Dr. Aliyu Tilde, a respected journalist, blogger and columnist, was one of the earliest supporters of the Buhari-For-President project; in the ANPP days. He was later to take a principled stand when it became apparent that ‘hawks’ had hijacked the project, according to a source close to him. The piece presented below is attributed to him, allegedly in reaction to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s vow that the federal government would not fold arms and watch anymore while any tribe employs hate speech to divide the country.
Read the post;
“Northerners have been lampooned for over sixty years by the southern press. Nobody said it’s hate speech. Northern leaders have been vilified and killed. The perpetrators were considered heroes. That wasn’t a “disruption (sic) of life and property.”
Now that some northern youths have expressed their opinion, Nigeria has suddenly realized what hate speech is. Good. Let’s see what Osinbajo’s government will do next time FFK speaks on behalf of the south.
Northern youths do not need to be tolerant to insults as their elders were. It’s their today. It’s their tomorrow. Let them define the terms of their times.
I’m afraid that the good call from our amiable Ag. President is belated. Duk wanda ya ce muku kule, ku ce mar chas! Treat others as they treat you. Otherwise, the world will register you as a fool.
Yes. We are for one Nigeria but only as equal partners in honour and rights. Let Igboland be open to all Nigerians. Let them allow other Nigerians acquire property and run businesses in Enugu, Umuahia, Owerri, Onitcha, Nnewi and Aba. Let their institutions admit our children.
As far back as 1982, I haven’t seen a single Yoruba business in Umuahia when I served there for one year. When someone came to the town with a Lagos Yellow Bus one morning, I saw group of Igbo men chase him out of the town. Is this how the Igbo would reward other Nigerians who offered them unlimited access to economic opportunities in Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri or Port Harcourt? Are we living in the same country? Come on. Wake up.
Let their leaders – if they have any – condemn and end the call for Biafra, not rewarding Kanu with jeeps and money. Then, and only then, would other Nigerians consider them as serious partners in the Nigeria Project. So far, their misconduct, now and before, shows that they cannot be entrusted with political authority. That’s the bitter truth. Take it or love it.
Would the Igbo be better on their own? Nigerians now are saying, yes. Biafra request granted. Oya now! Leave the zoo. Ngwa no! If you can’t, then shut up and behave well.
The Ag. President will do better delivering his sermon over Radio Biafra.
By the way. This is not hate speech. It’s an advice.”