Femi Fani-Kayode: the Hate Preacher and His Imaginary Audience

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In all my playful attempts to pan the gimmicks of former presidential aide and Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, in social media, I was advised to redirect my interest to more profitable contributions to public discourse. A politically isolated man, clearly incapable of protecting the electoral deposit of any serious people or party, he seems permanently engaged in seeking whatever might pull him even a little bit out of isolation and attract the attention of both the people and the Establishment. The same Establishment to whom he remains, as I’ve heard members of it describe him, a drug-abusing desperado.

To refer to the politics and principles of Mr. Fani-Kayode as ”controversial” is undeserved praise, for controversy is often our perception of the things we do not understand. Nobody misunderstands this former Minister. For a man who wrote, without shame, actually unregretfully, that he had “intimate relationship” with women who are now other men’s wives, women who have now attained social relevance and political prominence, women who are now mothers training children to whom they hope to be seen as behaviourally perfect, women who are now role models and mentors to the younger generation, just to illustrate that he’s not a bigot since the ladies are from the ethnic group he was being accused of hating—there is only one adjective that accurately qualifies him: petty.

That Fani-Kayode and his ilk have found themselves in positions of power, where their decisions were relied on for policies to be implemented, is a scary realisation; they are responsible for the ruin that is our heritage. Their rise to relevance is a proof of the dangerous political opportunism in practice in Nigeria, one that favours a clique that comprises family and friends of families whose principals were once in charge of an affair in the country.

In his latest attempt to confuse himself, in one of his usually long, incoherent and verbose essays, “Goodbye Nigeria, Welcome Oduduwa Republic”, he took us down a memory lane that only exposes his absolute ignorance of the present trouble with Nigeria. He praises the Nigeria of Murtala Mohammed and Theophilius Yakubu Danjuma as the model, and of course he has every right to do that. Yet he remembers the middle-class, these are his family and friends, “whose wealth once knew no bounds and who . . . once owned the finest cars and properties in London, Paris and New York.” He also does not forget the globetrotting beneficiaries of Nigeria’s corruption who “once graced the streets of Belgravia, Chelsea, Hampstead and Knightsbridge.” Of the things that make a nation, or that are reminders that a nation has fallen, the former Minister highlights that our “ancestors studied at Oxford and Cambridge as far back as the 1800′s” and that our “inhabitants and various ethnic nationalities once ruled vast empires” and that our “progenitors contributed so much to the traditions, religion and culture of Ancient Egypt”. Of course, Ancient Egypt!

Perhaps his most embarrassing psychobabbles are those that come out in his quest to know “(w)hat has happened to our great intellectuals…” without even acknowledging that a Nobel laureate walks amongst us today and that there are many sound intellectuals at our ivory towers who, unlike him, haven’t been favoured to be invited for recognition or political appointments by the Establishment. Equally disturbing are his demands to know what happened to “…our men and women of courage and vision who once, like a collosus, bestrode the world” in a time where the Jelani Aliyus, the Chimamanda Adichies, the Abba Gumels, to name just a few, have made marks in inventions, literature and Mathematics respectively. Even at Facebook Inc., the owner of the social networking service, Facebook, where Fani-Kayode amuses his “friends” and followers, Nigerian-born scientists and engineers are employed to contribute to this evolution of the world’s biggest online community. That we have no institution to engage these masters of specialised disciplines for the development of our own country is a failure of this generation whose destruction, Fani-Kayode, and even his father, is a contributor.

But noteworthy in his thesis on a dysfunctional nation is where he, a threatened intellectual, propounds the reason we must see the existence of Nigeria as useless. Mr Fani-Kayode does not mention a single plight of the members of the lower-class who are the actual victims of mis-governance by the elite of which he is a member. What bothers Fani-Kayode cannot really be the “born to rule” posturing of the northern elite referred to as “the northern oligarchs” with whom he is close friends. What bothers him is obviously the fact that he’s been outsmarted in this political equation in which he has neither regional nor national value. His only value as a Nigerian is the fact that he’s the son of a one-time-long-ago Big Man who had afforded his son’s schooling at Redbrick institutions, easy wealth, globetrotting and, more than these, potential membership of the Establishment.

Fani-Kayode’s grouse is the impossibility of sharing a space in a nation “with religious extremists who slit the throats of children”, yet the security arrangements being undermined by these murderous terrorists were designed by the Establishment! As a one-time Minister of Aviation, he had his chance to collaborate with relevant agencies and organisations in building intelligent security systems through which these antisocials and terrorists could not have passed through without detection, talk less going on to threaten our existence as they are now.

Possessed by his characteristic bigotry, Mr Fani-Kayode, in disparaging the north and its intolerable terrorists does not admit that of the three Nigerian-born terrorists overseas, caught in the act, two are actually his kinsmen, fellow Yoruba who, like Shekau, have become throat-slitting Islamist terrorists. Last year, Michael Adebolajo, who asked to be called Mujahid Abu Hamza, and Michael Adebowale, who asked to be called Ismail Ibn Abdullah, were convicted of murdering – and I mean by slitting the throat – of a 25-year-old British soldier, Lee Rigby, in Woolwich, south London. The third, Umar Faruk Abdulmutallab, whose attempt to was foiled, is the son of a northern “oligarch”. Yet, as if these two kinsmen are not enough proof, in the same year, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered the extradition of a Yoruba man, Lawal Babafemi, to the U.S. to answer terrorism charges. The 32-year-old tribesman of Fani-Kayode has been declared wanted by the FBI for membership of the terrorist organisation, al-Qaeda. He’s also reported to be friends with senior members of Al-Qaeda, Anwar al-Aulaqi and Samir Khan. And he’s a citizen of Fani-Kayode’s imaginary Oduduwa Republic. A few months after the Woolwich Murder, two Nigerians, Abdullahi Mustapha Berende and Saheed Oluremi Adewumi, were arrested by the Nigerian secret police and charged with assisting an Iranian militant cell in planning possible attacks in Nigeria. I don’t know who Berende is, but Adewumi is unmistakably a Yoruba, Fani-Kayode’s kinsman!

Violence is not a bigot. It consumes every ethnic group, race, religion and political party, indiscriminately where there’s no trust and communication. Consequently, every bigoted and extremist element in the society is potentially violent, and following Fani-Kayode’s antecedents as a hate-preacher who has no convinced audience (yet), he’s guilty of all he’s accused the “born to rule” northerners of. Violence is the aftermath of institutional destructions, of which Fani-Kayode who’s been a regular “customer” of the EFCC, is not innocent. An act of terrorism is the effect of an evil ideology that consumes even the Yoruba, that has consumed Adebolajo and Adebowale and Adewumi and Babafemi, whose yet-to-be discovered bretheren may end us as citizens of the proposed Oduduwa Republic!

Fortunately, the Yoruba are not sheep, and thus any opportunistic shepherd imagining to successfully lead them even one mile into the valley of deceit is only being delusional. On different occasions, I told my friends, many of whom are Yoruba, that the Yoruba people are my favourite in Nigeria, being the most educated as portrayed and the most enlightened as I’ve personally observed. I have absolute confidence in their resistance to being hoodwinked by an individual’s or a group’s religious and ethnic pettiness.

So, I’m not surprised to see that Yorubas are among the loudest critics of Femi Fani-Kayode’s relevance-seeking stunts. Of all the ethnic groups in Nigeria, none has ever been as vigilant and critical of amorphous ethno-religious advocacies like the Yoruba. Don’t misunderstand this, but if Fani-Kayode were a northerner or a “Biafran”, the foot soldiers of his delusional campaigns for secession may have already dominated our space, all fanatically and franctically in solidarity with ”one of their own!”

Nigeria is what it is today because of the “neutrality” of the south-western people whose son was denied Presidency and yet, despite their expressed bitterness, they remain trustworthy believers in One Nigeria. If Abiola were a northerner or easterner, a second civil war might have just been coming to an end now. It’s a pity that Fani-Kayode has no idea that he’s from an ethnic group hard to polarise and play. In my next coming, if that’s indeed possible, I wish to be from a people so sane and progressive.

Nigeria has never at any time been under the rulership of a single ethnic group. The destruction of this country is a collective effort of the political elite whose membership cuts across every ethnic group and religion and region. The Civil War, for instance, was waged when the leadership of Nigeria was under a Christian Head of State and a Christian Deputy. But, to an incurably bigoted Nigerian, the war was a design of the northern Muslims to kill the “Christian South”.

We’re are our worst enemies, and an experience this week confirms that: I read that one million Mexicans – yes, 1,000,000! – converged just to say “#BringBackOurGirls”, in solidarity with Nigerians. Yet, here, at a similar “mass” sit-out in Abuja, the conservative estimate of campaigners has reduced to about 100. Yet, elsewhere I read:”According to Dermographia, the population of Abuja’s Urban Area as of 2012 is 2,245,000.”

Ours is a nation of one-hundred-and-seventy-point-something million cowards of which only the negligible and statistically powerless “point-something” are patriotic. This is why I feel that we deserve what’s happening to us. A functional nation is not built by amens and tweets alone. As a representative of the new generation, my dream is to see Nigeria rescued from the Fani-Kayodes who have employed ethnic, religious and regional sentiments to keep us perpetually against one another. May God save us from us!

By Gimba Kakanda
@gimbakakanda (On Twitter)

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16 thoughts on “Femi Fani-Kayode: the Hate Preacher and His Imaginary Audience

  1. This is one of the best articles I have ever read of recent. The manner, presentation and bitter truth is appealing. I am from the North but I concur with all Mr. Gimba said. The Yorubas are too smart for people like Fani Kayode.
    Mr. Fani started misbehaving immediately after his visit to Aso Rock. I can give out my annual earning to know what transpired there.
    Although am not surprised, Fani’s mood and thinking is exactly the same way the current Government thinks.

  2. Honestly, I have never taken Femi Fani-Kayode serious, and wouldn’t do so now. I place him and Asari Dokubo on the same level..dazzol!

  3. As much as I agree with you to some extent, I simply don’t understand why the average northerner shakes in his/her boot each time the balkanization of Nigeria is discussed. Must we all be Nigerians? I actually think it is very petty and cowardly for any individual to hold on to a ‘partner’ who insists he/she is walking out of a marriage where love is nonexistent. I am proudly Igbo, and a firm advocate and believer in Biafra – your worst nightmare, as I honestly believe that we are too incompatible to be one people… we do not share the same aspirations, and we do not have a common destiny. The cliche that “Nigeria has never at any time been under the rulership of a single ethnic group” is neither here or there. The right to self-determination is an inalienable one; it is intellectual laziness to castigate or label those seeking to exercise their God’s given right of self-determination as bigoted. Scotland is going to the polls early next Fall to decide if they are to remain in or exit from the UK. And you know what? I have not read anywhere in the print or electronic media where the English are calling the Scots bigoted for seeking to have their own country. Thank goodness, you cannot point your accusing finger at any Igbo man as far as Islamic terrorism is concerned. Perhaps, that further underlines and drives home the point that we possibly cannot be equally yoked with both you guys in the North and the Yorubas in the West. The embodiment of our culture and our religion are almost diametrically opposite yours and that possibly explains why we so much distrust each other. Finally, permit me to state that one of the most sickening and nauseating trait of the Gambari is his belief that Nigeria must be together. With due respect, that trait brings to mind the elementary parasite-host relationship we were taught in High School Biology. No parasite ever leaves its host on its own volition… it must be forcefully removed from its host, and perhaps the parasitic North will be forcefully removed from its long-suffering host.

    • You have some good points here Uche Okonkwo, but what I really find disturbing is your naive assumption that Igbos share the same aspirations and destiny. I happen to have lived in about 5 states in Igboland for over 6 years and never did I find a people so distrustful of each other. The variants in the same Igbo language is just one testimony of this. But dispite all these your ability to stick together as Igbos only confirms that there is some beauty in diversity.

      In that light, I wish you will come to terms with the fact that homogeneity is never what makes a good society. A good society is one in which differences are recognised as strength. As beautifully captured by Stephen R. Covey “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities”.

      So I will tell you what an African woman I revere, once said: “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

      Before you go quoting the Scots, you should evaluate the situation of South Sudan, look at what is happening in Ukraine and question whether there really is a sugar Candy mountain following every secession.

    • Mr Uche Okonkwo. Your assertion of no single igbo name in terrorism is unfortunately negated by the unmasking of Sadiq Ogwuche the mastermind of the twin bombings in Nyanya.

      Its important to have intellectual discourses without peppering them with ethnic supermacist undertones. You are welcome to accept or reject mr kakanda’s opinions ( yes they are merely his opinions), you are entitled to a beleif in Biafra as you have professed but it does your causs no good to betray ethnic biases.

  4. Where could I have the privilege to shake the hand of the writer of this brilliant psychological masterpiece on Femi Fani Kayode? Gimba Katanga has done an ace forensic dissection of that shameless dysfunctional tribalist, Femi Fani Kayode, who drools over relationships he’s conceived in his mind with other men’s wives, but feels no embarrassment to make public his criminal carnal fantasies. That man is the poster face for the undeserving-privileged underachievers — he makes mediocrity look like outstanding effort.. I have never understood what motivates that Mr FF Kayode’s hatemongering tribalism. However, when I stopped being shocked by the depth of human greed, I began to realize that there are really characters like Femi Fani Kayode, living in a bubble of their own mental construct– who feel they are entitled to things that have been denied other people. He once tasted power and the longing taste lingered on his tongue long after he ceased to be relevant in his position on in the society. So his hostility is driven by nothing but greed.

    Perish the thought! If the destiny of the great Nigerian nation was left in the hands of such an egregious man; the aptly named fanny Kayode, Nigeria would have fared far better, had it collapsed in the wake of some natural deluge and allowed to sink under the detritus therein. Femi Fani Kayode poses a great threat to everything that is good for Nigeria; peace, unity and prosperity for all. This is a corrupt man who gloats gleefully over the undeserved privileges of his accidental birth, never failing to hack back with fond memories to a time when his family hobnobbed with the establishment –no matter whatever state the country was in. No matter whether his privileges were on merit. I have read that sort of infantile bleatings from that man a few times, whenever he made the news again with one of his noxious doggerels, in which he is unleashing some venom on another tribe.

    Deluded by his fawning acolytes on Facebook where he sits complacently on his lofty perch to soaking the euphoria of the drama he creates to seek attention around himself, he mistakes those false plaudits from the facetious troupe of vacuous tribal followers on a social media site to represent some kind of reality. On the flipside, thankfully, that pertard has exposed the true nature of the man. He was once only thought of as a fool, but the moment he opened his gob to comment on important matters, no one was left in doubts of who he really is.
    He’s a certified hate preacher.
    Samira Edi
    The Duchess of Muanenguba

  5. Mister Kakanda! This is good! I only wish ffk would have the patience to read this, I’ve heard he has a singular aversion to anything that is not spouted by him

  6. Well articulated and on point. I only beg to disagree with one assertion that had the late Abiola been a Northerner, we would’ve been recovering from the second civil war. Remember the death of the late Sir Tafawa Balewa and Sardauna, and those responsible for that. What happened afterwards? Let’s just embrace togetherness, and fight the devil–in us and our leaders–that’s trying so hard to get us disunited and in war.

  7. Like adejokeiyabadan, I found your article to be thoughtful and incisive but there are many things you imply that are just not true.

    You claim that Fani-Kayode’s audience is an imaginary one, Anyone can google Fani-Kayode’s writings, he writes to a large audience of readers and many of these readers sympathize with his views. Even your essay in regards to this Armani suit wearing bigot is evidence that he has a readership.

    Your attitude towards the Yorubas is patronizing and your attitude towards other non-yoruba Nigerians gives me cause to worry: Many ex-Biafrans are against the seperation of Nigeria and many Notherners are against the notion of “Northern privilage”. It is sad that you insinuate that non-yoruba ethnic groups are sheep like.

    >If Abiola were a northerner or easterner, a second civil war might have just been coming to an end now.

    The real reason Yorubas stayed within Nigeria is as you implied-seceed and face a war with the rest of Nigeria and Nigeria’s allies.

    Yet you twist this veild threat of death, looming over any group of people who attempts to leave nigeria, as being progressive and for the good of us all. Secession has happend god knows how many times in Europe as an earlier poster said. How come anyone who wants to leave Nigeria must die? Is that the kind of relationship you would like to be in?

    >Nigeria has never at any time been under the rulership of a single ethnic group. The destruction of this country is a collective effort of the political elite whose membership cuts across every ethnic group and religion and region.

    This statement is the most misleading of all of your statements. Do ethnic groups have the choice of not being a part of Nigeria? The Eastern Region was forced to be a part of Nigeria therefore they have no choice of not being a part of the government and any form self exclusion is only doing themselves a disservice as monies garnered from their them are being used by the federal government.

    And participation in the government is it on an equal level? If there is one Yoruba in the Federal government is it fair to say that if the government is not performing that it is equally the fault of all ethnic group members of the society? Shouldn’t blame be apportioned relative to each ethnics groups involvment in the government?

    If that is the case why is there a quota in Nigeria? When it comes to anything good; government jobs; government money; government land; quota must be enforced? When it comes to anything bad there is no more quota and all it must be shared equally amongst all groups?

    Thanks for reading.

  8. The fact of the matter is that the so call ‘North’ hold the whole of the geographical niger area (Nigeria) to ransom. Always clamouring for power and usually by Hawusa/Fulani(tribal group – with ‘born to rule mentality’) as if there are no other tribes from the north.Though they have had it for more years than south THE NATION as not benefited from their inept leadership. The northern leadership promised to make the country ‘ungovernable’ and that is what we got. Most of the northern elders seems to be above the law of the land. Never made accountable for their misdeeds. Since the first republic, they have committed one atrocity or the other without the law taken it’d course. So, FFK is saying something they don’t like though the truth we start name calling. “I simply don’t understand why the average northerner shakes in his/her boot each time the balkanization of Nigeria is discussed. Must we all be Nigerians? I actually think it is very petty and cowardly for any individual to hold on to a ‘partner’ who insists he/she is walking out of a marriage where love is non existent.”Uche Okonkwo. Am proudly Yoruba and believer in Oduduwa state or Federal Republic Of Yoruba so live with it!

    • Though the writer has expended some space praising the wisdom and smartness of Yoruba peoplpe, I am sure you and your likes are not the kind he meant.

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