By Benjamin Njoku
Amid mounting upheavals seeking to redefine the Nigerian entity after 106 years of merger and 60 years of independence, noted US-based Nigerian musician, social commentator, and peace activist, Prince Ayo Manuel Ajisebutu, is demanding for peace in what appears to be one more volatile period in Nigerian history, urging citizens to embrace love as the only virtue that can save Nigeria from possible genocide.
Ajisebutu’s concern stems from the alarming pace of separatist agendas of different ethnic groups in Nigeria; the most recent was the call for the Republic of Oduduwa among the Yoruba people of the southwest during the last 60th anniversary of the country’s independence.
So far, there have been similar upheavals in virtually every area of Nigeria, such as the call for the Republic of Biafra in the Southeast, the Republic of Arewa in the North, and the Republic of the Niger Delta in the South-South. What appears to be the only consideration for the unity of Nigeria as a federation are hotbeds of further agitation for restructuring through a sovereign national conference, referendum, or resource control.
Indeed, Nigeria’s unity continues to be threatened by the perceived political imbalance and dominance of the country’s top government positions such as the Armed Forces, Police and Civil Service by the Hausa / Fulani ethnic group since independence, many believe that such a sense of rights is responsible for the incessant confrontation between farmers and herders, the controversies over the Ruga settlements, the invasion of the forests of southern Nigeria by armed nomads and the large number of kidnappings.
This worrying trend has sparked a feeling of alienation, dissatisfaction and mistrust among Nigeria’s various electors, leading to criticism of the current leadership by opposition parties, religious leaders, social commentators, including a recent statement credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo. . that Nigeria has never been divided as it is under the current administration.
With the ongoing political tension in the country, Ajisebutu asserts his peace activism, urging his native compatriots to avoid anarchy so as not to plunge the country into chaos.
“Imagine how millions of lives could have been saved in Rwanda and Burundi if the world had stood up at the beginning of the genocide that devastated the two countries,” he says, adding that his “mission is to inspire people all over the world. world to behave in a regal manner and do everything with love for the greater good of humanity. He believes that we are all connected and must bury all divisive ideologies to experience full peace and prosperity during our short stay here on earth.
Prince Ajisebutu is the founder and president of MansMark Records, an entertainment company in Los Angeles, California. In 1995 he organized several demonstrations to save Nigerian human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 9 from being assassinated by General Abacha. He later joined forces with Comrade Tunde Okorodudu and other Nigerians in the Oakland and San Francisco area to form the Free Nigeria Movement.
Its activities were supported by organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International and the Rainforest Action Network. He was also a producer and host of Voice of Free Nigeria, a weekly radio show that urged Nigerians to take charge of their destiny. The radio was used to protest the invalidity of the June 12 elections, the unjust imprisonment of opponents, and other atrocities committed by the junta regime of General Abacha. Her history of activism and constant call for love, peace and unity go back to the 1980s, and are reflected in her songs, such as “Save Nigeria” (1991), “Africans Unite” (1991) and soon to be released. will premiere “Make a change.”
Today, Ajisebutu frowns at a situation in which, under a supposed democratic government, peaceful protesters cannot assemble without being harassed by the police and the men of the Department of State Security (DSS). Calls for Revolution Now leader Omoyele Sowore not to remain in Abuja by court order for calling for better governance for Nigerians.