by Moses Oludele Idowu
“There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book.”
– Saul Bellow
Some of you have been worried about me in the last couple of days especially as to the nature, kind of explosive writings coming from my end. Some of you would have noticed that I no longer write on the “spiritual dimensions of reality” as frequently as before; and now mostly concerned about Nigerian matters and issues of security and survival. You would also have noticed that my writing and even the language has taken a sharper turn, a more combative tone, of recent.
Well be assured of one thing: I have not changed except for the better. The issue of the day now requires strong language because the enemy too is stubborn and unyielding and bent on the accomplishment of his purpose too.
I am also happy that these writings are going farther and farther and touching people. I have no AK-47, even if I am given one I won’t know how to operate it. But I have far more explosive weapons, spiritual weapons that are mighty in God to pull down strongholds of darkness, intellectual/ mental weapons that can set a nation on fire and set a people free, if they are ready for freedom.
This last week I received a call from a very senior person in government and diplomat who had represented Nigeria at international levels after reading my articles of the last two weeks. He then told me confidently confirming some of the things we already know and are aware of about Nigeria and the underground schemes going on.
This leads me to the major issue of this hour, the Okitipupa incident and the attempt to confuse issues by an agent of government. Let me say this: we have reached a stage when we must be very wary and even careful of any information that comes through official channels. It is coming to a stage that we must recheck anything that comes from government official circles.
It is sad that even some Yorubas because of what they will eat have decided to sell their own people to an evil agenda they do not even understand. Some because of promises of 2023 that is not even sure or certain are ready to mortgage their own people and land. And this is why I ask for people to come together on their own and organize their own system of defense. Never rely on people in government.
This last Sunday we were woken to a piece of information of current happening in Okitipupa, Ondo State.
This is very interesting because we can learn a few things here about the nature of the struggle in the days to come.
Now follow the order:
First, we were informed through voice note by a man who calls himself Chief Akin Ogeleyinbo, a Traditional Medicine practitioner alerting everyone to the unusually large presence of Fulani’s in Okitipupa who came in several vehicles and loitering around Army Barracks. He also told us that behind the Barracks is a land where thousands of Fulani’s reside permanently. When accosted by the people they claim they came for “security training” and so forth.
This man was then warning the Yoruba’s to be aware that something is around the corner. And to be prepared.
That was on Sunday.
One or two days later we saw the press release by the Chairman of the Local Government through his Personal Assistant, one Femi Agbejuni telling us there is no cause for panic. He too admitted that the Fulani’s actually came and wanted to enter the barracks but the commander refused them access. He too admitted that after interrogation. “41 of them” were evacuated and moved to Akure on their way to the North. However in his release he betrayed himself by trying to ridicule and belittle the first informant and even his work, Mr Akin Ogeleyinbo calling it a “substandard Trado- Medical business”.
Did you notice that in his address? What is our business in whether his Trado- Medical business is standard or substandard? Of what use is this to us? Rather than respond to the issue on ground he went after the messenger leaving the message. I know enough about government and agents of government that they often try to destroy anyone who is saying the truth they do not like to be out. It is like a spirit and they are all like that.
The Chairman himself confirmed that the northerners came without a specific mission. What were they doing around the Army barracks? Is it the responsibility of the army to train security guards? The only way his report disagrees with the Ogeleyinbo is in the number. So how is this a “fabrication by the chief ” as claimed by the Chairman? You can only talk of fabrication when the incident did not happen. But it did happen and the chairman himself confirmed it.
Do we blame a man for alerting us of the presence of strange persons in his locality at a time of security concerns? That is not alarmism, that is being a good citizen and patriot.
Obviously this chairman won’t have spoken if not for the alarm of Ogeleyinbo that puts him on the spot. He would have kept quiet. These are the kinds of people we have in government, hazards to the nation, menace to the society of good citizens. This is what has made our nation today a jungle. They won’t act until it is probably too late and at the cost of human lives.
Three days later we received another information from one Barrister Odesola whose personal investigation corroborates Chief Ogeleyinbo much more than the politician, the Executive ( ?) Chairman of the local government. In virtually everything he confirmed the report of Chief Ogeleyinbo which our politician was trying to rubbish and discredit.
When a man put his name behind a piece of information we should take it serious. This is why I am ready to believe this Traditional practitioner and the Barrister than a chairman who could not even use his own name but that of a Personal Assistant for an information as weighty as this. I think this Chairman should be investigated. What is he covering up and why is he playing with the lives of his people?
He doesn’t seem to know his job. The first and the last informants told us and agreed that behind the barracks at Okitipupa there are thousands of Fulani’s residing there. Is this so? It is the chairman of the local government who should confirm this to us rather than dropping names or discrediting the work of an informant. Even I expect to have heard something from the State Government for an issue as serious as this. But nothing so far. A first class traditional ruler was killed sometimes ago and what did the government say? May be I missed that.
Why should it be private people who have to do investigation to inform the people when there is a government elected in place?
The discrepancy in the report between the chairman and the two private citizens calls for concerns. It shows there is a disconnect somewhere between Yorubas in government and their own people.
If they are missing the point we should remind them that if calamity befalls their own people it won’t spare them in anyway. We are in this together. The State House is not more secured than any private house in the event of war, which we do not pray for. If anyone thinks he would be safe with his concubines inside those fortified walls he is mistaken, gravely mistaken.
We are all in this together.
I will suggest that the Yoruba NGO’s or the Secretariat of Ethnic Nationalities Association or (NNAS) officials send a delegation to Okitipupa to investigate these claims for an independent assessment.
If these are true then the army itself is taking a risk which I will address in a separate piece soon.
This time calls for vigilance and people should ask questions and raise alarm if they see anything suspicious. They should not bother about agents of government who try to shout them down or ridicule them and destroy their reputation. The agents of government must defend Nigeria where they get their food and the confusion from which they derive their wealth and fortune. No one should be bothered about being called names by the agents of confusion and exploitation. They are always about gain and office. Their minds are on 2023 now and whether people die or live matters nothing to them. All the thousands that have died in the last 6 weeks what have they done about them?
Always remember Martin Luther King: ” Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
We shall overcome. This night will soon pass. After the darkest hour comes a glorious dawn. And the battle is usually toughest when it is about to end.
We shall overcome.
Good day, Nigeria.
© Moses Oludele Idowu
May, 5, 2021
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