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You Are 'Useful Idiots' - Fani-Kayode Bombs Omokri, Bello, Lalong, Others | CNR

| by Chris Ezemoyih

Simon Lalong, Yahaya Bello, and Reno Omokri
The verbal warfare between former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has taken a different dimension as the former Aviation minister has taken a swipe at Mr. Omokri and other top politicians, describing them as 'useful idiots'.

Fani-Kayode said that though Mr. Omokri has been commendably consistent in launching  necessary attacks on the President Mohammadu Buhari federal government, his attempt to defend the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar's "inexcusable comment suggesting that Fulani herdsmen should not be tagged "Fulani" herdsmen,or "Fulani" terrorists", has earned him a place in the list of "useful idiots".

Writing under the headline, 'Five Useful Idiots and the Spirit of the Accursed Slave', Mr. Fani-Kayode blasted Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, Governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, erstwhile Minister of Information and Culture, Tony Momoh and former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, saying they are misguided supporters of an unreasonable, irresponsible, ill-conceived, and ill-advised cause.

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"Useful idiot" is a political term which is often used to describe the misguided supporters of an unreasonable, irresponsible, ill-conceived and ill-advised cause.

"First coined in western Europe in the late 19th century, the term was made all the more popular by its usage in Mona Charen's excellent book titled
"Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First" which was published in 2003.

"I believe that it is a term which adequately describes some of our politicians, leaders, writers and public commentators in Nigeria and as a matter of fact it is well-deserved", Fani-Kayode wrote on his Facebook page.

He said: "Two weeks ago and a day after Fulani terrorists slaughtered 35 innocent and defenceless people, including women and children, in his state, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state said,

"Fulani herdsmen killings in Kogi state is a family affair, we shall resolve it".

His tepid reaction attracted national and international angst and public opprobium but Bello apparantly did not "give a damn" and neither did he tender an unreserved and public apology for hurting our collective feelings or offending our sensitivities with these words.

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There is nothing that I despise more than those with a slave mentality. And nothing reflects that pitiable condition more than Yahaya Bello's luke warm response to this utterly outrageous event.

Then he turned to Governor Simon Lalong over his comment after killer Fulani herdsmen killed 72 person in his neighbouring Benue state.

"There is no greater shame or betrayal of a mandate than this", referring to Governor Bello, "the only one that comes close to it is Plateau state's Governor Simon Lalong whose intervention, after the mass murder of hundreds of members of the indigenous population in neighbouring Benue state by Fulani herdsmen a few weeks ago, was equally shameless and offensive.

"Lalong expressed the view that the blame for the genocide that was being perpetuated against the people of Benue state ought to be placed, not at the doorstep of their killers, but rather with their Governor, Samuel Ortom.

"He went further by telling the world that he had warned Ortom about the implications of passing an Anti-Grazing law in his state and that by passing that law he had upset and provoked the Fulani herdsmen.

Of Reno Omokri, Mr. Fani-Kayode questioned his attempt to defend the indefensible comments credited to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on how killer Fulani herdsmen should addressed.

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"When the world called the Niger Delta militants, "Niger Delta" militants, no-one complained.

"Yet the other day Pastor Reno Omokri (AKA Wendell Simillin), a notable columnist and public commentator who launches scathing, commendable and, I must confess, laudable attacks on the Buhari government from the relative safety of his home in the United States of America attempted to rationalise Vice President Atiku Abubakar's inexcusable faux pax by suggesting that Fulani herdsmen should not be tagged "Fulani" herdsmen, "Fulani" terrorists or "Fulani" militants.

"Left to him we ought not to mention the word "Fulani" in this context.

"His sordid attempt to becloud the issues and shade the truth has exposed him for what he is and has proved beyond any reasonable doubt what he really stands for.

"It has also proved that he has no guts, no substance and limited intelligence.

"Unfortunately this deplorable virus of unabashed mendacity, shame, servitude and slavery is spreading fast.

"This coming from a Christian brother and fellow Middle Belt Governor!

Then he turned to Tony Momoh, a former minister under the General Ibrahim Babangida-led Military government.

"Prince Tony Momoh, a Buhari loyslist, the Minister of Information in President Ibrahim Babangida's government, and a man that I have always held in high esteem, appears to have also been afflicted and has said the same thing.

"Last week he said the following to the Sun Newspaper.

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"Anywhere you go to people would say we cannot go to farm because of the Fulani herdsmen. This is when as a matter of fact the Fulani herdsmen are in more danger than any other Nigerian. Do we talk of Igbo armed robbers? Do we talk of Yoruba 419ers and so on? We talk of all these as crimes and we should be talking of the killings as also a crime. But because of politics, we are going into areas to make our children believe that the fear of Fulani herdsmen is the beginning of wisdom. So what Othman Dan Fodio could not achieve when he was alive in Nigeria we are achieving it through communication and making our own children afraid of the Fulani. Remember that the Fulani are in the minority in this country".

"Momoh has spoken like a true slave.

"One wonders what has got into him, Reno Omokri, Simon Lalong, Yahaya Bello and all the other "useful idiots" who are falling over themselves to play down and obsfucate the hideous atrocities that the Fulani terrorists and the barbarians from Futa Jalon have unleashed on our people over the last three years.

"Do they have to wait until one of their own loved ones have had their throats slit open, their blood drained, their eyes removed, their genitals cut out out and their bodies hacked into pieces before they see this whole thing for what it is and admit to who is behind it?", Fani-Kayode wondered.

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