By Abdu Abdullahi
Dear esteemed readers, it is inescapable to launch this piece by Africanizing it as the first prototype. We then step it down to the domestic echelon where some crooked heroes are setting a chaotic scenario to dismantle the structures of our centennial coalition.
This connection routine is aimed at gingering our national consciousness.
In the year 1924, a little over 100 years now, a Jamaican political leader and orator, Marcus Harvey, came up with a noble and fabulous idea in the poem he wrote entitled, ‘Hail, United States of Africa.’
Lucidly and succinctly therefore, the conviction of the United States of Africa is a conjectured image of a federation of some or all the sovereign states in the universe of Africa, like the United States of America.
Part of his symbiosis communication reads: “Hail! Motherland most bright, divinely fair! State in perfect sisterhood United. Born of truth; mighty thou shalt ever be.”
These and other inspiring words in the poem deeply penetrated the hearts of the fathers of Pan Africanism to give birth to the Pan Africanist Movement which in 1945 held its fifth Pan Africanist Congress in Manchester, United Kingdom.
It was enthusiastically attended by Patrice Lumumba, Jomo Kenyatta, Nkwame Nkrumah and W. E. Dubois amongst others.
When the late Reggae legend Bob Marley interfaced with us through his blockbuster song: ‘Africa Unite,’ he knew that it was a resounding conceptualisation, enigmatic and magnifying to a large degree.
Interestingly too, Muammar Gaddafi was also a multicultural pugilist for the same motive. And they all departed to the great beyond, bequeathing to us befitting lesson.
And this is the verdict: The more Africans are scattered the more we are threading towards doom. What we have not achieved in disarray, we can only attain it in fraternity.
Sadly, these poetic themes are the foes of the voguish secessionists who have cultivated faith in rambling their countries not to talk of assimilating Africa.
Bolstering the same echoing call of Markus, I remember the late Prof. Ayodele Awojobi aka ‘The Akoka Giant’ and ‘The Macbeth.’ He also giantly inclined to the United States of Africa. When the deceased Governor of Ogun State, Chief Bisi Onabanjo was addressing a press conference, the professor stormed the gathering hall, disrupted the proceeding provisionally and made that public outburst to express his outrage at the rigging that smeared the 1983 elections.
However, he did not resort to any uproar for a military conquest because he believed it was not the viable option, though few days later, there was actually a military consummation.
If you have never heard of him, the prolific professor was a Nigerian academic, author, inventor, social crusader and activist.
He was a highly celebrated cerebral fueled by the spirit of nationalism. He was considered a scholarly genius by his teachers and peers alike.
His research papers, particularly in the field of vibration, are still cited by international research fellows in Engineering as lately as 2000 and are archived by publishers such as the Royal Society.
Why is this universal creed fitting and yet is still unfulfilled that we are anguished by the thunder of separatists? Africa is a vital world region.
Some of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa. It is a continent of thousands of languages and cultures, unparalleled eco-diversity and over a billion vibrant and innovative Africans.
The African USA will also immensely promote peace and development in the crisis ridden continent. It will also accord Africa a strong voice in international affairs among others.
However, factors such as internal conflicts, structural poverty, bad governance and the rest are the stumbling block to the African version of USA.
To shed light on structural poverty here, it refers to people finding themselves in holes of economic system that deliver them inadequate income.
While Ayodele of Yoruba extraction did not see the electoral thievery of 1983, especially in the Yoruba land, to ignite the flame of ethic nationalism, he was thinking faster and bigger than the rowdy champion of Oduduwa Empire, Sunday Igboho.
I salute Sunday for being a true lover of his kinsmen. Marvelous! Bravo!! He was the only original Yoruba who deeply felt the pains of the alleged murder of his people by the suspected herdsmen.
In other words, inter tribal conflict was the genesis of Igboho’s Oduduwa republic. However, let us swiftly recap that human hostilities are unavoidable.
There were conflicts in the past just as they are today and will remain till tomorrow and the last day. Igboho is an insider and knows very well about the Ife Modakeke crises amongst the Yoruba themselves for which he has been a bustling ally.
In the 1997-1998 Ife Modakeke war, Sunday defended Modakeke and he might have committed killings. That recurrent combat has claimed hundreds of lives and destructions of valuable properties.
So far, the Ife Modakeke warfare remains the oldest intra-ethnic hostility in Nigeria. Perhaps, it is because the fighting has been Yoruba versus Yoruba that he has not raised the flag of Modakeke, the side he favours in the perennial battle.
Also like Kanu, Igboho is another self acclaimed and self imposed tribal lord and a political chameleon. His sizable boost for spawning Oduduwa was the alledged aggression of the herdsmen on the Yoruba community.
Poor Igboho! Can I show him how to master his memory? There was the tragedy of the OPC that is never a forgotten issue. He witnessed how his kinsmen killed and injured hundreds of mainly Hausas.
Kindly refer to the Human Rights Watch Reports which indicted the terror OPC using variety of weapons including fire- arms, machetes, cutlasses, knives and daggers which they displayed openly.
There were cases where they poured acid on their victims. Frequently, they set fire on the corpses they had killed, sometimes after mutilating them. Many Hausas moved to the North and have never returned.
With all that mayhem wreaked on the Hausa, there was no any pursuit to decompose the Hausa land from the rest of Nigeria. If tribal conflict was the galvanizing force for the rise of Igboho and his chauvinistic shenanigans, then the Hausas had more genuine cause because of the heavy calamity foisted on them by OPC. And we all say down with his Oduduwa babble!
Going back history now, if the political earthquake of June 12 did not transmute into the struggle for schism, the Igboho’s stirring is largely a double dealing as well as exercise in futility.
The hostile atmosphere of the June 12 annulment was the best time for the Yoruba to agitate for Oduduwa, but resorted to fight for the injustice meted out to the late Chief MKO Abiola.
The protagonists of the June 12 knew that it was only a very tiny fraction of the Nigeria populace, that is, the military that engineered that political catastrophe and therefore fought the offending khaki boys and judiciously drove home their demand.
And this is where Emperor Sunday missed the point. In other words, if there are Fulani killers, there are also Yoruba assailants as recorded and perfected by the almighty history.
Igboho’s greatest problem is want of oriented credo and blind to a purpose. For instance, the Yoruba are the largest beneficiaries of the Buhari presidency.
Reliable source had it that when Saraki and Dogara were at loggerhead with Buhari over budgetary issues, of significance and bone of contention was the instance in which the capital projects captured for Lagos State alone were greater than all the capital projects slated for the entire north in a specific year.
It was this horrible margin that propelled Saraki and Dogara to draw up their dagger against the presidency. But is Igboho aware that his ethnic dogma is doing more harm than good to the South West politically as we are approaching 2023?
When will his new republic come into fruition, 2023, next five years, 10, 20, 30 or 50 years coming? Are all the Yoruba people rallying him?
To answer the last question here, I would like to share a news report that I read few months back. You see, the Yoruba residing in Northern Nigeria met and disassociated themselves from the call for Oduduwa.
They informed the world that the number of Yoruba living in the north is equivalent to the Yoruba population of three states in the south west. They also divulged that they have investments worth more than five trillion naira in the region.
What they impliedly retorted was this: Enough is enough, Igboho! We don’t want Oduduwa nation! We will remain in Nigeria and as Nigerians, and so on and so forth!
You can’t just wake up one day and start chanting for rupture like a dreamer. The idea itself is a bad creation of ambiguity and ill mannerism.
Before we know it and move to the next level, we may another day witness the rise of more separatists at the slightest provocation. The people that are renowned for western education and civilization have submitted their leadership to someone whose educational profile is mysterious for, he was a motorcycle repairer when he was supposed to be schooling.
Just like his brother Nnamdi Kanu, he is not the revolutionary asset for Oduduwa nation. Let him compel himself to a critical self evaluation. He knows that he is fooling himself and wants to make buffoons out of others.
Sunday Igboho’s Oduduwa will forever remain the unknown nation. He should thus broker peace with the republic of Nigeria and redirect his resources towards more meaningful adventures.
Abdullahi writes from Galadanci Quarters, Ringim, Jigawa State and can be reached through: email@example.com or 07036207998.