Nigeria is clearly at a defining moment of her history. I continue to express my absolute loyalty to a united Nigeria. To my brothers and sisters who believe Nigeria should simply break-up, I want us to please consider some realities. The amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates is now 100 years old. The crises at hand are self-created. We should rather think of finding solutions to our problems. I repeat with convictions that none of the regions in Nigeria can really go alone. We have gone too far, inter-married and have business concerns all over the country.
I have traveled through all regions in Nigeria. I have seen Igbos, Yorubas, Hausa-Fulanis who are products of inter-tribal marriages. Just too many of them. Where then do they belong if not Nigeria? I have met several Yorubas, Igbos and Southerners in the North who have never traveled to their home states and even with the State of Origin problems now belong to the North because they equally bear complete general Muslim, Christian, Northern or English names. I have seen several products of inter-tribal marriages in the West, East and South-South. Again these are several Nigerians of Northern origin who despite the problems of State of Origin, bear complete general Muslim, Christian, Southern or English names and belong completely to the West, East or Niger- Delta irrespective of their parental ethnic origins. These are Nigerians who have no better homes than the states where they were raised up!
Our problem is not the union, but the overt and covert establishments of poverty and infrastructural deficiencies by the political elites as well as the conformist nature of us the followers via primordial attachments to ethnicity or religion.Let this be clear, those who brought us to this mess cut across all regions, tribes, creeds or faiths. Not one can be exempted! Then what we need to do is to stop blaming the union, come out of our self-imposed socio-political delusions by refusing completely to dance to the music of ethnicity or religion. When we keep talking of ethnicity or religion, we are simply doing exactly what the political class wants us to do. They want us to be distracted with the amalgamation, ethnicity or religion while they keep denying us of dividends of democracy. They continue to amass wealth and say they are fighting for us.
Please, tell me which region is not afflicted with poverty or infrastructural deficiency. If we were to break-up today who else will provide political leadership if not the same political class? Take a look at any of the North-West, North-East, North-Central, South-West, South-East and South-South regions, which region is free of intrinsic internal differences? Which of the regions is free of ethnic-related crises? Which of the regions is free of complaints of marginalization by ethnic minorities? Why are there continuous demands for the creation of more states across all regions if not because of cries of domination by larger ethnic groups? Which region is free of poverty, infrastructural deficiencies, poor standard of education, irregular or no power supply? The way forward is to demand for a new Nigeria where things work and where leaders are chosen based on their visionary capabilities and not ethnic or religious affiliations.
Remember: We have done it before, we can still do it better! Sir Herbert Macaulay (from Western Nigeria) handed over the leadership of the National Youth Movement to Sir Azikwe (from Eastern Nigeria). In the first republic, Umoru Altine from Sokoto (Northern Nigeria) and Dr Bashorun Balogun from Ogun (Western Nigeria) were mayors of Port Harcourt and Enugu respectively while Ebube Dike, an Igbo from Okigwe (Eastern Nigeria) represented Ajeromi-Ajegunle Constituency as an Honourable member of the Western House of Assembly.
Stop primordial attachments to ethnicity or religion; recognize that our problems are the same across all regions and vote for visionary leaderships in 2015 across all levels or tiers of governments irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliations.
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