A Nation Of Vile Blackmailers: Understanding the Lunacy of FEMI FANI-KAYODE and His Co-Travellers

Sani Yerima

Sani Yerima

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible”. Maya Angelou

Mid last year, I was at a conference in Ilorin when Professor Isaac Olawole Albert presented a paper on Religion, Terrorism and National Security: Untying the Unholy Knot and during the cause of replying to comments and questions from mainly Muslim delegates the Christian Professor confirmed what we already knew: “every law passed in this country is something taken away from Islam”. As a Muslim and a legal practitioner myself, there was nothing new or ground breaking in the comment of the learned professor of “Peace and Conflict Studies” of the University of Ibadan. Every informed Muslim do not only know this, but live with it every single day.

Today like always, Nigeria Muslims have been subjected to all kind of harassment and blackmail on the basis of their faith anywhere they turn. Muslims are harassed even in the most unlikely places like the Court rooms and law schools across the country. The issue of hijab is one striking example that always stands out.

I remember when I was called to the Nigerian bar in Abuja a couple of years ago and so many of us were celebrating and smiling for haven surmounted our bar finals exams and about to be pronounced Solicitors and Advocates of the Supreme Court by the Body of Benchers. But in the midst of the festivities and joy where some of our Muslim sisters scattered around the venue with sad faces and tears. They have been told that before they will be allowed into the hall and be called, they must first remove every piece of clothing covering their heads i.e their hijabs must be completely removed and hair exposed. These were women of virtues that no man other than their close relatives and husbands have seen their hair and neck region being forced to strip for no reason at all. If these ladies where to travel to England, studied law, graduated and become Barristers in England, a country of about 5% Muslims where we borrowed our legal regime from, they would never had been asked or compared at any point to removed their hijab. Meanwhile, the hijab is a constant issue in law faculties, law school and even courts rooms in a country with a population of over 75 million Muslims how is that fair?

The story is perhaps even worse in Nursing Schools across the Country, before one can be a Nurse in most part of the country, she must wear a short uniform that exposes most part of your legs, hugs her body in a way that leaves little to be imagined and her hair be made visible. The message to young Muslim girls is very clear; you cannot be a practising Muslimah and be a nurse, this Christian republic of Nigeria just won’t have it. In the Edo State School of Nursing, for example, the immediate past Principal, one Mrs Erunmusele told her female Muslim students to leave and go to the North (referring to Northern Nigeria) if they want to dress as Muslims and study Nursing. And till date, they are still not allowed to wear the hijab despite continuous appeal.

The worst case is still our Children in secondary schools, especially down south; some are mercilessly beaten by teachers, Principals and Proprietors because they dare to use the hijab on school property. There was even the case in Lagos State where a commissioner had the effrontery to asked Muslim parents who wants their daughters to use the hijab to send their wards to private schools.

There is the issue of the NYSC scheme, a federal Government funded establishment this is primarily design to uproot Islam from its roots in Nigeria. There is also a thousand and more other institutionalised attempt to undermine Islam and Muslims in Nigeria.

Whenever these issues pertaining to the rights of Muslims to practise their religion without being prevented or harassed is raised, someone will always ask “where are the Muslim leaders?” In all the issued raised and more, Muslim leaders have adopted the policy of self censorship for fear of being called a bigot, religious extremist, accused of trying to Islamise Nigeria or being a Boko Haram sponsor. We are witness to what happened to General Buhari in 2011, because he was perceived to be a conscious Muslim, a campaign of hate, lies and mudslinging was unleashed on him. Governor Aregbesola of Osun State was accused of trying to Islamise Nigeria because he permitted the use of hijab for Muslim female students. Even our Sultan cannot dare to speak nowadays without one deranged Warri pastor and other irresponsible so-called Christian leaders accuse him of something sinister. There is always a title for any Muslim who dare speak and mention “Islam”, so you hear the products of a wasted generation say while demonising Sanusi Lamido; why call it “Islamic Banking” and not “non-Interest Banking”. The very word “Islam” make them lose their senses and start barking like German dogs.

The latest attempt to vilify a Muslim because he dared to speak for Muslims and Islam is what we are witnessing on pages of newspapers, TV and social media in the last week. Every idiot who cannot spell nor construct proper sentences but so unfortunately owes a facebook or twitter account has become an anti-Yerima social activist on the internet. You hear these fools say “Give them education not P*****”. Imagine such a perverse slogan that decency will not allow me repeat here, these morally deprived individuals have become an overnight moralist.

When Senator Ahmad Yerima, the ex-Governor of Zamfara State stood up in the Senate that very day arguing against the removal of Section 29 (4)b of the 1999 Constitution, he was seen to have spoken for Islam, Muslims and the honour of the beloved Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW). And since that day, a minute has not past that something vile, hateful and obscene is not written and said about him by non-Muslims and some few pathetic so-called liberal Muslims.

On Friday 19th July, 2013 I made a post on my facebook wall and page that reads:

On Yerima: Nigeria has many uncountable problems and none of them is early marriage. As a matter of fact early marriage the solution to about half of our problems.

For those who wonder if I can give my daughter(s) out in marriage at the age of 9 or 13, I tell you most honestly, I can give her out at the age of 6 if I want to and its not your business. This is because I am a Muslim and I follow the example of the best of mankind, Muhammad صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ.

In Islam, marriage is not only about sex, it is about family and helping one another in achieving their goals, which is the attainment of Paradise.

In Islam, a girl can be given out in marriage as early as 6 years old, but consummation of the marriage can only be done when the girl becomes physically mature and she gives her consent to it because unlike English law, it is not permissible for a man to rape his wife in Shari’ah Law.

So what can anybody tell me? I live in a city where young girls at the age of 12 have already became serial fornicators and cannot count the number of man they’ve had sex with. I live in a City where primary school children disvirgin themselves behind toilets on Valentine day. I live in a city where young girls flood the street at night looking for men that would give them N500 to have sex with them. I live in a city where parents send their daughters out overseas to prostitute and send dollars down. I live in a City where Government officials pick undergraduates from University car parks with Coastal Buses to wild sex parties. I live in a city where abortion is so common that even a Chemist shore owner can perform abortion with just N2,500.

These are your daughters, and this should worry you and not Yerima’s private matters.

So ask me again why I support early marriage and I will slap the Jinn out of your head.

Benin City

The post was shared repeatedly, copied and pasted until the link to the source was perhaps lost. The following day, Mr. Femi Fani Kayode pasted it on his facebook wall with the heading: “SENATOR AHMED SANI YARIMAN BAKURA REPLIES HIS ENEMIES”.

Then Femi Fani Kayode added a four paragraph response to the post. In the first paragraph, The Pastor called Yerima a paedophile, devil, evil, a very sick man who should be behind bars or in a mental institution. He went on to say that he concluded from the Yerima’s comment that he thrives on under-age sex and child rape and tries to justify it with Islam. All this insults just for one man because he stood up in the Senate and said that any attempt to peg the age of marriage of a girl to 18 years of age goes against Islam and for that, Pastor Fani Kayode declared him not only a paedophilia, but a devil and a sick evil person who should be locked up. The Pastor and Commander-in-Chief of irresponsible and vulgar Nigerians on Facebook never took time to verify if actually Yerima made the said comment, there was no need to, the buffoon seized the moment to vomit all the nonsense and filth in his heart on the gentleman Senator to the “glory of Christ” . As the bible rightly stated in Luke 6:45:

“……an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”.

If you thought the foul mouth Pastor was finished, he was just starting, in paragraph three, while calling out his dogs he said:

“It is time to stand up to this monster called Yerima and those that think like him once and for all no matter what the consequences are”.

Fani Kayode is not the type that plays with words, he pick his words very carefully. Fani Kayode calls on his people (Christians and perhaps liberal Muslims) to rise up against those who think like Yerima (conscious Muslims) no matter the consequences. And to this call, he followed it up with a reason:

First he introduced political sharia into Nigerian politics in 2001 which, a few years later, resulted in the meteroric rise of islamic fundamentalism in the north and Boko Haram”.

This is what this is all about; Yerima brought Shari’ah and he dared to promote the Shari’ah in the Senate. And as blackmail goes he accused Yerima of being responsible for so-called “Islamic fundamentalism” and Boko Haram.

But Fani-Kayode is a mean, silly and despicable person. Was Yerima there when Police killed Muhammad Yusuf and hundreds of innocent Muslims in Maiduguri in 2009 that led to the Boko Haram uprising? Or was he there in Jos when Muslims were slaughtered in 2001 because Obasanjo appointed a Muslim Alhaji Muktar Mohammed to head the poverty alleviation programme? Was Yerima responsible for the Jos post-election violence in 2008 where hundreds of Muslims were killed including Muslim Children receiving social study lecture? Was Yerima or Islamic fundamentalism to blame when some Berom Christian youths attacked a Fulani/Muslim settlement (Kuru Karama) and killed over 600 and came online to boast about how they killed Muslim children? Was Yerima there in 2011 when Muslims were killed on Sallah day and their dead bodies where roasted and eaten like suya while Nigeria Police stood by, watched and did nothing?

In continuation of his vile campaign of obscenity and blackmail, Femi Fani-Kayode was on AIT referring to Senator Yerima as a “self confessed Paedophile”. Pedophilia is defined as the act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children. It has never been defined to include sexual relationship between married couples irrespective of their age. More so, consummation of marriage does not necessary immediately follow marriage in Islam. Not that it is anybody business, Senator Yerima may or may not have consummated his marriage with his Egyptian bride, and even if he had, it still cannot be classified as Paedophilia.

I read an article written my Haija Maryam Uwais yesterday concerning the event at the Senate, while one may agree that she made valid point when she argued that marriage does not necessary confirm adulthood to a lady in Islam, she erred in totality when she attempt to make an argument against early marriage, because like many others, she left reality when she tried to pin all the social and economic problems in Northern Nigeria to early marriage. Then she started dishing out ridiculous statistics that only her knows about. Early marriage is not one of the problems in this country. Under 18 marriage is not half as high as she claimed in the north. That some men maltreat their young wives and some others abandon their wives with VVF in hospitals cannot be blamed on early marriage. That some women develop VVF because of prolonged and unattended child labour cannot be blamed on early marriage. That there is an increasing maternal and child mortality rate in the North can only be blamed on the Government failure to provide essential amenities and not on early marriage.

What particularly saddened me in the article by Haija Maryam Uwais is the disrespectful tone in which she referred to the distinguished Senator, Ahmad Sani Yerima. It is sad that some Muslims have unconsciously bought into the hate campaign directed at Yerima since the introduction of Shari’ah penal code in Zamfara and other parts of the North over a decade ago.

To the Muslims who have unfortunately taken the side of the deranged misfit and hate filled pastor, Fani-Kayode, ask yourself this question: since when have Fani-Kayode and his likes develop love for Muslim and Northern children that they are campaigning to “save” Muslim children from early marriage? Since when? Is this not the same debased low-lives who are everywhere on the internet insulting our beloved Prophet (SAW), leaders and anything Islam and Northerner? They do not care about your daughters, just has Boko Haram uprising that have killed thousands of Muslims and destroy billions worth of businesses delights them, so will it delight them if your children roam the street at night hawking themselves for N500.

The Yerima the nonsense Pastor is slandering about was a farmer and a business man who was known for his generosity and humanitarian activities long before he became Governor of Zamfara State. He had helped people marry, secured jobs for them, gave them shelter, paid hospital bills for sick people that could not afford it. He did this as philanthropy and maintained that trait when he became Governor. When he introduced Shari’ah, he settled brothel and bar owners and converted their places to schools. He was very accessible and those who succeeded him follow his footstep. A bus driver can walk into government house and demand to see the Governor and he sees him.

Whosoever thinks through envy that Allah will not give him (Muhammad) victory in the world and the hereafter and is enraged at the thought of his victory: let him stretch a rope up to the roof of his dwelling and let him hang himself, then let him see whether his strategy will remove that which enrages (him)” – Qur’an 22:15

To Femi Fani-Kayode and his army of vile supporters, Shari’ah is the right of every Muslim, early marriage is part of the religion of Islam and Yerima’s honour is sacred to every sincere Muslim. You cannot teach us our religion, you cannot love our children more than we love them so give your daughters marriage when they are 18 or 40 that’s your business, we will marry out our daughters when we feel its best for them and in accordance with Islam in sha Allah.

Igho Hakeem Ohwojeheri
Benin City

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19 thoughts on “A Nation Of Vile Blackmailers: Understanding the Lunacy of FEMI FANI-KAYODE and His Co-Travellers

  1. this is just a cheap blackmail u knw the truth, stop deceiving yourselves. only FOOLS ACCEPT JESUS as their Lord ….why are u xtians just too daft??? i sorry 4 ur miserable souls in HELL!!!…thank God for Islam…..u fools are jealous of RAMADAN abi, u dnt have unity in ur so called useless xtianity, that’s why some fools in your midsts pretent to pray indirectly like muslims…if u want to practice islam (the true way to God and religion of peace) come straight and stop pretending….thank God for Islam. xtians claim that its bad to mary more than one wife, but all the pastors sleep with peoples wives….i pity ur miserable souls…but its not too late for u to accept Islam and be saved…think…i thank God for making me a muslim!

    • this is just wrong, you shouldn’t for no reason insult another person’s religious beliefs and in the spirit or ramadan, your comments are way off the mark and sinful. for your information, i am a muslim too.. and i am suprised the admin didnt comment to this. sigh

  2. An African proverb says, “Until the lions learn to write, their stories will be told by the hunters”
    I read and re-read these attrocities they have comitted:
    “…Was Yerima there when Police killed Muhammad Yusuf and hundreds of innocent Muslims in Maiduguri in 2009 that led to the Boko Haram uprising? Or was he there in Jos when Muslims were slaughtered in 2001 because Obasanjo appointed a Muslim Alhaji Muktar Mohammed to head the poverty alleviation programme? Was Yerima responsible for the Jos post-election violence in 2008 where hundreds of Muslims were killed including Muslim Children receiving social study lecture? Was Yerima or Islamic fundamentalism to blame when some Berom Christian youths attacked a Fulani/Muslim settlement (Kuru Karama) and killed over 600 and came online to boast about how they killed Muslim children? Was Yerima there in 2011 when Muslims were killed on Sallah day and their dead bodies where roasted and eaten like suya while Nigeria Police stood by, watched and did nothing?”
    The truth is, it never filters down to us all. An average muslim in Nigeria was never aware these ever took place because at best, only Daily Trust reported it.
    Media practice and interest is beyond just a job or pastime. It’s our own little Jihad!

    Great piece again. I was sent this webpage this morning and i’ve found every minute worthy.

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  10. Muslim brethren always amuse me evrytim they writ against d faith of Christians.@ many junctures,I askd myself y did God allw dis religion(Islam) 2 exist on dis planet earth?but I comfort maself wit a bibl verse dat says”No 1 can’t knw d ways of God”and also He(God) has given mankind 2 tk a decision dat pleases him/her.But 1 tin is certain God is d rewarder of dos dat diligently seek Him.Many of d practices in Islam ar outrightly goin against d wil of God &His Son(Jesus).Bcos many of dos practices were don by d prophets b4 Jesus dat made dem 2 b imperfect b4 God or wu can tel me among U dat al d prophets includin ur Oga Muhammad committed no sin?excpt our Lord Jesus Christ dat had no sin wc is confirmd by ur quran &our bibl.
    For instance early marriage,hw can a sane persn releas/handovr his/her daughter @6 or 8years 2 a man above 30yrs not 2 talk of 50yrs&abov?A child dat hasn’t knw anytin abt lf not 2 talk of marriage.They(muslims) astonisd me again dat,wen a parent hand over their daughter 2 an old man,d old man won’t touch her until she is matured enough.Wat an evil acts? Wen I read it in 1 of our dailies abt a man dat slept wit his under aged wife aftr marriage dat night &d under aged died in d proces.May God av mercy!Constitutnally self,we av freedom/right 2 tk a decision dat pleases us wether on religion or speech.God whom U claimed 2 b ur creator self nevr impose himself on His creature.Wu told U dat d man U gave her 2 ws d right husband 4 d daughter?also,hw ar U sure dat d daughter wud agree 2 marry d old man wen she is matured 2 knw d right 4rm d wrong? Stupid practise!Wel,its common among d peopl in north bcos of deir level of illiteracy.No insult oo but true.don’t we av Muslims among d S/W peopl or dey ar usin anoder quran apart 4rm ur own?Y is it dat d evil practice is not happenin among dem?No wonder dey can easily brainwashed d northerners.
    Anoder evil practice is d area of havin many wives.Thank God dat is in ur quran dat”unless a man is capable of havin many wives dat he sud av it and he must b play equal wit al d wives”now ma questn is,hw many of these so calld peopl dat av many wives can cope wit 1 wife without lyin 2 her let alone many wives?No wonder ther is no enough care wit dis dis children&@ d end they bcom tout/thugs on d street.Imagin sm1 commentd dat “al ur pastor sleep wit peopl’s wife”does dat justify a persn 2 b avin many wives without avin d capability 2 cater 4 1 very wel?besides,hw many pastor(s) he had caught sleepin wit anoder persn’s wife?
    I thank God am a xtian bcos itz’t by power but God’s mercy.We xtains follow d teachings of Jesus Christ not d teachings of prophets b4 Him or aftr bcos we can’t follow imperfect humans.We follow a man witout sin wc is Jesus Christ of Nazaret.Jesus Christ is d way,the truth and the life.Accept Him 2day &b saved bcos no SALVATION in any religion except tru Jesus Christ.

    • Segun, you are such a silly person. Your foolishness is born out of your inability to recognize that Islam and Christianity are two different religions. So why will the teachings of Islam be in line with your god and the one you called his son? The beliefs are different dummy.
      Take for example, Christians believe that all humans inherited the sin committed by Adam even when Adam did not consult us before he disobeyed God. Muslims believes that a child cannot be punished for the sins of the father either can a father be punish for the sins of the son. Christians believe that for God to forgive us our “sins” (the one we didn’t committed) God Almighty has to incarnate into a human being that came out of a private part of a woman, lived like a man with all man’s defects and inadequacies like feeling hunger, ignorance, grieving, sleeping etc. Christian also believe that the god (now man) came to earth knowing he will be killed (i.e. commit suicide). Muslims on the other hand believes that if God wants to forgive sins he does so of his own will and he doesn’t need to incarnate into man and get himself killed before he can forgive sins. Muslims also believe that Christians are polytheist because they take a Prophet of God (Jesus Christ (AS)) has one in a trinity that makes up God and that if a Christian dies believing associating partnership with God Almighty, that Christian abode is hell fire forever.

      So there are lots of differences in both religions. You cannot judge Islam and Muslims with the standard of Christianity. Islam has its own unique standards. Take for example, you called claim Jesus Christ never committed any sins. This is to Christian standard, In Islamic standard he committed sin in your bible. In Islam one of the greatest sin is to be disrespectful to your parents, Jesus referred to his mother as “woman” the same way he referred to a prostitute. He allowed a woman that his not his wife or mother to “romance” his legs. He also turned water (pure) into wine which Christian scholars agreed to be alcoholic. In Islam Alcohol is consider forbidden.

      On the issue of early marriage, Islam permits early marriage, Islam is the religion of Muslims, since you are not a Muslim, how does it now concern you? You Church promotes late marriage, gay marriage, nude marriage etc. Every day we read stories of pastor and priest that raped young boys and girls, impregnate church members, we also read about Christian men raping their underage daughters and house helps. You have enough to worry about than early marriage that Muslims practice.

      If you ever feel the need to admonish anybody, look for Christians and spare us (Muslims) your perversion. If you can’t get an audience in Church since is only material prosperity and hate mongering Muslims they talk about there, you can go to anywhere prostitutes and armed robbers are gathered preach to them about your god that needs human blood to forgive sins. But I must warn you, they are already Christians.

  11. @naijaInfoman,I won’t exchange abusive words wit U bcos I knw obviously dat, dat is 1 of d teachings in Islam.I agreed wit U on d basis dat d 2 religions ar different & d claim is only meant 4 d muslims.my questn 2 U is dat,Is Nigeria a muslim country?If ur answer is NO,y did ur oga @ d top(Yerima) now bring dat motn 2 National Assembly?or na only muslims dey house?
    D practice isn’t a new tin especially 2 d North &nobody fights wit them but Y did they want 2 bring dat devilish act 2 evry body 2 accept?abt pastor(s) doin dos atrocities U mentioned,they aren’t new bcos 4 sm1 2 b calld a pastor doesn’t mak dat fellow a “man of God”.Jeremiah5vs26,”For among my people are found wicked men…or do U want 2 convince me there ar no peopl lk dat in Islam?If U don’t knw,I read 1 ysterday.1 of ur clerics(scholar) in mecca raped his own daughter.So,itz evrywia!
    Lk U av said dat we ar servin 2 different Gods’,let me add these 2 it maybe U might av forgotten 2 do so.
    1. We(xtians) follow wu knws wia He came from&wia He is goin but U follow sm1 dat doesn’t knw wia he is goin.read ur quran 4 confirmation
    2. We(xtians) believ in God &Jesus Christ His son dat He(Jesus) died 4 d remission of our sins but U peopl blv Jesus as 1 of God’s messager but didn’t die 4 our sins
    3. We(xtians) believ dat as many as believd Him(Jesus) to dem He(Jesus) gave d power 2 bcom d sons of God but U ar slave 2 God
    4. We(xtians) can face anywia 2 pray 2 God &He(God) wil answer us but U av specific direction 2 pray 2 god.

    d differences ar many but just mentioned a few.Thank God I was told dat sm Muslims av been rejecting d “slavery” word but ma prayer 2 dos 1 is 2 embrace d truth completely.Shalom!

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