“I’m the chief of Uthman Danfodio dynasty. I’ve by no means seen the place within the hundred books that Uthman Danfodio mentioned Nigeria belongs to the Fulani. What he wrote was the function of Islam in management, governance and so on. He by no means talked about of conquering any specific land or claimed possession of any territory. Individuals make feedback that Jihad is to Islamise each nation, however I mentioned no. Danfodio by no means got here to Islamise any nation, he preached in opposition to dangerous authorities. That faux write-up was by those that don’t need peace on this nation and we had denounced that. I’m the Nationwide Patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation (MACBAN). It has been in existence for 44 years. There are two different organisations that I do know, however others I don’t know. Please confirm from us earlier than you set the blame on us”- Muhammadu S’aad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, February, 2020.
I commend His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto for making an attempt to do injury management and douse the strain that was generated within the aftermath of the explosive assertion by the Fulani Nationalist Motion (FUNAM).
Nevertheless, I respectfully disagree with him on his assertion that his extremely esteemed ancestors and forefathers, Uthman Dan Fodio “by no means conquered or claimed possession of any land” or that “he didn’t come to Islamise any nation”.
I additionally beg to vary with him on his tacit implication that Miyetti Allah, an organisation that may finest be described because the biblical and modern-day “troubler of our collective peace” are respectable and peace-loving.
I imagine that given what we’ve got suffered within the arms of the native Janjaweed generally known as the Fulani herdsmen and murderous terrorist militias who’ve come below their protecting umbrella during the last 5 years, the other is definitely the case.
Allow me to concentrate on Uthman Dan Fodio on this contribution and go away the insidious actions and sinister agenda of Miyetti Allah for one more day. The details are as follows.
In 1804, one of the savage and bestial wars and bloody jihads in African historical past was waged in opposition to the Hausa Habe Kingdom and other people of the realm that later turned generally known as “northern Nigeria” by Sheik Uthman Dan Fodio.
He was primarily an Islamic scholar and the non secular and army chief of the Fulani individuals who got here of their lots of of 1000’s from Futa Jalon and Futa Toro in modern-day Guinea to northern Nigeria and established Africa’s strongest and ruthless Islamic Caliphate.
For anybody, regardless of how revered or extremely positioned, to counsel that Dan Fodio was only a scholar and instructor that solely wrote books, that by no means waged warfare and violent jihad and that by no means laid declare to and conquered components of Nigeria is most unlucky.
Such an assertion can finest be described as being, at finest, intellectually dishonest and patently false and, at worse, historic revisionism in its most brazen and repugnant kind.
The reality is that Dan Fodio and his Fulani military not solely indulged in cruel acts of pure barbarity in battle and dedicated what can solely be described as genocide in opposition to defenceless and harmless civilian populations however he additionally imposed his personal excessive, hardline, purist, wahhabist and salafist model of Islam on the folks of core northern Nigeria with a scimitar and a sword and forcefully imposed Fulani Emirs on them.
The one ethnic nationality that efficiently warded him and his Fulani armies off within the north have been the sturdy and proud Kanuris of the El Kanemi dynasty and empire in modern-day Borno state who warned him to keep away from their territory and he did.
Lastly the one race that ever defeated the Fulani in open battle and thereby put a halt and full cease to their try to march down South and “dip the Koran within the Atlantic ocean” have been the gallant sons of Oduduwa, led primarily by the Ibadan generals and army commanders, who defeated them in battle at Osogbo in 1840 and drove them again north.
They not solely defeated them however additionally they slaughtered and ate their horses and publicly executed their allies and army commanders from Ilorin.
The Fulani have by no means succeeded in conquering the folks of the South West militarily and I make boast to say that they by no means will.
The latest assertion credited to the Fulani Nationalist Motion generally known as FUNAM who mentioned that each inch of Nigeria belonged to them “from Sokoto to the banks of the Atlantic ocean”, that “Nigeria is the one inheritance we’ve got in Africa and wherever on the planet” and that “this was the future bestowed on Uthman Dan Fodio which might have been fulfilled since 1816 if not for the obstruction of this nice project by the British” was merely an correct and trustworthy reflection of the mindset and supreme imaginative and prescient of Usman Dan Fodio and different nice Fulani leaders and Mahdi’s by way of the ages like Sir Ahmadu Bello and these days President Muhammadu Buhari.
FUNAM went additional to say;
“It’s now not time to play the ostrich. Our males are ready. We’re desirous to struggle. We’re boiling with the zeal to actualize our dream; sufficient of double dealing and ambivalence by FULANI political leaders who sadly assume the FULANI can solely take again what belongs to us by way of appeasement and elections destined to replicate cultural values antithetical to the preaching of Uthman Dan Fodio”.
We ignore and play down these incendiary phrases at our personal peril.
I converse for thousands and thousands once I say that the indigenous and oppressed folks and ethnic nationalities of Nigeria have had sufficient of those open threats of tyranny and violence and neither are we focused on being vassals and slaves.
Had we listened to Colonel Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and the Biafrans in 1967, thought of their horrible plight and aligned with them throughout the civil warfare issues would have been very completely different at this time and we might not have been subjected to those childish and provocative insults from the likes of FUNAM.
The underside line is as follows: we both have a Nigeria the place all males, no matter ethnic nationality or religion, are thought to be being equal earlier than God and the legislation or we will don’t have any Nigeria in any respect. No-one can impose their will on us and neither can anybody intimidate us.
We don’t search warfare and neither will we relish or endorse any type of violence. We wish peaceable co-existence and mutual respect. We wish love, prosperity and progress for all and we provide it to those that want us effectively and search to do us no hurt.
Nevertheless if in a second of insanity we’re ever attacked we will stand agency and stand sturdy. We will by no means retreat and neither lets give up.
We will defend our folks, we will defend our land, we will defend our honor and we will defend our heritage.
We’re not cowards and we will by no means bend the knee or bow our heads to the tyranny of overseas invaders who erroneously imagine that they have been born to rule and that we have been born to serve.
Allow me to conclude this contribution with the next.
Given what’s going on in our nation at this time and regardless of the laudable efforts of moderates such because the Sultan of Sokoto to diffuse the strain and reign within the extra radical and hardline parts within the ranks of the Fulani I’m satisfied of two issues.
Firstly that the decision by many southern and Center Belt leaders for restructuring shouldn’t be solely outdated but in addition too little, too late.
Secondly that if care shouldn’t be taken there’s each probability that Nigeria will break into two or extra items inside the subsequent 5 years.
Mark my phrases and keep in mind them! The one approach to stop this from taking place is for these vicious threats of gratuitous violence and Fulani adventurism and expansionism to cease and for the oppressors to begin seeing the oppressed as equal companions and stakeholders within the Nigerian challenge. With out that Nigeria is actually completed and can quickly be historical past.