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To the Puerile Warlords & The Nigerian Illiterate

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

'You have to kill the Tutsis, they're cockroaches.'

'All those who are listening, rise so we can fight for our Rwanda. Fight with the weapons you have at your disposal: those who have arrows, with arrows, those who have spears, with spears. We must all fight.'

'We must all fight the Tutsis. We must finish with them, exterminate them, sweep them from the whole country. There must be no refuge for them.'

'They must be exterminated. There is no other way.' [1]

These were the kind of quotes attributed to George Rutaganda of the Interahamwe Militia, during the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda by the Hutu. The onslaught of his campaign on Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines spearheaded and encouraged  the genocide of over half a million people in approximately 100 days; killings mostly perpetrated with machetes and clubs by ordinary civilians who were friends, neighbours, and relatives. 

It is said that the sporadic way the genocide was carried out was made possible by Rutaganda’s fiery hate dripping words on radio.

Words can be encouraging and inspiring. Words can arouse pleasure. They also can be loathing and savagely fierce to carry out agendas from a hate bridled mind. And it is very easy to gain followership of such hate causes in Africa because there is a considerable population of the mentally underdeveloped that seeks out leaders who champion ideologies on the primitive fundamentals of ethnic bigotry. 

This is Africa’s reality! And our leaders realize this!

Nigeria is no stranger to genocide. The preceding events that led to the Nigerian/Biafran civil war 1967-1970 was heralded and entrenched in genocide. Still massacres occur today between dissenting groups across Nigeria with an added edge of religious supremacy. The Jos crisis and the continuous Boko Haram menace still encroaches on the fragile tethers of the nation.

We are blessed with a very large population of intellectually deficient people who would ride on the coattails of a supposed leader’s ideology or fiery speech without a moment of questioning, self reflection and content analysis.  This of which has been strategically enforced by the Nigerian government to keep the public illiterate by laying education to rest in perfectly designed coffins of dilapidated schools so that the average Nigerian is decrepit to knowledge, and also decrepit to what entails as social and economic development. Hence his reliance on tribal skirmishes.

This substantial illiterate population poses a threat to Africa as a whole and we need to be wary of this lot. They cause as much danger to the society as the people who have criminally imposed themselves as leaders. The reason is, they are more likely to take up arms to kill their neighbours in a bid to impress their masters based on religious and ethnic ideologies.  All it takes is for a lunatic to inspire them to wreak havoc.  It is no wonder why Boko Haram can spread its tentacles and amass dedicated recruits in Nigeria. It is no rocket science why it was very easy for a community in ALUU to lynch four boys on the dictates of their community chief. The population is mentally primitive.

Freedom of speech must be allowed but freedom of speech veering on ethnic and religious supremacy must be destroyed in Nigeria. This is not the 60's, where political correctness was still in its infancy. This is 2013. 

It is left for the Nigerian youth to separate himself from the legacy of hatred inherited and perpetrated by these men and women called leaders or ‘elder statesmen’ whose political differences in ideology are sentimentally laced, garnished and cemented in ethnic and religious prejudices with the sole aim of inciting ‘our’ illiterate population that cannot discern right from wrong - a population that is ready to take up arms to kill in service to their puerile warlords MASSOB, OPC, MEND, Femi Fani Kayode, Asari Dokubo, Ango Abdullahi.  There are many of their ilk but these get a dishonorable mention since they currently run the internet waves for shooting blanks and inciting the disastrous illiterate public. 

Photo: Hollywood Reporter Courtesy of Netflix/Venice Film Festival

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