NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 168

Make no mistake about it: Boko Haram’s terror campaign is a Caliphate political weapon. The solution to Boko Haram is political and straightforward: concede their minimal agenda and excise Shariyaland, Orkar style. Spin them off and let them carry on their Jihad in their separate country. If they bomb their emirs and Sultan, that will be their affair, and Nigeria won’t be involved, and won’t have to deploy its personnel and resources to sort that out. It is none of our business to save the Caliphate colonialists from the terrorist army they raised to use against us. 166 Nigeria is an example of what S. P. Huntington, a leading American political scientist, called a ‘torn country’. Nigeria is torn ideologically between the Caliphate-Jihadist Shariyaland and the Non-Caliphate /Secular-Democratic Nigeria; between the Caliphate version of One Nigeria as the feudal theocratic colony of the heirs of Dan Fodio, as articulated by Sir Ahmadu Bello in 1960; and the version of a secular democratic Nigeria that was perhaps best articulated by Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1978-79. [see the quotes q1 and q2 at the start of this essay] Those are the contrasting ideologies and projects between which Nigeria has been torn. Boko Haram’s minimal agenda, as contained in Abu Zaid’s statement [see q31 above], is fundamentally a demand for partition of Nigeria between Shariyaland and a Democratic Republic of Nigeria; between a territory committed to Ahmadu Bello’s feudal-theocracy version of Nigeria and a territory aspiring to Awolowo’s Secular-Democracy version of Nigeria. Fortunately, as the two territories are distinct [see map #1 at the beginning BRN-SPRING-2015.indb 166 of this essay], Nigeria can be easily partitioned between them, with minor boundary adjustments in the borderline states. I wholeheartedly support that partition and invite Nigerians to stop postponing the necessary and inevitable. Corruption and the Caliphate I should add that the solution to the vexed issue of corruption in Nigeria is related to the solution to Boko Haram. The average Nigerian who is opposed to corruption is hardly aware of the historical roots in Caliphate colonialism/hegemony of Nigerian-style “corruption”. Nigerian-style corruption is actually lootocracy — the brazen looting of the public treasury by an official. What secularist Nigerians regard as looting of the public treasury is no such thing in the feudal ideology of the Caliphate. Under feudalism, the wholesale appropriation of state property by an official is not considered theft, but simply his entitlement as the holder of a fief/feudal office! That’s what one is granted a fief for in exchange for loyalty and services to be rendered to his monarch who appointed him to feudal office. Under Caliphate feudal ideology, a public office is a fief for the life-support of the official and his retinue of relatives and retainers, provided he renders the prescribed allegiance and services to his overlord. If one were sent to administer the Customs or nepa, one would be entitled to embezzle its funds to the best of one’s ability and greed. Hence the Caliphate-derived Nigerian practice where, once salaries are paid, and even before they are, a department’s budget allocation is treated as being for the responsible official to put in his pocket. Which is why the Caliphate-serving 1999 constitution institutionalizes and protects this entitlement with an immunity clause that encourages a Governor to seize and export his state’s budgetary allocation, hence the flagrant and rampant money-laundering by Nigeria’s state governors. After half a century of unpunished practice, lootocracy has become e