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Opinion: Mailafia's Claim of "Fulanisation and Islamisation" of Nigeria Through NIN is Frivolous

Mailafia's claim that the North is fighting a Jihad through NIN is without proof and will further fuel existing Insecurity in the country. Could this be his intention? If yes, to what end?

Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has had it good in Nigeria. He worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria and rose to the post of a deputy governor before retiring. 

He was a Presidential aspirant in the last election. Given is travels and path in life, he knows the importance of information; he knows what misinformation can bring upon a fractured people. Yet, he finds it necessary to make a claim that will further strengthen the existing divisions, increase the worrisome insecurity challenges and fuel the ongoing agitations for secession in southern Nigeria. 

In an interview with Saturday Tribune, Dr. Mailafia claimed that millions of foreigners are being moved into Nigeria by some Northerners to acquire voters cards and passports in bid to further the “Fulanisation and Islamisation” of Nigeria. In particular, Mailafia said the North’s effort at reshaping Nigeria demographically is being done through Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of communication and Digital Economy. The Minister is said to have deployed the National Identification Number program, NIN, towards registering aliens. This is a ludicrous claim given that no tangible proof was provided to back up the claim.

Mailafia’s claims are like the gist we hear from beer parlor joints. Sensitive matters like this should come with non-refutable proof. Mailafia did not provide any proof. All we have from him are his words, and they are not facts. At best, we have concocted conjectures from the former aspirant. The secret police should invite him again for questioning. His claims are incendiary in nature and could heighten the existing killings and destructions going on in the country at the moment.     

According to Saturday Tribune, he said “they are fighting a demographic Jihad to ensure that the North is the demographic majority by subterfuge. And then they will have a free license to call the shots in perpetuity. They have allowed hundreds of thousands of killers to invade our country. They are everywhere now.”

Nigeria is passing through a phase that has kept many worried right now. For someone of Mailafia’s position to put poisonous verbiage that instill fear and further disunity in public space at this time throws up questions in the minds of those who are circumspect. What does he stand to gain from making this claim? How will his claim benefit Nigeria and Nigerians at this time? Is he deliberately trying to fuel the ongoing insecurity in the country? We all must be wary of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia and his kind. If the flames they want to set up go off, most of these people will move out of Nigeria with their families.  

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