Nigeria: Femi Fani-Kayode: An ignorant political prostitute and bigot

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 7th, 2013

fami fani kayode‘The claim that the Igbo helped to develop Lagos is hogwash. The major institutions of the south-west were developed by the diligence, hard-work, industry and sweat of the Yoruba people. This is a historical fact” – Femi Fani-Kayode

Did I read Femi Fani-Kayode and the clown he quoted in his ignorant article saying that Lagos was the nerve center of commerce in West Africa before Nigeria was conjured by the British? 

This is historical crap:

“Lagos was a British colony seized from Benin Empire and built by federal fund and might…Check this out: Ojukwu started his professional career at the Agricultural department before leaving to join John Holt as a tyre sales clerk. He also incorporated a textile company in Onitsha to supplement his income during this period, already exhibiting a little bit of his entrepreneurial spirit. While at John Holt, he noticed the severe strain a lack of adequate transportation had on Eastern textile traders. He later left John Holt to create a transport company to improve the trading environment for Nigerian traders. As a transporter he was a tireless worker and meticulous to detail; he was usually the first to inspect his transport vehicles for oil and leakages. Apart from his work ethic, his success was also oiled by the economic boom after World War II, working with the West African Railway Company and the newly inaugurated produce boards, he provided his fleet for commodity transportation and for other traders use. As a transporter he had his own transport company (Ojukwu”s Transport Company)which was the first major transport company to move the easterners to Lagos from the Asaba end of the Niger river after they might have crossed over from Onitsha on a boat.

During the 1950s, he diversified his interest, bought some industries, invested heavily in the real estate sector and became a director in numerous major corporations including the state-owned Nigerian National Shipping Line. He was a member of the board of Nigerian Coal Corporation, Shell Oil, D’Archy, and African Continental Bank.

Ojukwu died in 1966, just a year before the Nigerian civil war. His son Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was the leader of the secessionist state of Biafra.

“Since 1914, the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their backgrounds, in their religious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any signs of willingness to unite … Nigerian unity is only a British invention” – Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa who in 1950 was reported by the TIME MAGAZINE of October 10, 1960 to have said there was no basis for Nigerian unity and it was only a wish of the British

Then just 4 years later: Northern House Of Assembly Proceedings, February-March 1964 

Below is an extract from the proceedings of the Northern Region House of Assembly between February and March 1964, less than four years after Nigeria’s independence from the British. I have nothing to add. Read and judge for yourself:

Mallam Muhammadu Mustapha Mande Gyan:

On the allocation of plots to Ibos or allocation of stalls, I would like to advise the Minister that these people know how to make money, and we do not know the way and manner of getting about this business. We do not want Ibos to be allocated with plots. I do not want them to be given plots…

Mallam Bashari Umaru:

I would like (you), as a Minister of Land and Survey, to revoke forthwith all Certificates of Occupancy from the hands of the Ibos resident in the Region… (Applause)

Mr. A. A. Agogede:

I’m very glad that we are in a Moslem country, and the government of Northern Nigeria allowed some few Christians in the region to enjoy themselves according to the belief of their religion, but building of hotels should be taken away from the Igbos, and even if we find some Christians who are interested in building hotels and do not have money to do so, the government should aid them, instead of allowing Ibos to continue with their hotels.

Dr. Iya Abubakar (Special Member, Lecturer, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria):

I am one of the strong believers in Nigerian unity, and I have hoped for our having a united Nigeria, but certainly if the present state of affairs continues, I hope the government will investigate first the desirability and secondly the possibility of extending Northernisation policy to the petty traders. (Applause)

Mallam Mukhtar Bello:

I would like to say something very important, that the Minister should take my appeal to the Federal Government about the Igbos in the post office. I wish the numbers of these Igbos be reduced…. There are too many of them in the North. They are like sardines and 1 think they are just too dangerous to the Region.

Mallam Ibrahim Musa:

Mr. Chairman, Sir. Well first and foremost, what I have to say before this Hon. House is that we should send a delegation to meet our Hon. Premier to move a motion in this very Budget Session that all the Ibos working in the Civil Service of Northern Nigeria, including the native authorities, whether they are contractors or not, should be repatriated at once…

Mallam Bashari Umaru:

There should be no contracts either from the government, native authorities, or private enterprises given to Ibo contractors (Government Bench: Good talk and shouts of “Fire the Southerners”). Again, Mr. Chairman, the foreign firms too should be given time limit to replace all Ibo in their firms by some other people.

The Premier (Alhaji the Hon. Sir Ahmadu Bello, K.B.E., Sardauna of Sokoto):

It is my most earnest desire that every post in the region, however small it is, be filled by a Northerner (Applause)

Alhaji Usman Liman:

What brought the Ibos into this region? They were here since the colonial days. Had it not been for the colonial rule, there would hardly have been any Ibo in this region. Now that there is no colonial rule, the Ibos should go back to their region. There should be no hesitation about the matter. Mr. Chairman, North is for Northerners, East for Easterners, West for Westerners, and the Federation is for us all. (Applause)

The Minister of Land and Survey (Alhaji the Hon. Ibrahim Musa Cashash, O.B.E.):

Mr. Chairman. Sir, I do not like to take up much of the time of this House in making explanations, but I would like to assure members that having heard their demands about Ibos holding land in Northern Nigeria, my ministry will do all it can to see that the demands of members are met. How to do this, when to do it, al1 these should not be disclosed. In due course, you will all see what will happen. (Applause)

Above is Culled from M. O. Onyenakeya, Igbos in Nigerian Politics, pp.30-32

And, by the way, Lagos indigenes and Yorubas did not develop Lagos. Lagos is the product of the concentration of funding and infrastructure there by the Federal Government since 1914. It became “Nigeria’s commercial capital” because Nigerian private business people from all tribes came to Lagos, being the nation’s Seat of Power for many decades, and established their businesses there. Lagos is the greatest beneficiary of Nigeria’s federalism. Nigeria’s crude oil and gas resources, corporate taxes and the entrepreneurial zeal of Nigerians built Lagos.

“Let us for forget our differences……..” Nnamdi Azikiwe was said to have canvassed to which Ahmadu Bello retorted “No, we cannot forget our differences, we have to understand our differences….” I agree with Ahmadu Bello

Let me end this with Kelechi Jeff Eme’s take on Femi Fani-Kayode: The political prostitute and bigot

“There are men I attached little value to: men robed in loquaciousness, men who are inconsistent and those whose stomachs determine their actions. Femi Fani-Kayode, FFK, is the epitome of this and frankly speaking, he is the worse specie of what defines a politician. For a man who achieved relevance simply because his father was a former Deputy Premier of Western Nigeria, the least he should have done is to zip up his vocal cavity and allow erudite men to think and speak. Surely, Yorubas are not lacking of such men.

Did I read FFK and the clown he quoted saying that Lagos was the nerve center of commerce in West Africa before Nigeria was conjured by the British? I wonder where they are getting that history lesson from. Obviously from a timid historical mindset laced in bigotry and pedestrian appreciation of what national cohesion is all about.

“I am amazed that a man of such low intellectual and commonsensical capacity was once a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. How did he cope? Was that responsible for the fast track decay in the sector during his tenure? Does FFK really know what economic development is? For his infantile mind, this guy should know that without the small scale and informal sectors, the industrial estates he is boasting of would have been a nullity. 

“FFK should be bold enough to answer this question: would Yorubas have been able to command Nigerian corporate life today had Awolowo as Finance Minister and Vice Chairman of Gowon’s governing council in brazen display of nepotism handed over our mutual inheritance to them? 

“It is bizarre that FFK failed to point out that when Sir Louis Ojukwu was atop the Lagos/ Nigerian corporate world, No Yoruba was any where near him. Was he simply trading? FFK, you are still feeble minded to appreciate some of these things. Please go to honourable men like Chief Akintola Williams for a lecture. I hope he will sit you down and straighten you up.

Please smell the coffee young man and appreciate that life does not end in naira and kobo. Get a life.”

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