Written by Yinka Odumakin
THIS must be a harrowing season for Professor Wole Soyinka as Nigeria travels through its special season of Kongies and Madmen. The professor has spent almost his entire life teaching in the classroom, as well as in national and international forums, to know well enough that some people are uneducated.
I am still deciphering the “leap of faith” that befell him last week that he gave an interview to the BBC where he spoke about the war of shepherds on our doorstep and dictated to President Muhammad Bukhari words that should emerge from his presidency at a moment like this.
Three days after speaking, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a direct response to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who said Bukhari should stop presenting himself as President Fulani, added that the president would become talkative if he had to talk about cattle ranchers, who remain relentless in their nefarious activities, every now and then.
The shepherds returned when they launched an attack on Soyinka’s residence of Abeokuta to practically show that war was at his door.
But in a very bizarre turn of events, Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina landed on prof. And they began to justify themselves for the lunatics we call cattlemen, who did not attack the home of our celebrated icon for the first time. Of all the reports I read, there was none that said the professor was physically assaulted, but throwing cows into his complex is the ultimate attack on our Nobel laureate. Backhand service for cow imperialism, which was prof. He was our leading general, not lost on us. They gave the impression that there was no attack because the professor was not hacked like Olufon or any other celebrated victim of the Fulani war around us.
I even read the part of the statement that says the house is unfenced and then I had to reach for the author’s question whether that makes the WS private residence a pasture field for the Fulans.
Judge Adewale Thompson has already ruled in 1969 that there is no law that forces a farmer to fence off a livestock farm from talking about a private individual fencing off his home. Judge Thompson stated emphatically, “I do not accept the defendants’ claim that there is a custom that imposes an obligation on a farm owner to fence off a farm, while a livestock owner allows his livestock to roam like pests and cause damage.
“Such a custom, if it exists, is unreasonable and I consider it disgusting from natural justice, fairness and good conscience and, therefore, unenforceable … because it is extremely unreasonable to impose the burden of fencing a farm on a farmer without an appropriate obligation for the cattle owner to fence the cattle.”
“As a result, I have banned open grazing, because it is detrimental to peace and tranquility, and livestock owners must fence or raise their animals for peace to reign in those communities.”
Professor Soyinka clarified the air in his speech in the order of the man of truth as he is, and he remains a constant star in this matter. The statement reads: “The most shocking aspect of my recent interaction with cows and ranchers is that it has created the most unwanted distraction from the current Nigerian narrative of life and death.
“It is necessary to take a vacation in order to deal with distortions and false versions, while students are allegedly traveling and killing and / or kidnapping in Onda, and farmers are being slaughtered in my country.
“In short, the killings continue even as commissions are launched to investigate direct human rights violations in the past. For those who are genuinely looking for details about the Ijegba incident, I confirm that I have never been physically attacked, nor have cows. However, cows and cattle breeders attacked my property – and not for the first time. “
The motive for the attack on Prof’s house is not hidden from the wise: a cow uncovered.
I laughed belly up in the almost stupid way the police celebrate the fact that the cows the Fulani attacked at Prof’s house belong to a Yoruba man.
Crazy herders are needed to take the cows to that place. Only a crazy Yoruba can make cows attack our Kongie’s house – or openly graze in the modern world. We never said there is no Yoruba that raises cows.
Good night, Grandma Jakande
We are in deep grief as death on Thursday at the mature age of 91 took away one of the safest avaists, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.
Pope LKJ was the last of the UPN governors that Awolowo sent to the Second Republic to convince this impossible country that there was a possibility of progressive governance.
I was at his 90th birthday in the company of Chiefs Ayo Adebanjo and Oba Oladipa Olaitan who faithfully served as Jakande’s advisor in his memorable years as Governor of the State of Lagos. We shared the company of his colleague in Born, Mohammed Goni, whose government profited from the generosity of Lagos under the Jakande.
In addition to being the main contractor in the implementation of the five main UPN programs, the head of Jakanda was loyal to Lagos and the people of Lagos. He reclaimed Lekki’s entire scheme without assigning a conspiracy to himself.
He built a double road from Lekki to Epe without the burden of toll collection for people. Those who came to profiteering after him, after 40 years, added the tape to the solid ones built by the LKJ, and toll plazas sprang up everywhere.
Awo must be in a great mood for a worthy student to return home to join him. The influence of Babe Jakanda is eternal and it hurts me that COVID-19 prevented me from seeing him in the last days on earth because he was such a great inspiration.
We can never forget him.
Re: Yoruba Nation
I READ your piece from February 9th with rapturous attention and feelings.
It is true that many so-called Yoruba leaders are sold out people who are just rushing for their pockets and selfish interests, using the Yoruba nation as a bargaining power.
I will be very honest with you, my dear brother Odumakin. The only solution to the messy fabrication called Nigeria created by the British for their exploitative interest is restructuring or open collapse as the venerable man of God, Pastor EO Adeboye, said.
Disregarding calls from various parties to restructure the country is a tacit call for civil unrest in the country, as the ominous signs are visible to all but those who deliberately close their eyes to their selfish interests.
I support the claim of the erudite scholar and Nobel laureate that he is in the lead to allow the state ship to continue on that path of self-destruction or move it away from the imminent ruin that awaits it.
Thank you very much.
Dr. Anthony Ajibade, Department of Sociology, University of Abuja
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