By Husain Zakariyya Yawale
“Allah sets forth a Parable: a City enjoying security and abundantly supplied with sustenance from every place: yet was it ungrateful for thefavours of Allah, so Allah made it to taste utmost of hunger, and terror (in extremes) (closing in on like a garment (from every side), because of the (evil) which (its people) wrought.”[an-Nahl: 112]
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All Praise is due to Allah! We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our evils and bad deeds. Anyone who is guided by Allah is indeed guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and final messenger to mankind. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon His last and final Apostle, his Household, his companions and all his followers till the end of time.
Despite the blood gushing out from my heart, and the tears oozing from my eyes, I still intend to share my torment and distress which indistinctly engulfed me for sometime now. I have for sometime lost my balance and equilibrium in understanding both the social and political terrains of the north in particular.The forthcominginauguration of a government sponsored opponent socio-political group complicates my apprehensions.In fact, I am more upsetwith composition of the people said to be used against the north! Majority of them were once highly regarded and distinguished men in their national or regional obligations. They have not only achieved and fulfilled their life ambitions, but have in many instances built Nigeria in its march to nationhood.Ordinarily such people will be bothered with their ‘akhirah’. That is what will become of them when finally meet their Lord in the great beyond! What I mean to say here is that men who have reached the echelon of their professions, and retired though not tired, with dignity and pride, will at a later stage of their lives slopped into the abyss of materialism. The worst of all is when they have already start smelling death, they begin to indulge in projects of self-destruction and self-annihilation! At a moment when they have received their boarding pass to hell or heaven, they still want to back to shopping malls from the beginning! I wonder what will an 80 years old man will want eat and drink, wear or ride that he will ever enjoy like when he was between the ages of 40 to 60!
Wallahi! If not for this ayah, I will rather keep silent and move with the crowd.
“Why were there not, among the generations before you, persons possessed of balanced good sense, prohibiting (men) from mischief in the earth – except a few among them whom we saved (from harm)? But the wrong-doers pursued the enjoyment of the good things of life which were given them, and persisted in sin.’’[Hud; 116]
I also do not want to be counted by posterity as a mere onlooker to events that are negatively unfolding with a fight. I remember the state of distress witnessed by Prophet Lut when his people became intoxicated with lust and wanted to harass his (Angel) visitors. Allah describes the scene in the following words:
“And His people came rushing towards him, and they had been long in the habit of practicing abominations. He said: “O My people! Here are my daughters: They are purer for you (If ye marry)! Now fear Allah, and cover me not with Shame about My guests! Is there not among you a single right-minded man?”[Hud: 78]
This unfortunate moribund which started creepy-crawly during the Ibrahim BadamasiBabangida’s legality seeking regime when many ostracized policies were unreeled, and support of the heads of northern emirates and Southern chiefdoms were coveted by the junta; a time that also witnessed the buying over of the southern radicals and its voracious journalists. The emirs and chiefs were dragged into active political endorsement to every unpopular policy of the military junta regime. I happened to enquire once from a general who was then one of the top ten favourites of the stratocracy, what were the usual comments of the traditional rulers and chiefs whenever they visit the Villa? He told me mockingly, but on serious note;‘Kayidai-dai’! Meaning, ‘You are absolutely correct Mr. President!’
The inherent tendency of those leaders to use money power to achieve what Machiavelli could not achieve with guns and swords, instituted the gradual degradations, detrition and attrition of the northerness’s quintessence of collective benefits and welfares, to stark selfishness and greediness, with impunity.
Democracy as a game of number is a naturally acceptable law. While the majority will always win the votes, the minority remains relevant. This is a natural commandment well-matched into what is today considered the best political system; democracy. The law is harmoniously applicable in all civilized comity of nations, including many underdeveloped nations, except in Nigeria. I mean what I say in the approved manner that it is only in Nigeria alone today, where majority north utterly discarded this natural benefits of numbers to the naturally disadvantaged groups, for nothing tangible in exchange other than utter insensitive self-absorption and egocentricity. This grave perennial disease emanated from decomposed minds which are completely beyond rescue; be it medically, politically or spiritually. Such are hearts of many rotten northerners, mostly beyond emancipation and salvation. The hearts of people that have turned their backs to God, defected in their religious duties and repudiated their cultural identities and to some extent altered their geographical location. They do not care or worry about their future as a nation, or the future of their progenies, let alone what history will leave behind them for posterity to judge. Their preoccupations are their gains and dividends!
If we are the majority why are we not in control of the affairs of the nation? Why are we crying of marginalization and relegation? Read this Hadith:
Narrated Thawban that The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The people will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their dish. Someone asked: Will that be because of our small numbers at that time? He replied: No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be scum and rubbish like that carried down by a torrent, and Allah will take fear of you from the breasts of your enemy and last enervation into your hearts. Someone asked: What is wahn (enervation). Messenger of Allah (pbuh): He replied: Love of the world and dislike of death.”
Professor Ali Mazurui once remarked that it is only in Nigeria that power is transferred to minority by the majority on a Plata of gold, and without any obligation of revertibility. From what is transpired now, it seems the transfer has been modified to mean long time leasing. Except that the landlords are our rotten politicians, unpopular or imposed traditional rulers, immoral clerics and pimps. My only apprehension is for some of the landlords to sneak stealthily and auction the property to the tenet, for a trifle amount provided it will quench their immediate problems, leaving the rest of to languish.
I do not believe that poverty should have any significant role to change the fortunes of the north alone without the input of the northerners themselves. This is because, if, poverty is defined as the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions, and wealth as ‘the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money’, then there is no poverty in the north. Northern Nigeria has been blessed with massive cultivatable and grazing lands; vast arable lands that anything can blossomy grow wildly on it, cannot be said its natives are poor or unemployed. Therefore, the much ado poverty about poverty is not due to scarcity or dearth of sources of wealth and richness. Apart from the pastoral and cultivable lands, there is good rain water that is effortlessly abundant, as well water-falls, rivers and dams. The climatic conditions are all year round conducive to all crops and animals. With little efforts and incentive, poverty will be a plague of the past. Despite previous governments have introduced various agricultural programs for self-reliance, lack of dedication, continuity and corruptions have frustrated the efforts. The poverty of the northerners is only sustained by the easy and free monies that are available in the system through sycophancy and bootlicking. And with the political dispensation, thuggery and politically sponsored criminal offences are well paid seasonal business. The poverty here is a desirable one, because it can always be exploited for unleashing violence and mayhem either on political opponent, tribal or religious chauvinism. One can add, if he or she likes, the northern poverty is a deliberate and sponsored conundrum, either internally or externally. If it is internally, the external forces are really taking excessive and undue advantages, while its toll is continually counting, and if it is externally supported, there are definitely well paid foot soldiers discharging very well what they are paid for. Thus, the poverty is sponsored!
Let me ask a pertinent question without having anyone in mind to answer me. Will the association of these once glorious men to lend their brains and hands to destroy the north for return of peanuts signaling the eventual incineration of the north?
“When We decide to destroy a population, we (first) send a definite order to those among them who are given the good things of This life and yet transgress; so that the word is proved true against them: then (it is) we destroy them utterly.” [al-Isra’i: 16]
My prayers which I always say is that may Allah not destroy the north for the sin of the gullible few of the elites! May His wrath never befall on us! May those who plot against the north be destroyed individually and collectively, and then eternally bepunished in the hell-fire!
Let me leave here you with the following passage of the Qur’an for your contemplation and meditation.
“And we sent Moses, with Our Clear (Signs) and an authority manifest. Unto Pharaoh and His chiefs: but they followed the command of Pharaoh and the command of Pharaoh was no right (guide).He will go before His people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them into the Fire (as cattle are led to water): but woeful indeed will be the place to which they are led! And they are followed by a curse In This (life) and on the Day of Judgment: and woeful is the gift which shall be given (unto them)!These are some of the stories of communities which we relate unto thee: of them some are standing, and some have been mown down (by the sickle of time).It was not we that wronged them: They wronged their own souls: the deities, other than Allah, whom they invoked, profited them no whit when there issued the Decree of Thy Lord: nor did they add aught (to their lot) but perdition!Such is the chastisement of Thy Lord when He chastises communities In the midst of their wrong: grievous, indeed, and severe is His chastisement.In that is a Sign for those who fear the penalty of the Hereafter: that is a Day for which Mankind will be gathered together: that will be a Day of Testimony.”[96-103]