“When a people are economically emasculated they are more susceptible to political manipulation “
– Fulani Proverb
Below are some of the questions that I asked my friend Abdulr of the Magnifico Suleiman that are still waiting for answers. I know why he hesitates to answer but I shall go forward to answer them.
A. “What were the promises made to the Hausa people by the Fulani Ulama? Which of those promises were fulfilled?”
B. “Kindly assess the standard of living in Hausaland, before the Jihad, and 200 years after the Jihad viz the Hausa and the Fulani?”
The Hausa people were Moslems before the entrance of Fulani into Hausaland about 500 years ago. When the Fulani came into Hausaland, the Hausa were some of the most advanced people in the World and certainly the most advanced in Africa. To achieve relevance and acceptance, the Fulani Ulama promised heaven on earth. They promised an egalitarian society. They promised equity. They promised a just society. They promised to abolish slavery. But on assumption of power all the ills redoubled and slavery intensified.
Fulani scam of Islamic reformation have left the Hausa people impoverished and with the worst developmental indices/poorest standard of living all over the world. The Hausa people have been turned to hewers of wood and fetchers of water in their own lands. The word Hausa – Fulani does not define a mix between the Hausa and Fulani by marriage. They are still very distinct. Hausa – Fulani is the description of the Fulani oligarchy and Hausa peasantry in Hausaland. In the segregative society that Hausaland is today, the Fulani are the Governors, Senators, Emirs, Ministers etc and the Hausa are the Almajirai – the Hoi polloi.
During the Jihad Usman Dan Fodio gave out 14 flags, all to Fulani in an Army dominated by Hausa people. Those 14 flags were the seed of the Fulani Emirate system that have dominated Hausaland. Today there are no Hausa Kings in Hausaland. This is the major problem of Nigeria. It is a clog in the wheel of Nigeria development that the Hausa people who are some of the most populous in Africa have been subjugated to a life of subsistence by the Fulani.
President Jonathan during his tenure realized that there is no way to develop Nigeria without developing the Hausa people. So he declared FREE & COMPULSORY EDUCATION in Hausaland in his bid to fight the abysmal illiteracy that pervaded the land.
To achieve this he built 253 Almajiri Secondary Schools (Hausa are primarily the Almajiri – Fulani are not Almajiri) and 14 Federal Universities with 9 in the North. Agriculture is the mainstay of the great Hausa people. President Jonathan built more Dams and Access Roads in the North and Nigeria than any other regime. Likewise, he subsidized fertilizers and removed the odious middlemen who pride themselves as Fertilizer Cabal by identifying the actual local farmers and communicating with them directly on their needs and requirements. He built Farmers Cooperatives and provided soft loans for farmers.
No Nigeria leader including the 2 Fulanis Sir Ahmadu Bello and Malam Aminu Kano have done for the North what President Jonathan has done. While he did all these, he did not know that he was incurring the wrath of the Fulani elite class who formulated the 3 prong approach of disinformation, Boko Haram insurgency and Fulani Presidency in the guise of Northern Presidency in order to oust him.
The presentation of GMB a Fulani that is loved and have been adopted by the Hausa was a coup de grace. However, the amiable PMB has allowed all the developmental structures put in place by the Jonathan administration to wither away. It is said that it is in the interest of the Fulani to keep the Hausa illiterate and dependent so that they can continue with their monopoly of power in Hausaland. BOKO HARAM means that “Western Education is evil” yet the children of the Fulani attend the best schools in the world in search of Western Education.’