A former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has claimed that “something” is wrong with Nigeria because it is struggling to produce pencils.
Fani-Kayode said this on Wednesday in a tweet on his handle as he compared other African nations with Nigeria.
According to him, while other nations in the continent are producing computers and South Africa is the manufacturing and industrial hub of Africa, Nigeria does not have anything to its name as a producer.
“Rwanda is producing cars, Ghana is producing artificial intelligence, Botswana is producing computer parts and South Africa is the industrial and manufacturing capital of Africa,” he said.
“Sadly Nigeria is still struggling to produce pencils. There is something wrong with us!”
Rwanda is producing cars, Ghana is producing artificial intelligence, Botswana is producing computer parts and South Africa is the industrial and manufacturing capital of Africa.
Sadly Nigeria is still struggling to produce pencils.
There is something wrong with us!
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 23, 2019
Minister Denies ‘Yoruba’
Fani-Kayode has taken to his official Twitter handle to declare that he is not Yoruba, on the claims that the word was coined by Northerners.
In a series of tweets on Monday, October 22, Fani-Kayode said ‘Yoruba’ means ‘shady and unreliable’ which was derived from ‘Yariba’.
He wrote, “Two names that the Fulani gave to southerners: ‘Yamiri’, in reference to SE and ‘Yariba’ in reference to SW.”
“The SE rejected that name but the SW accepted it. The name ‘Yoruba’ derives from ‘Yariba’ and it means ‘shady and unreliable’. I reject that strange name and label.”
The former minister stated that he would prefer to be addressed as a son of Oduduwa.
“I am not a ‘Yariba’ or ‘Yoruba’ but an ‘Omo Karo Jire’ or an ‘Oduduwan’ and my language is not ‘Yoruba’ but ‘Anago’. We are what we call ourselves.
“We are not ‘shady and unreliable (Yariba) and we must not accept names that are given to us by our historical adversaries.”