Chinweizu: 2015: Between liberation and slavery (2)
Continued from yesterday
PART of Nigeria’s difficulty in solving the Boko Haram problem is that Shariyaland has a pervasive fifth column within the Nigerian government and political parties. This fifth column is aiding and abetting Boko Haram; it consists of Shariyaland citizens who are holding positions in Nigerian governments and political parties, all the way from the Vice Presidency to party members in both the ruling PDP and the opposition APC. It includes the governors and NASS legislators from Shariyaland; it includes Shariyaland personnel in the security forces (Police, Army, Navy, Air Force, Intelligence Agencies, Customs, Immigration etc.) in the media, the economy, etc.
Can you imagine Britain winning its war against Germany if it had in its cabinet, parliament, armed forces, media, banks, civil service, and every institution of British life, a huge fifth column of Germans loyal to Hitler and organized to assist Hitler?
Or can you imagine Abraham Lincoln winning the U.S. civil war if his Vice President was a Confederate politician, his cabinet included Confederate men, the Congress still included Confederate legislators, and the Union Army was full of Confederate generals and soldiers?
That is the fundamental anomaly that Nigeria must rectify if it is to respond correctly to Boko Haram. And that rectification requires abrogation of the 1999 Constitution. A political solution is not possible under the Constitution because it would require the stopping of funding to the states of Shariyaland, and that would be unconstitutional.
Even a military solution is not possible under the Constitution. Why? Under the Constitution, any army sent to fight Boko Haram will contain Muslim officers and men who have religious sympathies for Boko Haram, and who will see it as their religious duty to sabotage operations. To keep them out of the army would be impossible under the Constitution. Hence both a military and a political solution would require scrapping the Constitution.
(3) The Fulani militia
On the Fulani Militia, I submit that it is an ethnic cleansing and land grabbing instrument of the Caliphate and a mortal danger to all other Nigerians, and that it can’t be curbed under the Constitution.
Attacks by these well-armed Fulani herdsmen have been reported in Oyo, Ogun, Plateau, Benue, Abia and other states. The cows they are rearing belong to the Caliphate magnates including the Sultan, emirs, governors, ministers, senior military men and high government official. The Sultan of Sokoto is the Chairman of the Board of trustees of MACBAN, the Cattle Breeders Association which, is behind the Fulani herders and their Militia. MACBAN has invoked the freedom of movement sections of the Constitution to support the freedom of its cattle herders to trespass upon and destroy farms in their search for pasture for their cattle. Furthermore, there is a bill – the National Grazing Routes or Reserves bill, which seeks to carve out grazing lands for Fulani herdsmen in each state in Nigeria. Even while the bill is yet to become law, the Fulani Militia is already unilaterally enforcing it. The Fulani Militia is Nigeria’s equivalent of the ethnic-cleansing Janjawid of Darfur.
The Fulani Militia cannot be curbed under the constitution whereby their grazing reserves are to be set up. So long as the Constitution remains, the menace of the Fulani Militia is unlikely to be curbed.
(4) The Constitution:
On the Constitution, I submit that it is the godfather of corruption, as well as the codification of the sources of all the vices that plague Nigeria, and that Nigeria cannot be reformed without discarding it. Though ostensibly democratic, its frauds make it a fake-democracy constitution.
As I showed during the National Dialogue, in my piece in The Guardian titled “Four reasons to scrap 1999 Constitution”, it contains at least four frauds and is probably the most fraudulent constitution in the world. These fatal frauds are: the “We the people” fraud; the “Federation” fraud; the “Fighting corruption” masquerade/fraud; and the “Socially responsible State” masquerade/fraud. That piece can be consulted in The Guardian of November 6 and 7, 2013. I further submit that Nigeria cannot be reformed without discarding the 1999 Constitution. That’s because these frauds make it impossible to legally compel the Nigerian state to execute any of its duties to the citizens. Any measure to reform Nigeria would require legally forcing the State to implement constitutional duties that it is already licensed to ignore.
You need to find out who cooked up and imposed this constitution and why. Now, this 1999 Constitution is the mature version of the 1979 Constitution. Its 1979 prototype was cooked up by two Caliphate agents, the now late Chief Rotimi Williams, a.k.a “Timi the Law,” and Prof. Ben Nwabueze. The mature version of 1999 was finalized and polished up by a Caliphate man, Prof. Yadudu, and imposed by Decree by another Caliphate agent, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar. Why was it cooked up with so many frauds and other devices that serve the Caliphate? The Caliphate hates democracy, hates free and fair elections, that’s why. It only likes elections that it rigs in advance, so it is sure to win and hang on to power. That was why Sultan Dasuki organised the annulment of the June 12 election – the most free and fair election in Nigeria’s history. And after aborting democracy in 1993, the Caliphate cooked up this fraudulent Constitution so it can avoid any real democracy in the future. It is very cleverly fixed up so the Caliphate can use it to dominate and loot Nigeria forever.
Like most Nigerians, you probably think that IBB annulled the June 12 election. He didn’t, Sultan Dasuki did. MKO Abiola, the winner of June 12 and IBB, the organizer of that impressive transition programme, were both victims of June 12. One of the Caliphate agents who helped to get the annulment accomplished was the then General David Mark who is now Senator David Mark, the Senate president. Go and ask him. If he denies it, call in Prof. Omo Omoruyi and IBB to expose him. The Caliphate’s idea of democracy was summed up by Aminu Saleh, a Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, under Abacha, who told Prof. Omoruyi: “Professor, my vote is not the same weight as the vote of the Emir of Bauchi and the vote of the Emir of Bauchi is not the same weight as the vote of the Sultan of Sokoto.” He then said “that is why we are not going to accept the mandate which Chief Abiola is claiming”. . . Abiola’s mandate was, of course, based on the principle of one-person-one vote, which the Caliphate hates like the devil hates holy water. If you want to be educated on the Caliphate’s incurable hatred for democracy, the book to read is Prof. Omo Omruyi’s The Tale of June 12. I am bringing up all that just to indicate how much the Caliphate hates democracy and hates free and fair elections, and to give you the reason why they cooked up this fraudulent anti-democracy constitution. And when you gather to draft a True Federalism Constitution, make sure that the likes of “Timi the Law”, Prof. Nwabueze and Prof. Yadudu are far from the hall, lest they pollute the Peoples’ True Federalism Constitution with clever anti-the-People frauds.
(5) Candidate Buhari:
On Candidate Buhari, I submit that he has neither the will nor the ability to discard the Constitution but has every reason to perpetuate it. Accordingly, he can’t solve any of the problems whose solution requires discarding the Constitution. So, those who expect him to change Nigeria by solving these problems are taking themselves for a ride. Why?
We shall consider two questions about Candidate Buhari: His posturing as a born-again democrat, and his ability to fight Boko Haram.
After he lost the 2011 election, Buhari told the world that should he be declared the loser in 2015, monkey and baboon will be soaked in blood. That is to say, if the voters do not elect him he will unleash violence on them. Now is that a democrat’s position? Consider an election where the voters go to the polls with one of the candidates holding a gun to their heads and saying “vote for me or you are dead”. Would such an election be free and fair? The wonder is that INEC went ahead to approve a candidate who has publicly threatened massive violence if he is not declared elected. The second wonder is that the International Community has passed over Buhari’s threat without taking any action. What has Jimmy Carter and his Carter Center said or done about this threat to a free and fair election? Why is Buhari not in the dock in De Hague facing trial for making threats of post-election violence? If Gbagbo was taken to De Hague, and Uhuru Kenyatta too, why not Buhari? Is the International Community not interested in preventive action? Is it waiting for people to be slaughtered before feeling obliged to do something? Given his tyrannical actions when he was military Head of State in the 1980s, and now his threat of post-election violence, Buhari can’t be the democrat he is pretending to be. Anybody who is inclined to accept Buhari’s posturing should be reminded of the Chinese saying: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.
Buhari and Boko Haram
Candidate Buhari is creating the impression that he will fight, and knows how to fight, Boko Haram. But will Buhari really fight Boko Haram?
I think not. Because, (a) Buhari is the Boko Haram candidate ; (b1) Buhari’s agenda and Boko Haram’s are the same – Islamizing all of Nigeria; and (b2) their attitude to the Sultan and emirs is the same. And (c) Boko Haram and Buhari are sponsored by the same Northern politicians.
• To be continued tomorrow
• Professor Chinweizu wrote this as a contribution to the Abuja symposium On “National Confab And The 2015 General Elections” On Monday, February 2, 2015
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