By: Femi Fani-Kayode
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of
wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was
the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of
Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had
everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct
to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way”- Charles Dickens, ‘A
Tale Of Two Cities’, 1859.
Charles Dickens’ famous opening lines in what has proved to be one of the
most moving, outstanding and celebrated books in modern history titled “A
Tale Of Two Cities” are as appropiate and applicable to Nigeria in 2018 as
they were to Victorian England in 1859.
These are indeed the worst of times and the best of times for Africa’s
so-called giant.This is indeed the season of light and the season of
This is the age of tyranny, barbarity, mass murder, genocide, ethnic
cleansing, state-sponsored militias, persecution of dissenting voices and
wholesale oppression and the age when new giants and heroes rise in
courage and defiance and where new beginnings are establshed.
Let us consider the following.
Fulani terrorists that are generally referred to as “herdsmen” are
slaughtering the Tivs, the Idomas and the Igede in Benue state and
elsewhere yet President Muhammadu Buhari, who is himself a Fulani and
indeeed the Life Patron of Miyetti Allah their umbrella organisation, says
he is “not in a hurry to make decisions” on the matter and he insists on
referring to the killers as his “brothers” who “must be accomodated”.
I wonder how many more people have to be butchered before the King of the
North wakes up and recognises the fact that his country is on fire and
that, if not put out quickly, that fire will consumme him, his government,
his Fulani people and indeed the whole of Nigeria.
It is with this in mind that I viewed the strange appeal by a very dear
and respected sister of mine who is from the north but who has resided in
the United Kingdom for the last 30 years to show love to the Fulani
terrorists, to live in harmony and peace with them and to forgive them for
their acts of genocide and other daily atrocities.
Love and forgiveness and the quest for peace is indeed a great Christian
virtue but it does not apply and neither can it be offfered where there is
no repentence, remorse or restitution on the part of the aggressor.
You cannot forgive and show love or be at peace with a butcher who
proceeds to rape and murder your wife and children before your very eyes,
burn down your home, steal your land, destroy your religious faith and
your way of life, insult your God and wipe away all trace and memory of
your family and ethnic nationality.
That would be delusion and madness and nothing but a full-scale
manifestation of wholesale cowardice. It would also be a glaring
abdication of your duty as a Christian, a man, a husband and a father to
protect your family, your loved ones and your community and indeed all
those that God has placed under your care.
My first thoughts when she made her “love the terrorists” appeal were
whether she ever considered asking the people of Iraq and Syria to love
and live in peace with ISIS when they were under occupation.
I wondered whether she asked the people of Somalia, Kenya and East Africa
to live in love and peace with Al Shabab.
I wondered whether she asked the people of Uganda to live in love and
peace with the barbaric hordes known as the Lord’s Resistance Army or
whether she asked the Tutsis of Rwanda to live in peace with the murderous
Hutus as they butchered 800,000 of their people with matches in the
streets of Kigali all in the space if three weeks.
I wondered whether she asked the people of Pakistan, Afghanistan and India
to live in love and peace with the Taliban or whether she asked the people
of Libya and north Africa to live in love and peace with Al Qaeda and
I wondered whether she asked the Christians of Lebanon to live in love and
peace during the days of their civil war when the Muslims slaughtered them
from house to house in their hundreds of thousands.
I wondered whether she asked the people of north eastern Nigeria to live
in love and peace with Boko Haram or whether she asked the good people of
the Jewish state of Israel to live at peace with Hamas, Hezbollah or
I wondered whether she urged the blacks of South Africa to love and live
at peace with the white Boer setttlers that took their country, stole
their land, reduced them to animals and placed them under the curse and
bondage of slavery during the cruel years of apartheid.
I wonder whether she urged the world to embrace Adolf Hitler and his Nazis
in love and peace before, during and after the Second World War and whilst
they attempted to wipe out much of humanity and gassed 6 million Jews and
4 million gypsies and slavs to death in their gas chambers.
I wonder whether she asked the Christian Armenians that had one million of
their people massacred by the Muslim Turks to live at peace and in love
with their tormentors and oppressors or whether she asked the people of
Cambodia to live at peace and in love with Pol Pot’s ‘Khmer Rouge’ that
slaughtered one million of their people in the killing fields.
I wonder if she would have asked the black African slaves of the old
southern Confederate states of the United States of America to accept
their horrific plight and to live at peace and in love with their white
slave owners and masters and I wonder whether she would have asked Rev.
Martin Luther King to abandon the struggle for black human rights and
civil liberties in America in the 1960’s and instead live in love and
peace with those that viewed his people as nothing but sub-human
chimpanzees and monkeys.
Innocence and a charitable and kind spirit is one thing but naivety is
quite another. And to accept injustice, wickedness, tyranny, slavery,
servitude, barbarity, genocide, ethnic cleansing and oppression with
gratitude and cowardly acquiesence and silence, all in the name of the
quest for peace and love, is a curse.
It is better to die a free man than to live as a slave. It is better to
die on your feet than live in your knees. It is better to die with honor
and dignity and fighting for a noble cause and your freedom than to live
in perpetual slavery and indefinate servitude.
Wherever and whenever we see evil and a manifestation of man’s inhumanity
to man it is our duty as Christians and leaders to call it out and oppose
it vehemently. If you cannot do that then you are not a believer but an
intellectual barbarian and a shameless coward that is not worthy of Christ
or the great salvation that He offers.
Anyone that visits the scene of the genocidal crimes or that has visited
the homes, families and victims of the Fulani terrorists after they have
committed their barborous atrocities, as yours truly has done on several
occasions, will have no thoughts of love and peace towards the
perpertrators of those crimes but only contempt, disdain, defiance and
pure and unadulterated hate.
I do not hate the Fulani race but I hate the terrorists amongst them that
commit these hideous atrocities.
We are not dealing with human beings or even animals here: we are dealing
with ravenous, wild and insatiable beasts. And there can be no love,
mercy, fellowship or peace between wild and ravenous beasts and the sons
and daughters of men.
I cannot live at peace or in love with those that are committed to
violence and those that the bible vividly describes as “men of blood”.
I cannot live in love and peace with those that seek to drain the blood of
my people, destroy their heritage, steal their land, wipe out my race,
eliminate my faith, deny my God and turn us into slaves and the biblical
“hewers of the wood” and “drawers of the water”.
I have nothing but hate for those with such an evil agenda. I hate them
with the biblical “perfect hatred” and I make no apology for it.
This is not the time to love: it is a time to hate the terrorists. It is a
time to rise up in righteous and holy anger and say “no more” to the
hapless and heartless butchers of the night that slaughter pregnant women,
that dash the heads of babies against the wall and that cut open the
throats of children and infants.
It is a time to hate those that prey on the weak and that attack the old,
the ageing and the vulnerable. It is a time to hate and to resist the
Nazis of Nigeria that see themselves as the anointed masters, the supreme
beings and pure-blooded Aryans of the Nigerian state and the African
It is a time to hate that evil coin that keeps popping up and keeps
plaguing the Nigerian people which bears the face of Boko Haram on one
side and the face of the Fulani terrorists on the other.
It is a time to hate those that slaughter the Biafrans, that murder IPOB
youths and that “disappeared” Nnamdi Kanu.
It is a time to recognise the fact that the Fulani terrorists are the
direct and biological descendants of the war-time mercenary “godogodo’
militias that were unleashed by the Federal forces on the Biafrans during
our civil war to kill, burn, rape, steal, pillage, destroy and commit all
manner of bestial acts against the innocent and defenceless civlian Igbo
It is time to hate those terrorists that are no better than demons and
that are the spiritual descendants of the biblical Chaldeans and
The world did not love Hitler and his Nazis. They courageously rose up to
his challenge and fought him to the ground. 50 million people lost their
precuous lives in that monumental struggle but in the end good prevailed
over evil and the forces of light overcame the forces of darkness.
Without that great victory over evil Africans would have been wiped off
the face of the earth today and the few that were spared and left alive
would have provided nothing but cheap slave labour for the Aryans of
Germany and their new world order.
Had the Nazis won that war and prevailed in that struggle, our plight
would have been worse than that of the Jews. Yet the world said “no” and
fought the great evil with which they were confronted.
They rose up as one to the challenge, cried “havoc” and “let slip the dogs
of war”. We can and must all learn from this.
It is time for the Nigerian people to rise up against the pervasive evil
that the Fulani terrorists present and do the same.
It is time to hate the terrorists with a perfect hatred and to say “no
more” to the slaughter of innocents, the raping of our women and the
barbaric and unprecedented destruction and occupation of our ancestral
lands by an alien army whose progenitors and ancestors hail from Futa
The truth is that there can be no fellowship between light and darkness.
The Bible says “what have the childen of light got to do with the children
Like millions of other Nigerians I feel a deep sense of outrage and shame
about what is going on in our country today.
The blood that is being shed by the Fulani terrorist militias EVERY DAY is
too much. It is barbaric. It is unspeakable. It is beyond human
comprehension. It is evil.
Worse still it brings all manner of curses on our people and on our land.
It has to stop before people get fed up and start not only defending
themselves but also going on the offensive against the perpetrators and
Miyetti Allah and their leader President Muhammadu Buhari must call their
Janjaweed herdsmen to order before it is too late.
Nigeria is on the brink of a catastrophic religious, regional and ethnic
civil war the likes if which the world has NEVER witnessed.
Such a monumental and devastating confict will do no-one any good and we
must do all that is in our power to avoid it at all costs for the sake of
our children and unborn generations.
Rather than talk about love we must ALL condemn the evil, the genocide and
the ethnic cleansing being carried out by the Fulani herdsmen and we must
ask for justice for the dead and the bereaved.
I say this because people are being killed in the most gruesome
circumstances every day. We live in a nation where the lives of cows are
considered to be more valuable than the lives of human beings.
Where is the love when 808 Christians are slaughtered in cold blood in
their homes in Southern Kaduna by Fulani herdsmen on Christmas day in 2016
and yet no-one has been arrested for it?
Where is the love when innocent and defenceless people, including women
and children, are being slaughtered in their hundreds and thousands and in
the sanctity of their homes in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kogi,
Kwara, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Enugu, Abia, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Imo,
Anambra, Edo, Osun, Lagos, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe and elsewhere by these
Are those that were butchered and hacked to pieces by these emisarries of
hell not human beings? Did they not have families and loved ones too and
did they not have their own hopes, aspirations and ambitions in life?
These are OUR people. We must honor their memories and those they left
behind by demanding that our fascist President and his fascist Fulani
government arrests and prosecutes their killers rather than talk about
I have NO love in my heart for unrepentant Islamist terrorists and
heartless Jihadi beasts.
I have NO love in my heart for blood-thirsty, blood-lusting, blood-craving
and blood-sucking vampires and murderous ethnic supremacists who love to
butcher Christian women and children and who take pleasure in spilling
The bitter truth is this: there can be no peace where there is no justice.
There can be no love where there is no remorse.
There can be no forgiveness where there is no repentance. And there can be
no future for Nigeria as long as this wholesale and gruesome butchery