A CASE FOR BIAFRA EXIT VIA A REFERENDUM:
There is no sane argument to keep Nigeria. It is a colonial contraption. Ahmadu Bello never wanted Nigeria. Obafemi Awolowo referred to her as a mere geographical expression. Biafrans opted out in 1967. Nigeria has failed all ‘Nigerians’. Nigerians have nothing in common.
It is a country (not a nation) consumed by injustice, hatred, and self destruction.
Nigeria is also the most failed nation on earth; incapable of providing the most basic fundamental right, which is the right to life without which any other right cannot exist and of providing the basic essentials such as electricity, pipe borne water etc. These are basic amenities that are taken for granted in the poorest African countries.
In spite of being the 6th largest oil producer in the world and the largest in Africa, Nigeria imports fuel. There is no other nation on the face of the earth with this level of failure.
Nigeria is a country (not a nation) that dehumanises her citizens and strips them of every human dignity. A country that makes animals out of men. A country that is at best a human zoo. There is a reason why Nigeria has failed so exceptionally and it is her irreconcilable contradictions.
Any careful observer will realise that “one Nigeria” has always been a scam which even the loudest advocates do not believe in. It’s only been a convenient ploy to loot the country.
The so-called one Nigeria leaders have contributed more to the destruction of Nigeria than anyone else.
In anticipation of the country’s eventual collapse, all of them are busy building their future outside Nigeria. These leaders send all their children abroad, buy houses abroad and stash their wealth abroad, yet these are the same leaders that sing “one Nigeria”.
How long can we be fooled? Indeed is Nigeria not an already disintegrated country? What is left of a country where ethnic groups are returning to their enclaves because of ethno-religious crises or where a section of the country introduces sharia laws in violation of the constitution, or where terrorists bomb and kill innocents in churches and other locations on account of their religion and ethnicity? Must we wait for everyone to be killed before we realise that Nigeria cannot work?
Nigeria is a nightmare. We need to finally confront the reality of it’s impossibility as a viable nation and break-it up.
The British have just left the European union via a referendum.
In 1991, the Soviet Union, a nuclear world power disintegrated leading to more than 15 nations.
In 1947, Pakistan seeking a separate nation for Muslims seceded from India.
In 1993, following a referendum, Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia.
In 1992, Yugoslavia disintegrated leading to more than 8 new nations.
In 1993, Czechoslovakia disintegrated.
In 1971, Bangladesh seceded from Pakistan.
In 2002, East Timor seceded from Indonesia and in 2011 South Sudan seceded from Sudan.
There is thus a long precedent of self-determination by many nations around the world.
Most importantly, none of the new nations have ever regretted their decisions to separate from their former countries in spite of whatever challenges they might be facing.
There is no reason why the aftermath of Nigeria’s breakup scenario will be different.
Below are a few quotes from those way sabi:
- “If rapid political progress is to be made in Nigeria it is high time we were realistic in tackling its constitutional problems. 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‘ “…….Obafemi Awolowo
“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 customs and do not show themselves any sign of willingness to unite… Nigerian unity is only a British intention for the country.”…….Alhaji (Sir) Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, 1948.
“It is better to stay apart, then come together and die in the collision”……Emeka Ojukwu
“We do not know these Ibo people arriving in large numbers into the North. We are not the same people. We do not recognise them. We do not have the same beliefs, culture or traditions. They are strangers”……Abubakar Tafawa Balewa
August 3 1966: “there is no basis for Nigerian unity, which has been so badly rocked, not only once but several times.” …….Lt Col Yakubu Gowon
Sir Ahmadu Bello once urged that if the East insisted on seceding, “then other Nigerians ought to concede such a right to them in peace.”
“The amalgamation of Nigeria was a fraud”….Richard Akinjide (SAN)
“I do not believe in one Nigeria”…..Bola Ahmed Tinubu 1997
Composed by Dr Maduka C Ogwueleka (MBBS, MRCP(UK)), Ngstudents.com News Media
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