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Understanding Bala Mohammeds Akuko Na Egwu

Published by The Nation on Sat, 20 Feb 2021


By Igboeli ArinzeAkuko na Egwu in Igbo language literally means Talk and Music. However, as a sub-genre of highlife music, it is a brand of music made popular by the bard of Imezi Owa , Gentleman Mike Ejeagha, who has to his credit a number of hit tracks such as Kasile Onye Isi Oche, Omekagu, Mgbe Enwude Akpulu, Onye Ori Utaba, Ife Uwa, Uwa Mgbede, Obiakor Obinwa and a number of other tracks which even now hold sway on the airwaves. Akuko na Egwus style of music was simple yet laden with a number of fables which were however illuminating with Ejeaghas sonorous voice regaling his listeners with ponderous proverbs fitted into well composed beats. Though Ejeaghas music was popular amongst NdiIgbo, its heavy use of fables saw people cynically term whatever they deemed to be ridiculous as Akuko na Egwu, Mike Ejeagha.I thus find or draw similarities with Governor Bala Muhammeds recent faux pas on the herdsmen/ Farmers crisis in which he justified the rights of Fulani herdsmen to carry AK-47 rifles with them as some sort of Akuko na Egwu! Prior to this moment, the number one citizen of Bauchi State had sometime ago declared with some sort of alarming authority that the Fulani were global citizens, not bound by any known boundaries but free to move in and out of any country as they choose, laughable.When Bala Mohammed became the official spokesperson of the good people of the Fulani ethnic group, one cannot tell, as prior to his emergence as governor, the dour looking one time minister of the FCT was rather in the news for embezzling billions of Naira, as well as for establishing a record lackluster performance as FCT minister, where the security apparatus of the capital city fell apart with bombs going off left, right and centre like fireworks in a festive season. Even his emergence as a governor, cannot be appropriated to anything outside of the infighting that pulled apart the All Progressives Congress in that state, like Christ said, a Kingdom divided against itselfPerhaps, Bala Mohammed somewhat idle while his citizens groan under the weight of his do nothing administration decided to arrogate to himself such a position as defender of Fula rights, one would naturally not fault such an aspiration if it was laced with common sense and logic but no, at a time when many are seeking to find a lasting solution to the Fulani/Farmers crisis, Bala Mohammed must echo his own form of Akuko na Egwu, on beautiful nonsense and a croaked voice!How on earth can someone justify the killing of innocent citizens, destruction of farms and livelihoods as well as the desolation of homes on the faulty premises that the Fulani herder cannot find enough land to graze as he used to in the early 60s and 70s. What happened to the concept of ranching' Are we still in the 17th century'On his impious conferral of a global citizenship status on the Fulani people much again justifying the ill earned freedom of criminally minded Fulani herders to simply slip into the country and wreck havoc in areas where they have no known linkage with them, I simply shake my head in disbelief and wonder what sort of global citizens Mohammeds Fulani Herdsmen seem to be that they even possess the rights to occupy lands and forests as nobody according to Governor Mohammed owns any forests in Nigeria.Now since , nobody owns any forests in Nigeria, even the forests designated as reserves under the Land Use Act and other sections of Nigerian law, then one can only ask Bala Mohammed to give me access to Government House, Bauchi, since it does not belong to any one and mind you I am not done with that, I will love to camp in the Yankari Games Reserve free of charge, without any form of regulation, after all, land, all land belongs to Nigeria!. I await his invitation, I wouldnt mind the room next to his but I could make room in front of his office.In what climes do herdsmen move with guns' Governor Mohammed justifies this by saying that the herdsmen need guns to protect themselves, fine then, Governor Mohammed should also ask that travelers and traders all over the country need guns too, matter of fact with the kidnap of school children becoming the norm these days, He should also recommend guns for them. The farmers who are attacked on a daily basis by the herdsmen too need to carry one less farming implement to allow for a gun. Cashiers at banks will also need a gun alongside the counting machine , you know they are daily the preys of daredevil armed robbers!It is indeed pitiful that years after independence the likes of Bala Mohammed still continue to find their way into power, from which they use as a platform to make the most incendiary of comments much to the detriment of our nations unity! It is about time that those who consider this unity as sacred and with every Nigerian appearing equal before the law and God put the likes of Governor Mohammed and their Akuko na Egwu where they actually belong!May Nigeria Succeed!
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