The recent, relentless and unfortunate comments of a certain Junaid Muhammed, the purported convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, have assumed a war dimension against Ndigbo and it needs to be addressed decisively now. One could have decided to ignore the man but for the fact that he leads a group of supposedly highly respected people from the Northern part of Nigeria, which makes his opinions fairly representative of the group he leads. Hence, it is necessary that he be addressed and kept in his proper place, while being exposed for who he is in order to halt his injurious obsession with Ndigbo – a people whose incomparable successes in most of the noble endeavours of life apparently riles him.
His latest vituperation against Ndigbo appeared as the main headline in the Sunday Sun newspaper of December 13, 2015. In the interview he granted the newspaper, Junaid made a lot of spurious claims and condescended so low to the extent that he betrayed his bitterness against Ndigbo not for anything but just for their success in life’s endeavours, which he inadvertently admitted when he declared that “They are very enterprising, no doubt, and that is why they are exceptional traders”.
Apart from being exceptional traders, the best of Junaid’s Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen cannot stand or match the worst of its equivalent from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. All over the world, Ndigbo are known for their business acumen, academic excellence, professional dexterity, and political sagacity. This is why Ndigbo are found even in the British parliament. This is why Ndigbo keep breaking academic records, even in the best universities all over the world. This is why Ndigbo are leaders in highly reputable and rated international professional bodies, financial institutions, including the World Bank et al. One cannot even see any member of Junaid’s Coalition and any Hausa/Fulani person attaining such enviable heights. Such heights are not attained through rustic cattle herding or by a people who largely appear as street beggars. Neither can it be attained by a people whose second largest and second most attractive occupation is gate keeping. Their most successful modern trade is the maintenance of “sophisticated superstores” usually run from 4ft x 4ft kiosks always tucked away in other people’s compounds. Apart from these, Junaid and his kinsmen lack the mental capacity to build anything or successfully run any entity. The current president’s lack of vision and direction for our economy and nation is an eloquent testimony to this fact.
It is very important to state this fact because Junaid alluded to the fact that Kano State alone is bigger than the five South Eastern states in Nigeria, hence, the states and the region have benefitted from the federation more than Kano State alone not to talk of the entire north. Let it be stated here, clearly, that such an assertion by a Russian-trained medical doctor like Junaid only goes to show his deficiency and of those who have the responsibility to develop the North. Behold, what is the essence of size if it is just there like a land being reserved for a century in order to make its collateral value rise? Of what essence has the size of the North been to its people in particular and Nigeria in general, when the region boasts of a whopping 10 million illiterates?
The only reason the North is so large is to breed untrained children who are then unleash on the rest of us as terrorists. Fortunately, the terrorists seem to have realised that Nigeria is not their problem but that their problems are people like Junaid who breed them for sinister purposes against Ndigbo and their interests by deliberately denying them the right to education. These innocent children seem to be asking why those among them who are lucky to attend school would be in the same class with an Emeka and a Segun, taught by the same teacher using the same syllabus, yet, when it is exams period, Aminu would have the insolent privilege of gaining admission into a federal government college with just two marks over 200, while Emeka and Segun would have to score a minimum of 300 to gain admission into the same school having written the same exam as Aminu? Aminu himself feels insulted by that arrangement but the Junaid’s of this world see that as a conquest phenomenon. What a shame!
Junaid even had the temerity to castigate these innocent children for being illiterates. As he says, “Most of the Boko Haram terrorists are illiterate in terms of education; illiterate in terms of Islamic education”. Whose fault, Junaid? After all, it was the same northerners who held sway as leaders in this country for about 40 years of our 55 years existence as an independent nation, what have they done with the enormous resources at their disposal?
And Junaid is pointing fingers at Ndigbo as a people who cannot be trusted with high positions because, according to him, they have always abused it, as if Abacha who looted Nigeria to a point of paralysis is from Anambra State, or the Gowons, Murtalas, Shagaris, Babangidas, Buharis, Abdulsalamis etc who looked away while their people were ferociously ravished by abject poverty, extreme illiteracy and disease from Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu or Imo State?
He even accused Anyim Pius Anyim, the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Fedration and Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika of nepotism in appointments and promotions of personnel under them. Whatever he accused these gentlemen of is borne out of frustration. Assuming it is even true, is Buhari not doing a worse thing now? If we are to say we want to clean up our civil and public service today, does Junaid not know that the result would be absolutely fatal for his kinsmen? A lot of them who came in without the basic certificates but through recommendation letters from powerful emirs and godfathers would be fished out! And if such an exercise is carried out under the supervision of a Southerner, the Junaid’s of this world will cry foul! Let him be reminded that we have still not forgotten how Buhari got into the military. Six months after he had the opportunity to show us his certificate, he pretends he does not know it has been an issue.
It is widely believed that Buhari got into the military through the Hausa/Fulani way, via a “recommendation letter”. Let the Junaid’s of our nation hide their heads in shame. For fear of being caught, he accuses pro-Biafra agitators of terrorism – a people who demonstrate peacefully in the open, without arms or harm to anyone, whose demands are not only rational but genuine, germane and long overdue, cannot be terrorists. Such agitators deserve to be meaningfully engaged rather than ignored or killed. It is moribund elders like Junaid who willingly, deliberately, consciously and relentlessly spew hate and violence against fellow citizens even when others are speaking peace, that are terrorists, a different kind of terrorsists, elite terrorists, and they should be treated as such!
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