaper on the 22 July 2014 as nothing but self-serving and belated clap trap and balderdash.

Yet this clap trap and balderdash is worthy of a little attention. Of particular interest to me were the following words: ''never before have I seen a Nigerian President declare war on his own country as we are seeing now''. Really? Correct me if I am wrong but I thought that the war that President Goodluck Jonathan  had declared was against terrorism and Boko Haram and not against the Nigerian people.

 

Does General Buhari find it difficult to make a distinction between the jihadists and the Nigerian people? Does he see them as being one and the same? Does he actually equate members of Jama'at ahl as-sunnah li-d-da'wa wa-l-jihad with the Nigerian people? Does he regard the military offensive against Boko Haram as being an offensive against OUR people? Does he honestly believe that anytime that a Boko Haram terrorist is killed by our Armed Forces and security agencies or that his house is blown up that it is an attack on the Nigerian people or an assault on the north? Are those people that Boko Haram slaughtering, terrorising, abducting, pillaging, robbing and raping on a daily basis all over our country not the real Nigerians?

 

Does he honestly believe that Boko Haram is representative of the thinking of our people or even the majority of the people in the muslim north? Has this man not lost touch with reality? Does he really belong to the 21st century or is he nothing more than an old relic from the distant past who secretly craves for a return to the norms, ways and values of 6th century Saudi Arabia? Is such a man really fit to be President of our country?

 

Is he still insisting on having another muslim as his running mate in order to establish his strange dream of a muslim/muslim President and Vice President for our country or has he shelved that idea due to public resentment and outrage? Does he have any respect for christians? Does he have any empathy with the christian community in northern Nigeria for the immense suffering, degradation, humiliation,contempt, shame, indignity, persecution and mass murder that they have been subjected to in the north for the last 53 years and particularly in the last few years?

Does he regard christians as being human beings? Does he accept the fact that Boko Haram are nothing but beasts? Does he recognise the fact that no-one has the right to take the life of another human being in the name of religion? Does he know that compulsion has no place in any civilised religion and that each human being has the right to exercise his or her free will to determine which religious faith he or she wishes to espouse?

Does Buhari understand the meaning of the words ''secular state'' or the concept of the secularity of the state? Can he possibly accept the virtues and comprehend the wisdom of such an equitable and reasonable constitutional arrangement which guarantees the rights of all faiths and which does not allow one faith to laud it over another anywhere in our country?

Does he recognise the fact that Nigeria is in actual fact a secular state in which the rights and dignity of the members of every faith, including the christian faith, are guaranteed by the constitution? Does he accept the fact that in this day and age it is a heinous crime against humanity and particularly the girl-child and that it is a complete violation of the laws of our land for little girls of the age of 5, 6, 9 13 and even up to 16 to be married off and subjected to rape in the name of religion and marriage?

Does the General support paedophiles, sexual predators, sociopaths, sadistic perverts and the criminally-insane like the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau who are sexually attracted to innocent and defenceless little girls and who believe that they can be ''sold in the market'' and ''forced into marriage and slavery?'' Does he honestly believe that Boko Haram are human beings? Does this man that wants to be President of our country not recognise a heartless and callous beast when he sees one? 

 

Does the wanton and relentless shedding of rivers of innocent blood, including the blood of children, not move his heart? Does the open abduction of almost 300 little girls, each of whom is young enough to be his grandaughter, from the sanctity of their school dormitory in the dead of the night not evoke pity in him and not stir him to rage?  

Does he have any compassion and does he feel no pain for the suffering of the victims of Boko Haram? Does he know that Boko Haram has killed as many muslims as they have christians in their insane attempt to establish an islamic fundamentalist state in our country?

Is his inability to make a distinction between Boko Haram and the Nigerian people informed by the fact that he is a closet Haramite whose stated desire is to ''spread sharia to throughout the whole of the country'' as he said in 2001? Does Buhari still believe that ''muslims should only vote for those who will protect their interest'' as he said in 2001?

Does he still believe that ''christians should not worry when muslims chop off their own arms and hands in the name of sharia because it is none of their business'' as he said in 2001? Does he still believe that Boko Haram members should be forgiven, granted amnesty, pampered, sent abroad to learn and given monthly allowances like the Niger Delta militants like he suggested in 2013?

The questions are legion. Given his views and obvious sympathy for Boko Haram does General Muhammadu Buhari have the moral right to condemn anyone, least of all the President and the Federal Government, for the challenges that we are facing in this country?

Never before have I seen a former Nigerian Head of State openly express sympathy and covertly support a murderous and bestial terrorist organisation that has killed well over 15,000 innocent Nigerians in cold blood, that has abducted and raped our little girls and that has slit the throats and drained the blood of our young boys.

Never before have I seen a former Nigerian Head of State openly defend a bunch of cowardly, uncouth and barbaric jihadists that have bombed and burnt alive the weak, the vulnerable and the elderly in our country and that have slaughtered our soldiers,policemen and intelligence agents at will and with such callousness and glee.

Never before have I seen a former Nigerian Head of State openly canvass restraint and mercy for a bunch of bloodthirsty, cold-blooded mass murderers and criminals that have turned our country into a pariah nation, that has made the north the home of the most callous, ruthless, hateful, vile and evil terrorist organisation in the world and that has transformed our nation into a horrendous haven for ruthless islamic fundamentalists and bloodthirsty islamist militias.

If the truth must be told the only thing that is worse than Boko Haram are those in the Nigerian political class that secretly support and covertly assist them. A Buhari Presidency would be a disaster for our country, a danger to the christian community and clear evidence of the final victory and triumph of Boko Haram and the jihadists over the Nigerian state. It would also represent the end of Nigeria as one nation.

________________FFK, 2014


WHO SHOT DOWN MALAYSIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT MH 17?
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Whoever it was that shot down Malaysian Airline flight MH 17 which was carrying innocent civilians through the skies of eastern Ukraine whilst on it's way from Amstersdam to Melbourne on 17 July 2014 has indulged in an act of exceptional barbarity.

This was a horrendous act of pure savagery and evil. The consequences of indulging in such a course of action for those that were involved in it will be far -reaching and devastating.  As far as the unfolding and ugly events in Eastern Ukraine are concerned this episode is a real game changer.

The question that is on everyone’s lips is who was behind it? The western and particularly the American media and international news networks  have already provided an answer to that question and they would have us all believe their own version of events and accept their understanding of the narrative.

Yet things are never as simple as they appear to be when it comes to such matters. As Count Von Clauzwitz once said, ''truth is always the first casualty in war''. Concerning the shooting down of this plane I urge everyone to think deeply about who was really behind it and I urge them not to accept what they are being fed by the western news agencies and western governments blindly.

There are a number of relevant and pertinent questions that still need to be answered before we can come to any definitive position about who the culprits really were. For example who stood to gain the most from shooting down the plane and why is the fact that the plane had been escorted by Ukrainian fighter jets been unreported by the western mainstream news networks.

Why, unlike others, did the Malaysian Airlines plane fly at 33,000 feet over a war zone where other airlines refused to fly? Were they given assurances by someone or some people who actually sought to set them up?

Why did they change their original flight path at the last minute and venture dangerously into troubled and what were clearly dangerous skies? Was this really due to bad weather or was it because they were advised to do so by some external  force or authority?

What about the very serious allegation that is consistently being made on Russian, Chinese and Iranian television that the target of the ground to air missile was actually President Putin who was flying somewhere close to the area at the time and that the whole thing was actually an assassination attempt against Putin by the Ukrainian government and their American allies.

Why is that aspect of the whole episode not being reported on the western international news networks? What does the Spanish Air controller have to gain by lying when he asserted that the plane was actually shot down by the Ukrainian government, which is America and Europe's ally and the arch enemy of the pro-Russian Eastern Ukrainian separatists and the Russian Federation.

 

The motive would simply be to discredit the Russians and the East Ukrainian pro-Russian forces and create a pre-text for greater NATO involvement in the unfolding events in Eastern Ukraine. Simply put this whole episode brings us one step closer to a full scale war in the Ukraine and eastern Europe between Russia and her allies on the one hand and America and her allies on the other.

According to many conspiracy theorists, like the respected David Icke, who believe that the Illuminati's goal is to use America to control the entire world and that the ultimate objective is to eventually establish a ''new world order'' with a ''one world government'' such a war is actually what many of the more powerful covert forces that are secretly operating behind the scenes in the west and particularly America actually want.

There are so many unanswered questions in this matter. Again is there any link between this tragic episode and the one involving the missing Malaysian Airline MH 370. This was the plane which apparently vanished into thin air from the skies with no trace whlist it was on it's way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing just a few months ago? 

Can one airliner be so unlucky and is it just a coincidence or is there more to it? Eventually the truth will unfold and all these questions will be answered. It is at that time that the world will see for themselves who the real deceivers, butchers and monsters are in this and so many other matters.

It is the same people that tried to convince us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, who told us that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against it's own people and who created Osama Bin Ladin and who used and funded him to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan for many years.

It is the same people who shot down an Iranian passenger plane ''by mistake'' in the 1980's killing hundreds of innocent civilians, who killed over 200,000 people in Baghdad in three days of bombing, who fought an illegal war against Iraq, who destroyed Egypt, Libya and Syria, who dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, who fought an unnecessary and illegitimate war in Vietnam, who assisted in the undermining and removal of a democratically-elected President in the Ukraine, who set up a puppet regime in Georgia and who looked the other way as 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered in three months in Rwanda.

It is the same people who installed and supported many brutal military dictatorships in South America and Africa for many years, who orchestrated a terrible war between Iran and Iraq, who prop up undemocratic feudal systems and governments in the Arab Gulf states, who tolerated apartheid in South Africa for many decades. 

It is the same people that were secretly behind 9/11 and that used that horrific event to justify their intention to institute regime change Afghanistan, to invade and corner the oil fields of Iraq and to threaten the borders of Iran. It is the same people that secretly orchestrated and covertly organised the cold-blooded murder, in the most brutal circumstances, of Muammar Ghadaffi, Patrice Lumumba, Sylvanus Olympio, Thomas Sankara, Murtala Mohammed, Salvador Allende, Robin Cooke, Princess Diana, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, John F, Kennedy, Anwar Sadat, Martin Luther King, MKO Abiola, Sani Abacha and many other leaders and notable individuals that in one way or the other offended their sensibilities. 

It is the same people that refused to designate and label Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation up until late last year even though that evil organisation had butchered over 15,000 innocent Nigerians as at that time. It is the  same people that have manipulated the ugly events in Pakistan and Afghanistan and that have killed more innocent civilians in secret drone attacks than they care to admit.

It is the same people who, through their ally and puppet Saudi Arabia and their salifist friends, covertly supported islamist terror and barbaric islamist militias like the Al Nosra Front and ISIS more than anyone else and who have brought sheer chaos and destabilised and removed more governments in north Africa, eastern Europe and the Middle East than any other in world history. It is the same people that have consistently undermined the security of the State of Israel in the most subtle and deceitful manner whilst pretending to be a friend and ally of the Jews. 

It is the same people that believe in and support homosexual marriage and same-sex unions and that have sought to impose their patently anti-Christ and humanist values and philosophies on the rest of the world in the name of ''yes we can'' and liberalism.

It is the same people that believe that the world does not need God, that have banned prayer in their public schools and that believe that they are now the new gods of this strange and unfolding new world.

It is the same people that believe that the end justifies the means and that they can do anything to further their evil agenda no matter how horrendous and no matter what the cost is in human lives.

It is the same people that tell you that they don't believe in barbaric behavior, butchery, human sacrifice and the systematic and well-orchestrated massacre of innocent civilians but that actually indulge and encourage it in various parts of the world on a regular basis.

Need I say any more? May God save the world and humanity from these demons that are working for the dark forces.

________________FFK, 2014


LOVE, PAIN AND THE MYSTERY OF SEPARATION
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Love is beautiful but it can also ravage and destroy. It brings pleasure and it brings pain. It brings joy and it brings sorrow. It brings light and it brings darkness. It brings laughter and it brings tears. It brings peace and it brings turmoil. It brings tranquility and it brings turbulence. It brings serenity and it brings rage. It brings harmony and it brings fury. It brings construction and it brings destruction. It brings heaven and it brings hell. It brings loyalty and it brings betrayal. 

It brings passivity and it brings aggression. It brings selflessness, kindness and generosity and it brings cruelty, sadism and masochism. It brings restraint and balance and it brings wild passions and extreme emotions. It brings attraction, adoration and adulation and it brings repugnance, rejection and hate. It brings the desire to cherish and to protect and it brings the urge to expose and to destroy.  It brings the promise of a new dawn and it brings the testimony of a tragic sunset. It is indeed the greatest paradox that has existed since the beginning of time.

God IS love yet He created satan, the harbinger and apostle of hate, death and destruction. The songwriter wrote ''love hurts, love scars, love wounds''. Another wrote ''sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead''.  How true this is.

How poignant and appropriate are these simple words from these two beautiful and celebrated songs. Yet at the same time that same love that can be so painful brings the sheer pleasure and blessing of lasting and cherished memories.

And the true test of love comes not when things are smooth and rosy but when challenges come and things go wrong. They say that when someone you love insists on leaving, however painful it may be, you must let that person go.

 If that person is truly yours he or she shall eventually return but if they are not yours they will never come back. Whichever way, you win because you cannot lose what was never yours and what is yours will always come back to you. 

Courage, patience, faith, strength, a gentle disposition, a firm resolve and a large application of the Balm of Gilead to wipe away the pain and heal your wounds is the key to survival and to weathering the storm of separation from a loved one. I know because I have been there. Apart from that, good old fashioned time has a way of healing broken hearts and wounded souls and of revealing the truth of every matter. 

In the Book of Proverbs 30: 18-19, King Solomon said, "there are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and THE WAY OF A MAN WITH A MAIDEN''. 

How profound, deep and wise this great King was. ''The way of a man with a maiden'' is indeed one of the great mysteries under the sun. This is not only a spiritual truism but also a tried and tested home truth. The morale of the tale is that no force on earth or below the earth, no situation, no set of circumstances, no degree of alienation and hateful words and no misunderstanding can keep two people that are truly in love apart forever. 

That is indeed the power of love. It cannot be hidden or supressed for long and it cannot be resisted no matter how hard we try or how often we are persuaded. It is indeed a beautiful thing. Yet as a dear friend of mine recently told me, despite it's awesome power, ''love is pain''.  

There is however a deeper truth and that truth is as follows. When the Lord establishes the reasons and creates the circumstances for you to move on from anyone that you were once close to or that you love and when He makes a way for a new beginning for you, never complain and never look back.

Don't be like Lot's wife lest you turn into a pillar of salt. Don't be like the children of Israel that were led by Moses into the desert only for them to begin to yearn and crave for the ''onions and garlic of Egypt'' where they had once been slaves.

Remember that Abraham could not prosper and find his calling until he was separated from Lot. God may well be doing a new thing in your life by throwing the garbage out and separating you from someone that you had once trusted and that you were once very close to, so grab that opportunity with both hands, move on, make new friends and enjoy the ride.

When two people that were once very close fall apart don't be too eager to fix it or to come back together again simply because you may not be able to move to the next prophetic level of your life if you do.

God is in the business of removing stumbling blocks and the secret agents of the devil from the lives of His children so don't complain when those you once loved begin to behave like water demons and dragons, begin to tell the most hideous lies and begin to manifest hatred towards you.

When that happens just hold your peace, smile, remain silent, have a little patience and wait and see their end.

There are some ''little foxes'' that you just don't need in your life when you are about to rise up so no matter how painful it is for two close people to go their separate ways the wise thing to do is to ''let go and let God''.

And when you do let go, be thankful for the moments you once had together and go forth in peace and with as little rancor and dissention as possible. For those that repay good with evil the bible says ''evil shall never leave their household''.

So don't fight for yourself when you are wronged by ingrates and those you once helped, supported and assisted: instead let that powerful verse of scripture fight for you.

Always remember it and call it before God during your time of intercession and prayer by just saying the following words: ''those that have repaid my good with evil, evil shall never leave their household''. Stand on these powerful and precious words and have faith in the mystery and efficacy of the Holy Word of God knowing that scripture cannot be broken by any power in heaven, on earth or below the earth.

After that just hold your peace and no matter how long it takes, whether it is a few seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years or decades, wait and see what happens. Always remember that ''God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform'' and that vengeance is His. He will judge, He will reward and He will avenge.

Again remember Mr. Kayode Ola's simple yet deeply profound words. He said, ''keep your head up. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers''. No matter what you are going through, no matter who has hurt, cheated or betrayed you and no matter what your circumstances are learn to take the pain with dignity and to despise the shame, for it shall surely pass.

In order to escape rancor, betrayal and conflict try your best to avoid loud, vexatious, greedy and ungrateful people because no matter how much you do for them in their time of need they will never be satisfied. Worse still they will despise you for your generosity and compassion which they perceive as nothing but weakness and stupidity.

Helping such people is like conjuring up the Angel of Death, like invoking Abaddon, the spirit of destruction, and like trading with the grave: they can never be appeased or satisfied and they will always want more. Worst still the more you help them and the more you give, the more they will demand and the more they will hate you for it.

Finally always remember what Mr. Herbert Mensah, one of Ghana's and indeed Africa's brightest and best, once said: "never cry for someone who does not know the value of your tears". This is wisdom.

Save your tears and sorrow only for those who love and appreciate you but never reject or treat with contempt those that genuinely care for you. This is because, generally speaking, human beings are fickle, unreliable and shallow and those that truly care are very few.  

The truth is that we live in a harsh and cruel world and only God's love is pure. Only He stays with us to the end no matter what we are going through. Only He is faithful. Only He loves us for what and who we are and not for what He can get out of us.

Permit me to enrich this contribution by sharing what I describe as the seven lessons for abundant life. The first is that without God there is nothing and with God there is everything. The second is that if you help ten people in life count yourself lucky if one returns to say thank you and count yourself lucky if only one of the ten betrays you.

The third is that you must trust no-one because it is those that are closest to you that will hurt you the most. The fourth is that you must never write off or despise anyone no matter how bad their situation because you don't know what they may become tomorrow. The fifth is that you cannot afford not to help your friends and you cannot afford not to fight your enemies.

The sixth is that true knowledge and insight is gained not by the best secular education or even by life's many experiences but rather it is gained by divine revelation.

The seventh and final lesson is that you must conquer your fears and no matter what you are going through: be positive, be happy and hold on to your faith in God knowing that He that created you is quietly working His purpose out for your life and He will never forsake or leave you either in this life or in the life to come.

Seven is the number of perfection so let me stop there but if you can hold on to these seven home truths you will go far in life and nothing will hold you down.

Permit me to conclude this contribution with the following counsel.  In love, pain and the mystery of separation never forget that when your loved one fails you and decides to leave, as painful as it might be, the Holy Spirit and the Balm of Gilead is more than able to heal your wounds and make you whole again. You will live to love another with equal measure and that love will surely be returned because everyone has their very own life-partner waiting for them out there somewhere. It is just a matter of finding him or her.

If your lover or spouse chooses to leave never forget that if he or she is truly yours and if it is the will of God, one day, no matter how long it may take, you shall surely be together again because what is truly yours shall always return to you. If that doesn't happen and it doesn't work out that way just give God the glory and give your love to another because the one that left was clearly never yours in the first place. 

If needs be just take the pain and move on. Yet if you ever find your true love and you are sure that it is God's will for you to be together, never let go no matter what because if you do so you may never find it again. Despite all it's complexities and pain love still remains the greatest gift that God ever gave to humanity. And nothing describes the essence of true love, or what is known in Pentecostal circles as ''agape love'' (meaning the power to love even the unlovable), as the beautiful words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 1:13. 

He said, ''If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 

As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. 

When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love''.

 Loving somebody in itself is a burden. To betray love is a curse. This is wisdom. Shalom.

________________FFK, 2014


AYO MI, THE ONE WHO BRINGS ME JOY
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Ayo mi: the one that brings me joy. The one that gives me strength and offers me hope. The one that stood with me before my accusers and laughed them to scorn. The one that renews my youth, that makes me smile and that expands the horizons of my inner-most thoughts. The African Khaleesi: the Mother of Dragons.

The Regent of the Western shores of Westoroth and the Guardian of the Iron Throne. The Elf Queen of Gondor and the Shieldmaiden of Rohan. The Protector of the Shire and the beloved of Aragorn. The one that is cloaked in God's glory and favor, that wields the razor-sharp two-edged sword and that is known as Queen of the Kingdom and the Daughter of Zion. The one that wears the glistening crown, that bears the ring of power, that is blessed with splendor and honor and that is worthy of adoration and worship. The one that blossoms with the fragrance of a thousand daffodils, a touch of poppy-seed and the scent of Alliage perfume. The one who wines and dines with gods and giants in the halls of Elysium and who dances like Arwen in the fields of Lothlorien.

The one whose beauty is stunning and relentless and who carries the glory of the sun and the moon. The one that is a special gift from the Ancient of Days, whose blood is royal blue, who wears the purple robe and who carries the mantle of a future Queen. The one that refuses to tremble at the lion's roar or to quiver before the raging storm. The one that dared satan to do his worse and that, in total faith, took the Lord God of Hosts at His word. The one whose fortitude and courage is simply inexplicable and whose strength of character, firm resolve and iron will is incomprehensible.

The one who stood firm like the Rock of Gibraltar when all others fled and fell. The one that harbored no fears and doubts: that walked with titans and that danced with the immortals. The one that is as refreshing and reinvigorating as the morning dew. The one that conjures love with her simple and innocent smile. The one whose noble birth gives her an edge over others. The one whose integrity, character, honor and heritage is unquestionable and unimpeachable and whose loyalty is as constant as the northern star. The one whose beauty surpasses all others and whose noble qualities leaves lesser mortals standing. The one whose purity dispels the darkness, who brings life and hope and who is the beloved of the Lord. 

Ayo mi, you are a rare gem though you may not even know it: a rare gem that is encrusted in topaz, sprinkled with diamonds, clothed with emeralds and crowned with the finest gold. You are envied by most yet loved by many: let not your joy be cut short. Let not another take your beautiful crown. Let not your glory and your star be dimmed. Let not sorrow and doubt blight your love or dim your purpose and vision. You were born to be a Queen: settle not for less and cultivate the firm resolve to make the necessary sacrifices to satisfy your calling. Do not look for the crown for it shall surely look for you and, as it was with Esther, in God's time, it shall surely find you. 

Activate your faith and, like the true Queen that you are, remain aloof, shun the crowd, defend the weak, stand up for justice, help the poor, counsel mercy and immerse yourself in righteousness, knowledge, understanding, sobriety and true humility. Clothe yourself with grace and prepare to receive, for the Lord has already given you the land and all the fat and goodness that springs forth from within it. 

The matter is settled. You need not struggle. Your beauty and purity in body, spirit and soul surpasses all others. You deserve the best. Yours are men of power and learning: men with vision and that are blessed with keen and bright minds. Men that are filled with the Spirit of the Living God and that will bow to none. Yours are Kings and Presidents: men of authority and destiny and not just mediocre mortals who toil to build, nurture and sustain their worldly empires and their ephemeral wealth. 

You were not crafted for the benefit of traders and merchants but rather to the glory of God and for the joy of the King: the Lord's beloved. You are a Queen of noble and royal birth and you are graced with a royal mien and a regal disposition. The world can hold nothing back from you because the Lord has already spoken and given it all to you. It is just a matter of time. It is your destiny, your glory, your star, your future, your role and your purpose and it was ordained before the oracles of time. Let not sorrow or sadness take it away from you. Hear not the whispering voice of doubt and fear because, as long as He is with you, you cannot fail. Rebuke the enemy, go forth boldly in the name of the Lord and take what is yours. 

Don't let them rob you. Stand on the prophecy, yearn for it, protect it, nurture it and pray for it to come to pass. It is your right, your due, your portion and, most important of all, it is the will of the Living God and He has decreed it. Lose it not, ''for the vision is for an appointed time and, though it may tarry, it shall not fail or prove false''. Royal and noble is your blood, your spirit and your soul. You are excellent in all your ways and your gait is magnificent. 

So regardless of whatever circumstances you find yourself in, always remember who you are, hold your head up high and let the peace, joy,strength and confidence of the Lord envelop you. Wear that peace morning, day and night. Not the peace of the world which is premised on vanity, deceit, self-adulation and guile. Not that hollow peace which is nurtured and sustained by carnal minds, reprobate thoughts and deviant philosophies but rather that inexplicable, mysterious, deeply profound and divine peace that the bible says ''passeth all understanding'' and that comes only from deep intercession, from being hidden in Christ and from regular communion, interaction and fellowship with the Most High God. 

Take that divine peace and cherish it. Take that confidence, strength and joy and let it fill you to the brim. Take that wealth and the fat of the land to which the Lord will add no sorrow. And take that crown which He has bequethed to you even before the oracles of time. Like Esther, you are royalty and almost divine, though this was hidden from you by the peculiar circumstances of your humble origin and noble birth. 

You were chosen carefully even before you were conceived in your mother's womb by He that is the Creator of all things and that is the God of all flesh. I therefore urge you to go forth into the world in confidence and in strength and play your divinely-ordained role in your nation's history. Stand by your Lord and Master, the King, the beloved of the Lord and defy the arrows and distractions of the enemy and mere mortals. Let none deter you. Let none overwhelm you. Let none cower you. Let none suppress, intimidate or silence you. 

Always remember that greatness comes with a heavy price. Yet, whatever that price may be, do not be deterred for the Lord has already given you the land and all the fat that is in it. I urge you to stand firm and take it. Loved deeply by many, you are unstoppable and unbeatable. You are Ayo mi: my joy, my pride, my strength and my hope. You are everything that God wants you to be and that I have ever wanted in my life.  Shine Ayo mi, shine: for the Lord is with you and He has blessed you in more ways than you can possibly imagine. 

Never forsake or forget your favorite words and battle cry: ''clear hearts, God first, we don't lose''. These are YOUR words and they are powerful words of faith and strength. The Lord will surely honor them. You shall excel and prosper, you shall wear the crown, you shall sit on the iron throne, none shall come between us and I shall always love you. Shine Ayo mi, shine.

________________FFK, 2014


THE POWER OF A WOMAN
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

There is nothing that is more beautiful than my beloved. She is a happy and contented woman in full bloom. She wears the smile of elegance and her joy and perfection are infectious: they radiate from within, they move the spirit and they touch the soul. She is the object of my passion and of my love: a goddess that is worthy of offerings and of worship. Yet she too can bite and she too can sting.

Women are a precious gift from God but there are some things that all men need to know. Women are by far the deeper and more powerful of the two sexes. No matter how strong a man thinks he is, he is like butter in the hands of a woman that he loves. It is only a woman that can carry a child for nine months and raise that child to adulthood and yet until the day that that woman dies only she will know the real father of that child.

Women are more discerning than men, more calculating, more thoughtful, more spiritual, more loyal, and more disciplined and they can handle emotional pain and psychological torture far better than men. A woman can suffer trauma, deprivation, shame, sheer cruelty and beatings from a man and still stay with him simply for the sake of the children. A woman can do anything and take anything for, or from, a man that she truly loves.

A woman can be the most vicious and dangerous of all God's creatures when she is hurt and scorned and when her love is not returned.
A woman in a position of power can be a dangerous thing because more often than not she is motivated by emotion and not reason or logic. If wars were to be fought by women they would never end.

 

The greatest weapon that the devil has in his armoury are the Daughters of the Serpent and the Children of the Sea: those beautiful yet evil seducers whose mission in life is to destroy men that are called to greatness by God. The greatest weapon that God has in his arsenal are the Daughters of Zion and the Sisters of Virtue: those beautiful, wise, prayerful, discerning, prudent, patient, kind, loyal women who are faithful unto death and who are the enforcers and guardians of God's purpose in the lives of men.

A woman can kill a man that she has lived with all her life, simply because he never returned her love and a woman can kill for or die for a man who loves her and stands by her through thick and thin. If you are rich, pretend that you are poor to a woman and you will know her true nature. If you are poor, pretend that you are rich to a woman and you will know what she is really after.

 A woman that abandons a man when he is going through difficulties is not worth taking back when those challenges have been overcome. Beware of a woman's love, for at the slightest hurt, it can turn to hate. Women gossip and talk, yet a woman keeps deeper secrets than any man.

When a woman says "no" she actually means "maybe" and when she says "maybe" she actually means "yes". A woman that betrays or seeks to destroy, ridicule or shame her husband or lover destroys and diminishes her own spirit and wounds her own soul; not only is she not worthy of being loved by any, but she is not the material for a man of destiny, she is not of the stuff that true women are made.

A great king with a great army can overrun nations and yet can be mastered and overwhelmed by the mere touch and whisperings of a loving woman. The love of Helen of Troy caused the launch of a thousand ships and the love of any woman can cause a man to slaughter.

Women are a gift from God to men, but like all gifts they must be pampered, loved and given all your attention otherwise they begin to look elsewhere for such nourishment and care. Out of every specie of animal ever created by God, it is always the female gender of that animal that is the most vicious and dangerous and yet it is also the female of that specie that protects and raises the offspring in loving care.

You cannot police a woman or really know her movements for she can be the greatest deceiver: if she really wants to play, she will go ahead and play and no matter the efforts that her man makes, it is only by divine intervention that he will ever know. A woman is moved by touch whilst a man is moved by sight.

A woman will die for her children and guard her home with all she has. A woman craves for security and commitment above all else and without these two she cannot truly be happy. A woman gives, a woman takes, a woman laughs, a woman cries, yet through all this only she alone knows what is really in her heart.

A woman can heave and moan in the throes of orgasmic passion, yet deep down she feels nothing at all but pity and contempt for the lover that she is deceiving.

A woman can lie still and say she feels nothing yet her heart trembles and races and her senses come alive and quiver deeply just at the sound and by the touch of the man that she truly desires.

A woman can bed a man for many years of her life yet when confronted with the facts can say she never met him. A woman can love a man throughout her life without having ever spoken to him before.

A woman may be worshipped by the wealthiest of princes yet secretly her heart belongs to the poorest pauper in town. A woman may feign respect and love for her closest friend yet secretly she craves for and seeks to bed that best friend's husband.  

A woman can possess the wisdom and foresight of an Abigail yet she can also have the cunning and guile of a Dalilah. A woman can bear the cruelty and wickedness of a Jezebel yet she can also have the courage and selflessness of an Esther.

A woman rejected is the most dangerous creature on God’s green earth: for as they say ‘’hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’’. Yet a woman loved and that is cherished and pampered is the greatest gift that the heavens can offer.

That is a woman for you: they can be a snare or a blessing. They can bring joy or pain. They can wound or they can heal. They are a beautiful contradiction of love and hate and we men simply cannot live without them.

A woman can only appreciate a man after she has been with another. A woman will make you feel that you are in charge yet with sweet words and with guile and cunning she silently controls everything and everyone around you.

Women are the shield, the defender and the foundation of the home. Even as the man is the head, the woman is the neck without which it would fall. The greatest mistake that any man could ever make is to underestimate or treat with levity the power of a woman.

For it is only a dullard or a fool that could honestly believe that he can confine a woman to having babies and to simply cooking in the kitchen. A woman is irrepressable, unbeatable,unfathomable, irresistable and unknowable and my advice to every man is to cherish her, to love her and to grant her, her hearts deepest desires.

That is the secret to a woman's heart and what more is there to say, other than for us to admit that the woman is the true hero of our lives and to simply agree that we must appease and worship them and do all we can to keep those pretty smiles on their beautiful yet dangerous faces. 

________________FFK, 2014


ST. BARTS AND THE GOD-SENT CHILD.
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I sit in my study silently: head-bowed, pensive and all alone on a pitch black, cold and wet December night. It is aftermidnight, the guard dogs are on the prowl and have long been released, the wind is blowing fiercely and it is pouring with rain outside.

What a fearful and stormy night this is: it feels as if the elemental forces have unleashed their full power against we mortals and all the occupants of the earth. Such a sad, angry and lonely night.
Everyone in the house is fast asleep except for me. I sit back, meditate and reflect. My sadness almost overwhelms me as I think of the ugly events of the last few weeks and months.
I ask myself, who was right and who was wrong? Where did the two of us go so badly wrong that we cannot even talk again or care to find out how one another are faring? Where did all the suspicion, bitterness and hurt suddenly spring from?

Where did it all start and when did our love suddenly end? Is it possible for love to turn to such deep hatred overnight? Can three years of love, friendship, fellowship, special moments and trust be wiped away by three months of doubt, betrayal, acrimony, deceit and a frenzy of blind rage, harsh words and mutual suspicion.

All these thoughts race through my mind as the tears silently run down my cheeks on this lonely and stormy night. My soul is deeply wounded and my spirit weeps and groans with pain. In truth my heart has been broken. Yes I too can talk about "this heart of mine".

I too have a heart just like the one she often writes about in her short yet beautiful prose. And this heart of mine has been shattered into a thousand pieces.
All appears to be lost and there seems to be no longer any reason to live.

Then suddenly and out of the blue I remember St. Barts. That distant West Indian island where it all began many years ago. I remember the white sands, the deep blue sea, the peaceful and empty beaches where no other soul could be heard or seen for many miles around.

I remember the thousand stars that lit up the night, the bright and warm morning sun, the gentle breeze of the summer wind and the starch-white seagulls hovering to and fro: that was the beautiful paradise called St. Barts.
It was our island. It existed for just her and I. I remember the ecstasy that we both shared there. I remember the levels of passion that we attained. I remember how our souls touched with orgasmic pleasure.
I remember that refreshing "La Vie En Rose" smile from this goddess of the Delta and this God-sent child. That smile that filled me with joy and made me throw back my head and roar with laughter.
She brought passion, hope, strength and inspiration into my life. She ushered in a refreshing wave of blissful love and proved to me that I had every reason to live.
We made love on that beach over and over again and the light blue sky, the deep blue sea, the beautiful white sand, the twinkling stars and the bright yellow sun of St. Barts bore witness to our conjugal nights and our sacred union.

This is a memory that I shall never forget and it is one that I shall cherish till the day that I die. The Lord may take La Vie En Rose away from me but He will never take away the joyous memories of our time together in St. Barts. Those memories alone wipe away the misery of this sad, lonely and stormy night.

Those memories alone are the evidence of the love that we once shared. Those memories alone are what shall give me strength and keep me going until I find love again.
Those memories alone are what will sustain me through the darkest hours of each lonely night. Those memories alone will give me the courage to move on and live my life without La Vie En Rose by my side.
I love you, O God sent child. I always will. And one day we shall return to St. Barts and have one more night of making love on that beautiful beach under the light of the moon and a thousand stars.
One day we shall return to our island and enjoy one last night of unrestrained pleasure and passion where our bodies, souls and spirits will be as one again.

One day we shall return to our dream and on that day we shall look into each others eyes and once again roar with laughter as if we had no care in the world and as if there were no tomorrow.
I thank God for the time we shared at St. Barts and I thank Him for the three beautiful, tumultuos, temptestuos and delightful years that I spent with La Vie En Rose. She was vivacious, fresh and effervescent.
She had more passion and drive than anyone that I had ever met. For her the sky was the limit and no-one could hold her down. She was our very own Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons.

She was our Helen of Troy whom men could not resist. She was our Cleopatra for whom kings gave away their kingdoms. She was our very own Calypso for whom mortals gave away their liberty and souls.
She was our Mermidan Queen, a princess of the southern seas and a goddess of the Niger Delta. She was wild and free. She was indeed the God-sent child.

________________FFK, 2014


MY RESPONSE TO LAI MOHAMMED AND THE APC ON THEIR THREAT OF LEGAL ACTION
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I read the response of the APC through it's spokesman Lai Mohammed to my allegations and assertions in the interview that I gave to Channels TV on 30th June 2014. The said response appeared in a number of newspapers on 1st July 2014. 

I wish to make it clear that I stand by every single allegation and assertion that I made in the said interview and that I believe strongly that the APC comprises of at least a handful of Boko Haram sympathisers and questionable individuals who have at various times expressed a certain degree of support for Boko Haram. I wish to state clearly and categorically that Lai Mohammed, the official spokesman of the APC, is not only a pathological liar and a shameless coward but that he did indeed make the said comments about Boko Haram that I attributed to him in the interview.  

Apart from being a pernicious liar he is also a malicious and vindictive soul who is is either going senile and therefore habitually forgets what he once said or who simply derives pleasure from creating even more problems for his political party than they already have. Though he denied it, it is on record that he protested about and opposed the proscription of Boko Haram by the Federal Government in various newspapers on June 10th 2013 and he described such proscription as being unconstitutional and/or extra-constitutional and wrong in various newspapers.  http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/acn-boko-haram-s-proscription-order-extra-constitutional/149958/#.U7Grri1EdYM.twitter.

At that time he spoke in his official capacity as the spokesman of the ACN which is a constituent part of the present-day APC and which merged with other parties a few months later to form the said APC. The same Lai Mohammed  is now the spokesman of the APC and I have no reason to believe that he has purged himself of his earlier sympathies for that murderous organisation and it's deadly activities. I should also add that the same Lai Mohammed, on behalf of his party, opposed the idea of Boko Haram being labelled as a terrorist organisation by the United States of America throughout last year. As shameful as it is, this was his position and that of his party after that evil and insidious terrorist organisation had slaughtered thousands of our compatriots and innocent citizens and abducted, bombed and maimed our people. This speaks volumes. 

I would like to take this opportunity to state that I stand by every word that I said about General Muhammadu Buhari in the said interview and that his words and statements about Boko Haram and the agenda of those that believe in and support Boko Haram raises a lot of questions. These words were not in any way misconstrued or taken out of context in the said interview. 

Finally I would like to state clearly and categorically that the assertion  and grave allegation that I have ''cut a deal with the Federal Government'' concerning my case with the EFCC in order to ''prevent me from going to jail'' is not only asinine but it is also absurd. It is a lie from the pit of hell and it is a gratutious and slanderous insult on not only the Nigerian Judiciary, the Federal Government and my goodself but also on the legal profession as a whole and all those that are involved in the case. The case has been in court for the past 7 years and I can say clearly and categorically that no deals have been cut. 

It is also clear that the prosecution is about to close it's case and for Lai Mohammed to suggest that some kind of deal has been cut is not only libellous, extreemly damaging and deeply malicious but it is also contemptuos of the court proceedings. This matter will, of course, be taken up at the highest level and Lai Mohammed will be required to produce the evidence and the strictest proof of this so-called ''deal''. I have instructed my lawyers to send a letter to Lai Mohammed and the APC to urge them to issue a public apology within a specified period of  time or else I will instigate legal proceedings against them for this vicious and most malevolent form of libel and defamation of character. 

I look forward to seeing them in court where they can produce the evidence of where this so-called ''deal'' was cut between myself and the Federal Government to ensure that ''I do not go to jail''. Finally those that lack principle and the courage of their convictions and that have ended up changing parties as many times as they change their soiled underpants can be found in the APC more than anywhere else. This is self-evident. They are a cultic set of strange bedfellows who are lusting after power but who, by the grace of God, will never smell it. 

The fact that they have a spokesman who not only lies about his past statements and claims that he never said what he clearly said in the past and the fact that this same individual claimed that I never joined the APC in the first place proves to the world what a desperate, dirty, smutty and wicked little fellow he really is. I look forward to meeting him and his co-travellers in court and be rest assured that when we get there he and his friends will get far more than they bargained for. 

Finally on the allegation that I am attempting to ''ingratiate myself to and please the Federal Government'' nothing could be further from the truth and more absurd. My background and breeding would not permit me to try to ingratiate myself to anyone or any institution for any reason. Lai Mohammed and those that he represents and speaks for would not know anything about this because they come from a completely different background and a different world. For the record I have criticised the Federal Government as much as anyone else over the last few years and I would be ready to do so anyday and anytime where and when I feel that it is necessary. 

I am also ready to criticise the excesses and the strange and wicked tendencies of an irresponsible and egotistical opposition like the APC where and when I believe that it is in the interest of Nigeria to do so. This is because I have always spoken the truth regardless of whose ox is gored and I am not used to operating in an evil cult of silence where no dissent is tolerated or brooked and in which no-one is allowed to hold a contrary opinion to the powers that be.  

If I am to choose between the Federal Government and the PDP on the one hand and the APC with it's two-man dictatorial and fascistic leadership on the other I would choose the former any day. Sadly it took me one year of being amongst the APC to appreciate that and I thank God that I eventually did and that, unlike many others, I had the courage to leave them before it was too late. You may be used to intimidating and bullying others but you cannot intimidate or bully me. I have no fear of you, your leaders, your threats to my life which I have been receiving since I gave that interview or your threats of imminent destruction and litigation. 

I am not a man of war but a man of peace. I deplore strife and rancour. However I do not shirk away from a fight or a controversy when I am sufficiently provoked or threatened no matter how big and powerful the bully that issues that threat may be.  By the time this is all over you will know that I serve a Living God who is more than able to fight my battles for me. All I have to do is to watch and pray. 

Permit me to end this response by pointing out the fact that if any group of people are guilty of ''returning to their vomit'', the APC and most of it's leaders are more so than anyone else. They have also been rolling in their own faeces for many years. Whether they wish to accept it or not the stench of their yesteryears stalks them till today. No matter how hard they try nothing can change that and nothing can make that awful stench go away.

May God guide and help them and their party to see the light and to appreciate the virtues and beauty of a decent and peaceful secular state where violence and religious fundamentalism of any sort has no place. And may He deliver them from continuosly and habitually treading the path of division, rancor, lies, deceit, bullying, intimidation and self-destruction before it is too late. Hell will freeze over before I issue Lai Mohammed or the APC any type of apology for what I have said. If they are waiting for that they will wait forever. I look forward to seeing them in court and may God's will be done.

signed: CHIEF FEMI FANI-KAYODE

________________FFK, 2014


EKITI: SOME HARD LESSONS FOR THE APC
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

There  are three things that Ayo Fayose told me during a lively and prolonged discussion in my hotel suite at the Ideal Nest Hotel in Osogbo, Osun state a few months ago.  The first was that I would eventually leave the APC and that the reason that I hadn't left at that time was because I didn’t know them yet. 

In order to prove his point he told me about what they had put him through when he left the PDP and joined their ranks a few years back (they were known as the ACN at the time) and how after a series of betrayals, misunderstandings and insults he had no choice but to go back to the PDP where at least ''freedom of expression and differing opinions were welcome'' as he so aptly put it. He said that he gave me just a few more months  and that after that I would ‘’come back home’’ to the PDP just as he had done before.

The second thing that he told me was that he would become the flagbearer of the PDP and that he would defeat my brother Governor Kayode Fayemi in the upcoming governorship election in Ekiti state. He concluded by saying that this would mark the beginning of the end of the APC in the south-west and indeed in the whole of Nigeria.

I did not accept any of his projections and predictions but it is self-evident that he has been proved right in all three. Not only did I discover, albeit the hard way, what the APC and it’s self-proclaimed ‘’owners’’ were really like and what their real agenda was, but I also left the party and ‘’went back home’’ to PDP just a few months later.

He also made good his threat, won the PDP primaries and went on to defeat  Kayode Fayemi in the governership election of Ekiti state a few months later. He has been proved right on the third count as well because the signs of ‘’the beginning of the end’’ for the APC had already started appearing long ago.

With the way in which many notable leaders of the party have jumped ship in the last few weeks and months, including  Ibrahim Shekarau, Attahiru Bafawara, Marcus Gundiri, Dele Belgore, Buba Marwa , yours truly and a number of others and with the quiet grumblings from within by a handful of notable and more respectable figures like Tom Ikimi , Ali Modu Sheriff,  Kashim Ibrahim-Imam,  Segun Osoba, Niyi Adebayo and a number of others who have rightly expressed strong reservations about the way that they have been treated by the ‘’powers that be’’ from within, it is clear that the APC is not only finished but that after the special convention for it's Presidential primaries takes place in November it will explode in a very dramatic manner.  Fayose appears to have had the gift of foresight in all these matters.

Once again I offer  a hearty congratulations to him and to the entire leadership of the Ekiti state PDP on their historic victory in the governorship election that took place in their state on 21st June 2014. The people of Ekiti have spoken and their choice MUST be respected by all.

My heart goes out to my brother Kayode Fayemi who fought gallantly but lost the election and who remains not only a man of honour and unimpeachable integrity but also one of the finest minds in the country. He is certainly one of the most cerebal, disciplined, compassionate, accomodating and civilsed leaders that the APC has within it's ranks and one of those that gave it a semblence of integrity and credibility.

His state broadcast where he conceded defeat to Fayose proves my point and it speaks volumes. He is a first class gentleman and a good sport. Unlike most of those in his party he knows when to call it quits and he respects the choice of the people. That is worth commending and it is worthy of emulation.

By that single act alone Fayemi has guaranteed a place for himself in the future of yoruba and Nigerian politics and if he can only change parties and leave the Almajiris he will still go very far indeed. For him the future is still very bright and the sky is the limit. I salute his courage and commend his past efforts for Nigeria and for his state.

Yet the truth must be told. And that truth is that whether they want to accept it or not the people of Ekiti state sent a very strong signal to the national leadership and stakeholders of the Almajiri People's Congress during the election.

The rejection of Fayemi at the polls had as much to do with the disgust and opprobium that most people in the south west and indeed the country harbour and hold for the tiny cabal of dictators and demi-gods that constitute the APC leadership as much as it does for anything else. Their message is simple and clear and it is as follows:

1) They should stop playing religious politics, stop being petty and stop trying to implement a muslim agenda in our country.

2) They should stop behaving like a primitive cult where only the opinion of one or two leaders matter and where dissent and differing opinions have no place,

3)They should stop trying to demean others and stop treating them with contempt,

4)They should stop arrogating all knowledge and all power to just a handful of people at the top that have clearly lost touch with reality,

5)They should stop taking others for granted and stop calling our yoruba oba's ''useless''.

6)They should stop telling people the most disgusting, hateful, shameful and monuemental lies about others.

7)They should rid themselves of their slave mentality and stop playing second fiddle to those that believe that they own Nigeria.

8)They should stop trying to enslave their people by returning  the hegemonists to power through the back door in Nigeria.

The simple truth is that God has turned His back on the Almajiri's People's Congress. This is because of the atrocities that are being committed by a few of their leaders right at the top, because of their evil, covert and subterreanean agenda, because they wish to turn the yoruba, and indeed the entire southern part of the country, into perpetual slaves and because of their patently and unapologetic anti-christian agenda.

Given the history of our country and the suffering of the people of the south west over the last 53 years since we gained independence from the British, no true yoruba nationalist should have anything to do with them.

I say this because to say that you are a yoruba nationalist and at the same time you are working day and night to hand over power to a die-hard, ultra-conservative, hegemonistic, brutal dictator and despot like Mohammadu Buhari, who believes that Nigeria was bequethed to him and to his people by God and his forefathers, is a contradiction in terms.

Anything and anyone is better than that and no self-respecting yoruba man, southerner or indeed middle-belter would ever do such a thing. Let those that have slavish souls continue to attempt to turn us all into the slaves of our collective oppressors and throw us into perpetual bondage: the rest of us will stand against them, expose them, resist them, defeat them and flush them down the toilet where they belong.

God has rejected the Almajiri People's Congress and the sooner they accept that hard fact and bitter truth the better it will be for them and for Nigeria . Yesterday it was Ekiti. Tomorrow it will be Osun.

We will not rest until every inch of yorubaland and, indeed Nigeria, is freed from the grip of the Almajiri People's Congress and their insidious and desperate Haramite allies from the north. The days of fooling the people and winning elections by propaganda, intimidation, lies, threats and coercion are long over.

The people of Ekiti have spoken and soon the rest of Nigeria shall speak as well. For the Almajiri People's Congress and their Haramite allies, it is all over.

A new era for Ekiti begins today whilst another one ends. Yet everyone appears to be smiling and that is precisely how it ought to be.  There also appears to be a distinct atmosphere of hope in the air and a new-found, refreshing and distinct sense of unity of purpose coupled with a firm resolve to allow peace to reign and to let bygones be bygones.

This is a classic example of what the late Waziri Ibrahim of the defunct GNPP labelled as ‘’politics without bitterness’’ and it is very refreshing.    

I was particularly touched by Ayo Fayose’s declaration that there was ‘’no victor and no vanquished’’ after the election and by his promise to work with Kayode Fayemi and the Labour Party gubernatorial candidate Opeyemi Bamidele to ‘’move the state forward’’.  I salute his magnaminity in victory.

I also salute the sheer courage  of Fayemi and Bamidele to accept defeat in good faith and I commend them both for stretching out their hand of friendship to the winner of the election.

All three of these gentlemen are well known to me and they are my friends and brothers. They are also proud sons of the Yoruba who have proved to the world that politics in the south-west  can be played without any violence, rancor and bitterness.  I wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

________________FFK, 2014


THE RAGE OF THE JIHADISTS AND THE SCOURGE OF RADICAL ISLAM IN NIGERIA
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

''And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh and they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob''- Isaiah 49: 26. 

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

 

This is essay is not for the easily excitable or the unduly emotional. It is a long and troubling essay but the subject matter is of such importance that I urge it's readers to stay with it to the very end. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride. 

 

On June 11th 2014 the Governor of Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, Mr. Kashim Shettima, warned that Boko Haram may soon extend it's operations to the southern part of our country. Four days later, on June 15th, his prediction began to unfold when two disturbing incidents occured. 

Firstly came the planting of three bombs in the premises of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) in Owerri, the Imo state capital, by Boko Haram insurgents. This was done on aSunday morning where and when approximately 10,000 faithful christian worshippers were gathered to attend their weekly Church service. 

 

Thankfully the militants were caught in the act, apprehended by the police and the bombs were diffused. Had this not been the case the number of casualties would have been horrific and unimaginable. Yet it didn't stop there. 

On that same day no less than 486 men of northern extraction and eight women were caught by the army sneaking into Abia state in a 33-bus convoy at 3.00 a.m. in the morning from the north. According  to the police these individuals are suspected Boko Haram insurgents that were on their way to carry out a sinister mission and create havoc.  

The fact that one of those that were caught in this group has since been described by the authorities as a ''notorious Boko Haram commander'' who had been declared wanted in the past and for whom a ransom had already been offered casts even more suspicion on their mission and intentions. 

The ''notorious commander'' has since been separated from the other suspects and has been detained not just by the police but by the military authorities in Abia state. A few days later the police confirmed that at least 86 of the detained suspects were definately associated with Boko Haram whilst the rest remained under investigation. 

This alarming news coupled with the startling revelation that was published in a British tabloid called the Daily Star on 8th June (and which was later reproduced in Nigeria's Skytrend News on the 17th of June) that, according to British intelligence sources, no less than 50 British islamists ''mainly from south-east London'' have joined the ranks of Boko Haram and are actually operating on Nigerian soil gives much cause for concern.  

To make matters worse, according to police sources, on the morning of 20th June a Boko Haram suicide bomber was intercepted and arrested whilst trying to plant a bomb in a school in Owerri, Imo state in southern Nigeria. These are indeed trying and troubling times. 

 

Given all these events can anyone still have any doubts about the seriousness of the situation or about just how desperate, deluded, hate-filled, sick and venomous these jihadists really are? 

 

If so I would suggest that they pay a visit to my facebook ‘’community’’ page (as opposed to my ‘’friends’’ page) where I shared a long and detailed 4,800 word write-up that was authored by Pastor Jonah Isa on behalf of a group known as the Middle Belt Dialogue and titled "The Chibok Girls". Once there please read the insults and rage that the Haramites and their ilk have expressed on the thread. 

I have left the posting there and have refused to remove the hateful comments about both me and the authors of the write-up simply because I think that it is an interesting case-study of how murderers behave when they are provided with the evidence of their hideous crimes. They scream, shout, threaten, insult and become dangerously violent in their language and tone. 

Their reasons for getting themselves so worked up are two-fold: firstly because I ''dared'' to share a revealing and factual write-up from the Middle Belt Dialogue and post it on both my facebook ‘’friends’’ and ‘’community’’ page and secondly because the bitter truth has been exposed to the Nigerian public. The strange nature of these Haramites never ceases to amaze me.

They are filled with so much hatred and rage that it is self-evident that they are not only homicidal in nature but also in word, manner and deed. They are simply incapable of indulging in any form of intelligent, civilized, refined and intellectual debate or discussion about the deep and genuine concerns that some of us have about the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in the north or the serious and weighty assertions and allegations that have been made in the document. 

Right from the outset, all they do is threaten, abuse, malign, misrepresent and insult and they do so with the most venomous and vicious words. In truth they are filled with poison and they are suffering from a deep, dark and malevolent disposition. What they need more than anything else is a good education about the sanctity of human life and the deep compassion and forgiving nature of the one true God. 

They also need love, pity, deliverance and plenty of prayers. More or less every single assertion that the Middle Belt Dialogue has made in their write-up is credible and their scholarly work was a product of empirical research and in-depth analysis. I commend it’s authors and the group generally and I wish that more people had the courage to reveal these facts and compile them for historical and academic purposes. 

I also recommend the document as essential reading for anyone that really wants to understand the nature of the religious and political crisis that we are facing in Nigeria today. I urge each and every one of such people to simply google the docuement and consider the questions it raises about the role of the Governor of Borno state in the Chibok affair amongst many other things. This is especially so for those journalists at the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and other international television and radio networks that tend to see and report this matter in such a blinkered and jaundiced manner.

More often than not they are so far off the mark in their understanding, analysis and reportage of these matters that one honestly wonders whether it is borne out of ignorance and as a consequence of the disinformation that they have been fed or whether it is conspiratorial and contrived. In this respect Miss Isha Sesay of the CNN takes the crown for the Queen of fudgers and fumblers. 

The truth is that the veracity, accuracy and credibility of the serious and grave allegations and assertions that the Middle Belt Dialogue have made in their write-up can hardly be faulted. Yet, despite this, the murderous Haramites somehow feel that no-one has the right to expose these truths. They do not even believe that we have the right to complain about their collective atrocities or the demonic agenda that they have for Nigeria let alone resist it.

Worst still they have shown absolutely no empathy for their victims and they have expressed no remorse about the atrocities that they, their forefathers and their Haramite brothers and sisters have committed from time immemorial, and are still committing every day, against christians and moderate muslims in this country.

It is as if they have been programmed from birth and brainwashed into hating, attacking, insulting and butchering anyone that thinks differently from them, that dares to speak the truth, that has the guts to challenge their awesome and brutal power and that is courageous enough to expose their jihadist agenda, their sheer wickedness and their endless atrocities.

As far as I am concerned their religious intolerance, their aversion to moderate islam and their stated intention to wipe out Christianity is indicative of demonic possession. They are not only possessed but they are are also ignorant and willing tools in the hands of satan. 

They are the emissaries and agents that the devil has used to torment Nigeria for the last 53 years and now is the time to confront them and stop them once and for all. 

If we do not do so and if we continue to sit back silently and allow them to abduct our children, slaughter the innocents and impose their own understanding of their faith and will on the rest of us then we will all eventually be consumed. 

Worst still our nation and people will continue to be visited with the harshest judgement from God simply because we have chosen to remain silent in the face of this great evil and injustice. The blood of those that have been slaughtered by the jihadists in sectarian and ethnic violence in Nigeria in the last 53 years speaks against us all on a daily basis and not just against those that spilled and shed that innocent blood.

Until those that are behind these barbarous killings and evil and that secretly fund, encourage and instigate it are made to face justice and answer for their crimes and until such barbaric killings, abductions and forced conversions and marriages are brought to an end, Nigeria and the Nigerian people will not know peace and they will continue to suffer God's judgement. 

The bottom line is simple and clear: the secularity of the Nigerian state must be preserved at all costs. Religion has no place in politics or matters of governance and the greatest crime on earth and before God is to use religion as a tool for political destabilization and violence. It is not only irresponsible but it is also extremly dangerous.

Worse still, those that start it never know where it may end or who may be affected or consumed by it. The duty to resist the devil and his agents, to speak truth to power and to expose all manner of evil is ours: the consequences of doing so are Gods. Love me or hate me, this is the bitter truth. May the Lord God of Hosts, the God of the Armies of Israel, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and He that is more than able guide, lead and protect those of us that are prepared to speak it. 


At this juncture permit me to share the words of my friend Mr. Dickson Igwe. On June 16th 2014 he wrote the following on my facebook wall:

''There is a war on in the Middle East and Africa between the forces of jihad and more moderate forces. It is either you follow their pure islamic ideology or you are an enemy to be eradicated. It is further complicated by war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. The war has arrived in Nigeria. So either Christians wake up and understand what they are up against and fight to the death - or continue with the status quo and die like wild animals- there is no half way. Nigeria with a predominantly Christian south and a predominantly islamic north is a frontline in the war between fundamentalist Islam, and Christianity and the forces of moderation. Across Africa, I see an invisible warfront somewhere between North Africa and sub-saharan Africa where the jihadists and their terror networks penetrate south and kill Christians at will. Do not be deluded. This is war. Christians living in Northern Nigeria are sitting ducks. They are fodder for terrorists. And the Jihadists will come south eventually. The best thing the Christian south can do is adopt the posture of the ancient crusader. This is a fight to the finish. There is no middle ground with these murderers. They are vermin’’. 

Can anyone doubt the wisdom, foresight and veracity of these chilling and frightful words

Equally chilling is the contribution from my sister Miss Toyin Fani-Kayode. She qouted Mr. Paul Adams, the BBC World Affairs correspondent who filed in his story from Iraq, and she posted those words on her facebook page. Mr. Adams' story was about the shocking and breathtaking military offensive of the dreaded ISIS islamists in Iraq and their massive military gains in the last few days and weeks. On June 11th, on BBC TV's ''News At One'', he reported that: 

''Mosul is overrun and taken over by Islamist militants - they control oil resources , mineral resources and borders. On monday Mosul's Governor urged residents to stand and hold firm: hours later he was gone. Militants now control government offices, police buildings and banks too. Half a million flee. One officer said: 'we can't beat them. We can't. They are well trained in street fighting and we're not. We need a whole army to drive them out of Mosul. They're like ghosts: they appear, strike and disappear in seconds'’’. 

This is a graphic and vivid report by Mr. Adams about the ugly events that are fast unfolding in Iraq. Having shared it with us in order to wet our appetites and to get our hearts beating at a fast pace, Miss Fani-Kayode concluded her contribution by adding her own short and instructive counsel. She wrote: ‘’Nigeria take note''. 

Her point is taken. Given the efforts and gradual build-up of the fire-power and increasingly daring military incursions of Boko Haram in our country, her counsel is not only welcome but it is also timely and relevant.

Those that are shallow and naive enough to honestly believe that what is happening in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Kenya and elsewhere today can never happen in Nigeria would do well to go and do their research on the history of Islamic fundamentalism throughout the world. 

They need to learn a thing or two about the doctrine of the salifists and the wahabbi philosophy, where it comes from and which countries drive and fund it. They should study the concept of global jihad and try to understand and appreciate the attraction that it has for millions of young islamists all over the world who feel that that is the only way to preserve their faith, way of life and philosophy and to defend the interests of their people.

They should also focus particularly on the history of Turkey which was once a purely Christian nation. She was ruled by the first Christian Roman Emperor called Constantine, she was indeed home to the first seven major churches after the resurrection of the Messiah and she remained Christian for over one thousand years. 

This was up until the time that radical and political islam was introduced into her shores and before the islamists of the Ottoman Empire defeated the Christians, took over the reigns of political power and literally wiped out christianity. It didn’t stop there. 

Hundreds of years later when General Kamal Attaturk took power in Turkey and established the first muslim secular state he not only murdered one million islamists who opposed him and his understanding and application of islam in order to pave the way for that state but he also massacred no less than one million Christian Armenians from Turkey’s neighbouring country and vassal state. 

Question: what is the morale of the tale? Answer: never say that such things can never happen in Nigeria and do not accept the naive assertion that Christianity cannot be wiped out in our country. It happened in Turkey, it has more or less happened in Egypt and it came close to happening in Lebanon. 

History often repeats itself in climes that refuse to learn from the historical experiences and lessons of others. Let us hope that we do not end up suffering from that particular affliction in Nigeria. 

For the eternal optimists who still claim that we do not have a religious problem in our country and who, like the proverbial ostrich, have buried their heads in the sand permit me to end this essay with an insightful and relevant contribution from Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje. On June 11, 2014 he wrote the following: 

‘’What do Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Central African Republic, Mali, Pakistan, India, Russia, China, Bahrain, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Myanmar, Lebanon, the Phillipines, Malaysia, Turkestan, Chechnya, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and many more countries all have in common? The answer is that they are all fighting against Jihadists that are determined to overthrow their secular constitutions and replace it with a fundamentalist Islamic Caliphate in either the whole or part of their countries!’’ 

What Mr. Agbaje has said is an incontrovertible fact. We are in the middle of an epic and major international conflict whose outcome will have monumental consequences for us all. Yet this is no ordinary conflict. It is far more frightful than that. We are fighting a war against a relentless and vicious group of people that are waging a global jihad. It is a war of the mind, heart, body, spirit and soul. 

It is a war that seeks to wipe out Christianity and every other major faith, to destroy the secular state, to shatter and discredit moderate Islam, to change our way of life forever, to drive us back into the 6th century, to turn our women into chattel and to turn our children into sex slaves. 

It is a war that has resulted in much carnage and chaos yet it is one that we cannot afford to shy away from or to lose. The forces that we are up against and that threaten our very existence are worse than fascism and communism all rolled into one. They are a cancer that is eating us up from within. 

To act as if they present no danger to our nation and the welfare of our people and to suggest that ‘’all is well’’ and that they do not exist is the biggest mistake that any sensible and self-respecting Nigerian could possibly make. 

Not only do they exist but they have also managed to infiltrate our government, our political parties and every sphere of our military, intelligence, security and civil institutions. 

They are literally everywhere and it is the duty of every true patriot, whether he or she be Christian or Muslim, to expose them, resist them, shame them and bring them to justice. 

Permit me to end this contribution with a few words about the tenacious nature of the christian faith. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the Living God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Resurrected Lord, the Risen King, He that is high and lifted up and He that came down to earth as God incarnate in the flesh said ''I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it''. 

Those that seek to wipe out christianity need to ponder on these words and meditate on them. Those that seek to diminish the the status of our faith by cheating, killing, persecuting, maiming and shaming christians need a lesson in church history. The fact of the matter is that the christian church was built on the blood of the martyrs and the persecution of the saints. The more christians you kill, persecute, torment and shame the more the church grows and the more our faith spreads. It is a deep mystery and a spiritual principle that is inexplicable to the unknowing and unfathomable to the uninitiated.  

The Word of the Lord says ''have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty''.  It goes on to say ''no weapon fashioned against thee shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn''. It concludes the verse by saying ''this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord''. The lesson is simple and clear: no matter how many of us you kill, persecute or seek to intimidate, the followers of the Nazarene cannot be defeated and nothing can overwhelm or deter us. In every circumstance and situation, no matter how bad, we shall always prevail. 

This is because we serve a mighty God. It is because just over 2000 years ago our Lord and Master paid the price, took the pain, gave up His life, shed His precious blood, went down to hell, rose again and conquered death. He is the guarantor of our victory. He is the source of our confidence and strength. He is ''our shield, our glory and the lifter of our heads''. 

I conclude this essay with a call to every true believer and to those that are in covenant with the Lord to pray for the christians of northern Nigeria. The hardship, suffering and persecution that the majority of them have endured over the years and indeed are still enduring at the hands of the extremists, the haramites and the jihadists needs to be seen to be believed. Yet they have endured it with immense dignity, restraint, self-respect and in stoic silence. 

I also implore the christian faithful to say a word of prayer for this writer and humble servant of truth as well. God knows that I need it: as a matter of fact we all do. 

May the name of the Lord be glorified in our quest for justice, freedom and security for our people and may His Church go from strength to strength. God bless Nigeria.

________________FFK, 2014


ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE ROLE OF NIGERIA IN GLOBAL JIHAD (PART 2)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

At this juncture permit me to share the words of my friend Mr. Dickson Igwe. On June 16th 2014 he wrote the following on my facebook wall:

''There is a war on in the Middle East and Africa between the forces of jihad and more moderate forces. It is either you follow their pure islamic ideology or you are an enemy to be eradicated. It is further complicated by war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. The war has arrived in Nigeria. So either Christians wake up and understand what they are up against and fight to the death - or continue with the status quo and die like wild animals- there is no half way. Nigeria with a predominantly Christian south and a predominantly islamic north is a frontline in the war between fundamentalist Islam, and Christianity and the forces of moderation. Across Africa, I see an invisible warfront somewhere between North Africa and sub-saharan Africa where the jihadists and their terror networks penetrate south and kill Christians at will. Do not be deluded. This is war. Christians living in Northern Nigeria are sitting ducks. They are fodder for terrorists. And the Jihadists will come south eventually. The best thing the Christian south can do is adopt the posture of the ancient crusader. This is a fight to the finish. There is no middle ground with these murderers. They are vermin’’. 

Can anyone doubt the wisdom, foresight and veracity of these chilling and frightful words

Equally chilling is the contribution from my sister Miss Toyin Fani-Kayode. She qouted Mr. Paul Adams, the BBC World Affairs correspondent who filed in his story from Iraq, and she posted those words on her facebook page. Mr. Adams' story was about the shocking and breathtaking military offensive of the dreaded ISIS islamists in Iraq and their massive military gains in the last few days and weeks. On June 11th, on BBC TV's ''News At One'', he reported that: 

''Mosul is overrun and taken over by Islamist militants - they control oil resources , mineral resources and borders.On monday Mosul's Governor urged residents to stand and hold firm: hours later he was gone. Militants now control government offices, police buildings and banks too. Half a million flee. One officer said: 'we can't beat them. We can't. They are well trained in street fighting and we're not. We need a whole army to drive them out of Mosul. They're like ghosts: they appear, strike and disappear in seconds'’’. 

This is a graphic and vivid report by Mr. Adams about the ugly events that are fast unfolding in Iraq. Having shared it with us in order to wet our appetites and to get our hearts beating at a fast pace, Miss Fani-Kayode concluded her contribution by adding her own short and instructive counsel. She wrote: ‘’Nigeria take note''. 

Her point is taken. Given the efforts and gradual build-up of the fire-power and increasingly daring military incursions of Boko Haram in our country, her counsel is not only welcome but it is also timely and relevant.

Those that are shallow and naive enough to honestly believe that what is happening in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Kenya and elsewhere today can never happen in Nigeria would do well to go and do their research on the history of Islamic fundamentalism throughout the world. 

They need to learn a thing or two about the doctrine of the salifists and the wahabbi philosophy, where it comes from and which countries drive and fund it. They should study the concept of global jihad and try to understand and appreciate the attraction that it has for millions of young islamists all over the world who feel that that is the only way to preserve their faith, way of life and philosophy and to defend the interests of their people.

They should also focus particularly on the history of Turkey which was once a purely Christian nation. She was ruled by the first Christian Roman Emperor called Constantine, she was indeed home to the first seven major churches after the resurrection of the Messiah and she remained Christian for over one thousand years. 

This was up until the time that radical and political islam was introduced into her shores and before the islamists of the Ottoman Empire defeated the Christians, took over the reigns of political power and literally wiped out christianity. It didn’t stop there. 

Hundreds of years later when General Kamal Attaturk took power in Turkey and established the first muslim secular state he not only murdered one million islamists who opposed him and his understanding and application of islam in order to pave the way for that state but he also massacred no less than one million Christian Armenians from Turkey’s neighbouring country and vassal state. 

Question: what is the morale of the tale? Answer: never say that such things can never happen in Nigeria and do not accept the naive assertion that Christianity cannot be wiped out in our country. It happened in Turkey, it has more or less happened in Egypt and it came close to happening in Lebanon. 

History often repeats itself in climes that refuse to learn from the historical experiences and lessons of others. Let us hope that we do not end up suffering from that particular affliction in Nigeria. 

For the eternal optimists who still claim that we do not have a religious problem in our country and who, like the proverbial ostrich, have buried their heads in the sand permit me to end this essay with an insightful and relevant contribution from Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje. On June 11, 2014 he wrote the following: 

‘’What do Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Central African Republic, Mali, Pakistan, India, Russia, China, Bahrain, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Myanmar, Lebanon, the Phillipines, Malaysia, Turkestan, Chechnya, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and many more countries all have in common? The answer is that they are all fighting against Jihadists that are determined to overthrow their secular constitutions and replace it with a fundamentalist Islamic Caliphate in either the whole or part of their countries!’’ 

What Mr. Agbaje has said is an incontrovertible fact. We are in the middle of an epic and major international conflict whose outcome will have monumental consequences for us all. Yet this is no ordinary conflict. It is far more frightful than that. We are fighting a war against a relentless and vicious group of people that are waging a global jihad. It is a war of the mind, heart, body, spirit and soul. 

It is a war that seeks to wipe out Christianity and every other major faith, to destroy the secular state, to shatter and discredit moderate Islam, to change our way of life forever, to drive us back into the 6th century, to turn our women into chattel and to turn our children into sex slaves. 

It is a war that has resulted in much carnage and chaos yet it is one that we cannot afford to shy away from or to lose. The forces that we are up against and that threaten our very existence are worse than fascism and communism all rolled into one. They are a cancer that is eating us up from within. 

To act as if they present no danger to our nation and the welfare of our people and to suggest that ‘’all is well’’ and that they do not exist is the biggest mistake that any sensible and self-respecting Nigerian could possibly make. 

Not only do they exist but they have also managed to infiltrate our government, our political parties and every sphere of our military, intelligence, security and civil institutions. 

They are literally everywhere and it is the duty of every true patriot, whether he or she be Christian or Muslim, to expose them, resist them, shame them and bring them to justice. 

 

Permit me to end this contribution with a few words about the tenacious nature of the christian faith. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the Living God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Resurrected Lord, the Risen King, He that is high and lifted up and He that came down to earth as God incarnate in the flesh said ''I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it''. 

 

Those that seek to wipe out christianity need to ponder on these words and meditate on them. Those that seek to diminish the the status of our faith by cheating, killing, persecuting, maiming and shaming christians need a lesson in church history. The fact of the matter is that the christian church was built on the blood of the martyrs and the persecution of the saints. The more christians you kill, persecute, torment and shame the more the church grows and the more our faith spreads. It is a deep mystery and a spiritual principle that is inexplicable to the unknowing and unfathomable to the uninitiated.  

 

The Word of the Lord says ''have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty''.  It goes on to say ''no weapon fashioned against thee shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn''. It concludes the verse by saying ''this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord''. The lesson is simple and clear: no matter how many of us you kill, persecute or seek to intimidate, the followers of the Nazarene cannot be defeated and nothing can overwhelm or deter us. In every circumstance and situation, no matter how bad, we shall always prevail. 

 

This is because we serve a mighty God. It is because just over 2000 years ago our Lord and Master paid the price, took the pain, gave up His life, shed His precious blood, went down to hell, rose again and conquered death. He is the guarantor of our victory. He is the source of our confidence and strength. He is ''our shield, our glory and the lifter of our heads''. 

 

I conclude this essay with a call to every true believer and to those that are in covenant with the Lord to pray for the christians of northern Nigeria. The hardship, suffering and persecution that the majority of them have endured over the years and indeed are still enduring at the hands of the extremists, the haramites and the jihadists needs to be seen to be believed. Yet they have endured it with immense dignity, restraint, self-respect and in stoic silence. 

I also implore the christian faithful to say a word of prayer for this writer and humble servant of truth as well. God knows that I need it: as a matter of fact we all do. 

May the name of the Lord be glorified in our quest for justice, freedom and security for our people and may His Church go from strength to strength. God bless Nigeria.

________________FFK, 2014


ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE ROLE OF NIGERIA IN GLOBAL JIHAD (PART 1)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

''And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh and they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob''- Isaiah 49: 26. 

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

 

This is essay is not for the easily excitable or the unduly emotional. It is a long and troubling essay but the subject matter is of such importance that I urge it's readers to stay with it to the very end. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride. 

 

On June 11th 2014 the Governor of Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, Mr. Kashim Shettima, warned that Boko Haram may soon extend it's operations to the southern part of our country. Four days later, on June 15th, his prediction began to unfold when two disturbing incidents occured. 

Firstly came the planting of three bombs in the premises of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) in Owerri, the Imo state capital, by Boko Haram insurgents. This was done on aSunday morning where and when approximately 10,000 faithful christian worshippers were gathered to attend their weekly Church service. 

 

Thankfully the militants were caught in the act, apprehended by the police and the bombs were diffused. Had this not been the case the number of casualties would have been horrific and unimaginable. Yet it didn't stop there. 

On that same day no less than 486 men of northern extraction and eight women were caught by the army sneaking into Abia state in a 33-bus convoy at 3.00 a.m. in the morning from the north. According  to the police these individuals are suspected Boko Haram insurgents that were on their way to carry out a sinister mission and create havoc.  

The fact that one of those that were caught in this group has since been described by the authorities as a ''notorious Boko Haram commander'' who had been declared wanted in the past and for whom a ransom had already been offered casts even more suspicion on their mission and intentions. 

The ''notorious commander'' has since been separated from the other suspects and has been detained not just by the police but by the military authorities in Abia state. A few days later the police confirmed that at least 86 of the detained suspects were definately associated with Boko Haram whilst the rest remained under investigation. 

This alarming news coupled with the startling revelation that was published in a British tabloid called the Daily Star on 8th June (and which was later reproduced in Nigeria's Skytrend News on the 17th of June) that, according to British intelligence sources, no less than 50 British islamists ''mainly from south-east London'' have joined the ranks of Boko Haram and are actually operating on Nigerian soil gives much cause for concern.  

To make matters worse, according to police sources, on the morning of 20th June a Boko Haram suicide bomber was intercepted and arrested whilst trying to plant a bomb in a school in Owerri, Imo state in southern Nigeria. These are indeed trying and troubling times. 

 

Given all these events can anyone still have any doubts about the seriousness of the situation or about just how desperate, deluded, hate-filled, sick and venomous these jihadists really are? 

 

If so I would suggest that they pay a visit to my facebook ‘’community’’ page (as opposed to my ‘’friends’’ page) where I shared a long and detailed 4,800 word write-up that was authored by a group known as the Middle Belt Dialogue titled "The Chibok Girls". Once there please read the insults and rage that the Haramites and their ilk have expressed on the thread. 

I have left the posting there and have refused to remove the hateful comments about both me and the authors of the write-up simply because I think that it is an interesting case-study of how murderers behave when they are provided with the evidence of their hideous crimes. They scream, shout, threaten, insult and become dangerously violent in their language and tone. 

Their reasons for getting themselves so worked up are two-fold: firstly because I ''dared'' to share a revealing and factual write-up from the Middle Belt Dialogue and post it on both my facebook ‘’friends’’ and ‘’community’’ page and secondly because the bitter truth has been exposed to the Nigerian public. The strange nature of these Haramites never ceases to amaze me.

They are filled with so much hatred and rage that it is self-evident that they are not only homicidal in nature but also in word, manner and deed. They are simply incapable of indulging in any form of intelligent, civilized, refined and intellectual debate or discussion about the deep and genuine concerns that some of us have about the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in the north or the serious and weighty assertions and allegations that have been made in the document. 

Right from the outset, all they do is threaten, abuse, malign, misrepresent and insult and they do so with the most venomous and vicious words. In truth they are filled with poison and they are suffering from a deep, dark and malevolent disposition. What they need more than anything else is a good education about the sanctity of human life and the deep compassion and forgiving nature of the one true God. 

They also need love, pity, deliverance and plenty of prayers. More or less every single assertion that the Middle Belt Dialogue has made in their write-up is credible and their scholarly work was a product of empirical research and in-depth analysis. I commend it’s authors and the group generally and I wish that more people had the courage to reveal these facts and compile them for historical and academic purposes. 

I also recommend the document as essential reading for anyone that really wants to understand the nature of the religious and political crisis that we are facing in Nigeria today. I urge each and every one of such people to simply google the docuement and consider the questions it raises about the role of the Governor of Borno state in the Chibok affair amongst many other things. This is especially so for those journalists at the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and other international television and radio networks that tend to see and report this matter in such a blinkered and jaundiced manner.

More often than not they are so far off the mark in their understanding, analysis and reportage of these matters that one honestly wonders whether it is borne out of ignorance and as a consequence of the disinformation that they have been fed or whether it is conspiratorial and contrived. In this respect Miss Isha Sesay of the CNN takes the crown for the Queen of fudgers and fumblers. 

The truth is that the veracity, accuracy and credibility of the serious and grave allegations and assertions that the Middle Belt Dialogue have made in their write-up can hardly be faulted. Yet, despite this, the murderous Haramites somehow feel that no-one has the right to expose these truths. They do not even believe that we have the right to complain about their collective atrocities or the demonic agenda that they have for Nigeria let alone resist it.

Worst still they have shown absolutely no empathy for their victims and they have expressed no remorse about the atrocities that they, their forefathers and their Haramite brothers and sisters have committed from time immemorial, and are still committing every day, against christians and moderate muslims in this country.

It is as if they have been programmed from birth and brainwashed into hating, attacking, insulting and butchering anyone that thinks differently from them, that dares to speak the truth, that has the guts to challenge their awesome and brutal power and that is courageous enough to expose their jihadist agenda, their sheer wickedness and their endless atrocities.

As far as I am concerned their religious intolerance, their aversion to moderate islam and their stated intention to wipe out Christianity is indicative of demonic possession. They are not only possessed but they are are also ignorant and willing tools in the hands of satan. 

They are the emissaries and agents that the devil has used to torment Nigeria for the last 53 years and now is the time to confront them and stop them once and for all. 

If we do not do so and if we continue to sit back silently and allow them to abduct our children, slaughter the innocents and impose their own understanding of their faith and will on the rest of us then we will all eventually be consumed. 

Worst still our nation and people will continue to be visited with the harshest judgement from God simply because we have chosen to remain silent in the face of this great evil and injustice. The blood of those that have been slaughtered by the jihadists in sectarian and ethnic violence in Nigeria in the last 53 years speaks against us all on a daily basis and not just against those that spilled and shed that innocent blood.

Until those that are behind these barbarous killings and evil and that secretly fund, encourage and instigate it are made to face justice and answer for their crimes and until such barbaric killings, abductions and forced conversions and marriages are brought to an end, Nigeria and the Nigerian people will not know peace and they will continue to suffer God's judgement. 

The bottom line is simple and clear: the secularity of the Nigerian state must be preserved at all costs. Religion has no place in politics or matters of governance and the greatest crime on earth and before God is to use religion as a tool for political destabilization and violence. It is not only irresponsible but it is also extremly dangerous.

Worse still, those that start it never know where it may end or who may be affected or consumed by it. The duty to resist the devil and his agents, to speak truth to power and to expose all manner of evil is ours: the consequences of doing so are Gods. Love me or hate me, this is the bitter truth. May the Lord God of Hosts, the God of the Armies of Israel, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and He that is more than able guide, lead and protect those of us that are prepared to speak it. (TO BE CONTINUED). 

________________FFK, 2014


THE EXPLOSIVE WORDS OF DR. JUNAID MOHAMMED
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

On June 11th 2014 in the Punch newspaper, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Chairman of President Goodluck Jonathan's ongoing constitutional conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, said the following:

"Most of the southern delegates had said they looked forward to the conference recommending a restructuring of the country and establishing a true federalism that would be characterised by regional autonomy, resource control, state police, among other changes.

But their northern counterparts wanted the status quo to remain in terms of the country’s governance structure. They also sought for an increase in revenue allocations from the Federal Government to the states in the North.

Going by these positions and those specially presented by different blocs like the North, the South-West, and the South-South, the recommendation of the committees seem to favour the North more than the South.

Resource control is not going to happen as long as we (northerners) are part of Nigeria".

The implications of these revealing and instructive words surely cannot be lost on even the dullest and slow of learning amongst us. At least Justice Kutigi has the courage of his convictions.

He has been brutally frank and honest about the whole thing and the existing situation and I commend him for that. Simply put he has said that nothing can change in Nigeria unless the almighty north agrees to it regardless of how everyone else feels or what their collective aspirations may be.

I told Nigerians all this well before the conference started a few weeks back and I have been saying it ever since the annulement of Chief MKO Abiola's June 12th election in 1993.

That is how I knew right from the beginning that the latest national conference which was put in place by the Jonathan administration, just like all other constitutional conferences that came before it, could not possibly bring any real and fundamental change and was nothing but an exercise in futility and a waste of time and money.

The bitter truth is that Nigeria cannot and will not enjoy any form of deep and meaningful fundamental constitutional change, be restructured or be broken up by peaceful means, negotiation or any constitutional conference.

It can only be restructured or broken by the force of arms and fire. If you really want the country to be restructured or you want Oduduwa Republic or Biafra you better be ready to pay the price for it and that price will include plenty of violence and blood.

Now this is not a call to arms because personally I deplore the use of violence under any circumstances and the shedding of human blood. I am not declaring war on anyone but simply making an observation and a statement of fact. Take it or leave it.

Those that believe that they own Nigeria and all that is in it have made it so. It is left for the rest of us to determine our fate: do we wish to continue like this in utter bondage and servitude for the next 100 years in a land where a bunch of desperate, unlettered and uncouth haramites have the power of veto, the right to thwart our will and the guts to slaughter our people?

Do we bequeth nothing but fear, ignorance and slavery to our children and our grandchildren in a land where those that believe that they are born to rule constantly terrorise and kill our citizens when they don't have political power and when they are not ruling from the centre?

Do we, like the proverbial victim of anal rape, bow down, role over, take a deep breath, take it all in and just accept our sorry plight and pathetic fate and condition?

Or do we finally stand up, accept the fact that slavery, rape and bondage are neither natural or acceptable conditions, say ''no more'' and ''enough is enough'', put aside our petty differences, rise up like real men and end it once and for all by breaking the country up completely if we cannot get regional autonomy?

How desperately do we want our freedom? Are we ready to pay the price or shall we just continue to fantasise and talk about it in fanciful and long-winded essays, boring and heated verbal debates, endless and, more often than not, uninformed facebook and twitter discussions and in laborious and ill-fated government-sponsored constitutional conference after government-sponsored constitutional conference?

We either remain passive, accept our lot, stop complaining and keep our mouths shut for the next one hundred years or we put our money where our mouth is, demand for change and prepare for a long hard struggle for liberation, autonomy and, ultimately, independence. The choice is ours.

As for me I made my choice long ago. I believe that there are some things that are well above politics and one of those things is nation-building.

I believe that if Nigeria cannot be restructured and power devolved from the centre, according to the will and aspirations of the majority of the people of the south and the Middle Belt, and if this cannot be done quickly and smoothly, I say ''Give me Oduduwa or let me die''.

Love me or hate me, that is my stand.

Permit me to conclude this contribution with the words of Senator Femi Okunrounmu, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commitee on the 2014 National Conference. After casting doubt on the possibility of the National Conference achieving any meaningful results he said:

“they (core North) came with a very straight forward agenda, which is to block any change and ensure the sustenance of the status quo. So, the conference has mostly been a clash of the South-west against the core North. While the South-west pushed forcefully for the realisation of all the elements of their agenda, they found themselves almost in every case pitted against the core North, enjoying only lukewarm support from the South-east and a near total indifference from the rest of the country”.

For those of us that are are still in doubt about the gravity of the situation, that are eternal optimists and that are, despite all, still expecting change under the present system kindly consider the insightful words of my friend and brother Mr. Shola Adebowale. In an interesting discussion on my facebook page on 11th June 2014 he wrote,

''Meanwhile,why are we expecting any drastic change from the status quo,after a delegate at the National Conference, Alhaji Usman Farouk, (the former military Administrator of the old Northwestern Region in the early 1970's),has told us to our faces that: 'sovereignty is not earned or discussed on a round table, but obtained in a battle field'. He said this whilst he was challenging his colleagues from the south over discussions on the sovereignty of Nigeria and the powers of the executive at the ongoing Constitutional Conference''.

I need say no more. I guess we all know who the bosses of Nigeria are now and who owns our country. What a mess we are in. And it is a mess that needs to be cleaned up pretty quickly before all sense of restraint and decency is thrown away and all hell breaks lose. It must be cleaned up before someone decides to ''cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war''.

It is time for us to bury the hatchet and for all southerners and Middle Belters, including the igbo and the yoruba, to come together. We must let bygones be bygones, learn from our past mistakes and not allow ourselves to become slaves of suspicion, history and bitterness. We must also forgive one another for past slights and misunderstandings.

I say this because the two-headed dragon that is creeping down from the core north, that seeks to consumme and overwhelm us all and that is known as ''perpetual political domination'' and ''Boko Haram'' is far more dangerous and frightful than anything that we have ever seen before or experienced in our history. The only thing that can stop it is southern solidarity, unity and understanding and a clear quest for the exercise of southern rights.

Without that we shall all fall: both igbo, yoruba and the entire south, Middle Belt and northern minorities. If we don't get our act together and do something quickly we shall all be slaves for the next one hundred years.

________________FFK, 2014


THE VITUPERATIONS AND BITTERNESS OF THE ALMAJIRI PEOPLE'S CONGRESS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Ever since I left Almajiri United they have been insulting me and getting their Haramite footsoldiers to attack me in the newspapers and on the social media with all manner of press statements, sponsored essays and paid adverts. If this is an attempt to intimidate me or discredit me I wish to assure them that it will not work and neither will I lose any sleep over it. As a matter of fact I am used to such shenanigans and better than them have tried in the last 24 years ever since I joined partisan politics. 

 

Such antics only strengthens my resolve and proves my case. The charge was that I left the APC and went back to PDP after one year. That was my crime and what a terrible crime it was. Yet Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a man for whom I have the utmost affection and respect, was once in the PDP. He later left the party and joined the ACN. After some time he changed his mind again and went back to the PDP. Again a couple of years after that he once again left the PDP and joined the APC. Were his actions criminal as well? Did he go back to his vomit too? Did they take out paid adverts about him with malicious intent?

 

I am not given to exchanging words with plebians and peasants because it offends my sensibilities. More often than not involving myself in any form of literary or verbal discourse with the unlearned and the uncouth vexes my spirit and troubles my soul. Yet in this case I will make an exception.  Permit me to educate my detractors a little here. 

 

Many leaders of the APC were in other parties and exchanged the harshest words with one another in the past only for them to now come together in the APC and become one. Not one of the APC governors was elected to office on the platform of the APC but on that of other parties yet they left those parties, or scrapped them, and are now in the APC. 

 

I do not begrudge any of these people the right to change parties and to change sides mid-stream. It is their right and the prerogative and I do not assume that they have the worst motives for doing so. Yet it appears that it is only Femi Fani-Kayode that does not have the right to change parties without being accused of ''going back to his vomit''. 

 

If indeed I ''went back to my vomit'' then so did many others, including people like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and General Muhammadu Buhari who were once at loggerheads with one another when they were in diffferent parties. Now they are the best of friends. This is not to mention Vice President Abubakar Atiku who has changed political parties four times in the last 5 years. I am therefore in very good company. 

 

Then there was the charge that I was of no value to the APC anyway. Such words are most uncharitable and very childish. They are the sort of banal and emotionally-charged sentiments that are expressed by a jilted lover or a broken-hearted spouse that has been used and dumped. The truth is that deep down the APC are biting their finger nails and sweating profusely simply because they are losing their leaders and members one by one and the whole party is about to inplode. Yesterday it was Buba Marwa, Attahiru Baffawara, Boni Haruna, Ibrahim Shekarau and Markus Gundiri, the next day it was Femi Fani-Kayode, the day after that it was Senator Femi Lanlehin and tomorrow it will be God knows who.   

 

The leadership of the APC are trembling and silently suffering but on the surface they are expressing the highest level of the usual ''I don't care attitude''. In any case surely in politics everyone matters: even if that person has only his one vote and voice to offer. If I was never of any value to the APC and they never trusted me then why the loud lamentations, the open aggression and malice, the loud expressions of deep angst and anger, the bitterness, the insults, the compilation of past qoutations, the vivid recollection of past events and the uncontrollable and wild tears simply because I have left them? Can’t they just leave me alone? Is it hurting them that badly? If so they should get over the pain or live with it.

 

Out of respect for the few dear friends that I still have in the party I have held my peace but if I am sufficiently provoked and I start on them they will be damaged beyond redemption. This is a war that they cannot possibly win. 

Those that love them best advise them to leave Achilles alone because they cannot stand against him in battle. If I choose to speak out, fight back and tell the world who and what they are, what they represent, how they love to shed blood, their relationship with Boko Haram, the truth about Chibok and the role some of their leaders played in it, their islamist agenda, their links with the Middle East and the Arab world, their born to rule mentality, their desire to use the south west and later dump them, their utter disdain for southerners, the Middle Belt, the northern minorities, the moderate muslims and the christian community and so much more this country will burn. 

For 38 years they enjoyed power and now they are destabilising the government, making the country ungovernable, slaughtering innocent civilians at will and abducting children just to get it back. They have also infiltrated the military and our security agencies with their moles and they have divided our army. Yet these are the people that are talking and pointing fingers at others.

Like Shakespeare's Henry V said, they should "wake not our sleeping sword lightly".  I am not like most people and I do not know the meaning of the word fear. I am not an easy man to fight because God is with me. I am Achilles and the Biblical David all rolled into one- I love with passion and I fight with rage.

The PDP and the Federal Government do not have the best of records and they have got a lot of things wrong over the years. For the last three years even before I left them I have said so openly and courageously despite the fact that I had much to lose by saying so. 

I once described the party as a ''sinking ship'' and, at the time, I meant it. However it is now my firm resolve that we shall join hands with all men and women of good will from now on and, together, we shall stop that ship from sinking. This is because we have no choice but to do so. 

I would rather go back to a sinking ship and salvage it rather than be in bed with a bunch of ruthless men and women who have blood on their hands and whose desperation for power and to rule over those that they believe were born to be their slaves borders on obsession. 

Simply put, the Haramites in the APC cannot be trusted with power. It is as simple as that. They are the greater evil and they are the greatest of all evils. They are the darkness that seeks the darkness. Whether we like to accept it or not PDP is the only party that can stop them from winning power at the centre in Nigeria and that is why I have gone back to that party. 

I will also use my good offices to talk to President Obasanjo to stop flirting with these demons in the APC because deep down they secretly hate him. Other than those that left PDP to go to APC the rest of them despise Obasanjo and are only using him. We must save Obasanjo from them. 

So far I have only revealed 10 per cent of what I know because I do not want to create havoc in this country but slowly the whole truth about the APC will emerge. Who really started the party, what it's real agenda is, whose interests it is designed to further and protect, what foreign links it has, what it's historical antecedents are, where it's real funding comes from and so on and so forth will soon come out. 

Sadly the overwhelming majority of it's members have no idea what is really going on behind the scenes and what the agenda really is. Those are the ones that I really feel sorry for. They will cry at the end of the day if the APC are ever able to seize power at the Federal level because if that happens we will all become second class citizens in a new colony. 

In addition to this most of the more reasonable and rational leaders in the party are complaining bitterly behind the scenes but they are too scared to speak out or to leave the party. I urge them all to do so before it is too late. 

One day the Nigerian people will thank me for the step that I have taken but for now those that have sympathy for the APC can continue to abuse me for what I have done. At least I have the courage of my convictions and, unlike many others, I have refused to be intimidated and to remain silently in what is essentially a primitive personality cult with islamist connections. 

Despite all it's defects and challenges I have gone back to my family the PDP and I am glad to be back there. I am also glad that they have welcomed me with open arms. Now the work begins. To the Haramites of the Almajiri United  I say ''eat your hearts out and go and die''. 

Your insults, lies and misrepresentations do not move me one bit. They only strenghthen my resolve to protect my country and my people from the evil that you represent. 

To my brothers and friends who once served in Obasanjo's government with me, who are now in the APC and who are fighting me behind the scenes I say ''I see your hands''. We shall meet in the field of battle and at the end of the day, may the best man remain standing. You know me well and destroying me will not be an easy task for you to achieve. Others that are bigger and better than you have tried in the past and they have failed.  

Your threats mean nothing to me and you know that I do not back down. I dedicate my cause and my future to the Living God. It is what He thinks of me and purposes to do with me that matters and nothing else. As long as He is with me I know that I am not alone. As long as He is with me I cannot be defeated or overwhelmed.

I cannot be in a party in which the official spokesman, one Lai Mohammed, only last year said that it was wrong and ''unconstitutional'' for the Federal Government to proscribe Boko Haram. 


This is the same Boko Haram that has killed no less than 15,000 Nigerians in the last three years. I cannot be in a party where the leading Presidential candidate, only last year said that the members of Boko Haram ought not to be killed but instead ought to be treated like the Niger Delta militants and granted amnesty. 


I cannot be in a party where that same leading Presidential candidate said, in 2001, that muslims should only vote for people ''who will protect their faith'' and that it was his intention to ''spread sharia throughout the nation''. 

I cannot be in a party where a number of leading people question the secularity of the state. I cannot be in a party which appears to have politicised the Chibok affair and who are not sincere in trying to get the girls back. 


I cannot be in a party where a few of it's leaders are more interested in hurling bricks at our military than in helping to encourage them to do a better job. 

I cannot be in a party in which the role of one of it's governors in the Chibok issue is still not clear: this is a governor that has not been able to explain to the world why he insisted that the girls should go ahead and do their exams in that school and remain there for the night even though WAEC and the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Education, had warned them about the dangers of doing so and told them not to do it. 


I cannot be in a party in which one of the leading members was the individual that orginally founded Boko Haram. I cannot be in a party in which another of it's leading members has openly insulted my traditional ruler the Ooni of Ife and called him, together with many of our other traditional rulers in the south-west, ''useless''. 

I cannot be in a party in which one of it's most prominent and powerful elders, a leading northern politician whom I once revered, confidently told me that ''a good muslim like Buhari must be our next President because that is the choice of the north'', that  ''the christians in the north are nothing'' and that ''a christian cannot possibly be our flagbearer because our support base is the muslim north and the muslim south-west''. 

 

He went further by saying that ''ours is a muslim party with a muslim ethos and muslim values. Your quest to get a christian flagbearer  to be our candidate is an exercise in futility: it will fail''. He concluded by saying that ''the christians would even be lucky to get the Vice Presidential slot''. I cannot be in a party with such religious bigots.

I cannot be in a party in which dissent and having a differing opinion with others on fundamental issues is seen as a grave offence and something that ought to be frowned upon. I cannot be in a party whose membership violates the biblical provision that says ‘’there can be no fellowship between light and darkness’’. Thanks and God bless Nigeria.

________________FFK, 2014


CRUSH THE VERMIN AND ELIMINATE THE VAMPIRES
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Permit me to begin this contribution with a mild criticism of those distinguished personalities that are making passionate appeals to the family members of Boko Haram.  I am not one of those that supports the making of such appeals simply because I do not believe that they can possibly succeed.

Furthermore I do not trust those that approached President Olusegun Obasanjo and initiated those moves and I do not think that an appeal to the families of Boko Haram members is in any way helpful.  As a matter of fact it shows desperation and weakness. 

To make matters worse such appeals give immense pleasure  to Boko Haram themselves and feeds their deep-seated and insatiable appetite for sadism and cruelty. They do not have the milk of human kindness in them and neither do such creatures react to gentle appeals. I say this because they are hardline islamist  terrorists that are totally committed to destroying everything that we hold dear in this country. Simply put they have gone beyond the realms of reason and rationality. 

They are ruthless jihadists and they are committed to the destruction of the secular state, to the abrogation of our most basic civil liberties and human rights, to the waging of a global jihad and to the creation of a new islamic caliphate where full sharia law holds sway and where christianity and all other forms of religion, except for their own perverse understanding and interpretation of islam, are banned. They also wish to change our way of life and impose their will on us through violent and barbaric means. 

People that are so debased and that have such little regard for human life and values are hardly likely to listen to appeals from their so-called family members. Frankly I think that President Obasanjo has misunderstood the nature of the problem and the nature of those behind Boko Haram. You do not offer carrots to beasts. 

A leading Pakistani politician made an interesting and relevant contribution on CNN the other day when he spoke about the horrific stoning to death of a young lady outside the High Court in Islamabad simply because she married the man of her choice. He said,  ''Pakistan is a country in which some people are fighting to keep us in the 21st century whilst others are fighting to take us back into the 8th century''.  This is the bitter truth and we have the same problem in Nigeria. 

If this were not the case how can sharia be practised in a secular state? If this were not the case how can even one inch of Nigeria be declared an islamic fundamentalist state where women are treated like chattel, where young girls are subjected to rape and married off at the age of nine and where western education is banned? 

If this were not the case how can some misguided individuals want to turn Nigeria into a Taliban- style Afghan nation in which no-one is allowed to watch television and women are not entitled to go to the doctor, to drive cars, to go out without their husbands or to practice medicine.  

Yet there is still hope. I say this because for the first time since he came to power four years ago I was genuinely impressed with President Goodluck Jonathan's Democracy Day speech. He declared total war on Boko Haram and directed that our security agencies and Armed Forces should utterly crush them. Now that is a real President talking. 

For the last three years this is what some of us have been asking for. Let us hope that he puts his money where his mouth is and follows through with hard action. 

Yet hardly had the hope and inspiration that the President's speech and new found valour set in when, the very next day, we heard some very bad news: Boko Haram had struck again. This time their targets were not defenceless and innocent little girls and boys but first class traditional rulers. The killing of the Emir of Gwoza and the attempted murder of two other Emirs by the terrorists on friday is an indication of the fact that the activities of the islamists in Nigeria has reached a new level of barbarity. 

It is time for the whole nation, whether they be christians, muslims or traditional worshippers, or whether they be northerners or southerners, to come together, close ranks, join hands and cleanse our land of the Haramites once and for all.  

They should be cleansed from the land and eliminated in the same way that cockroaches and rats are cleansed and eliminated from a filthy house or a dirty kitchen. This is  because they are nothing but vermin and vampires from hell sent to our nation by satan to torment us, to shame us, to humiliate us, to pillage our people and to lay waste to our land. 

They have killed, raped and abducted our women and children, they have butchered and sodomised our men, they have burnt our homes and bombed and desecrated our places of worship, they have slaughtered our religious leaders and our men of God, they have taken over our communities and flown their filthy flag in parts of our land and now they are killing and kidnapping our elders and revered royal fathers. 

What more do they have to do to us before we cultivate the courage and the firm resolve to rise up and resist them with everything that we have got, with or without the help of the government?  Are there no John Brown’s in this country? Are we not meant to be our brother's keepers? Are we not called by God to fight against evil and injustice?

Those that do not know who John Brown was and what he did for the emancipation of the black man and the abolitionist cause when faced with the evil of slavery in the southern states of America should go and find out. We need our very own John Browns in Nigeria and now is the time. This is a call to arms. I call on every Nigerian to rise up, to fight the evil and to protect the integrity of our land and our people. 

I call on our President to stand firm, not to allow himself to be distracted, discouraged or intimidated and to lead with courage and strength, knowing that in a time of war the whole nation must and will rally behind him. I call on the military to be professional, thorough, brutal and ruthless, to show no mercy and to hold no quarter. I call on our leaders to unmask those evil politicians who only last year publicly opposed the proscription of Boko Haram and who are nothing but bloodthirsty agents of the murderers and terrorists. I call on our people to have no dealings or interaction with ANYONE or any group of people that suggest that we should have dialogue with or that we should grant amnesty to Boko Haram and their secret sponsors. 

I call on them to view such people with the utmost suspicion because they may well be collaborating with the enemy and they may well be secret associates of the terrorists. I say this because you do not reward mass murderers, sociopaths, psychopaths, homicidal maniacs, child abductors, king-slayers, child rapists and criminally insane terrorists with amnesty or dialogue. 

Instead you despatch them to hell where they belong and where they originally came from: both they and their secret sponsors. When a dog loses it's mind and starts biting everyone, including it's owner and those that feed it, you best put a bullet in it's head rather than allow it to continue to live. 

This is the kindest thing that you can do for it because the dog has gone mad and is no longer useful to anyone, including itself. It is the same for Boko Haram and all those that secretly collaborate with them, support them and fund them. They are an ever present danger and a nauseating pest. I say kill them all and put them out of their misery. 

View them not as human beings but as savage beasts and demons: savage beasts and demons that eat human flesh and drink human blood. That is what they are: the spoilers and abductors of little girls. They are not worthy of life. They are not worthy of God's mercy. 

They are not worthy of our people or of our nation. To destroy them is our holy duty before the Living God: it is God's will that they should be wiped off the face of the earth and that Nigeria and the Nigerian people should be rid of them forever.

Let us rise up to the occasion: let us fight the good fight with all our might. Let us free our people. Let us deliver our land. Let us prove to the world that we are not incompetent and bumbling cowards. Let us show the world that we are a nation of righteous men and women and that we are not a nation of savages and barbarians.

Let us confirm to the world that we are a resilient, strong and courageous people who can stand up and fight when compelled to do so and when our cause is just and righteous. It is time to fight the good fight. 

It is time to crush the vermin and to eliminate the vampires. It is time to wipe out the troublers of our nation and to cleanse our land of the enemies of God. It is time to expose the collaborators and to shatter the very foundations of the servants of satan. It is time to destroy those with a demonic agenda who insist on using religion as a tool of political violence. 

May the Lord God of Hosts, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and He that is more than able grantour nation victory and may He deliver us from the hands of these relentless unbelievers. 

________________FFK, 2014


A FINAL PARTING OF WAYS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I declared for the APC in June last year in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state well before the party was registered by INEC. I formally joined the party, amidst great pomp, ceremony and fanfare, on 7th February 2014 in my hometown Ile-Ife and I registered my membership with the party on that day. 

The registration was done outside the Ooni's palace and it was done in the prescence of the media, numerous party leaders in the state, including Hon. Rotimi Makinde, who represents Ile-Ife at the Federal House, and a number of key leaders of the APC in the state and Ife-Ife including Chief Akantioke and Alhaji Soko Adewoyin, the former Deputy Governor of Osun state. 

After registering we proceeded to pay a courtesy call on my traditional ruler, the Ooni of Ife, and from there I went to spend a few days with Governor Rauf Aregbesola who, together with Governor Kayode Fayemi, I am close to and I consider to be friends. 

I have stated these facts and set the record straight due to the fact that Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the spokesman of the APC, had the effontry to say in an interview with Premium Times magazine earlier today, that I was never a member of the APC and that I never joined them formally. 

He also went further to say that had if I had been a member of the APC the party would have sanctioned me for expressing my opposition to the idea of a muslim/muslim ticket. 


The truth is that Mohammed is not only a liar but he is also a coward. If he wanted to know the truth he and those that sent him to issue the statement could have called me and asked me. 

He ought to have done his homework before speaking out. I was not only a member of the APC but I was also a leader of that party and a foundational member. Yet once I joined I began to see things as they really were. 


I have never been and will never be part of a cult and the fact that people like Mohammed and those he represents within the APC are not comfortable with any form of admonition or criticism from senior party members like me speaks volumes. 

I have nothing but the fondest thoughts and memories for the majority of APC leaders including most of the governors and Presidential aspirants but today I have an important announcement to make. 


I wish to inform the general public that as at today, 2nd June 2014, I have left the APC and gone back to the PDP. I wish the APC well in all their endeavours but as at today we have parted ways and my spirit has left them. 

My reasons for leaving the party are because I consider nation-building as being far more important than party affiliation. I am a devout and committed christian and I cannot remain in a party where a handful of people that have sympathies for Boko Haram and that have a clear islamic agenda are playing a leading role. I will not be amongst those that seek to bury Christ and to destroy His counsel and Church.
  


This is made all the more untenable when some of those people are working hard silently and behind the scenes to impose a muslim/muslim ticket on the party for the Presidential elections next year. 


I believe that religion ought to play no part in politics but a situation where members of the christian faith are not treated as equals and where all the substantive positions of the National Executive of the party are made up of almost exclusively muslims is unacceptable to me. 


In fairness to the members of the party there are many leaders within it's ranks who share my views and who are also opposed to the religious agenda that the few have but I am not prepared to stay and fight from within because the very prescence of any closet Haramites on the same political platform as me is something that I find utterly repugnant. 


I have raised these issues privately with virtually every key party leader but nothing has changed. I cannot be in a party in which the spokesman. Lai Mohammed, only last year said that it was wrong and ''unconstitutional'' for the Federal Government to proscribe Boko Haram. 


This is the same Boko Haram that has killed no less than 15,000 Nigerians in the last three years. I cannot be in a party where the leading Presidential candidate, only last year said that the members of Boko Haram ought not to be killed but instead ought to be treated like the Niger Delta militants and granted amnesty. 


I cannot be in a party where that same leading Presidential candidate said, in 2001, that muslims should only vote for people ''who will protect their faith'' and that it was his intention to ''spread sharia throughout the nation''. 

I cannot be in a party where a number of leading people question the secularity of the state. I cannot be in a party in which such people appear to hold sway. I cannot be in a party which appears to have politicised the whole of the Chibok affair and who are not sincere in trying to get the girls back. 


I cannot be in a party where a few of it's leaders are more interested in playing politics with the whole Chibok affair and hurling bricks at our military than in helping to encourage them to do a better job. 

I cannot be in a party in which the role of one of it's governors in the Chibok issue is not clear: this is a governor that has not been able to explain to the world why he insisted that the girls should go ahead and do their exams in that school and remain there for the night even though WAEC and the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Education, had warned them about the dangers of doing so and told them not to do it. 


I cannot be in a party in which one of the leading members was the individual that orginally founded Boko Haram. I cannot be in a party in which another of it's leading members has openly insulted my traditional ruler the Ooni of Ife and called him, together with many of our other traditional rulers in the south-west, ''useless''. 


I cannot be in a party in which dissent and having a differing opinion with others on fundamental issues is seen as a grave offence and something that ought to be frowned upon. I have been in politics for the last 24 years of my life and all along I have taken monuemental risks and been guided by my principles. 


I have consistently exhibited that I have the courage of my convictions and more often than not I have dared to say what many others are thinking but dare not say. I am not about to stop now and I cannot be intimidated into doing so. It is clear to me that such sentiments are not appreciated in the APC under it's present leadership. 


I believe that every religion and every ethnic nationality in this country ought to be treated with the greatest respect even within the context of a political party. I believe that we are all equal before God regardless of our religious differences. 


A situation whereby, as a christian, I am made to feel that I am a second class citizen in any association or political party which I am part of and for which I have laboured so hard in the last few months is unacceptable to me. 


In order for any political party to move our country forward you need the input, support and confidence of the adherents of ALL religious faiths and not just that of the muslims. This is something that some in the APC do not seem to appreciate. 


As a christian I feel deeply offended by some of the rhetoric and behaviour of some of the APC leaders and I cannot be expected to remain silent in the face of such behaviour. These are the main reasons why I have left the APC.


I bear no-one in the party any ill-will or malice. I wish them well in all their future endeavours and I sincerely hope that they can rectify their internal contradictions before it is too late. 


Like I said earlier many of their key leaders, presidential aspirants and governors remain my personal friends and this will continue to be so as long as they wish to maintain that friendship. Thanks and may God guide and bless Nigeria.

________________FFK, 2014


FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Permit me to begin this contribution with a mild criticism of those distinguished personalities that are making passionate appeals to the family members of Boko Haram.  I am not one of those that supports the making of such appeals simply because I do not believe that they can possibly succeed.

Furthermore I do not trust those that approached President Olusegun Obasanjo and initiated those moves and I do not think that an appeal to the families of Boko Haram members is in any way helpful.  As a matter of fact it shows desperation and weakness. 

To make matters worse such appeals give immense pleasure  to Boko Haram themselves and feeds their deep-seated and insatiable appetite for sadism and cruelty. They do not have the milk of human kindness in them and neither do such creatures react to gentle appeals. I say this because they are hardline islamist  terrorists that are totally committed to destroying everything that we hold dear in this country. Simply put they have gone beyond the realms of reason and rationality. 

They are ruthless jihadists and they are committed to the destruction of the secular state, to the abrogation of our most basic civil liberties and human rights, to the waging of a global jihad and to the creation of a new islamic caliphate where full sharia law holds sway and where christianity and all other forms of religion, except for their own perverse understanding and interpretation of islam, are banned. They also wish to change our way of life and impose their will on us through violent and barbaric means. 

People that are so debased and that have such little regard for human life and values are hardly likely to listen to appeals from their so-called family members. Frankly I think that President Obasanjo has misunderstood the nature of the problem and the nature of those behind Boko Haram. You do not offer carrots to beasts. 

A leading Pakistani politician made an interesting and relevant contribution on CNN the other day when he spoke about the horrific stoning to death of a young lady outside the High Court in Islamabad simply because she married the man of her choice. He said,  ''Pakistan is a country in which some people are fighting to keep us in the 21st century whilst others are fighting to take us back into the 8th century''.  This is the bitter truth and we have the same problem in Nigeria. 

If this were not the case how can sharia be practised in a secular state? If this were not the case how can even one inch of Nigeria be declared an islamic fundamentalist state where women are treated like chattel, where young girls are subjected to rape and married off at the age of nine and where western education is banned? 

If this were not the case how can some misguided individuals want to turn Nigeria into a Taliban- style Afghan nation in which no-one is allowed to watch television and women are not entitled to go to the doctor, to drive cars, to go out without their husbands or to practice medicine.  

Yet there is still hope. I say this because for the first time since he came to power four years ago I was genuinely impressed with President Goodluck Jonathan's Democracy Day speech. He declared total war on Boko Haram and directed that our security agencies and Armed Forces should utterly crush them. Now that is a real President talking. 

For the last three years this is what some of us have been asking for. Let us hope that he puts his money where his mouth is and follows through with hard action. 

Yet hardly had the hope and inspiration that the President's speech and new found valour set in when, the very next day, we heard some very bad news: Boko Haram had struck again. This time their targets were not defenceless and innocent little girls and boys but first class traditional rulers. The killing of the Emir of Gwoza and the attempted murder of two other Emirs by the terrorists on friday is an indication of the fact that the activities of the islamists in Nigeria has reached a new level of barbarity. 

It is time for the whole nation, whether they be christians, muslims or traditional worshippers, or whether they be northerners or southerners, to come together, close ranks, join hands and cleanse our land of the Haramites once and for all.  

They should be cleansed from the land and eliminated in the same way that cockroaches and rats are cleansed and eliminated from a filthy house or a dirty kitchen. This is  because they are nothing but vermin and vampires from hell sent to our nation by satan to torment us, to shame us, to humiliate us, to pillage our people and to lay waste to our land. 

They have killed, raped and abducted our women and children, they have butchered and sodomised our men, they have burnt our homes and bombed and desecrated our places of worship, they have slaughtered our religious leaders and our men of God, they have taken over our communities and flown their filthy flag in parts of our land and now they are killing and kidnapping our elders and revered royal fathers. 

What more do they have to do to us before we cultivate the courage and the firm resolve to rise up and resist them with everything that we have got, with or without the help of the government?  Are there no John Brown’s in this country? Are we not meant to be our brother's keepers? Are we not called by God to fight against evil and injustice?

Those that do not know who John Brown was and what he did for the emancipation of the black man and the abolitionist cause when faced with the evil of slavery in the southern states of America should go and find out. We need our very own John Browns in Nigeria and now is the time. This is a call to arms. I call on every Nigerian to rise up, to fight the evil and to protect the integrity of our land and our people. 

I call on our President to stand firm, not to allow himself to be distracted, discouraged or intimidated and to lead with courage and strength, knowing that in a time of war the whole nation must and will rally behind him. I call on the military to be professional, thorough, brutal and ruthless, to show no mercy and to hold no quarter. I call on our people to have no dealings or interaction with ANYONE or any group of people that suggest that we should have dialogue with or that we should grant amnesty to Boko Haram and their secret sponsors. 

I call on them to view such people with the utmost suspicion because they may well be collaborating with the enemy and they may well be secret associates of the terrorists. I say this because you do not reward mass murderers, sociopaths, psychopaths, homicidal maniacs, child abductors, king-slayers, child rapists and criminally insane terrorists with amnesty or dialogue. 

Instead you despatch them to hell where they belong and where they originally came from. When a dog loses it's mind and starts biting everyone, including it's owner and those that feed it, you best put a bullet in it's head rather than allow it to continue to live. 

This is the kindest thing that you can do for it because the dog has gone mad and is no longer useful to anyone, including itself. It is the same for Boko Haram and all those that secretly collaborate with them, support them and fund them. They are an ever present danger and a nauseating pest. I say kill them all and put them out of their misery. 

View them not as human beings but as savage beasts and demons: savage beasts and demons that eat human flesh and drink human blood. That is what they are: the spoilers and abductors of little girls. They are not worthy of life. They are not worthy of God's mercy. 

They are not worthy of our people or of our nation. To destroy them is our holy duty before the Living God: it is God's will that they should be wiped off the face of the earth and that Nigeria and the Nigerian people should be rid of them forever.

Let us rise up to the occasion: let us fight the good fight with all our might. Let us free our people. Let us deliver our land. Let us prove to the world that we are not incompetent and bumbling cowards. Let us show the world that we are a nation of righteous men and women and that we are not a nation of savages and barbarians.

Let us confirm to the world that we are a resilient, strong and courageous people who can stand up and fight when compelled to do so and when our cause is just and righteous. It is time to fight the good fight. May God grant us victory in this war against the unbelievers and the servants of satan.

________________FFK, 2014


THE SECRETS OF A WOMAN
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Women are a precious gift from God but there are some things that all men need to know. Women are by far the deeper and more powerful of the two sexes. No matter how strong a man thinks he is, he is like butter in the hands of a woman that he loves. It is only a woman that can carry a child for nine months and raise that child to adulthood and yet until the day that that woman dies only she will know the real father of that child.

Women are more discerning than men, more calculating, more thoughtful, more spiritual, more loyal, and more disciplined and they can handle emotional pain and psychological torture far better than men. A woman can suffer trauma, deprivation, shame, sheer cruelty and beatings from a man and still stay with him simply for the sake of the children. A woman can do anything and take anything for, or from, a man that she truly loves.

A woman can be the most vicious and dangerous of all God's creatures when she is hurt and scorned and when her love is not returned.
A woman in a position of power can be a dangerous thing because more often than not she is motivated by emotion and not reason or logic. If wars were to be fought by women they would never end.

 

The greatest weapon that the devil has in his armoury are the Daughters of the Serpent and the Children of the Sea: those beautiful yet evil seducers whose mission in life is to destroy men that are called to greatness by God. The greatest weapon that God has in his arsenal are the Daughters of Zion and the Sisters of Virtue: those beautiful, wise, prayerful, discerning, prudent, patient, kind, loyal women who are faithful unto death and who are the enforcers and guardians of God's purpose in the lives of men.

A woman can kill a man that she has lived with all her life, simply because he never returned her love and a woman can kill for or die for a man who loves her and stands by her through thick and thin. If you are rich, pretend that you are poor to a woman and you will know her true nature. If you are poor, pretend that you are rich to a woman and you will know what she is really after.

 A woman that abandons a man when he is going through difficulties is not worth taking back when those challenges have been overcome. Beware of a woman's love, for at the slightest hurt, it can turn to hate. Women gossip and talk, yet a woman keeps deeper secrets than any man.

When a woman says "no" she actually means "maybe" and when she says "maybe" she actually means "yes". A woman that betrays or seeks to destroy, ridicule or shame her husband or lover destroys and diminishes her own spirit and wounds her own soul; not only is she not worthy of being loved by any, but she is not the material for a man of destiny, she is not of the stuff that true women are made.

A great king with a great army can overrun nations and yet can be mastered and overwhelmed by the mere touch and whisperings of a loving woman. The love of Helen of Troy caused the launch of a thousand ships and the love of any woman can cause a man to slaughter.

Women are a gift from God to men, but like all gifts they must be pampered, loved and given all your attention otherwise they begin to look elsewhere for such nourishment and care. Out of every specie of animal ever created by God, it is always the female gender of that animal that is the most vicious and dangerous and yet it is also the female of that specie that protects and raises the offspring in loving care.

You cannot police a woman or really know her movements for she can be the greatest deceiver: if she really wants to play, she will go ahead and play and no matter the efforts that her man makes, it is only by divine intervention that he will ever know. A woman is moved by touch whilst a man is moved by sight.

A woman will die for her children and guard her home with all she has. A woman craves for security and commitment above all else and without these two she cannot truly be happy. A woman gives, a woman takes, a woman laughs, a woman cries, yet through all this only she alone knows what is really in her heart.

A woman can heave and moan in the throes of orgasmic passion, yet deep down she feels nothing at all but pity and contempt for the lover that she is deceiving.

A woman can lie still and say she feels nothing yet her heart trembles and races and her senses come alive and quiver deeply just at the sound and by the touch of the man that she truly desires.

A woman can bed a man for many years of her life yet when confronted with the facts can say she never met him. A woman can love a man throughout her life without having ever spoken to him before.

A woman may be worshipped by the wealthiest of princes yet secretly her heart belongs to the poorest pauper in town. A woman may feign respect and love for her closest friend yet secretly she craves for and seeks to bed that best friend's husband.  

A woman can possess the wisdom and foresight of an Abigail yet she can also have the cunning and guile of a Dalilah. A woman can bear the cruelty and wickedness of a Jezebel yet she can also have the courage and selflessness of an Esther.

A woman rejected is the most dangerous creature on God’s green earth: for as they say ‘’hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’’. Yet a woman loved and that is cherished and pampered is the greatest gift that the heavens can offer.

That is a woman for you: they can be a snare or a blessing. They can bring joy or pain. They can wound or they can heal. They are a beautiful contradiction of love and hate and we men simply cannot live without them.

A woman can only appreciate a man after she has been with another. A woman will make you feel that you are in charge yet with sweet words and with guile and cunning she silently controls everything and everyone around you.

Women are the shield, the defender and the foundation of the home. Even as the man is the head, the woman is the neck without which it would fall. The greatest mistake that any man could ever make is to underestimate or treat with levity the power of a woman.

For it is only a dullard or a fool that could honestly believe that he can confine a woman to having babies and to simply cooking in the kitchen. A woman is irrepressable, unbeatable,unfathomable, irresistable and unknowable and my advice to every man is to cherish her, to love her and to grant her, her hearts deepest desires.

That is the secret to a woman's heart and what more is there to say, other than for us to admit that the woman is the true hero of our lives and to simply agree that we must appease and worship them and do all we can to keep those pretty smiles on their beautiful yet dangerous faces. 
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________________FFK, 2014


DANCING ON THE BRINK OF THE SEVENTH CIRCLE OF DANTE'S HELL (PART 2)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

The Chief of Army Staff did the appropiate thing by redeploying the erring GOC after this sad and unfortunate event and I sincerely hope that the man will be made to face the full force of the law for causing the death of his own men in what were clearly questionable and suspicious circumstances. 

There were fresh reports of a second mutiny in the same army barracks in Maiduguri just two days ago but the military has claimed that this was not true and that the report was false. Whatever we choose to believe, one thing is clear: our army is slowly coming apart at the seams and they need as much encouragement, help and support as we can possibly muster. 

 

Yet the catalogue of woes continues. For example we are also hearing reports, albeit in hushed tones, of no less than nine serving generals in the Army that are facing court martial for supplying arms and giving sensitive information to Boko Haram. This is very troubling indeed and these are undoubtedly dangerous and unpredictable times. 

 

There is also the report that one Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, a former Nigerian Army officer who was studying in a University in the United Kingdom and who acquired his terrorist training and skills in the Sudan was the individual that planned and planted the Nyanya bomb that killed over one hundred Nigerians just over one month ago.

 

He has since been arrested in the Sudan by Interpol. Relevant is the fact that apart from Aminu himself once being a member of our Armed Forces, his father, who is a muslim convert and who is presently the Chief Security Officer at Ahmadu Bello University, was also once in the Nigerian Army and is in fact a retired Colonel. This gives credence to the suggestion that our military has been infiltrated by the terrorists and I have little doubt that there are many Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche’s lurking in the shadows of our security and intelligence agencies.

 

Whichever way you look at it and whatever is really going on, one thing remains clear: that the buck stops at the desk of President Goodluck Jonathan and no-one else. It is left for him, and for him alone, to turn the tide and fix the problem. I say this because history has proved that if a prince cannot provide good, strong, decisive and inspirational leadership during a conflict, he will not only lose the war but his own army will eventually break ranks, fall apart and possibly even rebel against him.  

 

Not only has history proved this over and over again but it has also been affirmed by virtually every single one of the great thinkers, writers and ancient philosophers from time immemorial. Even the Holy Books attest to it. There is nothing that is more destructive to the pysche and fighting spirit of an army than for it to be led by a Prince that is indecisive, that is not ready to commit to battle, that is not ready to prepare and equip his men for war and the killing fields and that is not ready to enable and empower them to fight effectively with his full support and resources behind them. 

 

Yet regardless of all our travails I still believe that our soldiers are still amongst the best in the world. They are courageous, eager, willing and able to fight but sadly, through no fault of their own, they are ill-equipped, under-funded, under-paid, demoralised, divided, ill-motivated, uninspired and, worst of all, they have suffered constant neglect and betrayal at the hands of their most senior commanders. Napoleon Bonaparte once said that the British cavalry ''are the best cavalry in the world but they are also the worst-led''. That is similar to our plight in Nigeria: we have the best Armed Forces on the African continent but it is also the worst-led. 

 

This situation has resulted in condescending and oftentimes overstated contributions from our American partners particularly. Listen to the words of Alice Friend, the African Affairs Director of the US Department of Defence. A few days ago she said the following about our military: “they do not have the capabilities, the training or the equipment that Boko Haram does and Boko Haram is exceptionally brutal and indiscriminate in their attacks”.

 

Painful words indeed and hard to accept. Yet ours was an army that was once the pride of Africa. It was an army that had never suffered defeat or humiliation on the battlefield in any of the numerous conflicts and wars to which it was deployed in various parts of the world through the ages. Our soldiers fought well in Burma, Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Liberia, Chad, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Mali and in countless other places. 

And I am not just talking about going to these places for ''peace-keeping'' or ''police operations''. In most of those places they were deployed for battle and not only did they acquit themselves well and show the world the steel that the average Nigerian is made of but many of them paid the supreme price in the process and were killed on the battlefield in distant lands.

They gave their lives to bring freedom, peace, democracy and stability to other countries. Yet today they are being ridiculed, humiliated, shamed, disgraced, insulted and defeated on all fronts all because they are not being properly led or adequately equipped. 

 

What a tragedy. It is now very clear to me that unless we do something to turn the tide very quickly, Nigeria is finished. I say this because a country that does not have an army that it can rely on in times of conflict and that cannot protect it's citizens from terror or from any form of external aggression is only a country in name.  

Yet the President is not the only one who ought to carry the blame for this mess. A greater portion of the blame must go to those identifiable individuals in high places that actually started Boko Haram in the first place and that have secretly funded and supported them over the years. 

 

Those people have so much blood on their hands that all the waters of the Atlantic ocean cannot possibly wash it off. I despise them with all my heart and I harbour nothing but contempt for them. The only thing that is worse than a monster is the creature that gave birth to it.

 

The only thing that was worse than Frankenstein was the lunatic that put it together and gave it life. The only thing that is worse than Boko Haram are those that created and established the outfit in the first place and that used it to achieve their sinister and political objectives. 

 

The only thing that is worse than the beast called Abubakar Shekau are the rich and powerful men that created him, indoctrinated him, encouraged him, trained him, armed him, mobilised him, protected him, used him and unleashed him on our people to kill them at will.

 

These rich and powerful men saw Boko Haram as the armed wing of their political movement until things got out of hand and they lost control. They enjoyed the fact that the country was being made ''ungovernable'' by the terrorists for a southern President who, in their view, had stolen the mandate of the north.

 

They relished in the fratricidal butchery, the carnage, the bloodshed and the mayhem that was being unleashed even though the primary victims and the overwhelming number of casualties suffered were from the ranks of their own people. 

 

Such was their level of depravity and inexplicable lust and desperation for power that they were prepared to use religion and kill, bomb and maim their own children to secure it. What a sad and sorry lot and what a troubling testimony. And yet they still insist on calling themselves leaders. 

 

The Nigerian people have rightly expressed their outrage about the abductions of the girls from Chibok, the Nyanya, Jos and Kano bombings and all the other atrocities that Boko Haram have inflicted on our people over the last three years.

 

We are mourning, sobbing, crying, screaming in horror, lamenting, living in fear and wearing black and red whilst the beasts that are behind these despicable acts of butchery and carnage and that are covertly funding it are secretly rejoicing. Instead of mourning with us they are drinking the blood of the victims and they are eating the flesh of the innocents, all for political gain. 

 

That is how depraved they are. Yet we know what their objective is, we know who and what they represent and we know why they want to make the country ungovernable. The cause of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, the Al Nosra Front, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and all the other terrorist groups that exist in the world today shall not prevail in our country. And by the power of the Lord of Creation, the God of all that is, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lord God of Hosts and He that is more than able, they shall fail. 

Permit me to end this contribution with a timely reminder of the words of the respected Primate Theophilius Olabayo whose prophecies and predictions about the events that are unfolding in Nigeria in recent years have been accurate and uncanny. On March 24th 2014 in an interview with the Guardian Newspaper he spoke about how Boko Haram would eventually bring Nigeria to the brink and about how terror would tear the country apart. 

 

He also spoke about abductions and kidnappings in the north, the likes of which we have never seen before, and about how President Goodluck Jonathan was not in control of his own government anymore. He told us about how the country would be made ungovernable ''by some very powerful forces'' and about how the Jonathan administration would eventually be rubbished, humiliated, crippled, brought to it's knees and eventually thrown out of power. 

 

He said all this in an interview that was given almost one month to the day before the horrendous events at Chibok took place where almost 300 of our young girls were abducted from the dormitories of their schools in the dead of the night, taken into captivity and sold into slavery by Boko Haram. 

The Primate said all this before that tragic event took place and before all hell broke loose in our country.  This is indeed food for thought. The signs are not good and we must bear in mind that this is the same man that spoke about the end of Abacha, Abiola and Babangida long before that end came at different times. 

 

What Olabayo told me in private almost two years ago is even more chilling and disturbing and each time I remember his words they send shivers down my spine. I have his permission to share those words here. He spoke of the rise of a biblical Jehu that would ruthlessly cleanse the land and that would wash Nigeria clean with the blood of many members of the ruling class after effecting a brutal and frightful junior officers coup.

 

He said that something would eventually happen in our country that would be similar and akin to what happened in Ghana in 1979 and 1983 when Fl. Lt. John Jerry Rawlings effected a mutiny in the military, carried out a coup, sparked off a brutal and populist revolution and eliminated leading members of the military hierachy, the political class, the business community, the intelligensia and the judiciary and took power for himself. 

 

May God forbid that this should ever happen in Nigeria and I sincerely hope and pray that the Primate is proved wrong or that he and others can pray to God to avert the prophecy. This is all the more so because if anything untoward should happen we may well be heading down the road to Kigali.

 

It would spark off swift, unimaginable, instantaneous reprisals and that may well spell the end of Nigeria as one country. This is the simple and bitter truth.  Simply put such a course of action must never be contemplated or be allowed to unfold and, I repeat, with prayer, fasting, a good dose of humility and deep intercession we must ensure that we abort the prophecy and kill it.  

Yet I must confess that I am deeply concerned because two years later I can see signs of part of his prophecy unfolding. I do not want a coup to take place in our country and neither do I believe that it is the way forward. I do not believe that there is any alternative to democracy and neither do I believe in violence or the violent overthrow of elected governments. 

 

Instructive were the words of General Theophilius Danjuma, the former Minister of Defence, the former Chief of Army Staff, one of the living legends of the Nigerian military and undoubtedly the most reverred commander that our army has ever known. 

 

On 24th May 2014, during a grand occasion in Lafia, Nassarawa in which he was conferred with a chieftaincy title he said the following: 

 

“I want to appeal to Boko Haram wherever they are and their sympathizers. SOME OF THEM ARE HERE. Please release our girls. Let them go back to school. Nobody, absolutely nobody, has the mandate to scatter Nigeria. Let us bring sanity into our political life. The situation is worrisome''.

 

This is a touching appeal from a man whose name is synonymous with courage and integrity. No-one could have put it better.

Let us hope that the sympathizers of Boko Haram that were at that august occasion convey General Danjuma's message to their associates.  

 

Only God knows what lies ahead for our country but, like Dele Momodu recently pointed out in one of his celebrated essays, I sincerely hope and pray that we are not ''on the road to Bangkok''.  

May God deliver Nigeria and may He save her from falling over the brink and descending into the seventh circle of Dante's hell.

________________FFK, 2014


DANCING ON THE BRINK OF THE SEVENTH CIRCLE OF DANTE'S HELL (PART 1)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Dante Alighieri’s epic 14th century poem titled ‘’Inferno” (which means ‘’hell’’ in Italian) paints a frightful picture that portrays hell as having nine burning circles, each of which is reserved for various categories of offenders. It is a deeply disturbing and troubling depiction of a place that was clearly not designed for human souls and that no sane person would ever wish to go.

 

It describes each of the circles vividly and tells us that the seventh circle, which apparently is guarded by a Minatour and which is divided into three rings, is reserved for the violent and those that like to shed blood. If this is to be believed then I have no doubt that given the amount of blood that has been spilt in recent times in Nigeria and the amount of violence that has been unleashed on our people, our entire nation and people may well be on the brink of being sentenced to the seventh circle of Dante’s hell in the afterlife.

 

We are not only hell-bound but in the last three years we have also been subjected to the most heinous form of terror and trauma and to the most debilitating form of ridicule, shame and humiliation. One wonders whether if it can get any worse. As an example of this consider the following words from the President of a fellow African nation and take a moment to reflect on them deeply.

 

“I have never called the United Nations to guard your security. Me, Yoweri Museveni, to say that I have failed to protect my people and I call in the UN: I would rather hang myself. We priorotised national security by developing a strong Army, otherwise our Uganda would be like DRC, South Sudan, Somalia or Nigeria where militias have disappeared with school children. It would be a vote of no confidence in our country and citizens if we can’t guarantee our security? What kind of persons would we be?”- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Kampala, May 19th 2014.
As a Nigerian I am embarrased and saddened to hear these words. Yet whether we like to admit it or not Museveni is absolutely right. As a matter of fact that is how a real President is meant to think, speak and behave. I share his views and that is precisely how I would have spoken and behaved if I were in his shoes.

Like him, I would rather take my own life than to shamelessly go cap in hand to ask others to protect my people and to do my fighting for me. I would rather hang myself from a tree than do that. It is for this very reason that despite a raging war with the Taliban for the last twenty years no NATO or American troops have ever been allowed to operate or deploy lawfully on Pakistani soil. That says a lot for the Pakistanis and for their Armed Forces. 

 

How sad it is that things have degenerated to this level in our nation. Our President was forced to go running to Paris, having been summoned by the powers that be, to meet with the French President and the leaders of four neighbouring Francophone countries and to solicit for help in the fight against Boko Haram and in the quest to find our girls. There was a time when we did not need help from anyone to do such things. There was a time when we did our fighting all on our own and when others came running to us for military support and for help. Yet all that seems so long ago. 

 

There was a time when we boldly and openly challenged France and the Cameroons on our eastern flank and dared them to cross the line. There was a time when we stormed the southern boarders of Chad, overwhelmed their army, drove them into the desert, took their territory by force and brought them to their knees. There was a time when we closed our boarder with Benin and brought their economy to a halt. There was a time when we intimidated Niger by our very presence and that when we sneezed they developed a cold. How times have changed. 

 

Worse still, and as an additional example of our glaring misfortune, a Commander of the American military also passed a vote of no confidence in us. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington a few days ago, General Mark Welsh III, U.S, Air Force Chief of Staff, said the following about the Nigerian military: 
“We are now looking at a military force that is, quite frankly, becoming afraid to even engage. The United States doesn’t have the capacity or the capability to go rescue every kidnapped person around the world.”

Our soldiers have now been described as being ''afraid to engage''. They have been depicted and branded before the entire world by their own professional colleagues from foreign lands as essentially nothing but gutless cowards that are unwilling to fight the enemy and that cannot even rescue their own little girls. I have never been as ashamed to be a Nigerian as I was when I heard those words from the lips of this American. It was painful and pitiful.. 

 

How on earth did it get so bad? Our nation is at an all-time low before the international community and we are now on a slippery slope. We are clearly on the brink of the seventh circle of Dante's hell. The only good news on the horizon is the fact that our President has finally admitted the fact that Al Qaeda are in Nigeria and that they are helping Boko Haram. He said this during his press conference in Paris about one week ago. Well they say that your problem is half solved once you recognise and acknowledge it's source but I really do wonder what is new here? 

 

How come our President has only just realised that Al Qaeda is alive and well in Nigeria? I, together with a number of others, have been telling his Government and the Nigerian public that Al Qaeda is here in full force and that they have had their own local sympathisers and agents in our country for the last few years. I have done so in numerous statements, letters and essays and yet they refused to listen. 

 

Worst still, in the typical Nigerian manner, they treated those of us that blew the whistle and that asked them to treat Boko Haram with a hard hand and brutal decisiveness right from the outset with nothing but contempt and disdain. They subjected us to all manner of insults and instead of listening to us they buried their heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich.

 

Instead of taking our admonitions seriously and doing something concrete and decisive about it they played the whole thing down and urged the Americans and the international community NOT to label Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation. Worst still some of them publicly exclaimed that the terrorists were ''our siblings and compatriots'' who they ‘’could not move against’’ and that they were simply ''fighting for justice''. They also kept appealing to the terrorists to ''come and negotiate'' and they kept begging them and offering them amnesty even though the Haramites themselves rejected their offers, kept treating them with contempt and kept killing our people. Finally they labelled those of us that expressed our deep concerns publicly and privately as disgruntled ''yesterday's men'' and ''alarmists''. Now they know better. 

 

After no less than at least 12,000 innocent Nigerians have been butchered by the terrorists in the last 3 years alone and after hundreds of our children have been abducted from their schools and homes, caged in demon-infested, dark and dingy forests, turned into sex slaves in foreign lands and sold like cattle in filthy markets our President has only just realised that Al Qaeda is involved.

 

He has only just realised that we are fighting a full scale civil and global war against a relentless, merciless and callous enemy that seeks not just to topple his Government and put him to shame but also to consume us all and decimate our country forever. Well I guess that it is better late than never.

 

Yet if the truth must be told it is not only President Jonathan that lacked foresight in this matter and that failed to treat it with the urgency, commitment and decisiveness that was required. Some of the key members of the opposition did as well. If this were not the case how do you explain the fact that only last year a leading Presidential candidate in the APC said that Boko Haram members should not be killed or brought to justice and that they ought to be treated in the same way as the Niger Delta militants were. 

In other words he believed, at least up until last year, that they ought to be treated with a light hand, granted amnesty, rehabilitated, paid off, given jobs and pampered. The fact that this same Presidential candidate told the world in 2001 that political sharia was here to stay, that he asked ''why should any non-muslim be concerned if muslims want to cut off the hands of other muslims'' and that he publicly asserted that ''muslims should only vote for those who will support and protect their interest'' speaks volumes and says a lot about his mindset.

 

Permit me to go further. How do you explain the fact that only last year one of the leading members of the opposition castigated the Federal Government for proscribing Boko Haram as an organisation and went as far to say that this was ''unconstitutional''. This is after that same organisation had killed thousands of our people. Thankfully the more moderate, rational and reasonable elements within the ranks of the opposition like Kayode Fayemi, Adams Oshiomole, Sam Nda-Isaiah, Rabiu Kwakwanso and Rauf Aregbesola ensured that sanity prevailed and that the misguided ones did not go any further in their reckless and provocative pronouncements.

 

It is clear from the foregoing that leading figures within the political ruling class, from both sides of the divide, fell short of the glory of God in this matter. Many of them were culpable when it comes to the matter of not standing up against Boko Haram right from the outset and not recognising them for the evil that they are right from the beginning.  

Yet the tales of woe continue and they are almost too much to bear. As the international outrage about the twin bombings in Nyanya and the abduction of our girls reached a frenzy last week even more horror was unleashed on our beleagured land.First a bomb went off in the city of Kano killing dozens of people and two days later two massive bombs went off in Jos killing at least 200 of our compatriots.  

 

It didn't stop there. The following day more innocent people were slaughtered by Boko Haram gunmen in numerous villages in Borno state for two days running and the number of casualties recorded has gone into hundreds. 30 more people were killed by Boko Haram in Borno state yesterday and as I was putting finishing touches to  this piece this evening  there are reports that another massive bomb has just gone off in Jos with an undisclosed number of casualties.

 

To make matters worse we are seeing signs of cracks in the military along regional and religious lines. A glaring illustration of this is the open mutiny that took place in an army barracks in Maiduguri about two weeks ago. The catalyst for the rebellion was the fact that a northern muslim GOC, despite numerous protests and concerns that had been expressed, sent three southern officers, together with the men that gallantly served under their command, to certain death by ordering them to leave a town near Chibok in the middle of the night and find their way back to Maiduguri. This behaviour on the part of the GOC speaks volumes. Sadly and predictably the unit was attacked by Boko Haram whilst on route to Maiduguri and the three officers together with many of their soldiers lost their lives. 

 

This raises many questions and amongst them are the following: why did the GOC insist that the unit should leave for Maiduguri that night despite the protests and concerns expressed by the officers that were later killed? Why couldn't they have been allowed to stay till the morning and leave then? Was the whole thing a set-up? Does the GOC have links with Boko Haram? Were those men purposely sent to their death? These are questions that ought to be asked and that must be answered because the life and safety of every Nigerian, including our soldiers, ought to matter to us all.  (TO BE CONTINUED)

________________FFK, 2014


GOODBYE NIGERIA, HELLO ODUDUWA(Part 2)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

And like all the other great races that came before us, it is in the face of our collective adversities, our present-day challenges and our ever-present struggles that we as a people shall rise up again and dominate our entire environment. 

And when that time comes, no-one and no group of people will be in a position to say "no" to the rise of the mighty Oduduwa nation. It is at that time that we shall expand our borders and re-establish the ancient boundaries. 

It is at that time that we will drive the alien invaders out of Kwara and parts of Kogi. It is at that time that we will reclaim what is rightfully ours and deliver our Yoruba brothers and sisters that have been forced to languish in those parts in a sad and pathetic condition of debilitating bondage. 

It is at that time that we will vigorously respond to the plight of our Itsekiri cousins. It is at that time that our fellow Africans, and indeed the world generally, will know what being a Yoruba is all about and what having a Yoruba nation can mean for us all. For now we seek only to lift up our people to where they rightfully belong: nothing more and nothing less. 

For now we seek only to nurture and protect that which we deeply cherish: nothing more and nothing less. For now we seek only to confirm the incontrivertible fact that we have a role to play in God's greater plan for the final emancipation of the African continent: nothing more and nothing less. 

For now we seek only to establish the fact that we are a people that are not only close to the heart and seat of Almighty God Himself, but we are also a people whose irresistible and manifest destiny it is to lead mother Africa and all her beautiful peoples to the citadels of abundance and excellence and to the pearly gates of the Promise Land. 

And if it means that before the Yoruba nation can achieve its divinely ordained purpose that Nigeria must go then I say today, and I say it loud and clear to all who care to listen, that it is indeed, good-bye Nigeria and hello Oduduwa Republic. 

If we cannot have a true federation, it is good-bye Nigeria. If we cannot have devolution of power, it is good-bye Nigeria. If we cannot have a secular state, it is good-bye Nigeria. If we cannot have resource control, it is good-bye Nigeria. 

If we cannot have regional armies, it is good-bye Nigeria. If we cannot have regional police forces, it is good-bye Nigeria. If we cannot have regional Parliaments and a maximum degree of separate development, then it is good-bye Nigeria. 

If we cannot have these things then we may as well say that the unfruitful and barren "marriage" that two extreemely cruel, unfeeling and obviously sadistic englishmen by the names of Lugard and Harcourt decreed between the Northern and Southern Protectorates of Nigeria in 1914 is not only truly dead but it is also well-buried. 

Again, if we cannot have our own constitution in the West, our own foreign embassies and our own National emblems, then it is good-bye Nigeria. If we cannot at least have the right to determine our own future as a people without any manipulation, subterfuge or input from the relentless, byzantine and barbarous Huns and Phillistines that hold sway in certain parts of this nation, then it is good-bye Nigeria. 

And of course, once we are forced to say "good-bye Nigeria," there will be no regrets, no turning back and no remorse. It will be a clean break and it will be a break that we are prepared to defend with the last drop of our blood. 

And even though here we have not asked for and neither have we advocated secession, I dare say that in the next few years, if care is not taken, the spirit of secession will undoubtedly begin to rise up and shatter the very foundations of this nation. Sadly this is a reality that we have to live with. We can no longer allow ourselves to be in denial. 

If things don't change and if they don't change fast, this country will eventually cease to exist. It is only an undiscerning fool that still cannot appreciate or recognize this bitter and unpalatable fact. It is only the ignorant and the deluded that can still insist on treating this matter with levity or that can dismiss the likelihood of such a sanguine and bloody course of events from unfolding. 

Again, for the record, let me be clear. What we are calling for here is not secession or armed struggle. What we want, nay what we demand, is change: peaceful, progressive, wholesome, equitable and constitutional change. What we are fighting for is peaceful and purposeful constitutional reform. 

And of course, based on the internationally accepted principle of self-determination of a people (a principle which has the full backing of international law), we have every right, as citizens of the world, to call for and indeed demand such change simply because that is precisely what our people, the over 40 million-strong Yoruba people of south-western Nigeria, desperately desire and certainly deserve. 

We have not called for subversion, dissention or dismemberment here but instead we call for an understanding of our position and an appreciation of our strong resolve. Again let it be clearly understood by all and sundry that we will do whatever it takes within our means to liberate our people and to enable them to achieve their full potentials as human beings. 

It is in the light of this that we totally reject the new-fangled and alien concept and philosophy that encourages wholesale and unrestrained racial integration. We refuse to become fully integrated with, and consequently held down by, other groups and ethnic nationalities who not only come from a different world but who also erroneously believe that they were divinely mandated to turn us into the biblical and proverbial "hewers of wood and drawers of water" in our own land. 

We refuse to accept having any part of or any fellowship with those that have fully espoused and imbued the culture of ethnic hegemony, the culture of the nomad, the culture of the leech, the culture of the cattle-rearer, the culture of the desert, the culture of corruption and the culture of laziness. 

We refuse to accept the culture and ways of those that our forefathers continuously warned us about. They told us that when these people enter a room with a snake that we should endeavour to kill them first even before killing the snake. That is how dangerous they are. 

Yet they may overcome others but they will never overcome the Yoruba race and neither will we, as a people, ever bow down before them. And lest they forget, let our core "Arewa" brothers be reminded of one incontrovertible fact: that the only reason that the Yoruba nation is not on the march today is simply because a fellow Yoruba man is sitting on the throne. 

Yet, the truth is that, Obasanjo or no Obasanjo, when the time is right, the militant march of the Yoruba nationalists will rent the air and shake the very foundations of this country. It is at that time that we will once again be in a position to achieve our wildest dreams and our greatest ambitions. It is at that time that they will know who we really are. It is at that time that we will prove to the world that our will and our firm resolve cannot be tested lightly. 

Until then I encourage every Yoruba man, woman and child to stand firm, to stand tall, to be strong, to be courageous and never to give up because ultimately we shall prevail. For the vision is for an appointed time: though it tarries, it shall surely come to pass. The Lord shall see to that. He shall be our deliverance and our strong tower. 

Until then I say God bless you all. God bless the Alajobi Group. God bless the Yoruba nation and may the Lord, in his infinite wisdom and mercy, deliver our beloved Nigeria from the hands of those that seek to keep her in perpetual servitude, darkness and bondage. 

May He raise up a biblical Jehu who will, once and for all, cleanse this vast and beleaguered land with his sword. And may He raise up a gallant Garibaldi whose brief it will be to unite the Yoruba people and to lead them from glory to glory''.

(Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a lawyer, delivered this speech at the Alajobi Group lecture to commemorate "June 12" at Premier Hotel, Ibadan,Oyo State on June12th 2001)

________________FFK, 2014


GOODBYE NIGERIA, HELLO ODUDUWA(Part 1)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

(Being a verbatim copy/transcript of a speech delivered by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode to the Alajobi Group- the group that wrote "the Yoruba Constitution"- on the occasion of the commemoration of ''June 12'', as published by The News Magazine of 2 July, 2001).

''I must commend the vision, strength of character, and the clarity of purpose of the Alajobi Group together with that of the expanded 
committee on the Yoruba Constituent Assembly for coming up with this noble and innovative initiative and for drawing up this truly progressive and pristine constitution for the Yoruba people. 

I salute their courage, their sense of history, their excellent timing and their obvious and deep-seated concern for the fate of the Yoruba race in the 21st Century and in a wider Nigeria. These are concerns that we all, as responsible and literate Yoruba men and women, certainly share. It is for this reason that I can therefore make the following emphatic and categorical statements on the proposed constitution. 

Firstly, that I have read it carefully and that I have considered the legal and social implications of every word and every line of the document. 
Secondly, not only do I fully endorse its provisions, but I also encourage every Yoruba man and woman in Nigeria (and indeed in the diaspora), not only to get hold of a copy, but also to imbue its laudable and beautiful message of self-determination, autonomy, decency, tolerance, and the restoration of the dignity and self-respect of the Yoruba people. 

Again the collective objective of the proposed document is clear: It seeks to preserve and protect the culture, the heritage, the values and the sense of excellence of the Yoruba nation. It seeks to emancipate us from the shackles of unitary servitude and it seeks to give us a resounding and irresistible voice, not just over our own destiny and over our own affairs, but also a strong and respected voice in the comity of civilized nations. It seeks to reject the muffled, garbled, confused, and clearly weak echo that present-day Nigeria has bestowed upon us as a people. 

Though we have never been conquered, subdued or overwhelmed by any other nation on the African continent, it is sadly clear 
that we are not, in the Nigeria of today, the masters of our own souls or the captains of our own ship. It is sadly clear that in the Nigeria of today we are not the architects of our own destiny. 


And of course this regrettable state of affairs is not only unnatural but it is also completely unacceptable. You cannot muffle the Yoruba and you cannot hold back their progress in the name of one Nigeria. And that is precisely why the document that the Alajobi Group has prepared is not only timely but it is also clear that the adoption of the spirit of its provisions, is vital for the future welfare, and indeed survival, of our people. 


This is a duty that is incumbent on each and every one of us that are Yoruba men and women, and whether we like to admit it or not, posterity and history will judge us, kindly or unkindly, depending on which side of the divide we find ourselves in this noble quest. Today the Yoruba number at least 40 (Forty) million people in Nigeria alone. 

Our strength is self-evident but till now we have refused to use it. We have a historical legacy that manifests the deepest and most profound form of liberalism, dignity and grace and we have an in-built and instinctive craving for excellence, fairness, lively debate, education and progress that is second to none. 

We have a keen sense of justice and we have an overwhelming desire for decency in public and private affairs that cannot be matched anywhere else in this part of the world. We have a resilient soul, a fighting spirit and a courageous heart, qualities which our rich and noble history cannot but testify to in an eloquent and incontrovertible manner. 

We have a historical lineage that is not only more enlightened, more cosmopolitan and more sophisticated than most but in addition to this it is clear to us that we have a key role to play in the restoration of the dignity of the black man worldwide. It is for all these reasons that I can proudly proclaim with every fiber of my being and every atom of my soul that, before all else, I am first and foremost a Yoruba man. 


In my family, the Fani-Kayode family of south western Nigeria, we value education. We cherish it, we live by it and we are proud of it. But this is not a value that is peculiar or particular to my family alone. I am proud to say that it is a value that is intrinsic to and deeply entrenched in the very nature and culture of the Yoruba. 

It is a value that is deeply entrenched in the deepest recesses of our body, spirit and soul. Our quest for excellence and distinction simply knows no bounds. And of course that is precisely why policies such as free education at all levels is something that the Yoruba people are prepared to live for and, if need be, prepared to die for. 

They, perhaps more than any other, recognize the fact that education, in practical terms, is a liberating force: it frees the mind from the barren and provincial bondage of myopia and it frees the spirit from the insidious and pervasive prison of ignorance. 

They, perhaps more than any other, appreciate the fact that once you are educated the sky becomes your limit. But sadly all of this is now under threat as we have been compelled by our former colonial masters to be part of an artificial, man-made and implausible entity called Nigeria, the majority of whose ethnic groups, from at least north of the River Niger, certainly do not value education as much as we do. 

Not only have we been compelled to live in this artificial entity but we have also been told in clear and unequivocal terms that our brightest and our best will never be allowed to preside over the affairs of this strange and hybrid mega-nation. 

Sadly it does not stop there. We have also been told that we will never be able to discuss the terms under which our various nationalities should remain together in a wider Nigeria and we have been told that we will never be allowed to discuss the rules under which our unsolicited and forced union should be sustained. 

The powers that be and those who erroneously believe that they were "born to rule" this country in perpetuity keep telling us that they will not allow a sovereign national conference to take place. They keep telling us that they will not allow any form of restructuring. They keep telling us that they will not allow resource control. 

They keep telling us that they will not allow the establishment of a true federation. They keep telling us that they will not allow ethnic emancipation. As a matter of fact they keep telling us that they will not allow anything that is clean, wholesome, progressive and good to take place in our public and national affairs. 

And instead of anything good, they rather insist on introducing into our body politic, alien and archaic concepts and retrogressive and backward philosophies such as "political sharia" and so many other questionable contraptions that are not only barbarous and primitive in nature but also downright repugnant to what the British once described as "equity, natural Justice, and good conscience." 

And it is precisely because of this retrograde and abysmal attitude that there is cause for concern today about the plight of the Yoruba in a wider Nigeria. It is precisely because of this sort of thing that there is a need for the sort of proposals and constitution that the Alajobi group has come up with. 


That is precisely why we seek to establish a system which can at least attempt to guarantee a higher degree of ''separate development'' for the various nationalities and ethnic groups that have been compelled to live together in this extraordinary mega-nation of ethnic incompatibilities. This is precisely why every true Yoruba nationalist will be pleased with what the Alajobi group is doing. 

For we as a people have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We must never shy away from our noble heritage and we must not run away from our proud history. We must not shun our obvious appointment with destiny and greatness and we must always walk with our heads help up high.

For we know where we came from, we know who we are and we know where we are going. And even though the powers that be in Lord Lugard and Lord Harcourt's Nigeria have cheated us, robbed us, killed us, brutalized us, divided us and made us simply powerless, we are still a strong and virile people. We are still a great race. 


(TO BE CONTINUED)

________________FFK, 2014


GIVE ME ODUDUWA OR LET ME DIE
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

“If they ever tell my story let them say I walked with giants, men rise and fall like the Winter wheat but these names will never die... Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses...let them say I lived in the time of Achilles”- the Iliad, Homer.

The words of Odysseus in Homer's epic and ancient poem titled ''The Iliad'' (which in my view is the greatest poem that was ever written and which was quoted in the opening and last scene of the famous Hollywood blockbuster film titled ''Troy'') have always moved me. Those words are deep and profound: they stir my soul and rekindle my spirit. 


They speak of and reflect the essence of Ancient Greece with it's rich and exciting history, it's extraordinary heroes and heroines and it's all-powerful and all-knowing gods, titans and immortals. 


How I wish that I could conjure up such great and powerful words about the history of my nation Nigeria and her heroes past. How I wish that the Nigerian people had their own Odysseus' , Achilles', Agamemnons and Hectors. 


How I wish they had their own ancient poets and great thinkers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Homer who could remind generations to come about our past exploits with their inspiring, compelling and historic prose. Yet I look at the Nigeria of today and I am not encouraged or inspired. As a matter of fact I am deeply saddened. 


I see no heroes on the horizon but only questionable pretenders and fallen caricatures that have sold their heritage and destiny for a mess of pottage and that couldn't give a fig about what history or posterity will say about them or their country. Many have asked why I should say such things. Permit me to answer that pertinent question by posing a few of my own. 


I start by asking: is this the Nigeria of Murtala Mohammed and Theophilius Yakubu Danjuma? Is this the nation that helped to liberate Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa? 


Is this the nation that restored sanity and stability to Sierra Leonne, that brought an end to a civil war in Liberia, that fought so gallantly in Burma and Somalia and that quelled a military coup in Sao Tome and Principe? 


Is this the nation whose wealth once knew no bounds and whose middle class once owned the finest cars and properties in London, Paris and New York? Is this the nation whose beautiful people once graced the streets of Belgravia, Chelsea, Hampstead and Knightsbridge? 


Is this the country that once nationalized BP and that gave Margaret Thatcher sleepless nights over apartheid South Africa ? Is this the nation that once stood up to the mighty Boers and whose ancestors studied at Oxford and Cambridge as far back as the 1800's? 



Is this the nation whose inhabitants and various ethnic nationalities once ruled vast empires and whose progenitors contributed so much to the traditions, religion and culture of Ancient Egypt? 


Is this the country that once fought a bitter and brutal civil war, yet declared ''no victor, no vanquished'' and, in the spirit of love, came back as one? Is this the country which has been through thick and thin and yet whose people remained ever so resilient and always put a smile on their faces? 


Is this the country where giants once held court and where the greats of old once presided? Where did we go wrong? What has happened to our people and what has afflicted our country? When did our leaders become spineless cowards and deceivers? When did the green white green of our nation's flag become soiled with human faeces and when was it torn to shreds?


When did we shy away from fighting our own battles and prosecuting our own wars? When did we start bowing our heads in shame as events unfold in our country? When did we start sitting down silently as international newscasters speak about our nation in painful, disdainful, hushed and condescending tones? 

What has happened to the ever courageous, ever smiling, ever confident and ever dependable Nigerian who shook the world with his arrogance and confidence and who spoke of his nation with pride and joy? 

What has happened to our great army that was once the pride of Africa and that once made us so proud? What has happened to our great intellectuals and our men and women of courage and vision who once, like a collosus, bestrode the world? 

What has happened to the stubborn and proud yet warm, friendly and profoundly good people that Nigerians once were? What has happened to the people that were once regarded as the hope of Africa and the pride of every black man on the planet? 

Where and when did we go astray? How and when did it all go wrong? When did we lose our strength, our wealth, our honour and our power? When did we lose our excellence, our confidence, our dignity and our self-respect? When did we become so weak and so helpless? When did we turn into killers, savages and barbarians?

When did we become so pitiful that the whole world mocks us and heaps insults on us so easily? When did they start saying that we have ''no serious government'', that we have ''lost control of large portions of our nation'' and that we can't even protect our own children? When did we become incapable of defending our borders and protecting our people? 

When did we turn into a laughing stock and a reference point for incompetence, stupidity, cowardice, ignorance, evil, cluelessness and all that is bad to the rest of the world? 

When did other nations start giving us lessons on how to fight insurgency and how to prosecute our wars? When did our people start clamouring for foreign armies to enter our land, violate our sovereignty and march on our sacred soil? 


When did we start having to ask others to come and solve our local problems? O Nigeria, how are the mighty fallen. Truly ours is a nation afflicted. She is finished and there is little hope of any form of redemption or resurrection. 

The honeymoon is over and the glory has departed. One hundred years of a forced and failed marriage has ended in a bitter yet undeniable divorce. We have lost it all and there is no going back. Those that wish to break up our nation for sport and bring our people to their knees have had their way. 

Those that wish to watch us slaughter one another in an orgy of mindless violence and that wish to establish their AFRICOM in our shores will soon be here and we shall be occupied forever. 


O Nigeria, how are the mighty fallen. I loved Nigeria but now I have stopped believing in her. She is saddled with many different sub- nations that were simply incompatible right from the start. 

She is plagued and cursed with one particular sub-nation whose ruling elite are dangerous and unyielding, whose guile and deceit is second to none, who treat their own people with contempt and derision, who believe that they were born to rule, who think that power belongs to them, who suppress the religious and ethnic minorities within their ranks and who were taught from an early age that there is none besides them. 

Those people have killed Nigeria. They and those who have consistently bowed and trembled before them and who have always allowed them to have their way. 

Our nation has become a cruel joke- she is a maliciously contrived contraption that has shattered many dreams and frustrated many ambitions and aspirations. This was a country that was created for the benefit of just a few at the cost of the misery and pain of so many. 

I will never accept the idea of living in a nation side by side with religious extreemists who slit the throats of children, who habitually slaughter the innocents and who abduct and fornicate with small girls. Animals have no place in the homes of men. 


It is time for us to stop pretending: let the terrorists and their friends in high places break away and establish their own country where they can marry as many young girls as they please and chop off as many limbs as they want. Let them form a nation where they can stone adulterers and turn women into chattels that are not even worthy of life.

Let those of us from the west establish Oduduwa and let us celebrate and enjoy our freedom from the bondage and ineptitude of a cruel failed state that has no soul and that lacks humanity and compassion. 


Let us be liberated from the deceit that is known as Nigeria: a nation that once was but that is no more. Let us be free of Nigeria: a nation where injustice, evil, persecution, insensitivity, impugnity, terror, graft and wickedness reign supreme. 

Let us be rid of Nigeria: a country where those of us that had the misfortune of being born on the ''wrong'' side of the regional divide or who are adherents of the ''wrong'' religious faith are butchered for our heritage and can never be treated as equals. Give us Oduduwa or let us die. 

Yet we will eventually take our freedom by force if it is not freely given to us. We shall take it by fire: by the shedding of blood and by our own bleeding if necessary. We will take it by fire and by sacrificing our lives if that is what we are forced to do.

What we will never do is continue to live in perpetual slavery in a nation called Nigeria that is afflicted with feeble rulers and peopled by religious bigots, sexual deviants and bloodthirsty terrorists. 

We shall not allow ourselves to be consummed by the weakness and ineptitude of our present-day rulers and the sheer incompetence of those that do not have the courage or the moral authority to crush the beasts that have abducted and enslaved our girls. 

Timely are the words of Wole Soyinka, our only true sage and great thinker. On 9th May 2014 on BBC's ''Hardtalk'' he said, 

“if we don’t find the girls, then for me it will be better we sit down and decide that Nigeria is too much to manage. That it is easier, for instance, to manage a crisis of this kind or to prevent it if we were a smaller nation”. 

The Nobel Laureate is right. I have had enough. I say goodbye Nigeria: give us Oduduwa or let us die.

________________FFK, 2014


BOKO HARAM, JONATHAN AND THE NORTHERN ELDERS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

On 4th May 2014, Abubakar Shekau, the leader Boko Haram, proclaimed:

"I am going to marry out any woman who is twelve years old, and if she is younger, I will marry her out at the age of nine. I am the one who captured all those girls and will sell all of them.  Slavery is allowed in my religion and I shall capture people and make them slaves. We are on our way to Abuja and we shall also visit the South. I am going to kill all the Imams and other Islamic clerics in Nigeria because they are not Muslims since they follow democracy and constitution. It is Allah that instructed us, until we soak the ground of Nigeria with Christian blood, and so-called Muslims contradicting Islam. We will kill and wonder what to do with their smelling corpses. This is a war against Christians and democracy and their constitution’’. 

It is self-evident that Mr. Shekau is not only a dangerous, barbaric, sadistic, bestial, delusional, homicidal, misogynistic, paedophilic, psycopathic and sociopathic cold-blooded vampire all rolled into one but his words adequately reflect the sheer ruthlessness and callousness that has seized the Haramite mind.

There is no doubt in my mind that he is possessed by the most vicious and cruel demons and that he has a bloodlust that is second to none. Even Al Qaeda have condemned the latest atrocity committed by Boko Haram in Chibok.


Yet despite their sheer depravity they appear to have a few friends at home who insist on speaking for them. Permit me to give just one example. 


The Northern Elders have said that the Federal Government ''should pay billions as ransom to Shekau and release all detained Boko Haram members'' and that there must be ''no foreign forces in Nigeria". They have also demanded that ''force should not be used'' in securing the freedom of the abducted girls. 


These demands are repugnant. It is the same people that did not want troops to be deployed to the area in the first place. 

It is the same people that did not want a state of emergency to be declared in the north. It is the same people that have been urging the government to negotiate with Boko Haram for the last three years. 

It is the same people that have consistently asked that Boko Haram should be treated lightly and that they should be offered amnesty even though they have slaughtered no less than 10,000 innocent people in the last three years. 

It is the same people that are suggesting that Boko Haram is actually a creation of the CIA, MOSSAD and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

It is one of these northern elders that referred to Boko Haram as ''freedom fighters'' who are simply ‘’fighting for justice’’ only last year. It is another that said that members of Boko Haram ought to be treated ''in the same way as the Niger Delta militants'' and that they should be rehabilitated, resettled and paid large sums of money only last year. 


It is another that said that ‘’muslims should only vote for those that would protect their interests’’ and that he would see to it that ‘’sharia law is implemented and applied throughout the whole country’’ in 2001. 


It is another that said that Nigeria was created by the British and granted independence by them in 1960 on the clear understanding that ''a northern muslim would always lead the country’’ in 1994. It is another that said that if the north does not have it’s way on the voting formula at the Constitutional Conference he would lead his people ''out of Nigeria and into the Camerouns’’ just over a month ago. It is another that said that they would make our country ‘’ungovernable’’ if a southerner was elected into power in 2011.


It is another that said, only a few weeks ago, that our country ‘’would burn’’ if Jonathan or any other southerner contests for the Presidential election in 2015. It is another that told us last year that ''poverty was the root cause of Boko Haram'' and that the south was receiving too much money whilst the north was not receiving enough. How much more of this can we be expected to take? 


Just three weeks after the Haramites have abducted almost 300 young school girls at Chibok, burnt down their school and kept them as sex slaves, just a few days after they abducted eight more at Warabe Village, Borno state, just two weeks after two bombs went off in Nyanya, Abuja killing a total of 150 people between them and just three days after no less than 350 innocent people were slaughtered by the terrorists in Gamborou Ngala, a border town with the Camerouns, these northern elders are saying that force must not be used against them. This is unacceptable and their suggestion must be treated with the contempt that it deserves. 

I do not know what it will take for the Nigerian people to accept the fact that Boko Haram is the greatest evil that our country has ever had to contend with and that there can be no dialogue with such demons. I do not know what it will take for these northern elders to accept the fact that evil is evil, that you must never negotiate with terrorists and that their ''gentle way'' simply cannot work. 

The truth is that until every single one of the Haramites is hunted down, brought to justice and despatched to hell there will be no peace in our country. We must also eliminate those who secretly encourage, fund and protect them. 

I have always viewed those that suggest that Boko Haram should be treated with kid gloves with the utmost suspicion. It is either that we live in a secular state where the rule of law prevails, where beasts have no place and where murderous animals are treated like the savages that they are or we shall have no country at all. 

All this talk about ''not using force'' must stop because it is nonsensical, it is counter-productive and it presents a very real threat to our desire to continue to live as one nation. Those that abduct, rape, kill and enslave children do not deserve to live. 

Those that say that ''force should not be used'' should give up them their own daughters in exchange for our missing girls. After they have done that they can be as gentle as they like with Boko Haram.

In all this President Goodluck Jonathan has much to learn and I would be the last person to endorse what I consider to be his inexplicable restraint and obvious weakness in the fight against Boko Haram. Mr. President has failed to protect the lives and property of the Nigerian people and no responsible, self-respecting and rational human being, including those that consider themselves to be his friends, should shy away from telling him so. 


We expect far better from him and if he fails to deliver he would not only have betrayed his mandate, violated his oath of office and let down the Nigerian people but he would also play right into the hands of his critics. These include the American Senator John Mcain, who told the world that ''no government exists in Nigeria'' and Senator Hilary Clinton, who said that the Federal Government of Nigeria had ''squandered their oil wealth, allowed corruption to fester and now they are losing control of parts of their country''. 

 

These are timely admonitions from the Americans but they made their own fair share of blunders as well. For example one wonders why it took the Obama adminstration up until early this year to formally recognise Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation despite repeated calls to do so earlier by many prominent Nigerians including Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of CAN. When Senator Clinton was Secretary of State, the State Department refused to label Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation even though they had butchered thousands of Nigerians. Perhaps if they had done so more lives would have been saved. 

 

There is no doubt that our Government has handled this matter in an unacceptable manner but the Americans must carry their own fair share of the blame.  For Jonathan, the words of Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje are instructive. On 9th May 2014 he wrote: 

''we warned Jonathan. We called for action against Boko Haram and we screamed until our voices went hoarse. Now the people who advised him against taking strong action and called for dialogue, the very people that said it was caused by poverty, the very people that promised that traditional rulers would resolve the matter, the very people that encouraged him to vacillate and do nothing or little, are the ones mocking him. Well that is why leaders must exercise leadership. The buck stops at his table. The credit or the failure goes to him. I hope he learns!''

A word is enough for the wise.

________________FFK, 2014


THE CHIBOK AFFAIR: THE EMERGING AND UNCOMFORTABLE FACTS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay


Now that the operational leadership and visible face of Boko Haram, in the person of the filth called Mr. Abubakar Shekau (aka Darul Tawheed), has finally admitted that they were responsible for the abduction of hundreds of our school girls and that they intend to ''sell them in the market like slaves'', it is pertinent and necessary for us to consider some of the emerging, though uncomfortable, facts. 

This will enable us to understand the nature of who and what we are dealing with and allow us to consider what the appropiate response ought to be if we really want to solve the problem. Permit me to share the following facts that have been brought to my attention. 

1. That the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has told us that 90 per cent of the girls that were abducted from their school at Chibok were christians. 

2. That President Goodluck Jonathan himself alluded to this during his last media chat when he said that ''the majority'' of girls that were abducted were christians. The following have also been brought to my attention:

3. That the majority of the girls that either ''escaped'' or were released by their abductors were muslims. 

4. That the Governor of Borno state refused to accept the counsel and abide by the directives of WAEC that the exams should not take place in Chibok due to the precarious security situation and instead he insisted that the exams should take place there and that he would guarantee the security of the children. 
5.  That the Christian Association of Nigeria has formally accused the Governor of Borno state of ''conspiracy and collusion'' and they have urged him to tell us exactly where the girls are and what he knows about the whole incident. 
6. That the girls that have been kidnapped are being raped up to 15 times a day by their captors and that those amongst them that have refused to convert to islam are having their throats cut (read the testimony of one of the girls that ''escaped'' on page 8 of the Vanguard Newspaper, 5th April, 2014).
7. That there was not a single adult in the school grounds watching over the 278 girls that entire night apart from one security man and that there was no electricity, no generator, no principal, no matron, no house master and no house mistress in the grounds with them.  

8. That the children were all alone in their dormitories that night in the blistering heat and deepest darkness before the Haramites arrived to burn their school and carry them away into captivity. 
9.  That the soldiers that were guarding the school in Chibok were redeployed a few hours before Boko Haram launched their attack and abducted the children. 

10. That up till now pictures of the abducted girls have not been produced or released by the school authorities or the state government.

11. That this was a predominantly christian school and that Chibok is a predominantly christian community. 

In my view these facts are relevant and instructive. When one considers them, the picture of what really happened at Chibok on that tragic night, what the real intentions of the abductors and their secret sponsers were and what is really going on now is getting clearer by the day. 

Ordinarily whether the children are christians, muslims, pagans or atheists really should not matter because, regardless of their faith, we want them all back and we must fight for them all to be returned to their homes and loved ones. 

However the fact that 90 per cent of them are christian adds a sinister and frightening dimension to the whole horrific episode and it is glaring evidence of the fact that christian girls are now being targetted by the islamists and that those girls are being ''sold in the market'', being forced to convert to islam and being turned into sex slaves. 

Let me put it on record that I am one of those that believes that the Federal Government has failed woefully in their primary duty to protect the Nigerian people and I have enunciated that position more than anyone else in this nation in numerous essays and contributions over the last three years. However I honestly believe that today the problem has become so serious and pronounced and that the conflict has reached such a critical stage that criticising and lambasting the government alone will not help. The truth is that such an approach has certainly has not achieved much in the last three years because nothing has changed. 

I believe that it is time for us to change tactics in order to achieve better results even though we must not relent in demanding that our President and his security and intelligence agencies do their job properly and provide the necessary security for our people. We also need to understand and appreciate the fact that this matter goes way beyond politics. It goes way beyond whether you are for or against Jonathan. 

It goes way beyond whether you are in the APC, PDP, APGA, Labour or UPN. It goes way beyond whether you are a progressive or a conservative. It goes way beyond whether you are a christian or a muslim or whether you are from the north or the south. 


The bitter truth is that regardless of wherever you come from, whatever your faith is and whichever side of the political divide you stand, we all have a duty to get to the bottom of this matter, join forces, close ranks, find out what is really going on and bring this nightmare to an end. We must join hands with all men and women of goodwill and, together, we must fight this insidious evil that seeks to envelop our land and overwhelm our people. 


To be sure there is only one thing worse than failing to protect your people and that is when you organise and mobilise some misguided and mentally unstable miscreants to use religion as a political tool and get them to blow up, kill, abduct, rape and maim innocent men, women and children in an attempt to destabilise the country, spark off a religious war, change the status qou, pull down the government, induce a military coup, dismember our country and cow the Nigerian people into submission. 


That is what those that are the secret supporters and sponsors of Boko Haram are doing and attempting to achieve. They are also interested in furthering the sinister and barbaric agenda of the Taliban, the Al Nosra Front, Al Shabab, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Al Qaeda whose wish is to destroy the secular state and to establish an islamic fundamentalist state. They wish to establish a radical new caliphate in the west African sub-region where christianity and moderate islam is banned, where women are treated like sub-human beings and chattel and which is governed by the strictest form of islamic sharia law. 


To this end it is interesting to note that the evil is spreading. A glaring testimony to that sad fact is the fact that an Army barracks was attacked by Boko Haram in the Camerouns on 5th April and after killing two army officers they freed all their fellow terrorists and islamists that had been detained there.


What is going on is dangerous, bloody, vicious, heartless, brutal, deep, dark and sinister and it is a conspiracy of monuemental proportions. It is a conspiracy which we have all fallen victim to. It is a conspiracy that is fuelled by secrecy and strengthened by the reluctance of those that know better and that know the truth to speak out and expose it. 

It is a conspiracy that also receives massive funding and covert support from various governments and Royal families in the Middle East whose support for the salfists is well known and whose wahabbi doctrines and philosophy is exceptionally dangerous. These are the type of people that we are dealing with and these are the times that we are living in. 

It is good news that the international community are set to play a greater role in this fight and that they are ready to assist us in resisting terror and waging war against what is esentially a relentless and vicious global jihad. However this is not enough. The fight is still primarily for our President and the Nigerian people to lead.

It is left for the President and his team to rise up to the occassion, tell the Nigerian people the bitter truth about all that is going on behind the scenes, remove the kid gloves, get real and fight the Haramists and their sponsors with all that he has got. 

If he refuses to do it or if he is cowered into not doing so by the moderate and dovish voices that appear to be around him, he can be rest assured that sooner than later this country will break up and he will go down in history as the last President of a united Nigeria. Worse still if he is not careful there may well be a military coup which will not be welcome by any right-thinking person and which everyone dreads. We must assist him as best as we can to ensure that this does not happen.


I have little doubt that the President knows who those that are behind Boko Haram are: it is now time for him to exercise his full powers, expose them and deal with them in a brutal and savage manner. 


It is time for him to show strength and to lead us into this war against terror boldly. It is time for him to be a Commander-in Chief that we can all be proud of. It is time for him to use his full power and to detain and interrogate all those that he suspects may be linked to the terrorists. 


It is time for him to rise up to the occassion and to crush the evil and the forces of darkness that have challenged our way of life, everything that is dear to us and indeed our very existence. 


It is time for him to use every method known to man to vigorously fight the insurgency, including better intelligence gathering and the usage of ''black ops'', ''wet boys'', covert operations and maximum co-operation with various foreign and international intelligence and security agencies. 

It is time for him to ruthlessly bomb the notorious and Boko Haram-infested Sambisi forest with nepam and burn it, together with everything and everyone that is in it, to the ground. It is time for him to exercise the right of ''hot pursuit'' and to pursue the Haramites into the Camerouns, Chad, the Niger Republic or anywhere else if and when it is necessary for him to ever do so. 


It is time for him to prove to the world that the Nigerian people are not insensitive cowards and that we know how to fight and to protect our own. It is time for him to rise up and to exercise the full powers and authority of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is time for him to do whatever it takes to bring our girls back home and to let us hold our heads up high once again.

________________FFK, 2014


THE HARAMITES OF BOKO AND THE SECOND BOMBING OF NYANYA
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

My worst fears have been confirmed and sadly the Haramites of Boko have struck again. Another terrible bomb blast has taken place in Abuja and many innocent people have been butchered, slaughtered and maimed. At the last count the number of those killed is no less than 39 despite attempts by the international and local media to play the number of casualties down. This damning display of primordial and pure savagery by Boko Haram comes barely two weeks after over 100 innocent people, including women and children, were killed by another bomb, on the same spot and by the same people. This is surely too much for us to bear. 

Worst still the country, and indeed the international community, is still grappling with the Chibok affair in which no less than 234 young school girls were abducted from their schools and turned into sex slaves by Boko Haram. 

 

At this juncture one is compelled to ask the following question: how much more can we take before the centre fails to hold and everything falls apart? How much more can we take before some madman in uniform gets up, takes advantage of the situation, does the unacceptable and unthinkable, seizes the broadcasting stations and subjects us to a familiar yet unwelcome early morning speech which is preceded  by ''fellow Nigerians'' and which ends with the announcement of a ''dawn to dusk curfew''? 

 

May God forbid that this should ever happen in our country again as it would be a tragedy of monuemental proportions and it would set us back by at least 50 years. Worst still Nigeria may not even survive it and it may well result in another civil war. I have no doubt that despite our monuemental security challenges, the preservation of our fast-evolving democratic culture and structures remains the only way forward and that we must do all that we can to protect this dispensation.  

 

The best that we can do is to continue to speak out, to protest, to write, to demonstrate, to create awareness, to march, to pray and to demand that our Government and security forces do a better job by fighting Boko Haram with an equal and commiserate amount of viciousness and savagery that the islamist terrorists are fighting us. 

 

I feel a deep sense of outrage and shame and I utterly deplore the fact that the Federal Government has once again failed to protect the lives of the Nigerian people. Yet it is not just the Federal Government that has failed but all the the governments at all levels, including our State Governors and Local Government Area Chairmen. 

 

As a matter of fact every single one of us that is in the ruling class of this country or that is a member of it's political elite has failed woefully. We must all carry a share of the blame in varying degrees. Every single one of us has a little blood on our hands as a consequence of our sheer indifference to the collective plight of our people and our inability to act at the appropiate time when we saw all this coming. 

 

I hereby join millions of Nigerians in condemning this latest beastly attack on Nyanya and I have nothing but contempt and disgust for the Haramites and those that secretly support them. 

 

May God deliver our country from the grip of these Boko demons that feed fat on human flesh and blood and that seek to terrorise us into submission and may the souls of those that have been killed rest in peace.

 

Yet let us get past the rather obvious and simplistic statements and submissions and let us look at this whole matter from a deeper perspective and in a more refreshing, meaningful and holistic manner. Let us stop merely scratching at the surface and let us get to the root of the problem. It is time for us to get real and to speak some hard truths. Consider the following. 

When some people are so hell bent on taking power that they begin to bomb their citizens in order to achieve it one has to begin to question the continued viability of our much flaunted unity.

When some people believe that it is their right to rule in perpetuity and that if they do not get their way they must make the country ungovernable and kill as many people as possible, one must decide whether or not we are really one nation. 

When some people are prepared to use religion as a political tool, shed as much innocent blood as possible and pervert the very tenets of the faith that they claim to espouse, one must decide whether those of us that do not share their world view are prepared to remain in the same cage as those that are clearly nothing but ravenous beasts. 

There is far more to the Bo ko Haram phenomenon than meets the eye and Nigerians just don't get it yet. They are not prepared to hear the truth let alone accept it and, sadly, perhaps they never will. This is a nation that has an identitity crisis and that still does not want to accept the fact that it is at war with itself. 

They do not want to accept the ugly fact that there are some key individuals, who some of them still literally worship and rever, that are the ones actually encouraging, fuelling and funding Boko Haram and that are waging war against our people. 

They do not want to accept that there is an international dimension to this matter which is beyond their knowledge, understanding or comprehension. May God open their eyes and help them to recognise what they are up against before it is too late. 

Until that happens and each and every Nigerian is prepared to take up arms against Boko Haram and those that are secretly behind it our people will continue to be terrorised, slaughtered, abducted and enslaved.

 

And whether anyone likes to accept it or not there are quite a number of people who fall into the category of Boko Haram sympathisers even though they remain in the shadows. For example there is a very combative, visible and vocal individual from the north-western part of our country who has been accused of covertly funding and supporting the islamist cause and terrorism for many years. 

 

That same individual was described to the FBI as a ‘’trusted mentor’’ by Umar Faruk Mutallab, the Nigerian ‘’underwear bomber’’, who attempted to blow up a plane filled with passengers as it was about to land in the United States of America a few years ago.

 

Again that same individual has been accused of having a hand in one of the most heinous and brutal sectarian murders in the history of our country when a young man by the name of Gideon Akaluka, from Benue state, was cold-bloodedly beheaded by a rampaging mob in Kano for supposedly ‘’desecrating the koran’’.  Akaluka’s severed head was paraded on a long pole all over the streets of the city before a cheering and roaring crowd for many hours and the whole gory event was actually video-taped by the perpetrators themselves. Such barbarity has rarely been seen in the history of our country.

Yet this individual has not been brought to justice or even questioned about these matters. Is it any wonder that Boko Haram appears to be going from strength to strength? The truth is that they have many friends in high places and President Goodluck Jonathan himself once alluded to this. Another individual, who was a former Head of State, was quoted as saying the following in 2001- 

''I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God-willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the sharia in the country. Muslims should vote at the next Presidential election only for someone who will defend their faith''. 

 

This former Head of State may not have any link with today's terrorism or Boko Haram but has the words that he uttered on sharia in 2001 not made matters worse? Were the seeds of Boko Haram not planted at that time by such comments and such contributions? Yet another former Head of State did not help matters when he treated what he described as ''political sharia'' with kid gloves when he was in power. He failed to deal decisively with it at the time and he said that it would eventually ''fizzle out''. 

 

This did not happen and today we are witnessing the results of his complacence and his inability to crush the beast at an early stage before it grew fangs. Now that vampiric beast is biting us with those fangs day and night and it is eating our flesh and drinkng our blood. 

 

For those that fail to see the nexus between political sharia and Boko Haram and that fail to appreciate the connection between the two permit me to put the following questions. Was the movement for political sharia not the precursor to Boko Haram? When you tolerate a monster and give room for extreme philosophies to take root are you not asking for trouble? When you give an inch will the beast not take a mile? When you compromise on fundamental issues such as the secularity of the state and allow islamist ideology to flourish in the name of political expediency and compromise are you not asking for trouble? 

 

When you run away from fighting a righteous war that must be fought sooner or later are you not postponing it for another day? Over ten years later we are reaping the consequences and rewards of our cowardice, indifference and indolence when faced with political sharia. The truth is that all our leaders have failed to solve this problem over the years and their lack of firm resolve to do so has simply caused it to spread and to become more virulent. 

 

Worst still some have completely capitulated and bowed in shame and helplessness before the evil scourge. As a glaring example of this, just a few months ago, an elder statesman that was at the time no less a personality than the National Chairman of the ruling party described the Haramites of Boko as ''freedom fighters''. Is there anything more shameful than that?

 

I really do wonder whose freedom they seek to secure and who they are fighting for? Is it the freedom to kill our people and to abduct and enslave our children? Such sentiments and expressions of sympathy for the enemies of our people are a national disgrace and those that express them ought to be called out and held to account.

 

Sadly the next few months and years are very bleak for our nation. As a matter of fact we may not even have a nation left in the next few months and years if things continue this way. I just hope and pray that we all appreciate the fact that we are in for the long haul and that whether we like it or not Boko Haram is here to stay. 

It is either that we succumb to them, accept their demands, bow to them and allow them to change our way of life or we fight them into the ground, eliminate every single one of them, flush them out, burn the Sambisi forest to the ground, avenge our people, preserve our way of life and restore our self-respect and dignity. 

It is either that we accept their evil, conceede to the establishment of a Taliban-style islamic fundamentalist state in the whole of our country and espouse it wholeheartedly or we fight a brutal, bloody, long and righteous war to preserve the unity of our nation, to protect the secularity of our state and to enthrone righteousness and justice. The choice is ours. 

 

The Haramites of Boko have already made their choice and they made it long ago. And that choice is to subject the Nigerian people to terror, murder, humiliation, carnage and bondage and bring us to servitude and to our knees. They will continue to effect this satanic  agenda unless and until we get off our knees, stand up like men and say ''enough is enough''. They will continue to do so unless and until we are ready to say that Nigeria is worth dying for and that we are ready to fight back . May God deliver Nigeria. 

________________FFK, 2014


THE TIME TO MAKE A CHOICE
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

On 23rd April 2014, the respected U.S.-based online military News Agency magazine called StrategyPage wrote the following: 

 

''Nigerian Muslim clerics living in the border towns of Cameroon and Nigeria are recruiting Boko Haram members in their mosques, the Government of Cameroon has alleged. Worse still, government officials in the North Eastern Nigerian states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa collaborate with the terrorists and take bribes from them, thereby, hindering the fight against the terrorists. Governors of these states also capitalise on their fears to berate the army and the Federal Government. Many officials in those states are cooperating with Boko Haram in order to avoid attack. Some of these officials are covering themselves in case Boko Haram should gain power. Cameroon is also concerned about pro-Boko Haram clerics from Nigeria quietly preaching and recruiting for Boko Haram in Cameroonian mosques. Islamic conservative clergy are not unusual on either side of the border, but those who do not denounce Boko Haram are suspected of quietly recruiting young men to join the “jihad” (struggle) and fight (and often die) in Nigeria. These preachers have to recruit quietly because otherwise police in Cameroon will arrest and deport them, sometimes after a vigorous interrogation. Evidence of this recruiting is showing up when some of the recruits return from Nigeria with tales of disillusionment and adversity while with Boko Haram.”  

 

Given the fact that most people believe that the StrategyPage online magazine has very strong links and ties with the CIA the veracity of this report cannot be denied and neither can it's implications be underplayed or understated. Fears of such recruitments were corroborated by a report on the news section of BBC Television on 27th April 2014. They confirmed the fact that, according to their sources, Nigerian muslim clerics are indeed recruiting Boko Haram fighters in the mosques of the Cameroons and from elsewhere and that they were offering to pay the new recruits as much as 3000 USD to join up. As some international observers and commentators have said: it is obvious that the struggle has just begun.

 

Oh Nigeria, how I feel sorry for you. They burn your cities, kill your citizens, rape your women, steal your children, pillage your lands, insult you openly, desecrate your holy places and destroy your future yet all you do is bicker amongst yourselves. Your country is burning yet all you do is point accusing fingers at one another, act as if all is well and talk about who will be President in 2015. When they finally kill all your warriors, impale all your champions, behead all your leaders, rape all your women, dismember your country and take all your children captive that is when you will know what you were up against. And by then it will be too late. War is upon us and yet we continue to sleep. In civilised countries where men of honour reside by now young men would have signed up, gone to the war front and offered themselves in battle and old men would have been co-ordinating their noble and gallant efforts. But not here. Here we are still involving ourselves in a stale debate about who and what Boko Haram is and what to do about them. Meanwhile they laugh at us, bomb our cities, kill our people, spoil our glory, dim our star and drink the blood of our children. 

 

What is it about the Nigerian that he always runs away from a fight and from battle? Where did this accursed cowardice and obsession with ''peace at ANY price'' come from? I hold that even if they slaughtered one million of our sad and beleagured citizens in one day our people would still call for peace, good neighbourliness and understanding with Boko Haram and they would still say that we should forgive them and make friends with them. This is the sad and bitter truth and, umlike most, I have the courage to say it. That is the pitiful condition to which most of the Nigerian people have degenerated. The fact that building a nation requires courage and sacrifice is completely lost on them. As Thomas Jefersson once said ''the tree of liberty is watered by the blood of tyrants and patriots''. Yet how many Nigerians are prepared to sacrifice and put their lives and reputation on the line? How many of them are prepared to call a spade a spade? How many of them are prepared to fight and to kill the enemy? Defending a nation requires strength and a firm resolve. Yet how many Nigerians have that strength and that firm resolve? 

 

Boko Haram has shown the world what we are a nation of cowards where honour does not reside and where righteous anger, when faced with pure evil, has no place. If this were not the case the narrative today would not be anything other than a passionate plea for us to bury our differences, come together as one nation and one people and to fight Boko Haram to the last man. If not for that our resolve would be to go from house to house looking for the silent supporters, sponsors and prophets of Boko Haram and slaughtering them in revenge for what they have done to our people and our nation. Three years ago I called on the Federal Government to level any city or community that hosted, provided refuge or supported Boko Haram and many not only insulted me but also said that I was far too extreeme. At that time, whilst the doves continued to call for dialogue and understanding with and for Boko Haram I saw them exactly for what they were- evil islamist forces that had foreign-backing and a frightful agenda for our country which was not hidden. I also said that they would never stop until that agenda was effected or until they were utterly crushed and every single one of them was wiped out together with all traces of their evil philosophy. As usual most Nigerians did not understand at the time and they subjected me to all manner of insults. Yet I continued and I warned that if all these things were not done the situation would get far worse. Sadly, three years down the line, I have been proved right.  

 

How did I know? Because I am a student of history and because what Boko Haram is attempting to do is nothing new. It has happened in many other countries over the ages and in those countries the people themselves were forced to make a hard choice- to either fight the evil or to succumb to it and allow it to overwhelm them. Sadly the people of Nigeria have not yet made that hard choice and instead they are still busying themselves with mundane and irrelevant questions like whether they are in APC or PDP or whether they like or support President Goodluck Jonathan or not. They fail to appreciate the fact that matters have gone far beyond that. They fail to see that at this rate we may not even get to 2015 as one nation and least of all be in a position to conduct an election at that time. They fail to see that if things don't change quickly and Boko Haram is not stopped this democracy may not even last much longer. They fail to see that Boko Haram seeks to destroy us ALL and not just Jonathan, the PDP, the APC or anyone else. Those that encouraged the Boko monster and fed the islamist beast at the outset and that silently supported and encouraged them in an attempt to destabilise the government and the nation have now become a victim of that hideous monster themselves. 

 

The same forces encouraged political sharia in order to destabilise President Olusegun Obasanjo's government and undermine his leadership between the years 2000 and 2003. This battle should have been fought and won then but Obasanjo failed to fight it and he handled it with kid gloves, claiming that it would ''fizzle out''. Well ''fizzle out'' it did not and, like a cancerous sore, ten years later it has come back to haunt us. Ten years later it has come back in the form of Boko Haram with all it's attendant violence, horror and bloodshed. In the last three years no less than 10,000 of our people have been killed in this conflict and hundreds abducted. The white islamist flag and logo of Boko Haram has been flown in various parts of our nation and yet most of our people don't seem to care and they honestly believe that this conflict will never spread to the south. How naive and how wrong they are. 

 

Let us make no mistake about it: the agenda of Boko Haram and those that are behind it, both locally and their international backers, is not limited to northern Nigeria and neither has it ever been. Simply put they wish to conquer the whole country and establish their own caliphate. They wish to impose their strange values and barbaric beliefs on the rest of us by force. There are some leaders in Nigeria, backed by Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Al Shabab and emboldened by Arab money and salifist philosophies, that honestly believe that if Nigeria is not ruled by a northern muslim then there must be no peace or there must be no Nigeria at all. Whether we like to admit it or not this is the bitter truth. As far as they are concerned it would be better to establish a pre-historic islamic fundamentalist state, like the old Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, where full sharia law is practised and where Boko Haram leads and holds sway, than to have a modern-day secularist Nigerian state where a southern or northern christian or a moderate muslim rules. The underlying philosophy is that some were ''born to rule'' and if ''they'' cannot rule then they will use ''their'' religion and ''their'' considerable financial and political arsenal to ''make Nigeria ungovernable''. This is evil and we must resist it. I can never support such an agenda, such a philosophy or such people because as far as I am concerned they are of the devil. 

 

Those that think like that and that espouse such views are worse than the white supremacist Boers of South Africa during the days of aparthied and they are worse than than the fascists of Nazi Germany under Hitler. I believe, and I have always believed, that if Nigeria is to remain one then ALL her ethnic nationalities must be treated as equals, no matter how big or how small, and that the secularity of the state must be preserved. I have always believed that we must keep religion out of politics and that faith, being essentially a personal matter, must never be used as a political tool or as a weapon of destabilisation. Evidently not all share my view. Some believe that religion and ethnicity can and must be used as a means to achieve and preserve political power. Worst still others believe that islamic fundamentalism has a place in our country and they believe that it is right and proper to terrorise, kill, maim and abducte as many Nigerians as possible in order to establish it here. Surely this abberant philosophy and world-view must be rejected and resisted by all right-thinking people. It is time for Nigerians to wake up from their deep and satanic slumber and make the right choices. They must either fight this evil called Boko Haram or submit and capitulate to it. They must either insist on a modern-day secular state where all are equal before the law and are protected by the constitution or they accept the violent imposition of the most cruel and barbaric form of an islamic fundamentalist state. 

 

They must either stand up and identify the real enemy or they continue to bicker and argue about the most irrelevant, inconsequential and childish things. They must either open their eyes wide and understand the implications of what is unfolding for their nation and for their children and grandchildren or they continue to wallow in denial, ignorance, cowardice and timidity until all is lost and we are completely overwhelmed. They must either demand that the Sambisi forest, where the filthy and cowardly cockroaches and vermin called Boko Haram are said to reside, should be bombed with nepam and burnt to the ground along with everyone and everything in it or they continue to whimper and cry from under their beds like little children and beg for mercy. At the end of the day the choice is theirs. Prayer has it's place but it is not God's job to fight this battle- it is ours. God bless Nigeria.  

________________FFK, 2014


THE FILTH CALLED BOKO HARAM AND A SEASON OF SHAME
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Permit me to begin this contribution with some basic truisms: firstly that God is great and that He alone forges the destiny of nations and rules in the affairs of men. Secondly that He is faithful and true and that He alone is worthy of our fear and of our praise. Lest despair and despondency sets in, it is right and proper to always remember this and to continue to reiterate these truisms given the horrific things that we are witnessing on a daily basis in our country today. This is a season of brutality, sadness and fear. 

A season which has witnessed more carnage and bloodshed than ever before. A season of tears and sorrow that has brought pain and shame to our nation's doorstep. A season in which the entire world has focused it's attention on Nigeria for all the wrong reasons. A season in which over 200 of our compatriots were slaughtered in cold blood by a bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja and in which over 100 pubescent girls were abducted from their school in Chibok town, Borno state. A season in which horror, blood, sweat and tears has pinned us down and gripped us. A season in which children were plucked from their mother's arms and slaughtered like rams and infants mourned the loss of their parents, grandparents and siblings. 

Even by Nigerian standards what happened last week was particularly chilling. Our story seems to be the same- horror after horror, carnage after carnage, ineptitude after ineptitude and insensitivity after insensitivity. And in all this it is the poor, the vulnerable, the less privilaged and the weaker members of our society that suffer the brunt of the carnage. What a tragedy. We have entered a season of anomie and utter anarchy. I hereby condemn, in the strongest terms, both the bomb blast that took place in Nyanya and the abduction of the young girls in Chibok. Once again I hereby call on the Federal Government not to hold back and not to give an inch or a quarter. 

They must take off the kid gloves, cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war. They must rise up to the occassion, crush the terrorists with ruthless precision and protect the Nigerian people. And we the people must give them our full support as they do so. If we can do that I have little doubt that those that are secretly behind Boko Haram and that employ the use of terror for political ends will soon be exposed. 

Those that delight in bloodshed and that revel in carnage will soon be defeated. Those that secretly encourage them and that covertly fund them will soon be shamed. Those that rejoice each time they hear that others have had their limbs blown off, their lives snuffed out and their children abducted will soon be brought to justice. And those that are confused and that fail to understand what is really going on or what purpose this sheer madness and pure wickedness is designed to serve will soon be enlightened. 

Let us make no mistake about it: Nigeria is in for the fight of her life. What we are faced with in our country today is nothing less than a full scale war. It is a war between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. A war between the islamists and the secularists. A war between the agents of the devil and the servants of God. It is a war that was fought in the 19th century in Turkey and that was fought in the early 1990's in Algeria. It is a war that was also fought in Lebanon, Chechyna, Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia, Malaysia, Palestine, the Phillipines, the Sudan, Syria and Indonesia in recent years. It is a war that is being fought in Pakistan, Afghanistan and, once again, in Syria today. 

 

In Turkey, Kemal Attaturk, the founder of that great muslim nation, slaughtered no less than one million islamists in order to establish a modern-day secular state in which the rights of muslims and non-muslims were guaranteed. In Algeria the military slaughtered no less than 150,000 islamists in a brutal and prolonged war in order to achieve the same goal. In Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, the Phillipines, Chechyna, Iraq, Palestine, Somalia, Yemen, the Sudan, Syria and Malaysia thousands were slaughtered over the years in order to preserve the secularity of the state and to protect it from the evil of islamic fundamentalism. Today, in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with the full support of NATO and the American military machine, they are waging the same war and are doing the same thing and hundreds of thousands have been killed in the process. 

In Syria, once again, we are witnessing the same bitter struggle: you have an embattled secularist government being challenged by a brutal and unrelenting Al Qaeda-sponsored islamist army that is hell bent on turning that country into a primitive islamic fundamentalist state. Whether we like to admit it or not we are faced with the same struggle and war in Nigeria. It is not a war between christian and muslim or between the north and the south. It is not a war between the ethnic nationalities or between the hausa-fulani and the rest of us. It is a war between the wahabbi-indoctrinated and salifist-inspired islamists who wish to send us back to the stone ages on the one hand against the secularists, the moderate muslims, the christians, the agnostics, the athiests, the traditional worshippers and all the rest of us, who wish to preserve and develop a modern 21st century Nigerian state, on the other. 

And whether we like it or not we must fight that war and we must win it. The truth is that an islamist is not a true muslim and he does not represent islam. It therefore does not matter how many islamists have to be killed in the process of fighting this war. They must all be eliminated and sent back to hell where they came from. They and their whole rotten and evil philosophy of hate, violence, imposition, butchery, carnage, abduction, slavery and murder. Boko Haram is evil. They are the spawn of the devil and the children of hell. They shed blood and they drink it. They are not muslims but vampires that feed on misery, wickedness and heartache. They are also cowards. Cowards that target innocent and helpless Nigerians including women and children and that are not man enough to meet the Nigerian military in the open field of battle. They deserve no pity and they have no honour. 

 

Simply put, they and those who secretly sponsor and support them, are despicable. Their ultimate desire and goal is to create fear, panic and terror and to either dismember our country or turn it into an islamic fundamentalist state where christianity is banned and where true islam is not practised. Yet this will never happen. No matter how many people they kill and no matter how hard they try it will NEVER happen. They shall fail and ultimately the Nigerian people shall prevail. Of this I have no doubt because the one true Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Armies of Israel, the God whose name is the I AM, THAT I AM, the God who never slumbers or sleeps and who never lies, the God that is known as the Man of War, the Lord God of Hosts and the Ancient of Days wills it and because He has said it. And every single Nigerian, including this writer, is here to fight that war when and if he or she is called upon to do so. 

 

Yet we must guard against ignorance and disinformation which may further divide our ranks. And one of the most dangerous submissions that is presently making the rounds in the north was well captured by a misguided and misinformed individual by the name of Usman Jimeta who wrote the following.         

''All Northern Muslims must know that the killings in the North of Muslims is solely sponsored by Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan agreed with his people of South East and South South that our population must be eliminated through massacres. Those carrying out the massacres in the different States of the North are well trained Igbos and former Niger Delta militants who were trained in Israel and clandestinely in some Countries. President Jonathan, once told a Northern Elite that a revolution must be started in the North to pave the way for killing all our Elites. 

Jonathan, assassinated General Mohammed Shuwa, assassinated Jarman Katagum, attempted to eliminate Ado Bayero, Kwankwaso, Sultan of Sokoto, to mention but a few.  Jonathan has declared a genocide on Northern Muslims! President Goodluck Jonathan, gave orders to the Military to wipe off Fulanis in Nigeria. It is now clear to even skeptics that Boko Haram is trained and funded by CAN, Christian Associatio n of Nigeria and in collaboration with President Goodluck Jonathan. Under the design, Muslim Clerics, Muslim Elites, Muslim Cities obliterated under the watchful eyes of the Ethnoreligious Goodluck Jonathan. Why is Ayo Oritsejafor, the CAN President not talking, because a job well done is carried out by Boko Haram, the Militant wing of CAN, in their desire to wipe off Muslims in Nigeria!''

Have you ever heard such senseless and unintelligent rubbish? Yet as absurd as they are I believe that Mr. Usman Jimeta's dangerous and hateful assertions deserve a clear response lest some people are misled by him. The suggestion that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is BEHIND Boko Haram and that they are using it to attempt to ''wipe out northern muslims'' is absurd and reckless. 

In case those that are peddling this divisive rubbish did not know, thousands of christians have been killed by Boko Haram in the last few years as well and hundreds of churches burnt to the ground. Are CAN behind that too? Equally importantly thousands of southerners that live in the north have also been butchered by Boko Haram. Was that the handiwork of CAN as well? 

The leadership of CAN may have made some mistakes in the last few years and indulged in one or two strategic errors but that does not mean that we ought to peddle lies and falsehood in order to create even more division and strife in our land. That does not mean that we should accuse them of being homicidal maniacs that seek to ''christianise'' Nigeria and wipe out the muslim faithful and islam. Nothing could be further from the truth and as a christian I take great exception to such absurd categorisations. 

People like Mr. Usman Jimeta are being misled by some of his own northern muslim leaders and it is those same leaders that secretly rejoice whenever Boko Haram strikes and kills our people. For example a highly celebrated northern muslim friend of mine who is a former Minister has consistently peddled the idea that Boko Haram is a creation of CAN, MOSSAD and the CIA and that they are using it to fight and destroy northern muslims and the entire northern region. This is absolute nonsense and he must desist from saying such things otherwise he must provide us with his evidence. 

His covert campaign to try to discredit the leadership of CAN particularly and to divide the north and the south in an attempt to create a political constituency for himself must stop. If he does not do so some of us shall take up his challenge, rise to the occassion, call him out on it and join issues with him in a very forceful and profound manner indeed. 

I would never seek to undermine, discredit or accuse the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs or the JNI for terrorism, mass murder, child abduction, slavery, waging war against the Nigerian state and subversion without any tangible evidence against them out of respect for the muslim community and out of my fear of God. 

He should stop doing the same to CAN unless he can provide us with the necessary evidence to back up his claims. Boko Haram is an enemy to EVERY Nigerian, whether northerner or southerner and whether christian, muslim or traditional worshipper. 

They are not a creation of CAN that are designed to wipe out northern muslims. Rather they are a creation of satan that are designed and mandated to wipe us ALL out, to destroy our collective destiny, to put us back in the stone ages, to shroud us with a cloak of darkness and to capture and steal the very soul of our nation. 

They are of the devil and they are from the devil. Anyone that suggests otherwise is simply insane. Meanwhile I call on every able-bodied Nigerian to brace up and prepare for war. No sacrifice is too great for our motherland Nigeria. Let us remember that we are first and foremost Nigerians and that we must be ready to do whatever it takes to jealously guard and protect the lives and integrity of our people and to destroy the enemies of our destiny. Let the bickering stop and let us identify our real adversaries and face them down. 

Whether we are christian or muslim, APC or PDP, APGA or Labour, northern or southern, in government or outside of government, believer or athiest, light-skinned or dark-skinned, young or old, rich or poor, military or civilian our collective enemy makes no distinction and seeks to kill us all and change our way of life forever. If there were anytime to come together, drop our differences, draw the line and say ''enough is enough'' this is it. 

We must rise up like men and collectively fight this evil. We must encourage and support our security agencies and Armed Forces and let them know that they are going into battle with the whole nation fully behind them. We must let them know that every single self-respecting Nigerian is praying for them and willing their victory. It is time to knuckle down and get real and to stop running away from the problem.  

Our very lives and destiny as a nation depends on it. This is the final battle of the war for Nigerian independence and, no matter the cost, we must win it. And, by the grace of the Living God, the Lord God of Hosts and He that is more than able, win it we shall. May the souls of all those that were cut short by Boko Haram last week rest in perfect peace. May God the Avenger, the Defender of the Weak and the Deliverer of the Poor avenge us speedily, defend our nation and deliver us from our enemies. God bless Nigeria.  

________________FFK, 2014


IS GOD THE AUTHOR OF EVIL?
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Today I shall go down memory lane and ponder on a few soul-searching questions that I posed, and attempted to answer, a few years ago. I believe that these questions are as relevant today as they were at that time. Sit back, fasten your seatbelts and I implore you to stay with me till the end. Here we go:

Life can be so complicated and sometimes we are forced to ask and answer some difficult questions. Permit me to ask a few in this contribution. Why do so many people suffer so much in life and why is this particularly so in Nigeria? Is God punishing us for our sins? Is God the source of all this evil that we see in our lives and in our land? Just look at all that is happening? 

 

The best are crucified, tormented and persecuted whilst the wicked are celebrated and exalted. Many of our leaders are a plague and an affliction with dark hearts and many of our followers are ignorant ingrates and traitors. What is wrong with us? Why is God punishing us like this? Why has He forsaken us? Why has He visited so much evil on us? For millions of people each day is a struggle. There are so many shattered dreams and there is so much sadness, failure and sorrow in this land. 

Worst still, in Nigeria when someone is good he must be punished and when he is bad he must be rewarded. That is our record and that is our delight. One wonders why God has afflicted us in this way? Why all this evil, poverty, failure, injustice, persecution, shame, pain, cruelty and wickedness? Is He not a God of love? Why does He allow this evil to thrive in our lives and in our nation? 

 

We are a sick nation with a sick leadership. A nation of small minds governed by small minds. A nation where the sons of slaves ride around on horseback and the sons of kings walk around barefoot. A nation where the rich and powerful lack sensitivity, compassion and humanity and where the poor have little hope, eat from the dustbins and wear second hand clothes. 

 

A nation where truth is mocked, ridiculed and treated with contempt and where falsehood, hate, deceit and misrepresentation is exalted. A nation where light is described as darkness and where darkness is described as light. A nation where eighty year old men are described as promising and dynamic leaders, where fifty year old men are described as youths, where thirty year old men are described as children and where seven year old girls are taken as wives. This is evil. 

 

Is it because of our sins that God has visited all this on us? Consider our quality of life and our numerous challenges? Is God the source of all this evil? Many are suffering, are in despair and are badly weighed down by their unsavoury circumstances. Yet there is still hope and the purpose of this contribution is to encourage the broken, the wounded and the disheartened and to answer some of these complex questions.

 

Permit me to start by saying that God is a God of love and not the author of evil. It is our enemy and adversary, satan, that delights in wickedness and he alone comes to kill, steal and destroy. He alone brings evil, sorrow, discord, fear, poverty, want, failure, death and shame wherever he goes.The bible says ''the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel'' and cruelty is the devil's stock in trade. He alone is the merchant of misery and the dealer of suffering. God is not the source of any of these terrible things. Rather He brings life and He is full of grace, compassion, love, blessings and mercy. 

 

He allows negative things to happen to us and to our nation only because He has given us the power to deal with them ourselves and the grace to come through them and have a great testimony at the end of it all. His word says "the righteous shall live by faith" and that "He has given us power to tread on scorpions and serpents and all the power of the enemy and none shall by any means hurt us". That is why if only we can believe, stand firm and not allow such challenges to cause us to derail or to despair, we shall always be victorious at the end of the day and His promises for our lives shall surely come to pass.

 

As regards sin, we thank God that there is no condemnation for those of us that are in Christ. He shed His blood and He paid the price. Once we have confessed and truly repented of our wrongdoings the power of sin and death is completely broken in our lives. He has bought us eternal life through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and His resurrection and ascension. All we need to do is to claim it and just believe. 

 

That blood brings grace and mercy and it cleanses away ALL our sins. So the source of the pain that you are feeling, and that we are all feeling, is not God but rather the devil, our collective enemy. And thank God that we have overcome Him and that we will always overcome him by the blood of the lamb and the testimonies of our lips.

 

God loves you very much and He is with you and not against you. You are not a loser but a winner. You shall certainly overcome. Just continue to believe and to do good. And believe and pray for our fatherland Nigeria too: one day things will change in this country and that is God's promise. Be rest assured that our Father in heaven has a plan for Nigeria too. It is that assurance from God that we are all holding on to: that is our hope and that is our strength. 

 

He will surely deliver us one day and the yoke of the devil and his children, the Amalekites and the Midianites, over our nation shall be broken forever. I assure you that these vicious oppressors and Egyptians that we see today, the time is coming when "we shall see them no more".

 

So fear not and despair not: just hold on, just watch and just pray and you will see the salvation of the Lord in this land. The accusers will soon become the accused and the oppressors will soon become the oppressed. Despite all the evil, false accusations, wickedness, treachery, injustice, persecution, marginalisation, brutality, callousness, greed, bloodshed, hatred, idolatary, murder and deceit that we see around us and in this nation, we must continue to do good and to stand firm. 

 

We must continue to exalt fairness and righteousness and we must continue to love even the unlovable and to see the best in even those that hate us and that seek to destroy our lives, our future and our country. God will deliver and in the end He will make ALL things beautiful in our land and in our lives. The Lord has spoken it and so it shall be. May God continue to be with us all and may He give us strength even in these difficult and lonely times.  

 

Yet we must never forget the place of prayer because there is nothing that prayer cannot do. It is the engine room of all that is. It is the unseen spiritual force that makes things happen in the physical. It is the catalyst for a meaningful and positive change and without it nothing good can come. We need to appreciate the fact that the countries that are advanced today originally had their roots and foundation in God and at some point in their various histories went through periods of massive revival having experienced immense suffering. 

When one third of all the people in Europe dropped dead as a consequence of the ''black death'' (the bubonic plague) in the Middle Ages they did not stop praying or turn their back on God. They held on to their faith, called on God, received a word from Him and the evil cycle stopped. When the Pilgrim Fathers founded America they prayed her into greatness and made God her foundation: that is why she is what she is today. Prayer and faith is the key to all things, coupled with hard work, an understanding of the times and good old-fashioned hope.

When 20 million people were killed in the First World War and 50 million were slaughtered in the Second, it was prayer and faith in God that enabled the world to survive it and move on to build a better world. It was prayer and faith in God that pulled down the Berlin wall and that destroyed the evil and godless empire of Soviet communism. It was prayer, faith in God and the ability and courage of righteous men and women that were filled with the Holy Spirit, to rise up and say NO, that destroyed the evil that was Hitler and Nazi Germany and the vicious and racist system of government in apartheid South Africa. The Book of Job in the Holy Bible teaches us that oftentimes God allows the devil to touch us in order to test our faith in Him. 

Yet He can change our fortunes in the twinkle of an eye, either for good or for bad: that is His prerogative and His nature. He can make a promise and honour it at once or wait 400 years to do so, as was the case with the children of Israel when they were in exile in Egypt. That is what makes Him God. The most important thing to appreciate is that through good and bad, through night and day, through thick and thin and whether as individuals or nations, He is with us every step of the way, He loves us deeply and He is eagerly waiting to see our reactions to our various challenges and circumstances. His word says "the righteous shall live by faith" and that is, indeed, the cornerstone of the christian faith: total faith in God and trusting Him to deliver us and help us in our time of need. This is because it is in our weakness and helplessness that He shows and proves His strength. 

Now that does not mean that we should do nothing else. That does not mean that we should not, at the same time as praying, work hard, fight hard and shout loudly to make our country a better place. After all the bible says "faith without works is dead". This means that we must work hard at the same time as we are praying and exercising our faith, otherwise we will fail. It means that whatever we are doing we must do it with prayer. As a matter of fact it is that prayer that will guarantee the success of the relevant venture- It is our strength and hope for a better tomorrow. Thank goodness that it actually works and, by God's grace, it will do so for Nigeria no matter how bad things may appear to be today. 

Permit me to end this contribution by considering the words of Queen Victoria which she spoke at the height and power of the British empire and in the days when the United Kingdom was truly "Great Britain''. During the Scottish rebellion in the late 19th century she said "I do not fear the armies of Scotland but I fear the prayers of John Knox".  John Knox was the spiritual father of Scotland and one of the greatest prayer warriors and intercessors that ever lived. The Queen's words smacked of deep wisdom and she did well to fear John Knox's passionate and powerful petitions to the Lord. 

You see prayer delivers the captives, protects the weak, humbles the powerful, heals the brokenhearted, breaks down the strongest walls, brings tyrants to their knees and causes kings to weep and tremble. It shapes the destiny of nations and restores and rebuilds the lives of men. There is still hope for Nigeria as long as we have faith in God and we continue to pray. And why not? He is, after all, ''our shield, our glory and the lifter of our heads''. He is ''the Author and Finisher of our faith''. God bless Nigeria. 

(THIS PIECE WAS FIRST WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED IN 2009)

________________FFK, 2014


THE STRANGE DREAM OF A MUSLIM/MUSLIM TICKET (PART 2)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

All the clever rationalisations and justifications in the world for presenting a muslim/muslim ticket will not enable us to escape this ugly tag. As a matter of fact they will simply confirm it. We have a lot of work to do in this respect and permit me to share just one of the things that we ought to  do very quickly if we wish to avoid the consequences of our own folly.  We must go out of our way to redress the religious imbalance in our Interim National Executive where you have virtually ALL the KEY positions in the hands of muslims and where it is only the lesser positions that the Christians enjoy.

The charge that there are far many more muslims than christians on the Interim National Executive Commitee is false because the number of Christians and Muslims in that distinguished body are more or less equal. The numbers are not the problem but rather the fact that virtually all the substantive positions on that 35-man Executive Commitee are in the hands of Muslims. The Christians that are there are either ‘’deputy’’ or ‘’vice’’ to one of their muslim colleagues or the other. Does anyone have an idea what signal this sends? Do they care about the consequences of such a signal? Was this done by design or was it just an innocent mistake? These questions must be asked and they must be answered.

We have been saying all this quietly for a few months now but nothing has happened. No-one seems to be listening and no-one seems to care. Worst still instead of reaching out and allaying our fears we are now being fed with subtle yet insulting and unacceptable rationalisations and justifications  for what is essentially politically explosive and electorally suicidal nonsense.  If there is no Christian in Nigeria that qualifies to be President or Vice President and that does not have the noble qualities of ‘’integrity, capacity and competence’’ that were listed earlier then they should tell us and we will know what to do. The whole thing is beginning to move in a certain direction and it stinks.

An illicit and subterranean agenda seems to be unfolding and instead of assuring us that such a thing can never happen or even be contemplated in today’s Nigeria they are telling us to live with it and that, all of a sudden, religion does not matter anymore. If it does not matter anymore then why not present a Christian/Christian ticket? If it does not matter anymore then why give the impression that you are interested in the Christian vote? If it does not matter anymore then why the resistance in some quarters for a Christian Presidential candidate for the party?

Meanwhile it matters enough to those who want a muslim/muslim ticket to be secretly advocating it and to be openly suggesting it. This is nothing more than an islamic agenda in the making and to those who have such an agenda and who wish to use the APC to effect it I say ‘’that which you want to do, do it quickly and see the result of the work of your hands’’.  Make no mistake about it: I speak the minds of millions of self-respecting and discerning Christians in this country when I say these things and I have consulted very widely before saying them.

I say them because I am a committed and loyal party member who wants the party to fare well in the 2015 elections and who wants them to win. I will not sit back and remain silent when I see such a precious vehicle heading for the rocks and when I see it courting self-destruction. Only the the irresponsible, the sycophantic and the opportunistic would do that together with those who have a hidden agenda and who do not give a damn about the consequences of this reckless course of action on the fortunes and image of the party. 

If those that disagree with me wish to expel me from the party for saying so please go ahead. It will only prove my point. I have a soft spot for the APC and I have tremendous respect and affection for my friends and brothers who established it and who represent the more liberal and enlightened wing of the party.

I am talking about people like our leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, our National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, Governor Kayode Fayemi, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Governor Rabiu Kwakwanso, Governor Murtala Nyarko, Governor Tanko Al Makura, Governor Adams Oshiomole, Governor Rochas Okorocha, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, Senator Joseph Waku, Senator George Akume, Senator Joel Danlami Ikenya, Senator Borriface, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Senator Lawal Shuaibu , Chief Sam Nda Isaiah, Chief Tom Ikimi, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Chief John Oyegun, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamilla, Hon. Yusuf Tuggar, Prince Tony Momoh, Hon. Rotimi Makinde, Senator Femi Ojudu, Senator Jide Omoware, Senator Buki Saraki, Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Adamu Abdullahi, Alhaji Bello Masari, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, Rt.Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora and so many others, all of whom I have been very close to for many years and all of whom are far more to me than just being mere friends or political associates.

These people, together with a number of others, are the heart and soul of the party and they are it's saving grace. I say this because, unlike a handful of others, they are essentially moderates and liberals and they represent the forces of light within it’s ranks. Yet the truth must be told. And true friends and brothers always speak the truth to one another no matter how bitter that truth is.

If speaking that truth will cost me then so be it. At least I will sleep very well at night with a clear conscience knowing that I have done my very best to steer the party in the right direction and stop it from destroying itself. One thing that I will never do, no matter what, is to allow anyone or any group of people to denigrate or insult my faith or the adherents of my faith and relegate us to the position of second class citizens. This matter must be taken very seriously indeed because the consequences of not doing so will be swift, far-reaching, irretrievable and very grave for the APC.

This is 2014 and not 1993 and today things are very different. Christians cannot and must not be taken for granted and no-one should attempt to sacrifice them on the alter of political expediency. Any party that seeks to do that ceases to be a political party and can be better described as a religious cult. And no Christian worth his salt can or will ever be the member of such a cult. The choice is for the leaders of the APC to make. If you are a cult then continue on the path of self-destruction but if you are a political party then learn to be fair to Christians and to appreciate their sensitivities.

The suggestion of a muslim/muslim ticket by some and the subtle rationalization of such a repugnant and self-destructive agenda by others is, to say the least, nauseating. It is simply unacceptable and, in Jesus name, we reject it. Like I said earlier, those that are thinking along those lines should perish the thought and stop causing consternation, dissention and confusion. Yet if they choose to continue to do so they should prepare for the consequences. 

The desire for a Vice Presidential candidate to emerge from the south-western part of the country is very strong and, if the APC really wants to win, it is the smartest thing to do. Being an unapologetic yoruba nationalist, not only am I at the forefront of that struggle but I also believe in it passionately. I believe that that is the right and proper thing to do and that that is our due. I also believe that if the person that the leadership of the yoruba APC eventually decide to field as a Vice Presidential candidate is a muslim then the north must field a christian candidate for the Presidency.

Conversly if the person that the leadership of the yoruba APC eventually decide to field as a Vice Presidential candidate is a christian then the north must field a muslim candidate for the Presidency. It really is as simple as that. That is the way out and that is the winning combination and formula. The way to failure, disaster and ruin is to ignore this counsel and to field a northern muslim as the Presidential candidate of the party and a yoruba muslim as his running mate. A word is enough for the wise.

Yet all hope is not lost. I say this because there are many leading northern muslims who are highly respected elders and leaders within the ranks of the opposition who have been quietly advocating for a northern Christian that can be trusted by them and that is competent and reliable to be the candidate of the APC. They see this as the only way to ensure that the ugly tag of being a sectarian party is finally removed. They also see it as the only way that Jonathan can be defeated simply because a combination of the northern Christian and muslim vote, coupled with a strong and credible muslim running mate from the south-west that will garner the support of all the yoruba regardless of their faith, cannot be defeated. 
  

Since we are on this topic I am constrained to make reference to a rather strange and curious event which took place just last week and which has some relevance to this discourse. The Sultan of Sokoto, who is the leader of the muslim community in Nigeria, led a delegation to President Goodluck Jonathan to complain about what he described as the ''under-representation of muslims'' at the Constitutional Conference.

The President, in an uncharacteristically frank and candid manner, hit back immediately by asking the Sultan why it was that the muslim governors of the north-west do not sponsor members of their christian community to pilgrimage in Jerusalem in the same way that they sponsor the members of their muslim community to Mecca. He urged the Sultan to tell the governors of the north-west to sit up and do the right thing by being fair to all. This was excellent counsel from our President and he has won many new converts and friends by asking the Sultan a pertinent question and telling him the simple truth.

Frankly I never knew that President Goodluck Jonathan had it in him and I am pleasantly surprised. If the christian population in the core north could be treated with such contempt and so unfairly by the core northern governors I really do wonder what their plight would be under a muslim/muslim President and Vice President. Perhaps those that tell us that ''religion does not matter'' could enlighten us about this.     

Permit me to end this rather long contribution with the words of a young, keen and insightful  mind by the name of Miss Ayobami Animashaun. In my view, Ayo has put the case against a muslim/muslim ticket in a succinct, compelling and simply brilliant manner. In an interesting and somewhat heated facebook discussion on the 29th March 2014 she wrote as follows:

‘’The Presidential ticket in Nigeria is usually shared between the North/South and Muslim/Christian. To have a South/South or North/North or Christian/Christian or Muslim/Muslim for now will be a complete and total failure in the Nigeria we live in today. If it is true that a Muslim/Muslim ticket is currently being considered by APC then this is evidently the handy work of President Goodluck Jonathan's ‘’prayer warriors’’! He shall have a very easy ride back to Aso Villa in 2015. I am an APC supporter but should the party field a muslim/muslim ticket I shall be jumping ship over to PDP for sure.

Someone within APC isn't thinking right!  99% of Nigerians are extremely religious, and I am one of them. I make no apology for that. This country has over 85 million christians and for anyone in the APC to say they cannot find one out of 85 million to be on their ticket is extremely insulting to us. Take it or leave it, that is how I feel. I have indeed spoken the minds of many.

No self-respecting christian would support an all muslim ticket in Nigeria today. Neither would muslims accept a christian/christian ticket and neither should we expect them to do so. We already hear people openly refer to the APC as the Boko Haram and the Janjaweed Party. Presenting a muslim/muslim ticket would only confirm this. That is absolute logic!

Some say only a tiny percentage of our people care about religion or the faith of the candidates on the Presidential ticket? That is complete and utter bollocks! We will all be here to see the outcome of this folly! Meanwhile I will re-consider my support for the APC, because I cannot continue to be associated with people that are religiously insensitive!

This is a party whose key substantive officers in the National Executive Committe are ALL "muslims"! Meanwhile we are in 2014. Did I see someone compare 1993 to today? That was 21 years ago for goodness sake and so much has happened between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria since then. I am not religiously intolerant, I am simply being politically realistic in the climate we have in Nigeria today.

Trying to sound politically correct can only score you little brownie points on a small facebook thread. It is not common sense to come up with a Muslim/Muslim ticket in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural state where over 50% of the population are Christians. To do so not only makes no sense but it is also politically suicidal.

Go to the Christians of the North Central, the North West and the North East and tell them that you are presenting a Muslim-Muslim ticket and see if they do not stone you! Go to the South-South and the South-East and tell them that you are presenting a Muslim-Muslim ticket and see if they do not spank you. Go to the South-West and tell the Yoruba Christians that you are presenting a Muslim-Muslim ticket and see if they do not insult you. If you like, go ahead and try it!

This will not be the first time that arrogance and the lust for power overides sound judgement and wise counsel. I am seeing something very ugly behind the mask of the APC now and it is called religious bigotry.

My advice to you is to rid yourselves of it otherwise no self-respecting Christian would support you. No matter what you say or do, no one can use the back door to islamise Nigeria’’.

Miss Ayo Animashaun has spoken courageously and she has voiced an inconvenient and bitter truth. I need say no more. I rest my case. God bless Nigeria.

________________FFK, 2014


THE STRANGE DREAM OF A MUSLIM/MUSLIM TICKET (PART 1)
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

‘’The last notable Christian-Christian ticket was Awolowo-Umeadi in 1979 and the last notable Muslim-Muslim ticket was Abiola-Kingibe in 1993. You can figure out the rest. But let the optimists know that reality always trounces wishful hope in political contests. Chief Femi Fani-Kayode's advice that we get real must be directed where it truly belongs - to the leadership of the APC’’- Chief Kayode Samuel, Facebook, 29th March 2014.

I thank my brother Kayode Samuel for his contribution and I shall take his advice and direct my counsel to the leadership of the APC and to the Nigerian people in general. That is the purpose of this essay and so important is the subject matter under consideration that I would urge as many as possible to find the time to read it from the beginning to the end. 

 Chief Akin Osuntokun, the Bashorun of Oke-Mesi, the former Special Advisor to President Olusegun Obasanjo and the highly celebrated columnist for Thisday Newspaper is one of my closest brothers and friends even though we tend to disagree on virtually everything. He is a very complex and interesting person who has a penchant for speaking the bitter truth. He is blunt to a fault and brutally frank and he manages to give as good as he gets in any argument.

I respect him immensely for a number of reasons, one of them being his unquestionable loyalty to his friends regardless of their circumstances, political views and party affiliation. Simply put, he is capable of mainitaining a good relationship even with those that he disagrees with politically. I say this because most of Akin’s friends like Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Alhaji Kashim Imam, Mallam Uba Sani, yours truly and a host of others have left the PDP yet we still meet virtually every other night as a group and slug out politics and current issues.

Even though Akin is invariably the lone voice in a hostile sea at such meetings, he always holds his own and stands his ground in a most admirable and spirited manner even when things get rather heated up. His loyalty to and support for President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration is second to none and I have often wondered how difficult things would have been for us if Akin and his likes were the ones speaking for this government. He is an intellectual par excellence and one of the most under-utilized assets that the PDP has in their armoury. Yet I often marvel about how well he stomachs the attacks and intellectual riposts that he suffers from those of us that are no longer in his political party but that have the rare privilege of still being in the inner circle of his friends.

That is what makes Akin special. That, together with the fact that more than any other person that I know, he can tell his friends the bitter truth about themselves and point out their mistakes. You can count on him for that. And the strangest and most uncanny thing is that nine times out of ten he has been proved right.

Today I shall take a cue from my brother Akin and tell a few bitter home truths to my own friends and political associates in the APC. Whether this will break or enhance our friendship and association remains to be seen. I hope that it does not have any negative consequences for our relationship but if it does I have absolutely no regrets. After all the greatest gift and virtue that a true friend and brother can offer is truth and wise counsel. That is what real friends are supposed to do even when that truth and counsel is unpleasant and painful to hear.

The subject of my counsel is the suggestion by some that our party the APC should consider fielding a muslim/muslim ticket in the 2015 Presidential election. Even though the party leadership itself has not expressed such an intention and even though the matter still remains in the realms of speculation, as someone recently pointed out, I can confirm to you that quite a number of people within the party are discussing it privately and are actually considering it. As a matter of fact some are openly advocating and canvassing the idea. Whether we like to admit it or not this is the subject of heated discussions in many party circles today with some party leaders being for it whilst others are against it.

Consequently the party would do well to issue a statement on the matter and tell us whether they are in a position to rule out such a course of action or not. If they refuse to do so the speculations will simply continue and, like an insidious cancer, the matter will eat away at the very soul of the party and eventually squander it’s  fortunes. It is in order to avoid this and for that very reason that I deem it fit, wise and appropriate to make my views on the matter known to the world, regardless of what the consequences of doing so may be for me. The outcome of this exercise and the reaction to my counsel will determine whether I am indeed in the right political party or not.   

Let me start by stating loudly and clearly that I have nothing against muslims. As a matter of fact I am very proud of the fact that I have both muslims and christians in my family. So strong is the muslim influence in my extended family from my mother's side that I, together with all my siblings have at least one muslim name. Mine is Abdul Latif, which I am told in Arabic means ''servant of the All Gentle'', and I am very proud of it. This is a name which my friend and brother Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, in an attempt to crack a joke about me and my ''one eighth'' Fulani bloodline, mischevously reduced to ''Boda Lati''  in one of his celebrated articles and I am still trying to find it in my heart to forgive him for that.

I also have many friends from both the south west and the north who are muslims and who can testify to the fact that I have nothing against islam. I am talking about people like my dear brother Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, our current Minister of State for Defence, who I not only grew up with in Lagos but who I also cut my political teeth with in 1990 when we both joined the defunct NRC and people like Governor Tanko Al Makura of Nassarawa state who formed and led the youth wing of the defunct NNC with me in 1989. 

The reason that I have gone to great lengths to point out my strong links and family ties with the islamic faith is simply to prove that I have nothing against muslims and that the great faith of islam is part and parcel of my proud and noble heritage.  

Yet despite my deep respect for and affinity with islam and in spite of my fondness for all those that have espoused that ancient and noble Abrahamic and monotheic faith, I would be the first to say that it would be most improper and politically inexpedient for anyone to suggest the idea that any political party in Nigeria today should present a muslim/muslim ticket in next years Presidential election. 

I have said it privately in countless political meetings and I will say it publiclly today. Please mark it- the biggest mistake that my party, the APC, can make is to field a muslim/muslim ticket in the 2015 Presidential election. If we do that we will not only offend the christian community but we will also loose the election woefully. This is not 1993 and whether we like it or not we must accept the fact that religion plays a major role in our politics today. This is not the ideal but it is the reality that we have to accept and live with.

Our party must have both a christian and a muslim on the ticket if we want to be taken seriously in the Presidential election. I implore those that think otherwise to sit down and think this through properly. We must not present a christian/christian ticket as this would be insensitive to the feelings of muslims and we must not present a muslim/muslim ticket as this would be insensitive to the feelings of christians. I for one would NEVER support a ticket that presents two members of the same faith no matter what the consequences would be. 

This country belongs to both muslims and christians- we are all one and we must ensure that we do not hurt the feelings or the sensitivities of one another either advertantly or inadevertantly. As they say ''the road to hell is paved with good intentions''. Let us be mindful of our actions, deeds and words, no matter how well-intentioned they may be, and let us ensure that we do not confirm the terrible stereotyping that those that are against us are trying to label us with. 

Unlike some who only joined the political fray a few years ago, I have been in politics in this country for a total of 24 long years and during that period of time I have learnt a thing or two. The first lesson that I have learnt and which must be appreciated is the ability to distinguish between an ideal and reality. It is laudable to pursue an ideal and we must do all that we possibly can to enthrone it but it is disasterous to ignore the realities on the ground no matter how unsavoury or distasteful that reality may be.

The ideal, which we all desire and which we all seek to enthrone, is to play the type of politics in our country which has no recourse to religion and where a man or woman’s faith is entirely their own affair. Yet the reality is that to ignore the religious sensitivities and differences of the Nigerian electorate is a manifestation of, at the very best, political naivety of the highest order and, at the very worst, dangerous, self-depreciating and self-destructive ignorance. Simply put, religion SHOULD NOT be a factor in our politics but in reality it IS a factor.

To those who say that the APC will produce a  Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate that have ‘’integrity, capacity and competence’’ and that the religious faith of those two candidates does not matter, I have only the following  to say. The ‘’integrity, capacity, competence’’ and all those other laudable qualities are virtues that can surely be found in adherents of both the Muslim and the Christian faith.

They are not the exclusive preserve of the adherents of one faith alone. You can find muslims that have these qualities and you can find Christians that have them as well. It therefore makes perfect sense to present one of such people from each of the two major faiths as a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate respectively.

This is especially so given the fact that Nigeria is a multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country which suffers from severe religious tensions and periodic sectarian violence and which has at least 80 million Christians and muslims on both sides of the divide living side by side. We are already sitting on a keg of gunpowder and to ignore one side of the religious divide and treat them with contempt and disdain may be the trigger that causes that keg to explode.  

Presenting a muslim/muslim ticket for the 2015 Presidential election ticket, no matter how cleverly rationalised, defended or justified in the pursuit of an ideal or in the name of ‘’political correctness’’, will be a terrible insult to the 80 million Christians that are part and parcel of this country and it would result in their voting, en masse, for another party. My candid advice to those that are thinking that way and that are moving in that direction is that they should perish the thought and that they should do so very quickly. 

As far as I am aware  the APC is not an affiliate of Al Qaeda and neither is it a Boko Haram party, a Janjaweed party or a Muslim Brotherhood Party. I have had cause to say so and to defend the intellectual integrity and what I consider to be the multi-religious and secular ethos and composition  of the party on numerous occasions. And of course it is a pleasure, a duty and a privilege for me to do so simply because that is what I honestly believe and because I happen to be a secularist myself. Like millions of others from all over the world I believe that religion ought to have no place in the running of the affairs of any country.

However that does not mean that we ought to ignore the very delicate religious balance that we have in Nigeria or that we should play havoc with it. To do so would be disasterous for the fortunes of the party and for the future of our nation. As a matter of fact we would be opening the gates of hell and we would be courting catastrophy. Anyone that doubts that should consider the ugly events that are unfolding in the Central African Republic today or that took place in the Sudan before the country broke into two. We must never allow such things to happen in Nigeria by any act of commission or omission.

As far as I am aware the APC is a party for both muslims and christians. It is a vehicle for change and not one that seeks to give the impression that Christians don’t matter or that they are second class citizens. If I am wrong then those that claim to know better or that believe that they own the party should please tell me. If it is a party where faith and religion has no place, as some would have us believe, then they should please let us know. We have an image problem which we need to deal with.

Permit me to share just one example of the factors that have sustained that image problem. We have a leading member of the party from Borno state that has been consistently accused of being the sole founder and originator of Boko Haram.

In fairness to the individual concerned the allegations about his personal involvement in these ugly events remain unproven yet all the same they remain serious and grave and they cannot be ignored for much longer. He must provide direct answers to these serious allegations so that, if they are all false, we can make it our business and duty to defend him. Until then, being in a political party that harbours and attracts the sympathy and support of such a person puts some of us in a very awkward position.  

If such things do not make some people uncomfortable they certainly make me very uncomfortable. This is especially so given the atrocities that Boko Haram has perpetuated against both christians and muslims in our country in the last three years. Whether we like it or not we must go out of our way to try to let the world know that we are not a party of muslim fundamentalists and closet islamists and if we choose not to bother to do so it simply means that we are arrogant and that we have lost touch with reality.

________________FFK, 2014


THE BARBARIANS OF AFRICA
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Last week I wrote an essay titled ''12 Years A Slave and The Case For Reparations''. It was a historical account about the travails of the African and the black man over the last few centuries and, frankly, it was very moving. I shed tears as I wrote that essay- tears for our people and their pitiable plight and tears for the challenges and sheer cruelty that our forefathers experienced in the hands of those that regarded us as nothing more than sub-human barbarians and chattel. Yet one wonders who the real barbarians were: were they those who found it so easy to treat their fellow human beings as thrash and vermin, worthy only of hate and fit only for servitude, suffering, hard labour and bondage or was it those that were the objects and victims of that pent-up hate, that were regarded as nothing more than animals and that were denied even the most basic right of being regarded as and treated like human beings? I rather think that the term ''barabarian'' is better reserved for the former group rather than the latter. Today's contribution serves as something of a follow up to ''12 Years A Slave and the Case For Reparations'' and it is an attempt to explore the dark minds and thought-processes of those who honestly believed that they were doing God's work by tormenting, enslaving, humiliating and attempting to destroy the black man.  Here we go. 
One of the greatest and most respected modern historians that ever lived, an Englishman by the name of Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper of Oxford University, once described the history of black Africa as being "darkness, nothing but darkness". As if that were not bad enough there was another even more indicting contribution from a famous and wealthy Arab slave trader (who lived in the 18th century) and whose name was Mehtma Mohammed.

He captured and purchased his slaves mainly from what is now West Africa and he transported them through the Sudan to the Arab world and to the Middle East where they spent the rest of their short and brutish lives as slaves. Mehtma Mohammed said the following about the black African: 
"these black creatures were born to be in perpetual servitude and were ordained by God to be our slaves forever. They are lazy, greedy, stupid, godless, dirty and most important of all they are cowards. When you put the whip to them and hard they line up and will do anything for you. They and their African brothers who sell them to us have no sense of collective purpose and they think nothing of killing and selling their own kinsmen for a pittance. They have no god and they have no interest in dying for or fighting for anything which is outside their daily feeding. They are docile, lazy, dirty and stupid and that is why I have made so much money from selling them. The most gratifying thing is that even if one of the group shows signs of any potential or hope of being able to be a great leader to the others, they are the ones that will expose him, report him and destroy him just for a few morsels from my table. They present no danger to us. They are as harmless and fearful as puppies and they only growl like dogs at each other and to no-one else. We will shame them, trade them, own them and rule over them forever."  
These are painful and harsh words coming from this Arab slave-trader. Yet sadly such views about the African are not limited to the likes of him or indeed to the 18th century. Permit me to give you just one example. 
The following is a speech that was made by former South African President P.W. Botha to his Cabinet. This reprint was written by David G. Mailu for the Sunday Times, a South African newspaper, dated August 18, 1985. It reads as follows:

"Pretoria has been made by the White mind for the White man. We are not obliged even the least to try to prove to anybody and to the Blacks that we are superior people. We have demonstrated that to the Blacks in a thousand and one ways. The Republic of South Africa that we know of today has not been created by wishful thinking. We have created it at the expense of intelligence, sweat and blood. Were they Afrikaners who tried to eliminate the Australian Aborigines? Are they Afrikaners who discriminate against Blacks and call them Niggers in the States? Were they Afrikaners who started the slave trade? Where is the Black man appreciated? England discriminates against its Black and their "Sus" law is out to discipline the Blacks. Canada, France, Russia, and Japan all play their discrimination too. Why in the hell then is so much noise made about us? Why are they biased against us? I am simply trying to prove to you all that there is nothing unusual we are doing that the so called civilized worlds are not doing. We are simply an honest people who have come out aloud with a clear philosophy of how we want to live our own White life.

We do not pretend like other Whites that we like Blacks. The fact that, Blacks look like human beings and act like human beings do not necessarily make them sensible human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles simply because they look alike. If God wanted us to be equal to the Blacks, he would have created us all of a uniform colour and intellect but he created us differently: Whites, Blacks, Yellow, Rulers and the ruled. Intellectually, we are superior to the Blacks; that has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt over the years. 
I believe that the Afrikaner is an honest, God fearing person, who has demonstrated practically the right way of being. Nevertheless, it is comforting to know that behind the scenes, Europe, America, Canada, Australia-and all others are behind us in spite of what they say. For diplomatic relations, we all know what language should be used and where. To prove my point, Comrades, does anyone of you know a White country without an investment or interest in South Africa? Who buys our gold? Who buys our diamonds? Who trades with us? Who is helping us develop other nuclear weapon? The very truth is that we are their people and they are our people. It's a big secret. 
The strength of our economy is backed by America, Britain, Germany. It is our strong conviction, therefore, that the Black is the raw material for the White man. So Brothers and Sisters, let us join hands together to fight against this Black devil. I appeal to all Afrikaners to come out with any creative means of fighting this war. Surely God cannot forsake his own people whom we are. By now every one of us has seen it practically that the Blacks cannot rule themselves. Give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex.  Let us all accept that the Black man is the symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence. Isn't it plausible? therefore that the White man is created to rule the Black man
Come to think of what would happen one day if you woke up and on the throne sat a Kaffir! Can you imagine what would happen to our women? Does anyone of you believe that the Blacks can rule this country? Hence, we have good reasons to let them all-the Mandelas and the others-rot in prison, and I think we should be commended for having kept them alive in spite of what we have at hand with which to finish them off. I wish to announce a number of new strategies that should be put to use to destroy this Black bug. We should now make use of the chemical weapon. 
Priority number one, we should not by all means allow any more increases of the Black population lest we be choked very soon. I have exciting news that our scientists have come with an efficient stuff. I am sending out more researchers to the field to identify as many venues as possible where the chemical weapons could be employed to combat any further population increases. The hospital is a very strategic opening, for example and should be fully utilized. The food supply channel should be used. We have enveloped excellent slow killing poisons and fertility destroyers. Our only fear is in case such stuff came in! ! to their hands as they are bound to start using it against us if you care to think of the many Blacks working for us in our homes. However, we are doing the best we can to make sure that the stuff remains strictly in our hands. 
Secondly, most Blacks are vulnerable to money inducements. I have set aside a special fund to exploit this venueThe old trick of divide and rule is still very valid today. Our experts should work day and night to set the Black man against his fellowman. His inferior sense of morals can be exploited beautifully. And here is a creature that lacks foresight. There is a need for us to combat him in long term projections that he cannot suspect. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year: that stance, for example, should be exploited. My special department is already working round the clock to come out with a long-term operation blueprint. 
I am also sending a special request to all Afrikaner mothers to double their birth rate. It may be necessary too to set up a population boom industry by putting up centers where we employ and support fully White young men and women to produce children for the nation. We are also investigating the merit of uterus rentals as a possible means of speeding up the growth of our population through surrogate mothers. For the time being, we should also engage a higher gear to make sure that Black men are separated from their women and fines imposed upon married wives who bear illegitimate children. 
I have a committee working on finding better methods of inciting Blacks against each other and encouraging murders among themselves. Murder cases among Blacks should bear very little punishment in order to encourage them. My scientists have come up with a drug that could be smuggled into their brews to effect slow poisoning results and fertility destruction. Working through drinks and manufacturing of soft drinks geared to the Blacks, could promote the channels of reducing their population. Ours is not a war that we can use the atomic bomb to destroy the Blacks, so we must use our intelligence to effect this. The person-to-person encounter can be very effective.
As the records show that the Black man is dying to go to bed with the White woman, here is our unique opportunity. Our Sex Mercenary Squad should go out and camouflage with Apartheid Fighters while doing their operations quietly administering slow killing poison and fertility destroyers to those Blacks they thus befriend. We are modifying the Sex Mercenary Squad by introducing White men who should go for the militant Black woman and any other vulnerable Black woman. We have received a new supply of prostitutes from Europe and America who are desperate and too keen to take up the appointments. 
My latest appeal is that the maternity hospital operations should be intensified. We are not paying those people to help bring Black babies to this world but to eliminate them on the very delivery moment. If this department worked very efficiently, a great deal could be achieved''.

These are manifestly racist, demonically-inspired and utterly despicable submissions coming from malevolent, evil, dark, twisted, tormented and ignorant souls. They tell us exactly how many of our detractors view us, even up until today, even if they cannot afford to say so openly. And we must also accept the fact that oftentimes our own behaviour confirms these negative stereotypes. If anyone doubts that just look at the Nigerian example. The truth is that we take pleasure in persecuting, shaming, killing and destroying one another, we enjoy pulling down our brightest and our best, we willfully and consciously promote and celebrate compromise and mediocrity and we are simply not prepared to fight and die for any worthwhile cause or principle, even when it is in our interest so to do. 

That is the difference between us and those from other parts of the world. They are ready to pay any price for a better and safer tomorrow for their children but we are not. They will always insist on the best, on enforcing their rights, on jealously guarding their civil liberties, on resisting evil, on fighting persecution and injustice and on preserving the integrity of their civil institutions whilst we are not. Instead we are prepared to settle for anything, compromise with anything and take anything from anyone or any institution. If we wish to progress we must change our attitude, we must discard this slavish mindset and thereby put to shame our detractors and enemies. We must be ready to stand up and insist on our rights and we must be ready to pay the supreme price whilst doing so if that is what is required. 

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

________________FFK, 2014


12 YEARS A SLAVE AND THE CASE FOR REPARATIONS
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

I have just finished watching the film titled ''12 Years A Slave''. I couldn't stop weeping from the beginning to the end of it and frankly I am at a loss for words. This was a masterpiece. It was nothing short of a powerful rendition of a true and heroic story.

I cannot help asking the following question: what did the black man ever do to deserve such wickedness and suffering? What did our forefathers do to deserve such barbarity and mindless torture in the hands of those that held them captive in a distant land?

May God forgive those that brutalised and enslaved us for all that they did to us. I cannot hate them. I can only love and forgive them because only love and forgiveness can drive out hate and heal the wounds that they inflicted on the souls of our people.

What they did to us was far greater, far more damaging and far more devastating than the Germans ever did to the Jews. Though we are compelled to forgive by scripture and the strictures of our God yet we must never forget what they did to us.

And never must such a thing be allowed to happen again. No minority, whether he or she be black, brown, yellow, red, white, gay, straight or in any other way ''different'' should be allowed to suffer like that or to feel the pain of humiliation, indignity, servitude, persecution and the denial of the most basic and fundamental rights because we are all God's children.

It is incumbent on us all to stand up for the weak, the vulnerable, the terrorised, the despised, the enslaved, the voiceless, the ''different'' and the persecuted wherever and whoever they are because to love others as we love ourselves is God's primary and most important law.

They must never be allowed to walk alone because it was that spirit of standing up for others and fighting for the weak and helpless and the display of such love and selflessness that eventually freed the so-called ''slave'' from his hideous captivity in the film titled ''12 Years A Slave''.

It was the goodness, love, kindness courage and inherent power of those who refused to remain silent and who were ready to take a risk and stand up for truth and justice that caused the man to regain his freedom and to be returned to his family in Washington after being enslaved for twelve long years. What a man. 

What a film. What a great and powerful rendition of truth and what a testimony of man's inhumanity to man.

What compelling evidence and confirmation of the eternal truth that tells us that no matter how dark the night may be, ''joy comes in the morning''. What an affirmation of the undeniable fact that ultimately good always triumphs over evil. What a magnificent example of God's power, grace, manifold blessings and great mercy.

I urge as many as possible to find the time to watch ''12 Years A Slave''. You will never be the same again.

Having watched this film I believe that the case for reparartions for the slave trade must continue to be made. God Himself will not forgive us if we refuse to do so.  

If the world can give the State of Israel back to the Jews as compensation for persecuting them for thousands of years and killing 6 million of them during the Second World war alone why can't that same world pay reparations to the African for enslaving him for thousands of years and for killing at least 30 million of our people over the ages.

 

Why can't the western powers be made to pay reparations to Africa for what they subjected our people  to even after the institution of slavery and the slave trade was formally abolished and particularly during the colonial era?  

As a glaring example of the sheer cruelty of the Europeans during that period, King Leopold 11, who ruled Belgium from 1865 to 1909, actually owned the Congo and all that was in it as part of his personal estate. 

By virtue of his supposedly blue blood, one man owned millions of Africans and all their land and chattels even though he resided thousands of miles away in a distant Europe. 

Such was this man’s inate brutality and monstrous power that he orchestrated and directed the slaughter of no less than 15 million Congolese Africans whilst he ruled from Brussels. This was so even though he never set his foot in Africa throughout his long reign.

Yet the world sat by silently and did nothing. As a matter of fact many of his fellow Europeans actually applauded his actions and described him as a good example and indeed the epitomy of all that was noble and all that ought to be expected from the very best of European royalty. I ask again, what did the black man do to deserve this?

What about Cecil Rhodes, the englishman man who, according to European historians, ''literally and lawfully bought'' a large part of southern Africa and all that was in it for the British Crown and who named that new frontier after himself by calling it ''Rhodesia''? 

It took over 100 years and a bitter and prolonged 15 year civil war (from 1964 to 1979) for the black Africans of that sad and beleagured land to secure their rights, to be recognised and acknowledged as being human beings, to win the right to vote and to install democracy and majority rule. 

It was only after all this was achieved, in 1979, that the name ''Rhodesia'' was dropped like a hot potato and was changed to ''Zimbabwe''. I ask again, what did the black man do to deserve this?

 

We need not go into the sufferings of our black brothers and sisters in apartheid  South Africa at the hands of the white Boers from the day that the Dutchman, Van Riebek, arrived on the southern African coast in 1604 and saw what he graphically described as ''stinking black dogs''. We need not talk about the humiliation and enslavement of our fellow black Africans at the hands of the Arabs of the Sudan, whether it be in Darfur or Southern Sudan for over 500 years. 

We need not go into the sheer barbarity and inhuman suffering that our brothers and sisters were subjected to in the sugar cane fields and the coffee and bannana plantations of the West Indies and South America for many centuries.

 

Everywhere we look throughout world history the story is the same: Africa and Africans have been pillaged, raped, tortured, humiliated, enslaved, butchered, wrenched from their families, scattered, bought and sold, considered as chattel and treated with the most explicit and extreme forms of brutality and violence by those who have a different skin colour to us and those from outside our shores. 

Yet still there have been no reparations and no formal apology.  Instead what they have given us today is the the ''second slavery'' of foreign debt and humiliating servitude by every single African country to the western monetry agencies such as the IMF, the Paris Club, the Bretton Woods Institutions and the World Bank.

Those evil and opaque bodies and their paymasters and agents are today's slave masters and they have turned successive African governments into little more than desperate pimps, shameless prostitutes and indebted and pliant little beggars. 

They have squeezed the very life out of our people, destroyed the future of our respective nations and blighted our collective destinies. This is neo-colonialism in it's most primitive and raw form. I ask again, what did the black man do to deserve this?

 

Yet thankfully there is still hope and God's power still remains sure and ever present. He is ever faithful and His promises are ever sure. 

Nothing drives that point home more than the fact that despite all we have suffered over the centuries in the hands of those that enslaved us and that viewed us as nothing more than worthless chattel, today it is a black man of free African descent, whose forefathers were never slaves and whose proud ancestry can be traced to modern-day Kenya on the east African coast, that is the most powerful man in the world. 

That man's name is Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. The fact that such a man with such a heritage can be President of a nation that once prided itself on slavery and that once regarded the black man as nothing more than a glorified chimpanzee is a testimony to the power of God. Yet the African is not alone in this respect.

 

Apart from the Jews, the Red Indians of North America, the Armenians of Asia and the Aborigines of Australia there is only one other group of people that have suffered almost as much as the African in the hands of other races in human history. 

Those people are those that were once known as the ''serfs''- the slave under-class of slavic Russia. Like the African, the serfs and peasants of Russia were also treated with disdain, regarded as chattel and viewed as being sub-human by the Tsars and ruling class of the Russian Empire. 

They also suffered immeasurably in their millions for thousands of years under successive Russian governments and rulers. Like the African, they were also ''owned'' by their rulers and they lived or died at the pleasure of the nobility.

It is yet another irony of fate and another testimony to the awesome power of God that today the second most powerful man on the planet (and some would argue that he is actually the most powerful) is a proud, confident and strong-willed Russian whose ancestry can be traced directly to the serfs of mother Russia and who comes from equally humble origins. His name is Vladimer Putin, the President of the Russian Federation.

The world has indeed been handed over by God to the seed and lineage of those that were once oppressed and that were once treated as sub-human by others but that is not good enough. 

The case for reparations can and must still be made for Africa and Africans in particular and we must begin to make that case without fear or favour. 

We must pick up the gauntlet and take over the baton from where others  like the late Chief MKO Abiola left off.  More than any other African  leader, both living and dead, MKO Abiola championed the cause of reparations and he put the case so well. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that he had to be stopped and that he was ultimately martyred.  

Permit me to end this contribution with two other curious and interesting observations about Putin and Obama. The historic supression of their forefathers and ethnic stock are not the only things that they have in common. Permit me to explain and let us marvel together at the power of God.

President Barack Obama's paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was a cook to a British army officer. President Vladimer Putin's paternal grandfather, Spiridon Ivanovitch Putin, was a cook in Lenin's country home and later became a cook to Josef Stalin.

Who would have ever thought that the grandson's of two mere cooks and men from such a humble lineage could ever become the Presidents of the two most powerful countries on the planet at more or less the same time. As the bible says, ''the Lord exalts the humble and resists the proud''.

The morale of the tale? Never look down on anyone and treat all men and women, regardless of their station in life, with the respect that they deserve because only God knows tomorrow. The son or grandson of your servant today may well be the leader of your nationtomorrow.

It is also interesting to note that both Putin and Obama have two young daughters but no sons. Obama's predecessor in office, President George W. Bush, also had two daughters and no sons whilst President Bill Clinton, Bush's predecessor in office, also had one daughter and no sons.

The morale of the tale? The test of a man is not in having a son but in achieving his life's ambition and getting to the top. Whether sons or daughters, all children are a blessing from God. As the bible says, they are all ''arrows in our quiver''. We in Africa particularly must cherish, appreciate and give thanks to God for our daughters as much as we do for our sons.

And whilst we do so we must also bear in mind that the case for reparations must be argued and we must never forget that if we, as Africans, do not do it ourselves no-one will do it for us. 

May the souls of all those that perished as slaves continue to rest in peace. God bless Africa and God bless the producers and facilitators of ''12 Years A Slave''.

________________FFK, 2014


LOOKING FOR JOBS, FINDING DEATH
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Whether anyone likes to accept it or not the bitter truth is that 80 per cent of our GRADUATES are unemployed in Nigeria today whilst 51 per cent of our PEOPLE are also unemployed. As a frightful and grave consequence of these shocking statistics, which I happen to believe may well be a world record in terms of unemployment, a terrible tragedy occured in various cities in our country on 15th March, 2014.

On that day approximately 520,000 of our youths gathered together in sports stadiums in various cities all over our country for an aptitude test for just 4,556 jobs that were available in the Immigration Service. These staggering numbers were given out by the Ministry of Internal Affairs itself. 68,000 of those youths gathered at Abuja's National Stadium alone and sadly 10 of them were were crushed to death in a stampede whilst looking for those jobs whilst many others were injured. It did not stop there. Another 20,000 youths gathered in the stadium at Port Harcourt, Rivers state for aptitude tests for the same 4,556 jobs and there was another stampede there as well in which 4 of their colleagues were killed and four more were so badly wounded that they remain in a coma up until now. 

Similar gatherings for the same Immigration aptitude test took place in cities all over the country all for a shot at the same 4,556 jobs and three young pregnant girls together with three male youths were killed in a similar stampede at the stadium in Minna, Niger state. The deaths of youths were also reported in stadiums in some of our other cities as well including Benin and Kano.

The only crime that all these children that were either killed, maimed or injured in these horrific stampedes in the stadiums of all these cities like Abuja, Port Harcourt, Minna, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Benin and elsewhere had committed was to try to get a job, to fight for a better life for themselves and to try to secure their future. What a tragedy. 

One day Nigerians will appreciate the importance of facts, figures and statistics and the consequences of tolerating atrocious, lousy, insensitive and unaccountable governments. They will also understand the implications of having a government that has no qualms about taking advantage of the pitiful plight of it's own youths and citizens and scamming them in the most obvious and shameful manner. 

Why should anyone be surprised that 520,000 of our youths gathered in stadiums all over the country on the 15th March 2014 just to apply for a relatively tiny handful of jobs that are available in the Immigration Service? This is so SIMPLY because there are NO jobs available for these children in our country. 

I repeat 80 per cent of our GRADUATES are unemployed and 51 per cent of our PEOPLE are unemployed. Sadly these figures have been confirmed by various international organisations even though the Nigerian Federal Government often seeks to deny them. Given this deplorable state of affairs why won't our youths die and be killed or injured whilst looking for the few jobs that are available? Why won't they gather in stadiums all over the country in their hundreds of thousands just to do an aptitude test for a job in Immigration for which there are only 4,556 vacancies? Why should anyone be surprised by this madness and this turmoil? Why should anyone be moved by this horrific carnage when it is now a regular phenomenon in our country for children to be slaughtered. If they are not butchered whilst at school by islamist fundamentalists they are slaughtered whilst they are looking for jobs from a heartless government which has effectively destroyed their future.

Yet look for jobs they must because these children and these youths are desperate and they are suffering. To make matters worse they are also being taken advantage of and scammed by their own government who are desperate to extort money from them by all means available. If this were not the case why would the Comptroller-General of Immigration and the Minister of Internal Affairs order that each and every one of those youths that flooded the stadiums in their hundreds of thousands and that stood in the sun should be made to pay 1000 naira each for the forms that they were to use to do the aptitude test at the various stadiums all over the country. 

Someone was set to make a whole lot of money considering the fact that 520,000 youths were involved in this shameless exercise and the amount of cash that they must have made runs into at least 520 million naira. The whole thing was just a massive and monuemental scam to extort hundreds of millions of naira from these poor, young and innocent souls and many of our youths have paid for it with their lives. 

This is what President Goodluck Jonathan's Nigeria has done to them. We now have an army of angry, jobless, frustrated, disillusioned and desperate youths on our hands in this country and consequently we are literally sitting on a keg of gunpowder. May God help us and may He forgive us for failing these children and destroying their futures.

Other than this I will say no more on this matter because the truth is that most Nigerians no longer ''give a damn'' when blood is shed and when lives are taken. This is so even when those lives are those of children. Permit me to give an example. On the very same day that our youths were dying in stadiums looking for jobs with Immigration another 100 innocent people were being slaughtered by ''unknown gunmen'' in southern Kaduna and no-one seems to care. Again only two days before then, on March 13th 2014, 110 innocent Nigerians were butchered by what were described in the press as a group of ''fulani gunmen who were on motorbikes'' in Katsina state whilst the President was on an official visit there. What a tragedy. 

Under President Goodluck Jonathan we have become a nation of vampires where the death of innocent children and youths means nothing and where we cannot even provide jobs or a decent standard of living for our young ones. Instead we attempt to scam them and to extort money from them. What a government, what a country. 

If our government had any sense of decency, justice or accountabilty the Comptroller-General of Immigration and the Minister of Internal Affairs would have not only been compelled to resign or fired by now but they would also have been arrested and would be facing criminal charges for, at the very best, criminal negligence and manslaughter and, at the very worse, accessories before the fact to murder. Yet we know that that will never happen as long as President Goodluck Jonathan is in power.  Far from it.

As a matter of fact instead of bowing his head in shame and showing any sense of contrition or remorse the Minister of Internal Affairs has come out shamelessly and blamed the dead youths themselves by saying that ''they did not exercise enough patience during the exercise''. May God forgive this man. I wonder if he would have expressed such sentiments if any of his own children had been killed in the stampede. 

Permit me to end this contribution by qouting from a moving email that I received from a dear Nigerian family friend who herself is a mother and who presently resides in the United Kingdom with her family. She sent it to me the day after the tragic death of the youths in the stadium. I have obtained her permission to share her words in this write-up but for obvious reasons I will not mention her name. She wrote-  

''Good morning uncle Femi. I honestly don't know where to start from. My heart is so heavy. What is it about Nigeria that (or is it we as a nation) nothing  good comes out of the news. I'm beginning to wonder if there is nothing wrong with me when I go through websites expectant of only bad news. Why don't I ever expect anything good to come out if Nigeria? I don't even know what to tell my children again. I try to give them a balanced view of the country but something would always come up to make nonsense of that. Why would any sane person want to come and live in that madness called Nigeria where nothing is guaranteed. Life is not guaranteed, jobs are not guaranteed, education is not guaranteed, security is not guaranteed, a decent daily meal is not guaranteed. I could go on and on. I came to a realization recently which is self-preservation. Abi shebi it's life/self first. When I saw the early morning pictures of the crowd of youths at the Abuja stadium my heart just sank because I could almost write the script of what would follow. And so I waited (expectantly?)and wasn't disappointed. Would anything come out of it? No. Would life go on? Yes. Do they care? No. And the moron of a Minister had the gall to say that candidates died because of ''impatience''. Meanwhile the so-called aptitude test was just a ruse. They had handpicked their preferred candidates weeks ago. The crowd alone told me that we have a serious problem of youth unemployment yet Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would come out and be reeling stupid figures. Please tell her that she's not fooling anyone. As if the unemployment is not bad enough government is opening more universities like daycare centers and still granting licenses for private universities. Who is going to absorb these teeming unemployed graduates? Where are the industries? Are you creating an enabling environment for investment? Infact I'm just done with agonizing over Nigeria. Self first please!''

Her words and counsel moved me to tears. As far as I am concerned she captured the mood very well and her simple yet succinct submission is reflective of the thinking and deep pain of millions of Nigerians from all over the world that are fast losing hope in their nation. Yet what can we do but just continue to hope and pray. What can we do for the future of our children and to better the fortunes of our nation? This is indeed food for thought. As the bible says, ''may God deliver us from bloodthirsty and evil men'' and ''may the balm of Gilead heal our wounds and comfort our mourning souls''.

________________FFK, 2014


THE REFERENDUM IN THE CRIMEA AND THE GREAT BETRAYAL
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

On Sunday 16th March 2014 a referendum will be held in the Crimea to determine whether the people of that country will stay in the Ukraine or opt to be part of the Russian Federation. This is a positive development and I have little doubt that they will vote to be part of Russia and thereby attempt to right the wrongs of 1954.

 

This was the year that they were handed over, rather like cattle, to the Ukraine by an over-generous and rather exciteable Russian Soviet President Nikita Kruschev who could not possibly have conceived what the future would hold 60 years later and who could not possibly have envisaged what a threat this single act of kindness and generosity would eventually constitute to the fortunes, welfare and security of the Russian state.  

 

One of the things that needs to be clearly understood right from the outset about the unfolding crisis in the Ukraine is that as far as the majority of the people in the Crimea are concerned and as far as President Vladimer Putin and the government of the Russian Federation is concerned the new regime in the Ukraine came to power by unconstitutional means and is therefore illegitimate and illegal. Rightly or wrongly these are their views and their concerns. 

They also have grave fears for the safety, security and welfare of the Russian-speaking population who actually live in the Crimea and who constitute the majority of people that are resident there. Given the history of the area and the nature of those that now hold the reigns of power in Kiev, these concerns cannot be easily dismissed or wished away even by the most cynical of commentators.

 

I believe that those concerns are very real and that they are perfectly legitimate. In any case the Russians are not the only ones that harbour these fears. Just a few days ago American Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, a man whose views are highly respected and who is noted for his ability to speak nothing but the bitter truth, told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly some interesting things. 

 

Permit me to share the contents of their discussion here as it was reported in Intellihub.com, an American website magazine.  They wrote-

''Tuesday evening while speaking to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, dropped information on the situation in the Ukraine that is rarely heard in the mainstream media. In the interview, Kucinich revealed that the United States government was guilty of funding some of the violent rebel groups who have overrun the Ukraine. When asked how he would handle the crisis if he were President, Kucinich replied by saying that:

''What I’d do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with U.S. taxpayers’ money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, which is what they did. I wouldn’t try to force the people of Ukraine into a deal with NATO against their interest or into a deal with the European Union, which is against their economic interest.” 

O'Reilly replied by saying, ''so, it’s the USA’s fault that Putin rolled in? We made them do it?” to which Kucinich responded by saying, ''Bill O’Reilly, if you don’t believe in cause and effect, I don’t know what I can do for you.” - INTELLIHUB.COM

In my view Kucinich is absolutely right. He has spoken nothing but the truth and such subterranean manouverings and covert operations by the United States government and their agents right on the doorstep of a nervous Russia was bound to result in drastic and extreeme retaliatory measures from Vladimer Putin. This is all the more so given the fact that history, the law and logic is clearly on Putin's side. 

I say this because claiming that the Crimea is not Russian is simply absurd and it betrays nothing but ignorance. It is rather like saying that the people of the city of Ilorin and it's environs in Kwara state and the people of Kabba, Yagba-West, Yagba-East, Mopa-Amuro, Ijumu and Kabba-Bunu local government areas in Kogi state respectively are not yoruba and that those areas are not part and parcel of yorubaland simply because they are in the northern part of Nigeria.

 

Historically the Crimea has always been part of Russia and no less than 65 per cent of it's population are not only ethnic Russians but they also speak nothing but the Russian language. There are also massive and substantial pockets of Russian populations in eastern Ukraine.

It is absolutely absurd for anyone to assume that the Russian Federation would sit by silently and allow the lives, the future, the fortunes and the destiny of their kinsmen from those parts to be in any way threatened.

 

Some have compared the situation in the Ukraine and the Crimea to the situation that exists between China and Taiwan. This is an inappropiate and erroneous comparison and those that equate the two are not sufficiently aware of the relevant facts. 

 

The difference is that the people of Taiwan, though they are ethnic Chinese, do not want to be part of China but the people of the Crimea, who are ethnic Russians, want to be part of Russia desperately. That is the difference between the two. 

 

It is simply a matter of the right to self-determination. They have that right and it is guaranteed by international law. Remember the Falklands matter between Great Britain and Argentina which led to war? That is a better comparison to this case than that of Taiwan and China. Great Britain did exactly what Russia is doing today in the Falklands in 1982. 

 

They secured the rights of the people in the geographical space that was in dispute and they effected their wishes and will as was reflected in a free and fair referendum. In order to achieve this they went to war. I would have expected no less from Margaret Thatcher and the British.  

 

Quite apart from the principle of self-determination there is also the principle of the right to safety, the right to freedom from persecution and, most important of all, the right to life. The truth is that the people of the Crimea have as much of a right to life as anyone else and as long as they remain in a Ukraine that is in the power and under the control of the pro-western, ultra-nationalist and essentially fascist forces, that right to life cannot be guaranteed.

 

The fact of the matter is that those that are presently in power in the Ukraine simply hate the Russians of the Crimea and we can be be rest assured that they will utterly destroy them, strip away their rights, humiliate them and subject them to the most vicious and insidious form of persecution if given half a chance. President Krushchev of the old Soviet Union made a grave error when he handed the Crimea and it's almost total Russian population over to the Ukraine in 1954. 

 

He did so only because he never envisioned a situation whereby the old Soviet Union would break up and that the people of the Ukraine would fall under the sphere of influence of America and western Europe and end up being so hostile to ethnic Russians and to the Russian Federation. That situation is what Putin is faced with today and he has to rise up to the occasion and clean up the mess that was created in 1954. 

 

He has to rectify that mistake by taking the Crimea back and protecting the lives and property of the ethnic Russians that live there. He must allay their fears and protect their interests because they are his kinsmen and they have no other nation to protect them apart from Russia. That is his right and duty and I am glad to see that he appears to be doing it. 

 

This is all the more so given the fact that, by treaty and by international law, the Crimea is host to no less than 45,000 Russian soldiers and a massive Russian naval base. This naval base provides the only access that the Russian fleet has to a warm sea port anywhere in the world. 

 

Anyone that seriously believes that the Russians would sit back and allow all that to be taken away from them by a hostile government in Kiev which is under the beautiful spell of the Americans has not understood the situation very well. 

 

Whether anyone likes it or not the Crimea, and indeed much of southern and eastern Ukraine, is an area that touches and concerns the vital and strategic national and security interests of the Russian Federation. What goes on in that area and who controls it is of great interest to the Russians and this must be so for very obvious reasons. Excuse my crude language but you cannot piss on a giant's doorstep and expect him to be pleased with you. 

 

This brings me to the issue of the question of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsular in Nigeria and the way in which the Camerounians pissed on our doorstep and eventually managed to take it from us. This was after a ruling at the International Court of Justice in 2002 when President Olusegun Obasanjo was in power. We lost that ruling and after that Bakasi was physically and formally handed over to the Camerounians by the Yar’adua administration in August 2008.

 

Our humiliating surrender and capitulation to Camerounian aggression took place after many decades of provocation and military incursions into the area by the Camerounian military and after many of our people were humiliated and slaughtered in the most brutal manner by them.

 

Yet this was not always so. Under the military government of General Sani Abacha things were very different and one of the few good things that he ever did as Head of State was to call the bluff of the French and the Camerounians over the Bakassi Peninsular. 

 

He not only dared them but he also sent our troops, under the command of Brigadier-General Tajudeen Olanrewaju, to secure our eastern boarders and to protect our territory from their reckless and open aggression. Force was poised to meet force and the Nigerian nation was mobilised for a full scale territorial war.

 

Lt. Colonel Isa Mohammed, as he then was, and the courageous officers under his command, did most of the fighting by actually throwing the Camerounian soldiers out of Bakassi and, in so doing, he did Nigeria proud. If ever a man deserved to be on the honours list of our nation it was Lt. Col. Isa Mohammed because his exploits during the Bakassi conflict when General Abacha was in power were extraordinary and simply legendary.

 

I am one of those that vehemently opposed General Abacha throughout his five years in power but I was happy to commend him for his noble and courageous stand on the Bakassi matter and the vigorous and aggressive action that he took at the time to protect our people and secure our boarders. 

 

I did so in a celebrated essay that I wrote for the Guardian Newspaper all the way from Ghana in 1997 which was titled ''Masters Of Our Fate, Captains Of Our Souls''.

 

Many of my colleagues and friends in the opposition and NADECO, like the irrepressable Bashorun of Okemesi, Chief Akin Osuntokun, who is not only my friend and brother but also something of an intellectual soulmate, were shocked that I could have commended Abacha for anything given the fact that virtually every other single essay that I wrote for my weekly column and my numerous interventions in those turbulent years were vehemently opposed to him and his military government. 

 

Yet I must confess that no Nigerian President ever made me feel prouder of my country than Abacha when he stood up to the bullying French and made it clear to the world that he was ready to go to full scale war with the Camerouns if they continued their incursions into Nigerian territory and if they did not pull out of the Bakassi Peninsular.

 

The French and their Camerounian puppets wisely complied with immediate effect and they did so on the advice of the Americans who convinced them that Abacha was not just bluffing but that he ''meant every word that he said''. This was a man that was more than happy to turn the whole of the west African sub-region into a cauldron of fire in order to defend the honour and dignity of our people, protect our territorial integrity and keep Nigeria one. In this respect Abacha was a leader that was second to none,

 

Only General Muhammadu Buhari showed a similar level of courage and strength when he drove the invading Chadians from our territory and boarders over ten years earlier in 1982, marched into Chad itself and was firmly on his way to laying siege to the Chadian capital Njadmena when he was ordered to stop and turn back by President Shehu Shagari. 

 

As was reported at the time Buhari simply refused to stop his massive offensive and he blew away everything that stood in his way until he was deep into Chadian territory. He gave the Chadians a very bloody nose indeed and they certainly deserved it. 

 

Those were the days when Nigeria had a strong military that we could be proud of and when we had commanding officers that were professional and disciplined and that could be relied on to engage the enemy forcefully and utterly crush them. 

 

Those were the days when we had leaders that were not afraid of unleashing our military on any foreign power when we were sufficiently provoked. Permit me to share a little more about Buhari. My friend and brother the Kaakaki Nupe, Mr.Sam Nda Isaiah, once told me a very interesting story which is relevant here. 

He said that General Buhari once told him that when he first became Head of State in 1983 and went through the file on Bakassi he knew that it would be impossible for Nigeri a to win the case in any international court of law simply because the area had been erroneously ceded to the Camerounians by a previous military Head of State a number of years earlier. 

 

He said that his next move was to send troops to the Bakassi Peninsular to secure the place for Nigeria and to protect the Nigerian people that were living there. That is what a man of honour who truly loves his nation and people should have done and Buhari did it without batting an eyelid. What a man and what a leader.  

Sadly today all that has changed and we do not have such men of honour in power. Instead we have a President that cannot even muster the strength and courage to fight the islamist sect known as Boko Haram or any of the other insurgent groups that are freely operating in our country and killing our people. 

 

We no longer have men like the gallant Major Halilu Akilu (as he then was) who, under the orders of  General Buhari in 1984, crushed the exceptionally vicious and fearsome Maitatsine islamist sect in Kano with ruthless precision and professional excellence. Those days of glory appear to have gone and sadly they will not return until we have a new and serious-minded government and President in power in our country. 

Love him or hate him, the truth is that no Nigerian President displayed the same degree of patriotism, resolve and strength over the Bakassi Peninsular as General Sani Abacha did from 1993 to 1998 when he was in power. 

Sadly on 10th October 2002, under the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo, we lost the Bakassi to the Camerouns under what were controversial and unacceptable circumstances and as a result of an absurd ruling of the International Court of Justice at the Hague. 

 

I have asked this question on numerous occasions and I am yet to receive a satisfactory answer so perhaps I will take this opportunity to ask it again. How can any responsible government proceed to the International Court of Justice over a territorial dispute with a neighbouring nation after the blood of it’s citizens has been spilt over that land and whilst that government was still in full possesion of the disputed territory?

 

How can any government agree to subject themselves to the proceedings and ruling of an international court when the majority of the people in the disputed territory had consistently reaffirmed their desire to remain Nigerians and after they expressed their grave fears, concerns and strong opposition to being turned into Camerounians overnight?

Leaders and Presidents are meant to hold their territory and defend their people when provoked and not to give them up to their enemies and tormentors. That is why we have armies.

President Obasanjo’s capitulation on the Bakassi issue and his decision to subject Nigeria to the jurisdiction and proceedings of the International Court of Justice was a grave error. It was also a classic betrayal because the people of the Bakassi Peninsular were abandoned and sacrificed by our government simply to curry favour with the western powers and the international community. 

 

This single event was the greatest blot on the administration of President Obasanjo and I will not shy away from saying so even though I remain one of his greatest admirers, even though my love for him remains untainted and even though I had the privilege of serving in his government. 

 

Jackie Mcgunn reflected the thinking and feelings of most Nigerians very well when she said ''I felt raped and violated when Nigeria handed over Bakassi to the Camerounians''. I felt the same way. President Obasanjo was not capable of doing what General Abacha had managed to do almost a decade earlier and it grieved my soul and the souls of millions of other Nigerians.

 

If Obasanjo had displayed half the courage, firm resolve and strong determination over the Bakassi Peninsular matter as President Vladimer Putin is doing over the Crimean crisis and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had done over the Falkland Islands dispute, the Bakassi Peninsular, and all it's people, would still have been part and parcel of Nigeria today. 

 

Today the people of the Crimea want to be part of Russia and not the Ukraine just as, in 1982, the people of the Falkland Islands wanted to be part of Britain and not Argentina. In both of those territories the people exercised their right of self-determination and, because the people and governments of their respective countries not only respected that right and choice but also cherished it, they refused to abandon them, they stood by them and they made their dreams come true. 

 

They ensured that the will of those people and their purpose were made manifest and, if needs be, they were prepared to go to war to effect it. That is how responsible governments are meant to behave. That is what they are meant to do. That is why Great Britain never abandoned the people of Northern Ireland and that is why India and Pakistan respectively never abandoned their respective people and territories in the disputed Kashmir region despite successive wars.   

 

Sadly in Nigeria, under President Obasanjo, this was not the case. He turned his back on the wishes and yearnings of the people of the Bakassi Peninsular to continue to be part of Nigeria and he handed them over to the Camerounians on a platter of gold. I repeat that this was a great betrayal and, in my view, it was the greatest failing of the Obasanjo adminstration- an administration which I proudly served and which I have often defended. 

 

If we had to go to war over Bakassi we ought to have done so knowing that our cause was just and our right to that territory was not only rooted in history and embedded in the wishes and aspirations of the people that lived there but was also legitimate and lawful. 

 

A government that cannot protect it's own people from the foreign invader and that cannot secure it's own borders from external aggression deserves to be pitied- it is nothing but an object of shame, opprobium and ridicule. Each time I consider what we did in the Bakassi Peninsular, how we turned our backs on it's people and how we gave up what was part and parcel of our nation to the invading Camerounians without a good fight, I feel a deep sense of revulsion and shame. 

 

This is one of the few aspects of President Obasanjo's record in public office that I simply find impossible to justify or defend. In this respect Obasanjo had much to learn from both Vladimer Putin and Margaret Thatcher. Meanwhile I once again commend President Vladimer Putin and the actions of the Russian Federation in the Crimea.

 

There is no greater source of comfort and strength for a people than the knowledge that when push comes to shove their government and their President will never abandon them to the vagaries of foreign invaders and to the whims and caprices of those that seek to supress, intimidate, humiliate, conquer and destroy them. How I wish that we had a Putin leading Nigeria today

 

________________FFK, 2014


THE POWER OF PASSION AND THE SPIRIT OF THE WARRIOR
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

Until you hear the Scotsman play the bagpipes in the early morning mist of the Scottish highlands, you have heard nothing. Until you hear the Irish maiden sing ''O Danny Boy'' on the lush green fields of the Emerald Isle, you know nothing. Until you hear the Welshman sing ''Men of Harlech'' in the beautiful valleys of Pontypool and Pontyprid, you have heard nothing.

Until you see the English rose blossom and bloom in early spring and you hear the British Grenadiers sing ''God Save The Queen'', you have seen nothing.
Until you see the ''Charge of the Light Brigade'' and witness the courage of ''the famous 600'', you know nothing.

Until you see the Zulu warrior dance his battle dance on the hills of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, you know nothing. Until you hear the Ashanti and the Yoruba sing songs of praise to the Living God, you have heard nothing.

Until you see the Frenchman sing ''La Marseillaise'' and ''Je Ne Regrette Rien'', you know nothing. Until you see brave men fight, suffer and die for a noble and just cause, you know nothing.

Until you hear the cries, see the tears, read the words and feel the pain of a wounded, tormented and broken soul, you have seen nothing. Until you feel the passion of the wounded Messiah on the cross at Calvary, you know nothing.

All these unseen things inspire. They stir the spirit and move the soul. They breath and bleed passion. They ARE passion itself. And passion is the essence of life. It is the food of the compassionate and the sensitive spirit. It is the fuel of noble and courageous souls. It is the stuff of which gods and immortals are made. It is our passport to posterity- our key to future glory. Yet nothing and no-one epitomises the power of passion more than the spirit of the warrior.

The warrior is noble and strong. His resolve is firm and his commitment is total. His is to kill, to shed blood and to be killed. His is to die for his king and for a worthy cause. His is to protect and lay down his life for his faith, his nation, his people and his loved ones.

What manner of men are these whose spirit speak of such valour and nobility? Consider the ancient Spartans and the Roman warriors of old. Consider the fearsome Vikings who believed that it was a curse to die a peaceful death and that the only way to heaven was to die violently and heroically in fearsome battle. Consider the greatest of all warriors that ever lived, the noble and gallant Achilles.

Consider Alexander the Great who conquered the world with his sword. Consider King David, the greatest of all the kings of Israel, who was a man of blood and war and yet whom God so loved and who loved God more than any other.

Consider David's "strongmen" who stood with him through thick and thin and who fought for and protected him to the very end. Consider their gallant captain, the mighty Joab and the others, Abishai, Asahel, Eleazer, the Tachomonite, Shammah, Benaiah, Eliam, Igal and Uriah the Hittite.

These were David's ''strongmen'': all great and valiant men of war whose courage was legendary and whose loyalty to their God and their King was unflinching and unquestionable.

Consider Shaka the Zulu, Beowulf the Nordic king and William Wallace the liberator of Scotland. Consider King Henry V of England who routed the French at the battle of Agincourt even though he was outnumbered by three men to one.

Consider Julius Caesar who came, who saw and who conquered. Consider the great Heracles who was a descendant of the mighty Hercules himself. Consider Spartacus, who turned slaves into men. Consider Samson, who slew a troop with the jaw bone of an ass and yet who fell at the touch of a woman.

Consider Gideon who slew the Midianites, Jeptha who sacrificed his own daughter, Joshua who brought down the walls of Jericho and Jehu, who drove his chariot like a madman, who slew the witch-Queen Jezebel and who fulfilled prophesy by ensuring that the dogs ate her flesh and licked her blood in the fields of Jezreel.

Consider those that laid down their lives for our great and noble faith: Paul of Tarsus, the greatest of all the apostles, who brought the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the gentiles and to the wider world.

Peter the disciple, who became the rock on whom the Church of God was built. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, Stephen, Isaiah, Elijah, Daniel, John and all the other disciples and prophets of old.

For martyrs and heroes that lived and died for God are also gallant warriors who feared not death and who stood firm to the end in defence of their faith.

Consider George Washington who led his troops into battle and whose battle cry was "victory or death". Consider the charge of the Light Brigade, the sheer courage and discipline of the famous 600, at the battle of Balaclava in the fields of the Crimea.

Consider General Lee at the battle of Gettysberg, Oliver Cromwell at the battle of Nasby, Horatio Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar and King Leonides, with his gallant ''300'', at the battle of Thermopalye. Consider Generals Marshal, Patton, Eisenhower, Rommel and MacArthur in the great battles of the Second World war. Consider the ''Black Scorpion'', General Benjamin Adekunle, with his 3rd Marine Commando at the Battle of Ore. Consider Olusegun Obasanjo at the battle of Owerri and Murtala Mohammed at the liberation of Benin.  

Consider Zhukov at the siege of Leningrad and his courageous exploits at the battle of Moscow. Consider Bernard Montgomery, with his fearless ''Desert Rats'', at the battle of Alamein, Charles De Gaulle at the siege of Paris and Chiang Kai-Shek in the war against Japan. Consider Attila the Hun, Ghengis Khan, Peter the Great, Richard the Lionheart, Salahudeen the Compassionate, Katsumoto the Samurai, Hannibal of Carthage and Hector of Troy.

Consider our gallant amazons and female warriors of old- Boudica of East Anglia, Joan D'Arc of France, Elizabeth 1 of England, Amina of Zaria, Moremi of Ife, Golda Meir of the State Of Israel, Margret Thatcher of Great Britain, Indira Ghandi of India, Queen Idia of Benin, Kudirat Abiola of Nigeria, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, Queen Esther of the Medes and Persians, Cleopatra of the Blue Nile and Egypt and Yaa Asantewaa of the Ashanti Kingdom.

Consider Generals Foche and Hague at the battle of the Somme. Consider George Armstrong Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn, the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Waterloo and Napolean Bonaparte, in his full glory and power, at the battle of Marengo.

Consider Aragorn of Gondor, who won the battle for Middle Earth and who broke the power of the ring. Consider Cyrus of Persia, whose compassion knew no bounds and who allowed Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Consider Lancelot of the Round Table, the most handsome and courageous of all King Arthur's knights, who was unbeatable in battle and who captured the heart of the queen.

Consider Aslan, the great Lion of Narnia, whose roar filled the land, whose power drove away the winter and who crushed the white witch in battle. Consider Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North and General of the Felix Legions, who fought with strength and honour, who slew the wicked Emperor and who delivered the City of Rome.

Consider Uthman Dan Fodio who spread his faith with zeal and valour and who built a formidable empire. Consider Robert Gould Shaw and the exploits of his ''all black regiment'', the 54th Massachusetts, at the battle of Fort Wagner. 

Consider Mohammadu  Buhari at the battlefront in Chad when he drove the enemy from our borders and marched towards of Ndjamena. Consider Halilu Akilu who crushed the Maitatsine and who saved the ancient City of Kano. 

Consider Adekunle Fajuyi who laid down his life for his leader and his brother, T.Y. Danjuma who avenged a generation and Mamman Shuwa who sang songs into battle. Consider Odumegwu-Ojukwu who defended his people and who delivered them from the hands of their tormentors.  Consider Ibrahim Babangida who stormed a radio station, disarmed a coup plotter and delivered a nation, Consider Gideon Orkar whose courage was legendary and who tried to create a new Nigeria.

Consider Sani Abacha who defied the odds, stood his ground and faced down the west. Consider Saro-Wiwa who fought with his pen and who remained loyal to his cause to the bitter end. Consider Isa Mohammed who secured our eastern borders and who threw the Camerounians out of Bakassi. Consider M.K.O Abiola who refused to yield and who laid down his life for the birth of a nation.  

Had these great men and women all not stood their ground and had they all not played their role in our collective history, where would the world be today? They sacrificed their today so that we may have our tomorrow.

They lived and died for the sake of others and asked for only one thing in return: that their names should live forever and that we should never forget their noble deeds and their worthy sacrifices.

And we must not forget, nay we dare not forget, for as Martin Luther King once said "if a man is not ready to die for something, then he is not worthy of living for anything". The warrior is prepared to die for his cause. That is what makes him so noble and that is why he will always have a special place in our hearts.

May the spirit of the warrior and selfless courage fill us all and, like the true warriors that we are meant to be, when the angel of death comes may the Lord give us the strength and boldness to look at him fearlessly in the face and treat him with the contempt and disdain that he deserves- knowing that he has lost his sting and that, by the power of Christ Jesus, he has been conquered and crushed.

When the dark angel comes, as come he must for us all, let us be men and let us die a good death, not cringing and crying like puppies, but like true warriors, fighting to the bitter end. For it is never for the warrior to ask the why: it is only for the warrior to do or die. The warrior does not vanish into the night. The warrior will not go down without a fight.

Permit me to end this contribution with the following counsel. Courage is the greatest of all the virtues and it is the best defence. Regardless of whatever challenges we may face today, like the warrior, we must show courage. We must stay the course, steel our hearts, fortify our faith, shed our fears and march on in the strength and power of the Lord. We must stand firm, refuse to bow, refuse to flinch and we must defy the enemy. We must stand and we must fight.

 

We must ensure that the good in our land prevails over the evil and that the light overcomes the darkness. That is our hope and that is the challenge before every self-respecting Nigerian today- to scale the obstacles in our land and to bring hope to the hopeless, the vulnerable, the weak, the poor, the deprived and the less privileged. That is what warriors are meant to do and my prayer is that the Lord grants each and every one of us the presence of mind and the fortitude to do it. May God bless and defend our nation. 

________________FFK, 2014


CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS AND THE SOULS OF THE SLAUGHTERED
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

On 26th February 2014 one Mr. Adegoroye wrote "only an insane government will be celebrating centenary while the youths, women,children and citizens are being killed daily in cold blood. Rather than mourn the dead, we want to celebrate one hundred years of a failed state ruled by a failed and cursed generation. This country (Nigeria) needs more than just prayers if the government will be unable, for just twenty four hours, to protect the citizens. Who says we don't have a war situation in Nigeria? Oh! Families of the pained and the dead should celebrate too? Why not invite them all to Abuja to come and dance and entertain you? Shame has only one definition - shame!".

These are deep and powerful words and the rage, frustration and despair that fuels them reflects the thinking of many. Mr. Joseph Tobi Daniel drove home the point when, on the same day, he used his twitter handle to ask "what kind of leader focuses on a centenary celebration when the souls of slaughtered children are crying out for justice?"


Millions of Nigerians would like an answer to that question and they were utterly appauled as they watched our President glibly delivering his centenary broadcast speech on national television the night of 25th February 2014 where he extolled the so-called virtues of 100 years of our national existence. And as he spoke more innocent people were being slaughtered. Yet the concerns did not stop there.

My friend and brother Mr. Azubike Ishiekwene, who is undoubtedly one of the most formidable and compelling columnists in our country today, spoke the mind of virtually every self-respecting and civilised Nigerian when, after watching the obscenity that was called the centenary ball on NTA on the night of 27th February 2014, he wrote ''I can't believe that President Goodluck Jonathan and co, are having a centenary ball, literally dancing on the graves of over 50 innocent children murdered by Boko Haram. I can't believe it. I'm bereft".  Azu got it absolutely right. As a matter of fact so shocked and disgusted was yours truly that the centenary ball actually went ahead barely three days after the mass murder of those innocent souls that I couldn't even bear to watch it on television. We are in trouble in this country and our nation clearly needs deliverance. 

The war against terror is raging and we appear to be losing it. Hundreds of people are being killed on a regular basis and it appears that no-one really ''gives a damn''. The bowels of our compassion have run dry and we no longer shudder or shed a tear when we hear that hundreds of our citizens have been butchered in one go by Boko Haram. We are just not interested anymore and as long as it does not affect any member of our immediate family the best we can do is to shake our heads and whisper ''what a pity''. We feel no empathy with the victims and neither is there any sense of outrage. We simply feel numb for a few seconds and after that we couldn't care less.


Yet the truth is that the minute we become so dehumanised and so insensitive that we stop caring about those that are being slaughtered then we may as well give up hope and conclude that life is no longer worth living. The minute we begin to regard those that are being butchered on a daily basis as nothing but distant numbers we may as well stop regarding ourselves as human beings and instead we ought to describe ourselves as a colony of beasts or a nation of vampires.


The minute we stop caring about what is going on in the north and we no longer feel that it is necessary to honour the dead or to protect the living, we are no longer worthy of life. It is for this reason that I believe it is necessary to once again remind my compatriots about what is happening in some parts of northern Nigeria today and to remind them again about the sheer havoc that Boko Haram is unleashing on our people. They are indeed an affliction for which there appears to be no cure. Please consider the following:

On 4th March 2014 in Jakana, Borno state, 40 innocent Nigerians were butchered by Boko Haram.  On 3rd March 2014 in Mafa, Borno state 35 innocent Nigerians were butchered by Boko Haram. 

On March 2nd 2014 in Mainok, Borno state, 52 innocent Nigerians were butchered by Boko Haram. On 2nd March 2014, in the heart of Maiduguri the capital of Borno state, Boko Haram detonated two massive bombs slaughtering 100 innocent Nigerians including women and children. On March 1st 2014 in Askira, Borno state, 25 innocent Nigerians were butchered by Boko Haram.

On 26th February 2014 in Madagali and Michika Local Government Areas of Adamawa state three communities were attacked and 37 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram. They also attacked some banks and police stations and burnt them to the ground. There are eyewitness reports that allege that on sighting the large number of well-armed insurgents in their Hillux vans our soldiers fled the scene and ran into the safety of the bush to hide.

On the night of the 24th February, 2014 at Federal Government College Buni in Yadi, Yobe state 59 innocent school children were slaughtered by Boko Haram in the middle of the night in their dormitories as they slept.

On 23rd February 2014 in Malari and Izge villages, Borno state 12 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram and both villages were levelled. On 19th February 2014 in the town of Bama, Borno state 91 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram. Again on 19th February 2014 Boko Haram attacked the Buratai, Borno state country home of the Commander of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta Area, Major General Tukur Buratai, and they killed one soldier.

On 17th February 2014 in Galga village, Gombi Local Government Area, Adamawa state 11 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram. On 16th February 2014 again in Izge village, Borno state 90 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram. On 15th February 2014 in Baga village, Borno state 10 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram. On 12th February 2014 in Borno state 60 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram and 24 young girls were abducted and carted off without any trace.

On January 27th 2014 in Adamawa and Borno states respectively 70 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram in a series of attacks. On January 14th 2014 in the heart of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, no less than 50 innocent Nigerians were slaughtered by Boko Haram in a suicide bomb attack. Not too long before then Boko Haram attacked an army barracks in Borno state, killed 200 soldiers, carted off the wives and children of our military personnel and burnt the barracks to the ground. The soldiers were later buried in mass graves.

A few weeks prior to that, numerous schools were attacked and hundreds of our children were either shot to death, hacked to pieces or had their throats cut and blood drained. Consequently many schools have been closed down in Borno and Yobe states respectively. A few weeks back no less than 160 of our soldiers were killed by Boko Haram in one skirmish simply because they ran out of bullets.

In June 2013 at Government College Secondry School, Damatru, Yobe state 8 young students and one teacher were slaughtered by Boko Haram. On July 6th 2013 at the Government Secondry School, Mamudo, Yobe state 41 young students and one teacher were slaughtered by Boko Haram. On September 29th 2013 at the College Of Agriculture, Gubja, Yobe state 44 students and a number of teachers were slaughtered by Boko Haram. On the night of April 19th 2013 till the early hours of April 20th  at Baga town in Borno state 228 people, including women and children, were slaughtered by Boko Haram. On March 8th 2010 in Dogo Nahawa, Plateau state 500 villagers, including women and children, were slaughtered by affiliates and associates of Boko Haram. There were many other attacks on churches, markets, motor parks and schools in various parts of the north including Kano state, Niger state, Abuja, Kogi state and others between 2009 and 2014. In each of these attacks many women and children were killed. The situation seems to have degenarated even further today with vast areas of the Nigerian state in the north-east literally being overwhelmed by the terrorists and insurgents even though there is a state of emergency in place there.   

Worst still it has been generally acknowledged that the Boko Haram fighters are better equipped and better supplied than our soldiers. The beleagured Governor of Borno state himself, my friend and brother Alhaji Kashim Shettima, sent out an S.O.S to Nigerians last week when he told journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja that ''Nigeria is at war. The Boko Haram insurgents are better equipped than the Nigerian military. We need more equipment and more troops''.

President Goodluck Jonathan responded to the governor's concerns during his Presidential Media chat on 24th Feb. 2014 by saying the following- "Boko Haram is not easy to fight. If the Governor of Borno feels the military are that useless against Boko Haram I can pull out the military for one month and see what happens there and after I can send the military back to take charge. The Governor should be sensitive in his choice of words. It's unfortunate".

Clearly we are in trouble. The Governor of Borno state is asking for more help and more troops from the Federal Government because hundreds more of his people are being killed and abducted EVERY DAY by Boko Haram and this is the best response that our President can give to him? Are those being slaughtered and abducted not Nigerians? Would this have been his response if those being killed on a daily basis were his own ijaw people? 
 
Finally no less than 130 churches were burnt down in Borno state in 2013 alone and the Catholic Church alone lost 53 churches out of that figure. This genocidal pattern of behaviour and cycle of butchery by Boko Haram is systemic and has been recurrent and regular for the last three years. All in all Nigeria has lost almost 8000 innocent civilians to Boko Haram in the last three years and that includes women and children. It does not however include the vast number of women that have been captured and kidnapped by them and that are now being used as sex-slaves. President George W. Bush once said  
"I believe the most solemn duty of the American President is to protect the American people."  How right he is and clearly President Goodluck Jonathan has much to learn from that.  . 

The truth is that we as a people have lost all sense of compassion and decency when it comes to such matters and our feelings and consciences have become seared. To the majority of Nigerians those precious souls and compatriots that have been killed by Boko Haram over the last three years are just a number- they are nothing but distant names, from a distant place, belonging to distant figures. There is simply no sense of national outrage from our people about this insidious rebellion and about these brutal killings and vicious attacks and neither is their any sense of urgency on the part of our government to bring them to an end.

Given the way we conduct ourselves one would not have thought that Nigeria is currently enmeshed in the most brutal war against terror in it's entire history. Yet as we go on with our day to day business and act as if all is well thousands are being killed in the north-eastern part of our country by Boko Haram. There can be no greater evidence of man's inhumanity to man when one considers our attitude. Such inhumanity and insensitivity to the plight of others has taken firm root in the Nigeria of today.

What a monuemental tragedy this is. When did we, as a people, degenerate to this abysmal level of lack of empathy and when did we stop becoming our brother's keeper?   As millions of Nigerians ''celebrate'' our one hundred years of national unity I hope that they find it in their hearts to spare a thought and say a little prayer for those whose loved ones are not with them today simply because they have been murdered or kidnapped by Boko Haram.  May God heal their wounds and have mercy on them even as we grieve with them. And may God forgive our President and the majority of the Nigerian people for simply ''not giving a damn'' about their sad and unfortunate plight.

There is no question in my mind that Nigeria is presently being governed by vile and evil men. These are cowardly men that are being guided by satan, that have no fear of God and that are more interested in persecuting the innocent and attempting to intimidate the opposition than in providing good and accountable government, protecting the lives of our citizens or fighting the war against terror. We have become a nation of vampires that is being run by a vampire President who feels no pain and who harbours no remorse when the blood of children is shed and when the lives of the innocent are cut short. 

Permit me to end this contribution with two parting shots. The first is from the government of the United States of America who have said that ''Boko Haram is the second most dangerous terrorist organisation globally''. The report says “apart from the Taliban in Afghanistan, Boko Haram in Nigeria recorded the highest number of terror attacks last year whilst Boko Haram killed the second highest number of people''. The statistical report called ‘START’ which was conducted by the University of Maryland for the American government on global terrorism in 2012 revealed that ''while the Taliban killed 1,842 people in 525 terror attacks last year, and came tops on the infamous ranking, Boko Haram came second, killing 1,132 in 364 terror attacks. Both the Taliban and Boko Haram have killed more than Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Maoists in India, Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, rolled into one.”- United States Government, June 11, 2013. This is indeed food for thought. 

________________FFK, 2014


THE TRAVAILS OF SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is not my favourite person and I have differences with him on many issues. I must however commend his immense courage for speaking out and exposing the monuemental corruption in the government that he once served and that has now decided that they no longer require his services. 

Two weeks ago he claimed that 20 billion US dollars had gone missing from the coffers of the NNPC. Today he has been suspended and relieved of his duties for exposing the rot and speaking the truth. I have little doubt that the next thing that will happen is that he will be subjected to a formal probe and the EFCC will be called in to investigate his tenure of office. They will throw everything that they have got at him including the kitchen sink simply because he refused to play ball with them and cover up their penchant for monuemental corruption and graft. 

Some of us have been there before and we know what it is like. If you speak truth to power and you take on the system be rest assured that the system will fight back and they will attempt to destroy you and all that is yours. Yet none of that matters because the only thing that is relevant is the fact that history and posterity will be kind to Sanusi on this matter based on the choices that he has made. 

He spoke out when others chose to remain silent and to compromise. Unlike others, he refused to sell his soul to the devil and to sell his heritage and birthright for a mess of pottage. Despite the significant differences that I have with this man in terms of our different outlooks to how and what Nigeria ought to be as a nation I salute him and commend him for his efforts. 

I also make bold to say that with his noble stand he has assured himself of a great place in the next dispensation and he will play a key role in the future of this country one way or the other. May God guide and protect him in all his endeavours and may he continue to speak out with courage and strength and not allow himself to be intimidated or silenced. 

Long is the road of righteousness and truth and it is often tarred with the spikes of persecution, misrepresentation and falsehood. Yet at the end of the day it is the only road that is worth taking and it is the only one that leads to lasting honour and glory.

May that honour and glory find Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and may God reward him for putting the interests and welfare of the Nigerian people before that of the woeful and rotten administration that he once served.

This government has once again shown that it has no shame and that it is utterly bereft of any semblence of decency or morality. A man blows the whistle and exposes the fact that 20 billion USD has been stolen and instead of commending him and promoting him he is accused of wrongdoing, criminalised, villified and suspended. It is only in Nigeria that this sort of thing can happen. 

It has happened to me and many others before and now it is happening to Sanusi. I commend his courage and his ability to stand up and speak the truth to power. No matter what the government accuses him of now and no matter what trumped-up charges or baseless allegations they may come up with against him in order to justify their actions, the Nigerian people will always be grateful to him and indebted to him for exposing the rot and filth that constitutes the very foundation of the government that he once served. 

The level of impugnity and disdain that the Jonathan administration has for the people and for probity and accountability is second to none. The message that they are sending is clear- no whistleblower is safe in this country and in this government. Their intention is to destroy all those that have the courage to stand up to them and to intimidate us all into silence but they will fail woefully. 

The more people they seek to destroy for no just cause and the more innocent men and women that they persecute for telling the truth and for exposing their monuemental corruption and incompetence, the more they shall be resisted by people. What they have done to Sanusi is disgraceful and they ought to bury their heads in shame. 

Pertinent and appropiate are Sanusi's own words when, after he was informed about his unceremonious suspension, he responded all the way from Niger Republic by saying ''you can suspend an individual but you can't suspend the truth''. He immediately boarded the plane and headed for Nigeria knowing full well that the security agencies were waiting for him. 


The plan was to arrest him on arrival in Abuja but he cleverly diverted his chartered flight to Lagos where close friends of his, including the former Minister of FCT Mallam Nasir El Rufai, a true and loyal friend and brother if ever I knew one, was waiting for him.  He managed to avoid arrest but on arrival at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos the authorities stopped him briefly and took his passport from him. 


By that single act they have served him notice of their sinister intentions. In the coming days, weeks, months and even possibly years they will seek to humiliate him, to denigrate him, to malign him and to destroy his entire future. That is their intention but I firmly believe that it is not the intention of God and consequently they will fail. Providing he continues to stand firm and strong and remains undaunted such an evil plan cannot work and will not work simply because, as the Holy Bible says, ''the counsel of the ungodly shall not stand''. It also says ''to subvert a righteous man in his course is not allowed'' and that ''many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord will deliver him of them all''. 


No matter how long it takes and no matter what they put him through Sanusi's innocence will speak for him before God and before the Nigerian people. It is from the fiery furnace of persecution, misrepresentation and victimisation that true heroes are born. There is a spirit that emboldens and that stirs the passion and the soul of true warriors once they are sufficiently provoked. That spirit is known as the spirit of truth and it cannot be intimidated or denied. 


I must confess that it is very clear to me that Sanusi has that spirit and is possessed by that virtue. I say this because he was intelligent enough to know that with his utterances and his explosive disclosures about the graft in the NNPC and at the Ministry of Finance he was stepping on very powerful toes, treading on very dangerous grounds and swimming in very troubled waters. Yet despite the obvious dangers he continued and he was quite unmindful and unperturbed about what the direct consequences of his actions may be in terms of his personal safety, the security of his tenure of office or his career as a public servant. 


He was prepared to stand by and speak the truth no matter what and he was prepared to pay any price no matter whose ox was gored. That is the stuff of which heroes are made and I salute his courage. How I wish that  more of our people were made of such stern stuff. If President Jonathan was really interested in fighting the war against corruption he would stop using his security agencies from tormenting and harassing innocent people. 


If he wanted to suspend some of his key officials and if he really wanted truth and justice to prevail he would not have targetted an innocent whistleblower who had constituted himself into a thorn in his flesh but instead he would have suspended Mr. Andrew Yakubu, his Group MD of NNPC, Mrs. Dieazani Allison-Madueke, his alluring Minister of Petroleum Resources and Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, his Minister of Finance pending the investigation into the missing 20 billion USD.  Until he does that and as long as he continues to cover them all up and treat the Nigerian people with contempt and impugnity no right-thinking person will take him or his administration seriously. This is all the more so for the following reasons. Firstly because it is a matter of public record that the accounts of NNPC have not been audited since 2005, secondly because Allison-Madueke and the NNPC have admitted that 3.5 billion USD was spent on kerosene subsidy without appropriation and specifically against Presidential directives and thirdly because Okonjo-Iweala has conceeded that at least 10.5 billion USD has gone missing and she has called for a formal probe into the whole matter so that all the figures can be reconciled. How I wish that at this point she would have resigned. The Ngozi that I once knew, who was a woman of impeccable breeding and deep substance and character, would certainly have done so.



Sadly not many of the Jonathonians are familiar with the works of William Shakespeare simply because Shakespeare is not too popular in the creeks. Yet the few amongst them that are up to the task would do well to consider the words of Julius Caeser when he said "it is the custom of the immortal gods to grant temporary prosperity and a fairly long period of impunity to those whom they plan to punish for their crimes, so that they may feel it all the more keenly as a result of the change in their fortunes". Those amongst the President's supporters that truly love him and that have his interest at heart would do well to explain to him the import of these deeply profound words and wise counsel from Shakespeare's ''Julius Caesar''. In doing so they may save him and his entire court of royal jesters from a whole load of misery that undoubtedly awaits them in the future.  As for Sanusi Lamido Sanusi it is very clear to me that the sky is the limit for him. Whether he likes it or not his journey into the turbulent world of partisan politics has just began and I suspect strongly that he has an appointment with destiny.  


Permit me to end this contribution with the following observation. In the last few days much has been made about the fact that I have criticised Sanusi quite often in the past and that I have openly disagreed with some of his actions as Governor of Central Bank. It has also been said that on another occassion I raised some fundamental questions about what I described as his ''flawed and indefensible'' position on the oil subsidy debate in 2012, his controversial views on Boko Haram, his position on revenue allocation vis a vis north and south and his harsh and historically inaccurate assertions about the yoruba people a number of years ago. It is true that I opposed him on those matters and that I took those positions on those issues and I stand by each and every one of them. I do not see any big deal in that. Yet many appear to be rather surprised that I would now be one of those that is defending the very same Sanusi that I have opposed in the past. 



Those that have expressed such surprise and that see this as some kind of glaring contradiction simply do not understand me. And neither do they appreciate the complexities of national debate and the importance of being completely detached and objective when it comes to any form of intellectual or public discourse. The truth is that I do not take positions against individuals but rather on specific issues. Hence I may be your friend and defender one day and your greatest critic and detractor the very next depending on what your position is on any specific matter. That is the essence of public discourse and intellectual debate. That is it's nature. We must not be motivated or moved by personal considerations or by our love or hate for any individual but rather by principle, morality, logic, facts and figures, justice and the rights and wrongs of the specific issues of the day. No-one is all good and no-one is all bad. And neither is anyone, including yours truly, always right. 


The fact that I have disagreed with Sanusi over the last 20 years on a number of matters including his assesment of the yoruba people, his views about the cause of the scourge called Boko Haram, the oil subsidy issue and the ''National Question'' does not mean that I ought to support the fact that he is being treated in the most deplorable way by President Goodluck Jonathan. Though he and I disagree vehemently on many things it does not mean that we are enemies for life and neither does it mean that I should relish in it and remain silent when he is being treated unjustly and when he is being persecuted, humiliated and rubbished by the Federal Government. This is all the more so when he has courageously exposed the rot in the Jonathan administration. He may have got it wrong on other matters but on this issue I make bold to say that Sanusi got it right and he did the proper thing. He deserves my support, just as he deserves the support of all right-thinking people, and he can be rest assured that he has it.

________________FFK, 2014


THE FICKLENESS OF MEN AND THE POWER OF GOD
        ...by Femi Fani-Kayode  __________FFK, 2014         - Close Essay

The bible asks ''who art thou o man?'' It goes on to answer it's own question by saying ''thou art as the grass that withers. Thou art as the flower that fadeth. A man that is born of woman, that is today and that tomorrow is no more''. One would have thought that this divine assertion, more than any other, would have humbled those that play God and those that believe that their hold on power will last forever but clearly this is not so. Regardless of all, men in power hardly ever learn that such power is temporary and ephemeral. So carnal, worldly and obsessed are they with their brief moment of glory and strength that they forget that before God they are nothing, They forget that the bible says, ''the kingdoms are as a drop of water in the ocean  before Him'' and that ''the earth is His footstool''. Nothing lasts and nothing can stand against the power of God or His counsel. As the lawyers say ''this is trite law''. He alone rules in the affairs of men and forges the destiny of nations. And woe unto him or her that sits in judgement against his fellow human being and that does so lightly without any recourse to decency and justice and without a healthy regard and respect for truth.   
Yet despite the veracity of these truisms we still have so much to learn. There are a few questions that are often asked.  Amongst them are the following. Why do men not fear God? Why are they so eager and ready to write-off others? Why are they so eager to assume the worst? Why is it that human beings are so fickle and sensitive to what others think about them?  Why does reputation and the perception of others mean everything to most whilst substance and character means nothing? Why are men so forgetful of the past, why are they so moved by the present and why do they fail to consider what the future may hold? Why are human beings so ready, and even eager, to write off their fellow human beings at the drop of the hat and why do men like to play God? What are the answers to these deep philosophical inquiries and how do we, as believers in and followers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, approach such issues. The purpose of this short contribution is to answer some of these deep questions.

As times and seasons change, so do the thoughts of mortals and lesser men. Yesterday's heroes become today's villains and today's villains become tomorrow's heroes. Men worship the powerful and mighty and those that have been blessed with good fortune yet they despise and pour scorn and contempt on those that have fallen by the wayside and those that appear to have no future and no tomorrow. Yet the bible says "rejoice not my enemy that I have fallen, for I shall rise again". It says "if the princes of this world had known they would not have crucified the Lord of glory". It says "who is he that sayest a thing and it cometh to pass when the Lord God of Hosts has commanded it not?" It says "who can lay a charge before God's elect?Is it not Christ that justifies?". What people think of others or what men call "reputation" means nothing before God. For He looks at the heart of a man and He alone knows whether that man is truly good or evil. And once He has determined to do so He will lift up that man no matter how far he has fallen and no matter how bad his "reputation" is or once was. If this were not so Saul ,the greatest persecutor and killer of believers, would not have become Paul, the greatest of all the christian Apostles. If this were not so David the murderer and adulterer and the young boy who was only fit to look after the sheep would not have become the greatest of all the Kings of Israel and "a man after God's heart," If this were not so Moses, the murderer, would not have become the father of Israel and the great Prophet of God that confronted and overcame Pharaoh, that parted the Red sea and that led the children of Israel into the Promise land. If this were not so Jacob, the thief and crooked deceiver, would not have been re-named Israel the great and would not have been a man so blessed, so loved and so favoured by the Living God. If this were not so Abraham, the liar and doubter of God's promise, would not have become the father of faith and the father of many nations.
A man with the greatest and best reputation may fall and be brought down by God tomorrow and a man with the worst reputation may rise up and be lifted up by God the very next day. It follows that one should not place too much value or reliance on "good fortune" and a "good reputation" or on the wonderful things that men say and think about you lest you may be taken by surprise when your circumstances change. This is because your "good fortune" may suddenly fly away and when it does the very same people that you once believed loved you and who graciously bestowed on you such a "good reputation" will begin to criticise, condemn, hate, persecute, villify, demonise and write you off as if you never existed. And by the same token NEVER underestimate or write-off another man no matter how much ill-luck fate appears to have brought his way and no matter how bad or hideous his reputation may appear to be because God may choose to suddenly restore him, favour him, use him and cause him to rule or have power over you, your family or your nation one day. Finally if you want to understand human psychology and mob mentality and if you really want to appreciate just how fickle men and women can be when it comes to loving someone one minute and hating them the next, or hating someone one minute and loving them the next, find the time to read Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and consider the behaviour of the Roman mob after they heard Mark Anthony's great and passionate speech. Initially they were with Brutus and the murderers of Caesar and they gave them all their hearts. Yet ten minutes later after Mark Anthony's passionate and moving words were unleashed on them and after he stirred up the fond memories of the great Caesar and reminded them of his kindness, love, compassion and generosity, that same mob set on Brutus, Cassius and the other kingslayers and were ready to burn them alive. So fickle is man and so shallow and predictable are his ways. He is, like the biblical Reuben, ''as unstable as water''.
A clear understanding of such "mob mentality" is deep wisdom indeed and with that you will learn never to trust men with their ephemeral, vain, self-serving, self-indulgent and temporary sentiments and expressions of love and hate. For like the Roman mob they often change like the wind and that without warning. That is why the bible says "cursed is the man