It may be surprising to hear the Sarduana of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, whom Nigerians refer to as one of the founding fathers, to be quoted to have said that: “The mistake of 1914 has come to the fore”. 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 any sign of willingness to unite.
Nigerian unity is only a British intention for the country”, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa stated in the year 1948. Chief Obafemi Awolowo speaking from experience in 1947 said: “Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression”. And totally dissatisfied and discontented with the Nigerian entity, this man during the war, ironically stated that the task to keep Nigeria one, was a task to be done. This was the man who orchestrated the killing of over five million Biafrans including children, women and the elderly, in their mad drive for unworkable union. The Nigerian arch-genocidist, General Yakubu Gowon in 1966, pointedly stated that: “The basis for unity is not there”. All these lend credence to the declaration by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that Nigeria is nothing more than a zoo. President Donald John Trump of the United States of America, called Nigeria a shithole. Bill Gate once said that Nigeria is the worst place to be on earth for women to give birth. Jim Iyke, a popular Nollywood actor once stated that Nigeria is a joke of Africa. Even President Buhari lent his voice in the woeful description when he said that Nigerians are thieves and the youths are lazy.
And in what appeared like a wrap up of all, Tunde Fagbenle in the year 2011 accentuated: “This country is in a mess. It is a jumbled, forced grouping of desperate people with widely differing developmental visions, life views, social inclinations and moral values. For some parts of the country, education is everything and parents would go hungry in order to send their wards to school. For some other parts, education is “foolishness” and something to be rejected. For some parts, religion is a matter of choice and does not debar cohabiting with those of different religious bend. For some other parts, religion is everything and it is righteousness to kill those who do not share of your religious values. For some parts, the rich and the poor may eat from the same bowl. For some other parts, it is an anathema and the importance of the rich, is by how far removed from the ordinary man. All these do not make any one group better than another. They only point to the fact that we are such different groups of people”.
Nigeria still exists because of the pretense from self-centered politicians who use Nigeria as their platform for business ventures. Islamic adherents on the other hand firmly believe that if Nigeria is Islamised, the entirety of Africa will automatically become a purely Islamic continent. A Nigerian by established facts as earlier referenced by the views of experienced observers, fully represents disaster, terrorism, corruption, retrogression and all classes of evil. Living in Nigeria, clearly depicts a foretaste of hell. Nigeria is a destiny destroyer, an unfit entity for the habitation of the sane by every standard.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media