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Thursday, 26 September 2019

NIGERIA: THE IRONY OF UNITY IN DIVERSITY

NIGERIA: THE IRONY OF UNITY IN DIVERSITY

Nigeria is a country of growing uncertainties and discomfort. And it beats sane imagination, how one can successfully and safely live therein scaling through different laws and regulations churned out to govern diverse sections of the populace. There exists varied value systems which are blatantly subdued by the powers that be, along ethno-religious lines and heritage.

While the Northern part has it's own police (hisbah) and legal system (sharia) respectively, the other parts of the country grapple with sharply converse legal system amongst others. Which one then should be regarded supreme within the Nigerian state? The conventional laws or constitutional rights being practiced in the Southern part of the country, is in contradiction with that of the North. The  sharia legal system in the North must be obeyed by all residents, your race or religious beliefs notwithstanding. This type of co-existence or unity stems from forcefulness. The sharia police known as hisbah unleashes/imposes terror on the citizens according to the Islamic religious ideology backed by sharia legal administration.

In the wake of this dehumanization trait of terrorism against non-Islamic adherents, the vigilantes of the South are being disarmed, arrested and tortured by the Nigerian security agencies under the directive of the presidency. There is absolutely no security for the citizens anymore. The people down South, are consistently been preyed on by the Nigerian government through the instrumentality of the combined armed security operatives. The people are been subjected to fear of being killed at any given time, hence their conformity with the status quo with all the corresponding discomforts, pains and misery. For how long will the Southerners stomach this Northern tyranny and subjugation? Why must the people become the willing sacrifices that must be hypocritically used to appease the dysfunctionality of Nigeria? For how long will the persistent economic sabotage of the Southern development institutions be demonized to foster terrorism? For how long will this forced marriage of pain, despondency, subjugation, terror, poverty and death be watered?

Today, the conventional courts which are professionally obligated to promote, interprete and defend just laws, have gradually been infiltrated through the   subtle imposition of sharia laws by the cabals. This is skewed and while it's crude and unsafe practices strive for survival, the path for delivery from total suppression and annihilation of the citizens rights to freedom, is surreptitiously being destroyed.

Unity cannot and will never be upheld in a country corrupted by divergent value systems. The basis for unity is completely shrouded in hypocrisy, orchestrated to subdue the economy of a particular section of the population. Different worlds really exist and they are definitely kept apart by the intricacies of wickedness. The future for sure, seems overwhelmed by heightened fear of uncertainty but this evil must have to be confronted for liberty and justice to prevail.

Written by Anioke Chukwunonso

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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