El-Rufai’s Misplaced Priorities

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Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s approach to fighting insecurity is misplaced, writes Femi Fani-Kayode
Permit me to begin this contribution with an aside. It is only a weak, insecure, paranoid, wicked, heartless, ignorant, lawless and callous government that refuses to identify, apprehend, prosecute and hang the bloodthirsty, psychopathic and murdering Janjaweed Islamist Fulani militants and herdsmen and instead arrests an innocent and accomplished young man like Audu Maikori, who simply had the courage to cry out to the world about the killings in Southern Kaduna. 
I am convinced that if my old friend, Governor Nasir El Rufai wants peace in Kaduna State and in the entire country, is this the way to achieve it? Does he really believe that locking up his critics and those that have expressed concern about the killings in his state is the way forward? Does he not know that the suppression of dissenting voices and intimidation will only lead to more anger, resistance, violence and dissent? 

Can he not build bridges rather than burn them? Can he not make friends rather than make enemies? Here is my message to him: the people of Southern Kaduna are NOT your slaves and neither are the northern minorities, the people of the south or the Christians of Nigeria. You can lock up as many of us as you like, our faith will only continue to grow and we shall continue to go from strength to strength. 
Thankfully God intervened in the matter.  On the afternoon of Saturday, 18th February, the Lord heard the prayers of the Maikori family and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who appears to be far more sensitive to the implications of locking up innocent men and women, ordered the immediate release of Maikori after he saw the storm that was brewing. 
This brings me to the meat of this intervention. One of the qualities that a Prince must have is the ability to speak truth to power no matter the price, no matter the consequences and no matter whose ox is gored. Today, I will share a truth which many may not like but which, as a leader and a Prince, I am constrained to share. Some have suggested that every Nigerian is compelled by God to pray for our ailing President. I disagree. I do not wish him ill or wish him dead but at the same time I do not subscribe to the view that I am compelled to pray for him. 
I would rather save my prayers for the thousands of Audu Maikoris of this world, who are suffering persecution and who are languishing in dingy cells all over our country for doing absolutely nothing wrong. I would rather save my prayers for the souls and families of those that have been cut short by the guns and bullets of security forces, the bombs of radical Islamic terrorists and the matchetes and knives of the Fulani militias and herdsmen. 
When the Holy Bible says we must pray for our leaders, the author was referring to God-fearing and Godly leaders and not usurpers and tyrants. The Bible says we must ‘resist evil’ and few would dispute the fact that with the economy in shambles, with the naira at its lowest value in its entire history, with the level of impunity and corruption in government and with the amount of brutal persecution, politically-motivated arrests and prosecutions and the massive shedding of innocent blood that goes on in our country today, the government is evil. 
As a matter of fact, it is a cursed government that has come to do nothing but spread death, disease, poverty, tears, hardship, suffering, division, hatred, persecution, injustice, destruction and wickedness. To those that insist that even evil tyrants are worthy of our goodwill and prayers, I put the following questions: would you have prayed for Herod, Pharaoh, Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar, Jezebel, Ahab, Athalia, Nimrod, Adolf Hitler or Idi Amin? 
Again, would you have had night vigils or made passionate supplications for Emperor Bokassa, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Nero, Caligula, Sennacherub, King Leopold 11 of Belgium, Count Vlad the Impailer of Transylvania and Tsar Ivan, the Terrible of Russia? Would you have conducted Holy Mass or rolled your rosary for Osama Bin Ladin of Al Qaeda, Muhammed Al Baghdadi of ISIL, Abubakar Shekau of Boko Haram or Usman Dan Fodio of the Fulani Caliphate?
Again would you have fasted and prayed for Atilla the Hun, Genghis Khan, Kaiser Wilhelm 11 of Germany, the Inca and Aztec Kings of South America, the Borgias of Spain, King Darius of Persia and so many more of history’s monsters and beasts to remain alive and to continue to torment and rule their people? 
Do you know that those listed above collectively killed or caused the deaths of over 500 million people between them? Do you really believe that they were God’s choices and that it was wrong to pray them out or remove them from power? Did God make a mistake when He killed Pharaoh and slew Herod for their wickedness and evil against the children of Israel AFTER their victims rose up in prayer and cried to Him to deliver them? 
Did you read anywhere in your Bible that the holy Prophets and believers prayed for the wicked Kings and rulers to continue to rule? Did Elijah not oppose Jezebel and did David and Samuel not renounce and stand against Saul? Do you not know the difference between a righteous ruler whom God loves and whom He installed and a blood-sucking demon and vicious tyrant whom the devil is using?
Do you know the number of people that have been killed under this government whether they are Biafran and IPOB youths, Shiite Muslims or Christian refugees? Do you know the number of Christians that are being slaughtered in the north on a daily basis by Fulani militias and herdsmen? Do you know that Buhari once said that an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north?
Do you know that he once said he believes that sharia should be spread throughout the federation? Do you know that he once said Muslims should only vote for Muslims? Do you know that he once said Christians should not be concerned about sharia because it is the limbs of Muslims that are being cut off and not theirs? Do you know that he once went to Oyo State and accused Governor Lam Adesina’s “people” (meaning the Yoruba) of killing his own Fulani people? 
Do you know that the Minister of Information of his government, Lai Mohammed, once said it was wrong and unconstitutional to proscribe and ban Boko Haram? Do you know that about one year ago, the same Mohammed said Boko Haram had been “technically defeated” and a few days ago, he said it was “a fallacy” to say Muslims killed Christians in Nigeria? 
This was after 808 Christians were slaughtered in cold blood on Christmas eve and Christmas day a few weeks ago. Do you know that Buhari is the third Mahdi of Nigeria? The first was Usman Dan Fodio, the second was Sir Ahmadu Bello and Muhammadu Buhari is the third. Do you know that their vision and dream is for the Fulani to be the “first amongst equals” and to conquer, rule, dominate and subjugate the people and numerous ethnic nationalities that make up Nigeria in perpetuity?
Do you know that they have gone very far in this quest and almost achieved their objectives? Do you know that restructuring the nation or, failing that, a complete break up of Nigeria into two or more pieces is the only thing that can save the people of the south and the Middle Belt from serfdom and slavery? 
Do you know that Herbert Macauly, Bode Thomas, Obafemi Awolowo, Kaduna Nzeogwu, Emmanuel Ifeajuna, Victor Banjo, Fajuyi, Emeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, J.S. Tarka, Isaac Boro, Solomon Lar, Josiah Olawoyin, Paul Gindiri, J.D. Gomwalk, Silas Janfa,  Zamani Lekwot, T.Y. Danjuma, Jolly Tanko Yusuf, Gideon Orkar, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Tony Nyiam, Saliba Mukoro, MKO Abiola, Bobo Nwosisi, Franklin Atake, Alfred Rewane, Abraham Adesanya, Ayo Adebanjo, Olaniyonu Ajayi, Bola Ige and so many others that saw this satanic agenda coming many decades ago and resisted it with every fibre of their being have now been vindicated? 
Do you know that the principle of self-determination and the concept of Biafra and southern and Middle Belt liberation are more alive today than ever before? Do you know that there are millions of youths all over this country today that are prepared to sacrifice their lives for this principle and concept and resist ethnic and religious bigotry, subjugation, domination and tyranny with the last drop of their blood? 
Do you know that those that have been subjected to genocide by the usual suspects for the last 56 years of our existence as a nation are now saying “enough is enough?” Do you know what northern Christians have been and are still being subjected to over the years and particularly today? Do you know that Igbo youths and Shiite Muslims have been subjected to crimes against humanity by the Nigerian state in the last one year and seven months?
Do you know that Nigeria under President Buhari is a failed state which lives on lies, thrives on deceit, breathes on persecution, feeds on suppression, energises on intimidation and is fuelled and propelled by the most basic, crude and primitive form of Goebellian propaganda? 
Do you know anything at all? Do you know how many people are being locked up and persecuted in the name of a fake and selective anti-corruption war in this country? Do you know the level of wickedness and injustice that is being perpetuated by this government? Do you know how many families have suffered and destroyed by them? Do you know about the abuse of power and the gross violation of human rights and civil liberties that are going on? Do you know how corrupt and deceitful this government is?
Then you say that we should pray and support such people? There is nowhere in the Bible that we are called to pray for liars, cheats, sadists, anti-Christ, cold-blooded murderers and psychopaths as our leaders. Rather, the Bible says we must resist evil and injustice and stand up for the weak, the persecuted, the hungry, the suffering, the vulnerable and the poor. 
There is nowhere in the Bible that we are enjoined to support and encourage genocidal maniacs, the killer of believers, the tormenters of the faithful, the persecutors of God’s servants and the destroyers of the Church. Nigeria has no place for quislings and psychopaths that are trying to curry favour with or impress those that are desperately trying to enslave our people and Islamise our country.
My position is simple and clear. I will never pray for those I consider evil and I will never allow myself to be subjugated, silenced or turned into a second class citizen in my own country. Whatever the consequence for my defiance, if the Lord wills it, let it come. Let us finish this thing once and for all. I would rather be a free soul in heaven than a quivering and gutless slave on earth.
I speak for millions when I say that we will NEVER bow to those that believe that they were born to rule and seek to impose their faith, their values and their way of life on us. Unlike others in these shores, those of us that are prepared to stand up and say “no more” are captains of our ship and masters of our soul. It is either we forge our own destinies, chart our own course and free our own people or we shall die trying. God wills it. And so it shall be.
-Fani-Kayode is a former Minister of Aviation
 
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Do you know that Nigeria under President Buhari is a failed state which lives on lies, thrives on deceit, breathes on persecution, feeds on suppression, energises on intimidation and is fuelled and propelled by the most basic, crude and primitive form of Goebellian propaganda?