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Friday, 30 October 2020

Peaceful Separation, The Only Solution To Nigeria's Problems

Peaceful Separation, The Only Solution To Nigeria's Problems



Going through the internet be it twitter, facebook or other social media platforms gives a reminder of Father Felix Uche Akam’s' article of 2nd August 2017, (the same day Ekwulobia Massacre) titled: “I Smell Blood”. The third paragraph of the article read thus, “I have tried to understand recent developments in the country to no avail. Every week, the madness takes a new name. The actors remain old faces, characters known for their unlimited libido to act strange. Every directive or policy coming from leaders is as annoying as hearing one introduce oneself as a Nigerian politician. Nothing pleases one again in the country; nothing surprises one either. We now know we are heading for the lagoon, the question is when are we reaching; my answer is very soon, it will not be long”, what a prophecy!.


Every passing day in Nigeria brings us nearer to that lagoon the Reverend Father said; we are heading; every passing day reminds us that we are not living like human beings in the country called Nigeria. We get reminded that to live in hell is more comfortable than living in Nigeria. It makes us remember the prophetic words of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, that Somalia will be better than Nigeria; it reminds us that we are really living in a hell-hole; it is an indication that the Nigerian military is worse than Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen combined. It is an indication that Nigeria is a life-taking country; it is a pure indication that baboons and monkeys should be better respected than anybody that calls him or herself a Nigerian. Nigeria and Nigerians are now in the grasp of what 'Soren Kierkegaard' called “sickness unto death”—the numbing of the soul by despair that leads to moral and physical debasement. It has become a society that is driven at it's very core by the death instinct. The instinct to annihilate and destroy rather than nurture and create.

As it is, we are now entombed in a prison of mirrors, where revealed lies are answered with new lies. With all these, it’s like our slow motion walk to self-apocalypse is assured. We have seen this movie before in Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, to name but just a few but now it is happening live in Nigeria.


The massacres of family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Shiites and EndSARS protesters in Lekki - Lagos, are three most shameful acts of official brigandage that now mark the civilian government of President Muhammadu Buhari and contribute to the seemingly endless stream of ethnic and religious strife that now punctuate Nigeria's life. 

When we are faced by the type of situations we see now in Nigeria, one tends to ask how we arrived in this place. Is it that the humane in us has been overturned? It is a sign of our collective laxity, negligence and subterfuge that we are living as a nation that has woefully failed to address the core issues in time and yet forgot to remember that we are building a time bomb that will explode to kill all of us. The Nigerian government can no longer evade the need for serious reform, accountability and dismemberment in the police system, in the military and in all aspects of the country. The administrators can now see what the youths are protesting for because the country does not grant the live of her citizens, instead it blatantly takes it at will.


When one has heard the story of Jews and Hitler, Russia and Joseph Stalin, one need not to ask questions about Nigerians and Muhammadu Buhari. The international community and all other peace-keeping organizations should go beyond words and send a signal that it is no longer business as usual, by investigating the attacks on protesters and taking immediate steps to hold the federal government of Nigeria, the officers and others involved accountable for the heinous crimes, starting from the killings of IPOB, Shiite adherants and ENDSARS protesters. It is time for us as a people to sit and negotiate. Let everybody go his seperate way and better be in peace than staying together and living in chaos. Even in the typical zoo setting, the lives of the animals are not snuffed out from them with reckless abandon as we experience in Nigeria.


Written by Obulose Chidiebere


Edited by Elemeghideonye Nnamdi Stephen

For Family Writers Press International

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