Oppression as a Test: A metaphor for the Nigerian Youth

Those who have come to know and trust death embrace it with love. This is the very foundation of freedom. Oppressors, love no one, not their wives, not their children, not their friends. How can such a person love death? Behind the empty shell of the oppressor he fears all the tests of his worth that matter” – Grimot Nane

Oppression is a test or testing event. There are strange men who habitually oppress others and they commonly do so by the actual practice or simulations of “bone testing”. Bone testing works because it is the violent use of bones by those who claim to be “strong” [bullies?] and can in varying degrees damage the bones, muscles, tissues, and nerves of others, thus securing their submission. Bone testing not only causes ache and hurt, it can. maim and kill too. Why would the oppressed and opressable not fear it? This is oppression by fear. All resistance is broken The next level of oppression is effected by “word testing”. The words of mouth is perhaps the most effectively used human instrument of domination known especially where the hypocrisy of peace and doing good exists. This is the domain of intimidation, scaremongering, perplexity and verbal dehumanisation on one hand and deception, persuasion, feel-good-factors and the sale of hope on the other. This is oppression by mindcontrol. All dissent or oppositions is crushed. Bone and word testing as used to oppress are very physical and psychological, respectively, derived from a wide array ponerological incentives. Continue reading

Pastor Suleiman is Carrying the Can for CAN

It is highly regrettable that the controversial Christian clergyman, Johnson Suleiman, of the Omega Fire Ministries International used a sermon at his church at a Sunday service to practically incite violence against Fulani Herdsmen. It was clearly a tit-for-tat statement, not the stuff of Christian preacher. He knew what he was doing but his statements might fail the “Brandenburg Test” making them speech offences. In a nation were at least half of the 170 million citizens are very angry but also very helpless about the Fulani Herdsmen problem, the question is how much blame can we really ascribe to Suleiman for his unfortunate sermon? Continue reading

Why is Anyone Surprised at the #SouthernKadunaGenocide?

Southern Kaduna Massacres are the stuff Nigeria is made of. Before anyone dismisses such a claim, we have to examine the pervasive ‘value of life’ in Nigeria to both ordinary citizens and the government as well as the cost of ‘taking life’ in Nigeria; ‘life’ here mainly refers to that of the ‘underdog’ [the weaker Nigerian by dichotomy]. Religion and oil politics have led to the biggest massacres in Nigeria’s history, including the Civil War, but life is taken daily with sudden and unexpected spontaneity everywhere in the country for innumerable reasons, some totally inane. Tragically, unless the United Nations, Amnesty International or some heavyweight foreign NGO takes interest in the matter, Nigeria’s leaders, politicians and intellectuals simply ignore the problem. The White Man’s Burden all over again, in another dimension?

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Fraternities are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 8

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Fraternities in Nigeria are now specialists in accumulating “financial bounties” and their leaders craping them; corporate malfeasance. It may be unfortunate if not tragic that while the original founders of University Campus Grown Fraternities (UCGFs) established them, perhaps for noble intentions, they have come to embody the very antics of “corporate malfeasance”. Operating just below the radar or not facing criminal prosecution is not evidence of clean hands. UCGFs depend mainly on the money members contribute and as their sizes have proliferated so has their kitties. Financial bounty taking by leaders in UCGFs is strictly about misappropriating members’ money and funders’ largesse, perennially. The bounty taking activities of UCGFs did not start one day or overnight. The bounties came in phases and often took years or decades to perfect. Continue reading

Fulani Herdsmen are Spies

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Fulani herdsmen have always secretly been subversives monitoring and reporting activities throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria and they have paymasters; so my source affirms. This information, however, does not explain the ostensibly ‘senseless phenomenon’ happening frequently in Nigeria today; the killing / kidnapping of Nigerians all over the country by Fulani herdsmen. The long hidden history of Fulani herdsmen grazing their cattle all over Nigeria should no longer be a secret. Continue reading

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