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The Menace Called BBC Hausa By Chidinma Onyejiuwa

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The Menace Called BBC Hausa By Chidinma Onyejiuwa

Fast forward to Nigeria, the pre- and post-independence era, the BBC has always been used to brain-wash the people of the Northern region of Nigeria. BBC Hausa is not new. For many years, it operated as a station by the same individuals whose aim was to sow seed of discord among the ethnic groups in Nigeria, promoting hate speeches against the Igbos of Africa. It is a known fact that the propaganda that ushered the killings of Igbos in 1966 was orchestrated in the BBC Hausa station. All that has now not changed as the station is still supported by the few born-to-rule elites of the North who sees it as the opium of the people. For them, a lie could be embellished and sold outright to the people of that region so as to maintain their grip on the psyche of their people. In addition, to ensuring that other ethnic groups are looked down upon as slave in this Uthman Dan Fodio’s kingdom called “Nigeria.”

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In a nation defined by the complex ethno-national and cultural diversity of Nigeria’s pluralism, identity politics and the creation of iconographies in pursuit of their goals are understandable and even welcome. Indeed the claim that diversity is strength derives its substance from this assumption.

Yet to transform the inert potentialities of pluralism to political and cultural actualities also assume the evident capacity to manage diversity to strength. Sadly the Nigerian political elites have been abysmally inept in this regard.

Fast forward to Nigeria, the pre- and post-independence era, the BBC has always been used to brain-wash the people of the Northern region of Nigeria. BBC Hausa is not new. For many years, it operated as a station by the same individuals whose aim was to sow seed of discord among the ethnic groups in Nigeria, promoting hate speeches against the Igbos of Africa. It is a known fact that the propaganda that ushered the killings of Igbos in 1966 was orchestrated in the BBC Hausa station. All that has now not changed as the station is still supported by the few born-to-rule elites of the North who sees it as the opium of the people. For them, a lie could be embellished and sold outright to the people of that region so as to maintain their grip on the psyche of their people. In addition, to ensuring that other ethnic groups are looked down upon as slave in this Uthman Dan Fodio’s kingdom called “Nigeria.”

 

BBC Hausa contributed immensely to the rise of Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. A few years ago, it was Mohammed Yusuf, the purported spiritual leader of the murderous terrorist group, Boko Haram. What started off as an innocuous group under the name “Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad” – in Arabic, “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad” – has metamorphosed into perhaps Nigeria’s greatest existential challenge and a major social, political and military problem for the West African sub-region. BBC Hausa served the purpose of calling every Muslim and Hausa/Fulani to support the cause of implementing Sharia laws all Nigeria.

 

For a nation with the bitter history of a fratricidal carnage on the tragic scale of the civil war, the challenges of continued unity and development are not helped by such distractions like BBC Hausa Service.

 

Boko Haram challenges the foundations of justice and equity in the architecture of the Nigerian nation. Beyond wielding the stick and simply treating this as a national security issue, it is also important for the government to interrogate the reasons that throws up centrifugal forces that tend to undermine the unity of the country and make national cohesion and progress impossible; of which BBC Hausa Service is a quintessential embodiment.



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