Until. Yes, until that fateful day when an invite creatively woven into a thumping music assaulted my WhatsApp.
Author: Taju Tijani
General Muhammadu Buhari has trampled the waveless form of our democracy by building bonfire of lies and wicked framing against Nigerians who are raising their voices against the terrorism he is unleashing against Southern Nigerians. The pervasive effect of his authoritarian reflex and blind obduracy is exerting restraining voices to speak out by calling him out in the most unflattering and indelicate languages ever used for a sitting Nigerian leader.
I deliberately teased her out on Nigeria and like a thunderbolt she prized open a closed chapter on her mind with ferocious interest.
What is unravelling within the interior working of this administration is the spirit of dictatorship.
The recent N100 million bounty on Kanu’s head was too tempting not to see massive scavenging for the loot.
“When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.” That was Jean-Paul Sartre’s summation in: “The Devil and the Good Lord.” Nigerians found themselves embroiled in yet another chapter of an endless, vexatious, and scandalous war. The war against greed. The war against this nation’s untreatable sickness. The war against aggressive hyper-corruption
Chinweizu’s relentless passion for self-determination among the constituting nations of this federation is today’s unfolding reality. Here is my clinical dissection of his literary firework. This was published in 2013, but eight years later, Nigeria has rumbled into the cacophony of self-determination as imagined by Chinweizu
WhatsApp is versatile. It is user friendly. It can handle calls, messages, video, files and just about everything any computer can and, because it is encrypted end to end, nobody can read, see, or hear any of your stuff unless you want them to. Since adding the WhatsApp feature in April 2016, Facebook the parent company has sold its “end to end encryption” as the reason to use it above all other smartphone message applications. The pitch has been a roaring success. WhatsApp is currently the world’s most popular messaging app, with over two billion active monthly users. WhatsApp is used in over 180 countries. 54% of millennials and just over a third of baby boomers (36%) use WhatsApp daily.
Since our independence, we have been treading the path of infamy because of Northern greed to conquer and colonise and turn us into willing slaves of their stock. We have been living with recurring nightmare of bloodbaths through Northern inordinate entitlement mentality to Southern Nigeria resources that feed their ego, worldview, and humanity.
The NIN is mandatory for all Nigerians and eligibility is a dash to the enrolment centre where all your bio data is captured through a series of clicks on the computer mouse. Once your data is collected, you are given a transaction slip and depending on where in the universe is done, you are either given a NIN slip indicating enrolment, or you submit your phone number and email address for further communication.
Recently Gumi stirred up national uproar by some of his outlandish ideas about banditry, the Military and the tacit sympathy he has been nursing for the Fulani murderers. The whole social and commentariat space has been driven to a hysterical sense of utter disgust, anger and helplessness watching actor Gumi on stage as he draws our opprobrium.
In the winter of 1969, a heavily armed, FBI-backed team of police officers stormed an apartment on the West Side of Chicago and killed one of the sleeping inhabitants. The man killed in that wintry night was the 21 years old Fred Hampton, the prodigious revolutionary and a potent force of the Black Panther Party.
In minutes, I was waiting for them at the concierge downstairs. I had beaten the race of who got downstairs first. I knew the stairs were faster than the lift. They were unaware I’ll be doing the stairs. Shocked to see me nestling quietly downstairs, Kola burst into laughter. Lukman smiled ruefully and gave me a thumb up for my pranks. “Egbe logbe mi de isale, I joked.”
Provocative and ugly stories of Fulani capture of Yoruba land have taken on the form of legend over the years. Given an inch, the Fulani has taken a mile. Given a mile, the Fulani has colonized whole towns and villages and installed local Serikis who act as their totem of authority and power.
For the past four years, I have been cursing Steve Bannon, arguably the architect and the most significant force behind the Donald Trump victory. Bannon grasped that in the digital age, political ideas must be draped over distinctive personalities to cut through the babel of electronic noises.
The effect of Koro is felt around the world. Yes, some countries are blessed and yet to record any contagion. The geographical spread of Koro – man unseen killer – has given world governments cause to pause and rethink the meaning of life and death.
Nigeria in unity is a broken nation. Nigeria in unity is a wounded nation. The caliphate Fulani has built a false altar on to themselves. They want us to worship them and not bow down to other gods. But sad to say, we are not going to bow down to their crude false image of who they think they are. The south must serve its interest and its interest alone just as the caliphate had been doing since our independence.
On being caught over his lie, hear his nasty rant: “These haters, when I was on their case, they were crying. Now I’m on my own lane enjoying my life, they are still crying and sucking. Expect more so you can cry more. I’m on medical check-up not admission. Celebrating New Year is my right, haters can hug transformer. Happy New Year.” This is Fayose at his most insane moment. Where is character, decency and decorum in this statement? As a former public office holder, where is that civilised engagement and respect for the nation that gave him such rare privilege as a former governor? I wonder how the most unhinged apologists of Fayose will defend his midday call on his foes to opt for suicide through transformer hugging. People like him are tied to transformer in a country like China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia for stealing state money. Fayose’s rhetorical depravity which was meant to wrap his ego in the oxygen of public space has turned out to be a statement from a barbarian who has consistently stood against public morality, decorum and decency.
We are entering into a red zone of “Who Dares Wins” that sets demonstrators under the aegis of Endsarism ideology against the warring, bullish, combative, brutish, tyrannical and reactionary forces of Buhari’s dictatorial resume. Gaslighters, bombthrowers and pacifists are shoveling into the trenches in a macabre war of social media civil war.
In hindsight, history showed that Nigeria in the 90’s was a land under the grip of military machinery and fear. Abacha represented the evil of that decade. He governed to steal and stole to govern. He had an uncanny gift for tyranny and wickedness.