Afenifere furious over Kwankwaso comments

By Amako Nneji October 27, 2015 10:09

Afenifere furious over Kwankwaso comments

Yoruba social-political group, Afenifere has taken a swipe at former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso tagging him a Boko Haram spokesman aiming to infiltrate to S/West with the insurgents.

In a statement by Afenifere Spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, it was said that the “Kano State Governor and serving Senator, Rabiu Kwakwanso came with verbal daggers to Ibadan at the weekend asking the age mates of his father to ‘shut up.’”

Prominent Yoruba leaders had two weeks ago, risen from an emergency summit in Ibadan, calling for the sack and evacuation of Fulani herdsmen out from the region.

The summit was held against the backdrop of the recent kidnapping of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae.

In reaction, Kwankwaso descended on the Yoruba leaders who threatened to sack Fulani herdsmen from the S/West demanding that they “shut up” as such plans would foster a breakdown of national peace.

    “This is what we are working for. So, when you see those people making the threats in the South-West, advise them to shut up,” he said at the time.

See: Shut up! Kwankwaso scolds Yoruba Elders

Deeply touched by Kwanwaso’s insensitivity, the Afenifere said the former Governor ought to have condemned the criminal activities perpetrated by the Fulani herdsmen.

    “It is another sad day for the clash of civilizations within the Lugard cage when a man who has occupied all the offices Kwakwanso has held, opens his mouth in a people’s domain and all he vomits make listeners to confuse him with a herdsman or Boko Haram chieftain.

    “Kwankwaso’s grouse with Yoruba leaders was our call for an end to the criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen in the region at the recent summit in Ibadan and that the Yoruba nation may reconsider its place in a union that could not protect us and would not allow us to protect ourselves if we did not see any sign to restructure Nigeria into a proper federation.

    “The declaration is not anywhere near the statement of Gen. Yakubu Gowon on August 3 1966: ‘there is no basis for Nigerian unity, which has been so badly rocked, not only once but several times.’ or the theme of the North’s revenge coup of July 29,1967 titled ‘ARABA,’ an Hausa word meaning ‘let us divide it.’

    “In all his ramblings in Ibadan, Kwakwanso did not condemn the abduction of Chief Olu Falae, the killing of innocent farmers, raping of women and destruction of crops and farmlands in the course of the grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen. He only tacitly justified their activities by offering excuses for their criminal conducts.

    “The issue that we are talking about, education is very important. If all Fulani are given opportunity to go to school, I don’t think they will risk their lives and their animals going into the bush, where there are reptiles. I think the key thing is education.

    “Kwakwanso wants Yoruba “understanding of the situation” while his kinsmen continue to draw their blood, violating their women and destroying their farmlands until Mallam decides to give them education may be when we celebrate another centenary.

    “The double speak of Kwakwanso is galling as he was a few months ago celebrating the hordes of Almajiris in the north as a positive development that provides a demography that could easily be herded for electoral process.

    “Rabiu Kwakwanso in an interview he granted Vanguard Newspaper on April 26, 2015, lambasted the wife of former President of Nigeria for ‘insulting’ the north over the menace of Almajiri children whom he considered a thing of ‘pride,’ saying, ‘Look at what the wife of the President said about us-northerners.

    “She was just castigating the North almost at every opportunity. You cannot insult us and think that you can get away with it. This democracy is a game of numbers, and that is why we went back and put almajiris together to get about two million votes.

    “Kwankwanso further said that the Fulani should be given the opportunity to go to school as if the Yoruba were the ones who denied them such opportunity in almost 40 years that the north has held power since independence.

    “With the uncouth, rude and insensitive remarks of Kwankwaso and his ilk in the North which are like pouring salt on injury, it is coming clear to us that there may be a grand agenda with the activities of the Fulani herdsmen either as an advance party of Boko Haram into our territory or an expansionist project.

    “The Yoruba leaders therefore stand by every word in the Ibadan declaration,” said Odumakin.