In 1960, Nigeria became an independent country.
Between 1967 to 1970, she responded to a separatist threat with military campaign against the Biafran government in which an estimated three million people lost their lives to the civil war.
At the end of the war, then head of state, Yakubu Gowon declared, “No victor, no vanquished”
Today’s Nigeria is made up of about 250 ethnic groups.
The most populous and politically influential are: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%.
The official language in Nigeria is English while Pidgin is widely spoken across the nation. There are over 500 additional indigenous languages.
Years have come and gone since independence. Alliances have been forged and broken, sometimes mended feebly.
While some are making genuine efforts to preserve the unity of Nigeria, the impasses in political policies so far seem to be suggesting the obnoxious and ostentatious unity of the nation sits on a keg.
In 2016, in his first speech, President Muhammad Buhari said, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”
Starting from his appointments and appropriation of developmental projects, some would not be blamed if they believe the president actually belong to some people and not everyone as against nobody.
Today in Nigeria, the war against insurgency seem to be making gains only in the minds of those championing its media propaganda while in reality, Boko Haram is wrecking enough carnage in the north East still.
The military has made some gains no doubt but I think same effort unleashed on separatist agitators in the south east who most times are unarmed should be geared on the fight against Boko Haram, armed herdsmen in kaduna and everywhere else.
Nigerian is witnessing like never before a text book example of structural anarchy and ethnic cleansing.
Kidnapping and armed robbery, cattle rustling, Internet fraud, cultism has skyrocketed putting to question, the presidents efforts on security.
Today in this country the drum for separation from mother Nigeria beats more loudly than it even did in the 90s. The call for Oduduwa Republic is on the rise.
It is yet to be seen whether the government is waiting to launch a military offensive against any one that says Jack or would the Muhammad Buhari administration invest most efficient efforts towards ameliorating the perceived marginalization in various quarters.
To be continued…