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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

FFK narrates his recent experience in Kuje prison, says Boko Haram inmates served as his bodyguards

In a piece he titled ‎"Head Bloodied But Not Bowed (Part 1) which he shared today, former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode narrated his recent experience in EFCC detention. FFK said he was kept in the terrorist wing of Kuje Prison where he met with some Boko Haram members who served as his bodyguards. Read his piece below 
Permit me to begin this contribution with an apology for my disappearance from the literary and political scene for the last one month but this was due to circumstances beyond my control.
On October 21st, five days after my 56th birthday, I was arrested by the EFCC without an arrest warrant at the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos where I had been earlier granted bail. Thereafter I was illegally detained by them without any detention order for 21 days.
Kindly note that this was after I had been detained by them for a gruelling 67 days 6 months ago (from 9th of May till July 15th), brought before the Federal High Court in Lagos, arraigned on spurios and politically-motivated charges and locked up in Ikoyi prison for a number of days whilst I attempted to perfect my court bail.
After perfecting bail, on 21st October I was re-arrested and the whole nightmare began again: only this time it was far more insidious and worse.
Throughout the time of the second detention I was kept in a dingy underground cell at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja where I met a number of other high profile opposition figures like Senator Bala Mohammed, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the former Minister of State for Defence and Mr. Reuben Abati, the former spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan.
During the course of my 21 day incarceration my abductors did not ask me any questions or say one word to me other than to formally serve me with a new set of fresh criminal charges the morning after I got there which I simply signed for.
After that I heard nothing from them and I was told nothing though I had daily visits to the medical clinic at the EFCC due to my deteriorating health.
Three weeks later, on November 10th, I was brought before the Federal High Court in Abuja and arraigned on yet another set of spurrious, baseless and politically-motivated charges.
These ones were even more ridiculous and far-fetched than the first set in Lagos. I was falsely accused of receiving 26 million naira cash from the former National Security Advisor, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, for media work for the Jonathan administration in 2014.
Thankfully I was granted bail by the court and I was detained at Kuje prison for a further 4 days whilst I attempted to perfect my bail.
At Kuje I was kept in the terrorist wing of the prison which was built by the British government specifically for Boko Haram convicts and suspects.
There were 47 of them in the facility and I was with them throughout. These were tough, disciplined, hardened, surprisingly well-educated and intimidating men.
The single cells and the entire terrorist section of the prison was pervaded by an eerie silence throughout the night and low tone whispers throughout the day. The only thing that broke the monotony of silence was the regular and constant call to Muslim prayers and the loud and regular cries of "Allahu Akbar".
This was a frightful place and those that were locked up there were very dangerous and frightful people yet thankfully the Lord went ahead of me.
The single cells, though small, were clean, self-contained, well-ventilated, dry and very neat. The inmates were surprisingly very kind and friendly towards me and turned out to be my best friends and bodyguards whenever I toured th other parts of the prison.
I was very impressed with them and when I heard their stories and what some of them had been subjected to by the security forces and the state tears came to my eyes.
Most of those men were not Boko Haram killers but had been falsely accused, tortured and just dumped into prison and I felt nothing but pain and sorrow when I heard their stories.
When I went to visit the great and brilliant freedom fighter, Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of IPOB and easily the most courageous, powerful and credible Igbo leader in Nigeria today in his cell we had a very instructive and long discussion.
I had never met Nnamdi before and I was amazed at his depth of knowledge, his immense courage and his deep convictions.
There is no doubt in my mind that that man is going places and in him the Igbo have an Ojukwu and a Nnamdi Azikiwe all rolled into one. He is destined for greatness.
My Boko Haram friends accompanied me to that meeting, drew a ten man security cordon around me when we entered the general population of the prison and waited outside as Nnamdi and I spoke for almost three hours.
They even accompanied me to Church on sunday and waited outside until we finished.
Given what I have written about Boko Haram in the past and given my total aversion to any form of violence, terrorism and radical Islam, this was a classic case of God granting me favour before my enemies.
Everyone dreaded them in that prison but I am proud to say that they were my friends and I will never forget their courage, kindness and fellowship for the rest of my life.
The enemy had placed me in the lions den but the lions and their prey became the best of friends. Not only were my Boko Haram section mates very good to me but so were the other inmates in the general prison population.
Not only that, the head of the prison DCP Akilu Abdullah, his Chief warden and his entire staff and team of prison wardens were firm, courteous and professional not just to me but to all the other inmates.
This was the doing of the Lord and it was marvellous in my sight. Throughout my travails I have never questioned God and I have been inspired and comforted by His word which says that in all things we must give thanks to Him.
I am innocent of all the charges and allegations and as I have said elsewhere the whole thing is an attempt by the Federal Government and an increasingly desperate EFCC that is obsessed with my name and putting me away to discredit, break and silence me.
Yet in all this I am not moved and neither can I ever be broken or silenced because, like the biblical Job, "I know that my Redeemer liveth".
Like Shakespeare's Macbeth, "my head is bloodied but not bowed" and "I shall fight until the flesh is hacked from my bones".
And as that fight and struggle unfolds and unwinds I take solace in the powerful and beautiful words of the Victorian poet William Ernest Henley in my favourite poem titled 'Invictus' which was written in 1875. He wrote,
"Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul".
Like Nelson Mandela did at Robben Island prison every day for 26 years, I recited that poem three times a day on each and every day of my total of 90 days detention this year. And if I am arrested and detained again by the EFCC or any of President Buhari's other numerous security or intelligence agencies I will continue to recite it. I have no fear of what men or satan can do to me and I trust and have faith in the God that I serve.
Having explained my absence for the few weeks with this appetiser permit me get to the meat of it and now serve the main dish of this contribution. (TO BE CONTINUED).

63 comments:

Uju Phil said...

Above all, I thank God for your life, the thought of the enemy didn't come to manifestation! #ShameonBuhariaonodu

christie benjamin said...

Na wa oh!

livingstone chibuike said...

Jus thankin God for ur life FFK man of God

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Ok

tesh peters said...

Its well

Bonita Bislam said...

This hypocrite is at it again to as usual bamboozle his followers.All these sentiments poured on KANU to portray him as a lover of Ndigbo but we all know he's far from that.Then the sudden sympathy for the alleged BH members just to garner support from people that he cares about justice regardless of tribe and religion.
But time after time,we've seen him display his intolerance to certain tribes and religion.Who exactly is deceiving who?
I don't care about his beef with APC or PDP but hypocritically quoting from the scriptures to portray himself as a saint sorta is so so so irksome
Quit the hypocrisy already

Odibe Blessing said...

Nawa ooo now now you don dey talk...I can see u going back from WHR u'r coming from

ike manuel said...

Chai... Quite touching.. I like the title of the article shaa

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

Chizzy Liz said...

************************too long..... I can't read.... Tnkx

Juliet Iwuno said...

Anything you like make you yarn, in the end you be onye oshi. Linda take note!

Jamila Shaibu said...

O seen

vinna saviour said...

Ok good for him

Chi#1 said...

Waoo... So I read all dis.... Interesting. Thank God for your life

Anonymous said...

The enemies shall rise up like a storm,but God will set up a standard against them. The spirit of God is with you.

evy claret said...

Good thing you came out alive


Eva Da Diva...

Anonymous said...

Reading this piece made tears flow freely ..I don't know why I'm so touched by this ,Femi I admire your courage and resilience ..jehovah will continue to protect you from wicked and unreasonable men . You are a blessed man and a very intelligent man ..one millions Biharis cannot put you down or under ,.you will always be in my prayers .love you I'm one of your greatest fan

Blessing Nsa said...

Courageous!!!!! Powerful and inspiring words...stay strong sir, lots of us can see what they are trying to do. You will live to testify and put your enemies to shame

PRESIDENT's DAUGTHER said...

Na wah o dis man ain't u tired of all this drama? Why dnt u relocate to another country wit ur young wife and little son instead of putting them through dis physiological trauma becs of ur pride and ego stop dis drama and hv a serious rethink of ur life and family ur not d only politician Nigeria has

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Na wa o


...merited happiness

Eleojo Blessing said...

It's high time Efcc stopped tormenting dis man

Anonymous said...

Why won't they guard you, when you squandered funds that were supposed to be used to fight against them. You'very just shown us you are a sponsor.

Anonymous said...

Why won't they guard you, when you squandered funds that were supposed to be used to fight against them. You'very just shown us you are a sponsor.

Anonymous said...

Why won't they guard you, when you squandered funds that were supposed to be used to fight against them. You'very just shown us you are a sponsor.

Anonymous said...

So this man is supporting a man that is a treat to national security. Na now u Sabi bible abi. When u are siphoning money day belong u don't know that your God. That Your God will soon expose your evil deals. Idionts

Gbenga Popoola said...

This man can lie...boko haram was ur bodyguards in prison while u go to church?....seems u don't know what boko haram is.....#Fanilyingkayode

Gbolagade Oluwatomisin Hermitant said...

Is he saying the truth? cos, he May be acting under political propaganda WELL, na dem sabi. my own is just that all their arrant recession should go. Thank YOU!

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Anonymous said...

Idiot sebi boko haram are ur friends continue to be there friends

Emeka said...

This man if you like don't be wise for the sake of your son. The truth is that you are just an angry person not that you have always had an unflinching stance when it comes to issues.

I remember how you wrote things to disparage and insult former president GEJ, you did that viciously and with so much venom but immediately you crossed over you attacked the then opposition with the same venom. I also remember the whole Bianca issue and how you attacked the Igbo's about saying "Lagos is no mans land". Immediately you met your girl/wife your opinion about the Igbo's changed dramatically. Just like your opinion about boko haram is beginning to change now that you've met with few boko haram inmates.

Please wise up for the sake of your son. It's not every time you should jump to give your opinion (which is always you insulting people) about everything. The truth is that if you are locked up for a long time, this your fair looking wife might be tempted to have action somewhere, not withstanding how much you people pray together now.

Please be wise for the sake of your family. Unlike Nnamdi Kanu, Asari Dokubo or Ganiyu Adams, you have no principled opinion but just driven by hate when the system doesn't favour you.

Please be wise for the sake of your baby. May God bless you more, give you wisdom and love for even your enemies in Jesus name.
Amen

Udolisa Ugochukwu said...

Story to the gods

Anonymous said...

FFK, you are so full of shit, you can't even tell when you're spewing it out your mouth.
Get your head examined, man. What a waste! People, drugs will do this to you. Abstinence is key.

Rapport Naija said...

FFK The writer, God will see you through if you are truly innocent, and if not, may you and your family suffer till eternity!

Anonymous said...

Waiting to get d expo at d second part..

Anonymous said...

Mtscheeeeeeeeeeeeew.
Next!

FRESH said...

I feel a mixture of awe, revulsion & pity when I see young people of Igbo extraction supporting FFK.Do you guys know this man? He is the original agwo turu mbe! He is just a rabble rouser. Writing ANYTHING to incite people. So now Boko haram captured suspects are good people? How do your brothers say it,FFK? Oma see o!

FRESH said...

I feel a mixture of awe, revulsion & pity when I see young people of Igbo extraction supporting FFK.Do you guys know this man? He is the original agwo turu mbe! He is just a rabble rouser. Writing ANYTHING to incite people. So now Boko haram captured suspects are good people? How do your brothers say it,FFK? Oma se o!

Anonymous said...

Kai, this mouth diarrhea is just the only problem of FFK. Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him...Proverbs 29:20

Chonko said...

U just said that majority of the terrorist are not boko Haram members that's why they were nice to you. Pls Oga u thief money so return it

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OMOLUABI said...

@Emeka God bless you. You have spoken my mind. If you critically look at the write up, you will see a lot of contradiction there. In one breath, the bh inmates are innocent people arrested and jailed and in another breath, they are mean bh fighters whom God is using to guard you in the prison. Guard you from who? Since 1999,you're always in one scandal or the other bothering on stealing of funds and everytime you claim they are lies against you. Are you the only one in Nigeria that all successive government hates? The GEJ govt also tried you for corruption but because of gej's inordinate ambition, he made a deal with you to cross to pdp and all charges disappeared. You may not be lucky this time around o bros.

Anonymous said...

WHAT IS WRONG WITH NIGERIANS! I'm really not proud to be called a Nigerian anymore, why can't Buhari calm down and entertain criticism and drive this nation strong, It was never heard that for one day that GEJ arrested anyone for criticism, we talked anyhow about him. Why are we suddenly sliding back to a military, dictatorship and an aggressively biased govt..Am i the only one seeing this?? People can't even eat anymore...I don't even know the fate and future of my unborn Sons and daughters in Nigeria. Nothing is working and Buhari is wasting time arresting and re-arresting his critics..what kind of Leader is that?? A weak man! Can't you see that Buhari doesn't even have a solution to this longer term hunger, thirst and famine he has created.
Why can't APC and Buhari prove the world and his critics wrong that his better by driving us forward?

Anonymous said...

Is burahi saint?

Yusuf Dimas said...

FFK's mouth has opened again oh!

Anonymous said...

We need young men like him or kanu that can't rebel against the elite in to lead this nation. Not this retirement aging president again.

stephen emenike said...

Although I don't support FFK but I must admit Bonita Islam is a big fool.always sounding so bitter! Between you a d bonario I don't know who's more stupid

stanley chinonso said...

I like this man. The appetiser is already like the meat. Imaging how the meat itself will be....lol

Anonymous said...

Nice talk..

Anonymous said...

Nice talk..

daniel ubong said...

Everything has be coming very childish,efcc should stop all this shit,buhari should let this guy be, this is never a corruption fight for crying out aloud

Anonymous said...

Ole oshi

Vivian Reginalds said...

gd 4 hm
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Crystal clear said...

When did you become a human right activist and who are you fighting for? It's only in Nigeria somebody like you would still be talking and making noise instead of rotting in prison. The era of brainwashing the innocent masses with irrelevant and off the point writings has long gone. FFK is one of the looters responsible for the present economic recession in the country. God in His infinite mercy will reward all of you accordingly.

Anonymous said...

No matter the punishment some of these men who have robbed Nigeria/Nigerians get. It will still not be enough. You can speak grammar all you want, call God all you want, even throw a pity party. More punishment awaits you on judgment day. Only Nigerians who are not well traveled and schooled will buy into this nonsense. What you people have done to Nigerians??? How many Nigerians have died in road accidents due to bad roads, or died due to poor health care institutions, or shear hunger. While u live in ur gold plated homes built with our common wealth. God will judge you all.

Milly Pee said...

To be in the opposition of the existing power is no mean deal. I read through one of ffk's epistle for the 1st time. One thing that struck me is how much he has matured over time. From writing about his relationship with Bianca to more serious issues. He even preaches now. God allows some things to happen to us so that we can grow spiritually. Above all his new found friendship with the BH guys is quite intuiting, however, they may neither be real prisoners nor BH guys. possibly, security operatives posing as prisoners watching your every move. whatever, it may be sir, welcome back. Please focus now on your relationship with God and family and reintegrate into the society. Some battles are better won thru prayers. All the best!!!

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

NONSENSE, I HOPE THAT THE END WILL SURELY JUSTIFY THE MEANS

prince brad said...

Barr.Bigman Ohis Ekperobe, its quite unfortunate that the Presidency has resorted to jungle justice. We can only pray for divine wisdom for our leaders.

Okuru Bennett said...

Prison is a PLACE TO COOL DOWN THE HEAD, then INSPIRE you to WRITE, "PILGRIM'S PROGRESS"!!!!

Anonymous said...

well ffk i believed in u as far as u know the God u r serving,bcos all power belong to HIM alone.

Eazzy Pompey said...

He will never stop talking. They are coming for the third time but I pray you escape that one.

Lord Cade said...

What a blatant hypocrite, so easy for you to spew thrash in well formed sentences when it suites the occasion.
FFK has no ideals, no principles, no standpoints. he is simply a man that can become both devil and God at whatever time benefits him. he will easily betray you for a morsel of bread and claim portray himself to be a saint when occasion requires it.

we are not swayed buy your emotional poetry or conjured empathy for idealists that are paying the price for beliefs. In contrast, you sir are constantly in the eye of the storm because you have no beliefs, which makes you the most dangerous of them all.

Nonsochi J E said...

The foolish always stink in their filthy stupidity...
How much does the govt pay u,aboki,bonita etc to always 24hrs be spitting rubbish here..bcos like u n me know it is not a coincidence that supposedly smart young minds like yours would consistently be blindly in support of diz sick administration..#fuckthebuharipaidinternettrolls#nahthesamemarketwedeygo

rubbish..linda if u like post

Anonymous said...

Former president Obasanjo has said it all about this man. Give him porridge and he will sing your praise to high heaven. FFK needs medical help. How can he be glorified by members of a world acclaimed terrorist organization like Boko Haram to be his Guard? What are they guiding him from, does he now endorses this group that has committed the worst crimes against humanity in the whole of Africa?I am sorry for his family because of FFK nuisance value .At the fullest of time, he would be brought to justice.

Okonji Emmanuel said...

@emeka Its only God that would bless you
you spoke my mind

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