Nigeria at 60: What a Nation! – By S.O. Akobe, Esq. and J.E. Usman, Esq.
Nigeria is a Nation constructed on the altar of defective basis and deceit. The geographical expression referred to as “Nigeria” is nothing however an assemblage of a individuals (with out recourse to their needs, after all) who ought to not be joined collectively as one within the first place. When a Nation is based on a threshold of unreconcilable variations orchestrated by ethnic delusions, the woes of its residents are seen from the very starting.
It’s not stunning to yours sincerely that as a substitute of progressing or bettering as a Nation, Nigeria is regrettably recognized for its retrogressive acceleration proper from the very yr of its independence. And it is because, the white man’s (British) concept of making a soveringn entity referred to as Nigeria was not such that may assure progressive realities of a super nation. The preliminary concept of making Nigeria was clearly a self-serving, short-term technique geared toward consolidating colonial rule with all wanted comfort for so long as it (colonialism) lasted; therefore the almagamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914. Sadly, when the white males (the British) have been at hand over to Nigerians, they didn’t admit this basic fact which matches to the basis of the Nation’s formation. Had the British admitted the bitter fact behind the facade of Nigeria’s formation, they’d have ensured, or at the very least, suggested the almagalmated territories to go their separate methods and turn out to be unbiased sovereign nations. Sadly sufficient, the British failed, ignored and/or uncared for to confess the stated fact and clearly feigned ignorance of the very drawback they themselves created by way of the 1914 amalgamation. Maybe two causes could also be liable for this. First, the pleasure of the white males might not have allowed them to concede that the Nation they handed over was wrongly conceived and birthed, and secondly, the demand for independence might have appeared to them too early and as such, handing over a wrongly conceived and birthed Nation was the perfect retaliatory reward to bequeath to its ungrateful residents!
In an article titled, “Why 1914 Amalgamation is Nigeria’s Bane”, revealed by the Guardian Newspaper of sixth February 2017, a Social Analyst, Ogbo Charles, said as follows: “Each drawback Nigeria has ever confronted and can ever face might be traced to that demonic occasion of 1914 when the British merged the Southern and Northern protectorates into one nation that’s immediately often known as Nigeria”. He went additional to state that, “Britain had just one factor in thoughts whereas finishing up the amalgamation: Their administrative and financial comfort. Nothing extra. The motion of the British might be in comparison with a person who purchased each herbivorous and carnivorous animals from the market and selected to place them in a single cage to make it handy for him to move them residence. This man knew that herbivores feed on herbs and are very innocent and easygoing whereas carnivores feed on flesh and are most instances very aggressive and violent. In different phrases, the herbivorous animals in that cage would possibly find yourself as meat for the carnivorous ones even earlier than the person would attain his vacation spot. He knew all these however nonetheless selected to place each animals collectively. Do we’d like the mind of Albert Einstein to determine the truth that the welfare of those animals was the very last thing on this man’s thoughts? Slightly, all he cared about was getting all of them residence whether or not useless or alive with out spending more money for an additional cage and additional fare for that new cage”.
Going additional, the stated Author concluded that, “Nigeria is many countries pressured to stay inside an unworkable pressured marriage. The amalgamation was borne out of compulsion. That line “one Nation sure in freedom, peace and unity” in our nationwide anthem is one hell of a unclean lie. The place is the liberty? The place is the peace? The place is the unity? I actually suppose we’ve had sufficient of the rhetoric, the lies, the delusion. It’s excessive time we obtained all the way down to the true enterprise of paying ourselves the courtesy of being blunt. The “One Nigeria” slogan is without doubt one of the largest organised lies of the century. There may be completely nothing “One” about Nigeria. If we have a look at all of the happenings within the nation since 1914 until date, we’ll uncover that the one factor that binds us collectively is mutual suspicion of each other”.
We expect we agree completely with the above quoted view of the stated author. The 1914 amalgamation is the very basis of the woes of the entity referred to as “Nigeria”. And due to this, fairly than make progress, Nigeria’s voyage as a nation has all the time been a retrogressive one: one step ahead, 99 steps backward! There isn’t a debate that Nigeria fared higher in colonial years than it did beneath army regime. Equally, there’s additionally no competition that Nigeria fared higher beneath army regime than it does beneath the present purported civilian or democratic authorities. That has been the order of the Nigeria story. It’s a story of a Nation by which its fortunes and potentials diminish yr in, yr out. A narrative of a Nation by which life turns into meaningless and worthless on a regular basis. A narrative of political disaster in a single breath and communal clashes in one other breath. A narrative of huge blood sheds, kidnapping, non secular killings and ethnic animosity, election riggings, corruption and indiscipline. A narrative of lack of infrastructural improvement, lack of electrical energy, lack of moveable water provide, lack of excellent roads, and lack of excellent healthcare facilities. A narrative of compromised democratic course of, absence of rule of regulation and every day violation of human rights. A narrative of unemployment, poverty, nepotism, tribalism, and all types of vices. That has been the Nigeria story, our story!
Judging from all factors of views, we expect one can be too modest to certify Nigeria as a “failed State” (you could have to google and know for your self what a failed State means). If not a failed State, how can we clarify the truth that a whole bunch of persons are being killed in Southern Kaduna with little or no accountable intervention by the Nation’s safety businesses however over forty (40) thousand males of the identical safety businesses have been deployed to Edo State for the not too long ago performed gubernatorial election (due to the individuals of Edo State who refused to succumb to intimidation)? If not a failed State, how can we clarify the truth that the Nation’s Chief of Military Employees, Lt. Gen.Tukur Brutai who’s from Borno State, a State the place Boko Haram’s dastard actions maintain sway and reign supreme, reportedly threatened to declare a state of emergency in a comparatively peaceable Southeast at a time when a number of lives are perishing in his personal homeland on the behest of the brutish insurgents and nothing is commendably executed about it beneath his watch? If not a failed State, how can we clarify the truth that clearly rigged elections are upheld even by the Supreme Courtroom of Nigeria and the residents now run to overseas governments for palliative cures of securing travels ban or restrictions in opposition to the individuals in energy who orchestrated and/or masterminded the thwarting of the electoral course of? The record is countless and it’s certainly, a tragic commentary!
In all equity, Nigeria represents a radical reverse of a super nation. The whole lot is clearly unsuitable with the Nation. By way of management, our rating is zero. Discuss energy, training, safety, transparency, infrastructural improvement, accountability, and respect for the rule of regulation: our scorecard equals to zero! However, we now have 100% rating in corruption, election rigging/manipulation, insecurity, dangerous governance, unreasonable and insensitive borrowings, unemployment, excessive inflation, excessive price of dwelling, poverty, non secular hypocrisy, insurgency and terrorism.
Nigeria and Nigerians have all the time had it unsuitable, tough and difficult, however within the historical past of the Nation’s sojourn from one gory story to a different, the-2015-till-date episode is the peak of all of it. A blemished man was nicely packaged and clothed as unblemished and thru deceit, obtained the individuals’s mandate to unseat an unblemished man within the Nigeria’s Seat of Energy. Utilizing the misleading mantra of “change” and having a Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor who can be a Senior Advocate of Nigeria as a working mate, Nigerians noticed their long-awaited “saviour” within the former army dictator (and 1983 coup chief) from Daura, Katsina State. After all, they have been all unsuitable of their trustworthy perception because the stated “saviour” has turned out to be the very motive for his or her every day wailings. Between 2015 and now, Nigeria has misplaced its complete flesh; solely its weary bones are left to be bequeathed to the long run era. Naira has depreciated past clarification. The Nation’s debt profile has risen past expression. Our overseas reserve is nothing to put in writing residence about. Inflation may be very excessive and this stays unabated. Insecurity and insurgency are gaining momentum daily. Elections are actually received via superior hearth energy of gun bearers backed up by safety businesses on the pleasure of individuals who benefit from the cowl of incumbency. Human rights abuse and disrespect of the precept of regulation are actually the order of the day. Gasoline value is arbitrarily hiked. Costs of meals and different important commodities are actually above the attain and technique of common Nigerians, to not discuss of the poor ones. There may be starvation within the land and persons are struggling all over the place!
That is the place we discover ourselves proper now as a Nation at Sixty (60)! However, then, do we now have hope? What’s the approach out? In our humble view, the Nigeria drawback can’t be solved besides by revolution. We’d like a peaceable revolution, not battle. A revolution that’s based on peace and dedication to have a super nation with a working system that might be beneficial to all. A revolution that may give Nigeria and Nigerians a recent begin for good governance and improvement. There may be the necessity to change the outdated order by the use of nationwide rebirth. We should rise to convey to actuality the change all of us earnestly need. In spite of everything, that is our Nation and never the property of any particular person particular person.
Lastly, as Nigeria clocks 60 on the first of October, 2020, we implore the Nigerian Authorities to take cautious steps to alleviate the sufferings and pains of the Nigerian individuals. This isn’t the change they desired for. It’s apparent that the present state of issues within the Nation are very provocative and subsequently, succesful or having the propensity of stiring the individuals into unimmaginable motion and/or motion. The best political mistake any chief might make is to suppose that he can proceed to train energy and authority over his disgruntled topics who’re already working out of endurance. It’s going to absolutely get to a degree when it’ll turn out to be to them a-do-or-die affair, and at that time limit, no diploma of intimidation, suppression and/or assault by safety businesses together with the army, will have the ability to curtail the individuals’s resolve for a brand new order by the use of revolution. If it as soon as occurred in Lybia, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Mali, to say however a couple of, then, it will probably additionally occur in Nigeria. A sew in time, they are saying, saves 9!
*Solomon Onunoja Akobe is a Lawyer, a Poet, and a famend Author/Social Commentator.
*Joshua Enemali Usman is an astute Authorized Practitioner, a Political Analyst, and the speedy previous Nationwide Welfare Secretary of the NBA.
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