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Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Racoon(m): 3:25pm On Apr 03
Saturday, April 3, 2021

By Farooq A. Kperogi

Twitter: @farooqkperogi

Danladi Umar, the notoriously vain and sickeningly skin-bleached chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, was caught on camera on March 29 physically assaulting a security guard identified as 22-year-old Clement Sargwak.

 Umar flew into a tempestuous rage because Sargwak besought him to not park his car at a spot that obstructed traffic in Abuja’s Banex Plaza in Wuse 2.

In the aftermath of the swift, across-the-board social media denunciations that his cowardly physical violence against a lowly security guard roused, Umar caused the head of the Press and Public Relations unit of the Code of Conduct Tribunal by the name of Ibraheem Al-Hassan to issue an agonizingly dreadful and error-ridden press release that, among other things, singled out nameless “BIAFRAN Boys” for blame in a show of shame in which he is the main villain.

“As the few policemen in the complex were apparently overwhelmed by the mobs, consisting of BIAFRAN boys throwing matches [sic] and shape object [sic] to his car, which led to deep cut [sic] and dislocation in one of his finger [sic], causing damage to his car, smashing his windscreen,” the statement said. “At a point he attempted to leave the scene, these same miscreants, BIAFRAN boy [sic] ordered for [sic] the closure of the gate thereby [sic] assaulting him before the arrival of police team [sic] from Maitama police station.”

Notice that the press statement, which Al-Hassan later told ICIR he wrote “on instruction” from Umar, spelled “BIAFRAN” in all caps and called the unnamed protesters against his barbarity “boys.” Calling men “boys” is often a linguistic marker of notions of their inferiority and subservience. So the expression “BIAFRAN boys” was designed to simultaneously provoke revulsion and disdain in certain demographic categories in the country. 

Sargwak, whom Umar physically assaulted, is a northern Christian from Plateau State. But the people who heckled and caught Umar’s violence against Sargwak were spontaneous, amorphous, anonymous, and multi-ethnic bystanders. Why did Umar invent the trope of “BIAFRAN boys” when it was practically impossible to determine the ethnic identities of the people who recorded and heckled him?

Well, it was because Umar wanted sympathy even when he was the top dog who tormented an underdog. Although he is obviously cognitively stunted, he is smart enough to know that anti-Igbo hysteria unites a surprisingly large number of Nigerians.

Chinua Achebe captured this well in his famous 1984 booklet titled The Trouble with Nigeria. “Nigerians of all other ethnic groups will probably achieve consensus on no other matter than their common resentment of the Igbo,” he wrote. 

When I read this years ago, I was enraged with Achebe. I thought he was overly sensitive and paranoid because he didn’t describe me or many people that I know, but upon deeper reflection and more sober observation, I realized that there’s some truth to his claim.

Many individual Nigerians don’t resent the Igbo, of course, but to deny that there is a reflexive, Civil War-inspired antipathy toward the Igbo as a collective group is to wallow in denial, which psychologists say is an instinctive ego defense mechanism. It is the collective unconscious national antipathy toward the Igbo that Umar was exploiting when he gratuitously invoked mysterious “BIAFRAN boys” to mitigate and explain away his shameful conduct. 

Fortunately, the tactic backfired precisely because the absurdity of its ethnic scapegoatism was too nakedly self-evident to be effective. But Umar is not alone. More than any other administration since the Civil War, the Buhari regime takes Igbophobia as an unofficial state policy. Watch the rhetorical maneuvers of the regime’s aides and paid propagandists, and you will find that it often revolves around stoking anti-Igbo frenzy.

Perhaps because he was serially rebuffed by the Igbo after many attempts to court them (even after choosing Igbo running mates two times in a row, he never won the Igbo vote), Muhammadu Buhari himself makes no pretenses about his deep-seated loathing of the Igbo.  

For instance, during a Q and A session at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC in 2015 shortly after he was sworn in as president, Buhari said there should be no expectation that he would dispense favors to people who gave him only “5 percent” of their votes.The “five percenters” were, of course, the Igbo and the Southern minorities. So, instead of magnanimity in victory, Buhari chose to declare hostility against the Igbo from the get-go.

During his first and only presidential media chat on December 30, 2015, Buhari infamously asked, “What do the Igbos want?” As I wrote in a previous column, it wasn’t the question in and of itself that was the problem; it was the raw, unvarnished animus he exhibited in asking the question. “No president should speak so contemptuously of any constituent part of the country he governs,” I wrote.

In his interview with Aljazeera’s Martinee Dennis in Qatar in March 2016, Buhari also became manifestly agitated when the interview questions shifted to Biafra. He curtly declined to view a video of military officers shooting defenseless Biafra agitators and even countenanced the Nigerian military’s extra-judicial murders by saying Biafran demonstrators were “joking with Nigerian security and Nigeria will not tolerate it.”

Again, on September 13, 2016 when youth corps members who served in Katsina State paid him a courtesy visit, Buhari singled out the Igbos among them for censure over Biafra. “Tell your colleagues who want Biafra to forget about it,” he said. That was unpresidential and invidious, particularly because, at that time, Biafra didn’t even enjoy as much sympathy in the southeast as it does now.

 What Buhari did was akin to requesting a group of Muslim well-wishers to tell their terrorist co-religionists to stop terrorism. Or telling innocent Fulani well-wishers to tell their “colleagues” to stop kidnapping. That’s unfair stereotypical generalization.

American eugenicist Arthur Jensen invented a concept he calls the “stereotype threat” by which he means that people who feel stereotyped tend to act according to that stereotype, or inadvertently authorize it, often in spite of themselves. This has happened with the renewed agitation for Biafra. Up until mid-2016, Biafra was on the fringe even in Igboland. Buhari has ensured that it has now moved to the forefront.

There is a chicken-or-the-egg type causality dilemma about the collective resentment of the Igbo in Nigeria. Is the collective antipathy toward them as a group a visceral response to the 1966 coup and the subsequent attempt by the Igbo to secede from Nigeria or were these events triggered by the incipient antipathy toward the Igbo?

In my opinion, that’s a pointless debate because it resolves nothing. The reality is that there is now undoubtedly a mutually reinforcing cycle of recriminations, which needs to stop if we are as interested in national unity as our leaders perpetually proclaim to be.

A good first step to demonstrate sincerity in the quest for national unity is to fire Danladi Umar for unwarrantedly stereotyping an entire ethnic group without evidence. If not, preachments about “national unity” will sound even more hollow than they’ve always been. 

Most people know that “national unity” is only invoked as a rhetorical cudgel to squelch dissent. But Umar has presented an opportunity to show that it means more than that. 


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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Anigreat: 3:26pm On Apr 03
shocked






In a saner clime that useless idiotic Umar would have been gnashing his teeth now in jail for assaulting poor Sargwak, but here the useless idiotic umar is busy calling those who came to defend and help poor Sargwak 'Biafran boys miscreant' because he knows nothing will happen after all, and he's so damn right, nothing will actually happen. And someone will come and say Nigeria is a country. No! this is zoo rather.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Monogamy: 3:29pm On Apr 03
Danladi Umar, the notoriously vain and sickeningly skin-bleached chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, was caught on camera on March 29 physically assaulting a security guard identified as 22-year-old Clement Sargwak.

How is Farooq different from Danladi?

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Racoon(m): 3:30pm On Apr 03
A good first step to demonstrate sincerity in the quest for national unity is to fire Danladi Umar for unwarrantedly stereotyping an entire ethnic group without evidence. If not, preachments about “national unity” will sound even more hollow than they’ve always been. 

Most people know that “national unity” is only invoked as a rhetorical cudgel to squelch dissent. But Umar has presented an opportunity to show that it means more than that. 

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Frontail: 3:31pm On Apr 03
angry

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Racoon(m): 3:32pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:
How is Farooq different from Danladi?
Does Farooq bleches like the power toxic tyrant Danladi Umar? Farooq is a more refined northerner from Ilorin than an illiterate bellicose but desperate inferiority complex aboki who was imposed as the chair of a supposed unbiased parastatal because of ethno-religious supremacist agenda of the government of the day.Face the message and not the messenger.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Monogamy: 3:38pm On Apr 03
Racoon:
Does Farooq bleches like power toxic tyrant Danladi Umar? Farooq is a more refined northerner from Ilorin than an illiterate bellicose but desperate inferiority complex aboki who was imposed as the chair of a supposed unbiased parastatal because of ethno-religious supremacist agenda of the government of the day.Face the message and not the messenger.

Could you pls tell us what the offense of Danladi is?

Have you guys not practiced same thing you are condemning?

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by RuddyFusion(m): 3:44pm On Apr 03
So many points in one piece....I guess Buhari will take his hatred for the Igbo to the GRAVE

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Racoon(m): 3:45pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:
Could you pls tell us what the offense of Danladi is? Have you guys not practiced same thing you are condemning?
So you as par follow follow stooge of this oppressive, cursed, evil and satanic government does not know the shameful and despicable conduct that Danladi Umar manifested in public in assaulting a poor security guard who simply asked his driver to park appropriately?

He even foolishly tagging him a "biafran/5%ter" in the quest to assert his inferiority complex and inflate his over bloated social ego? Have you ever been assaulted that way before? Have the Igbo ever done something despicable like that Mr. Helineus? No wonder no evil done under this government stirs your conscience.Too bad.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by yanabasee1(m): 4:06pm On Apr 03
Lol @
Danladi Umar, the notoriously vain and sickeningly skin-bleached chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal



Umar is a very greedy, aggressive and selfish personified individual.....


He left all his equals to fight a poor security guard.. Because of his position in the society....


The bleached chairman is a disgrace to the entire law organization...

He should be ashame of himself....

He had the guts to play the victim after everything he did to that poor guy....

I am terribly disappointed..

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Monogamy: 4:11pm On Apr 03
Racoon:

So you as par follow follow stooge of this oppressive, cursed, satanic and evil government does not know the shameful & despicable conduct Danladi Umar manifested in public in assaulting a poor security guard who simply asked his driver to park appropriately?

He even foolishly tagging him a "biafran/5%ter" in the quest to assert his inferiority complex and inflate his over bloated social ego? Have you ever been assaulted that way before? Have the Igbo ever done something despicable like that Mr. Helineus? No wonder no evil done under this government stirs your conscience.Too bad.

What was Danladi's offense again?

Look inside the mirror and check how the hypocrisy is staring at you...

Before you cast the stone.... undecided

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by ablejesus26: 4:21pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:

What was Danladi's offense again?
Look inside the mirror and check how the hypocrisy is staring at you...
Before you cast the stone.... undecided

Mthweeee

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Juliusmalema: 4:21pm On Apr 03
Well, it was because Umar wanted sympathy even when he was the top dog who tormented an underdog. Although he is obviously cognitively stunted, he is smart enough to know that anti-Igbo hysteria unites a surprisingly large number of Nigerians.

The only thing that unites Nigeria is hatred for ndigbo.

Farooq is right. That was Exactly the same method Adopted by Nyesom Wike to brutally murder Igbos in hundreds if not thousands in Oyigbo because he knows Nigeria will give him kudos and of course the former ABU VC commended him for Job welldone.

That was same tactics umar adopted despite that the fact remains that the person he assaulted is from the same north (Plateau State) but he needed the Nigeria Igbophobia sympathy....






Chinua Achebe captured this well in his famous 1984 booklet titled The Trouble with Nigeria. “Nigerians of all other ethnic groups will probably achieve consensus on no other matter than their common resentment of the Igbo,” he wrote


Chinua Achebe has always been true to his pen.....not like other playwright that wastes most of their time on senseless politics.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Racoon(m): 4:30pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:
What was Danladi's offense again?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwYkhjJ5I-s

Look inside the mirror and check how the hypocrisy is staring at you.Before you cast the stone.
Have you seen me behaving tyrannical like this? Helinues stop supporting lawlessness and oppression.Speak against injustice because it breeds more injustice.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by kettykin: 4:32pm On Apr 03
So the security man is not even igbo or biafran but plateau

I am beginning to have a real soft spot for biafra because all who hate the biafran course are real enemies of the black race and Africa continent

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Monogamy: 4:33pm On Apr 03
Racoon:
Have you seen me behaving tyrannical like this? Helinues stop supporting lawlessness and oppression.Speak against injustice because it breeds more injustice.

Go through all your comments on this thread, you have called different names..

The question is can't you make any comments without abusing/insulting others?

Assault is assault whether physical or verbal.

@ bolded, So you missed my comment when the news first broke?

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Juliusmalema: 4:43pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:

Go through all your comments on this thread, you have called different names..
The question is can't you make any comments without abusing/insulting others?
Assault is assault whether physical or verbal.
@ bolded, So you missed my comment when the news first broke?

What is your point so that we can't miss it again.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Juliusmalema: 4:46pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:

Could you pls tell us what the offense of Danladi is?
Have you guys not practiced same thing you are condemning?
Offence rather.
I am really getting tired correcting you everyday.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Monogamy: 4:47pm On Apr 03
Juliusmalema:


Offence rather.

I am really getting tired of correcting you everyday.

Mr Lecturer grin cheesy
Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Juliusmalema: 4:49pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:

Mr Lecturer grin cheesy

Thanks but still Offence rather. I am really getting tired of correcting you everyday.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by kettykin: 4:50pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:


Could you pls tell us what the offense of Danladi is?

Have you guys not practiced same thing you are condemning?

The number one offence is ethnic profiling , biafranphobia , ethnic bias, racial bias, this would have gone and forgotten but for someone that holds a very sensitive position of heading the code of Conduct Tribunal abusing a security man and using racially sensitive terms on people
he should just honorably quit the office.

The security man is even his fellow Northerner but his racial bias against biafran would not let the man be obejctive and see beyond the cloud of ethnic bias.

No igbo man occupying a sensitive public post has exhibited ethnic or racal bias against the North or the South west , if there is any please call him out

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Monogamy: 4:55pm On Apr 03
Juliusmalema:



What is your point so that we can't miss it again.

Pick beans even if you don't have anything to do at the moment

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Juliusmalema: 5:13pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:

Pick beans even if you don't have anything to do at the moment


What is your point so that we can't miss it again.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Racoon(m): 5:27pm On Apr 03
Monogamy:
Go through all your comments on this thread, you have called different names.The question is can't you make any comments without abusing/insulting others? Assault is assault whether physical or verbal....
I now understand better why you will always like to to endure the insults impunity and lawlessness of the born-to-rule supremacist but dont want them to be paid back in their own coin.

Danladi Umar, El-Rufai, Arewa Youth, and other staunch protagonists have used all manner of derogatory terms on others and they or you dont want same to be used on them?

You seems to be oblivious that nobody have the mono-poly of everything.People that conduct themselves in ways unseemly dont deserves the respect of others. Danladi Umar does not deserves respect.

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Racoon(m): 5:29pm On Apr 03
kettykin:
The number one offence is ethnic profiling , biafranphobia , ethnic bias, racial bias, this would have gone and forgotten but for someone that holds a very sensitive position of heading the code of Conduct Tribunal abusing a security man and using racially sensitive terms on people
he should just honorably quit the office.

The security man is even his fellow Northerner but his racial bias against biafran would not let the man be obejctive and see beyond the cloud of ethnic bias.No igbo man occupying a sensitive public post has exhibited ethnic or racal bias against the North or the South west , if there is any please call him out
Mr Helinues/Monogamy is a character of his own.He loves something like this.....

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Monogamy: 5:34pm On Apr 03
Racoon:
I now understand better why you will always like to to endure the insults impunity and lawlessness of the born-to-rule supremacist but dont want them to be paid back in their own country.

Danladi Umar, El-Rufai, Arewa Youth, and other staunch protagonists have used all manner of derogatory terms on others and they or you dont want same to be used on them?

You seems to be oblivious that nobody have the mono-poly of everything.People that conduct themselves in ways unseemly dont deserves the respect of others. Danladi Umar does not deserves respect.

Look at how you exposed yourself more.

Same condemnation of Danladi's act but in a different way..

Why do you and the likes of Farooq condemning Danladi when you are displaying what you are condemning him, Danladi for? undecided

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Re: Umar’s “Biafran Boys” Dig Part Of Nigeria’s Unofficial Igbophobia By Farooq by Yongcasher1: 6:57pm On Apr 03
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