NIGERIA'S THIRD MAHDI AND THE LAST OF THE
Forgive me for my curious silence over the last
few months but this was due to circumstances
beyond my control.
As you know I was locked up in President
Buhari's gulag and I was not allowed to write
Needless to say I missed all my readers. I have
chosen to share my views about our nation today
because I am aware of the fact that President
Buhari has not finished with me yet and I may be
picked up and thrown into detention on other
trumped up charges very soon. This government
will do and say anything to silence my voice but
they shall not prevail.
Whatever the case my safety, life and future lies
in the hands of God and not theirs. Despite the
obvious dangers and various warnings that I have
received from both my persecutors and well-
wishers I shall continue to write as long as God
gives me life and liberty.
It is not what happens to me that matters but
rather what happens to Nigeria and the millions
of ordinary people that are suffering in our
country from the daily oppression of our modern-
day slave masters. That aside, permit me to
share my views.
A couple of weeks ago a 73 year old Christian
grandmother was beheaded in Kano because she
asked some muslims to stop washing their feet
in front of her door before their prayers.
A few days later a female pastor of the
Redeemed Church of God was hacked to pieces
by a mob of muslims in the Kubwa district of
Abuja simply for doing her morning cry of
evangelism and urging the people to give their
lives to Christ.
Not too long after that two hundred muslim
youths burnt down a Catholic Church and
attacked worshippers in Niger state claiming that
they had no right to go to church on a friday
because it was the muslim day of worship.
A few days later a Christian traditional ruler in
Plateau state was matcheted to death by a
group of Muslim militants and Fulani herdsmen.
Such attacks are now common place in our
country and they are no longer isolated events.
Worse still cases of institutional racism and
religious bigotry are on the rise because our
government appears to be encouraging it. Permit
me to share one example.
During my prolonged detention at the EFCC a
group of cell mates were conducting an all night
christian prayer. All of a sudden the cell guards
burst in and screamed at them saying that this
"nonsense" must stop and they must go to sleep
The inmates complied sheepishly out of fear and
the prayers stopped. It was one a.m. in the
morning. I was in the opposite set of cells but I
heard all the noise and warnings of the guards.
I sent for one of them and I asked him why he
stopped the inmates from doing an all night
prayer. His response was that that was efcc
policy because the prayers were too loud and
they may be planning an escape. I told him that
all he had to do was to ask them to lower their
And that God and prayer was all they had. I also
told him that if the inmates that were praying
were muslims he would not have ordered them
to stop. He stormed off in anger.
The efcc has become a tool of oppression in the
hands of the core muslim north who are using it
to crush dissent and silence the opposition.
This assertion is confirmed by the fact that 98
per cent of those that are detained be the efcc
for 2 days or more are southerners and middle
belters whilst 98 per cent of those that run the
agency at the top are from the core muslim
Worse still the lingua franca of the agency is
hausa whilst the overwhelming majority of
detainees are christians both in Lagos and Abuja.
Core northern detainees are treated like royalty
whilst Middle Belt and southern inmates are
treated like filth.
Just as the Nigerian military was an institution
that was designed and used to suppress and
intimidate all the so-called lesser ethnic groups
in Nigeria between july 29th 1966 and May 29th
1999 so it is with the EFCC today.
That is how emboldened the hegemonists in our
midst have become and that is the level of
barbarity that we have descended to as a nation.
Yet it gets even worse. Just a few weeks ago,
the Minister of Internal Affairs told a bewildered
nation that the Sultan of Sokoto (the leader if
rhe Muslim community in Nigeria) "directed" him
to declare a particular day of the week a public
holiday. Without any hesitation he complied with
despatch and, with pride, he announced it to the
public. Welcome to the Islamic Republic of
Nigeria where the caliphate rules.
Is it any wonder that every single one of the
numerous security and intelligence agencies in
our country except for one is headed by a
Whether it be the army, the navy, the air force,
the police, the Department of State Security
(DSS), the EFCC, the National Securiry A'dvisor's
Office or the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence
Corps (NSCDC), they are all headed by
individuals that are from the north.
The only exception to the rule is the Nigerian
Iintelligence Agency (NIA), the agency which is
responsible for external intelligence and
international espionage and which is headed by a
Can such a state of affairs be justified under any
circumstances? Are southerners and Chrustians
not Nigerians as well? Are they not qualified to
head more security agencies?
Does the concept of Federal Character have any
meaning in President Buhari's Nigeria? For how
much longer will our people tolerate such
reckless impunity, racism and injustice from
those who believe that they are the Boers and
supremacists of what is fast turning into
My father's generation fought the battle for
independence from our erstwhile British colonial
It was indeed my father, Chief Remilekun Fani-
Kayode, that succesfully moved the motion for
Nigeria's indepence in Parliament in 1958.
The battle that must be fought today by my
genertion is the battle for independence from the
sons of Futa Jalon: our internal colonial masters
who are relentless in their quest to subjugate
and enslave others and who believe that they
were born to rule.
This quest for expansion and domination and this
insatiable desire to islamise our nation is best
reflected by the words and actions of the three
Mahdis of the north.
The first was Usman Dan Fodio, the second was
his great grandson Sir Ahmadu Bello and the
third is Muhammadu Buhari. The hegemonists
must be stopped. It is our duty to either
restructure or break Nigeria and to ensure that
Buhari is the last of the northern Mahdis through
a peaceful and democratic process.
Consequently the prayer is no longer "God bless
Nigeria" but rather "God break Nigeria". It is no
longer "God defend Nigeria" but rather "God
restructure Nigeria". It is no longer "God deliver
Nigeria" but rather "God deliver us from Nigeria".
It is no longer "God preserve Nigeria" but rather
"God redefine Nigeria". It is no longer "God
remember Nigeria" but rather "God dismember
We must break our chains of oppression because
no one else will break them for us. We must
reject slavery. We must rise up and resist our
We must break the yoke of servitude and set
ourselves free. For this great cause no price is
too high to pay. If it means laying down our lives
or suffering the bitter pain of persecution then so
No price is too high to pay and no mounatain is
too high to climb for attainment of freedom and
the restoration of our self respect and collective
dignity. No matter what it takes we shall carve
out and build our own nation and we shall be
The heavy yoke of the last of the Amalekite
kings must be broken. The rulership of the third
and last Mahdi must be brought to an end in a
free and fair election. That is the challenge that
we face today.
That is the great work that the Lord would have
us complete. That is our duty and our calling: to
bring the unbelieving pagans to heel and to pull
down the evil structures of caliphate power.
Those that joined forces with the internal
colonial masters and helped to enslave their own
people shall pay a heavy price for their
treachery, collaboration and betrayal.
Our new nation has no room for such people.
They will be herded into labour camps and
ultimately deported. They are a shameful
eyesore: animals with no sense of dignity and
pride. They are not fit to live amongst us.
Yet blessed are the courageous and faithful who
speak nothing but truth, who despise the
oppressor and who champion the cause of the
oppressed. They shall flourish like the palm tree
in season and their seed shall excel.
Blessed are those that are persecuted for their
faith and that are regarded as the "hewers of the
wood and the drawers of the water": so-called
ethnic inferiors in their own nation.
They shall inherit the land and, in the fullness of
time, they shall be liberated from their
tormentors and they shall rule over their
That is the promise of the Alpha and the Omega
and the Ancient of Days. That is a sure word
from He that is known as the Lord God of Hosts
and the Man of War. That is the counsel of the
God of All Flesh: the Adonai, the Elohim and
Jehova El Shaddai. None can resist Him.