Monday, July 28, 2008
ONE NIGERIA, REALLY?
Nigeria Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ojo Maduekwe while receiving his Cameroonian counterpart Henri Ayissi, recently said that the two common enemies facing Nigeria are those who want to see Nigeria disintegrate and the militants who daily attack Nigerian soldiers and civilians. Ojo Maduekwe was right to the extent that those who are tired of the stunted Nigeria-experiment are legion and enough reason to give those lords of manor in Nigeria, lots of sleepless nights! Icheoku says but for the parasitic north, who depends heavily on the southern oil to survive their arid desert condition, Nigeria disintegration would have since been a fait accompli - would have since been a dream come through. Who in Nigeria really does not wish that they go their separate ways? Who in Nigeria is happy to be sharing space with some other detestable human beings whose stock in trade is either bureau de` change or simply loitering; yet they are in charge of Nigeria to the chagrin of the workhorse of the Nigerian economy and commerce? Who will like to continue to adorn the toga of being the baboon who does all the works while the monkeys from the north are just eating? Not this blogger! Not any known membership of Icheoku and by extension, not many Nigerians; many of whom are just bidding their time for the true emancipation from the yokes of the Northerners. British colonial powers murdered peace in Nigeria when it forcibly yoked strange bed-fellows together and christened it Nigeria. To make matters worst they ensured through clever manipulations that the lazy north remain in charge of many levers of power including the armed forces. What is Nigeria strictly speaking and who is a real Nigerian? Who is actually proud to be identified as a Nigerian when Nigeria's leadership including her national houses are populated by known 419ners and con-men? Which country are we talking about but a country already on a precipice waiting to be pushed over the cliff to smithereens. The necessary indices are available and only a trigger or tinder is missing and in any event this is supplied, Nigeria as an entity may become a tragic historical fact. The only panacea is a change of attitude and the arrogant exclusion of many other Nigerians from the scheme of things. The fabric of Nigeria is always threatened by injustice and partial administration of both justice and resources. The Ojo Maduekwes of Nigeria should instead of worrying about factors of possible disintegration, concern themselves with how to make amends for the past wrongs in order to avoid future wrongs. This will lower down the temperature-gauge and prevent the situation from boiling over leading to more cohesive society where every Nigerian will be treated fairly and justly.