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Is Nigeria a free nation or a conquered vassal state? By Femi Fani-Kayode

I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves”- Harriet Tubman. How can anyone describe Nigeria as a free nation when Sheik Othman Dan Fodio, the hero of the core Muslim north, the father of the Fulani Caliphate and the first Mahdi of Nigeria, once said, “Allah has bestowed on me and my people the historic duty to spread the holy faith of the Prophet throughout the Caliphate and convert these pagans. If they refuse to accept Allah and his Prophet we will wash the earth, the forests, the mountains, the rivers and the streams with their pagan blood. Ours is a holy and righteous calling. We are doing the work of Allah”. How can anyone describe Nigeria as a free nation when Sir Ahmadu Bello, the

How can anyone describe Nigeria as a free nation when Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Saurdana of Sokoto, the Premier of the Northern Region and the second Mahdi of Nigeria, once said, “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 use the minorities in the north as willing tools and the south as conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control over their future”.

What portion do those of us that are southerners and Middle Belters have in this so-called “free country” and why have we been consistently denied the right to decide whether we wish to remain in it by having a referendum? Were we born to be slaves whilst others were born to rule? God forbid it. My Christian faith teaches me that I am the head and not the tail. What portion do those of us that are southerners and Middle Belters have in this so-called “free country” and why have we been consistently denied the right to decide whether we wish to remain in it by having a referendum?

Were we born to be slaves whilst others were born to rule? God forbid it. My Christian faith teaches me that I am the head and not the tail. It teaches me that it is a sore sight and a great evil under the sun to see the sons of slaves riding on horseback whilst the sons of the King walk around on bare feet. It teaches me that we are the head and not the tail and that light

What portion do those of us that are southerners and Middle Belters have in this so-called “free country” and why have we been consistently denied the right to decide whether we wish to remain in it by having a referendum? Were we born to be slaves whilst others were born to rule? God forbid it. My Christian faith teaches me that I am the head and not the tail. What portion do those of us that are southerners and Middle Belters have in this so-called “free country” and why have we been consistently denied the right to decide whether we wish to remain in it by having a referendum?

Were we born to be slaves whilst others were born to rule? God forbid it. My Christian faith teaches me that I am the head and not the tail. It teaches me that it is a sore sight and a great evil under the sun to see the sons of slaves riding on horseback whilst the sons of the King walk around on bare feet. It teaches me that we are the head and not the tail and that light is meant to overcome darkness and not that darkness overcomes the light. The truth is that whichever way you look at it Nigeria is not free and Nigeria is not one nation. We are in bondage and servitude to the sons and daughters of Futa Jalon and we are badly divided.

That is the subject of this essay. Permit me to share some bitter truths here. I repeat, Nigeria is not a nation. As a matter of fact she was NEVER a nation. She is and has always been a monumental fraud and a manifestation of colonial Britain’s doublespeak and deceit. In 1947 she was rightly described as a “mere geographical expression” by Chief Obafemi Awolowo but since then she has degenerated even further. Today she is is no longer a “mere geographical expression” but instead a fully-fledged and dysfunctional vassal state and a colony of timid slaves that is owned lock, stock and barrel by the all-powerful, all-seeing and all-knowing Fulani hegemonists. Yet in their pitiful delusion and blissful ignorance some still claim that we are a free modern nation-state where all are equal.

My questions for those   that actually believe this nonsensical assertion and that espouse this erroneous notion are as follows: How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when Christian Religious Knowldge (CRK) is removed from the curriculum and Islamic Arabic Studies (IAS) is made compulsory? How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when the words Christ, Church, Christianity or Christian are not mentioned ONCE in the Constitution and when the word Sharia is mentioned 73 times, Grand Khadi 54 times, Islam 29 times and Muslims 10 times? How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when the Federal Government refuses to arrest the recalcitrant Arewa youths and lock them ALL up for their implicit threat to commit genocide against the Igbo if they don’t leave the north by 1st October?

How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when the Arewa youths can send an open letter to the Acting President describing the entire Igbo race as ingrates who have “not learnt their lessons from the past” and who “ought to be thrown out of the north” and “out of Nigeria?” How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when the the Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF) can tell the Federal Government that “Nigeria will boil”, that there will be “a crisis that will spiral beyond control if the Arewa youths are arrested” and that “the Presidency will not be allowed to go to the South under any circumstances in 2019?” How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when well-armed militants and herdsmen commit genocide against whole communities and yet not one of them has been arrested? How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when cows (yes cows!) drive children out of their classrooms in Edo and drive worshippers out of their churches in Benue? How can anyone describe Nigeria as free when those in power today together with the entire Hausa-Fuani ruling class have consistently said no to restructuring?

I could go on and on. What those that continuously threaten others with violence and carnage fail to appreciate is as follows: for every mujahadeen there is a crusader. For every tyrant there is a deliverer. For every oppressor there is a freedom fighter. For every globalist there is a nationalist. For every integrationist there is a separatist. For every lily-livered and chicken-hearted coward there is a courageous and valiant hero and for every Goliath there is a David. Yet despite our collective and pitiful servitude there is a silver lining on this very dark cloud.

The demand for restructuring or, failing that, self-determination and full-blown independence is now very strong amongst the progressive forces and the long-oppressed ethnic nationalities in the land. This, coupled with the demand by the leaders of the three southern zones that the Arewa youths must withdraw their threat to the Igbo, is commendable and historic. They have also issued a timely warning that an attack on the Igbo would be deemed as an attack on the entire south. This gives us hope. This indicates to us that the tree of liberty will soon be watered by the blood of the patriots and tyrants as it once was in the history of each and every one of the great western democracies. This proves that we are finally ready to pay the terrible price for our collective freedom and to make the necessary sacrifices. Simply put, the yoke and affliction of slavery and bondage shall soon be broken and Nigeria shall soon be free. The first Nigerian civil war was about keeping Nigeria one. The second will be about winning our freedom.
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