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Three Good Reasons to Back True Federalism

July 10, 2012

Those who care to hear the truth by the true leaders of the past, read the quotes from three shapers of the Nigerian State:

Tafawa Balewa in 1948 said “..Since 1914 the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their backgrounds, in their religious beliefs and cudtoms and do not show themselves any signs of willingness to unite….Nigerian unity is only a British invention”. Are we not at the same point 64 years since Balewa voice the truth about Nigeria?

Obafemi Awolowo said in 1947 that “…Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. There are no ‘Nigerians’ in the same sense as there are ‘English’, ‘Welsh’, or ‘French’. The word ‘Nigerian’ is a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria and those who do not”. Is not true of today’s Nigeria 65 years on?

Nnamdi Azikiwe said in 1964 that “…It is better for us and many admirers abroad that we should disintegrate in peace and not in pieces. Should the politicians fail to heed this warning, I will venture the prediction that the experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be a child’s play if ever it comes to our turn to play such a tragic role”. A few years later after Azikiwe’s statement, Nigeria was plunged into a 36 months civil war in over two million ‘Nigerians’ lost their lives. Have we learnt anything from that tragic war? Are we not currently witnessing similar killings pre-dating the civil war?

All those who cannot stand the truth, do you know better than these three eminent ‘Nigerians’ who said it as it was then? With hand on heart, are those three quotes not truism in today’s Nigeria. We can continue to deceive ourselves as much as we like, and brand truthseekers as being sectionalist, but I will dare to say that there is something fundamental wrong with present day Nigeria. That is why the present crop of the political class will continue to steal our common resources and play the religious and tribal cards to get away from being punished. Nigeria is at the brink and those who have ears should listen and act to avert the fear expressed by Azikiwe, from happening again.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2012 08:51

    So what are we waiting for?

    • Idris A. Abdulkarim permalink
      January 4, 2013 07:31

      No matter what you and your likes thinks and plans to do, Nigeria is unique in its own ways, and can not be tuned to suit any interest. Its unity as a nation is not negotiable in all remification, non compromising for any price be it in America Dollar or British Pounds, Federalism is but an idealogy and each nations federalism must not be the same or alike, ours is unique based on our God given uniqueness. Your greed and agility to serve western interest to disinterdgrate Nigeria can never work, it will never work and shall see no light forever and ever. Long live Nigeria God blee nigeria forever, Amin.

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