Top Nigerian politician and spokesperson to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode said yesterday that he watched a video on Youtube credited to AIT in which the mother of the abducted teenage Bayelsa girl, Ese Oruru said that Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi 11 was the one who ordered for her kidnap.
This has made Mr. Kayode to say that if the information from Ese’s mother is something to go by, then the Emir must be held accountable. In a statement by Femi Fani- Kayode, as reported in Vanguard, he said:
I just watched an AIT video on You tube in which 14 year old Ese Oruru’s mother claimed that her daughters abductors said that it was the Emir of Kano himself that ordered her daughters abduction and that she was kept in his palace for over one year for his pleasure. If this is true it confirms the suspicion that the Emir is culpable.
If what she has said is true it also proves that the Emir is not only a practicing pedophile but also a very sick man and he must be held accountable. It is important that the Emir clears the air and tells us precisely what he did with this little girl otherwise we are entitled to assume the worse and believe what Ese’s mother has said. Quite apart from that we are compelled to ask whether this sort of thing has happened before and how widespread it is. How many other little girls have been stolen from their homes and forced to join harems all over the nation?
We live in a strange country where evil is swept under the carpet and often justified and where those that expose it and speak truth are demonised, hated, despised and, more often than not, threatened with violence, persecution, intimidation, arrest, litigation and court action. There is clearly a conspiracy of silence about the perpetuation of evil in this country among the ruling elite and the feeling that anyone can get away with anything providing they have money and power.
Because they have money and power and they have powerful friends in government and in the political class they feel that they can silence, crush, kill, abduct, sue and jail anybody that crosses them or that exposes the truth about them and their blood-chilling, perverse and evil ways. That is the reality of Nigeria and it is a sad and sorry one. All I can say is thank God for the media and particularly for the Punch newspaper who started the ball rolling last sunday.
If not for their cover story about Ese with all those pictures on their front page the little girl would not be free and at home with her family today but instead she would still be in slavery and captivity at the Emir of Kano’s palace. We should also commend the Nation newspaper particularly for their timely editorial on this issue which was published on 1st March and which raised some pertinent questions and offered some wise counsel about the way forward.
The Punch, the Nation, AIT, Channels, Tribune, the Sun, Vanguard, Thisday, New Telegraph, Leadership, The Daily Trust, the Guardian and all the other titles and television stations in the Nigerian media and social media has done what no-one else or no other group could do. Not even the government, the political parties, the politicians, the security agencies, the lawyers or the so-called human rights groups could do what they did because most of them were indifferent and really couldn’t care.
The media have helped to secure the freedom of a helpless and defenseless little girl from the evil clutches of her abductors. They have delivered her from slavery,torture, torment and bondage and they have helped to bring her back home safely to her parents. We need more of this sort of thing in Nigeria. Kudos to them and God bless them all.
Of all the top Nigerian politicians, Femi Fani-Kayode has been the most outspoken concerning the case of Ese, the girl who was allegedly kidnapped from Bayelsa and taken to Kano for a forced marriage. Just some days ago, the former Minister of Aviation, condemned persons who tried to make the abduction seem like an elopement through an article titled “Ese Oruru, the Emir Of Kano and those that choose to distort the narrative.”