Lagos - Below are 5 people whose life or death holds the balance of the country, and can determine if the country will stay together or not.
5. Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky
This embattled leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has been in detention for quite a while and there is so much pressure on the government and security agents to release him. Members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria have warned the the Nigerian Army that tragedy will occur if their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky goes blind in prison or dies.
4. Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai
It might come to you as a surprise however many do not really know how much this army chief means to this nation, but if for any reason he falls in battle, it is as almost the entire Nigerian army has been defeated. Remember the sad story of Odi and picture something worse. It would be bloody!
3. President Muhammadu Buhari
The list would definitely not be complete if this name does now come up. When you are the leader of the most populous black nation in Africa, then there is a lot that rests on your shoulders. There have been many cries regarding the safety of the president, both from security experts and even down to clerics. There were fears regarding his health, however, the health issues tend to have been properly dealt with. Nigerians can only pray that this leader leaves out all that he has promised. In some quarters, he is already heralded as a leader who history will definitely not forget.
2. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Prominent ex-president of Nigeria, who is popularly known for his gesture at the last presidential election which saw the then opposition party take over. Goodluck Jonathan is seen as the embodiment of peace and has been in the fore as regards trying to keep the peace not only in Nigeria but also around Africa.. A controversial event leading to Jonathan’s death will stir serious turbulence especially from the South-south and South-eastern region.
1. Nnamdi Kanu
Embattled director of Radio Biafra and Leader of the pro-Biafra group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). His is a very dicey case which the Nigerian government has handled with great care because they understand the volatile nature of the case. The quest for Biafra has been on, and many have been killed and others injured in the heat of the struggle. With many court cases adjourned, many believe that justice might not be served. There are fears that the pro-Biafra leader who refused to eat whatever was served him in prison, might not make it out alive, especially with the current wave of attempted prison breaks at Kuje. If by any error, Kanu is killed without getting what many will term a fair hearing, then one can be sure that the agitation for Biafra will be fueled in manifolds that will cause great catastrophe across the country.
We must find a way to tolerate and respect each other, there is great room for peaceful co-existence.