The recent threats of violence issued by the Emir of Ilorin and his thugs against Isese traditionalists to prevent them from exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of worship, has rightly attracted the Youth Wing of the International Council of Ifa Religion, who have now declared that Ilorin will be the venue of their next Isese festival.
Just like the Muslims excesses in India led to the crystalization of a violent Hindu backlash, Nigerian Islamists are overstepping their bounds which will lead to a violent final conflict by Indigenous Africans to protect their rights of freedom of worship and cultural justice. All indigenous African ethnicities of the South and Middlebelt share common genetic and cultural origins. Every single ancient town in South and Middlebelt was established by the 16 sector African Information Retrieval System known as Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa.
Before the Black Race can be uplifted, indigenous Africans that are 70% majority in Nigeria and across Africa must go through not only political and economic revolutions but also a cultural/civilizational revolution and reawakening. However, being natural pacifists, it appears that the Islamists are about to wake the sleeping dog of Original African civilization.
There is an ongoing peaceful political revolution started by the Original African civilization decision and unity to support an Igbo candidate based on the morally correct and just rotational presidency that made it obvious that it was the turn of the Southeast region. However, the Afroasiatic civilization had other ideas and backed Islamist candidates.
It was obvious that the Muslim-Muslim ticket would embolden the Afroasiatic civilization to push their cultural imperialism further. The capture of the presidency by Tinubu, the Jagaban of Borgu, the Frontline Fulani imperialists, has led Islamic extremists like El Rufai to openly boast that it was a well hatched strategic plan towards the Islamization of Nigeria. Unfortunately, the Northern Afroasiatic backed powerful Yoruba minority that actually lost the elections in Yorubaland used the prevalent Pan Tribalistic perspectives to paint Igbos as enemies in Lagos. The attempt was to isolate Yorubas from their natural South and Middlebelt civilizational partners, in order to embolden the Islamists to finally destroy the Yoruba cultural sphere.
We at ASHE Foundation try to change the colonially induced Pan Tribalistic perspectives of South and Middlebelt groups back to their civilizational relationships and worldview. Unfortunately, while the progressives of the Yoruba political spectrum took the civilizational advice to unite into South and Middlebelt leadership alliance, which successfully challenged the Afroasiatic political hegemony, the Isese traditionalists remained largely Pan Tribalistic and failed to unite with other Nigerian ethnicities that they shared the Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa civilization, wrongly believing Ifa was only a Yoruba cultural foundation.
Instead the traditionalists rather reached out to the dollar spending Diaspora and not the Igalas, Igbos, Edos and all other South and Middlebelt peoples that will be needed to challenge the unfied Afroasiatic civilization of Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri that not only deny Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa traditionalists freedom in Ilorin but across the Middlebelt. Unfortunately, majority of Southerners and Middlebelters are Eurocentric universalists and modernists that have been fooled by the Western concept of nationstatehood, thereby ignoring the 1000yr civilizational war in the belief that civilizational identities have been rested and overtaken by tribalism and nationalism.
Ilorin was never captured in a war by the Afroasians, but was taken over through Afonja that employed them as mercenaries to fight against his Oyo leadership, which eventually led to his death in a coup and takeover. However, Yorubas had regrouped and started fighting back to reclaim their lands before the Europeans caused a civil war amongst them and then colonized us all, allowing the Ilorin Afroasiatic takeover to continue.
Following the colonization and amalgamation of Nigeria, South and Middlebelt peoples rested their oars and became civilizationally derailed with European Abrahamic epistemicide and coloniality. The British broke the Original African civilization into three by first adding in 1914 it’s northern territories known as the Middlebelt to the Afroasiatic Northern Protectorate, then in 1939 the British divided the Original African Southern Protectorate into East and West regions, thereby giving birth to the Yoruba-Igbo fracas.
Yorubas and Igbos, the two most populous ethnicities of the Original African civilization fell for the fallacy of Pan Tribalistic perspectives, especially their competing politicians and civil servants. Instead of tackling the continued Afroasiatic civilizational imperialism, they could only relate and understand things from a divisive Tribalistic perspective. Though Afroasians dropped their weapons, they kept their civilizational focus and advanced with soft power, dismantling traditional institutions and populating indigenous African cities with Afroasians. Many of the Afroasians seeped into Osun State, while some headed all the way to Lagos where they were assimilated and became Islamist sleeping cells. Ilorin and even Offa where they suffered their last defeat was slowly and insidiously Arabized, with the direct support of the Fulani Sokoto Caliphate and indirect support of the British colonists.
Immediately after independence, with the brewing divisive competition between Yoruba and Igbo, Nnamidi Azikwe choose to align with the Northern Afroasiatic civilization, instead of his natural civilizational and genetic partners, the Yoruba through Awolowo. The Northern Afroasiatic civilization took the opportunity and attacked Yoruba cultural and political leadership, jailing Awolowo and removing Ooni of Ife as the governor and head of the Yoruba region. With Nnamidi Azikwe disempowered, the North thought they had achieved a takeover, only for young Southern soldiers to overthrow their government in January 15th 1966. This derailed the Northern plans but increased their divide and rule tactics to ensure that there was no unified Original African civilizational challenge to their Afroasiatic civilizational imperialism.
The derailed Original African civilization failed to check the insidious Afroasiatic advance as mosques were built around traditional spaces, especially around every traditional palace across Yorubaland. In Ilorin, they strengthened the stranglehold on Original African traditions and belief systems. The Emir of Ilorin was made supreme in Kwara state where over 75% of the populace and 12 of the 16 local governments are Yoruba. This was achieved by controlling the central government that was biased to the Afroasians. The Islamists also resorted to violence to have their way in many cases, but unfortunately the Original Africans didn’t respond adequately. The Islamists violently attacked and destroyed the Moremi statue in Offa without reprisals. They attacked the main Middlebelt cultural center, Wukari the capital of the Kwararafa Confederacy, nearly destroying it’s palace. They also led attacks in Ife, the source of Original African civilizations a few years ago, and in the last year unsuccessfully attacked the Ooni of Ife palace.
However, there is a new Woke conscious generation of indigenous African traditionalists that are ready to stand up to defend their rights, culture and lands. However, to successfully beat back the Afroasiatic civilizational imperialism, Original Africans can’t fight back as tribes but as a united civilization. To put an end to Afroasiatic imperialistic agenda in indigenous African lands, all Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa traditionalists must unite against the united Afroasians that include Fulani, Hausas and Kanuris. Original Africans never in their histories have been the first to launch attacks, but are more than capable of defending themselves, if they have the right uniting perspective.
Despite various pleas by universalists and modernists to the Ilorin Emirate to allow peace to reign by following the constitution that enshrines freedom of worship, they have ignored nationalistic considerations and hell-bent on pushing their civilizational agenda. Therefore the Original African civilization has no choice but to unite to defend their inalienable rights. We at ASHE Foundation fully support the call by International Council of Ifa Religion Youth Wing to all traditionalists to meet at Ilorin to protect the rights of Yorubas to worship anyway they choose.