by Dr. Muhammad Al-Mustapha Zamfara, Nigeria.
If you carefully study the Yoruba people, they have a very strong ethnic bond which is very hard for external perpetrators to break. I read their history especially about wars, I also lived among them some years ago. To my own knowledge, the only reason Yorubaland wont be conquered is because of their traditional power, nothing again!
When Fulani invaded Hausa territory in the 18th century, I couldn’t comprehend till now why a foreigner will just come to your own land and conquer you. My historical research revealed that Hausa people also practice traditions and there are traditionalists in Hausa land before Fulani Jihadists attacked them and conquered their territory. As an Hausa man, I write with regret that we are confused in my land. The Fulanis have mixed up with us. You cant identify an Hausa man from a Fulani, Kanuri etc. We have lost the power to fight back. Come to think of Yoruba people, history recorded that the same Fulani that conquered the Hausa kingdom never succeeded in Yorubaland. Why?
I need to be sincere by putting aside religion, the traditional fighters in Yorubaland saved their Territory. The Fulanis attacked the Yoruba Kingdom suddenly and though unprepared, these brave men fought back to retain their territory. They fought not with Islam or Christianity, they fought with both guns and traditional power.
Write this down today for record purpose, Yorubas will never be relevant again in life any day they do away with their culture or traditional practices. I have been to some countries where I saw Yoruba cultures and traditionalists, they are special especially in the western world.
Pastor Adeboye is not special because Christianity is a western religion, how can he be special when he’s practicing a foreign religion. Christianity is like Islam that is well known. So you can’t be special in that field. The same thing goes for the various Sheikhs, Imams etc in Yorubaland. They are not special because Islam is a popular religion brought to them. Just like almost all Africans.
If the Fulani had met on Christianity or not Islam in Yorubaland when they invaded them in the 18th century, then Yorubaland would have been like Hausaland. But these traditionalist fought with their powers by defeating the Fulanis in various wars. I have read that Fulanis and Yorubas are enemies historically.
Let me expose a secret, the Fulanis fear the Yoruba people because of Yoruba traditional power. Those practicing Islam in Yorubaland will be very easy for Fulani to penetrate exactly the way they penetrated Hausa people and Kanuri in the North.
The Hausa people were unable to fight back the Fulani because of religion. Both Fulani and Hausa practice Islam, so there is no secret power in the Quran that Hausa will use against Fulani because both of them know about it. Look at the Yorubas, they have something different which is known to them. And this is why they were able to use it against any foreign invaders.
Do not get me wrong, I am not saying Fulani, Hausa or Igbo etc in Nigeria do not have culture or traditional powers. My point is that they do not value those powers unlike the Yorubas who made it important as their religion. Most of their kings are spiritual. How many of my Emirs have that type of power? Were there not Hausa leaders in Hausa kingdom before Fulanis conquered them? Why didn’t they succeed in Yorubaland? The Amotekun, OPC and other Yoruba security groups in Nigeria, do you think they just carried guns and went to the forest?
When Yoruba said they would mercilesly deal with Bokoharam if they (Bokoharam) ever tried to attack their Territory, do you think this statements came from a pastor or Imam? It actually came from Yoruba traditionalists.
The Fulanis and other Yoruba enemies have been looking for a way to penetrate Yorubaland, but this traditional power is their fear. Quote me anywhere. I know what I am saying! I am not a fool! You dont compare black people with whites, we are different. We need to look back at history, I am an educated Hausa man who knows much about history.
The day all Yoruba become Christian’s, Muslims or atheists will be the day Yorubaland will become ordinary and not culturally relevant like others. Then their closest enemies will come back and conquer them even though they failed to conquer their forefathers in history.
Southern Kaduna is suffering deaths today because they have no special power for self defense. You can see how they keep killing them. Do you think if Southern Kaduna had been a Yoruba territory, OPC, Agbekoya etc wouldn’t have confronted those killers?
Hausa is not the one killing them In Kaduna, our people don’t have that time. The Miyetti Allah and Fulani should be questioned.
Dr. Muhammad Al-Mustapha Zamfara, Nigeria.
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