What is nationalism?
“loyalty and devotion to a nation especially : a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or supranational groups”
AWOLOWO’S FUTURISTIC STATEMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF SOUTH AFRICA?
On the 23rd page of his 1947 Faber and Faber London published, book he titled: “Path to Nigerian Freedom”, Chief Obafemi Awolowo wrote:
“In the near future, Nigeria, particularly the southern portion, will witness an awakening of nationalism of such intensity as was never thought possible by British Officials on the spot. The direction and outcome of such nationalism will depend on the type of grieving is with which the Nigerian politicians of the day choose to feed it.
“For be it remembered that the fire of nationalism cannot burn without fuel-and grievances (real and imaginary) are the rediest fuel.”
OBSERVATION: What Awolowo said is a clear POSITIVE REVOLUTIONARY SECURE PRINCIPLE, the South African Xenophobic class have stumbled on it by error of coincidence, and like a driver on the road without the knowledge of the traffic rules and regulations, they are misusing it as a NEGATIVE REACTIONARY INSECURE PRINCIPLE…..the direct OPPOSITE!
Nigerians and other Africans are the victims….but it is backfiring against them too!
Evidence 1: “The backlash across Africa to xenophobic violence against Africans in South Africa is spreading and becoming more violent.
In retaliatory strikes, South African-owned chain stores and trucks have been targeted in other African countries, including Nigeria, Zambia and Mozambique.” https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-09-05-anger-at-xenophobic-attacks-spreads-across-africa-as-sa-owned-firms-are-targeted/amp/
Evidence 2: “The presidents of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi have decided not to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa hosted by South Africa in the face of ongoing looting and burning of small businesses in that country owned largely by African immigrants, local media reported on Wednesday.” African News Agency.
SUBSTITUTION: Replace South Africa with Nigeria, within the context of these words, then the destructive power of principles misused by abuse …which is what is going in now, will be clear.
Awo: 1 “…..witness an awakening of nationalism of such intensity as was never thought possible by British Officials on the spot”
Coincidence: Harold Macmillan, the British Prime Minister in Winds of Change speech of February 3 1960 in Cape Town, South Africa said:
“The wind of change is blowing through this [African] continent, and whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact, and our national policies must take account of it.”
Coincidence: Macmillan was Awolowo’s “British Officials on the spot” (for he was physically present in South Africa) “never thought possible” that 59 years down the line there would be a different wind of change…..it is here with us, it is called XENOPHOBIA!
Awo 2: “The direction and outcome of such nationalism will depend on the type of grieving is with which the Nigerian politicians of the day choose to feed it.”
Observation: Remember South Africa has replaced Nigeria within the context of Awolowo’s words
Coincidence: In part one (by the documented evidence of Kate Hairsine) we saw the role of South African politicians of the day.
Specifically Bongani Michael Mkongi, who in 2017 was the South African deputy police minister and Herman Mashaba mayor of Johannesburg. These men chose to feed their grieving with white propaganda that XENOPHOBIA!
Awo 3: “For be it remembered that the fire of nationalism cannot burn without fuel-and grievances (real and imaginary) are the rediest fuel.”
Coincidence: Bongani Michael Mkongi and Herman Mashaba by their imagination of 80% foreign occupation which Naphtali Khumalo of Africa Facts Check disproved was one documented grievance.
Bongani Michael Mkongi went further down the imaginary lines like Goebbels, who used the November 7, 1938, murder of Ernst vom Rath by 17 year old Polish Jew Herschel Grynszpan to spread anti Jewish hate (anti semitism) History.com captured it this way:
“Whipped into a frenzy by Goebbels’ words and their hatred of Jews, Nazis all over the country began to prepare for violence.” https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.history.com/.amp/news/kristallnacht-started-when-this-diplomat-was-murdered-in-cold-blood
By July 30, 2017 evidence of Thabo Mokone (which again we saw in part 1) Mkongi said:
“Mkongi said locals had no place to stay, and suggested that even a future president could be a foreigner if South Africans did not fight for their land.
Mkongi defended his remarks during an interview on Power98.7″
THE POSITIVE REVOLUTIONARY SECURE PRINCIPLE OF AWOLOWO’S WORDS
Those profound sounding words:
“In the near future, Nigeria, particularly the southern portion, will witness an awakening of nationalism”
yet has a Yoruba/Igbo prophetic (sounding) collaborative application in Nigeria, just the the way Awolowo envisioned in prison, as documented on the 293rd page of his book: “My March Through Prison”, when Dr M. I. Okpara visited him in 1964 in Calabar prison
….a Zik Prime Minister and an Awolowo Finance minister.
The greatest untapped development potential yet to be witnessed, is the Yoruba and Igbo Strategic collaboration, that has a two fold potential
1 To present the world with one of the greatest development possibilities ever associated with the black man domiciled in Africa by Africans, with the South South and middle belt included and the Fulani in their new found status of equal partners, scaled down from the overlord born to rule position, they presently are.
Major General M. C. Alli on the 143rd page of his 2001 Malthouse published book, “The Federal Republic of Nigeria Army The Siege of A Nation” wrote:
“Alhaji Maitama Sule, an elder Northern leader from the Sir Ahmadu Bello School, has also postulated that by inclination, temperament and Administrative Skill, northerners should rule Nigeria as a natural preserve and right.”
President Buhari by his trend of Appointments is a signatory to this!
2 To halt the present FULANI TERRITORIAL expansionism, evidenced by:
(a) The present lopsided Strategic Appointments
(b) The evidence of Dr Bitrus Pogu
….with the view of bringing them down from their born to rule status, as equal partners in the restructured Nigerian Commonwealth.
“Dr Bitrus Pogu, national chairman of the Middle Belt Forum, has stated that the forum does not believe that there is anything called ‘farmers/herders clashes’ in the Middle Belt region
– Pogu said the attackers come as Fulani-armed militia and attack farmers
– According to Pogu, the attackers have one goal – to displace people and take over their lands”
Professor Nicholas D. Ofiaja, (a member of American scholars Association, who was a professor of African Studies at City University, New York) on the 46th page of his 1979 Vintage Press published book he titled:
“Stability and Instability in Politics The Case Study of Nigeria and Cameron” wrote:
“It has always been the traditional wish of the Fulani conquerors of Northern NIGERIA to extend their conquest and rule to every part of British created Nigeria, and to spread the Islamic religion. They, therefore, took the British colonial conquest and rule as a temporary interruption of their planned conquest”
This collaboration lies in wait for the generation of Yorubas and Igbos to ignite by “unite”!
Will this present generation overcome their mutual Cold War and do it! (nothing is impossible) But should it ever happen, the future allies MUST not be allowed to become another set of German/Italians of the Commonwealth of Nigeria, as axial twins were in Europe…..this is for another day, under another title!
For now it is XENOPHOBIA!