Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has said the late Obafemi Awolowo, a former Premier of the defunct Western Region, did not introduce ethnic politics in Nigeria contrary to the claim made by Osita Chidoka, a former corps marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Fani-Kayode made his position known in a series of posts on Twitter on Wednesday.
Chidoka, also a former minister of aviation, had in a Facebook post on Monday claimed that he agreed with his father that Awolowo sowed the seed of ethnic discord in Nigerian politics, particularly with the role he played during the civil war as the country’s Minister of Finance.
But reacting, Fani-Kayode described the claim as false, insisting that ethnic politics was introduced by other politicians from regions outside the South-West region long before Awolowo joined mainstream politics.
The former minister and ex-presidential spokesperson described what he claimed as historical revisionism done by Chidoka as “dangerous and irresponsible”.
"Awolowo was unforgiving, he introduced ethnic politics to Nigeria" – @osita_chidoka.
This is false. Awo did NOT introduce ethnic politics to Nigeria. Ethnic politics was introduced by OTHERS from OUTSIDE Yorubaland long before Awo came on the scene & Action Group was formed.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) March 24, 2021
“Facts are sacred and opinion is cheap. Historical revisionism is a very dangerous and irresponsible thing. I know the history inside out. We know when it started, how it started, who started it and where it took us to. Learn more about what happened in the early & mid-1940’s,” Fani-Kayode tweeted.