On October 1, 2016, Nigeria will clock 56 years old as an independent nation. Naturally, a fifty-six years old human-being ought to be a matured person—with vast life experiences, wisdom, and achievement.
Immature behavior is minimized and mistakes made during younger years are avoided and handled with maturity and wisdom when they re-occur. Same should be for a nation that claims to be fifty-six years old.
But sadly, that has not been the case with Nigeria. Instead, Nigeria continues to stumble, flounder and fumble like a baby still learning to crawl.
The more some of us watch from the balcony on what’s going in the country—the massive corruption, parasitic attitude, incompetence, impunity, rascality, callous lawlessness, absurdity, stupidity and foolishness and learn more about our history, the angrier some of us become at the British for amalgamating distinctly variant groups of people together to form a country that’s totally a failure, a disappointment and a disgrace today.
It is a well-known fact that Nigeria federation is made up of a number of various nations and variant tribes.
Study shows that Nigeria is made of about 250 tribes—but the main dominant tribes are the Hausa-Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo-Ijaw tribes. Since the amalgamation of these variant groups of peoples in 1914 by Scottish Frederick Lugard, this ‘big-for-nothing’ British colony in Africa has not worked and may never work because of her skewed, flawed and forced amalgamation and union.
For years now, the issue of Nigeria union, unity, sovereignty, or precisely ‘One Nigeria’, etc. has been raised by many voices because Nigeria is not working. Nigeria today is a complete disaster and a disgrace to the world. It is a den of death and a failed State.
Fifty six years later, Nigeria has not made any single development or progress, instead, the country is so deeply divided, fragmented and in serious crisis.
Today, the issues of restructure, break-up, restoration of former Biafra republic, secession, and indivisibility, etc. are burning national issues.
Some former military dictators and Heads of States like Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida and Olusegun Obasanjo, etc., have forcefully said that Nigeria cannot break-up; arguing against the indivisibility of Nigeria and its national integrity and sovereignty.
Others like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Jerry Gana, Wole Soyinka and other wise voices back restructuring, arguing that Nigeria cannot survive without major restructuring.
The former military head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has even changed his opinion by backing those clamoring for the restructuring of the country.
According to the report on ThisDay, August 4 2016, he advised the present government to carry out some restructuring like he did when he created more states in Nigeria, saying:
“There was nothing wrong with restructuring, provided it is done within the “context of one Nigeria”.
He recalled that Nigeria was restructured under his leadership as military head of state through the creation of 12 states from the regional structure in 1967.
“We can restructure within one Nigeria context. I did it in 1967. We created states to stop Eastern Nigeria from seceding,” he said.
“We had to do something to ensure the fear of their secession did not exist – a serious issue of a part of the country wanting to breakaway when we already lost a part to Cameroun.
“If we had allowed the Eastern Region to go away, the map of Nigeria would have looked funny, it would have been tilted one way.
“So we decided overnight to break the fear through the creation of states. If we had to save the country, that was the only way to do it.
“We also ensured that no state was too big or too small to threaten the unity of the country.”
Gowon’s advise on how to restructure Nigeria debate today sounds so myopic and hypocritical. In fact, his strategy will only help to further divide Nigeria just as it did in 1967 that resulted in civil war.
Recently, another former military dictator and Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida said that Nigeria cannot break-up. And I ask him, why not? Nigeria is already divided and broken-up.
Another ex-president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan also recently said, “We (Nigeria) are great because of our size, the human resources we have, the diversity we have; if we fragmentize the country into small components, we will be forgotten by the world.”
Once again, I cannot believe that a man who has a doctorate degree, a former university lecturer, a former Deputy Governor, Governor, VP and President of Nigeria can make such silly and stupid statement.
In fact, it was because of his weak, coward and compromised leadership that we have Buhari in power today.
I do not want to dwell on many of the outbursts, myopic and vision-less statements being made by some of these Nigerian politicians especially those from the North.
They are simply low minded politicians that want Nigeria to remain a “status quo” on this planet. Simply put, they are afraid of competition, growth, and development.
Also some of them have even made such outlandish statements that Nigeria’s unity, ‘One’ Nigeria and her sovereignty is sacrosanct. What an arrogant and ignorant statement.
Let me clearly inform these ignorant and myopic politicians that there is nothing sacrosanct about ‘One’ Nigeria.
In fact, One-Nigeria is a curse and as long as we remain together, we will continue to destroy ourselves and our future.