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Monday, 18 November 2019

What The World Don't Know About Nigeria

What The World Don't Know About Nigeria

Elochukwu Nicholas Ohagi
For Family Writers Press International

There is a time in the life of people that they ought to start telling themselves the truth. And I think for the people trapped in Nigeria, the time is now.

The question of who is a Nigerian, is a question that those calling themselves Nigerians have not truly answered. In Nigeria, no one is patriotic to Nigeria, rather they are patriotic to their different regions and tribal origin. The Northerners are loyal to the North, West to the West and Easterners to the East. No one is truly a Nigerian. A country that no one is truly patriotic to should not stand.

Why do the Fulani defend One Nigeria? The answer is simple. They are currently lording it over others. The country is structured in a way that everything is in their hands. They take the lionshare in the allocation and job recruitment. They have perfect grip on the northerners, including the entire nation. With the outrageous number they arrogated on themselves through falsification of censuses, they maintain the highest LGAs, giving them edge over others in the legislature, both upper and lower chambers. As it stands, nothing can be passed in the Senate or House of Representatives without the support of northern lawmakers. This is why when you mention restructuring, a Fulani man that doesn't believe in the rule of law will ask you to take your case to the National  Assembly. He perfectly understands that right there, they will kill any bill against the interest of the North. They got the number. Lots of people don't know that Restructuring is against the interest of the North. The North don't want division and restructuring because any of them will liberate those they conspired with Britain and held hostage for decades.

The Yoruba or should I say the Oduduwa people know that Nigeria is not working. They understand that it is better and more plausible for the components of this divided country to go their separate ways. They know that there is no way oil and water can mix. In fact, they know that Obafemi Awolowo was right when he said that Nigeria is just a mere geographical expression. They know that the people trapped in Nigeria can develop more when absolute freedom is attained. But they won't support it. Awolowo that believed Nigeria shouldn't be one, in 1967 opted to join the Fulani to force Biafrans back to the same Nigeria he believed should not be one. Tinubu in 2015, led the Yoruba to support the Fulani in kicking out president Goodluck Jonathan. Even in the history of Nigeria, Yoruba is always seen supporting and aligning with the Fulani.
The reason is simple. The Yoruba gets more from the Fulani who lords it over others. The Fulani gives them leftovers for them to keep supporting them in their atrocities. That's exactly how they got the seaports and a thriving Lagos city. And they are pushing it harder to gain 2023 presidency. Nigeria can burn, provided the Fulani loves them more than they do other slaves from the South.

The Igbo and other Easterners have vehemently rejected Nigeria. In 1967, they walked out of this suffocating Union, and they are still here fighting to restore Biafra. Majority of Ndi Igbo have no single believe in One Nigeria. Apart from the political elites who enjoy little peanuts from the Fulani, to keep Nigeria One. Every other person want an end to one Nigeria. Ndi Igbo and other Easterners believe they have what it takes to create a world class country for themselves, without clog on the wheel called One Nigeria.

You can deduce from the above that Nigeria is never One, shouldn't be One and can never be One. Those forcing unity on people trapped inside Nigeria are pushing the people into an avoidable bloodbath. The killings, marginalization, corruption and human rights abuses going on in Nigeria are signs that the British establishment shouldn't be one. That is why Nigeria soldiers always gun down peaceful protesters. They are there to kill Nigerians and force them to remain One Nigeria. Protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria for them is killing people demanding for self determination through referendum. The world should be made to understand that a divided Nigeria through referendum will save the people from drifting into chaos.

It is a matter of time before Nigerians start killing themselves under the heavy weights of religious, tribal and ethnic differences.

Elochukwu Ohagi is  philosopher, Teacher and Activist.

Edited By Paul Ihechi Alagba.

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