Femi Fani-Kayode

David Oluwafemi Adewunmi Abdulateef Fani-Kayode is a Nigerian politician, essayist, poet, and a lawyer by training.

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How Governor Mimiko Ambushed Me In Akure, By Femi Fani-Kayode

I spent my birthday at the swearing-in of my friend and brother, Governor Ayo Fayose, as Governor of Ekiti state in Ado Ekiti on October 16. It was a grand occasion and I was very happy for him and the people of Ekiti state. I had arrived in Ado Ekiti…

Ayo Mi, The One That Brings Me Joy, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Ayo mi: the one that brings me joy. The one that gives me strength and offers me hope. The one that stood with me before my accusers and laughed them to scorn. The one that renews my youth, that makes me smile and that expands the horizons of my inner-most…

A tale from the distant past, By Femi Fani-Kayode

I sit in my study silently: head-bowed, pensive and all alone on a pitch black, cold and wet December night sometime in the distant past. It is after midnight, the guard dogs are on the prowl and have long been released, the wind is blowing fiercely and it is pouring…

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Expanding Vistas of Nigerian Jihadism [2], By Femi Fani-Kayode

At this juncture permit me to share the words of my friend Mr. Dickson Igwe. On June 16th 2014 he wrote the following on my facebook wall: ''There is a war on in the Middle East and Africa between the forces of jihad and more moderate forces. It is either…

The National Conference And The Explosive Words of Dr. Junaid Mohammed, By Femi Fani-Kayode

According to the June 10 edition of the Punch Newspaper, in a story titled ''Ethnic Suspicions Haunt National Conference'', the Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, who is a delegate at the National Conference representing Kano State, said he still did not…

Give Not Thy Carrots To Beasts, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Permit me to begin this contribution with a mild criticism of those distinguished personalities that are making passionate appeals to the family members of Boko Haram.  I am not one of those that supports the making of such appeals simply because I do not believe that they can possibly succeed.…

Boko Haram, Our President and Museveni’s Contempt (Part 2), By Femi Fani-Kayode

... Continued from last week. The Chief of Army Staff did the appropriate thing by redeploying the erring GOC after this sad and unfortunate event and I sincerely hope that the man will be made to face the full force of the law for causing the death of his own…

Boko Haram, Our President and Museveni’s Contempt (Part 1), By Femi Fani-Kayode

Dante Alighieri’s epic 14th century poem titled ‘’Inferno” (which means ‘’hell’’ in Italian) paints a frightful picture that portrays hell as having nine burning circles, each of which is reserved for various categories of offenders. It is a deeply disturbing and troubling depiction of a place that was clearly not designed…

Goodbye Nigeria, Welcome Oduduwa Republic, By Femi Fani-Kayode

“If they ever tell my story let them say I walked with giants, men rise and fall like the Winter wheat but these names will never die... Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses...let them say I lived in the time of Achilles”- the…

Boko Haram, Jonathan and the Northern Elders, By Femi Fani-Kayode

"Mr. President has failed woefully to protect the lives and property of the Nigerian people." On May 4, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, proclaimed: "I am going to marry out any woman who is twelve-years-old, and if she is younger, I will marry her out at the age…

A troubled Nigeria and the Haramites Of Boko, By Femi Fani-Kayode

My worst fears have been confirmed and sadly the Haramites of Boko have struck again. Another terrible bomb blast has taken place in Abuja and many innocent people have been butchered, slaughtered and maimed. At the last count the number of those killed is no less than 39 despite attempts…

A Time To Make A Choice, By Femi Fani-Kayode

"Islamic conservative clergy are not unusual on either side of the border, but those who do not denounce Boko Haram are suspected of quietly recruiting young men to join the “jihad” (struggle) and fight (and often die) in Nigeria." -- STRATEGY PAGE. =============================== Oh Nigeria, how I feel sorry for…

The Filth Called Boko Haram and A Season Of Shame, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Permit me to begin this contribution with some basic truisms: firstly that God is great and that He alone forges the destiny of nations and rules in the affairs of men. Secondly that He is faithful and true and that He alone is worthy of our fear and of our…

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Is God The Author of Evil, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Today I shall go down memory lane and ponder on a few soul-searching questions that I posed, and attempted to answer, a few years ago. I believe that these questions are as relevant today as they were at that time. Sit back, fasten your seat-belts and I implore you to…

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APC and the strange dream of Muslim/Muslim Ticket (Part 2), By Femi Fani-Kayode

Nigerian Christians should not be taken for granted, author says. (more…)

APC And The Strange Dream Of A Muslim/Muslim Ticket (1), By Femi Fani-Kayode

‘’The last notable Christian-Christian ticket was Awolowo-Umeadi in 1979 and the last notable Muslim-Muslim ticket was Abiola-Kingibe in 1993. You can figure out the rest. But let the optimists know that reality always trounces wishful hope in political contests. Chief Femi Fani-Kayode's advice that we get real must be directed…

The Barbarians Of Africa, Femi Fani-Kayode

Last week I wrote an essay titled ''12 Years A Slave and The Case For Reparations''. It was a historical account about the travails of the African and the black man over the last few centuries. Frankly, it was very moving. I shed tears as I wrote that essay- tears…

12 Years A Slave and The Case For Reparations, By Femi Fani-Kayode

I have just finished watching the film titled ''12 Years A Slave''. I couldn't stop weeping from the beginning to the end of it and frankly I am at a loss for words. This was a masterpiece. It was nothing short of a powerful rendition of a true and heroic…

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Looking For Jobs, Finding Death, By Femi Fani-Kayode

One day Nigerians will appreciate the importance of facts, figures and statistics and the consequences of tolerating atrocious, lousy, insensitive and unaccountable governments. Whether anyone likes to accept it or not, the bitter truth is that 80 per cent of our GRADUATES are unemployed in Nigeria today whilst 51 per…

The Referendum In The Crimea and The Great Betrayal, By Femi Fani-Kayode

On Sunday 16th March 2014 a referendum will be held in the Crimea to determine whether the people of that country will stay in the Ukraine or opt to be part of the Russian Federation. This is a positive development and I have little doubt that they will vote to…

The Power Of Passion And The Spirit of the Warrior, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Until you hear the Scotsman play the bagpipes in the early morning mist of the Scottish highlands, you have heard nothing. Until you hear the Irish maiden sing ''O Danny Boy'' on the lush green fields of the Emerald Isle, you know nothing. Until you hear the Welshman sing ''Men…

Centenary Celebrations And The Souls Of The Slaughtered, By Femi Fani-Kayode

On February 26, 2014 one Mr. Adegoroye wrote: "Only an insane government will be celebrating centenary while the youths, women, children and citizens are being killed daily in cold blood. Rather than mourn the dead, we want to celebrate one hundred years of a failed state ruled by a failed…

Jonathan, Sanusi and the birth of a hero, By Femi Fani-Kayode

The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is not my favourite person and I have differences with him on many issues. I must however commend his immense courage for speaking out and exposing the monumental corruption in the government that he once served and…

Boko Haram, Jonathan And A Nation Without Empathy, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Two days ago (on 12th February 2014) in Borno state, the extremist Boko Haram sect killed 60 innocent Nigerians and carted off 24 young girls without any trace. On January 27, the sect murdered no less than 70 innocent Nigerians in cold blood in a series of attacks in Borno…

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The Fickleness Of Men And The Power Of God, By Femi Fani-Kayode

There are a few questions that are often asked.  Amongst them are the following. Why is it that human beings are so fickle and sensitive to what others think about them?  Why do reputation and the perception of others mean everything to most whilst substance and character means nothing? Why…