Femi Fani Kayode Blasts Critics: I’m Not A Tribalist Or An Igbo Hater, I’m A Yoruba Historian

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August 13, 2013 – Femi Fani Kayode Blasts Critics: I’m Not A Tribalist Or An Igbo Hater, I’m A Yoruba Historian

This article is a response to hate comments received by Nigerian activist, Femi Fani Kayode on the series of articles he wrote last week about the Igbos and the Yorubas on the ownership of Lagos State Nigeria.

If you missed those articles, read them here and here.

Those that call me a tribalist and an igbo-hater are simply misguided and ignorant. Perhaps they do not know the meaning of those words or the true import of their meaning. Those that know me well like you can confirm the fact that I am not a racist or a bigot and that I consider such sentiments as being unworthy of a man of class, good breeding and culture. I am however a firm believer in the propagation of truth and I, like you, appreciate the value and importance of history. Sadly many of our igbo brothers and sisters do not believe in that. History for them consists of only one thing-how other Nigerians have always marginalised them and treated them badly.

If only they knew their own history, where they are coming from, what they used to be and where they were 100 years ago and what their forefathers did to the rest of Nigeria over the last 80 years they would know why they have always had such a hard time in this country. Sadly because they dont know any of these things they cannot learn from it. And if they cannot learn from it they will continue to make the same mistakes. That is why they can come to another mans land and territory and call it their own and when we say ”no” they tell us to shut up and call us tribalists.

I was not a tribalist when I wrote a tribute to Ojukwu after he died or when I condemned the ’60’s pogroms that took place in the north in which their people were slaughtered like flies. I was not a tribalist when I wrote against Yarima and child marriage in the north. Yet now I am a tribalist because I spoke the truth about our history and who we the yoruba are. I was not a tribalist when I had a long-standing and intimate relationship with Miss Bianca Onoh, an igbo lady, who later married Colonel Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu the leader of Biafra and who is now our Ambassador in Spain. I was not a tribalist when I had a long-standing and intimate relationship with Miss Chioma Anasoh, another igbo lady, who I almost married. I was not a tribalist when I had a long-standing and intimate relationship with Miss Adaobi Uchegbu, another igbo lady, who was exceptionally close to me and who is now a leading figure at the National Headquarters of the ruling PDP.

I was not an tribalist when I wrote essays defending the rights of the igbo and every other Nigerian nationality to exercise their right of self-determination and leave Nigeria if that is what they wanted to do. I was not a tribalist when I consistently wrote that Nigeria must have a Sovereign National Conference where the rights and obligations of all its various nationalities will be clearly defined and agreed upon. I was not a tribalist when I employed more igbo people as a Minister of the Federal Republic than even my own yoruba. I was not a tribalist when I wrote an essay, just two years ago, extolling the virtues of igbo women. I was not a tribalist when I condemned the bombing of predominantly igbo and catholic churches and the killing of the igbo and others by Boko Haram in the north over the last three years.

I was not a tribalist when I risked my life by consistently writing against Boko Haram even though I live in the north. I was not a tribalist when I wrote against political sharia. I was not a tribalist when I wrote in defence of the igbo when it came to the abandoned property issue. I could go on and on.These people have very short memories and anyone that does not agree with them all the time or that says one word against them at any point in time is labelled a tribalist for life.

They called Chief Obafemi Awolowo a tribalist, a genocidal maniac, a child-killer and an igbo-hater simply because the man refused to join sides with them in the war yet they forgot that when Awolowo ran for the Presidency his running mate was from the east and not from the north. They called Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, Chief S.L Akintola and Sir Ahmadu Bello as igbo-haters and tribalists simply because they saw through the igbo agenda at a very early stage and they killed them for it. They called General Yakubu Gowon a genocidal maniac, a child-killer, an igbo-hater and a tribalist simply because he stood up to Ojukwu and insisted on keeping Nigeria together and even though he declared that there was ”no victor and no vanquished” after the war.

They accused President Olusegun Obasanjo of being a tribalist and an igbo-hater even though he appointed an igbo man as the first GOC in the Nigerian Army since 1966 and even though he appointed more igbos into key positions in his government than any President before him. They accused President Shehu Shagari and the northerners of being tribalists and igbo-haters even though he pardoned Ojukwu and allowed him to return back home after the civil war. They have accused the Nigerian people of being tribalist and igbo-haters simply because we have not had an igbo President since 1966 forgetting that Nigeria was magnamonious in victory and that she not only gladly welcomed them back into the fold after the civil war but that she also gave them the Vice Presidency only ten years later.

They have labelled the yoruba as tribalists and igbo-haters simply because we have refused to accept their claims to our land and territory and even though we were more charitable, hospitable, accomodating and generous to them than any other nationality in Nigeria after the civil war. We have been too kind and gentle with them. That is the problem. They see our liberal and accomodating nature as stupidity and weakness. That is why they always like to go around calling the yoruba cowards forgetting that the history of the yoruba proves otherwise. It is now time to tell the truth. They despise the yoruba and they only pretend to believe in one Nigeria as long as they can always have their way and laud it over others. Worst of all they have no restraining factors because money and the acquisition of wealth is their sole objective and purpose in life.

Someone ought to tell them that this is not a virtue but a vice. It is a cultural deficiency which is borne out of not having any history. If they did they would be less aggressive, more restrained and far more civil to others. If speaking these bitter home truths and yearning and fighting for a better Nigeria makes me a tribalist then it is a toga that I would be happy to wear. I will not sit by quietly and allow my people, the yoruba people of south western Nigeria, to be rubbished, insulted and cheated by anyone no matter how aggressive that anyone may believe he is. I make or offer no apology for my views. My numerous assertions in my two essays titled ”Lagos, The Igbo and the Servants Of Truth” and ”The Bitter Truth About The Igbo” respectively stand.

Meanwhile I have read all sorts of strange submissions in various newspapers and blogs that have held themselves out as rejoinders to my two articles titled “Lagos, The Igbo and the Servants Of Truth” and “The Bitter Truth About The Igbo”. Sadly other than the usual abuse and irreverant thrash not one of those so-called ”rejoinders” has been able to address ANY of the issues that I raised in either of the two articles, answer any of the questions that I posed in them or successfully challenge my presentation of historical facts.

The bellicose nature and vulgarity of these so-called rejoinders goes to prove two things. Firstly that those that I have descibed as being collectively unlettered, uncouth, uncultured, unrestrained and crude in all their ways really are all those things and a lot more and secondly that they cannot put up any reasonable or serious arguement to discredit or refute the message so instead they are attempting to destroy the messanger. Meanwhile the two essays have been published in various newspapers in our country and outside and it will continue to be published by others long into the forseeable future.

The message is clear and it is already out there. It cannot be called back in. The horse has bolted from the stable and the falcon has left the nest. No matter how hard those that are attempting to intimidate us into silence may try it will not work and we will not be cowed. The message is already out there and the genie is already out of the bottle. Those that seek to continue to denigrate and belittle the yoruba and lay claim to what is rightfully ours should desist from doing so. They should grant us our peace and give us our due respect and they will get the same in return. If they do not do so those things will elude them and eventually history will repeat itself again in this country.

Meanwhile when anyone reads a rejoinder that addresses the issues that I raised in my essays and that has some level of scholarship and intellectual content they should please let me know and I may well dignify it with a response. The shameless and emotional thrash and disjointed verbiage that have been described as rejoinders so far are just not up to scratch. They are bereft of any scholarship and intellectual content. They also invoke pity in me for the the faceless plebians that wrote them and those they claim to represent. When the igbo, or anyone else, find a real writer that can cross swords with me and give me a good run for my money someone should please let me know. I am itching for a real debate with a worthy adversary on this issue.

Like the great Achilles I feel that I have no match. Are there no Hector’s out there? Sadly it appears that my accusers, traducers, opposers and haters cannot find one. All they have is their hate, their ignorance, their insults and their inbred crudity and vulgarity.

Article by Femi Fani Kayode

27 thoughts on “Femi Fani Kayode Blasts Critics: I’m Not A Tribalist Or An Igbo Hater, I’m A Yoruba Historian

  1. People should ignore this madman. Fani Kayode is a big fool, he’s probably not a Nigerian judging by his face, even the Yoruba he claim to be is still questionable. Just look at his lips like that of frog. I am sure his mother was impregnated by one of these francophone countries. A fraudster who actually supposed to be cooling in prison by now, bigot!

  2. Truth is always bitter and not for fools but for the wise. A wicked and manipulating Igbo would take an offence on Femi Fani kayode articles.

  3. Like Father like son when all this yeye thing ur saying cause more problem u will take off like ur useless father fool.

  4. this man is a fool beyond remedy.hoples idiot dat doesnt know his left and right.if he realy suck his mother’s breast he wont be talking like a person breed by pig.am sure he suck d breast of pig dat y he s behavn like pig.IGBOS SHOULD IGNORE FANI KAYODE D PIG BREED

  5. This is the boast of a fool, saying he has no match, meaning no body from Igbo Extraction can challenge him or dare him in debate on the issue….Well Mr FEMI…we can see that u and other Yorubas Extraction are proud of ur success and progress in live, don’t a foolish man in Bible who felt dat he had all in life.. As mentioned in one of ur recent article dat u people are the driving force and controller of the economy and other sectors of this Nation…U felt that ur people hav arrived, forgetting dat nothing is permanent..Pls leave Igbo people alone..we are not claiming to be d owners of LAGOS ofcourse u no is imposible….Stop reminding us of the ill metted on us by ur forefathers and others during the civil war which u people seized as an advantage….Stop remind us the new generation of the passed destruction made on Igbos by the Nigerian gov’t..which u stil said dat it is bcos of d reason dat Igbos are stil threating bad and marginalized….LAGOS IS NOT OURS AND WIL BE..Stop deportation of our people no matter what .. Is unconstitutional in their own Country and voilation of fundamental rights….BE CAREFUL AND BE WARNED IN THE WAY U ALTER WORDS ON TRIBAL ISSUE U ARE NOT THE ONLY WISE MAN IN YORUBA…I rest my pen!

  6. this is the problem Fani kayode had just enumerated.rather than insulting people do your write up and counter his claim.writing is for the intellectuals, that is why no amount of insult can make a man win a case in the law court except you marshal your point well.May be I should express it this way:you cannot abuse a customer and expect him to buy goods from you…it is your ability to talk persuasively to him that will help you.Face Kayode intellectualy not abusively.

  7. this is the reason why Nigeria is far lagging behind because of tribalistic guy like this guy and Faith. This guy despite the fact i condemn killing any God,s creation, this guy need some hot metal in his skull, we should pass this mess by now, if you claim lagos now the hausa will claim abuja right? son your history lesson is taking us way back b4 this foolish british came to naija, wake up and i wish naija can divide so that we see what you made of.

  8. This man has wisely said the truth, nothing more needs to be said. Why lay claim to another mans land, i for one cannot lay claim to ABA, all because am allowed to trade there or how do one explain a name Chukwu’ claiming to be a yoruba. Most Igbos are truly suffering from self-pity, only wanting things their way. Why dint other state Governors cry milk over Deportation.

  9. It a pity people are just attacking the messenger, when the message is true and the fact can not be contested. Femi fani kayode has challenged the igbo to come up their fact and cross sword with him on this issue to really ascertain who own Lagos, the Yorubas or the igbo. The igbo are very dubious and greedy people that people should avoid. Eko o ni baje o

  10. Wel i tank almighty God that wen he great me he great me to yoruba land, femi says the truth igbo people have no history in nigerian today. Igbo people have low memories as femi says, if u look today in nigeria we yoruba we are the best.one in enducation we are good, in culture we are good in dressing we are good e.t.c. So what eles did u want to say about we yoruba, so igbo should shut up when ever we yoruba is talking u people should give our own respect in this country.you people memore full of 419 so u people dot have the mouth to say anyting about we yoruba. Femi u shal live long on this earth. For more challeges u can call me on this numbr 08165237202. Up yoruba, if u read this page ad u knw u from yoruba plz let me se ur typein hey hey hey.

    • You are d greatest fool of ur kind. Aturu di ka gi, anu mpama. Go work on ur english or use yoruba next time. Mtcheeew. Who was d british citizen [email protected] killed a soldier sometym ago? Lemme tell u, d crime fin is general nd we hv more thieves amongst ur tribe, for instance Dimeji Bankole. FOOOOOL

    • Also u pple are bloody hypocrites, an igbo man willtell uur wrongs to ur face buh cowards like u can’t. See who’s talkin of bein d best.

  11. I have no match.
    That is the language of a fool, of what value have this idiot called Kayode added to Nigerians that made him think he is the best.
    I will advise the Ibos to ignor him because ‘silent they said is the best answer for a fool’.
    I rest my case.

  12. Yes,Femi you are not a tribalist, you are just an animal who is suffering from mental retardation as a result of hard drugs.

  13. So after warning you for your intent to destabilize this country,you stubbornly went ahead to write another trash.You made Nigerians to understand many things concerning your psychological well-being,your social interaction,your back-ground,your intellectual prowess and your state of mind.I am sorry for the trouble you have caused your sick brain.”OLODO” go and attend to your failing state of mind!

  14. Man pls go tk some rest, first of allu’re not supposed to generalise. What i knw about Yorubas like u (includin Obj) is [email protected] u’re selfish nd will only get close to pple of other tribes just for gain. From ur article i’ve seen enuf reasons for u ro hate igbos. Who knows y Chioma Anasoh didn’t marry u, thank God u didn’t marry her cos d igbos will not want an in-law like u.

  15. Instead of u guys insulting d man I think the best way is to com up with yur own findings. It is only cowards that do wot u a guys are doing. An intectual man wil sits down do his finds and write up his stories

  16. @Henry, wonderful comment. To me, abusin wil do d Igbos no good. I strongly agree wit Omolabake’s view! Back yourselves up wit FACTS instead of abusive words. Though d fact dat d Igbos sole aim, purpose n objective is about makin money n acquiring wealth is very True.

  17. leave this idoit, cause i know he is going to die very soon. jobless animal. igbos brain can never be wasteful like his. yes igbos are using theirs wisely and he is using his for criticism. nwangbada anuofia……

  18. it so sad that we are still not recognizing the truth in Nigeria. There can’t be one Nigeria. people should start developing their consistency. For the Igbos, it is time. The Igbos please start developing your place, instead of developing another mans’ land. No matter how you look at it, the flower and plants planted in another mans’ land, will so hard to uproot when you are asked to leave………….Igbos please wakeup ooooooooooooo

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