FLASHBACK: My Grandfather Was Half Fulani, Half Yoruba — Infamous Minister, Fani-Kayode

On Thursday, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode formally returned to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Fani-Kayode was introduced to President Muhammadu Buhari on the State House, Abuja, by the Chairman of APC National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

FLASHBACK: My Grandfather Was Half Fulani, Half Yoruba — Infamous Minister, Fani-Kayode 2

This is regardless of the disparaging remarks he had made in regards to the APC and Buhari.

Two years in the past when it was rumoured that the previous Minister had joined the APC, he utterly dominated out the opportunity of defecting to the ruling social gathering.

At the time, he described the ruling social gathering as “a filthy, rat-infested sinking ship.”

He additionally referred to the social gathering as “darkness” and “the Almajiri Peoples Congress (APC)”.

He had mentioned, “The suggestion that l joined the APC is false and insulting. Those that are peddling this fake news should bury their heads in shame. With what we have witnessed, l would rather die than join a filthy, rat-infested sinking ship like the Almajiri Peoples Congress (APC).”

Since Thursday, the discredited minister has suffered a backlash from Nigerians and politicians each from the opposition social gathering, Peoples Democratic Party and APC.

Meanwhile, in 2013, Fani-Kayode had claimed he had Fulani Blood in him. In a report by Premium Times dated April 17, 2013, Fani-Kayode mentioned his grandfather, Sheik Nurudeen Sa’ I’d was half Fulani and half Yoruba.

He mentioned on the time: “My maternal grandfather was a great and powerful Muslim cleric and scholar by the name of Sheik Nurudeen Sa’ Id. He was from Ilesha. He was also a civil servant and he spent a good deal of his adult life in Lagos. His father, that is my maternal great-grandfather, was a pure Yoruba man from Ilesha. However his mother, that is my maternal great-grandmother, was a pure Fulani woman from Sokoto.

“My grandfather, Sheik Nurudeen Sa’ I’d, who was half Fulani and half Yoruba, got married to my grandmother, Alhaja Abeke Sa’ id (nee Williams) who was a pure Yoruba woman. She was also known as ”Mama Ofin”. She was from Lagos (Isale Eko) and she or he was the daughter of Alhaji Isa Williams who was a key chief within the Muslim group and the richest businessman and dealer in the entire of Lagos in his day.

“Sheik Nurudeen Sa’id and Alhaja Abeke Sa’id had three children and the youngest of those three was my dear mother, Mrs. Adia Adunni Fani-Kayode (nee Sa’id). She was born into a Muslim family and she practised Islam all her life until she met my father, converted to Christianity and then they got married.

“It is clear from the foregoing that my mother had one quarter Fulani blood in her and I have one eight Fulani blood in me. Out of respect to the Muslim side of my family, that is the Sa’ id’s and the Williams’, all of my father’s children have Muslim names as well as Christian ones. Mine is Abdulateef.

“Amazing isn’t it? When some say that I am anti-Islam and anti-Hausa-Fulani I just laugh. They know little about me, my heritage, my bloodlines (which, unlike most, I take very seriously), my background or my thought processes.

”I’m a proud son of Nigeria- a son of the soil-and I’ve deep ancestral and non secular roots in a minimum of two of the three nice Abrahamic faiths though I and my quick household are training Pentecostal Christians. I’ve Ife, Ijesha, Egba, Isale Eko and Fulani blood working by way of my veins.

“This is my heritage and I am very proud of each and every one of those bloodlines. The fact that I can trace my lineage and my bloodlines to Ife, Ilesha, Abeokuta, Lagos and Sokoto emboldens, enriches and strengthens me. The fact that some members of my family are Christians and others are Muslims excites and ennobles me.

“I am a true Nigerian and regardless of our numerous challenges in this country I will love and live in Nigeria till the day I die.”

In 2015, Fani-Kayode wrote an article titled, “The herdsmen from hell” printed within the Vanguard newspaper. 

In the article, he described Fulani herdsmen as “marauders”, ”vandals”, “pests” and others.

Fani-Kayode also wrote: “Can there be any truth in the assertion that the Fulani herdsmen are nothing less than the vanguard and covertly armed wing of the Fulani ruling class which has managed to infiltrate the south under the ingenious guise of selling cows?”

Although Fani-Kayode mentioned he returned to the APC for the unity of the nation, SaharaReporters gathered that he defected over his corruption instances with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Fani-Kayode was arraigned in 2016, alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman; Danjuma Yusuf, and a agency, Joint Trust Dimensions Ltd over N4.9bn alleged fraud.

The former minister, who was additionally the Director of Publicity for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential marketing campaign organisation for the 2015 election, was accused of conspiring with the others to, immediately and not directly, retain varied sums which the EFCC claimed they should have moderately recognized have been proceeds of crime.

In one of many counts, the defendants have been accused of conspiring amongst themselves to “indirectly retain the sum of N1,500,000,000.00 which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: stealing.”

The 4 have been additionally accused of not directly retaining N300 million, N400 million and N800 million, all proceeds of corruption, based on the EFCC.

Fani-Kayode was accused of immediately utilizing elements of the cash at varied instances, together with N250,650,000.00, which he allegedly used between March 20 and 25, 2015.

He was additionally accused of creating a money transaction of N24 million with one Olubode Oke, mentioned to nonetheless be at massive, on February 12, 2015 “to Paste Poster Co of 125, Lewis Street, Lagos Island.”

The duo have been mentioned to have made the transaction with out going by way of any monetary establishment, an act the EFCC claimed was opposite to sections 1(a) and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, and punishable beneath Section 16(2)(b) of the identical Act.

Months later, the previous minister was rearrested and solely arraigned on 5 counts bordering on cash laundering to the tune of N26 million.

According to the EFCC, Fani-Kayode allegedly obtained the sum of N26 million from the workplace of the previous National Security Adviser (ONSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) in 2014.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

FLASHBACK: My Grandfather Was Half Fulani, Half Yoruba — Infamous Minister, Fani-Kayode

Send this to a friend