Dear Northern Elders,
¶A few months ago, someone in my church publicly called me "Elder." People laughed. It was supposed to be a joke but now I realize why Providence cracked that joke on me. It has come in quite handy.
My fellow Elders, from time immemorial, whenever elders spoke, men and angels stood at attention for one and only one reason: the wisdom of grey hair. The elder's wisdom isn't what you acquire from the university. My maternal uncle, who never touched a slate much less break one, died at 100. But the knowledge and wisdom he radiated couldn't have been found in the brains of one hundred professors of Physics.
••• The voice of the elder soothes, it heals. It reassures. It exudes peace. It calms the red hot emotions of the young. The voice of the elder is pleasant, kind and uplifting.
Indeed, my fellow Yoruba elders say that one never hears, “Beat him up” in the mouth of an elder. Never!
However, Northern Elders, whenever you open your mouth, the earth trembles in horror and stops rotating. Each time you open your mouth or write a letter to your President, a spiritual eclipse envelopes Nigeria. Whenever you speak, the language is, "Beat him up!"
Northern Elders, whenever you speak, it is a battle cry, a jihad. It is the call for blood, fire and destruction. When I look at your numbers, I am troubled that the very Northern youth who carried out the first Biafran genocide in 1967-70 are today's "Northern Elders!" Forty-six years after, we're still at Aburi -- now Araba! Nothing has changed. You have never shown interest in the healing of "the vanquished." Because blood is still on your tongue.
Northern Elders, the very first time you spoke was barely two weeks after Nigeria's "independence" from the wily British, your aider and abetter. You declared to a startled world and a hypnotized South that:
"The new Nation called Nigeria SHOULD BE an estate of our Great Grand Father Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of Power, we use the minorities of the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control over their future," Ahmadu Bello in the Parrot Newspaper, 12 October, 1960.
Haba, Northern Elders! That you will never allow the South rule over you? That we can accept because no human group should "rule" over others against their will. But that you also will NEVER allow them to have control over their destiny!? Good heavens, Elders! You will never allow them ...?
That the people will never rule over you and that they shouldn't even control their own (not your own) destiny?
••• Elders, all your inflammatory utterances are always in line with that battle script of 12 October 1960. Fellow Elders, look at the another of your utterances in 2011 below:
”Anything short of a Northern President is tantamount to STEALING OUR PRESIDENCY. Jonathan has to go and he will go. Even if he uses incumbency power to get his nomination on the platform of the PDP, he would be frustrated out (If Jonathan emerges President next year). If that happens, the North is determined, to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan or any other Southerner who finds his way to the seat of power on the platform of the PDP.”
And you delivered just as you threatened.Congratulations! Did you say "your Presidency?" I thought we were "One Nigeria!"
••• Now, Northern Elders, I read in the papers today that you have spoken again. You have cried, called, in fact, demanded your President to "upwardly review capital allocations to the North" and to CRUSH Biafra. Again? Elders, Biafra again?
I am not an IPOB member nor do I believe their method will yield the result they want. There is a better way. But my point, fellow Elders, is that your cry to Buhari is a troublesome one. I do not believe that our dear Elders are spoiling for some bloody mischief. That is exactly how every genocide in history began. Be careful! Elders don't instigate murder and crime, they make peace.
••• Northern Elders, peace begins with listening. Southern Elders say that if you bend the ear close enough to the ground you can the heartbeat of an ant. Have you listened to these boys you want to "crush" and kill? Do you have an alternative future for them than death? Have you given them alternative to death?
The last time I checked, these peacefully demonstrating IPOB youth of whom Nigeria is no longer worthy are not asking to rule over you. They do not want to rule over the North! What then is your cry for their blood? They are not asking for your money. They are not kidnapping your daughters or stealing your land. Why do you use the instrument of state to mass murder and dump them in the forests?
They just want to be! But you already said that you will NEVER let them have control over their destiny. Never? Really? C'mon Elders!
••• One more thing, you are always crying that you don't have enough or you haven't been given enough from the "National cake." But, have you for once thought about baking this cake by yourself? Don't you feel insulted as elders when some people in the South call you "parasites" because you do not produce but you eat more and demand more food than the ones producing the cake?
Fellow Elders, don't you think that your greatest legacy is to encourage your North to become self sustaining? Build your pride. Prove to the world that you can exist on your own! Increase your own capital! Transfom the North like Dubai! It's possible! Stop crying like a baby that you have too little. You're Elders.
Now, this is Elder to Elder:
••• You have massive agricultural land in the North. You have the potential to feed all of Europe and Africa! Second, you are endowed with more mineral deposits in the North than the entire Subsaharan Africa!
Allah is good to you, Northern Elders! Why not re-channel all this murderous energy of yours into building your own destiny instead of committing to never allowing others have control over their own destiny?
I wish you well, my good people.
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