Do you believe Nigeria must break up?
April 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm #100581
Anzaa MsonterParticipant@sontel (Writer with 8106 pts)
Following the intimidating series of problems facing Nigeria, a number of “concerned Nigerians” have articulately called for a split of the country along the North-South border. This, it is argued, will bring a solution to the incessant political competition between North and South and the current “religious” crises of Boko Haram. But do you really belive Nigeria has come to a point where she must break up? If you do what are your reasons? And if you don’t, where do you think we are getting it wrong?
First of all, there’s no clear agreement as to where ‘North’ and ‘South’ is. Does the ‘North’ include predominantly Christian states like Plateau and Benue?
Now I’ll answer those questions one by one.
…do you really belive Nigeria has come to a point where she must break up?
Not yet, although this is not to say that I believe that Nigeria should NEVER break up. There is nowhere that it is written in stone that Nigeria must stay as one.
But like a bad marriage, I think that intermediate options should be explored before a final divorce. And in this case, the divorce is bound to be very messy. I think about what happened in the partition of India in 1947; I would not want that to happen in Nigeria.
And if you don’t, where do you think we are getting it wrong?
I think that a lot of the problems that people think should be solved by a break up would be solved if:
[a] There was a higher degree of autonomy in the way each state ran its own affairs. If a person now knows that the reason that he is suffering is not because of someone in Abuja, but because of his own kinsman who is running affairs in his own state, then he knows that he should focus his anger on that kinsman.
An improvement in infrastructure and security, thus leading to an improved economy. I see no reason right now why state governments cannot make concerted efforts to improve their infrastructure now instead of waiting for the Federal Government (especially now that the Federal Government has said that state governments can get involved in providing electricity).
One challenge for the states would be getting money to pay for infrastructure projects. Right now, states depend heavily on allocations from Abuja, but what they should be doing is raising their own revenue (internally and externally).
The issue of state security is another matter, though – I think that the Federal Government may not want to release its hold on the police.
I know that this “Worn Nigeria” is unworkable & must surely break up soon.
I know that Britain created this country just for their own selfish economic benefit, without considering d many ethnic nations within this “Worn Nigeria”. No wonder, Obafemi Awolowo rightly said “Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression…”
I know that this 21st century is d era of self-determination & free nations. This is d century 4d dismantling & readjustment of those false boundaries drawn by colonialism during d Berlin Conference of 1884.
SOUTH SUDAN is free.
AZAWAD is free.
BIAFRA shall b free.
ODUDUWA, AREWA, MIDDLE-BELT, NIGER-DELTA REPUBLICS shall b free.
It’s only a matter of when. Mark my words! & pls read http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/remi-oyeyemi/why-nigeria-must-break-up.html
@Koboko, I agree that Nigeria is not a ‘natural’ country arising from the common agreement of its peoples to form a nation. I also agree that because of this, there are going to be continuous tensions.
But it takes more than this state of affairs to bring about a split.
Note that both South Sudan and Azawad both had military groups that actively fought for the independence of their regions; we do not have this situation in Nigeria today (nor do I think that it is desirable for this to happen).
Anyway, given the performance of the state governors of these regions, do you really think that if these regions become independent, that anything will change?
If you want a break up, why not start with yourself? Go to your village and stay. Like minds will definitely join you with time and you people can develop your autonomous community together. I’m fed up of hearing all this break-up stuff. We already have different geographical locations, all we need to do is just move. Simple.