Yet who precisely is Abel? The answer is simple and clear: Abel is Gideon Akaluka, the young man from Benue state who was dragged out of a Kano police station by a barbaric mob and whose head was cut off and placed on the end of a long pole for allegedly desecrating the Koran.
Abel is the little Igbo girl who was ravaged by kwashikor and starved to death during the Nigerian civil war. Abel are the two young men that were shot to death in Enugu for marching against injustice, for demanding the release of their leader Nnamdi Kanu and for calling for the establishment of Biafra.
Abel is the pastor whose church was burnt down, whose family was butchered and who was crucified at the alter by an irate mob of terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists in Borno state. Abel is the Muslim girl who was stoned to death for falling in love with a Christian boy and attempting to marry him in Zamfara state.
Abel is the woman that was hacked to death with her children and thrown down a well by a mob of Muslim fanatics in Jos. Abel is the Kataf man that was castrated and chopped into pieces, the southern Kaduna girl who was burnt alive and the Berom woman that was mutilated and raped to death by Fulani militants.
Abel are the five young Igbo traders that were slaughtered in their shops for “not being able to recite the koran” at Madala market in Niger state.
Abel are the 105 brave young soldiers who were attacked with chemical weapons by Boko Haram in Borno state and who our government have refused to acknowledge or honor in death.
Abel are the 200 girls from Chibok, the 170 girls from Bam and the thousands of other young girls from all over the north who were abducted from their homes, schools and communities and who were raped, tortured, enslaved, maimed and murdered in cold blood by Boko Haram.
Abel are the hundreds of thousands of igbos that are always butchered whenever there is any conflict or dispute in the north. Abel are the 21 Shia Muslims who were blown to pieces in Kano by Boko Haram. Abel are the nine young igbo martyrs that were shot to death by security forces during a peaceful IPOB march in Onitsha.
Abel is the palm wine tapper who was cut to pieces in Delta state and the Royal Father that was hacked to death in Enugu by Fulani militants. Abel is the embattled community in Delta state who were forced to ban the Fulani militants and herdsmen from entering their land due to their consistent acts of rape, murder, terror and violence.
Abel are the great souls that the leaders of the core north conspired to destroy by setting them up with trumped up and malicious criminal charges. These include Chief Obafemi Awolowo who was sent to prison for three years on the watch of Sir Tafawa Balewa and President Olusegun Obasanjo who was sent to prison for three years on the watch of General Sani Abacha.
Abel is Colonel Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu who fought against the mass murder of his people, who protected his kith and kin from Cain’s genocide and who was driven into exile.
Abel are the young Igbo boys and old Igbo men that were rounded up in the town square in Asaba and executed by our troops during the civil war. Abel are the one million Biafran children that were subjected to genocide and to a slow, miserable, painful and horrific death by our government during that same civil war.
Abel are the 800 innocent souls, including eleven young youth corpers, that were butchered by President Buhari’s supporters in the core north after he lost the presidential election in 2011. Abel are the 350 teachers that were killed by Boko Haram in Borno state.
Abel are the 100 Shia Muslims that were slaughtered by our army in Kaduna for staging a peaceful protest.
Abel is every single one of the hundreds of thousands of innocent souls that were killed in sectarian violence and ethnic pogroms in northern Nigeria over the last 55 years.
Abel are the so-called wretched of the earth: the weak, the helpless, the voiceless and the downtrodden. Abel is the silent majority who have no voice to speak for themselves, who are not members of the so-called ”master race”, who were not ”born to rule” and who were cut short and sent to the great beyond before their time.
For every nation and every evil seed comes a day of reckoning. In Nigeria we are almost there. It is just a matter of time.
Until then Cain, the rejected of the Lord, shall remain rejected and Abel’s innocent blood shall continue to speak against him and his seed. The Lord God of Hosts, the Ancient of Days, the Man of War and the God of All Flesh is speaking and He is saying ”let my people go”. The question is whether Cain is listening.
Before I conclude this piece permit me to clarify one or two issues. It has been said that I am ”anti-core north and anti-Fulani” yet nothing could be further from the truth. The only thing that I am ”anti” is injustice and wickedness. I would like to remind readers that one eighth of the blood that flows through my veins is Fulani and this derives from my maternal great grandmother who was a pure Fulani woman.
I am very proud of that aspect of my ancestry and I am equally proud of my almost pure Yoruba bloodlines and heritage. I can hardly be described as a hater of the Fulani when I am partly Fulani myself. However if some believe that criticizing the leadership of the Fulani and the atrocious and oftentimes irresponsible way that they have behaved over the last 55 years makes me “anti-Fulani” then so be it.
I would also like to remind my traducers that I was introduced into politics and given my first political appointment in 1992 by a highly respected and much-loved elder statesman who happens to be from the core north by the name of Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, the Marafan Sokoto.
Marafan is like a father to me and he is a man that I cherish. If I was ”anti-Fulani” or ”anti-core north” this would not be the case and I would harbor no such affection for this great Nigerian.
Again I have defended my friend and brother Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser, and resisted the ruthless persecution and misrepresentation that he has been subjected to by the Buhari administration as much as anyone else over the last few months. Dasuki is a Fulani of royal biood and noble lineage. If I ”hated” Fulanis I doubt that I would have bothered to do so.
If I raise issues about the core north or the Fulani it is because I believe that they can do far better and I am of the view that they need to do a lot of soul-searching about their role and purpose in a wider Nigeria. If this country is to remain one then the tendency in the core north that honestly believes that the Fulani were ”born to rule” must retrace their steps and think again.
This point has been eloquently enunciated by Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB, the OPC, MASSOB, Afenifere, the Yoruba Council of Elders, Ohaneze, the Ijaw National Congress, the Niger Delta militants and so many other ethnic nationalist and self-determination groups over the years and who can blame them?
Like President Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, said 210 years ago, “we prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”.
Again like President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, the father of pan-Africanism, once proclaimed, ”we reject the tranquility of servitude”.
Again like Rev. Martin Luther King, the father of civil rights and African-American liberation once said “freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor: it must be demanded by the oppressed”.
Again like Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman of Afenifere, said “methinks that it is Nigeria that is dead and that the quest for self-determination is very much alive”.
The point is simple and clear: the days of ”masters and slaves” or ”horse and horse-rider” are long over in our nation. In today’s Nigeria every tribe, every ethnic nationality and every individual, no matter how big or small, must be treated with sensitivity, caution, dignity and respect and must be regarded as equals.
If this fundamental principle is not respected and if we refuse to answer the ‘national question’ I have no doubt that eventually this country will hit the rocks and may break into two or more pieces.
Those that choose to misrepresent, misconstrue and misunderstand me may continue to do so if it makes them feel any better. Regardless of what they say I shall continue to stand up for the oppressed whether they be Christian or Muslim, northern or southern or whether they are Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, Ijaw, Hausa, Edo, Isoko, Tiv, Idoma, Berom, Kanuri, Efik, Ibibio, Nupe, Shuwa Arab or anything else.
As long as God gives me life and a strong voice I shall continue to speak the truth, I shall continue to educate others about our nation’s history, I shall continue to resist injustice and oppose evil and I shall continue to treat my detractors with the contempt and disdain that they deserve.
Some may hate me for writing this piece and they may seek to discredit and destroy me because of it. This is because the truth hurts and they cannot bear to hear it.
Let me assure them that my covenant with the Lord will not allow them to achieve their evil plans for me or mine. No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me stands condemned.
The blood of Jesus speaks for me. The Lord is my shield, my glory and the lifter of my head. He alone gives me utterance, knowledge, wisdom and understanding. He alone gives me courage and strength. He alone do I fear.