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12 September 2019   |   3:51 am
Sir: I told Ṣeun Ayedun (Láyé Àtijọ́ - In Those Days - on Oh FM, Ilorin, Kwara State) that it is better to ask Yoruba elders why they call the Earth Divinity, Alápò ìkà (Owner of wicked bag), to know what...

South African looters run through tear gas smoke during a riot in the Johannesburg suburb of Turffontein on September 2, 2019 as angry protesters loot alleged foreign-owned shops in a new wave of violence targeting foreign nationals. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP)

Sir: I told Ṣeun Ayedun (Láyé Àtijọ́ – In Those Days – on Oh FM, Ilorin, Kwara State) that it is better to ask Yoruba elders why they call the Earth Divinity, Alápò ìkà (Owner of wicked bag), to know what the elders mean than twist their words to Alápò ire (Owner of goodness bag) with the implication that the elders are foolish.  Are you saying that the African forebears did not know that everything that human beings and other animals are feeding on come from the bag of the Earth Divinity? Africans who have Christian and Islamic backgrounds more often than not take appearances for reality rather than going deep down. That way, they project African ancestors/ancestresses as intellectually inferior people. Láyé Àtijọ́ is one of my favorite radio programmes. I like Torótoró Àyànfẹ́ on Albarka FM, Ganma, Kwara State, inter alia. Why is the Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasak dodging a meeting with the state’s labour leaders? I have said that nobody who supported the reelection of the President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) can be regarded as a good person.

Why are some South Africans killing some Nigerians in their midst and burning their businesses? Remember that the Fulani Muslim imperialists who started their jihadist wars in 1804 in Nigeria renewed their activities in 2009, taking undue advantage of the presidency of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to attack the Boko Haram Islamic sect-community of men, women and children that did not attack anybody until attacked, compounded by the former acting president Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan (an Ijaw/Igbo Christian imperialist) who took undue advantage of the death of Yar’Adua himself to truncate rotational presidency against the northwest, and the current President, GMB who adds protection of the Fulani herdsmen terrorists to the unjustifiable war against Boko Haram, thereby worsening the carnage and economic destruction of Nigeria, 2015 till date. So, opportunism is the order of the day also in Nigeria.

Where is the moral conscience of people like Alhaji Bọla Ahmed Tinubu and Prof. Yẹmi Ọṣinbajo who supported the reelection of GMB? The Yoruba say when a stranger is suffering from malnutrition, he or she remembers home. To which home will Nigerians in South Africa return?

To a home already ruined by Islamic and Christian imperialisms? The Constitution makes Nigeria a religion-less country, while granting religious liberty and freedom of association to all citizens, but Muslim and Christian imperialists conspire to impose Islam and Christianity on her. Misappropriation of Nigeria’s public basic schools to only Christian and Islamic doctrines, to the exclusion of African traditional religion and other religions is the genesis of Nigeria’s socio-political disequilibrium and injustices. That is the matrix of sectionalism and inequity. Count the losses due to carnage and economic annihilation in human lives and economic resources, 2009 till date.  What economic clout does Nigeria now have to respond to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa?

There seems to be official complicity in the hostilities against Nigerians in South Africa, since the Police did not try to rescue the people and their businesses that were set ablaze. In Nigeria herself, governmental terrorism against Boko Haram; activities of the Fulani herdsmen terrorists; armed bandits and kidnappers are tugging at Nigerians under GMB, worse than ever before, and worse than in South Africa. Nigerians are endangered at home, in South Africa, etc. Nigeria rulers are extremely unruly. They dodge whatever will bring political order and discipline, including rotational presidency and depoliticisation of Islam and Christianity. They are demonic and bloody.

Prof. Olojeede Oyeniran Abioje wrote from University of Ilorin.