“In the name of God the Great, we shall kill, slaughter and drain the blood of every single unbeliever, every apostate and every traitor that supports them until we establish our new world Caliphate. We will wash our hands with the blood of the infidels”- Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader of The Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant (ISIL).
These are the words of a monstrous vampire that desires to swim in an ocean of innocent blood. These are the thoughts and satanic vision of the indisputable leader of the dreaded terrorist movement known as Daesh. These are the aspirations of a man that rejects the version of Islam that we know, that we respect and that the overwhelming majority of Muslims espouse and practise. This is a man that represents such a graphic and fundamental perversion and corruption of the faith that he claims to represent and that has become such a terror to humanity that he can hardly be described as a human being at all but rather as a barbarous beast that is not worthy of life.
Simply put Mr. Al Baghdadi is beyond the pale: His level of depravity and capacity for evil is simply incomprehensible. There is no word that can adequately describe his brand of depravation and his insidious level of inhumanity. So seized of the devil is he that even his brothers in terror, like the Taliban and Al Qaeda speak of him in hushed tones. In his famous play entitled, ‘The Tempest’, Shakespeare wrote: “Hell is empty. All the devils are here.”
The bard was right. All the devils and demons have indeed left hell and they are right here on planet earth. All across the world, they spread their vile message of violence and hate. They kill Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, moderate Muslims, secularists, atheists, agnostics and all those who do not share their barbaric beliefs and primitive worldview. They take special delight in preying on the weak and the vulnerable, especially the young and the old. To them, the energy and life-force of a pubescent child is like nectar, which they take joy in sucking out, absorbing and drinking and sacrificing to their demons. They unleash bombs, bullets, bloodshed, genocide, mass murder, ethnic cleansing, beheadings, suicide bombers, child soldiers, butchery and carnage everywhere they go and all in the name of their god.
No wonder the Holy Bible says, “the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” What can one say about those who slit open the throats of others and drain all their blood all in the name of their god? What can one say about those who put their fellow human beings in iron cages and burns them alive all in the name of their god? What can one say about those that tie up women in the presence of a frenzied crowd and stone them to death all in the name of their god? What can one say about those that carve out the hearts of their fellow men and eat them raw in front of television cameras all in the name of their god? What can one say about those that abduct, rape, enslave and murder little girls and justify it all in the name of their god?
These are the people that King Abdullah 11 of Jordan has rightly described as the “outlaws of Islam.” They are, indeed, not just the ‘outlaws of Islam’ but also the troublers of humanity. They are the seed of the great serpent Lucifer, the Son of the Dawn and the spawn of hell. They are the mortal enemies of all men and women of faith and all believers in the Living God. They are the adversaries of every true Muslim, every Christian and every Jew on the planet. Theirs is to spread hate, fear, terror, carnage, bloodshed and sorrow. Theirs is to steal, kill and destroy. Theirs is to do the bidding of Satan and to establish the counsel of the ungodly here on earth.
The jihadists are evil. They are the vermin of the earth. Like the Jebusites, Midianites, Canaanites and Amalekites of old, they deserve to be wiped out: every single one of them. And it is our collective duty to see to it that this is done. Ours is to offer praises to the Living God, to pray in His name and to sing with joy and pride as we march forth to meet them in the field of spiritual and physical battle. Ours is to turn ourselves into the Lord’s tool of judgment and to strike them down wherever they may be. Ours is to ensure that the forces of light prevail over the forces of darkness by the power of His word. This is our calling and duty and God Himself wills it. And if they are still in any doubt about where all this is heading in the Nigerian context they should consider the following.
On December 30, 1964, Mallam Bala Garba told the West African Pilot newspaper: “The conquest to the sea is now in sight. When our god-sent Ahmadu Bello said some years ago that our conquest will reach the sea shores of Nigeria, some idiots in the South were doubting its possibilities. Today have we not reached the sea? Lagos is reached. It remains Port Harcourt. It must be conquered and taken.” This is an eloquent expression of radical Islam, with its pervasive use of violence as a tool of conquest and subjugation, in its purest and most obvious form. Inspired and equipped with this Janjaweed philosophy and ethos, the whole of core northern Nigeria was conquered by Sheik Usman Dan Fodio through the use of terror and by the power of the sword in the name of jihad. Millions of innocent non-Muslims were cut to pieces in the process. Given the activities of Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen in our country today it appears that some in our shores are still interested in implementing that satanic agenda. They wish to continue where Usman Dan Fodio stopped and they wish to “dip the Koran in the Atlantic ocean.” Their latest attempt is the introduction and proposal of what is known as the Cattle Grazing Act, which will give the Fulani herdsmen the right to claim other peoples land all over the country and which will empower them by law to create their own settlements and communities in the territory of others. Worse still under that law, the government will be compelled to fund those settlements and put all that they need in terms of infrastructure in place for them. That is why our Minister of Agriculture is now talking about importing Brazilian grass for the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle.
This subtle and exceptionally brilliant attempt to infiltrate and conquer by guile and assimilation reminds me of the frightful laws that were put in place in the old wild western prairies of 19th century America. Those laws gave the white settlers rights over the lands of the indigenous Red Indians and saw the Indians themselves subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing and herded into barren reservations that were not fit for human habitation. It was in this way that the “wild west” was conquered and the once proud and noble war-like Indian tribes of the western prairies were subjugated and subdued.
Sadly our legislators in the National Assembly from the South and the Middle simply do not appreciate and cannot comprehend the serious implications of what they are doing by supporting this evil legislation and neither will the consequences of their naivety and folly be suffered by their constituents until it is far too late. If that law is ever passed and implemented, two years from that time we will regret it deeply as a nation because it will result in nothing but conflict, chaos and strife between the Fulani herdsmen and settlers on the one hand and the local indigenous population on the other. The tragedy that unfolded in Jos, Plateau State between the indigenous Christian Beroms and the settler Muslim Fulani for many years is a graphic example of what will be replicated all over the South and the Middle Belt between the Fulani and the various local indigenous populations if that law is ever passed and implemented. As a matter of fact, it will be far worse than anything that Jos ever saw. The Cattle Grazing Act will not result in enhancing unity and peace but instead it will result in division, bloodshed, carnage and chaos.
Whatever anyone may feel about this, one thing that I am very clear about is the following: The greatest threat to Muslims is radical Islam and the greatest threat to humanity is radical Islam armed with weapons of mass destruction. The day that we refuse to acknowledge the dangers posed by this great evil in the name of political correctness or anything else is the day that we will be finished as a people. The day we start to turn a blind eye to its existence is the day that the countdown to our collective end begins.
The answer is not to ignore it, pamper it, appease it or pretend that it does not exist. The answer is not to refuse to talk about it, refuse to write about it or refuse to publish it. The answer is to sensitise the people about what is going on, join hands with others in the international community and fight it head on. Together we must crush this barbaric and evil scourge that has plagued and afflicted the entire world.
Permit me to end this contribution with a timely contribution from Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi and Mrs. Obianuju Joy Igboeli, the Chairman and Secretary of the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law respectively. Last week they wrote the following: “The Fulani Herdsmen and their military wing (Fulani terrorists) in Nigeria, fully backed by the Government of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari have become the Sudanese Janjaweed and the Rwandan Banyamulenges, all supported and backed by the Governments of the two countries. It is our stern warning that genocide and widespread butcheries are steadily looming in Nigeria and the menace of Nigeria’s newest Janjaweed, condoned and aided by the Government of Buhari, has risen to an apogee. The Government of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari must disarm and stop aiding and abetting the military wing of the Fulani Herdsmen before it is too late. Citizens traditionally and excusably take up arms or resort to dangerous self -help whenever they see or perceive Government to be incapable, unable, and unwilling to protect their security, safety and fundamental liberties from malicious and criminal State and non-State actors.”
A word is enough for the wise.