The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode has called on the British government to recall Benedict Llewellyn-Jones, the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, for his alleged interference in Nigeria’s politics.
Llewellyn-Jones had accused Fani-Kayode of issuing inciting comments and hate speech against the Igbo community in Lagos state on Twitter.
In statement titled, ‘Ben Must Go’, made available to Vanguard on Tuesday, the former Aviation minister said the UK diplomat has disrespected the most populous African country for pokenosing into its politics, and that he is not fit to be in that office.
The statement said, “I call on the British Govt. to recall Benedict Llewellyn-Jones, the Deputy British High Commissioner, from our country for interfering in our internal affairs and attempting to involve himself in our politics.
“Like a bull in a China shop, he is bullish, uncouth, dangerousiy incompetent and painfully inconsiderate.
“He is better suited to work as an air host/hostess on British Airways, serving drinks and food to the passengers in the economy class of the long haul London/New York trans-Atlantic flight route, than working for the British High Commission in Nigeria.
“It is a sign of great disrespect to our country that a so-called diplomat limited in his knowledge base as this can be sent here to represent the UK.
“We deserve far better.”
Fani-Kayode dared Llewellyn-Jones to show evidence of his hate speech, adding that there is no crime in being an ethnic nationalist.
He further stated, “I am still waiting for evidence of my so-called “hate speech” against the Igbo from him.
“I guess in his little globalist mind saying that Lagos belongs to the Yoruba and is not “no man’s land” is hate speech.
“I guess to him saying that those that come from outside the South West to live in Lagos ought to respect the Yoruba is hate speech.
“Again I guess that to him saying Enugu belongs to the Igbo and is not a “no man’s land” is also hate speech or that non-Igbos that choose to live in Enugu should respect the Igbos that have hosted them is hate speech.
“Yet again I guess that to him saying that Kano belongs to the Hausa-Fulani and is not a “no man’s land” is hate speech or that non-Hausa Fulani’s that live in Kano should respect the Hausa Fulani’s that have hosted them is hate speech.
“Permit me hop across to Ben’s own UK to drive home the point.
“I guess in his little globalist world Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast (the capitals of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively) are no longer Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish cities and territories but are now “no man’s land” even in the era of devolution where each of those three ethnic nationalities take immense pride in their growing independence from the English and in their cultural and historical values and roots.
“I guess saying that Edinburgh belongs to the Scots and is not “no man’s land” is hate speech to the likes of Ben.
“It is also hate speech to him to say that non-Scots that have chosen to live in Edinburgh should respect the Scots that have hosted them.
“Same goes for Cardiff and Belfast. If you say that either belongs to the Welsh or the Irish respectively and that they are not “no man’s land” Ben will describe it as hate speech and if you say that the people of each must be respected by those from the outside that have chosen to stay there, he will again call it hate speech.
“What type of man is this little Englander who sees hate in everyone and everything?
“Someone please tell him that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an ethnic nationalist and seeking to preserve your identity, land, culture, values and ways as a people whilst at the same time opening your doors to others from your nation and welcoming them with open arms.
“There is a great difference between peaceful co-existence based on love and mutual respect for your fellow compatriots and a total and complete capitulation and rejection of who we are and where we are coming from as a people.
“We espouse the former and reject the latter.
“Being a proud Nigerian does not mean I have to turn my back on the fact that I am also a proud Yoruba man. They are not mutually exclusive. The two can go together and we take pride in both.
“The same goes for my fellow Nigerians who happen to be Hausa, Fulani, Igbo, Ijaw, Tiv, Itsekiri, Bini, Efik, Kanuri, Shuwa Arab or anything else.
“We are ALL first and foremost Nigerians but we all came from somewhere that existed for thousands of years long before Nigeria was established.
“Would someone please try and explain all this to this poor, lost, ignorant little soul called Ben?
“He needs to know before he makes any more embarrassing blunders about our people and country and before he attempts to lecture us or involve himself in our politics again.
“Next time we will be ready for him.”
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