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16. the (Caliphate-attempted) judicial murder of Gen. Zamani Lekwot and his Zango Kataf associates in 1993 14; 17. the (Caliphate’s) 1995 judicial murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa 14; 18. the (pro-Caliphate) 1999 sacking of Odi 16; 19. the 2001 sacking of Zaki Biam 17; 20. the (Caliphate-serving) repression of the Niger Delta militancy; down to 21. the (Caliphate-sponsored) Boko Haram terrorism campaign. These and other troubles are rooted deep in the way, and the purpose for which, Nigeria was put together by the British, so we should start by looking into that. The founding of Nigeria The British officially created Northern Nigeria in 1900, and Southern Nigeria in 1906. The separate colonial administrations of these two entities were amalgamated in 1914 on the explicitly stated principle that Northern Nigeria, “the husband”, would financially live off the dowry/revenue/resources of Southern Nigeria, “the wife”. Then, during the process of decolonization, between 1955 and 1960, the British made the Caliphate the successor to their colonial power by rigging the Caliphate’s political party, the Northern People’s Congress (npc), into office. The Caliphate, i.e. the sarkuna or feudal ruling class of the North [the Caliphate-equivalent of the British aristocracy], has ever since made that amalgamation principle an article of faith and has enforced its “husband” rights as Allah-given, permanent and unamendable. They have even publicly declared their readiness to commit genocide to enforce their presumed right to plunder and squander the resources of the South, by proposing to kill off 20 million (i.e. 1/7th or 14% of their) fellow Nigerians who live in the oil-producing Niger Delta. Their insistence on ruling Nigeria in perpetuity, and on exploiting the South, together with the resistance to that insistence, is the dynamic behind the recurring instability and mayhem in Nigeria’s history. That is the context to the two coups and the pogroms of 1966, the 1967-70 Civil War and to both the Niger Delta militancy and the Boko Haram terrorism of today. 178 Here are three statements by Caliphate spokesmen that respectively shed light on [a] their “One Nigeria” Project,[b] their ideology of ethnic castes, and [c] their genocidal mindset. a] In 1960, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, leader of the Caliphate politicians, described the Caliphate’s Nigeria Project thus: [see q1 above] b] In 1992, Maitama Sule, a senior Caliphate politician, shed more light on the Sardauna’s Nigeria Project when he detailed the Caliphate view of the caste system they deem proper for the relationship between the peoples of Nigeria: L 15. the perennial religious and ethnic violence in Kaduna and Plateau states caused by Hausa and Fulani hegemonists who attempt to take over lands, and to dominate non-Hausa and non-Fulani peoples, that were not conquered by the Caliphate jihadists in pre-British times (i.e. caused by covert pressures to expand the Caliphate domain); ———————————————— q3) 1992 “In this country, all of us need one another. Hausa need Igbos, Igbos need Yoruba and the Yorubas need the Northerners. Everyone has a gift from God. Northerners are endowed by God with leadership qualities. The Yoruba man knows how to earn a living and has diplomatic qualities. The Igbo is gifted in commerce, trade and technological innovation. God so created us individually for a purpose and with different gifts. Others are created as kings, students and doctors. We all need each other. If there are no followers, a king will not exist, if there are no students a teacher will not be required, etc.” 26 — 1992, Alhaji Maitama Sule in an address which was written and spoken in Arabic during the launching of The Power of Knowledge authored by Alhaji Isa Kaita, at Durbar Hotel, Kaduna on December 22, 1992. {26 Ayoada, J. A. A. Nigeria and the Squandering of Hope, Ibadan: University of Ibadan Press, 1997, p. 14} L————————————————