Nigeria@60 and the Ahmadu Bello infamous speech of October 12, 1960 ~ By C. K. Ekeke
Since Nigeria gained its independence from her colonial master – Great Britain on October 1, 1960, this humongous nation, an amalgamation of nearly 350 variant ethnic groups with distinct language, religion, culture, social norms, etc., formed for the political and economic hegemony of Britain in Africa has not worked and may never work. Despite attaining such mature age, Nigeria continues to gyrate in a vicious circle. In spite of its size, an estimated population of 200 million and endowed abundant natural resources, Nigeria continues to flounder, fumble and stumble like a baby still learning to walk.
The nation and her citizens have never enjoyed any genuine freedom or political peace or national prosperity because of tribalism, ethnic hatred and clashes, marginalization, political irresponsibility and incompetent leadership, bribery and massive government corruption, injustice, indiscipline, religious ignorance, intolerance and violence, domestic terrorism and moral degradation. These and other vices continue to mar the country’s prospect for infrastructural development and human progress until today. In fact, Nigeria is also rapidly falling apart and disintegrating and the rulers care less about it.
The truth is that Nigeria is faced with serious challenges of nationhood and most politicians in power are timid to deal with it. A cursory look of the nation’s history and sordid past show why Nigeria continues to flounder and may not survive this time.
It is an established fact that Nigeria is a creation of the British Empire during the 19th century. When the Europeans, especially the British, French and Portuguese invaded the continent of Africa in search of slaves and mineral resources during the late 19th century, the kingdoms of Oyo, Bornu, Hausa, Benin, Bonny, Jukun, Idah, Aro, Igbos, Ibibio-Efiks, Ijaws and the Ogojas in the Western Coastline of Africa lived in peace and traded among themselves. These peoples and kingdoms had existed hundreds of years even before the coming of the Europeans. The peoples of these kingdoms and empires had deep political, social, religious, tribal and linguistic differences.
By the later part of 1890’s when the British invaded and conquered these kingdoms, and created a monstrous country, later named Nigeria for their political and economic interest and power rivalry with the French. And so, the peoples of Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, Ibo, Yoruba, Kalabari, and Ijaw were forced to live together without a well-defined set of core values that addressed national unity, patriotism and parameters to discourage social, cultural, religious and linguistic differences between the peoples of this new nation.
Flora Shaw, the wife of Lord Lugard, Nigeria’s second governor general suggested the name Nigeria for these variant groups of kingdoms and territories around Niger over which Britain had established a Protectorate.
Then Britain imposed a system of government and administration popularly known as “Indirect Rule” in which the local affairs were largely left in the hands of Nigerian traditional rulers such as the Emirs, Obas and Chiefs while the national affairs were completely controlled by the British officials. The political structure was also intended to preserve the tribal distinctions in her new found colonial empire.
While the North accepted the Indirect Rule without problems, some local leaders from the South, who had managed to receive some education through British established missionary schools in Nigeria, began to challenge the British system of “Indirect Rule.” Years later, a good number of Southern leaders including some Northern leaders aspired to share in the national government, which was the exclusive preserve of the British. Those elected to the congress were all British officials and the nationalists thought that the national administration did not represent the Nigerian masses and therefore protested against the British government to revise the 1922 constitution to include Nigerians in the Legislative Council.
And so nationalist leaders like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, Ernest Ikoli, H. O. Davis, Chief S. L. Akintola, Dr. M. I. Okpara, Solanke, and Eyo Ita among many others wisely challenged British style of government which was established for the people of Nigeria and most of Africa at that time. Through their struggle and pressure against the British colonial rule, Nigeria’s independence was granted due to the activities of people like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, who were the pioneers of the nationalist grievances against the British system of indirect rule. Nigeria received her independence from her colonial Britain on October 1, 1960.
On October 12, 1960, barely eleven days after the purported independence of Nigeria, the Premier of the Northern region, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, in a speech in Mecca, Saudi Arabia made the following statement:
“The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great-grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities of 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.”
Each time I read that speech by Ahmadu Bello – which was clearly a hate speech, I ask where were Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe – the Zik of Africa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo – the visionary leader of Yoruba land and many other so-called nationalist leaders of Nigeria? What did they do after reading that speech? What did they do when Alhaji Ahmadu Bello returned to Nigeria? Why did they ignore such an abominable and ridiculous statement to go unpunished? Alhaji Ahmadu Bello statement should have ended the forceful union and den of death called Nigeria. The bondage, backwardness and hell that Nigeria has become today would have been avoided.
The Ahamdu Bello statement was arrogant, obnoxious and distasteful. How in the world does anyone make such an abominable and satanic statement, and come back to Nigeria without serious repercussion. Why did the so-called founding fathers of Nigeria – Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Qwolowo, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, and others allow such arrogant and inflammatory statements to go unpunished? Nigeria should have ended on October 12, 1960 and saved the millions of lives that have been massacred over the years and the sorry state that Nigeria has become today.
Is Alhaji Ahmadu Bello God? Even God Almighty – the Creator and Sustainer of Life will not even say such loathsome statements to His creatures talk less than a mere mortal. The Holy Scripture tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Throughout the Scriptures, we read how the Creator commanded blessings upon His creation and lavished on them with gifts, abilities, and power to procreate and improve His creation. Every human-being is born with distinct gifts, skills, abilities, talents and knowledge to serve one another and to glorify God in heaven.
And here we are, a man, an uncircumcised person opens his mouth and says that he will “never allow them – referring to Southerners, to rule over us, and never allow them to have control over their future.” What an abominable, evil and wicked statement.
And over the years of Nigeria’s amalgamation, the Northern rulers and even their Southern counterparts who were by happenstance served as head of state or president have carried systemic policies – political, economic, religious, etc., carefully designed to impose islamization, impoverish and destroy the South – especially Biafrans in the Eastern region.
By the way, the question I like to ask the Fulani strangers in Nigeria; how does Nigeria – an amalgamation of nearly 400 variant ethnic groups become an estate of their great-grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio – a Fulani who was not even an indigene of the north? The Fulani were not originally inhabitants of the North but strangers who came from Futa Toro and Futa Jalon in Guinea and later settled in a tiny area of Sokoto and from there multiplied – leading a jihad against the Hausa kingdoms of the north of Nigeria. The forces of Usman dan Fodio slowly took over the Hausa kingdoms, capturing Gobir in 1808 and executing Yunfa. The war resulted in the creation of the Sokoto Caliphate, headed by Usman dan Fodio, which became one of the largest states in Africa in the 19th century.
I often wonder why the indigenous Peoples of Nigeria allowed this abomination to befall them. For Christians, what would they tell God on that fate day when they pass on? How would they explain their existence in this world – with all the gifts, abilities, talents, knowledge, etc., they were given. And yet, a man comes along from nowhere and denies them the freedom to live life to their fullest potential. This is not only a death sentence here on earth but an everlasting hellfire for those who claim to be sons and daughters of the Most High God. How would these gullible, cowardly and ignorant Nigerian Christians explain their misery on earth before God in heaven?
The Fulani strangers in Nigeria have been making these hateful, inflammatory and inciting statements for a long time.
In 2001, Muhammad Buhari, a former military ruler, Islamic leader and now president vowed at a seminar in Kaduna State.
“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 Sharia in the country”.
In any civilized society, Buhari’s commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria should have disqualified him from contesting the presidency. But in Nigeria, the so-called intellectuals, academicians, elites, opinion molders, journalists, constitutional lawyers, social thinkers, human rights activists, pro-democracy activists etc., are simply cowards, timid and frankly non-existent.
One of the absurdities of Nigeria is that Nigerians claim to be practicing constitutional democracy and rule of law but Islam does not believe in democracy but only in Sharia and Koran. Fulani want theocracy and Sharia law not democracy and constitution. The Fulani Jihadists, the Sokoto Caliphate and the Northern cabals do not believe that Nigeria is a secular state, but an Islamic state. Nigeria is not a secular democratic State but an Islamic country. Islam does not recognize or operate in democracy because there is no freedom of speech, ideas, opinion, etc. In Islam, it is against the law to question Koran and Sharia much less criticize it. You simply follow the rules. Islam is a political ideology and their justice system is Sharia. It is a totalitarian ideology and you cannot question or criticize it.
Buhari should have been in prison and should not have even qualified to run for any civilian office – because he committed treason when he truncated the democratically elected presidency of the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Dr. Alex Ekwueme in 1982.
Again, in 2012, Muhammadu Buhari, threatened that “If what happened in 2011 – alleging that PDP rigged the 2011 presidential, should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood.”
In 2011, after he lost the presidential, his inciting statements led to the massacre of hundreds of innocent citizens Nigeria especially in the North and Middle Belt by his Fulani jihadist sects – namely Boko haram, Fulani herders and Fulani bandits.
While visiting the Emir in his home town in Daura – Katsina, in May 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari said
“For Nigeria to divide now, it is better for all of us to jump into the sea and get drowned.” He vowed to crush peaceful Biafra agitators. – President Muhammadu Buhari, May 2016.
Muhammadu Buhari is held like a cult leader in Islamic North. He was a spokesperson for Boko haram terrorist sect and he vowed to see the total islamization and fulanization of the entire Nigeria territory. Buhari is also the grand patron of Miyetti Allah – sometimes called Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). Miyetti Allah is another terrorist organization operating mostly within Nigeria.
Other Northern cabals have been making these kinds of incisive and hateful statements.
In 2014 and 2017, Aliyu Ismaila Gwarzo, a former head of Nigerian State Security Services (DSS) during the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha said that Nigeria is Allah’s gift to the Fulani. On October 7, 2014, he threatened Koran or the Sword that the presidency must come to the north or ”When I say that the Presidency must come to the north next year I am referring to the Hausa-Fulani core north and not any northern Christian or Muslim minority tribe. The Christians in the north such as the Berom, the Tiv, the Kataf, the Jaba, the Zuru, the Sayyawa, the Bachama, the Jukun, the Idoma and all the others are nothing and the Muslim minorities in the north, including the Kanuri, the Nupe, the Igbira, the Babur, the Shuwa Arabs, the Marghur and all the others know that when we are talking about leadership in the north and in Nigeria, Allah has given it to us, the Hausa-Fulani.
In June 6, 2017, a coalition of sixteen Northern youth groups backed off-course by all the Emirs, Sultan of Sokoto, Kaduna mafia led by IBB, El- Rufai and others gathered in Kaduna house (Seat of Government) and issued what has been called “Kaduna Declaration,” in which the group gave an eviction quit order to Igbos residing in the northern states.
The quit notice order essentially states:
“We are hereby placing the Nigerian authorities and the entire nation on notice, that as from the 1st of October, 2017, we shall commence the implementation of visible actions to prove to the whole world that we are no longer part of any federal union that should do with the Igbo.”
According to this parasitic Arewa Youth groups, the eviction notice to Igbos to vacate the north within 3 months deadline of October 1, 2017, was in retaliation of the on-going agitation for sovereign State of Biafra and recent “Sit-At-home” Shutdown of SE/SS region on May 30, 2017 ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to honor their fallen heroes and heroines who perished during the genocidal war between Nigeria and Biafra from 1967 to 1970, which was a stunning success.
In 2019 – A House of Representatives member from Jigawa State, Hon. Farouk Adamu said that all the oil in the southern part of Nigeria belongs. “The oil in Bayelsa belongs to Jigawa .The oil in Delta belongs to Jigawa. And we shall do everything in our power even our blood to make sure that we get uninterrupted supply of the oil in Bayelsa and Delta”
On September 18, 2019 in a conversation with the former Minister of Aviation under President Goodluck Jonathan – Chief Fani Kayode, and Alify Gwarzo, a former head of Nigerian State Security Services (DSS) during the military dictatorship of General Sani Abacha.
Aliyu Ismaila Gwarzo made the following statement:
“The problem with you Southerners is that you can never understand the north. We are a mystery to you and you cannot comprehend us despite all your boasting that you are better than us. You claim to be educated but in fact you are uneducated and uncivilized. What do you know about education and what has it done for you? We Fulani toss a small bone to you from our table and you betray and fight each other like dogs for it. You crawl before us and beg us for crumbs. That is your lot in life. You are nothing more than beggars. Cowardly and contended slaves! Just like your fathers served us, so you shall serve us. Just as you serve us, so your children shall serve us. And just as your children shall serve us, so their children shall serve us. We are born to rule. Leadership is our blood.
No-one in this country can stop or change it. No-one can touch us. Allah has given us Nigeria. It is a gift to our forefathers from him. Our great grandfather Shaik Osman Dan Fodio and the Mujahadeen fought for it. Our grandfather the Saurdana, Sir Ahmadu Bello expanded our borders and frontiers. Our father President Muhammadu Buhari has come to complete the job and he is doing very well. You see the most effective chains are the invisible ones. We already have you in those chains but you just don’t know it. We took our power back in 2015. We will not release it to southerners or unbelievers again. Not in the next 100 years!
It is true that we came from Futa Toro and Futa Jalon many years ago and conquered the north. Now every inch of it belongs to us. Every Fulani, whether from Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Niger, Chad, Cameroon or anywhere else is our brother and has a right to be here with us. We are Fulani before Nigerian and our allegiance is to our Fulani brothers all over West Africa more than you. Now we will conquer the south and we do it in the name of “one Nigeria”. In that “one Nigeria” we shall remain the masters and you shall remain the slaves! None of you are going anywhere. Nigeria will never break. We will not allow it.”
The speech of Aliyu Ismaila Gwarzo essentially summarizes the bondage and hell that Nigeria has become today. And by the way, when I hear or read that the Fulani are born to rule and lead – I wonder if these uncircumcised and illiterate Fulani people truly comprehend what leadership is about. I ask, why are the Fulani not leading in all the countries in which they reside and parade their cows and cattle?
The Arewa and Fulani cabals have been making these kinds of incisive, insensitive and senseless statements and the various Indigenous Peoples and their leaders say or do nothing about it. And when these kinds of irrational statements are not confronted it, will lead to bondage, slavery, decadence, and degeneration of society that Nigeria has become today. This is so sad – only in Nigeria these anomalies and hateful speeches followed with satanic policies by the Fulani are tolerated.
When the issue of restructuring was on the table, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, former governor of Old Kaduna State said that Nigeria does not need restructuring. He said Yoruba, Igbo have no reason to complain of marginalization.
When Professor Ango Abdullahi, chair of Northern Elders Forum called for the break-up of Nigeria, the Northern elders, Arewa youths, disowned Ango Abdullahi for making such a statement. Yet, these northern politicians have been making such hateful and incisive statements and yet no one condemns them.
The Ahmadu Bello speech of October 12, 1960 and the systemic and satanic policies that the Fulani jihadists have pursued in Nigeria since then have led to the failed State that Nigeria has become and will ultimately lead to its downfall and demise.
Buhari has further deepened the division and destruction of Nigeria due to his ethnic, tribal, imperialistic and fascistic leadership style. Since President Muhammadu Buhari came into office in May 2015, his misguided leadership, unguarded comments, nepotism, hypocrisy and unwise actions have led to deepen the divide between the various ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Buhari has presided over the massacres of innocent citizens especially the Shiites Muslims and peaceful Biafrans seeking for freedom and displaced millions in the Middle Belt and former Eastern region of the country.
Today, his people – the Fulani herdsmen, Fulani bandits and Myetti Allah are raking havoc and causing mayhem all over Nigeria with impunity. They are committing all sorts of atrocities including destruction of farmlands, sacking of villages, raping of young and married women, and off-course massacres of arm-less innocent citizens with their assorted weapons including AK 47 and poisonous machete.
Fulani herdsmen have taken several communities and villages in the Middle Belt region in their evil agenda to Islamize the entire country. Today, Fulani herdsmen can easily come into your farms to feed their cattle and cows, destroying farms and if the owner complains, he or she is instantly butchered with no repercussions from the local, State and national government. In fact, the people cannot retaliate for fear of the military invading their community and massacring everyone. We are truly in a hot mess in Nigeria.
In addition to killings and massacre of the Christians, Biafran people who are mostly Christians are being rendered hopeless and useless through systemic exploitation, marginalization, political oppression, economic strangulation, religious brainwashing and most importantly using their military forces comprising of the Nigerian Army, Police, DSS, Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, and other means to humiliate, oppress, and torture them.
Buhari and his imposter are ruling with such hate against the non-Fulani tribes and especially against Ndigbo and the entire Biafran people. In essence, they have succeeded in ruining and destroying an already expired evil contraption, the so-called “giant of Africa.” Nigeria has been destroyed and nothing can save her from dissolution and perpetual death.
Yet despite the glaring atrocities, none of these Fulani herdsmen have been arrested, talk less punishing them for their heinous crimes against innocent, unarmed citizens. Rather, their political and religious leaders are busy defending them – including the Sultan of Sokoto, who claimed that these Fulani herders and bandits were foreigners. Yet, the federal government wants to want to create village settlements – RuGA for these same foreigners. What an imbecilic and idiotic excuse.
There is no doubt that Buhari is pursuing islamization and fulanization agenda – through grazing bill, RuGA, Water resources Bill, etc. APC, Buhari and his Fulani terrorists have destroyed Nigeria. There is no more future and hope for Nigeria and Nigerians. People who still believe in one-Nigeria myth and bunkum are either foolish, or stupid or simply idiotic and blind.
Nigeria under APC and President Muhammadu Buhari has been called all sorts of names – fantastically corrupt, shit-hole. According to the Global Peace Index, Nigeria ranked top among the most corrupt and most dangerous countries to live in Africa. It is also rated as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
In 2018, Nigeria was labeled the poverty capital of the world – ahead of India, and that is despite several hundred billion dollars in oil earnings over the last decade. In the same year, Open Doors – a non-profit organization that monitors persecuted Christians throughout the world ranked Nigeria as the most dangerous countries for Christians.
According to Pew Research Center, hundreds of thousands of Christians are killed every year, and many more have had their religious freedoms limited. Nigeria ranks third out of 163 countries on the Global Terrorism Index behind Iraq and Afghanistan, making it the third country most dangerous places to live on the planet. Recently, Nigeria was declared a terrorist and failed State.
In terms of prosperity, economic dominance, life expectancy and so on, Nigeria does not even make the list among the top ten in Africa. Nigeria has also the lowest primary school completion rates in the continent and the largest percentage of the 100 million children, mostly girls; who are out of school worldwide.
Nigeria is a nation that murders her intellectuals, freedom fighters and true leaders. Nigeria continues to exile her brightest minds, scholars, engineers, doctors, educationists, scientists, poets, writers and media professionals, philosophers, social thinkers, human rights activists, pro-democracy activists, and its young citizens.
A nation that continues to fail to educate her young generation, but instead murders them, a nation with institutionalized bias and hatred against its own people, discriminating against the potential segment of its own people, and goes on rampage killing unarmed young citizens.
A nation that does not maintain its infrastructures or build new ones but prefers to embezzle and launder public money overseas, money destined for Federal projects, State programs, community and rural development and human development. Nigeria has no regard for education which is the foundation, pillar and engine of economic growth and prosperity.
And these anomalies are happening and almost entrenched in Nigeria today because a selfish, greedy, envious, cultic, cowardly, incompetent politicians, dishonorable traditional rulers and religious bigots ever to exist on planet earth.
Nigeria is an absurdity because Nigeria claims to be practicing constitutional democracy, but they know very well that Islam does not believe in democracy but Sharia and Koran. Fulani want theocracy and Sharia law not democracy and constitution. The Fulani Jihadists, the Sokoto Caliphate, the Kaduna Mafia and the Northern cabals do not believe that Nigeria is a secular state, but an Islamic state.
Nigeria is not a secular democratic State but an Islamic country. Islam does not recognize or operate in democracy because there is no freedom of speech, ideas, opinion, etc. In Islam, it is against the law to question Koran and Sharia much less criticize it. You simply follow the rules. Islam is a political ideology and their justice system is Sharia. It is a totalitarian ideology and you cannot question or criticize it.
The earlier we understand this anomaly and absurdity that Nigeria is and peacefully divide the country the better for everyone so that people can accommodate their common interests politically, religiously, socially and otherwise.
I support 100% sit-at-home on October 1 issued by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu – the courageous leader of the biggest global mass movement of freedom fighters fighting against radical, Nigerian state-sponsored, Islamic terrorism that has slaughtered millions of Biafran people and is hell-bent on the occupation of Biafra land and Islamization of Biafran people. There is nothing to celebrate about a fantastically corrupt, shit-hole, terrorist and failed State.
Rev. Dr. C. K. Ekeke, is a theologian and leadership coach. He is the author of Leadership Wisdom – Keys for Authentic and Effective Leadership, among other books.