He has no recognized center identify and, as such, he doesn’t sit on the fence. With magisterial standoffishness, he exemplifies the wreck of regulation. He by no means tiptoes, by no means prevaricates when it’s time to swat southern flies disturbing the herd. He’s Fulani, the sturdy and all-conquering breed.
Although many name him silly, he wasn’t born on April Fools Day. He was born on April 17, 1967, when the little cry of a new child rang within the serene distance. On the seventh day, the tot derived the initials, A.M, from a start identify that might later develop to learn regulation however squander the data earlier than the god of clannishness and nepotism.
He’s Abubakar Malami, 54-year-old Legal professional Basic of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Birthdays and deathdays are vital human milestones. Reggae celebrity with a center identify, Robert Nesta Marley, aka Bob Marley, was born on February 6, 1945, 70 years earlier than a 48-year-old Malami was made minister by Nigeria’s President, Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2015.
Affected by most cancers, Marley bade the world goodbye on Could 11, 1981, on the College of Miami Hospital and Clinics, USA, bequeathing an imperishable legacy of didactic songs, a few of which recommend methods out of Nigeria’s present turning and turning within the widening gyre.
On this article, I intend to rejoice the fortieth anniversary of Bob Marley’s transition to immortality. Additionally, I want to highlight the redefinition and affirmation of animal rights over human rights by the good Mallam Malami.
That is what Malami mentioned final week in response to southern Nigeria governors’ banning of open grazing, “It’s about constitutionality. Inside the context of the freedoms enshrined in our structure, are you able to deny a proper of a Nigerian?
“It’s pretty much as good as saying perhaps the Northern governors coming collectively to say that they prohibit spare components buying and selling within the North. Does it maintain water? Does it maintain water for a Northern governor to come back and state expressly that he now prohibits spare components buying and selling within the North?”
Earlier than an inscrutable advert lib after the third stanza of ‘Loopy Baldheads’, Marley says, “I and I construct the cabin/I and I plant the corn/Didn’t my folks earlier than me/Slaves for this nation?/Now you look me along with your scorn/Then you definitely eat up all my corn.”
It’s not clear if cows are the objects of oppression used to eat up Marley’s corn, however they’re the instruments of oppression utilized by northern Fulani herdsmen to eat up the corn of southern farmers.
It’s clear that Marley and southern Nigerian governors and their folks had been agreed on the necessity to chase the loopy baldheads out of city.
I don’t know what advert lib Marley would make of those rhyming names: Buhari/Yemi/Kyari/Malami/Pantami/Fulani/Ibori and graffiti. However I do know the clock is ticking down for Nigeria, and the chickens are heading homewards to roost.
“There’s a pure mystic/ blowing by way of the air/ In the event you pay attention rigorously now you’ll hear…/Issues aren’t the way in which they was/I received’t inform no lie,” sings Bob Marley in ‘Pure Mystic’.
A couple of weeks in the past, one other Fulani in Buhari’s kitchen cupboard, Isa Pantami, who’s the minister of communications and digital financial system, got here underneath hearth when a viral video surfaced exhibiting Pantami saying Boko Haram terrorists don’t need to be killed like pigs at the same time as he bemoaned the killing of al-Qaeda founder, Osama bin Laden.
Like Pantami, Malami needs to be counseled for upholding the golden rule within the Animal Farm Nigeria has was, the place some animals are extra equal than people; 4 legs good, two legs dangerous.
Marley was a preacher, so is Malami, although their messages belong to totally different worlds. Marley sings, “Guiltiness rests on their conscience.” However Malami feels man is responsible for demanding to stay above cattle. Marley’s message calls man to like, unity and redemption. Malami’s message calls cows to eat farmers’ sweat, roam and moo.
Warning towards inequality and human wickedness, Marley predicts in his tune, ‘Struggle’: Till there are not firstclass and second class residents of any nation/Me say warfare. Struggle within the East, Struggle within the West, Struggle up North, Struggle down South/ Struggle, Struggle!” However Malami doesn’t see a classless society. He sees a classed society the place Fulani cows possess larger rights than human beings.
Marley didn’t foresee the unfolding disgrace in Delta State when he composed ‘One Love’ as a result of Delta had but to be created when the tune was launched in 1965.
The Delta State Authorities, for the reason that days of the rapid previous governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, to the times of the incumbent, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has been a shackled slave within the farm of disgraced former Governor James Ibori.
It’s not ‘One Love’ that made Uduaghan and Okowa preserve quiet and proceed to worship within the mud of corruption on the toes of Ibori. It’s ‘One Greed’. Regardless of being jailed within the UK for corruption, neither Uduaghan, who was governor when Ibori was jailed, nor Okowa, who turned governor when Ibori was launched, has ever condemned the King of Gluttony.
Final week, after I noticed the video of Ibori dancing at a public perform whereas safety males and people ‘cleared the street’ for him, I remembered Marley’s ‘Redemption Track’ and the plundering outdated pirates.
Although I received’t thoughts if Abuja provides Delta a part of the recovered Ibori loot from the UK, my thoughts minimize, as Warri folks would say, to see the Delta State Authorities falling on the bottom, wailing and demanding justice in the way in which the loot of the insatiable Ibori needs to be shared.
Uhnmmm!? Delta wey dey help Ibori since dey discuss now? Nicely, perhaps Delta has a degree, in spite of everything. The Federal Authorities, led by then President Umaru Yar’Adua of the Peoples Democratic Occasion, didn’t condemn Ibori nor his ‘comraid’ in corruption, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who as Bayelsa State governor, was impeached and sentenced in Nigeria to simply two years imprisonment for multi-million greenback corruption after leaping bail within the UK. Alamieyeseigha solely spent some weeks in jail earlier than his launch.
Deputy to Alamieyeseigha on the time, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, rose in help of the governor and described his trial as witch-hunt, although Alamieyeseigha pleaded responsible to 6 expenses. When he later emerged President, Jonathan by no means condemned the looting of Bayelsa by Alamieyeseigha. Marley’s ‘Time Will Inform’ hums in my thoughts.
That is simply the identical manner the Buhari-led FG has by no means condemned the armed robber Basic, Sani Abacha, regardless of the never-ending restoration of loot stashed away by the late thief.
Significantly, Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, in 2018, informed Buhari to ‘cease creating confusion within the minds of Nigerians’ by honouring the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola, and admiring his tormentor, Abacha, saying loyalty may turn out to be perverse. With Soyinka’s point out of Abiola, I bear in mind Marley’s “Johnny was a great man.”
The embers of the crashed NAF jet through which the Chief of Military Employees, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 different army officers misplaced their lives, are nonetheless smouldering. Nigeria mourns. However, questions beggar solutions. Why are army planes dropping off our air? Twenty army officers have been killed in three army jet crashes inside the final three months. One thing is very flawed someplace. I think lack of correct upkeep.
When a army Alpha-Jet went lacking within the plains of Boko Haram-dominated Borno on March 31, 2021, I believed the particles of the plane would by no means be seen. Everyone knows who controls Borno.
I keep in mind that Nigeria launched into 4 jamborees into house within the first decade of the millennium when she launched 4 separate satellites. Not one of the satellites is functioning successfully in the present day. None may be deployed to search for the lacking plane or struggle insurgency. And no one is answering questions for billions down the drain. I shot the sheriff.
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