Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode has slammed Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami for comparing a ban on open grazing to a ban on sales of vehicle spare parts in the North.
Recall that on Wednesday, during a programme on Channels Television, Malami said the decision of the Southern Governors to ban open grazing of cattle in the region was the same as the ban on vehicle dealers in the North.
Reacting, Fani-Kayode, said Malami’s comment was unacceptable. In in a tweet on his verified handle, he said, “It is totally unacceptable and deeply and inherently racist to compare spare part dealers to killer herdsmen.”
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“Permit me to ask: is it a CRIME to be Igbo in Nigeria? We killed millions of them (including their children) over the last 61 years. We terrorized them. We traumatized them. We insulted them. We denied them. We deprived them. We dehumanized them. We mocked them. We criminalized them. We marginalized them. We humiliated them.”
“We forced them to stay when they wanted to leave we caged them. We broke them. We cheated them. They believe that we must spit in their faces, rub dirt on their heads, rub salt in their wounds, conquer them, enslave them and treat them with utter contempt & disdain as if they were sub-human or third-class citizens.”
The human rights lawyer added; “This is not right! It is not proper! It is not fair! It is ungodly. It is evil! It is totally and completely unacceptable. It erroneously depicts us as a nation of unrepentant barbarians, savages, and sadists that have no sense of justice or decency and that is NOT who or what we are as a people! We are far better than that! As long as we have this utterly racist, bigoted, shameless, and self-deprecating mindset about our Igbo compatriots and fellow human beings things cannot go well for us as a people and as a nation. This is the bitter truth.”
However, he noted that Nigerians are equal before God and the law. There are no slaves and no masters as none were born to rule and none were born to serve or to be ruled.