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Araba, Biafra and ‘your land or your blood’ (Part 1,2)- Femi Olu-Kayode
Araba, Biafra and ‘your land or your blood’ (Part 1,2)- Femi Olu-Kayode
September 11, 2016, 06:30:56 AM
I am a historian and my intention for writing this is simply to enlighten, educate and inform rather than to create rancour, tension, strife, division or stress.
I also proffer a solution to what I consider to be the problem that some of our northern compatriots pose at the end of this essay.
It is a long contribution, so I have broken it into two parts. Each part is well worth reading and it is my prayer that you stay with me till the end. Here we go.
A few weeks ago, one Mr. Adamu Mohammed wrote an essay on Facebook titled, ‘Your Land Or Your Blood’.
The write-up was widely-published in Nigeria and it was well circulated in the social media. It has indeed been the subject of much interest and a heated debate.
Permit me to share its contents here. He wrote as follows and kindly overlook the bad grammer and colorful language:
“Ever since President Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership of this great country Nigeria, we (Hausa-Fulanis) have come under severe media attack from enemies of progress.
“Just because they are educated than us, they stereotype us with negativity. Just because they own and control the media, they use the media against us.
“But let me make something clear to you stupid fellows hating us, whether you love us or hate us, it doesn’t change anything.
“We are who we are and we will continue to remain like that. We hate you even more and we can never love you because you are all infidels.
“I pity those of you who keep deluding yourselves that we can love and trust you simply because you worked against your people to our own advantage, never!
“I heard that the stupid Governor of Oyo State, Ajimobi, said that they won’t accept the proposed Grazing Bill.
“But my message to the filthy Yoruba pig is that, if you don’t want to give us your cursed land, we will rear our cattle not only on your farmlands but in your churches.
“And if you try to stop us, we would killed your chicken hearted men like rabbits then turn your mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to our sex slaves like we have always done.
“It is either you give the whole of South to us to use as grazing reserve or we soak it with your blood.
“And what you would do like you always do is make noise on Facebook and Twitter. You cannot be united against us because there would always be the likes of Tinubu, Amaechi and Okorocha in your midst who will divide you for selfishness and love of money.
“Such treacherous characters can’t survive in our midst because we burn them and their families.
“I so much detest Southern Christians because they are the problem of this country. If I have my way, there won’t be any functional church in this country, especially in the North.
“That’s why I am so much happy with Governor El-rufai who is living up to the expectations of Allah in Kaduna State.
“We are not really pleased with President Muhammadu Buhari who is too slow to implement everything we asked him to implement in this country for us, he has not even done 20% of the Northern/Islam agenda, what he is waiting for I don’t know.
“We will make life unbearable for Igbos like they are in Hell, and yet we won’t let them have their useless Biafra because the whole of South is a conquered territory.
“We can never see Yorubas as allies no matter how hard they try to please or serve us because they are born traitors and infidels.
“Those slaves in the Middle Belt would continue to be willing tools in our hands, and the day they attempt to raise their heads, we will cut off their heads like weeds.
“I lack words to tell the inconsequential and always crying Niger Delta because what we are waiting for is for President Buhari to declare state of emergency in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta, then we will show them how to use power.
“We are at war with you people but we won’t allow the country to breakup because, natural resources found in any part of the country is our heritage and birth right.
“We will continue killing you in large numbers until you are truly submissive to us as your slave masters. We won’t stop killing you until we fully takeover your land as a conquered territory.
“This is not the time to mince words, this is not the time to sugarcoat things, and this is not the time to be economical with the truth, this is nothing but the truth, ignore it at your own peril”.
“As repugnant as they are and as despicable as he is” we must thank Mr. Mohammed for his honesty and for speaking his mind. His views and intent are self-evident and need no further analysis or explanation.
“The point that needs to be grasped and fully appreciated though is that his is not the view of a minority or some inconsequential lunatic fringe in the core North.
His words represent the thinking of many in the North even though most of them would rather hide it or mask it rather than voice it out.
Mrs. Mary Ekeh captured the situation very well when she offered the following counsel about the Grazing Reserve Bill after she read Mohammed’s essay. She wrote:
“Please continue to pass this leaked information until every Yoruba, Igbo, all tribes and all Christian parts of Nigeria get alerted.
“This was planned many years by Fulanis as a strategic way to Islamization of Nigeria.
“That was why Buhari continued running for presidency even at his old age because they knew he is the most possible mean to achieve their goal.
“In 1804 – 1808. Fulanis came in from Guinea to the Northern part of Nigeria, led by Usman Dan fodio. He led jihad against the Hausa kingdom of the northern Nigeria.
“The forces of Usman Dan Fodio slowly took over more and more of the Hausa kingdom through war. By 1810, Fulanis had already conquered all Hausas.
“They formed Boko Haram sect solely for the process, waiting for Buhari or any of their Fulani brothers to come in power but unfortunately, Goodluck Jonathan came into power and they became annoyed.
“They started their violence to distract him and it did not matter whether it was Yoruba or Igbo that was on the seat during President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime.
“The same thing could’ve still happened about Boko Haram. Now their dream has been achieved having their brother on top.
“Here is their plan. They started herdsmen war believing that they have the chance to control all parts of the country since they are in power and forces.
“If Grazing Reserve Bill is passed and achieved, it means that Fulanis will have a place mapped out for them in all 36 states of Nigeria.
“The next thing is that they will start bringing in their wives and children and take over your land.
Mrs. Ekeh’s analysis is superlative and her admonitions are timely and appropriate.
Permit me to share another contribution from yet another northern voice who has employed the same colorful language as
Mr. Adamu Mohammed and who suffers from the same hateful disposition.
His name is Mr. Aliyu Gwarzo and in 2014 he wrote an essay titled, “It Is Either The Koran Or The Sword”. Like Mr. Mohammed’s, which came two years later, his piece was also widely circulated and it also generated a heated debate. He wrote as follows:
”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 such as the Berom, the Tiv, the Kataf, the Jaba, the Zuru, the Sayyawa, the Bachama, the Jukun, the Idoma and all the others are nothing and the Muslim minorities in the North, including the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur and all the others, 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 night’s sport and pleasure. They owe us everything. This is because we gave them Islam through the great jihad waged by Sheik Usman 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.
“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.
Mr. Aliyu Gwarzo, like Mr. Adamu Mohammed that came after him, has expressed a point of view which, though utterly reprehensible and barbaric, reflects the thinking of many in the core Muslim North.
These sentiments are regrettable and unacceptable, yet no matter how much we complain about such views or pretend that they are not representative of the thinking of the majority in the core Muslim North, we must learn to live with them or deal with them.
We must also adopt all necessary measures to enlighten our people about the dangers and challenges that such sentiments present and we must be ready to do all that is in our power to defend and protect them.
That is what leaders are meant to do. Indeed that is the challenge and burden that every southern and Middle Belt leader in our nation is faced with and carries today.
‘ARABA’, BIAFRA AND ‘YOUR LAND OR YOUR BLOOD’ (PART2)
Yet I wonder how those southern leaders who have opted to collaborate with our collective enemies and betray their own people feel about the words of men like Mr. Mohammed and Mr. Gwarzo.
I wonder whether the key leaders from the South that joined forces with Buhari during last year’s election have read what these two men wrote and what those that share their views and disposition have to say.
And if they did, I wonder how they can possibly justify or rationalise their decision to support a Buhari presidency.
Whether they accept it or not, history will record and posterity will testify to the fact that these men handed us all over to the ultra-conservative Fulani hegemonists who not only have a clear intention to subjugate our people and Islamise our nation but who also secretly have as much contempt for them as they do for us.
I wonder whether they got Adamu Mohammed’s message and whether they understood what he said? I wonder whether they can comprehend the import of Aliyu Gwarzo’s words.
I wonder how they sleep at night seeing what is unfolding in our country.
Given the words and disposition of men like Mr. Mohammed and Mr. Gwarzo, there is only one fact that bears any relevance when it comes to the history of our nation and that fact is that the people of the South and the Middle Belt made a monumental mistake by supporting the North and fighting to keep Nigeria one during our civil war.
That is the long and short of it. We owe the late Colonel Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the erstwhile Head of State of Biafra, and his entire Igbo race an apology for leaving them in the lurch and not supporting their cause and quest for self-determination when they needed us the most and when they called on us to do so.
Given the fact that so many from the core Muslim North hate us with passion and see us as nothing more than slaves and animals to be ruled over and butchered at will, I believe that we need to go back to the drawing board and divide this country peacefully before we all end up killing ourselves.
I do not believe in restructuring because it is too late for that: I believe in division. I believe that the two zones in the core North should leave Nigeria and go their separate ways whilst the rest of us that constitute the four remaining zones either stay together as one country or break into even smaller units along zonal or ethnic lines.
Self-determination must be the guiding and overiding principle and referendums must be conducted in the various zones to determine precisely what the will of the people really is. That is democracy. That is justice. That is equity. And only that can bring lasting peace to our sad, divided and beleagured land.
Those that seek to crucify me for suggesting that we should chart this new course should bear in mind the fact that I am not the first to suggest it and neither will I be the last. Those that doubt the veracity of this assertion should consider the following:
In 1953, the North declared their interest to break off from the rest of Nigeria after they rejected Chief Anthony Enahoro’s motion for Nigeria’s independence from Great Britain and walked out of parliament.
They insisted on secession and it took the intervention of the British authorities to get them to sheath their swords and agree to remain in the same country as those they openly described as “southern devils and infidels”.
Once again, in 1966, the North did the same thing and openly demanded for separation from the South after they effected their northern officers revenge coup on July 29th.
On the night of that “revenge coup”, they massacred over 300 Igbo officers in one night together with the Igbo Head of State and the Yoruba Military Governor who refused to leave his commander-in-chief’s side and who insisted on protecting him.
After what was undoubtedly one of the most bloody nights in our entire history and after all the butchery was done, the northern officers that carried out the coup loudly declared “araba”, which means “let us share it”, “let us tear it apart” or “let us break it up” in Hausa.
It took three days of frantic appeals by the British High Commissioner and a handful of American diplomats and southern civil servants to stop them from leaving.
They eventually agreed to stay but they gave one condition: that one of their own, a northern officer by the name of Lt. Col. Yakubu Jack Gowon, should be the Head of State of a united Nigeria even though there were at least three southern officers that were senior to him in rank that were still left on the army.
The conditions were accepted, Gowon became Head of State, the North agreed to stay and Nigeria remained one. Yet, sadly, the story did not end there and neither was its end a happy one.
Evidently the cold-blooded murder of three hundred Igbo soldiers was not enough to satisfy their blood lust.
The North still insisted on having its revenge and its pound of flesh for the Igbo coup that took place on January 15th 1966 in which many northern political and military leaders together with a handful of their political and military allies from the West were killed.
Consequently, three months after Gowon took power, mass murder was unleashed against the Igbo population that resided in the core North and over 100,000 innocent Igbo civilians, including women and children, were slaughtered in the sanctity of their homes in just a matter of weeks.
Nothing had ever been seen like that before on the African continent. It was brutal, barbaric and horrendous. Innocent civilians, including pregnant women and little babies, were hacked to pieces in shops, hospitals, buses, cars and in their own homes whilst the authorities, and indeed the entire world, stood by silently and did nothing to help them.
This led to exodus of Igbos from the North back to the East and to the declaration of the sovereign State of Biafra (which means “come and join us”).
The result of that declaration was the commencement of the most brutal, savage and bloody civil war that the African continent has ever experienced in which no less than three million Igbos, including at least one million young children, were killed all in the name of “keeping Nigeria one”. That war lasted three gruelling years: from 1967 till 1970.
Yet since 1967 when oil was discovered in commercial quantities in a place called Oloibiri in what is now known as the Niger
Delta area of southern Nigeria, the North has NEVER called for “araba” or the breaking up of Nigeria again.
Instead they have bullied, intimidated, cheated, killed, maimed and slaughtered others just to keep Nigeria one simply because they are addicted to southern oil.
Without the revenues that come from that oil, the core North would be probably the poorest, most barren and most desolate region in the whole of Africa. In view of this, it is understandable that we have not heard “araba” from any core northerner again.
They now view anyone that calls for the break up of Nigeria with murderous intent and extreme hatred and they label them as dangerous subversives and uninformed miscreants.
The North appears to have forgotten that they themselves called for secession in 1953 and 1966 and at that time no-one threatened, killed or insulted them for doing so. And neither did anyone try to enslave them or keep them in by the force of arms.
The bottom line is as follows: As long as people like Mr. Adamu Mohammed and Mr. Aliyu Gwarzo exist and as long as they say and do the sort of things that they say and do, the people of the South will not rule out the possibility of secession.
Thomas Jefferson, one of the great patriots, founding fathers and gallant heroes of America during their war of independence and struggle against their English colonial masters, said the following: “When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes a duty”.
Patrick Henry, another of the great founding fathers and a noble and righteous man, proclaimed the following words before England’s King George 111:
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Another, by the name of George Washington, who was a deeply courageous man, the Supreme Commander of the rebel forces and the man who was later elected as the first President of the proud, newly born and independent American nation, proclaimed “in God we trust” as he entered the field of battle.
He also shouted “victory or death” as he led the cavalry charge and “you cannot rule without God and the Holy Bible” after he became President.
These were were men who refused to compromise with evil and were prepared to offer their lives in their struggle to break the yoke of servitude.
Again Thomas Jefferson said “the tree of liberty is watered by the blood of patriots and tyrants”. There are lessons to be learnt here for us all and particularly by the leaders of the South.
And thankfully it appears that a few southern stars are beginning to learn those lessons, rise up to the occasion and stand up like men.
Yet whatever happens and whether the core Muslim North likes it or not, our very own southern “tree of liberty” shall be watered as well and in the end we shall be free.
That same Living God whose name George Washington always invoked before going into battle is with us today and He shall see us through. He shall grant us the strength and power to endure.
He will not forsake us and, at the appointed time, He will grant us victory over our tormentors.
I say this because His name is Faithful and faithful He is. As old as He is, He never changes and He never forsakes His own: that is why they call Him Ancient of Days.
He never loses in battle: that is why they call Him the Man of War and the Lord God of Hosts. He is our strength and our shield, our glory and the lifter of our heads. He is our everything and without Him we are nothing.
In He alone we trust and He will NEVER allow the counsel of ungodly men from the deserts of a distant and barren land called Futa Jallon in modern-day Guinea, like Adamu Mohammed and Aliyu Gwarzo, to stand.
We harbour no fears because in the end we know that we shall prevail and our freedom and liberation has been guaranteed.
Their end, and the end of all those that they represent, has already been determined by He that sits above the circles of the earth and that answers by fire and that end will be pitiful: It is just a matter of time.
Re: Araba, Biafra and ‘your land or your blood’ (Part 1,2)- Femi Olu-Kayode
September 11, 2016, 06:34:04 AM
This article is deep, and disturbing, but truth which every Nigerian needs to read and internalize so that they won't say they don't know how we got to where we are, and perhaps where we shall end up tomorrow.
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