“Buhari Is Accomplishing Sardauna’s Mission”

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On the eve of Nigeria’s independence in 1960, the departing British colonizers manipulated the system for the Hausa/Fulani to hold the reins of the nation’s political power. The British wanted Nigeria tied to their apron string and they didn’t trust the well educated and savvy Southerners.

The calculation of the British tallied with the aspiration of Usman Dan Fodio, the great grandfather of Ahmadu Bello (Sardauna of Sokoto), who led the Sokoto Jihad of 1804. Dan Fodio had established the Sokoto Caliphate after a bloody crusade. His eyes were set on overrunning the terrain as far as the Atlantic Ocean, but resistance slowed him down until the colonial enterprise halted the march of his descendants when the Sokoto Caliphate capitulated in 1903.
So when the British manipulated the Hausa/Fulani into power on October 1, 1960, the latter saw it as the restoration of an ancestral mandate. Ahmadu Bello the great grandson of Usman Dan Fodio was in the vanguard of the Caliphate resurgence.
Ahmadu Bello’s mission was encapsulated in a speech he purportedly delivered on the 12th of October 1960, twelve days after Nigeria’s independence. The relevant excerpt that is in wide circulation reads, “The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our grandfather, Othman 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 or have control over their future.”

Dan Fodio’s Jihad and Ahmadu Bello’s speech are agenda setting phenomena. The ongoing brutal subjugation perpetuated by Fulani herdsmen all over Nigeria received impetus from them. Much of the tension that gripped post-colonial Nigeria can be traced to the Dan Fodio agenda and Ahmadu Bello’s mission. The Western Region crisis of 1962 was a direct consequence of the Ahmadu Bello led Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) avowed determination to overrun the West. The United Middle Belt Convention (UMBC) led by Joseph Tarka also tried to resist the supremacist agenda of the North. This led to the Tiv riots of 1964 and its brutal quelling by the military. Both events were cardinal to the fall of the First Republic through the January 1966 coup.

The coup dismantled the Hausa/Fulani hegemony, but their soldiers resisted the change in political power. They launched a pogrom against the Igbo and brought a puppet made in their own image, Lt. Col Yakubu Gowon, to power. A Civil War followed.

By 1975, the Hausa/Fulani clique was fed up with Gowon. They kicked him out and brought in their own, Murtala Mohammed. As part of the resentment against Hausa/Fulani fascism, Middle Belt soldiers killed Murtala in 1976. Another puppet-soldier was found in Olusegun Obasanjo who acted according to instruction and handed over power to the Caliphate anointed Shehu Shagari.

When it became clear that power would leave the North after Shagari’s tenure, Hausa/Fulani soldiers removed him and put Muhammadu Buhari in office. Ibrahim Babangida, a middle Belt soldier of fortune used guile to shove Buhari aside and became the nemesis of Hausa/Fulani power mongers. Although he was beholden to them, he kept them at bay for eight years.

When M. K. O. Abiola, a Yoruba was set to succeed Babangida having won a free and fair election, the Hausa/Fulani would have none of it. Sani Abacha seized power. Circumstance brought Abdulsalami Abubakar to power and he handed over to the old puppet-soldier Olusegun Obasanjo at the behest of the Caliphate. Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua took over from Obasanjo. After him came a Southern minority Goodluck Jonathan.

The Northern oligarchy intimidated him out of power and once more brought in Buhari the supremacist per excellence. Under Buhari’s watch Hausa/Fulani irredentists disguised as herdsmen, to whom he is patron-saint, have taken up the mission of Ahmadu Bello. They are taking the Jihad everywhere in Nigeria. There is hardly any state in the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria that has not been dehumanized by the marauding neo-Jihadists.

The most recent killing field is Benue State. Sadly, the Nigerian security forces have not been able to apprehend even one of the killers. Yet, it took the Army only six days to kill the mastermind of the New Year day’s killings in Rivers State! The Nigerian military has in recent times tormented the South with such frightening military actions like Operation Crocodile Smile and Operation Python Dance, yet it has not found it imperative to launch an operation to halt the rampaging sons of Dan Fodio.

Nigerians must find a way of putting an end to this looming internal colonialism. The solution lies in restructuring, a concept the Caliphate colonialists loathe. Caliphate hegemony is enjoying great impetus under Buhari. Let the clamor for restructuring liberate Nigeria the way nationalism did in 1960. The new proposal of building cattle colonies across Nigeria is a ruse to evolve Caliphate colonies and accomplish Sardauna’s mission. Nigerians must stop it.

Courtesy: The Guardian

Nigeria’s Buhari speaks out on Biafra

Following tensions gripping the country between Biafra agitators and security forces, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that his adminstration will not bow down to demands of separatism.

Nigeria Abuja - Muhammadu Buhari nach Rückkehr aus England (Reuters/Nigeria Presidency Handout)

In a stark warning, Buhari said that the country will remain united despite incessant demands from some parts of Nigeria that want independence. “Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance,” Buhari said.

Buhari also did not mince words about the videos that have been circulating on different social media platforms. “I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.”

In the meantime, the whereabouts of Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu remain unknown amid renewed protests and a military operation in southeast Nigeria. State governors have urged calm.

Nigerian governors on Friday called for calm after renewed protests by pro-Biafra supporters calling for independence. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group led by Nnamdi Kanu wants to break away from Nigeria and create a separate state for the predominantly Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria.

Windscreens of police vehicles have been smashed, petrol bombs thrown, bonfires lit on streets to restrict movement and warning shots fired, in the latest violence. Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau State in central Nigeria, convened a meeting of leaders from the Hausa and Igbo communities following violence at two markets. Two people were reportedly killed and calm was only restored after police fired warning shots in the air.

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The violence has also claimed the lives of two police officers. More than 30 Biafra supporters have been arrested, the Daily Post, a local online daily reported. Shops belonging to ethnic Hausas have been attacked by pro-Biafra agitators in Aba and Port Harcourt, according to local media.

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“There are very conflicting reports of violence on both sides,” Isa Sanusi, spokesperson for Amnesty International in Nigeria, told DW in an interview. “There are reports of violence on the side of the military and there are reports of violence on the side of supporters of the Biafra movement.”

Where is Nnamdi Kanu?

Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts are unknown following an invasion of his home by the military, two local newspapers, the Premium Times and Naija News reported. Ifeanyi Ijeafor, a lawyer representing Nnamdi Kanu told DW, the army had gone to his client’s home with the intention of assassinating him.

Nigeria's Biafra leader | Nnamdi Kanu (DW/K. Gänsler)Nnamdi Kanu’s call for Biafra’s independence has become a hot political issue in Nigeria

“I got a distress call from my client that his house was invaded by the military, the soldiers,” Ijeafor said. “I believe they went there for reasons best known to them – that reason is nothing more than to go and assassinate him.” He accused the security officers of plotting to suppress Kanu and consequently arresting him.

Nigeria’s military referred to the allegations that they had invaded Kanu’s homestead as “baseless and mischievous.” Kanu, a British and Nigerian citizen, is presently on bail on treasonable felony charges. His trial is set to resume next month in Abuja.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (picture alliance/AP Photo/S. Aghaeze)President Muhammadu Buhari: ‘Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable’

Calls for an independent Biafra have grown ever since Nnamdi Kanu was released on bail. During an exclusive one on one with DW’s Adrian Kriesch, Kanu reiterated his demand for a referendum on the independence of Biafra. President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly rejected any attempts to divide Nigeria saying the unity of the country was “not negotiable.”

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More than one million Igbos died following the unilateral declaration of an independent republic of Biafra in 1967.

Nigeria’s military urged to be cautious

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State attributed the rising tension to the presence of soldiers. The Nigerian army is carrying out a military operation codenamed “Python Dance II” to tackle what it says is rising crime in the region.

However, video footage and pictures showing some military officers allegedly torturing pro-Biafra supporters have triggered anger, particularly on social media. The Nigerian army has promised to investigate the matter and punish those found guilty.

Nigeria Soldaten (AFP/Getty Images)Nigeria’s army has previously denied accusations of human rights violations

“As always we call on Nigeria’s military, while carrying out their constitutional obligations, to respect the human rights of all Nigerians,” Amnesty International spokesperson in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi said.

“They have their own rules of engagement and their own code of conduct; we are always calling on them to respect this code of conduct while they are out in the field.” For Sanusi, no one should end up as a victim of human rights violations as a result of their [military] activities.

Read more:  Amnesty accuses Nigerian army of killing 150 Biafran protestors

In 2016, at least 150 Biafra supporters were killed at peaceful protests according to Amnesty International.  Those figures were however dismissed by the military and police.

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BREAKING: Nigerian army allegedly killing people and burning houses in Aba since midnight

BREAKING: Nigerian army allegedly killing people and burning houses in Aba since midnight

As shared by one Otum Uchenna Kalu, read below:

There is a serious crisis in Aba right now. Since midnight, we haven’t slept in Aba, we kept vigil all through the night because the Hausa/Fulani people have been killing and burning down houses in Aba, Abia State.

Places like Umuode village, Uratta/Port Harcourt Road and Ariaria have been attacked and people’s houses razed by the Hausas. It’s ironic that despite the state imposed curfew in Aba, including the heavy presence of the military, vis-a-vis the Army’s Operation Python Dance 2, the Hausas are having a field day.

People have been killed and rendered homeless in their own place and someone will tell me that “we are one Nigeria”. This is a clarion call to all our people everywhere in Nigeria especially in the North to be vigilant and move with utmost care as our lives and the very existence of our being are seriously being threatened.

If the Hausas right here in our back yard can have a field day to attack us uninhibited and unresisted, our people in the North are not safe at all. We, the Igbos are no longer safe in this country and the earlier the needful is done, the better. Biafrans, the time to act is now! Good morning!.

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Biafra: Sultan of Sokoto breaks silence on Operation Python Dance

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Nigerians to live in peace with one another for the unity of the country.

He made the appeal against the backdrop of the rising number of civilian deaths linked with the on-going military invasion of the South-east and the resultant reprisal attacks in various parts of the country.

The monarch, in a statement issued in Sokoto yesterday, said that religious and community leaders should be given a chance to wade into the pockets of tension which threaten the continuous survival of the nation.

He said: “I am calling on all Nigerians to imbibe and embrace the culture and spirit of living in peace, irrespective of tribal, ethnic or regional differences.

“Nigeria would continue to remain one nation with a common goal of purposeful development. The action of some should not be allowed to tear the country apart.

“Bad ones among our people should be called to order by their elders and community leaders.

“I challenge elder statesmen to call the youth to order and educate them on the need for peaceful coexistence in their respective geo-political zones.

“As traditional leaders, we would continue to preach love among the diverse communities in our domains throughout the country.”

The Sultan said Nigeria was brought together by an act of God, despite the different ethnic group, religions and diverse rich and beautiful cultures to form one country. He said God would protect the sovereignty.

He further tasked the federal and state governments as well as security agencies in their collective efforts to bring sustained peace and development to the country.

Courtesy, Daily Post Nigeria

Stop Eating, Drinking Your Nationals Blood, Turkish Diplomat Tells Buhari

**Says ‘Biafra Army’ Will Soon Kill Buhari
Stop Eating, Drinking Your Nationals Blood, Turkish Diplomat Tells Buhari

A Turkish diplomat, Abdulkadir Erkahraman, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly killing members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Erkahraman, who took to his Facebook page, said that the president was eating and drinking the blood of his own people, adding that the Muslim religion does not allow such an act.

He further claimed that if Buhari does not engage in a peaceful negotiation with the Biafra agitators, he will be killed by the “Biafran Army” one day.

The Diplomat, who recently visited Kanu at his country home in Afarau Ukwu in Umuahia, the Abia State capital warned that Buhari will be killed soon by “Biafran Army.”

He said, “Buhari, I am calling you from Istanbul, Turkey. Stop killing the people. Are you crazy? You idiot, crazy man. What are you doing? What kind of religion do you believe in? Is there any chapter in the Quran that says you should kill the people? You have to stop killing the people or how are you going to stand in front of your God in the hereafter?

“I’m telling you on behalf of Biafra, stop killing the people, I’m also a Muslim it’s not allowed, 500 hundred Biafrans killed and you said they are your nation. Let me tell you the Boko Haram terrorist will come and kill you too one day. You are eating and drinking the blood of your national, you are an idiot.

“The Army of the Biafrans are coming and they will fight you. The Biafrans are saying they don’t want to fight, they want to negotiate but you are killing them, how old are you now, you will die very soon, you crazy man.

“I will say it again stop killing the Biafrans, they are also humans. You idiot, why are you afraid to talk to this people? Why can’t you sit with this people at a roundtable and negotiate peacefully?

“Buhari, tell your dogs to stop, when you die how will you face your God?

“I’m saying it again, stop killing the people sit and negotiate, you are a human being with father, mother, children and so on.

“If you were them how will you feel, they don’t have weapons, aircrafts, tanks in their hands yet you are killing them with your guns, open your eyes you will die very soon, they have their lives, they are suffering.

“We will show you very soon you idiot man, I’m telling you on behalf of Biafrans worldwide you will die soon and face punishment, this group will kill you one day. They are human being like.

“You will see what will happen to you and your dogs very soon, it’s not enough for you to go to criminal court, you will die very soon, you think we are playing this is not a children game you will see what will happen to you very soon, you are not killing cows, they are human beings.”

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Biafra: Asking Igbos to vacate North is end of Nigeria – Afenifere

Biafra: Asking Igbos to vacate North is end of Nigeria – Afenifere

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Pan-Yoruba political organisation, Afenifere, has warned that the three months eviction issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths, CNY, for Igbos to vacate the North may be the beginning of the end of Nigeria.

Spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, while reacting to the eviction notice, urged Northern elders to call their youths to order.

“Carrying out their threats would be a prelude to another pogrom. These elements have over the years showed their propensity to attack people, but like the Chinua Achebe said, they are holding a knife to the tiny rope that still holds the country together,” he told The Sun.

“I hope that if they still have elders, their elders should call them to order, otherwise, it may be the beginning of the end of Nigeria, as we know it.

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“They should know that in 1967, they had a coalition to fight the Igbo but that coalition is no more there today. We know the people that fought the last war and won it.

“I can boldly speak for the Yoruba nation, that if the north thinks they can declare another war against the Igbo, it would not work. If they see any Yoruba man joining them to fight the Igbo, then that person must be a mercenary.

“The Igbo were not fighting, neither were they causing any crisis, but were just trying to make their grievances known in a peaceful manner. Why should they be threatened? For northerners to tell them to leave the north is sad for the polity.”

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Femi Fani-Kayode: Biafra at 50 – The inconvenient truth about Nigeria [Part 2]

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“Myself and the same UNICEF representatives went on to convey something of what lay behind this intransigence: Among the large majority hailing from that tribe who are the most vocal in inciting the complete extermination of the Igbos. I often heard remarks that all Nigeria’s ills will be cured once the Igbos have been exterminated from the human map.”- (Dr Conor Cruise O’Bien, 21 December, 1967, New York Review”. (CONCLUDED).

As harrowing as these words are they accurately and graphically capture the mood and horrific essence of the civil war.

They also reveal an inconvenient truth which is as follows: that the Nigerian people and General Yakubu Gowon owe the people of the east a sincere and unwavering apology for the barbaric and criminal manner in which they conducted the civil war.

We also have an obligation to make restitution to them, offer them compensation for all they have lost and to bring to justice all those that were directly or indirectly involved in the commission of the barbaric and hideous atocities and crimes against humanity that were visited upon the Igbo civilian population and defenceless Igbo women and children.

I refuse to describe the killer of children and the murderer of women and defenceless civilians as war heroes. My conscience does not permit it.

If the German people could find it in their hearts to ask the Jews to forgive them for what they did to them in the Second World War, the Nigerian people should be big-hearted enough and strong enough to ask the same of the Igbo.

Such a course of action does not diminish or weaken us: it makes us more humane.

And neither do I believe that offering them “more cake” as President Olusegun Obasanjo has suggested can make up for all that we have subjected them to over the last 51 years.

The last person that suggested the offering of cake to the irate masses and victims of injustice as a way of calming them down and getting them to stop their agitation for emancipation was Queen Marie Antoinnete of France. That was in 1789.

Unfortunately it did not go down too well and a few weeks later the French revolution took place and both the Marie Antoinette and her husband King Louis XV1, together with much of the French royal family, courtiers, nobles and landed gentry were arrested by the Jacobins, publicly humiliated, tried in the people’s courts of law and had their heads chopped off with a guillotine.

That signified the end of the monarchy in France, the demise of the long rulership of the proud and distinguished royal Bourbon lineage and family and the beginning of the great French Republic which changed the face of Europe, the history of world and which endures till today.

So much for the offering of cake as a panacea or solution to the unjust and barbarous treatment of the oppressed and the deprived.

I do not believe that the dream of Biafra can be shattered and obliterated by promises of cake and a few crumbs from the masters table.

And neither do I believe that they can be wished away or destroyed by reckless and dangerous attempts to break their will and dampen their spirits by killing them in the streets or incarcerating them indefinately or with threats of wiping them off the face of the earth and total and complete annihilation.

I am a man of peace and I believe that war is evil. It is the darkness that seeks the darkness. It is utterly repugnant and manifestly destructive.

It is a complete and total descent into madness, barbarism, hell, chaos and inhumanity.

Those that glorify it or encourage and endorse it any shape or form are either shallow, naive or simply insane.

It is the will and law of God to fight for freedom, equity and justice. Our cause is just. What we must NOT do is use violence or shed blood.

Yet despite this fundamental principle which I hold dear, one thing that I know is this: If, God forbid, there were ever to be any major conflict or war in our country again the Igbo would not be left to fight it on their own.

If, God forbid, there were to ever be a round two of our civil war I have little doubt that this time around the entire south and the Middle Belt would stand together as one against our common oppressors and those that kill and slaughter our people at will in the name of ethnic supremacy and faith.

I pray that it never happens and I hope that we either restructure the country or peacefully go our separate ways before it is too late.

Those that resist that course are playing with fire and are sitting on a keg of gunpowder.

When it ignites no-one will be left standing, no-one will come out whole and no-one will escape being amongst the victims of the cataclysmic and horrendous events that will follow.

As a matter of urgency we must pray fervently for peace in Nigeria. We must counsel and encourage restraint, understanding and patience from all sides.

Most important of all we must find it in our hearts to display and express a high degree of regret and contrition for what we did to the Igbo, pay them compensation and make restitution for what we subjected them to before, during and after the civil war. God demands it and justice requires it.

Until this is done every Nigerian, including yours truly, should hold himself partially responsible for the atrocities that have been committed against the Igbo in our country over the last 51 years.

May the souls of all those that lost their lives on both sides of the divide during the course of our civil war rest in peace and may May 30 1967, the day that the war started 50 years ago today, be acknowledged and set aside as a day of honor for the unsung heroes of the Biafran struggle.

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