The late Sarduana of Sokoto was the leader of the entire Nigeria Muslim Ummah, until he was killed in the 1966 coup. We have him recorded in his own words. This interview was held sometime after 1952, at about the same time in 1956, when the first mayor of Enugu, the capital city of the old Eastern Nigeria was a Muslim Fulani man, Mallam Umaru Altine, a trusted relative of Sarduana of Sokoto.
Now get this, as the then Eastern region was installing a Muslim Fulani the mayor of Enugu, the Sarduana of Sokoto has other ideas. Play the tape a second time and listen as the Sarduana of Sokoto and the head of all Muslims in Nigeria, lay the ground work for what was to come of the dreaded Igbo. Sarduana of Sokoto imperiled the lives of Christian Eastern Nigeria in 1967. He railed against the Igbo as well as all non-Muslims. By the way, do not forget that in those days, the word Igbo meant all the Christian ethnicities in the South East. He did not necessarily mean the ethnic Igbo stock, that was my guess.
Ask yourself if anything has changed since 1952? The late Sarduana of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello was caught on tape, in his own words, telling the world that the Igbo was his problem, that Nigeria as envisioned by the British, will not work. Do any of the present politicians from the East know about this tape? I ask these questions because it seems that the Christians of Eastern Nigeria are tone deaf or politically inept.
by Azubike Ekwueme
If you've ever wondered why Nigeria could remain unaffected by the virulent wind of Soviet Socialist propaganda ideology of the 1960s, then look no further. The late Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (who was also killed in the 1966 coup), was a dedicated Muslim who did not like the word non-aligned. So, he worked hard to keep Nigeria out of the Capitalist group, out of the Socialist group, and out of Non-aligned nations as well.
What Abubakar Tafawa Balewa did amounted to putting Nigeria in a cocoon. He made Nigeria oblivious of the political wind, and new radical ideologies buffeting West Africa. Meanwhile, as the world shivered in the anxiety of the Cold War Nigeria did not participate in any radical experimentation. Prime minister Tafawa Balewa was NOT protecting Nigeria. He had other far more sinister idea for Nigeria, because he denied Nigeria the chance to become involved with either the Capitalist or the Socialist ideologies, that have created the world as we know it today.
The late Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa did not want Nigeria to be either in the CapitalistCamp nor in the Socialist Camp, and not even in the Non-aligned Camp, like India or Brazil. He preferred the fourth type of ideology - the religious kind. He preferred we all become Muslims. Isn't this why nothing works in Nigeria today? We eventually ended up in OIC, the Organization of Islamic Countries. Well, it has worked out for Eastern Nigerians, or has it?
by Azubike Ekwueme
I DON'T LIKE THIS IDEA OF NEUTRALITY....WE WANT TO MAINTAIN AN INDEPENDENT VIEW
...IF YOU PUT THEM IN A LABOR CAMP, WITHIN A YEAR, THEY'D WANT TO BECOME THE HEADMAN OF THE CAMP
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