Femi Fani-Kayode: President Obasanjo And His Love Letter To Buhari [MUST READ]

Few can dispute the fact that President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Ebora Owu, was one of those that brought President Muhammadu

Few can dispute the fact that President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Ebora Owu, was one of those that brought President Muhammadu Buhari to power in 2015.

Without Obasanjo’s wholesale and comprehensive endorsement Buhari would have failed woefully at the polls three years ago.

Yet, in my view, today the Ebora Owu has absolved himself of this grave and monumental error by standing up to speak truth to power at great risk to his safety, fortunes and welfare and by sending our President an explosive, damning and much-awaited missive telling him that he has failed woefully, admonishing him to get off his “high horse of leadership” and advising him not to attempt to run again in 2019.

I am delighted and indeed proud of what the Ebora has done and I commend and congratulate him for finding the courage to say what those of us that have been at the forefront of the struggle against President Buhari have been saying for the last three years.

My friend and brother Governor Peter ‘The Rock’ Ayodele Fayose gallantly led the charge and said it. Pastor Reno Omokri said it. Dr. Reuben Abati said it. Professor Abubakar Sulaiman said it. Col. Abubakar ‘Dangiwa’ Umar said it. Governor Nyesom Wike said it. Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said it. Mujaheed Asari Dokubo said it. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said it.

Yours truly said it. And a number of others said it.

And each and every one of us that did, in varying degrees, have faced all manner of insults and threats and have paid a heavy price for doing so.

Yet we have no regrets because no matter what happens tomorrow posterity will judge us kindly and history will recall that, when it mattered the most, we stood for the people, for the truth, for justice and for equity and we resisted and opposed racism, ethnic hegemony, religious bigotry, naked tyranny, oppression, mass murder, genocide, ethnic cleansing and the relentless attempt to subjugate and enslave our compatriots and our nation.

We welcome President Obasanjo and others to the honorable and noble ranks of conscientious dissenters, non-conformists and men of courage. Yet as refreshing and inspiring as his letter was I respectfully disagree with just one aspect of it.

I believe that his categorisation and condemnation of the main opposition party was unecessarily harsh, misplaced and regrettable. And neither do I accept the assertion that the PDP “procured” a judgement at the Supreme Court.

The continous attempt to demystify, demonise, demean and destroy the PDP, which the APC and the Buhari government set in motion as one of its cardinal policies three years ago, is certainly not the way forward.

If anything those that got it wrong three years ago and that supported Buhari should be thanking the PDP for having the insight and fortitude to recognise the insincerity of purpose and glaring incompetence in Buhari and his APC at a very early stage when they stubbornly refused to do so.

They should also be thanking a few of us for providing a viable, strong and virile opposition to a man that can best be described as a vicious and vindictive maximum dictator who has no respect for the rule of law or the tenets of democracy and a party that was contrived and conjured up from the pit of hell.

Yet outside of that faux pax I believe that the Ebora Owu’s intervention was not only welcome but also timely.

His counsel has removed whatever little was left of the spiritual foundation of the APC and the Buhari government and it has stripped them naked before the civilised world.

Today they are nothing but a sorry bunch of castrated and weakened renegades who are living on the fading glory and diminishing power of an “all-conquering” ethnic hegemonist and religious bigot. Simply put, they are nothing but a shell of their former selves.

Baba Obasanjo’s intervention also creates the potential for a new beginning and a massive and purposeful realignment of political forces that may end up saving Nigeria.

Let us hope that thousands of others that have hitherto been hiding under their beds out of fear of Buhari will follow the Ebora’s lead and find their voice.

Yet if we really want to ensure that Buhari does not return in 2019 we need to go much further than offering wise counsel or letter-writing.

The truth of the matter is that this whole issue goes far beyond party politics: it is a struggle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. I say this because what we are faced with is pure tyranny and unadulterated evil.

As a matter of fact it is probably the greatest evil that we have ever known in our entire history.

Quite apart from the sheer duplicity, double-speak, greed, mendacities, double-standards, nepotism, ethnic and religious motivations, clanishness, cruelty, incompetence and monumental corruption of the Buhari administration, under their watch more people have been slaughtered by the security forces and by state-supported and protected ethnic militias like the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen than at ANY other time in our history outside the civil war.

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Too much blood has been shed. Too much suffering and devastation has been wrought and inflicted. Too much has gone wrong. The very root of our foundation and our source of strength and unity has been tampered with and damaged almost irreversably over the last three years.

Worse still is the fact that the neo-fascist forces that Buhari and those that are still with him represent will not let go of power without a hard and bloody fight.

Those forces are far more entrenched, determined, bloody-minded, dangerous and devastating than anything we have ever known or that we have ever been confronted with in our entire history. They are not only ruthless but they are also relentless.

If anyone doubts that they should read the words of the Minister of Defence when he attempted to defend, justify and rationalise the activities of the Fulani herdsmen.

I said this during the 2015 Presidential campaign and many refused to listen. I am saying it again today. Buhari and those behind him will not go down without a fight yet they must be stopped before they soak the whole of Nigeria in innocent blood and shatter whatever little is left of our fragile unity.

They must be stopped before they ignite a second civil war in which brother will kill brother and to which there will be no end.

We must avoid this at all costs and we must settle our many differences in a peaceful and civilised way through dialogue, fair play, justice, restraint, understanding, free and fair elections and, most important of all, the restructuring of our nation.

We must also be ready to confront the tyranny in the land and face down the evil wherever and whenever it raises its ugly head.

Those that choose to play down the dangers of our situation and that have turned a blind eye to the gravity of the unfolding crisis would do well to consider the words of Mr. Abdulazeez Adeniyi Sulaiman. He wrote,

“Buhari’s legacy of bigotry and ethnic hatred is set in stone. There is no amount of makeover under the sun that can change that. Fulani herdsmen set a 150-acre palm plantation ablaze in Oyo state”.

Disturbing? Indeed. Yet no-one has managed to capture the mood better than Mr. Nnaemeka John who wrote the following on 21st January,

“I love the Fulanis! Our political scientists take time to study Machiavelli, Gramsci, Shaka the Zulu, Hans Morganthau’s ‘Power’, Guevara et al ignoring a rare and unique political philosophy in our midst- “the Fulanism-Jihadism!”

See how they took Hausa land, took Ilorin, used and dumped Ken Saro Wiwa, used the Tivs, Igalas, Idoma’s et al and dumped them. Unongo is now a wailing wailer, David Mark has lost his voice, Gemade is lost, Audu is still somnambulistic, Fani-Kayode is screaming, Olu Falae is now a chronic wailer: learnt they visited him again yesterday. Na so life be?

Now, let it be known all over southern Nigeria, that the march to dip the Koran into the Atlantic ocean has began in earnest. Any obstacle will be ruthlessly crushed.

They tested the people’s will by threatening to soak dogs and baboons in blood, they got their way.

The killed and burnt the entire family of a Resident Electoral Commissioner nothing happened. They appointed only people from their side into their kitchen cabinet, southerners were made to justify it.

They closed the Chapel on the Rock at Aso, our Christian Vice president, explained it away. They released murderous Boko Haram members, without any kind of penal measures into society, we hissed and went about our normal businesses. They paraded our people accused of corruption in handcuffs like common criminals, we kept quiet.

They picked up Nnamdi Kanu, whose words pierced their conscience, exposed their plans and cried to the world; they handcuffed him, like a common criminal while Boko Haram kingpins, who have murdered hundreds, appeared in court unfettered, we only grumbled.

They sent herdsmen to cause havoc in our homelands, rather than defend ourselves, we begged them to stop killing us in own ancestral homes. They pushed further by appointing only their own into the National Defence Council, something that has never happened before, not even immediately after the civil war, all we did was murmur.

They took on unarmed IPOB, proscribed them, labeled them terrorists and militants, politically correct people hailed them and clapped for them.

For the jihadists, it was a sign that the time has come, the time to implement the time tested strategy that worked in Ilorin, Lebanon, Turkey and several other places.

Since it is now very obvious, that the people have been cowed, intimidated and politically outsmarted, it is now time to introduce the Trojan horse, under the guise of cattle colonies.

They will take the people’s lands, develop them with proceeds from oil, gotten from the people’s land and hand them over to their people. They will move in with their families, one man to four women, each woman have at least five children, in twenty years time, they’ll outnumber the Aborigines, use their numbers to get strategic political positions and declare an Islamic state.

Sounds like fiction? No! That’s exactly how Lebanon moved from a very popular trading and beautiful tourist country that it was, to the ruins and debris laden country that it is today.

The Christians in the South have a choice, they either hand over the colonies to the Jihadists, sorry government, and convert to Islam or say “No!” to the colony project and begin to prepare for the consequences. To be forewarned, is to be forearmed! God help us”.

The unfolding scenario is indeed grave and it is fraught with danger. War is on the horizon and the sheer madness, greed, bloodlust and callousness of the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen coupled with the conspiratorial collaboration and criminal collusion of the Buhari administration in their unconsciable evil is stirring a retributive, wild, dangerous and uncontrollable rage in the hearts of their victims and in the communities that they consistently terrorise, burn down and subject to ethnic cleansing and genocide.

That rage is like a massive volcano that is waiting to erupt and explode. And when it does not one of the perpertrators or the objects of its hate will escape the wrath of its burning lava. The message is simple and clear: “we shall not be conquered”.

Femi Fani-Kayode is a lawyer, a Nigerian politician, an evangelical christian, an essayist, a poet and he was the Special Assistant (Public Affairs) to President Olusegun Obasanjo from July 2003 until June 2006. He was the minister of culture and tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from June 22nd to Nov 7th 2006 and as the minister of Aviation from Nov 7th 2006 to May 29th 2007. He runs a syndicated column on The Trent. He tweets from@realFFK.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Ariyo Dare-Atoye: Against The Run Of Common Sense [MUST READ]

They took an interesting gamble, “caved” and “lost. At 81-18 in the American Senate, ending the shutdown, there was no

They took an interesting gamble, “caved” and “lost. At 81-18 in the American Senate, ending the shutdown, there was no common sense in Democrats obstructing the system and allowing it to happen in the first place. I bet the Democrats would dare not attempt another shutdown even when the Republicans’ gain might just be a temporary one – to fund the government just for three weeks. Except it was able to pull an extraordinary one, the Democrats may no longer be in a vantage position to extract big concessions for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.

Have they also in a way buckled and fallen for President Donald Trump’s bait ahead of the crucial 2018 mid-term election? The shutdown may badly hurt the Democrats. Harry Enten, a senior political analyst for FiveThirtyEight, a website based in the US, had warned about a month earlier thus: “Democrats arguably have more to lose politically from a shutdown than Republicans. They hold a large lead on the generic congressional ballot, and Trump is deeply unpopular. Together, this means Democrats have a good shot at taking back the House of Representatives next year. Any unpopular moves such as forcing a shutdown could lower those odds.” The deed is done.

Circa 1884-5, the world colony officially entered the lexicon of African political affairs. “Colony” succeeded in defining the continent for almost a century. At the Berlin Conference, Africa region was partitioned into colonies under the rule of different European countries; and, for several decades, until independence came from the colonised nations. But while we thought Africa had seen the last of territorial colonialism, unfortunately a new gregarious form has birthed in Nigeria, more than half a century after independence. It is called Pastoral Colony, produced by Buhari-Ogbeh miniature conference of 2018.

Devoid of stakeholders’ input, it was an idea of two men – President Muhammadu Buhari and Agriculture Minister, Audu Ogbeh, who are trying to manipulate the instruments of the State to carve out colonies for cows in the 36 States of the Federation. While more than 10 states have caved in, and pledged to give thousands of hectares of land for pastoral colonies, it is yet to occur to Nigerians that animals (cows) are actually succeeding at restructuring, ahead of humans. This induced pastoral colony by the federal government is a form of restructuring on its own, using the state to carve out territories for cattle owned by individuals and foreigners.

Less than two weeks to the Buhari-Ogbeh partitioning on New Year day, the president had tried to shutdown the ongoing restructuring debate with illogical rhetoric, when he disdainfully said: “When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.” Buhari has made up his mind about restructuring as a “no-no”, but his lieutenants, whose plans to retain power or maintain a political hold could only be guaranteed by his bid for a re-election, are however, skeptical about his popularity to win in 2019, without the restructuring card on the table. Conscious of Buhari’s massive dip in popularity, they are out for a second voyage of deception.

But it will be difficult for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to re-enact another masterstroke of propaganda to hoodwink or cajole Nigerians, and this time round, pretending to buy into the restructuring agenda, without which desirable southern and middle-belt votes cannot flow. Do you know that the mandate given to the Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s Restructuring committee was “to distil the true intent and definition of true federalism, as promised by the party during the 2015 elections campaign and examine the report of the various national conferences, especially that of 2014 and come up with recommendations?” The party had validated it lied itself to power with the committee’s mandate.

Back to the issue of pastoral colonialism, it appears the president and his kinsmen may be supervising a sort of conspiracy against the rest of us to please the herdsmen. Indeed, we have everything to be worried about, now that the Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, has made matters worse, validating the right of herdsmen to take any action: “If you go to Bayelsa or Ogun, you will see them. If those routes are blocked, what do you expect will happen?” It is even worse that the statement was made shortly after a meeting he had with the president. Nigeria is in dire straits; is there any common sense in a system that is ready to do everything for cattle and herdsmen, simply because the president has a vested cultural interest in them at the expense of the rest of us?

I borrowed the title of this piece, partly from a popular book, “Against The Run of Play,” written by a renown columnist and chairman of Thisday Newspaper Editorial Board, my own Egbon, Segun Adeniyi, in which he also exposed some seeming contradictions that are antithetical to common sense and common reasoning in our polity. The book captures what has become the most embarrassing frustrations of Nigerians about the President Muhammadu Buhari’s uninspired government, where he said in chapter nine: “Yet, with almost two years in power, there is nothing to suggest that Buhari is prepared for the office he spent 12 years campaigning for.” This concern has become a recurring decimal of what is steadily crystallising as an irredeemably failed government.

That book also reminds us of the prompt response of Buhari to the unsavory comment made by the then Director-General of the State Security Service, Ita Ekpenyong, when scores of police and DSS officers were killed in the Ombatse tragedy of May 2013.

“But nobody should hurt a citizen of Nigeria and then get away with it, not to talk of slaughtering at least 56 law enforcement agents and then somebody coming out from the system to say such a thing. It is either that person doesn’t know what he was talking about or he shouldn’t even be there,” General Buhari said at the time.

The question to ask is, now that Buhari is there and he is vacillating over the unabated herdsmen killings, should he even be there?

As we countdown to the 2019 general elections, the chickens are coming home to roost, and there is palpable fear in the camp of Buhari’s APC. The whip that was used to chastise the old wife is reserved for the new wife, and they are very much aware of the effect and brutality of this whip. The biggest weapon deployed by the APC to gain power in 2015 was the social media. The party’s leadership, led by Buhari, did not only fund their social media influencers, they encouraged them to act uncensored, crossing everything that could be after the red-line. Even after winning, they started off using the social media to drive the narrative of a president who had come to fulfill “fantastically propagated” promises. But a few months after inauguration, they went from partial denial of promises to full denial of their covenant with Nigeria; from partial failure to total failure.

Now that they can no longer compete in the social media space with little or nothing to show in stewardship, and because the government lacks necessary competence to solve problems, they want to censor and gag critics from using the new media. “Relevant security agencies should as a matter of urgency tackle the propagation of hate speeches through the social media, particularly by some notable Nigerians,” said the Defence Minister. But Nigerians are unperturbed. They have said: bring it on; you are running against common sense.

Ariyo-Dare Atoye is a concerned citizen of Nigeria writing a letter to his president. He can be reached by  email.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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The Thread: “They did not bring Efe type of person this time” “I only see plenty wahala this season” | TwitterNG reacts #BBNaija 2018

Sometimes, you just feel the need to take a break from scripted entertainment and join the intrigues that come with

BBNaija

Sometimes, you just feel the need to take a break from scripted entertainment and join the intrigues that come with reality shows. Such times are when the beauty of reality television comes handy.

And virtually the whole of Nigeria joined in to follow – Big Brother Naija Season 3 – from faraway South Africa, not minding the distance, again. At least, we get to follow it on Satellite TV. If you do not have that, just follow the hashtag on social media and voila! You get all the information.

The housemates are:

Nina, 21; Vandora; Badman Teddy, 29; K-Brulle, 23; Princess, 25; Alex; Dee-One, 27; Miracle, 24; Ahneeka, 25, Bambam, 28; Rico Swavey, 25; Bitto, 26; Khloe, 24; Ifu Ennada, 26; Angel, 31; Leo, 25; Anto, 28; Cee-C, 25; Lolu, 29; Tobi, 23.

We are here again for a blend of exercises, including talents, rivalries, human relations, stories of childhoods, feeling of resistance, perseverance, sexual aura, sportsmanship and the social media has begun reacting – as usual.

Here you go:

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