In 1441 Antoa Goncalves, a Portuguese Seal hunter off the Coast of Mauritania/Morocco disembarked onland and kidnapped some Berbers/Arabs. He took these captives home to Portugal as slaves.
The kinsmen of the enslaved Arabs/Berbers (from now Morocco/Mauritania) went to the Portuguese and told them that as co-Abrahamist religionists, their people should not have been enslaved.
They met and pleaded with Portuguese Prince Henry-the-slave-catcher (aka Henry the navigator) to free their kinsmen. Rather, the Berber-Arabs argued, it is the Black Africans, who are not Abrahamists that should be enslaved (Note the Mali, Bornu, etc empires, Hausa and other kingdoms were already Muslim at the time.
The issue was racist predation couched in religious terms). They then offered to catch Black Africans for Portugal, to be enslaved, in exchange for the freedom of their people. The Portuguese agreed. This is the ORIGIN of the Trans-Atlantic African Slaved trade.
These Berber-Arabs and associated peoples, claiming Islam as their alibi, started eastwards slave-capturing movement, which they styled ‘JIHAD’.
One sees the TAQUIYYA in the heart of the ‘Jihadi’ with what happened in Hausa, and later Yoruba Lands, where people like Usman Danfodio argued that their Islam was ‘impure’ so as to maintain the Spirit of the 1441 Conspiracy and enslave them as Bantu/Black Africans.
It is within the context outlined above in mind that the protest letter written to the Emir of Illorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari, to not persecute or suppress African Traditional Religionists of the native Yoruba in their ancestral land by Abrahamic settler-religion Ists should be understood.
Professor Wole Soyinka understands the deeper imperialist essence of religious weapon against the native Africans by the Abrahamist racist enslaver-conspirators of 1441.
It is not a Yoruba alone issue. It is a Black Race and freedom for predation and persecution by the wielders of weaponized Abrahamic Religion.
Prof Chidi G. Osuagwu