The Baale’s Dimmed Radiance And The Sarki’s Splendour In Shasha: Hidden Nuances Makinde Didn’t See

The Oasis Reporters

March 3, 2021



Governor Makinde on the left, speaking with the Baale Shasha. The palace of the Baale speaks for itself in the picture.


Makinde with other northern governors and Baale Shasha, the humility in his slippers shows a hands-on market organizer.

If only the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde had looked well when the governors of Niger, Kano, Kebbi and Zamfara State visited him in Shasha market recently, he would have noticed that the disquiet amongst the onlooking Arewa community was beyond what could be explained in the plastic smiles that welcomed them.

The Governors that joined Seyi Makinde are Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger); Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano); Bello Mohammed Matawalle (Zamfara) and Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and their visit to Shasha market, Ibadan was over the “Yoruba and Hausa crisis”, according to a photo release from the Oyo State Government press.

Curiously, the four states mentioned are predominantly Hausa states. But the four governors that came from the four states are all Fulani. Minority Fulani people in the four predominantly Hausa States don’t plant tomatoes that is sold in Shasha market, Ibadan. Fulanis rear cows. They are herders.

Then when the five governors visited the Baale Shasha, Alhaji Amusat Ajani Akinade, the Yoruba chief or (Baale), being a hands-on man in a tomatoes market was simply dressed, even in slippers rather than shoes to receive important government guests in his area of business. His palace looked pedestrian, very ordinary and even run down with a partially broken signpost. Yet, he’s a son of soil, representing his own people.

The second port of call was on the Sarkin Shasha, Sardaunan Yamma. Everything about his name, dressing, demeanor, gait and splendor reveal him as Fulani. That is, a Fulani man presiding over the Hausa in Ibadan with an appropriated Hausa title of Sarki (monarch), because they know that the average southerner can’t tell the difference between a Fulani and an Hausa man. It perpetuates the internal colonialism, even outside the north.
The Fulani is presiding over the Hausas in Ibadan and therefore, dictate the supposedly northern agenda for him.

Northern governors with Makinde (third left), Seriki Shasha (fourth left) flanked by visiting governors from the north. Seriki is Hausa word for King. Yet the regalia is quintessentially Fulani.

Therefore when the Miyetti Allah decrees that there must be a foodstuffs embargo against the south, the Hausa tomato seller is railroaded into it. So his tomatoes rot without buyers because the buyers are mainly southerners and his business is liquidated, leading him to penury.

Meanwhile the Fulani cattle, sold or unsold is still alive chewing more grass to get fatter against another day.

And the cause of the tension in Oyo State?
Largely perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen militia. Therefore with the appropriated name, language and title of the Hausa coloured by religion, they are made the brunt bearers of crimes committed by largely Fulani herdsmen militia, even when everyone knows that there are peaceful Fulani, as opposed to the criminals in their midst.

This is actually the silent tears of the Hausa in Ibadan, tears other people don’t see. Especially when they die for the sins of others.

Now, enter into the splendor of the court of the Sarki, actually a Fulani leader, but seen as Arewa leader. As you enter his court, the photos on the wall first speak to you, as if to intimidate you.
Wao, the man has been visited by the president!
So you check yourself by the reminder that this man knows people that matter!

Look at some more of the photos on the wall.
One of them tells you that this is no ordinary northerner. His children have graduated from posh universities. Therefore, humble yourself and show respect.

Check-out the biggest intimidation when all the governors pose for a group photograph with the Sarki, dressed more like a Fulani emir than a tomato or cow seller.
All the visiting Fulani governors go for the best photo-ops position, and they consciously edge the host governor, Seyi Makinde to second row while they occupy first line with the Sarki.

That is how the Fulani orchestrate power and imbue it with deliberate splendor and elegance. They forbid ordinariness, to keep you spellbound and in awe. It is a cultivated thing. That is the power game. Beyond the art of splendor and radiance, the service they render lack distinction. Very pedestrian.

Greg Abolo.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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