The “Hausas” have little to offer so they ensure rulership
The “Igbos” like to climb people’s head so never again will they rule
The “Yorubas” just love to party so they follow the rulers
The “others” who may actually be more than half the nations population are generally categorised with the above three based on proximity
Stereotypes always have some truths engrained but halve a fact and the Truth is lost.
As a primary pupil, Independence day celebrations got me elated with a sense of pride in my nation
Today, I’m indifferent knowing wonderfully drafted speeches is one of the strengths of the Elected; trumped only by corruption and an insatiable quest for more power.
As Nigeria reaches 57 today and live on past glory, I see no reason for celebrations
And No, I don’t have a panacea either
I just know what won’t help;
Biafra, Arewa or Odudua Republic
Our present “Federal Republic” won’t help either
Maybe, taking steps to enforce the resolutions of the 2014 National conference might help (you probably have forgotten about that)
Same way I believe Nigeria would have been better if the 1966 Aburi conference resolutions were enforced.
Now don’t get me wrong, neither of the resolutions in the 2 conferences were perfect; heck! Who needs 42 scrambled hen scratches called states with at best, 10 surviving long enough to be scrutinised?
No, they weren’t
But enforcing a resolution from a conference with almost every tribe, organisation and creed in attendance will give real hope
Hope that we are men and women of honour who can always come together to find a common ground for development
The Unity of Nigeria was lost after rescinding on the Aburi Conference
We didn’t learn from it but repeated the same action in 2014
There is now a call for “Restructuring”
I probably don’t know what that word actually means
But my guts tell me it might help.
I hope we can listen to that call
Or Nigeria may shatter into 99 friable pieces
Me, you, someone or people you care about may lose their lives in that process
Take a stand for Nigeria’s unity today
No freaking Independent day wishes or prayers
The Genie is a myth,
I haven’t come across a place in my Bible that imply miracles happen when actions aren’t in keeping with man’s prayer
And we shouldn’t forget, seems religion is directly proportional to corruption these days
The present administration may be right on one thing after all
CHANGE BEGINS WITH YOU AND ME.