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Femi Fani-Kayode: NIgeria at 59, Buhari and the Yoruba

“Nigeria is not one and has never been one. It is
a ‘state of nations’ and not a ‘nation-state’. The
traitors in the south are heroes in the north whilst
the heroes in the south are traitors in the north.
The value system of the north is totally opposite
to that of the south. The lenses through which we
see justice and equity can never be the same. The
Nigerian state is the tragedy of 20th century in
Africa”- Aare Kurunmi Kakanfo, “Nigeria Is
Burning”, Facebook, 30th September 2019.
I could not have put it better myself. Today our
nation celebrates 59 years of independence from
our external colonial masters and 59 years of
servitude, subjugation, tyranny and oppression by
our internal colonial masters. Permit me to share
the following.

In August 1958 my beloved father of blessed
memory, the Balogun of Ife, Chief Victor
Remilekun Adetokunboh Fani-Kayode Q.C., S.A.N,
C.O.N successfully moved the motion for
Nigeria’s independence. Parliament passed the
motion and the British colonial authorities
acquiesed to it.
Two years later, on October 1st 1960 (which is
59 years today) amidst great joy, hope, promise
and fanfare, the first of our two chains of
servitude and bondage was broken and Nigeria
became an independent nation.
I commend Papa and his generation for this great
achievement. His motion freed us from the chains
and shackles of the external colonial masters and
I am very proud of that.

However, there is still much work to do. 59 years
later we still have the second chain and shackle
of bondage and servitude to remove and that is
the chain and shackle of our internal colonial
masters who have proved to be even more
relentless, ruthless and murderous than the first.
Since the end of our civil war in 1970, which
resulted in the ethnic cleansing, mass murder and
genocide of no less than 3 million innocent
Biafran civilians, and despite all acts of
provocation and injustice from those that see us
as nothing but conquered vassals, the good
people of the south and the Middle Belt have
been reasonable and restrained and have refused
to react violently.
Instead they have patiently and politely protested
against and peacefully struggled with that chain
and shackle of Fulani bondage.

Since independence we have attempted to get a
better deal for our people from within a united
and “indivisible” Nigeria but we have failed
woefully.
Rather than getting better, things are actually
getting significantly worse and the noose of
slavery and handcuffs of servitude are getting
tighter.
The last four years under President Muhammadu
Buhari, who is undoubtedly more of a President of
the North than a President of Nigeria, provides an
eloquent testimony to that.

His Government is shamelessly, unapologetically
and unabashedly a Government by the Fulani, for
the Fulani and of the Fulani sprinkled with a small
handful and pitiful coterie of southern and Middle
Belt useful idiots and accursed slaves who have
no sense of decency or self-respect, who, like
Esau, have traded their future and destiny for a
mess of pottage and who have sold their souls to
the devil and their people down the river.
For the Yoruba people particularly I am convinced
that the only way to break that second and last
shackle and chain of servitude and bondage is for
the South West to exercise her inalienable right of
self-determination and leave Nigeria.
The battle for restructuring which many of us have
supported and fought for over the last 25 years is
long lost and its advocates are no longer being
heard.

We have failed to succeed in that noble cause
because those that believe that they own Nigeria
and that they were born to rule her in perpetuity
have treated that quest with contempt and ignored
it with disdain.
They have met our reasonable demands for
devolution of power and the establishment of an
equitable and true Federation where all men,
regardless of ethnic nationality or faith, are
regarded as being equal before God, with an
uncharitable and unreasonable display and
unequivocal and unprecedented degree of
arrogance and impunity.
As a consequence of their unbridled intransigence,
insatiable lust for power and control and
inexplicable desire to dominate and enslave each
and every one of us, it is increasingly clear to me
and millions of others that Nigeria can never
change as long as she continous to exist as one.

Yet we as a people those of us that are interested
in freedom can no longer continue to subject
ourselves to the indignity of living in the
insufferable bondage that they have forced and
foisted on us.
Given the foregoing, the only option left for us if
we are to maintain our self-respect and dignity
and win our freedom is division and separation.
I am therefore glad to publicly identify myself with
the proud Yoruba nationalists of the Balogun
Collective and other Yoruba self-determination
groups who have risen to the occassion, who have
said enough is enough and who believe that it is
time for the rise and establishment of the mighty
nation of Oduduwa.
The Yoruba people, always so ready to accept
and accomodate others and always so liberal and
generous, deserve no less.
Though ours is a peaceful and passive struggle
and not one that is interested in the usage of
arms or indulging in any form of violence, anarchy
or lawlessness, it would be a grave error on the
part of anyone to underestimate our determination
or test our resolve.
My father and his generation broke the first chain
of servitude which was the bondage of the British.
It is my sacred duty and divine obligation and that
of members of mine to break the second chain
which is the bondage and subjugation of the
Fulani. We shall not fail.

Happy Independence Day Nigeria!

Chaii Fani kayode de blow hot ohh!!!

By Victor Aluede G.y

Aluede G.y Victory is a history
enthusiast an a mediapreneur living in Aboru,
Lagos. He studied arts at skills click foundation, he is an alumni of Rehoboth college Aboru, Lagos.

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