Former Nigeria’s aviation minister Femi Fani Kayode has insisted that the picture of herders embossed on the Nigerian passport remains a collective insult on the entire country.
General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, had drawn the Nation’s attention to an inscription of herdsmen on new Nigerian passports.
While posting on his twitter handle, the cleric described it as shameful that a certain extraction now represents a nation with six geopolitical zones.
Reacting, Fani-Kayode shared the same sentiments with the cleric while describing it as an insult to the Nigerian people.
“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.” Said FFK
Fani-Kayode continued by quoting other “holocaust” groups and how intensive it would be if their symbols were embossed on official documents of the countries whose Nationals they massacred.
“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 over 400 years and who believed that the blackman was no better than an ape.”
The former spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council has been a known critic of the ethnic group, owing to crimes that have been associated with the tribe in recent times; killing, maiming, and kidnappings.
He, therefore, called on Muhammadu Buhari to remove the “accursed page forthwith and replace it with another symbol” while declaring he rejects the idea in its entirety.
“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.”