Wednesday, March 29, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Enemy Within & The Cold-Blooded Threat From Arewa – By Femi Fani Kayode : War Creeping into Nigeria from Muslim North

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From: 'Joe Attueyi' via AfricanWorldForum <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:14:57 +0100

Since Buhari returned from his medical vacation the decibel of war and
inter ethnic conflict has once again gone ten notches higher.

It seems that there is something about Buhari that generates and
increases group conflict.

There was a sense of calm one could feel in the air when Osinbanjo was
Acting President. Can we prepay Buhari 2 years salary and allowances
in advance so he can return to London?


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> On 29 Mar 2017, at 10:38 AM, Elombah Perspective [NIgerianWorldForum] <> wrote:
> Enemy Within & The Cold-Blooded Threat From Arewa – By Femi Fani Kayode
> --
Femi Fani-Kayode: The Enemy Within And The Cold-Blooded Threat From
Arewa – Part 1


On March 28th a hitherto unknown northern group known as the Arewa
Youth Consultative Forum, through its spokesman, one Yerima Shetima,
had the nerve and effontry to accuse Afenifere and the Yoruba nation
of a "subtle campaign of ethnic cleansing" and went on to threaten us
with what they decribed as "reprisals against the millions of Yoruba
living in the north" if we did not stop complaining about the fact
that our people were slaughtered in Ile-Ife and that the police were
handling the whole matter in a selective, inappropiate and unjust

It is clear that this is not an empty threat because for the last two
weeks fake and horrendous videos and graphic pictures of what purport
to be the killings of Hausa Fulanis by the Yoruba and the people of
Ile-Ife are being circulated all over the internet and social media by
those that seek to promote anarchy, violence and carnage and those
that are set to kill.

This is not the time to escalate the tension and we must do all we can
to exercise restraint and keep the peace but clearly the stage is
being set by some in the north for ethnic pogroms and reprisals
against the Yoruba.

Yet we are not in the least bit perturbed and someone should advise
the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum and those that they represent that
pulling the tail of the tiger can be a very dangerous thing indeed.

Like Shakespeare's King Henry V once said they must "wake not our
sleeping sword lightly."

They and whoever sent them can be rest assured that the Yoruba are not
intimidated or deterred by their boastful threats and that we will
lose no sleep over their irresponsible and reckless words.

Whether they and their sponsors like it or not we shall continue to
complain and to protest and we eagerly await the full manifestation
and execution of their cold-blooded and unwarranted threat.

Yesterday evening the Arewa Consultative Forum itself, the body of
elders and leaders that speaks for the north, chose to stop hiding
behind their youths and waded into the ring.

They issued a formal statement, through one Muhammadu Ibrahim, who is
apparantly their spokesman, cautioning Yoruba elders and leaders not
to "give ethnic coloration to the Ile-Ife crises" and that if they
continued to do so they should be mindful of and ready for what he
described as "reprisal consequences".

This is yet another not so well-couched warning and veiled threat.
They have made their point and we have taken our stand. The next move
is theirs.

Meanwhile I find it curious that not one prominent voice from outside
Yorubaland, except for a handful of notable, insightful and deeply
courageous essayists and political commentators like Reno Omokri and
Jude Ndukwe, has spoken out against the evil and injustice that the
people of Ile-Ife have been subjected to by both the Hausa Fulani
community and the Nigerian Police Force.

It appears that the Yoruba have been left to carry their cross on
their own even though when the Fulani militants and herdsmen, or
indeed anyone else, commit genocide and mass murder against innocent
people in other parts of the country the Yoruba are always at the
forefront of speaking up for the victims.

Yet despite this wonderful quality of more often than not being our
brothers keeper, the people of the south west still harbour a number
of so-called leaders within their ranks who are more comfortable with
sleeping with the enemy than in defending or speaking up for their


Permit me to give just one example. A few renegades from the
south-west, whom I regard as the enemy within and the sons of perfidy,
have complained that my two part essay on the Hausa Fulani and Yoruba
clash in Ile Ife (tltled "The Hausa Fulani, The Yoruba and The
Slaughter In Ile-Ife") was "too harsh" and that it may even have
"compounded the problem".

They also complained about the follow-up that I wrote to that article
titled "The Sons and Daughters Of Ile-Ife: Butchered, Paraded and Now
Prisoners Of War" which came out last week.

Frankly I am at a loss to comprehend their baseless concerns and
criticisms or appreciate their warped logic.

How can one "compound the problem" by speaking the bitter truth?

How can one "compound the problem" by resisting evil and standing up
for ones own?

How can one "compound the problem" by standing against tyranny and
ethnic domination?

How can one "compound the problem" by objecting to mass murder,
genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity?

How can one "compund the problem" by pointing out that the Hausa
Fulani must stop killing other Nigerians wherever they go?

How can one can one "compound the problem" by saying that we refuse to
be sacrificial lambs or second class citizens in our own land?

How can one "compound the problem" by asserting that it is ungodly and
unacceptable for others to storm our territory, rape our women, burn
our homes, occupy our land, steal our farms, desecrate our places of
worship, kill our children and terrorise our people?

How can one "compound the problem" by contending that it is not only a
grave insult but also an affront to decency and justice that only the
Yoruba were arrested by the police after the carnage at Ile Ife even
though people from both sides were killed?

How can one "compound the problem" by rejecting the conspiracy of
silence, refusing to be a coward and saying "enough is enough?"

How can one "compound the problem" by saying that if the brutal
killings of our people does not stop that we will have no choice but
to reconsider being part of Nigeria and no qualms about exercising our
right of self-determination and thereby light the glorious flame of
the sovereign state and independent nation of Oduduwa?

Needless to say I offer no apology and neither do I have any regrets
for any of the things that I have said or written even if the
primitive and barely educated in our midst see things differently.

Some of the things they wrote, particularly in the pro-Government
newspapers and websites, were brought to my attention and frankly I
saw nothing but unadulterated rubbish.

I have never read so much puerile nonsense, infantile balderdash and
disjointed verbiage before in my entire life.

The traitors that joined hands with our collective enemies and led our
people into the jaws of death and the poisonous fangs of the ravenous
and insatiable Fulani monster still dont know who and what they are up
against or who and what they are dealing with.

They are slaves and cowards in body, spirit and soul. I have always
known that but what I didn't know is that they would also go as far as
to cast aspertions on the character and noble efforts of those of us
that are risking our lives and liberty by confronting the beast.

Instead of applauding us for doing what THEY ought to be doing they
are denigrating us and belittling our efforts.

They believe that if they say and do the right things the Hausa Fulani
will leave them alone and allow our people to live in peace. Little do
they know the monster.

They have also said that the area known as "Sabo" where the Hausa
Fulani live was the only place that their APC got votes in Ile-Ife
during the governorship and presidential elections.

Consequently they believe that they must protect the Hausa Fulanis
that live there and sacrifice the Yoruba.

People that reason, think and talk like that are evil. They are
nothing but vermin. They are scum and so are ALL those that share
their views.

They are traitors, cowards and cockroaches and they have sold the Ifes
and the Yoruba down the river.

They are playing politics with this grave and very serious issue
whilst the blood of their people is being shed and their traditional
rulers and sons and daughters are being falsely accused, detained and
locked up in distant and dingy underground cells.

They helped President Muhammadu Buhari to win power in 2015 yet they
have remained silent as his Hausa Fulani kinsmen have slaughtered
people ALL over the country in the last two years.

Not one word of objection or protest did they offer when confronted
with this monstrous outrage.

They even applauded and encouraged the killings and patted the
genocidal maniacs on the back.

When the beasts were done with the people of Southern Kaduna, Benue,
Enugu, Abia, Taraba, Delta, Plateau, Kogi, Kwara, Anambra, Imo, Edo,
Ebonyi and elsewhere and the same thing was done to their own Yoruba
kith and kin in Ile-Ife they were shocked beyond belief but they did
nothing except beg their Hausa Fulani friends.

They crawled and bowed before Rabiu Kwankwaso when he came to Ile Ife
to insult our people asking for compensation after the massacre.

They shivered and went on their knees before Abdulrahman Dambazau when
he came to Ile Ife to intimidate our people saying the Ifes must
behave themselves after the carnage.

They trembled and bowed before the Nigerian police when they paraded
our sons and daughters and a reverred traditional ruler before the
television cameras, labelled them as murderers and common criminals
and said they would prosecute them.

They clapped with joy and shouted "bravo" when the security and
intelligence agencies refused to arrest even ONE Hausa Fulani person
after they slaughtered and beheaded our people in the sanctity of
their own homes.

They sang and danced with joy and servile adoration when the northern
Inspector General of Police labelled the Yoruba as "criminals" and
attempted to justify the fact that no Hausa Fulani person was arrested
after the conflict.

Now they have been commissioned by the same Hausa Fulani-led
govermment to denigrate and insult those of us that have courageously
stood up, resisted the evil, exposed the truth, called the murderers
to order and encouraged our people to stand firm and stand tall.

What a useless heap of dung these cowardly animals are. It is no
wonder that so many people in our country WRONGLY label the Yoruba as
cowards that cannot be trusted in a fight.

They do not know that these cowardly dogs do not represent the Yoruba
but only their own stomachs.

The only thing that is worse than the evil agenda of those that
slaughter others at will in Nigeria are the slaves that are prepared
to work for them and destroy the destiny of millions of Yoruba for a

Yet they can be rest assured of one thing: their plan to dampen our
enthusiasm, break our resolve and destroy our efforts will not work.

Whatever they do or say we shall continue to sensitise our people
about the great evil that confronts them today and we shall strengthen
our resolve to resist the Buhari administration's scurillous attempt
to break our will, intimidate our people and destroy our future. (TO

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