Tribalism Is Like Biting Your Father’s Genitals: Dokubo and Other Tribalists By Peregrino Brimah

The heading of this piece may read strange,
but some of the parties it primarily refers to
will know its source. The original quote is,
“He who calls for `Asabiyyah (nationalism/
tribalism) is as if he bit his father’s genitals.”
Also, “He is not one us who calls for
`Asabiyyah, (nationalism/tribalism) or who
fights for `Asabiyyah or who dies for
`Asabiyyah.” “One of us,” here means, “a
Muslim,” these quotes, being Hadith of the
prophet of Islam (p).
There is no denying the disdain for tribalism
by the prophet of Islam. In other narrations,
of fighting for tribalism he said to “leave it, it
is rotten.” Again he is narrated to have said,
“…Behold, Allah (God) has removed from you
the arrogance of the Time of Jahiliyyah
(Ignorance) with its boast of ancestral
glories. Man is but an Allah (God)-fearing
believer or an unfortunate sinner. All people
are the children of Adam, and Adam was
created out of dust.” More references can be
found on Zawaj website ( http://
Mujahid Asari Dokubo claims to be a Muslim,
but according to these narrations, not only
he, but all other northerners and other
Nigerians, who clamor for and prescribe
tribal based fire and blood regardless of the
interest of the nation’s masses, simply for
the best and most decent, progressive and
non-corrupt leadership, are “not Muslims,”
and are rotten people who are so low, they
nibble and bite to chew their parents
A Muslim will never fight for tribalism or
nationalism. It is one people and one world,
all made from dust. All that separates people
is their fear of God and their good and Godly
The New Testament likewise does not favor
tribalism. “There is neither Jew nor Greek,
slave nor free, male nor female, for you are
all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ,
then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs
according to the promise.” (Galatians
Many of us pray for and seek a day and a
world without borders and without
indigenship and ethnic regulations for
leadership. A world where a Kenyan man’s
son can become president of America, the
world’s most powerful nation (That day has
come already in America, but the reverse
obtains today in political Nigeria).
The concept of tribalism is very foreign to
Africa. Many great writers have penned and
typed articles on this fact. When we look
back at our ancestors, the one thing that
defined pre-colonial Africa is the integration
not only of citizens but of leaders too.
King Jaja of Opobo, Jubo Jubogha was an
Igbo man from Orlu, who was assimilated
into and became leader of Ijaw Opobo in
Rivers/Akwa Ibom.
General Murtala Mohammed’s father Pam
Iyatus from Vom in Plateau state was a
Berom man, who assimilated into Hausa
Kano and Murtala is recognized today as a
Hausa hero, over his Berom ancestry.
Malam Umaru Altine was a northern Fulani
man who was the first elected as the Mayor
of Enugu; he was again re-elected to serve a
second term.
There are tons more examples.
Indeed in pre-colonial Africa, all it took was
to migrate into a new territory and prove
your diligence and character to be fully
accepted, acculturated and be eligible not
only for ethnic citizenship but even to lead
the nations.
We have Nigerian origin Yoruba chiefs in
Ghana, Sierra Leonean politicians and chiefs
in Nigeria, Nigerian top government officials
in far away The Gambia and so on.
What is happening to Nigeria now as a few
of us are so embroiled in dirty, filial genital
cannibalistic tribalism is un-African and will
actually make our ancestors turn in their
graves. Those of us who wear tribal regalia
and claim tribal loyalty would actually be
discarded by our for-fathers as illegitimate
offspring of their great hospitable and
progressive legacies.
It must be added that there is a space for
ethnocentrism. However this is only useful
as regards competing with the positive
achievements of those who came before us,
to do better than their records; not in
tribalism feats, defaming and disgracing
what they valued and promoting what they
In an earlier article, “The Devil Was the First
Ethnocentric,” I presented how by refusing
to bow for Adam, the devil was the first to
portray such shameful behavior, and is the
father of tribalism and ethnocentrism. The
devil had argued that he, made from fire
should not bow for Adam, made of “mere”
dirt. The devil was discarded into the pits of
hell for such repugnant behavior.
Nigeria’s empty political elite, the enemies of
the nation and the 168 million p


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