Below are excerpts from quotes of renowned leaders of Northern Nigeria as compiled by the former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.
The quotes denote the mindset of the average Northerner in relation to Nigeria’s existence and its unity, including the current president of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari.
“I have been given the sword of truth to defeat and conquer the enemies of Allah. I will establish the Caliphate to rule over all and Sakwoto shall be its capital. It is either the pagans and unbelievers accept sharia and the Koran or they accept the sword”- Sheik Usman Dan Fodio,1804.
“Since 1914, the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their backgrounds, in their religious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any sign of willingness to unite… Nigerian unity is only a British intention for the country”- Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, 1948.
“We the people of the north will continue our stated intention to conquer the south and to dip the Koran in the Atlantic ocean after the British leave our shores”- Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Saurdana of Sokoto and Premier of the Northern Region of Nigeria, 1957.
“The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great 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 and never allow them to have control over their future”- Sir Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Nigeria, 1961.
“I would rather employ a foreigner in the northern civil service than employ an Igbo. Igbos tend to always want to dominate others wherever they go and we do not want that in the north”- Sir Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Nigeria, 1963.
“I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God-willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia all over the country”- General Muhammadu Buhari, 2001.
“Muslims should only vote for Muslims and those who will defend their faith”- General Muhammadu Buhari, 2001.
“Why should Christians complain when limbs are being cut off in the name of sharia? After all these are Muslim limbs and not Christian ones”- General Muhammadu Buhari, 2001.
“Why are your (Yoruba) people killing my (Fulani) people”- General Muhammadu Buhari, 2001.
“By Allah we will not stop fighting until every Nigerian abides by sharia law. If you don’t abide we will kill you”- Sheik Abubakar Shekau, Leader of Boko Haram, 2014.
“An attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north”- General Muhammadu Buhari, 2013.
“The Fulani herdsmen are Nigerians and have a right to be here. They carry sticks and not dangerous weapons. If you want peace give them your land”- President Muhammadu Buhari, 2018.
I have no hate in me for anyone or for any group of people and neither do I believe in violence or seek to incite violence.
I am a lover of peace and a servant of truth. I am constrained to speak that truth no matter how bitter it is and no matter whose ox is gored. That is my calling and that is the purpose of this short contribution. Consider the following.
The agenda of the Fulani to own Nigeria and turn the indigenous people of our country into slaves is an ancient one. It started 215 years ago in 1804 and it has almost reached completion.
Those that are screaming about Fulani hegemony and northern domination today are like chickens whose heads have already been cut off. They are crying over spilt milk.
They are lamenting long after the horse has already bolted from the stable. They are like the proverbial frog that was dropped in a pot of cold water and that was slowly boiled alive.
This is not just a matter of Fulani hegemony and northern domination: we are long past that stage and it is far worse than that.
It is nothing less than the full manifestation of total and complete Fulani subjugation and the final entrenchment of northern supremacy. As leaders we were cowardly and complacent and now the worse has befallen our people. Today the Fulani and the core north own Nigeria and virtually everyone in it lock, stock and barrel.
Whether we choose to accept it or not that is the bitter truth. That is where we are! Worse still 90% of southern and Middle Belt leaders have made a choice to bend the knee and bow to the Fulani north.
The few that have stood up to them over the last 100 years have either been killed, jailed, frustrated, humiliated or discredited.
In my generation there are only a few men left standing in the fight for emancipation from the northern yoke and they are mostly unknown, unsung and not fully appreciated.
Amongst them are Nnamdi Kanu, Gani Adams, Asari Dokubo, Yinka Odumakin, Gboyega Adejumo, Tony Nnadi, Adekunle Odunmorayo, Otoks Princewill, Michael Orobator, Shola Salako, Akin Osuntokun, Demola Folarin, Kole Omololu, Jack McGunn, Shaka Momodu, Yemi Adebowale, Ayo Fayose and a handful of others.
Then you have groups like Afenifere, Ohaeneze, OPC, PANDEM, the Middle Belt Forum, SOKAPU, IPOB, the Avengers, MEND, Ijaw Youth Congress, Yoruba Summit Group, YOLICOM, MASSOB, CAN, Christian Elders Forum and a few others who have also stood firm and who have also been steadfast and unflinching.
Without the continuous efforts, contribution, strength and vision of such individuals and such groups and without their gallant struggle against our collective oppressors we shall all be fully enslaved and be speaking Fulfulde in the next 10 years.
Virtually everyone else and every other group has been cowed and intimidated into submission and they all lament and complain about their pathetic condition of enslavement and servitude in whispered tones and behind closed doors. They dare not speak out loudly and boldly out of fear of the Fulani masters.
This is the tragedy that has befallen Nigeria: cowardice and capitulation to evil and the forces of darkness is now considered to be a virtue whilst courage and strong resistance to ethnic domination, racism, religious bigotry, injustice and tyranny is regarded as a vice. May God deliver us!
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