Fani Kay­ode: the hys­ter­ics of a grand loser (2)

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Not long ago, Femi Fani-Kay­ode, the church­less, hate mon­ger­ing Evan­ge­list, den­i­grated the Ig­bos; now he is re­cruit­ing them and just about ev­ery­one in South­ern Nige­ria to rebel against Fu­lani herds­men, read: the Buhari gov­ern­ment, be­cause as he has just dis­cov­ered, the herds­men are “vagabonds and va­grants.”

In the “The herds­men from hell”, his latest out­burst, the mis­guided grand loser called Femi Fani-Kay­ode, to­tally out of sync with civilised con­duct, took ex­treme lib­erty to la­bel the en­tire Fu­lani na­tion­al­ity as “ma­raud­ers and van­dals.” The at­ten­tion­seek­ing mis­be­got­ten chap also called for “the ex­pul­sion of all Fu­lani herds­men from the south­ern part of our coun­try.” Ob­vi­ously, this tribal brute, lack­ing fu­ture in a united Nige­ria gov­erned by the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and presided over by Muham­madu Buhari, en­vi­sions an in­ter-eth­nic war that may dis­unite Nige­ria and may be, just maybe, cre­ate for him an Oduduwa Re­pub­lic where he imag­ines he can thrive.

Fani Kay­ode al­leged, with­out the slight­est shred of ev­i­dence, that in the last few years, “the Fu­lani herds­men have at­tacked, rav­aged and pil­laged many ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties south of the River Niger and they have slaugh­tered and raped thou­sands of in­no­cent peo­ple in the South-South, the South-East and South­West­ern Nige­ria.”

De­spite hav­ing “one of their own in the Villa” (He’s prac­ti­cally abus­ing Muham­madu Buhari), our frus­trated and drown­ing pig-headed Dea­con, un­con­scionably de­scribes the Fu­lani herds­men as pur­vey­ors of ‘terror, in­tim­i­da­tion, theft, mur­der, rape, ab­duc­tion, mu­ti­la­tion, the vi­o­la­tion of the rights of oth­ers, the de­struc­tion of the land and crops of farm­ers and the de­struc­tion of prop­erty.” He claims the Fu­lani are rather like “the East African tse-tse fly: wher­ever they go they suck the blood of their hosts and like the lo­cust, they de­stroy ev­ery­thing in their path. They are like leeches: they in­dulge in a par­a­sitic mode of nutri­tion and they suck the blood of the car­cass un­til their vic­tim is left for dead.”

The con­ve­nient ex­cuse for all this hate cam­paign against the Fu­lani is the kid­nap of Chief Olu Falae from his farm by al­leged herds­men. Re­ports had it ear­lier that the marginalised and po­lit­i­cally de­clin­ing Chief was hav­ing run­ning bat­tles with some herds­men whose an­i­mals sup­pos­edly vi­o­lated his farm and ate his crops. In Fani-Kay­ode’s fer­tile imag­i­na­tion, the kid­nap of Falae was of­fi­cially sanc­tioned to pun­ish the Chief for his vig­or­ous sup­port for “na­tional con­fer­ence” and for his op­po­si­tion to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in the 2015 elec­tion! Blimey! Ex­cept for some­one with ri­otous thoughts, no one would imag­ine that a pa­per politi­cian like Falae could pose any po­lit­i­cal prob­lem to Buhari in any part of Nige­ria. Buhari’s APC had pub­licly op­posed Jonathan’s “na­tional con­fer­ence” from the be­gin­ning to the end and had re­fused to send rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The fact that APC and Buhari have won the elec­tion means that the rec­om­men­da­tions of this cir­cus of a con­fer­ence are dead on ar­rival. It fol­lows then that Chief Falae and his ilk had sim­ply wasted their time at­tend­ing and a doomed con­fer­ence. What else does Buhari need to prove af­ter he has beaten Falae in Ondo State, won the Yoruba votes and be­come Pres­i­dent, notwith­stand­ing the damned, noisy op­po­si­tion? In any case, Falae had al­ways been beaten in - Yoruba land - by North­ern can­di­dates!

The kid­nap­ping of Chief Olu Falae is a con­demnable crim­i­nal act and it’s up to the Nige­rian law en­force­ment agen­cies to ap­pre­hend those in­volved and pun­ish them ap­pro­pri­ately but it is not as if the Chief is the first or only im­por­tant Nige­rian kid­napped be­fore now. The 80-year old Al­haji Shet­tima Ali Mun­guno, First Re­pub­lic Min­is­ter, was kid­napped in Maiduguri, in May, 2013; Barr Mike Ozekhome was snatched in Benin, in Au­gust, 2013; Al­haji Abu Dan Kure was shang­haied in Sokoto in Novem­ber, 2013 and never over­came the trauma of his cap­tiv­ity and so he died shortly af­ter his re­lease; Rev­erend Ig­natius Kat­tey was equally hi­jacked in Port Har­court, in Septem­ber, 2013; Donu Kog­bara, a renowned jour­nal­ist was also ab­ducted in Port Har­court in Au­gust this year. The brother of the im­me­di­ate past DG of DSS and even a re­la­tion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan were kid­napped be­fore now. Were these peo­ple less im­por­tant than Olu Falae? Were they also kid­napped by Fu­lani herds­men? Did Fani-Kay­ode con­demn their ab­duc­tion?

Is the kid­nap­ping of Falae by sus­pected Fu­lani herds­men enough rea­son for any­one to make a blan­ket con­dem­na­tion of the group and call them “vagabonds and va­grants”? Was it the kid­nap of Falae that pained FaniKay­ode or the sus­pi­cion that the crime was per­pe­trated by the Fu­lani? No one should be gullible, there is no con­clu­sive ev­i­dence that those who kid­napped Chief Falae are Fu­lani, and we are not in court yet. Falae said his kid­nap­pers spoke Hausa, or did they speak Ful­fulde? It’s ir­ra­tional for Fani-Kay­ode to ma­lign the herds­men over a mat­ter that is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Even the in­most study of cur­rent re­al­i­ties does not war­rant Fani-Kay­ode’s hys­te­ria “that the Fu­lani herds­men are noth­ing less than the vanguard and covert armed wing of the Fu­lani rul­ing class which has man­aged to in­fil­trate the South un­der the guise of selling cows.” Why? Be­cause we are in a democ­racy and so the Fu­lani rul­ing class doesn’t re­ally need an armed wing, they rely on their sheer num­ber and in al­liance with oth­ers win elec­tions and take over gov­ern­ment; hence, there is ac­tu­ally no ba­sis for these “alien cat­tle-rear­ers” to “com­mence the whole­sale slaugh­ter of the in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion in their host states” as a means of ac­quir­ing power. I mean the Fu­lani are in power al­ready and Fani-Kay­ode has to live with that.

Our thor­oughly frus­trated and di­min­ish­ing Dea­con, Femi Fani-Kay­ode, ruled by self­in­ter­est, has aban­doned the Bi­ble and is fish­ing for a tribal war. What hap­pened to Adolf Hitler’s the­ory of race pu­rity?

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