The GRAND STRATEGIC truth is that Nigeria is both a state and in a state of internal Fulani colonialism, executed in four-way, with one exception.
“Grand strategy, a country’s most complex form of planning toward the fulfilment of a long-term objective. The formulation and implementation of a grand strategy require the identification of a national goal, a thorough assessment of the state’s resources, and, ultimately, the marshalling of those resources in a highly organized manner to achieve the goal.” https://www.britannica.com/topic/grand-strategy
The Strategy of dominion is to position the Fulani as the “centre of influence” and get the other ethnic nationalities to revolve around them. to do this, we have the hawks.
1 The Hawks are the hardliners like Sir Ahmadu Bello, General Murtala Mohammed, Buhari and Musa Yar’Adua, who make it clear that Nigeria is theirs to dominate!
….and that? without apology!
Many don’t know Musa Yar’Adua was a Lt. Col (but was promoted Brigadier and subsequently Major-General above other non-Fulani Muslim Colonels and Brigadiers his seniors) and made Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters, number 2 in the nation.
When Murtala was killed, there was the need to promote Obasanjo Head-of-State to avoid the repeat of August 1, 1966, when Brigadier Ogundipe, the Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters and the most senior and next in succession, was bypassed and power is given to his junior, Lt. Col Yakubu Gowon.
Babafemi Olatunde Ogundipe, who had earlier lost out to Ironsi, his senior by the commission, in his bid to become the first indigenous General Officer Commanding the Nigerian Army, had again lost out to Gowon his junior, as Ironsi’s replacement as the Supreme Commander.
“Everard recommended Ogundipe to succeed him while the former Premier of Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, wanted Ademulegun. Senior officers within the Army favoured Maimalari. In the end, the powerful Ribadu, who was at that time being referred to as the “Deputy Prime Minister”, selected Ironsi, a Congo war veteran and was later promoted Major General.”https://www.google.com.ng/amp/punchng.com/the-mafia-of-course-3/amp/
To have bypassed Obasanjo again would have created another crisis. For national balance, equity and Justice, Murtala, the custodian of the caliphate’s interest who was killed by middle belt Christian officers, (who themselves were executed when the coup failed) had to be replaced by a Muslim officer from the North.
It is on record to the credit of T. Y Danjuma, the Chief of Army Staff at the time and next most senior in rank and office (who himself a Northern Christian), to have stepped aside for a Northern Muslim, his junior to become the chief of Staff Supreme Head Quarters, the official number 2.
While there were qualified Northern, non-Fulani Muslim officers like Shuwa, and I. B. M Haruna amongst others available, to placate the caliphate, Yar’Adua was promoted over other Northern Muslim officers, to that position. The reason? Internal colonialism!
2 Doves, those Fulani who dominate but with a liberal mind. Fulanis like President Umaru Yar’Adua, Shagari and Atiku, distinct from the hawks, because they are liberal.
3 The “STOOGITOGENERALS” a word I coined from the combination of STOOGE and GENERAL. These are the military stooges of the caliphate who are not Fulani, but their yes-men in uniform. They are Gowon, Obasanjo, Danjuma, IBB, Abdulsalam, who placate the caliphate by protecting their vital interest.
Ironsi, Ogundipe and Ademulegun also belong here.
4 CIVILIAN YES MEN OF THE CALIPHATE.
These are civilians who have held the most important office in the land; Nnamdi Azikiwe Obasanjo, Shonekan and Jonathan. Who protects their vital interest. To this list may be added, influential civilians like Tinubu, Saraki, S. L. Akintola.
5 The exception is the revolutionaries
-Chief Obafemi Awolowo, jailed by the judge with tied hands.
-Joseph Sarwuan Tarka.
-Major Nzeogwu and co.
-Lt. Col Tony Nyiam, and the coup plotters of 1990.
-Chief MKO Abiola crosses over from a Civilian yes men of the Caliphate to the revolutionaries and paid the price.
-Abacha the corrupt revolutionary who challenged the caliphate by dethroning Sultan Dasuki.
-Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro.
-Lt. Col Ojukwu.
-Colonel Abubakar Umar (rtd) the revolutionary member of the caliphate.
Until this Grand Strategic Truth is acknowledged and addressed by restructuring, we will keep moving round in circles!
2019 may just be a contest of the Fulani!
Either between two hawks or a hawk and a dove.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and not of ALEDEH.