To say that former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK) is angry about the photo of Fulani Herdsmen on our new International Passport, is to put it mildly.
FFK is outraged! You will confirm this in the series of tweets he shared this morning. Read what he wrote below.
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 gratutious 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 miliions of black Americans over the years and who insisted on the perpetuation of the institution of slavery.
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. The worship and veneration of cows and cowloving 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. The worship and veneration of cows and cow loving is alien to the Nig. culture and it is regarded as an abomination.
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 unaccpetable 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.
Below is the image of the page on the new Nigerian passport which captures Fulani Herdsmen