The one thing that is worse than being a slave is being a slave that loves his chains. For many decades, southern Nigerians have often through their actions and inactions, shown that they love their chains and don’t seem interested in welcoming any idea that bears some semblance of genuine freedom.
Despite the carefully-orchestrated scenarios created in recent times by the Fulani Oligarchy in Nigeria, the truth remains that to date, they still own Nigeria and are not prepared to give up an inch of their stronghold on the country for any reason.
The Lugardian contraption and geographical expression called Nigeria is surely an immensely endowed country, no doubt. It is blessed with both material and human resources. However, despite this abundance of resources, Nigeria has remained a very poor country simply because she hasn’t been able to remove the knee of the Fulani Oligarchy from her neck.
Africans have always been on the receiving end of injustice since the 17th century when slavery found its way into the continent after it was sanctioned by European countries. Interestingly, great effort was required to stop slavery in Africa after it stopped in other places. it took some time before the practice was halted in Africa. This slavery continued up until Nigeria’s forceful amalgamation.
The man who officiated this forceful marriage, Lugard wrote something that was quite insightful; ‘Slavery in Northern Provinces: I cannot here deal at any length with the subject of slavery, but the question of labour supply so intimately affects the development of Nigeria, that a few words regarding it will not be out of place. It was mentioned in paragraph two that in 1900 when the administration of Northern Nigeria reverted from the Chartered Company to the Crown, large armies led by Fulani chiefs annually raided for slaves, and had depopulated the country. With the conquest of the Moslem States, these organised raids were put to an end. By the abolition of the ‘legal status’ of slavery, a slave had the power to assert his freedom. It was not; however, illegal to possess a slave, but the status was a voluntary one. All children born after March 31st, 1901 were free at birth. The sudden abolition of the institution of domestic slavery would have produced social chaos, and the wholesale assertion of their freedom by slaves was therefore discouraged. A slave freed by redemption was, in native opinion and in his own eyes, truly a freeman, while one who was arbitrarily emancipated by the government (unless for good cause), or who asserted his freedom by desertion, was not. Redemption with the co-operation of the native courts was encouraged.’ [Lugard and the Amalgamation of Nigeria AHM Kirk-Greene pg. 120].
From the mind of Lugard, it was quite easy to deduce that the British colonial masters who were in charge of the Nigerian business enterprise had because of their numerical disadvantage decided to use local materials in this case, the Fulani as partners which came under indirect rule.
Before the arrival of the British to the shores of Nigeria, the Fulani were on a conquest mission, it thus appears that after the colonialists left, they resorted to completing what they began before that interruption. Ever since then, their actions have always pointed to the fact that their goal is the complete conquest of the Negros in Nigeria.
The Negro race has had to endure the indignity of organized slavery from the 15th until the 17th Century when the Europeans sanctioned it. Even after it ended, the Arabs kept at it. The attitude and arrogance of slave traders is behind many of the acts of inconsideration and disrespect of the Fulanis in the 21st Century. During the period of Amalgamation, Lugard was the ‘man on the spot’ for the British Crown. After Independence in 1960, the Fulanis became the ‘man on the spot’ representing British interest with the arrogance of a slave master.
Without fear of contradiction, one can easily say that the British handed Nigeria at independence in 1960 to the Hamite Fulani and since then both the British and the Fulani have continued to see Nigeria as their colony.
In September of 1949, the Western Regional Conference met in Ibadan to discuss the question of constitutional changes and recommended that states should be formed within a federal system on an ethnic or linguistic basis. The Western House of Assembly towards the end of 1950 restated their views that a settlement of boundary disputes was an essential condition of any satisfactory constitution for Nigeria. In September of 1952, eighteen months later, the Governor, Sir John Macpherson, announced his decision, which was published as Extraordinary Gazette No. 46 of the 3rd of September. All the British were interested in is to decide in favour of ‘man on the spot’ (the Fulani) for future dominance after independence though, a minority. The result is what we now see in the Fulani ‘born to rule’ mantra.
It is this subjugation that continued up to independence in 1960. Thereafter the subjugation continued by the Fulani to this date when the leader of the Miyetti Allah – Alhaji Bello Bodejo, an Association of which President Buhari is the patron, moved to say that the North Central States of Nigeria belong to them – the Fulani, by conquest. well, it must be clearly stated that this is a complete falsehood. The facts show that the Fulani were immigrants to Nigeria in the 18th century and whatever claim to any land in Nigeria was extinguished by the British conquest of Northern Nigeria in 1900.
In present-day Nigeria, it is also very clear from the facts that Miyetti Allah, President Buhari, and the Fulani are presently trying to ‘invade’ Nigeria as a whole with the mantra of ‘born to rule’ and Sharia, as the Fulani have no legitimate claim to an inch of land anywhere in Nigeria. The Fulani in Nigeria is still on Jihad even in the 21st century. It is clear from available facts that the Fulani have no claim to Nigeria and one is not too sure whether they want to be Nigerians. If they do, there is no reason they have continued to wage jihads against Nigerians or tried to compel Nigerian natives and Christians to convert to Islam and to replace democracy with Sharia.
These whole anomalies clearly speak to the reasons for Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, and now bandits that some Nigerians in authority have decided to continue where the British stopped after laying the foundation and complete indirect control of the country’s patrimony – oil and gas and not satisfied, want full control of minerals resources under the guise of Islamism.
The most unfortunate and humiliating aspect of Fulani neo-colonialism is the fact that we pay the Fulani (Negroid) colonisers which earned southern Nigerians the appellation of ‘useful idiots.’ We provide the funds from our oil and gas and the Negroids ride fellow Nigerians like donkeys. Till date, these things have not changed and they look destined to continue in perpetuity if Nigerians do not stand up to say no to them.
In conclusion, Nigerians must begin to take definite stands on these issues. The closest solution that seems like some redemption is a total overhaul and restructuring of the country, southern Nigerians must demand it with every fibre in them or unanimously call for the dismembering of the union if the Fulani Oligarchy continues to insist on the unworkable marriage. This madness should have an expiry date.