FFK: A Voice Imperilled By Deranged Senses By Ola S. Sanmi

By Ikenga Chronicles March 13, 2017

It is ceaseless angst across the nation that Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff
(COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai became the focus of the latest article
by the Nigeria’s odious and demented former minister of aviation, Femi
Fani-Kayode (FFK). His cursed, unrestricted senselessness and confused
emotions are unleashed on anyone his madness is prodded to hate any day.
Visit the nearest psychiatric hospital and you decode the gist
appropriately. FFK titled the article, “Buratai, Biafra and the Guardians
of Empire Nigeria.”

It’s sometimes preferable to overlook FFK’s deranged ranting, because it’s
difficult to completely cure an insane person. But a response to this one
is spurred by the twisted intention to dwarf the credentials of Gen.
Buratai, an internationally acclaimed icon in military circles and the czar
of anti-terrorism campaigns, whose exceptional impact is unreservedly feted
in Nigeria, Africa and the globe.

Any genuine indigene of Yoruba descent in Nigeria would be shocked to hear,
read or watch FFK insult and abuse elders or everybody with such
recklessness and impunity. It’s not permissible in Yoruba culture. But
unfortunately, it is not debatable that FFK is not of Yoruba ancestry and
his queer behavior is garnered from this perspective.

FFK is yet to disprove the deconstruction of his un-Nigerian genealogy by
Engr. Fabiyi Rotimi (COREN), which was widely publicized in March 2015. It
traced his roots to a Temne tribe in Sierra Leone, after his father was
rescued aboard a slave ship from Sierra Leone in Lagos, designated for the
slave market in the western world. And thereafter, his father was salvaged
by the Nigerian Yoruba Bishop Ajayi Crowther. So, claiming ancestry from
Ile-Ife is offending enough, but traducing the cherished traditional values
of the Yorubas who picked him, a homeless boy on the street and breathe
life into him is sacrilegious.

But FFK’s dilemma is not far rooted. With certainty, Nigerian prisons are
not necessarily reformation homes. They are about the worse places of
confinement of any person anywhere else, even for a day.

Those who have passed through the misfortune of a romance with Nigerian
prisons end up with two paralyses – diminished reasoning and intellectual
capacity. Also, a date with any Nigerian prison cascades you speedily to
premature senility. FFK’s words and actions depict the comportment of an
escapee lunatic from a psychiatric home in extreme deranged senses.

This appears to be the fate of FFK who has obviously been imperiled by the
Nigerian demons of incarceration. His odious and polluted tenure as a
minister in Nigeria has made him a jailbird in Kirikiri and Kuje prisons at
different intervals.

Though naturally gifted in disreputable conduct, abusive utterances and
mental imbalance, FFK’s jailing worsened this innate capacity for sound
reasoning. Nigeria has many examples of jailbirds in the mould of FFK. But
they are remarkably different from FFK because conscious of their
weaknesses, they prefer to be more reflective and less vociferous, unlike

But FFK’s proclivity to abuse, insult and denigrate prominent Nigerian
leaders confounds, but the least, befuddling, when judged on the pillar of
his Nigerian prison experience. Every notable Nigerian leader has had a
douse of his mental instability. He once publicized that former Nigerian
President and his political benefactor, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) was
an ingrate for stoutly opposing the 2015 doomed re-election of former
President Goodluck Jonathan.

And when FFK became the Director, Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential
Campaign Organization for Jonathan in 2015, and OBJ furiously tore his PDP
membership card publicly, he said, “Such behavior is provocative and
unacceptable.” In Yoruba tradition where he claims known artificialized
ancestry, its rudeness and abusive for a younger one to use such abusive
vocabulary to qualify the actions of an elder like OBJ.

However, before this hour, FFK at a book launch in Lagos once described the
administration of Jonathan as bequeathing a legacy of “destruction and
disaster” in the country. But when he became Jonathan’s bootlicker, he had
to brazenly abuse an elder statesmen like OBJ for kicking against the
political agenda of Jonathan in 2015. At another instance, FFK ironically
agreed with contents of OBJ’s open letter to Jonathan about “bleeding
Nigeria to death,” and canvassed for change. But when OBJ set the process
of leadership, he became FFK’s deadliest foe because he was cozied in
Jonathan’s bosom.

During the hot campaigns for the 2015 presidential elections, FFK said
Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu; “… belongs in a sanatorium for the mentally
unbalanced and a maximum security prison for the power obsessed rather than
in any political party.”

This arrogance of an alien, habitated in Nigeria on sympathetic grounds
once referred to President Muhammadu Buhari as a leader who has lost his
senses. Typical of the often rioting demons in his system, FFK once branded
the Igbos on an international news medium thus “…the Ibos of Nigeria are
collectively unlettered, uncouth, uncultured, unrestrained and crude in all
their ways…” But today, he claims to be in the vanguard of MASSOB or IPOB’s
quest for Biafra. What pyrrhic love.

Therefore, when his tormented soul added to his list of traducers, the
revered and internationally acclaimed soldier and nemesis of Boko Haram
Terrorists (BHTs) in Nigeria, Gen. Buratai, Nigerians felt saddened that
he was treading on the familiar path on another wrong side. FFK’s crude and
barbaric instincts became unchained against Buratai because the latter
advised self-serving and violent separatists camps in Nigeria to shelve the
unworkable idea for the future, as today’s Nigeria does not embrace such

In FFK’s lengthy response to Gen. Buratai and the Northern oligarchy, he
thoroughly misplaced and miscalculated history. His asinine postulations of
facts betrayed him more as a foreign spy on Nigerian soil. But he forgot
easily that the people he has chosen to caricature in his berserk senses
have far better grasp of the history and the events he rehearses every time
than himself.

An anonymous scholar in 2017 quieted FFK’s disingenuous historical
outbursts on Gen. Buratai, this great soldier of history in these endearing
words; “The man Buratai as holder of PhD in history is a better historian
than the one-sided pedestrian collection of historical half- truths you
represented. You have not ventured into even the simplest historical detail
of the last Nigerian Civil War here at home, otherwise you would have
realized there was ‘no victor nor vanquished’. There was only wanton
destruction, human suffering and despair. You are miscalculating by
presuming the willingness of those fictional Nigeria’s factional interests
to go their separate ways.”

The jailbird undoubtedly has hazy recollection and disjointed knowledge
about the Nigerian civil war. But the Mr. Anonymous has reminded him, to
perish the thought that a victor emerged in that conflict. The dimensions
of the war and the premise upon which it ended cannot be re-invented by FFK.

So, when a celebrated war veteran in the capacity of Buratai, advises the
spineless groups in the Southeast and elsewhere in Nigeria, the counsel is
informed by his historical knowledge of the truth. FFK is incompetent to
concoct fraudulent historical collections to dare Buratai, an army officer
who would ordinarily tutor him in history and particularly, about events of
the Nigerian civil war.

Therefore, it is laughable when FFK claims passion and fondness for every
tribe or region of Nigeria today, when he abused and reduced the same
people to nothingness in his lunacy of yesterday. How could the Igbos,
which his mutilated senses described as, “… collectively unlettered,
uncouth, uncultured, unrestrained and crude in all their ways…” suddenly
become his idols for the Biafran agenda?

When he got the undeserved appointment as aviation and later culture and
tourism minister, how many Igbos or his adopted kinsmen, the Yorubas, or
Middle Belters did he assist to make life better for them? Or, is anointing
himself, the advocate of violence and ethnic warlord-ship for unwilling
people the better life he is offering them when he has no mandate to render

Ordinarily, FFK should be the last person to accuse anybody of killings in
Nigeria. His hands are conspicuously stained in the blood of the innocent
Nigerians. He allegedly embezzled public funds voted for the improvement of
facilities and upgrade of Nigerian airports, as minsiter. The resultant
effect of failure to service these airports under his watch led to frequent
fatal plane crashes. The air mishaps massively killed Igbos, Yorubas and
every other Nigerian.

Yet, it could not assuage his bloodthirsty appetite. He proceeded in 2015
to partake in the Dasukigate’s $2.1 billion arms procurement fund by
“fetching” large sums of money from it to promote partisan campaigns for
Jonathan. The intention of purchasing weapons to fight insurgency in the
Northeast was frustrated by characters like FFK. And the number of
Nigerians Boko Haram terrorists murdered in cold blood as a result of his
fraudulent actions with other collaborators, surpasses the isolated
killings he frequently mentions in his lunatic outrages.

He once proclaimed that “…the cause of all the problems in Nigeria and the
whole world are Muslims…,” and yet today, FFK sanctifies the extremist and
violence-prone, Iran-backed, Shiites in Nigeria (IMN).

Nigerians know FFK has no conscience and that he is a Sierra Leonean, very
ungrateful to Nigeria. But the privilege of domiciliary in Nigeria these
decades and the hospitality, the good people of Nigeria have offered him
should not be misconstrued and abused to the extent of boldly working for
the foreign agents, plotting the destabilization of Nigeria. If Nigeria
goes into flames, he will run to his home-country, Sierra Leone to take
refuge. Aware of his roots, and excusing insanity, he has no mandate to
speak for the Yoruba race or prod any other group in Nigeria on any issue
or to instigate anarchy in the guise of separatism.

FFK should not forget this admonishment from the Holy Scriptures in
Proverbs 6:16-19 thus; “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are
detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent
blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush
into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up
dissension among brothers.”

Sanni, an international affair analyst writes from University of Cotbus,

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