Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has joined Nigerians opposed to the inscription of herdsmen in the country’s new national e-passport.
He described the herders as symbol of ‘everything’ that represents ‘evil’ and called on the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to immediately remove the inscription from the passport.
The new national e-passport which has herdsmen inscribed in it has been generating a lot of reactions. Some Nigerians, who before now had accused President Buhari, a Fulani man, of not doing enough to end attacks and killing of Nigerians by suspected Fulani herdsmen, have seen the new development as an affront to the nation.
Responding to the development in a post on his official Twitter handle on Friday, Fani-Kayode wrote:
“Fulani herdsmen are symbols of bloodshed, terror, mass murder, ethnic-cleansing, genocide, carnage, torment, trauma and evil. They represent nothing but cruelty, suffering, land-grabbing, church-burning, raping and pillaging and are instruments of occupation, domination and conquest.
“They have slaughtered more Nigerians over the last 4 years than Boko Haram have done in 10 and they have been designated as the 4th most deadly terrorist org. in the world by the int. community. We must consider all this in the light of the composition of our new passport.
“To dedicate a page of our passport to them and paste their picture on it represents the biggest and most gratuitous insult to the Nig. people that has ever been served. It’s like dedicating a page of the Israeli passport to Hitler and the Nazis that slaughtered 6 million Jews.
“It is like dedicating a page of the Southern Sudanese passport to the Janjaweed Arab Muslims of Darfur that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of black African Christians in the Sudan.
“It is like dedicating a page of the Congolese passport to King Leopold 11 of Belgium and his people after they butchered 10 million Congolese. It is like dedicating a page of the Rwandan passport to the Hutu Interahamwe after they wiped out 1 million Rwandan Tutsis.
“It is like dedicating a page of the American passport to the rebel Confederate forces of the American civil war and to the Ku Klux Klan who slaughtered millions of black Americans over the years and who insisted on the perpetuation of the institution of slavery.
“It is like dedicating a page of the South African passport to the white Boers and Afrikaans-speaking Dutch settlers who founded and established the apartheid state, who butchered millions of Africans over400 years and who believed that the Blackman was no better than an ape.
“The worship and veneration of cows and cow-loving is alien to the Nig. culture and it is regarded as an abomination. Such a gesture is heartless, unforgivable and unbecoming. It is insensitive. It is callous. It is wicked. It is uncharitable. It is unkind and it is evil.
“We are a nation of believers that worship God and not one that worship cows. Those amongst us that regard cows as wives and that value the life of a cow more than the life of a human being are not Nigerians but aliens that come from a distant land outside our shores.
“To paste such people and their accursed cows on our international passport and compel Nigerians to carry them all over the world with us as part of our national identity, heritage and culture is unacceptable and too much to ask. It is a gross misrepresentation of who we are.
“We reject it in its entirety and we insist that the Buhari administration removes that accursed page forthwith and replace it with another symbol that truly represents the noble, enlightened, civilised and laudable nature and heritage of the Nigerian people.
“We refuse to accept a symbol that represents a retrograde, barbaric, blood-lusting, vampiric, malignant, malevolent and bestial foreign heritage and culture on our passport.”