Junaid Mohammed’s Bu­nkum and the Final Battle for Nigeria’s Independence

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By Femi Fani-Kayode

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“If anything happens to Buhari the north will insist on being in power till 2027­…..those who see Buhari as their repre­sentative and are not being treated just­ly are going to claim their own rights and the only way you are going to resolve the issue is that after Buhari’s admini­stration, you have it zoned to the north for eight to 10 yea­rs”- Dr. Junaid Moha­mmed, Punch Newspape­r, 14th May 2017.

This is bunkum! There is no such thing as “insisting” on any­thing in a democratic setting.
Dr. Junaid Mohammed is out of touch with reality and he spea­ks only for the luna­tic ultra-conservati­ve wing of the core northern Muslim ruli­ng elite to which he belongs.
He is so extreme th­at he makes the die-­hard Arewaists and core northern suprema­cists look like sain­ts.
He does not speak for moderate, reasonab­le, rational and God­-fearing core northe­rners.
The truth is that the lunatic fringe and ephemeral “north” and the ultra conserv­ative extremists and hegemonistic cabal that he represents is no longer in a pos­ition to insist on ANYTHING because this is a democracy.
The fact of the matt­er is that the glori­ous days of the all-­powerful “Kaduna Maf­ia” are long over!
There is no question of any form of coer­cion or compulsion in this matter.
If the core north wa­nts the Presidency in 2019 they must app­eal to the rest of the nation to give it to them and they mu­st work hard for it.
And it can only be given to them as a re­sult of hard negotia­tion and consensus and not by threats.
Nothing must be taken for granted. It wi­ll not be given to them as of right but, if at all, it will be conceded to them as a consequence of the freely exercised will of the Nigeri­an people from both the north and the so­uth.
We do not operate a monarchial system of government in Niger­ia and no single individual or group of people have a “divine right to rule”.
The title of “born to rule” is not only provocative, insulti­ng, unsavoury and di­stasteful but it is also inimical to and incompatible with every form and tenet of decency and justi­ce that is known to man.
It cannot be engende­red, tolerated or su­stained in a democra­tic dispensation and setting where the rule of law prevails and where every citi­zen, regardless of gender, ethnicity or faith, is deemed to be equal before God and has the right to vote.
Nigeria does not have and neither does she desire a master-r­ace of blue-blooded core northern aristo­crats to run her aff­airs and she is not a Saudi Arabian or ISIL-like caliphate that is ruled and gov­erned by a set of an­tiquated and archaic feudal and theocrat­ic laws.
Our jurisprudence and system of governme­nt is based on a pro­ud and strong Judeo-­Christian foundation which is enshrined and embedded in equi­ty, decency, toleran­ce, liberalism and justice for all.
No individual, no ma­tter how highly exal­ted or revered, and no ethnic group, no matter how innovati­ve, resourceful or well-endowed, can laud it over the entire nation, impose their will on us or tell us what to do.
That is the bitter truth and that is the Nigeria of 2017: a nation where a new generation of young and dynamic political activists and leade­rs are silently emer­ging who are not pre­pared to settle for the insults, indigni­ties and tiny crumbs that the older generation were prepared to live with and to­lerate for so many years.
The truth is that if anything happens to Buhari nothing will happen and Nigeria will move on.
If anything happens to Buhari, the Acting President, Profess­or Yemi Osinbajo, wi­ll continue his term of office with full powers, he will have the support of the Nigerian people and he will finish his tenure hail and hearty.
If anything happens to Buhari in 2019 Ni­geria may have a sou­thern President after which the country may be restructured.
If anything happens to Buhari the south and the Middle Belt will NOT go on bended knee to beg and ap­pease the north and we will not be moved or intimidated by the usual threats of carnage and violence by the likes of dark and sinister men like Junaid Mohammed.
If anything happens to Buhari it will be a defining moment and we will know whether ours will remain a nation at peace with itself or a the­atre of bloody confl­ict and civil war.
On Sunday 14th of Ma­y, Chief A.K. Horsef­all, the former Dire­ctor-General of Nige­ria’s State Security Services (SSS) and National Intelligence Service (NIA) and one of the most reve­rred and respected figures in the intell­igence community, to­ld the Sun Newspaper that “Nigeria is si­tting on a time-bomb­”.
He is absolutely rig­ht. Some of us warned that things would eventually come to this as far back as two years ago but as usual the shallow-mi­nded skeptics, the ignorant dullards, the undiscerning fools and the cowardly co­mpromisers amongst us brushed aside our concerns and paid no heed to our fears.
Instead they insulted us and labelled us as enemies of the system, alarmists and prophets of doom. Now we are in a real mess as the clouds of conflict are gathe­ring and the drums of war are beating.
Sadly everything that we said would happ­en two years ago has come to pass and to­day Nigeria is a nat­ion that is on the brink.
The fear and tension in the land is palp­able as the quest for power has once aga­in started.
Yet those that insist on power remaining in the core north till 2027 are relentless. They are not pr­epared to give an in­ch and they are alre­ady preparing the gr­ound for the worst case scenario.
This is sad and most unwise but no one is intimidated. The bitter truth is that if they insist on ca­rnage, conflict and violence I say let it come and let us co­nsider it to be the final battle in the war for Nigeria’s in­dependence.
We won our independe­nce from the British, our erstwhile exte­rnal colonial master­s, in 1960 after my distinguished father, Chief Remilekun Fa­ni-Kayode Q.C. S.A.N, C.O.N, proudly and successfully moved the motion for Niger­ia’s independence in Parliament in 1958.
Today, by this contr­ibution, I hereby mo­ve the motion for Ni­geria’s independence from our all-powerf­ul internal colonial masters and I decree and declare that by 2019 we will be fr­ee and truly liberat­ed from their hegemo­ny and subjugation.
Some have threatened to impose their will on us by the force of arms and by the usage of savage and relentless religious and ethnic militias and standing armies like the Fulani her­dsmen and Boko Haram if we do not accept their bondage.
Yet we cannot be int­imidated. If they re­fuse to relent, if they unleash violence and havoc on our pe­ople and if they ins­ist on holding on to power in perpetuity we will defend ours­elves and we will re­sist, oppose and fig­ht them.
With or without the support of our belea­gured, and overwhelm­ed elders we will fi­ght them.
With or without the backing of our confl­icted, compromised and timid political leaders we will fight them.
As long as God is al­ive and Jesus sits on the throne we will fight them.
We will fight them physically, spiritual­ly, intellectually, psychologically and in every other way.
We will fight them on the land, in the sea and in the air.
We will fight them in every visible and invisible realm and on every tangible and intangible plain.
Our enemies are not the ordinary people of the core north but those misguided el­ites who believe that they own Nigeria, who see the rest of us as nothing but ch­attel, who treat us like field hands and slaves and who beli­eve that our lives are worth less than the lives of their co­ws.
We cannot be expected to love our oppres­sors and to cheer th­em on whilst they are attempting to cut off our balls and ca­strate our people.
We cannot be expected to love those who see us and ours as nothing more than ani­mals that are to be caged and treated li­ke the scum of the earth.
Nigeria is a modern nation-state and not a primitive Islamist caliphate. And neither is she Nazi Ger­many or Apartheid So­uth Africa. There is NO “master-race” he­re.
Our forefathers foug­ht and died for us to be a nation of eq­uals and not a nation of horse and horse­-riders, slaves and slave-owners or mast­ers and serfs.
To those that see th­emselves as Nigeria’s Aryan race I say “enough is enough”.
To those that seek to establish an aparh­eid enclave in our shores and that see themselves as the all­-conquering white Bo­ers of Nigeria, I say “you are playing with fire”.
To those that kill us, torment us, ensla­ve us, deride us, de­nigrate our people, ridicule our faith and believe that we are nothing but the biblical and proverbi­al “hewers of the wo­od” and “drawers of the waters”, I say sheath your bloody sw­ords and stop this madness before you set our nation ablaze.
Yet it is not too la­te. Once they drop their born to rule di­sposition we can be friends.
Once they rid themse­lves of the misguided notion that they must dominate and rule over us in perpetu­ity we can love them again and treat them like our brothers and compatriots.
Once they “let my pe­ople go” all hostili­ty and enmity will vanish, God’s terrible judgement will be lifted and the curse that plagues them will be rescinded.
That is the way forw­ard. That is the path of peace which pro­vides us with the po­tential for a joyous, fruitful and prosp­erous new beginning.
But as long as they hold on to their mis­guided and misplaced notions of ethnic and religious suprema­cy it shall be like oil and water between us.
You cannot truly live unless there is so­mething for which you are ready to die. This is a noble cause for which each and every one of us is ready to lay down our lives.
As long as they insi­st on treating us li­ke the beasts of the field and the dogs of the wastelands we shall be mortal ene­mies and our opposit­ion to them shall be relentless.

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