IN other words, Nigerians will like to know on what basis the amnesty would be granted? Will it be on the basis of the Federal Government acceptance of the demand of the Boko Haram for the establishment of an Islamic State bound by sharia laws in the same manner the demands of the Niger Delta militants were accepted; or will it be on the basis of an outright denunciation of the global jihad project which is sanctioned by the Holy Quran and enlivened by the February 23, 1998 Fatwah of Osama bin Ladin, which called for an unstoppable jihad against Jews and crusaders?
The importance of these questions to His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, is that beyond the global jihad project, Nigerians are not unaware of the internal historic position of the Caliphate to the status of the present Nigerian federation vis-à-vis who governs.
The one fact which cannot be denied, even though most Nigerians have become addicted to being economical with the truth, is that by the Fulani jihad thesis of Uthman bin Fudi, for Nigeria to have an all-time peace and security, it must wear the political and religious cloaks of the Sokoto Caliphate. And if this imputation be a lie the Caliphate is hereby challenged to controvert the following statements of fact.
First, is it not true that in 1942, the Council of Northern Emirs addressed the then West African Students’ Union (WASU), in answer to the latter’s request for their support to independence struggles, stating that: “Holding this country together is not possible except by means of the prophet. If they want political unity, let then follow our religion”.
This same position was reiterated in 1944, when the Sultan himself told the WASU delegation that the only basis for a united Nigeria was for all the constituent ethnic groups of the nation to embrace Islam.
That was not all. In 1948 the eloquent and golden-voiced Parliamentary Leader of the Northern Peoples’ Congress (NPC) and later Prime Minister of a united Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa stated during a Legislative Council session that, “Since 1914 the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their background, in their religious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any sign of willingness to unite. Nigerian unity is only a British intention for the country”.
At the budget session of the same Legislative Council, Balewa went further to conclude: “Many (Nigerians) deceive themselves by thinking that Nigeria is one, particularly some of the Press people. This is wrong. I am sorry to say that this presence of unity is artificial and it ends outside this Chamber”.
The Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello was quoted by the Parrot newspaper issue of October 12, 1960 of stating in thus in a most contemptuous manner that “the new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to have control over their future”.
Three months before his death, the Sardauna wrote: “The father of enlightenment and Good in this land was the Prophet, Uthman Dan Fodio and the work of salvation for all the people which He so nobly under took has now been handed to me. I dedicate myself to its completion”.
IN FACT, it was on account of this vision and mission that the Premier politically changed his name from Ahmadu Sardauna to Alhaji Ahmadu Bello on the eve of Nigeria’s independence, a move which appeared to have provided him with a psycho-historical link with Usman Dan Fodio’s first son and successor, Muhammad Bello.
There is no gainsaying the fact that Boko Haram is the climax of the jihadist vision and mission of the Caliphate, which first found expression in the unilateral admission of Nigeria to both OIC and D-Eight, followed by the Shari’a controversy and, then the present Boko Haram insurgency.
It could be said therefore without any equivocation that the script of Boko Haram was written by the Caliphate, rehearsed by the Hausa-Fulani politicians and then handed down to the ideologically bankrupt and corrupt economically deprived youth to stage the performance. It is explicitly a case of the voice Jacob, here represented by the Caliphate, and the hand of Esau, represented by the Boko Haram.
The Sultan need not issue the order to hearing of every member of the public, just as the Great Oba of the respected Benin kingdom, Omo n’ Oba Uku n’ Edo Okpolokpolo need not speak himself before his orders are carried out. The Isekhure does that for his Majesty.
So when the former Emir of Gwandu, His Eminence, Alhaji Mustapha Jokolo, a retired major, called for a jihad against the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005, (See Insider issue of May 2, 2005) , he was not speaking as Major Mustapha Jokolo (rtd) as a person, but as the second -in-command to the Amir al-Muminum, the Sultan of Sokoto.
Put straight in his words: “We (Muslims) have been pushed to the wall and it is time to fight…. Obasanjo is trampling on our rights and Muslims must rise and defend their rights. The more we continue to wait, the more we will continue to be marginalised”. Beyond the fact of being the traditional deputy to the Sultan of Sokoto, as the Emir of Gwandu and scion of Usman Dan Fodio’s younger brother, he shares power with the Sultan of Sokoto in the control of the Emirates,hence his utterances cannot be overlooked.
In an interview published in the Tell magazine of March 12, 2012, the former Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki was not economical with the truth in his obvious support for the cause of the Boko Haram when he stated: “What are they fighting for? When they increased fuel price, what did we do? We went out to protest because that was injustice to us all. Let us call a spade a spade; the government is not doing justice to the people. These people we don’t even know who they are or where they are. The country is rotten”.
The question here is, could the former Secretary-General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and later President in his capacity as the Sultan, by the above statement, be saying that the only means of fixing the nation right is by military insurrection? All the same, whether the former Sultan knows the identity of the Boko Haram or not, is immaterial at this point in time.
The fact is that there can be nothing more convincing of the Caliphate’s support of the Boko Haram insurgency than the statements of Alhaji Mustapha Jokolo, a former Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, a former Sultan of Sokoto, and Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Nigeria’s “Central-cum-Islamic Bank Governor” and unofficial heir-apparent to the Kano emirate thrown, who once blamed the Boko Haram insurgency on the perceived economic deprivation of the Hausa-Fulani youth.
The three personalities no doubt represent the soul and body of the jihadist vision and mission of the Caliphate.The Caliphate cannot deny them. Neither would they be speaking out of context with the Caliphate interest. Their voices are the voice of the Caliphate, unless otherwise stated by the sitting Caliph, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111. The Federal Government is therefore enjoined to carry the burden of solving the Boko Haram inferno to the Court of the Caliphate.
Dr. TONY NWAEZEIGWE is a senior reseacher fellow at the Institute of African Studies, UNN.