Sunday, 3 June 2018

Dateline Nigeria: HISTORY ABOUT TO REPEAT ITSELF WHILST THE WORLD LOOKS ON AGAIN

Pls read this by Ogbo Awoke Ogbo

Othman Dan Fodio is Not Done with Nigeria Yet - That's the Crux of the Whoooole Matter!

Nigeria is not dealing with religion. Nigeria is not dealing terrorism. Nigeria is not dealing with ethnic suspicion and tribal hatred - we really don't have issues with each other on personal levels. (Of my top five friends on earth, two are Yoruba, one Tiv, one Efik, one Igbo. And many of you don't know but I have Yoruba in-laws, nieces and nephews. So, don’t get these things twisted, if I must borrow the expiring slang of Nigerian teenagers.

)••• Nigeria is not dealing with corruption (or kwaraption, its current version).
Nigeria is not dealing with leadership crisis - we’ve been crying about leadership since 1914.

So, what is Nigeria dealing with? Nature - One simple Law of Nature - that if you refuse to learn from history, history will destroy you!

Nature is stubborn! Nature has this uncanny persistence that its lesson MUST be learnt before any progress can be made. And so, for 100 years, Nigeria has pined away on the same spot. Same stories. Same problems, same people, same mindset, same insanity. Nigeria thinks it can beat nature to its laws - repeating the same follies and expecting miracles.

••• We have learnt little from remote and immediate history.

Very little! Perhaps no one captures the peril of our ignorance of history better than Sanusi Lamido Sanusi himself, the current Emir of Kano. Hear him:  "There is a new Igbo man, who was not born in 1966 and neither knows nor cares about Nzeogwu and Ojukwu. There are Igbo men on the street who were never Biafrans. They were born Nigerians, are Nigerians, but suffer because of actions of earlier generations. 

They will soon decide that it is better to fight their own war, and may be find an honorable peace, than to remain in this contemptible state in perpetuity. The Northern Bourgeoisie and the Yoruba Bourgeoisie have exacted their pound of flesh from the Igbos. For one Sardauna, one Tafawa Balewa, one Akintola and one Okotie-Eboh, hundreds of thousands have died and suffered. If this issue is not addressed immediately, no conference will solve Nigeria´s problems.”That was prophetic ... 1999.••• Look at those pictures in the post very well. I was there.

That was my generation. I was only five years old but I vividly recall those protruding bellies. I vividly recall standing in a long queue for a bowl of powdered milk being distributed by the Swiss Red Cross at the Ugoni Primary School, Okposi. I vividly recall the rich, heavenly taste of that heavily fortified milk as it made love with my grateful tongue. I vividly recall that first touch from the Swiss Red Cross.

••• My mother was a nurse during the War, a trained nurse. It was from her that I first heard the word “kwashiorkor” from which many children had perished. She treated scores of kwashiorkor children at our home.

Civil War! So, the handlers of Nigeria terminated the study of history in Nigerian schools — deliberately. Can you imagine a sensible nation hiding its history? Partly to hide the atrocities of that pogrom from the memories of upcoming generations. But you don’t hide problems; you solve them. Every plea for the terms of the Nigerian water and oil union to be negotiated have been met with the demonic stubbornness that “Nigeria cannot be negotiated!” Says who?

••• And because history was banned from the school curriculum, we have a generation of Nigerian youth who know more about Arsenal, Manchester and Chelsea than their own reason for existence.
They are taught like parrots to sing a “national anthem” that has zero meaning.

Ø  For instance, what is the meaning of the phrase “where peace and justice shall reign”
Ø  or the more annoying “the labours of our heroes’ past?”

 Who exactly are these heroes’ past and what were their labours that won’t be in vain?

* Was Ahmadu Bello a hero? Yes… to the Northerners.
* Was Awolowo a hero? Yes, but don’t mention that to the Igbo man.
* Was Azikiwe a hero? Perhaps, but to only a few people in the East.
* Was Ojukwu a hero? Yes, but a Northerner wouldn’t drive through an Ikemba Nnewi Street.

So, who exactly were these heroes past? Grand deception. If there were ever any heroes past, nobody mentions them.

••• And what do we now have?  Exactly the same setup we had in 1966!

The North-West Alliance called APC, the government sponsored pogroms in the Middle Belt, the demonization of one particular tribe and the strategic militarization of the Fulani herdsmen. But here’s why we will never fight another war in Nigeria: It is not necessary anymore. On good authority.

There is a better instrument. But let’s go back a little bit — like two or three hundred years. You have to do your own research too. Many Nigerians have parboiled brains. They only think in one direction - their inherited beliefs, what others told them, and beer parlour conversations they listened to.

First, you will NEVER understand the genesis and prognosis of Nigeria’s intractable troubles until you give a vigilant analysis to the revealing declaration of Ahmadu Bello’s on 12th October,1960:
“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”.

Three years before then, in 1957, the very same Bello had openly declared: “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.” (Underline dip the Koran.)
And so that you don’t think that the conquest and enslavement of the South was only in Ahmadu Bello’s imagination, here is what Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first Prime Minister had said in 1947-- it's shocking from the mouth of a "hero past:

"““We do not want our Southern neighbours to interfere in our development. We have never associated ourselves with the activities of these people. We do not know them, we do not recognize them, and we share no responsibility in their actions. We shall demand our rights when the time is ripe. If the British quit Nigeria now at this stage, the Northern people would continue their uninterrupted conquest to the sea.” (UNDERLINE: UNINTERRUPTED CONQUEST TO THE SEA)

••• Believe me, people in the South might be stupidly naive but the North isn’t! You derogatorily call them ‘aboki.” Yet, with all your PhD’s and conquests of Math, Economics and English (the white man’s language), you still can’t match the stealth, the consistency, the strategy, the unity and the brilliant execution of the people you look down upon as ’abokis.’ Here’s is the incontrovertible thesis:

No one will EVER understand Nigeria’s troubles or its solutions until he digs into Ahmadu Bello’s charge of October 1960. You will never understand why the “Fulani herdsmen” have strategically occupied every land space in the South. You will never understand the open visa arrangements being sought with die-hard Islamic countries. You will never understand the meetings in Saudi Arabia.

You will never understand the so-called Grazing Bill that is hopefully dead on arrival. 

You will never understand the new school curriculum of unequal yoke of unrelated subjects of Islam and Christianity.

Also, Ahmadu Bello gave us another deep hint for the endless blood flow in Nigeria: Othman (or Usman or Uthman) dan Fodio, the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate! 

I learnt about Usman Dan Fodio in my Primary School history, and later in Secondary School. His courage, his rise to power and conquests fascinated me as an adventurous little boy.  Little did I know that I wasn’t done with Usman dan Fodio.  He may have died in 1817 as we were taught but his spirit is alive and well and poised for more trouble. (Reread Ahmadu Bello’s statement.)

Dan Fodio is not done yet - that is the crux of Nigeria's troubles!

I repeat, if you do not understand Ahmadu Bello’s vow, echoed by the then seemingly harmless Balewa, and resurrected in the current leader of Nigeria; and if you do not understand the role of the British in the evil that took residence in Nigeria, please respect yourself and go sit down. And if possible shut up. Because until you do, you will never appreciate why we are where we are, and why the future remains precarious unless our collective consciousness acknowledges and confronts these undercurrents.

••• Nigeria is in … I think Americans call it … “deep sh*t.” But I have hope.
The yoke shall be broken. Not by bravado. Not by war. Not by more bloodshed. But by one single stone. The destiny of every Goliath is a little pebble to his forehead. Every Goliath has a pebble with his name on it.

Just one more insight into dan Fodio before I let the wise be wise and the fool be fool. Dan Fodio’s impressive jihads were finally wedged at Ilorin and Upper Benue. But then, he left a dying request, which isn’t a secret anymore - that his followers must dip the Quran into the Atlantic! 

And let me tell you this: Lebanon learnt their lesson too late. While you may pride yourself in being “open minded” about these things, the scions of Othman Dan Fodio do not play by the same rules. The Quran has been dipped in the Atlantic via the Ilorin route.

Ever wondered why the very last street bordering Nigeria and the Atlantic Ocean was named Ahmadu Bello Way?

••• Here’s the summary of the current affairs in Nigeria: 

The Quran is not yet dipped into the Atlantic through Benue and Igboland. Second, another powerful scion of Dan Fodio is now the Commander in Chief, who also doubles as the Grand Patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria. Don’t smell something if you don't want to! “Kwaraption” my foot!

As usual, I will get names and attacks after this article. But hey, your praise or criticism means nada to me. I’m too old to write to impress you. And I'm already as famous as I never wanted to be. There is NOTHING in this article you cannot find in the public domain if you do just a little research and a little thinking. So what’s your beef with reality?

••• If you have better information backed with facts, you’d better present it to the world rather than the usual dim-witted comments like “Ogbo, you’re a fool” or the favourite blackmail type “Ogbo, you’re stirring up hatred.”

The one that trips me most is “Be patient, the President is working on something … Rome was not built in a day!” This has nothing to do with patience! Neither with Rome! If you were hungry and knew food was cooking in the pot, being patient makes perfect sense. But suppose what is in the pot isn’t food?

••• The signs are so glaring even the blind could see them. Armed “Fulani herdsmen”
have mapped out our villages; they have literally occupied every inch of our ancestral lands. They are applying the secret spiritual principle that states that “every place the sole of your feet shall touch I shall give you.


“But the saints and sinners alike are snoring! Those who are awake are arguing with the signboard!”


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Sunday, 18 February 2018

The history of the Fulani migration and the violent land acquisition agenda


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Kingdoms that accommodated Fulani herdsmen in the past were eventually overthrown by the Fulani. In all situations, these herdsmen took up arms and fought for a Fulani leader to overthrow the kingdoms that accommodated them and their cattle. Examples in history:

The first Fulani Jihad was at Futa Jallon. Fulani pastoralists migrated here in large numbers from North Africa in the 1600’s (they migrated in smaller factions earlier). Futa Jallon was a mountainous rich agricultural land. Shortly after the Pastoralist migrations, Fulani clerics migrated as well. they were called Ulamas. In 1726, the Fulani community elected one of their own by the name Ibrahim Musa as their leader and gave him the title of Al – Imam (Leader of the Muslim community). Shortly after his election he proclaimed a jihad against the local rulers of the region and enlisted the herdsmen as soldiers in his Jihad. His successor after his death and new Al- Iman, Ibrahim Sori completed the Jihad in 1776. The new Fulani aristocracy drove out many of the natives. Those they did not drive out, they enslaved. Slave trade thrived in the region after the Jihad, this was when the slave castle at Goree Island (Point of no return) was built. They captured mostly the people of the Mandika tribe (this was the tribe of Kunta Kinte)

Another region not far from Futa Jallon was Futa Toro. It was rich in Agriculture and the stretch of the Senegal river passed through it. By the banks of this river was fertile farmlands. This region was of great important to the Fulani pastoralists who migrated to the region around the same time they migrated to Futa Jallon. They could have the cattle feed and drink by the banks of the river. shortly after the herdsmen arrived, clerics migrated as well. They formed the majority of the Torobde clerics. A Fulani cleric called Sulayman Bal was nominated by the clerics as the spiritual leader. in the year 1776, Sulayman Bal launched a Jihad against the Denyanke dynasty and enlisted herdsmen into his army of the faithful. They were overthrown and replaced with a new aristocracy of Fulani leaders. He died while trying to expand the empire to the regions of Trarzas. His successor, Abd al- Qadir completed the expansion and expanded the empire Southeast.

In our own Nigeria, the Fulani migrated as herdsmen and lived in communities. As at the time Dan Fodio arrived, they had Fulani leaders in almost all the Hausa City states with a large concentration in Katsina and Kano. These leaders included Moyijo at Kebbi, Mohammadu Namoda at Zamfara, Salihu and Mohamadu Dabo of Kano. Very much like the previous Jihads, Dan Fodio was recognized as the leading cleric and given the title of ‘Sarkin Musulmi.’ (Leader of the Faithful). He formed a community after his confrontation with the authorities at Gobir and called on the faithfuls to join him, from the community he lauched his Jihad. Majority of his soldiers were herdsmen and another faction natives that fell for his charismatic leadership. Dan Fodio would eventually give flags of leadership to the Fulani leaders of the various Hausa cities. By far, the Dan Fodio’s Jihad was the most successful and all Fulani Jihads in West Africa. He would also replace the Hausa kings with Fulani aristocrats, and like the previous Fulbe leaders, the new empire was hostile to the natives. Their lands were taken from them and they were relegated to second class citizens in their ancestral homeland. Many of them were forced into slavery under an oppressive feudal system and others sold to Arab slave traders. 

At Ilorin, the shortsighted rebel Afonja made it so easy for the Fulani to get rid of him. Unlike the other kingdoms where they migrated on their free will and chose their spiritual leader, Afonja personally wooed the Fulani to his kingdom and appointed Alimi as the cleric of the province. Both vital foundations for a fulani takeover was given on a platter of gold by warlord. very much as in all cases, the Fulani got rid of him and ensured the throne of Ilorin for their kinsman. 
So Far, they have not been able to invade beyond Ilorin. The warriors at Ibadan fought them back as well as Benin warriors. To conquer the south, it is important to have Fulani herdsmen and clerics stationed in the land. It is important to indoctrinate natives who profess same religion with them to trade ther ancestry for a religious theocracy of a divine cleric. (among the Yoruba people, they will succeed as they did in the old Ilorin emirates when many natives of old Oyo empire enlisted in the army of Alimi’s descendants to invade villages under Oyo and capture their fellow kinsmen as slaves to be sold to the Portuguese)

All observations of history prove beyond doubt that giving colonies and settlements to Fulani people under the guise of land for grazing is very dangerous. The Fulani is obsessed to conquer the South and take it from the ancestral owners like they did to the Hausas. The South owns the Ports and oil. It owns the best companies and rainforests. That is what they secretly want and not grazing land for cows. With scattered Fulani settlements in the south, they will bring their clerics and launch a new phase of Jihads from our base…. Cattle colonies is a plan to conquer the South. Herdsmen are foot soldiers of Fulani empire and the demand for lands in the South is a first step in future to take over the ancestral lands of the Southern people.  
By Gbonka Ebiri

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Hugh Masekela dies aged 78






Trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela, known as the “father of South African jazz” who used his music in the fight against apartheid, has died from prostate cancer, his family said on Tuesday. He was 78.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Masekela gained international recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as “Soweto Blues”, which served as one of the soundtracks to the anti-apartheid movement.
Following the end of white-minority rule, he opened the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup Kick-Off Concert and performed at the event’s opening ceremony in Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium.
“Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions,” a statement on behalf of the Masekela family said.
“Rest in power beloved, you are forever in our hearts.”
His son, Sal, recalled memories of being dragged around the jazz clubs of Manhattan by his father aged just five.

“He would steal the hearts and souls of innocents with a musical storytelling all his own,” Sal posted on his Facebook page.
“It was these moments and his choosing to take me around the globe any chance he got, that would come to shape my entire world view.”
Masekela’s song “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)”, written while he was in living in exile, called for the release of the-then imprisoned Mandela and was banned by the apartheid regime.

South African President Jacob Zuma said the nation would mourn a man who “kept the torch of freedom alive”.
“It is an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large. His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten,” Zuma said in a statement.
Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa tweeted: “A baobab tree has fallen, the nation has lost a one of a kind.”

After honing his craft as a teenager, Masekela left South Africa aged 21 to begin three decades in exile.
His global appeal hit new heights in 1968 when his instrumental single “Grazin’ in the Grass” went to number one in the U.S. charts.

As well as close friendships with jazz legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Mingus, Masekela also recorded with the Byrds and performed alongside stars such as Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix at the famed 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
Still performing 50 years on, he toured Europe in 2012 with Paul Simon to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his classic album “Graceland” in an African musical extravaganza.
He was married to singer and activist Miriam Makeba, known as “Mama Africa”, from 1964 to 1966.


British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that Masekela was “a titan of jazz and of the anti-apartheid struggle”.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Dictator’s end - Robert Mugabe bows out finally




It was a remarkable fall for a man who bragged he would keep on ruling “until God says come” and whose wife, Grace, until recently a powerful figure in Zanu-PF, had said that if should he die before an election scheduled for next year, the party would “field him as a corpse”.
As dusk fell, Harare rang with hooting car horns and the shouts and songs of an overjoyed people. Soldiers and tanks stationed throughout the city since taking control a week ago kept guard calmly. Few had expected Mr Mugabe to stand down willingly after 37 years in power, even after the army, his own party and his people all demanded that he go. The impeachment process, which began on Tuesday, had been expected to drag out for weeks. Instead it was over within a few hours. Mr Mugabe, in an uncharacteristically brief letter, said he was stepping down voluntarily “with immediate effect”.
Yet the country now freed from the tyranny of Mr Mugabe is badly damaged. Its economy is shrinking, many of its banks are probably bust and it is suffering from a crippling shortage of hard currency. And it is not yet freed from a ruling party that, under Mugabe, has systematically rigged elections and beaten up members of the opposition while allowing its leading figures to gorge themselves on stolen wealth.

Amid the jubilation at Mr Mugabe’s end, Zimbabweans await the ascendancy of another deeply flawed figure, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former vice-president sacked by Mr Mugabe on November 6th. It was this misstep by Mr Mugabe that set in motion his dramatic fall. Mr Mnangagwa fled the country after being fired, saying his life was in danger, and he has not been seen in public since. Yet his path to the highest office seems assured. On Sunday his party nominated him as its president and he is poised to take power, potentially in the next 48 hours. “This is wonderful. It means a new era,” said Josiah Hungwe, a Zanu-PF minister. “From now the hard work begins.”

Just like the longest running soap opera - the dictator was no more. As Zimbabwe’s parliament began impeachment proceedings against Robert Mugabe, who had stubbornly refused to step down despite a country rising against him, a hush came over the joint session of senators and MPs. The speaker rose, in his hand a letter. Mr Mugabe had resigned. The room roared. “We have set ourselves free,” said one dancing man, a member of the central committee of Zanu-PF, the ruling party. “Mugabe is down. It is our time now.”





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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA

Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi To President Buhari:

Change should start with the National assembly: = A Senator receives N36,000,000 (thirty-six million Naira) monthly. If this is divided into two = N18,000,000 million (Eighteen million Naira). The second half which is N18,000,000 (eighteen million Naira) can be used to employ 200 Nigerians, each earning a salary of N90,000 (ninety thousand Naira) monthly. When you multiply 200 people with the number of Senators (109), this will give 21,800 Nigerians gainful employment. In short, 200 Nigerians will be able to live a comfortable life on half a Senator’s monthly salary.
A member of the House of Representatives receives a salary of N25,000,000 (tenty-five million Naira) monthly. If this salary is divided in two = N12,500,000 (twelve million and five hundred thousand Naira). The other half, which is the sum of N12,500,000 (twelve million and five hundred thousand Naira) will be enough to employ 135 Nigerians with a monthly salary of N92.500 (ninety-two thousand and five hundred Naira) each. Nigeria has 360 Members of the House of Representatives, half of their salaries can employ 48,600 Nigerians who can live comfortable lives.
So, Baba Buhari’s Administration can employ 70,400 Nigerians with monthly salaries ranging from N90,000 to N92.500 accordingly. This is just by dividing the salaries of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives. Half their present salaries is more than enough for them in a country where majority of Nigerians live on less than a dollar a day. (Now think of all the other over bloated salaries and allowances of Ministers and others)
You may try this idea Your Excellency, the President...
Nigerians, spread this message to Senators and Members of the House of Representatives and others prick their conscience if they have any and to let them know how many Nigerians are not working because of their greed.
Transformation should start from the Congress!
GOD HELP NIGERIA. 


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