By Halimah Olamide
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has asked the British Government to post out Mr. Ben Llewellyn-Jones , the Deputy British High Commissioner from Nigeria.
He said he request is premised on the grounds that Llewellyn-Jones is interfering in Nigeria’s internal affairs and attempting to involve himself in politics.
“Like a bull in a China shop, he is bullish, uncouth, dangerously incompetent and painfully inconsiderate,” Fani-Kayode wrote on Tuesday.
The former minister, who is also a director of the new media in the campaign council of the All Progressive Congress said having been accused of “hate speech” by the diplomat, he is “still waiting for evidence of my so-called “hate speech” against the Igbo from him.”
Llewellyn-Jones had condemned Fani-Kayode for what his rejection of claims before and during the last general elections that Lagos is a no-man’s land.
“I guess in his little globalist mind saying that Lagos belongs to the Yoruba and is not “no man’s land” is hate speech. I guess to him saying that those those that come from outside the South West to live in Lagos ought to respect the Yoruba is hate speech.
“Again I guess that to him saying Enugu belongs to the Igbo and is not a “no man’s land” is also hate speech or that non-Igbos that choose to live in Enugu should respect the Igbos that have hosted them is hate speech.
“Yet again I guess that to him saying that Kano belongs to the Hausa-Fulani and is not a “no man’s land” is hate speech or that non-Hausa Fulani’s that live in Kano should respect the Hausa Fulani’s that have hosted them is hate speech. Permit me hop across to Ben’s own UK to drive home the point. I guess in his little globalist world Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast (the capitals of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively) are no longer Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish cities and territories but are now “no man’s land” even in the era of devolution where each of those three ethnic nationalities take immense pride in their growing independence from the English and in their cultural and historical values and roots.
I guess saying that Edinburgh belongs to the Scots and is not “no man’s land” is hate speech to the likes of Ben. It is also hate speech to him to say that non-Scots that have chosen to live in Edinburgh should respect the Scots that have hosted them. Same goes for Cardiff and Belfast. If you say that either belongs to the Welsh or the Irish respectively and that they are not “no man’s land” Ben will describe it as hate speech and if you say that the people of each must be respected by those from the outside that have chosen to stay there, he will again call it hate speech.”
Demanding “What type of man is this little Englander who sees hate in everyone and everything?” Fani-Kayode said the diplomat should be told in plain terms that there is nothing wrong with being an ethnic nationalist and seeking to preserve your identity, land, culture, values and ways as a people whilst at the same time opening your doors to others from your nation and welcoming them with open arms.
“There is a great difference between peaceful co-existence based on love and mutual respect for your fellow compatriots and a total and complete capitulation and rejection of who we are and where we are coming from as a people. We espouse the former and reject the latter. Being a proud Nigerian does not mean I have to turn my back on the fact that I am also a proud Yoruba man. They are not mutually exclusive. The two can go together and we take pride in both. The same goes for my fellow Nigerians who happen to be Hausa, Fulani, Igbo, Ijaw, Tiv, Itsekiri, Bini, Efik, Kanuri, Shuwa Arab or anything else,” he said
Fani-Kayode Asks UK Government to Post Deputy High Commissioner Out of Nigeria
By Halimah Olamide