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Final Solution: De-Amalgamation and the Advantages of Breaking up Nigeria by Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu

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NIGERIA Map of divisionFrantz Fanon it was who said  that “every generation  must out of  relative obscurity discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it”.  In the aftermath of the Kano terrorist attacks and the seven decades of routine ethno-religious mass killings in the North, our generation must as Frantz Fanon said confront the unique mission of our time which must be fulfilled through the choice of freedom over slavery and of self determination over internal colonialism.

It  should be clear  to all and sundry that  the freak contraption known as  Nigeria is not sacred, it is purely and simply a British creation designed first and foremost  to service her imperial interests and not for the benefit of those who inhabit the geographical space. Given the history of Europe, which not surprisingly  is the bloodiest continent in human history with the 1st  and  2nd  world wars originating from Europe,  the later ending as recently as 1945 and  the many nationalist battles fought across many generations on ethnic lines including the recent ethnic conflicts in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia etc, the British knew they were creating in Nigeria, a tinderbox of contradictions and endless conflicts, but never bothered because the servicing of her imperial interests was more important than the cohesion or unity of their colonial subjects. To date the European Union has refused to let Muslim Turkey join the EU because they want to avoid creating religious contradictions within the European club.

Thus, those who argue to keep a nation that has failed exceptionally due to her contradictions are mentally lazy people who are afraid to take any challenges. They give all kinds of laughable excuses to keep a nation in a state of paralysis rather than trying something new. If a marriage is unworkable, unprogressive and violent, the simple solution is to get a divorce.  Nations are no different; if it is not working there should be a break-up.

Mental laziness which manifests in a fear to try something new or take on daunting challenges is a phenomenon that has kept the black race in perpetual retrogression and slavery. While the white race and other races are willing to take on daunting challenges, going to the moon and overcoming all kinds of formidable situations, the black race is content to sing, dance and give all kinds of silly excuses why nothing can be done. Paralysed by a fear of every challenge, the black race has remained to date the most unprogressive of all human species. It is this same mindset of a fear of something new, a fear of challenges that those who argue to keep a failed Nigeria exhibit. They prefer to remain in a nation that is a hopeless jungle of failure rather than take on challenges to chart their own destiny, they prefer to remain in slavery rather than try freedom, and they prefer to live under oppression rather than fight for their rights and dignity. Dr James David Manning once said that the black race was found to be the most suitable for slavery because then as now are always willing to accept any situation without a fight. This is the exactly the mindset that those who argue for one Nigeria exhibit.

There is no sane argument to keep Nigeria. It is a nation consumed by injustice, hatred, self destruction; it is also the most failed nation on earth incapable of providing the most 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. It is a nation that dehumanises her citizens and strips them of every human dignity. A nation that makes animals out of men; a nation 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 nation. The so called one Nigeria leaders have contributed more to the destruction of Nigeria than anyone else. In anticipation of the nation’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 nation? What is left of a nation 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 Scottish have just scheduled an independence referendum for September 2014 after centuries of union with Britain. In 1991, the Soviet Union, a nuclear world power disintegrated. In 1947, Pakistan seeking a separate nation for Muslims seceded from India. In 1993, following a referendum, Eritrea seceded from Sudan. 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 nations in spite of whatever challenges they might be facing. There is no reason why the aftermath of Nigeria’s breakup scenario will be different.

The French live in France, the Irish in Ireland, the Germans in Germany amongst others, so why should so called Nigerians be forced to live with a myriad  of disparate ethnic nations  that is further divided along religious lines?  Amongst former British colonies, three nations namely, Nigeria, Sudan and India were created with contradictions that made them impossible to function by particularly lumping significant Muslim populations with other ethno-religious groups. Out of the three, India and Sudan has disintegrated, only Nigeria remains. There is no nation in the world where significant populations of fundamentalist Muslims cohabit peacefully with other religions and this reality has been vindicated in Nigeria with the endless ethno-religious mass killings in the North. No matter how much we try to pretend, empirical evidence suggests that there will never be peace, harmony or progress until there is a separation between the fundamentalist Muslims in the Sharia North and the rest. The route of disintegration travelled by India and Sudan must therefore, inevitably include Nigeria and the time is now.

Advantages of Break-up:

(1)Accountability of Leaders

Amongst the many advantages of Nigeria’s break-up, the single greatest gain will be the possibility to hold leaders accountable in a new nation freed from Nigeria’s contradictions. It is no secret that Nigeria’s monumental corruption-patronage  is fuelled and sustained by tribalism. It is impossible to effect  the kind  of radical and draconian measures  needed to stamp out corruption  without  awakening the ghosts of tribalism. This is the simple reason why there hasn’t been a Jerry Rawlings kind of revolution   in spite of the monumental looting and destruction of the nation.  It should be recalled that Major Kaduna Nzeogwu’s coup in spite of its shortcomings and excesses was fundamentally against election rigging-corruption, violence and misrule but the coup was defeated on the altar of Nigeria’s ethno-religious contradictions.

Nigeria thus provides a tribal shield occasioned by her contradictions to leaders who conscious of this “ethnic immunity” engage in unlimited looting.  Nigeria’s Break-up will remove this important tribal shield and render the leaders accountable  to their  people with the possibility of severe consequences for recalcitrant leaders.

(2) Job Creation and Opportunities

 Many people still do not realise that Nigeria’s breakup will open up many job opportunities. There are presently 36 states and 774 local governments  in Nigeria that have to be accommodated  by restricted quota in federal  jobs such as the Police force, the Armed forces, the customs service, immigration service, the SSS, NNPC, PHCN, Nigeria airways, Nitel, NAFDAC, foreign missions and other boards and parastatals. Sharing these positions between 36 states and 774 local governments’ means that very few people within any jurisdiction gets employed in these services.  Since every nation must  have  these essential services, it means that Nigeria’s disintegration will open up these job opportunities to only people from the new nations.  Rather than sharing these positions with a myriad of states and local governments, these positions and many more will open exclusively to people from the new nation creating a lot of job opportunities.

(3)  Reconstruction and Concentrated Localised Development

One of the advantages of breakup is localised construction to develop the new capital city and other national projects. Unlike Nigeria where every development was concentrated in Lagos and now  Abuja while other areas were ignored to the extent that there were even official policies of marginalisation preventing the development of an international airport and other capacity building projects in other areas, the new nations must necessarily build such important  and capacity building projects as an international airport and other  infrastructure for their  capital and other major cities without let or hindrance.  Other national development projects around the new nations will also naturally be undertaken creating concentrated localised development and the attendant job creation opportunities.

(4) Increased Resources, Membership of the UN and Direct Foreign Aid

In present day Nigeria under the parasitic monkey dey work baboon dey chop system, resources from the 10 oil producing states, 6 in the Niger Delta, 3 in the East and 1 in the West plus resources from customs and excise duties accruing from goods imported into the country and value added tax from consumption are the chief sources of resources distributed to the 36 states and 774 local governments. This system robs resources from those who generate it to fund those who contribute nothing. For example, the 12 Northern sharia states with the highest concentration of local governments in Nigeria that contribute nothing  is funded to the tune of more than  four trillion Naira or $40 billion annually.  Nigeria’s Breakup will free these resources and return it to those who generate the resources.

Breakup will also lead to increased investments and exploitation of natural resources such as coal, limestone, crude oil  and others in parts of Nigeria where such activity has not been allowed in present day Nigeria. Local taxes generated from customs and excise, value added tax etc will be for the sole use of the location from where it is generated. Many African nations such as Rwanda,Uganda, Tanzania etc that thrive solely on foreign aid are all doing better than Nigeria. Breakup will lead to the establishment of international finance,  aid  and political organizations such as the UN, IMF, world bank, WHO, UNICEF etc in the new nations which will in turn lead to direct foreign aid and intervention for the construction of critical infrastructure and other social programs.

(5) Localised Education and Industrial Policy

It is not for nothing that other African countries have maintained a basic standard of education while education in Nigeria has practically collapsed. Nigeria’s leadership was dominated for long by the North that had no desire to encourage education since their own people hardly went to school, they also never encouraged youth empowerment, since they have groomed their own youths to become poverty ridden-destitute almajiri’s.  Since a man cannot give what he does not have, it was never in the interest or calculation of erstwhile northern leaders to invest in education or youth empowerment, which has now birthed the crisis of collapsed education, youth unemployment, poverty and social chaos in the nation. Breakup will make it possible for the new nations to articulate and develop a robust education and industrial policy that caters specifically to their needs, aspirations and addresses the problem of poverty- youth unemployment.

(6)Biometric ID Cards And Social Security

Whereas  less endowed  African countries are well organised with a structured  ID card system and a database that  helps in planning, security and general administration, the politics of  population manipulation and fraud by the north  induced  northern leaders to block all initiatives for a secure civic registration ID card system  in Nigeria.  Breakup will make it possible for the new nations to create a comprehensive database with biometric ID cards that incorporates  fingerprints, digital photographs and DNA profiles. An added advantage of biometric identification is the creation of a  social security system that provides a safety net for the citizens.

 (7) Convening Of  A Sovereign National conference

For so long  the sovereign rights of each ethnic group  have  been suppressed  through the consistent refusal to convene a sovereign national conference by selfish northern interests who want to maintain the status quo of social, economic and political  injustices.  Breakup will make it possible for the citizens  of  the new nations to convene a sovereign national conference on  the basis of equality and exhaustively negotiate a covenant or constitution of association that respects the autonomy of all constituent units and creates a harmonious and prosperous nation.

(8) End of Marginalisation And Apartheid

Since the end of the Biafra-Nigeria conflict, marginalisation and apartheid has been the official policy of the Nigerian government towards some sections of the citizenry that resulted in the near total absence of federal infrastructure in their region and the near total exclusion of those citizens from the upper echelons of government. Breakup will bring a definite and final end to more than four decades of marginalisation.

  

Conclusions:

 The advantages of break-up are so many that there is neither the time nor the space to catalogue all of them. The undisputable fact remains that Nigeria is an unworkable and irredeemable failure. If other less endowed  African  nations  can have basic amenities and a measure of  peace while Nigeria does not,  then there is something seriously wrong with Nigeria and  it’s  time to finally confront the reality of the impossibility of Nigeria  as a nation. Except for those who have chosen collective suicide or perpetual slavery, I see no reason why anyone would want to be part of a nation where   there is marginalisation, injustice, inequality, oppression, ethno-religious mass murders and a total lack of progress.  A nation where if you live in the North you are segregated into strangers quarters known as “sabon gari” because the northerners consider you a stranger who should not live in their midst. The same Northerners segregate themselves into Hausa quarters when they move down south because they don’t believe they should mix with strangers and yet this is the country we pretend to be a nation.

Is it not also true that a Nigerian from the South is safer living in another African country or anywhere else in the world as a foreigner than living in the North as a Nigerian where he would sooner  be murdered on account of his ethnicity and religion?  Where then is the nation in Nigeria?  The worst lie is the lie a man tells himself.  Nigerians have continued to lie to themselves that Nigeria is a nation when the reality and all empirical evidence have consistently proven otherwise. As Fanon said, it’s time to undertake the mission of our generation and breakup this contraption. The mass killings in the North will never end and there will never be peace or progress in Nigeria until there is a breakup and permanent separation between the Muslim North and the rest of the nation. It is the greatest yoke holding the nation down the lifting of which will herald freedom, peace, prosperity and other profound  changes.

There are many ways, means and options to break up this hopeless and useless nation. One of them is simply to de-amalgamate the North and the South; others include scheduling a referendum or plebiscite on self determination.  For the sake of our children and the coming generation, Southern leaders and all men of goodwill must come together to actualise  this divine and necessary duty as a  final solution to save our children from the burden of being trapped  in such a tragic and nightmarish contraption. The time is now!

By Lawrence Chinedu Nwobu

larry_peters@yahoo.ie

 

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  1. Bukhari Bello, at what point did you northerners realise that there is beauty in diversity and nigeria is the destiny of god when northern leaders like ahmadu bello, balewa etc always opposed the very idea of nigeria, and northerners for more than 70 years since 1945 have repeatedly attacked and killed christians and other nigerians in the north? Nobody is fooled. the only reason northerners like you want one nigeria is because of the crude oil that you parasite on and the money that you loot.

    When you say southerners only know how to write articles, you must not forget that a civil war has been fought before by a section of the south for almost three years. If not for the mistake of the rest of the south who ignorantly fought for one nigeria, nigeria would have long disintergrated. So you better be careful what you ask for because if there is another war, nigeria will definitely not survive it.

    As for corruption, no matter the grammar you blow, the fact remains that northern leaders institutionalised corruption in nigeria. Nigeria became the most corrupt country in the world under northern leaders. Northern leaders looted the nation and totally destroyed it by making sure there is no pipe borne water, no roads, no railway, no national airline, no electricity etc the north totally destroyed nigeria.

    The corruption presently ravaging the nation is the consequence of the institutionalization of corruption in nigeria by northern leaders. Ahmadu Bello and Balewa were also very corrupt, they rigged census results, rigged elections in the Tiv division and conspired to rig elections in the western region in 1964 which led to crisis. Ahmadu bello also abused the native authorities police by using it to harras political opponents which led to the call to abolish regional police. Election rigging is the mother of all corruption and the rigging by northern leaders set the stage for the truncation of the first republic and the destruction of the country. The north is the problem of nigeria and only break-up will save the situation so that the north can join their impoverished cousins in niger and chad.

  2. Bukhari Bello, you sound like all the other stupid northerners who blow hot and cold about how the north will do well and how other regions will suffer but end up shamefully begging for nigeria to remain one because deep down you know that the parasitic north can survive only as parasites on the rest of the nation. You talk of landmass but forget that the north has more ethnic groups than the rest of the nation with almost 200 ethnic groups divided further into muslims, christians and muslim sects. When you break down the landmass of the north into more than 200 ethnic groups you will find out that the landmass much of which is desert is so small for each group. Besides the certain war and mass murders between muslim sects killing each other and muslims and christians killing each other will ensure that the north will be in perpetual conflict, like your cousins in Chad and Niger that have been in perpetual conflict.

    leadership and not landmass makes a nation, singapore is only 600sqkm but is one of the richest countries in the world, Belgium is only 20,000sqkm, Holland is only 40,000 sqkm, Taiwan is only 30,000sqkm Japan and England are actually very tiny countries but are some of the richest in the world. In contrast Chad and Niger have a large landmass but are the most impoverished nations in the world. Leaders who loot and create millions of illiterate almajiri’s can only make an impoverished nation no matter the myth of a large landmass.

    On agriculture,the north can keep their tomatoes and cows, other african countries like Togo, Ghana and all others are surviving better without the north’s agriculture, besides it has just been revealed that more than 80% of food in nigeria is imported, so the nation has for long been sourcing their food from outside. Your cousins in Chad and Niger are some of the most impoverished countries in the world inspite of their agriculture and landmass, the same will be the fate of the north.

    On morality, the greatest immorality to befall nigeria is corruption and corruption was consolidated and institutionalised by northern leaders. It was the corrupting of the nigerian society by northern leaders that led to the general decline in cultural values across nigeria which in turn led to all kinds of vices. The north ruled nigeria for 40 years and destroyed it with monumental looting. Northern leaders like Umaru Dikko, Babangida,Abacha, Abdulsalami Abukakar etc institutionalised corruption in nigeria and put nigeria on the map as the most corrupt country on earth. There is no greater immorality than corruption so next time you talk of immorality look at your northern face in the mirror.

    Finally, your cousins and neighbours Niger and Chad is a pointer to what the north will become. Chad has been in a civil war for more than 30 years, while Niger has rebels operating in parts of the country since independence. These countries have never known peace and they are the most illiterate and impoverished countries in the world. The same poverty and conflict is going to be the fate of the north once nigeria breaks with the 200 ethnic groups turning on each other, the muslim sects killing each other and the christians and muslims killing each other. Your tomatoes and cows will not give you enough money to survive. The north knows this truth that is why after blowing hot and cold they still insist on one nigeria, but the cup of the north is becoming full because the injustice they have planted in the country, their ethno-religious mass killing of others, lack of nation building, corruption and the continued refusal of the north for any reforms that will move the nation forward preferring instead to maintain the status quo of injustice will make sure that the nation will break very soon.

    If the north is wise they should initiate and embrace reforms like the restructuring of the country and true federalism to save the nation, but greed and selfishness will not let them do that so the nation will surely break in no time.

    • Mr Mike, Yes, you said after an elaborate discussion on the economic potentials and survival strategies we are thinking, here, i ended up wanting Nigeria one; this is because, i am a lover of beauty and diversity. secondly, am a strong believers of destiny and human relations; the God that made us into one Nation has a reason for doing that; if Nigeria is not working is not because one region or one tribe is the reason for that; to me that is lazy and primitive intellectual calculation. But, serious minds go deeper to unravel the mysteries to their hopelessness and confusion.

      Mr Mike, i want to you to understand, you want Nigeria or cave and inch for yourself as an entity, you dont need to be shouting and writing articles on the reason why we should go; but, simply organise urselves and fight for it; you dont need anybody approval. That is why i see most of these shenanigans in the name Disintegration by writers and people as laughable, lazy, shallow and hypocritical.

      May i remind you, that, yes the north had ruled this country, for years, but, tell me, who benefited from the misrule of the northerners please? who are the mega billions and contractors, consultants in large scale? if we understand the arithmetic of Corruption in Nigeria Bureaucrats + Contractors+ Consultants and Leaders. So, may be you understand this calculation and the result abi. So, the issues, of corruption and how it started may be you should go back and read some literature please; Between Sir Abubakar Tafawa Belewa, Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Sir Nnamdi Azikiwe who was more richer after death? Balewa and Ahmadu left empty account and Only one House; While Awolowo and Nnamdi left their family with alot of houses and investment? May be left let me refreshen your memory a little; The then Nsukka satellite campus was owned and rented out to the University by who? Sir Nnamdi Azikiwe, until when Federal Government final bought it from him,until then the man was milking Nigeria state? How did the South West captured the Nigerian economy, it was the work of the Commissioner of Finance Chief Awolowo? Anyway Late Chinue Achebe had given us his scholastic explanation to how corruption was started by the man. So, Northern have sense of fairness and justice in their leadership disposition that is why the country experienced relative peace and security than want we are seeing before and now; where, hungry and village now in leadership position are just grabbing whatever they can laid their hands on; and since they control the press, the news room are silent on this issues (conspiracy you can say)

      Mr Mike, Northerners most have had a larger share of the country’s leadership, but, it is Southerners that enjoy the largess most. You need to study alot Mr and reprogramme your intellect please. Secondly, the north could have enjoy leadership for three decades, but, out experience in the last 14 years have left us with mind boggling stealing and looting never imagine in the history of this country. We have seen how Obj looted and destroyed this country, $16 billion in Power alone, and other cases of outright thievery and rascality. Now we are facing a cow boy and the stealing goes up plus insecurity and killing to justify the security vote and budget? So, if northerners institutionalized corruption as alluded by you (One wonder if it is only the northerners that were the President, Vice President, Ministers and other post; i thought they were all gang of thieves that visited us), then just 14 years of leadership of your brothers they have destroyed the country with outright stealing, gangsterism, incompetence and confusion. La Obosanjo la Goodluck Jonathan. From the record received sir, the money Obasanjo made in his 8 years rule is more than the money Nigeria made from 1960-2007. So, one wonder who is more corrupt; and now we are watching as a PhD holder; the most educated Nigeria Leader is supervising the destruction of the commonwealth of the Nation. So, one wonder if corruption is a northern language as been alluded by arm chair critics.

      Mr Mike or whatever you call yourself, i think, the essence of space like this is to express our opinion, and i just did based on my environmental and comparative advantage. The questions i keeping asking people who want Nigeria to break or the killing in the northern part of the country, which is mostly engineered from the outside, to destroy a region and hospitable people, is; Why is it with all the killing and slaughters in the north, the region is till experiencing in flows of people from the southern part of the country? please if the region is not important, and people are not enjoying the economic of large scale i know by now we could have been left alone? two why is it, people from the southern part of the country keeping shouting disintegration and they are busy buying properties everywhere in the northern part especially Abuja, Nasarawa and Kaduna? if the call of disintegration is true i believe they wouldnt have being wasting their resources on buying choice properties around? For me, in Abuja alone, i knew alot of investment owned by southerners, or is Abuja not going to be part of north at the end of the day?

      This is not only a confusing you can say, but, a conspiracy. So, you want Nigeria divided but still want the propertie of the so called parasite. You have every right to call us parasite, it a standard build by an average Southerner after doing everything for him, he turn around tomorrow to insult and call u all kind of names. So, you are only answering the standard we have always use in measuring our relationship with you guys. You call the north and the people whatever name you like, but, one thing i know and am proud of you are not better than us in anything, may, be, better in term of treachery, deception, lies, blackmail and propaganda.

      Mr Mike u alluded to the issues of landmass or the north made of desert? this has underscore, the lack of knowledge of the region and the place of the region in the place of time. Yeah, our Neighbours are poor, but, that, is not going to be the faith of the region. I still maintain and i dont own any illiterate apology about the advantages in the region, because, beauty is in the eyes of the beholders. You may see it as such, but, we in the area knew our potentials and how to harness and utilise such potentials to achieve greatness, once we move this monster call Federal Government that control and impose immoral and corrupt children of Abuja, Lagos and PH as leaders on the region.

      Finally, Mr Mike, i want to assure you, the reason why i advocated for one Nigeria, is not because, of what Nigeria will offer me or region, but, because, diversity is good and God Had a reason for making us into one country. Secondly, i believe, and strongly i hold to my submission about this potentials. thirdly, if they, will be any revolution in this country, such revolution will be coming from the Northern region, not southern region. Because, the north has culture, religion and sincerity with their projection and demands if they want. My experience with my southern brothers and sisters is that, they make so much noise, write beautiful articles and papers, but, when it come to implementation that is where the challenges are? But, for the north, if they want something, they mean business and they go for it?

      So, assure, you, even the Western world have understood the political calculation in this country. The South have been destroyed by cultural imperialism, drinking and dancing; and the north still hold to their heritage; that, is why we are bombed and destroyed left, right and center; but, i assure you, and anybody that cares to listen, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan is a blessing in disguise so to say, because, his incompetent and security challenges is redirecting the region future; and Northerners are moving from their compromise and simplistic ways of viewing issues to now proactivism, which is a good omen for the region and people. They were sleeping before now the insecurity is waking them up; once awake nobody will force them to sleep, just like the Arab Uprising, the north have such potentials.

      So, Mr Mike, dont worry, about your disintegration, the North will give to you, when it is time, because, if it was the north that was agitating for this for this long, they could have gotten it; but, because all the noise is a facade and avenue to make money from both local and international investors, that, is why it has remain as such. I wish you well in all your thinking and agenda, but, please, when you are ready inform us, to sign the divorce letters please.

  3. Chinedu Nwobu reminds me of the state of our Nation, bleak, non-receptive, antagonistic, helplessly partisan & obviously crude. Nigeria will GOD willing remain one. We all should try to find a light after a long stack of dark folds. We needed solution years ago, not at this moment should we concede. Having put up a list of failed nations, did you recall Germany? East & west coming together to become stronger, to become the recipient of the biggest & most productive economy in the entire Europe? Content(write up) like this shouldn’t be entertained & people like Chinedu should visit a therapy home. You need bathing!

  4. Very, very interesting submission. I don’t entirely agree with it but I think the bold proposal to rethink the Nigerian structure is fascinating. Most times we fail to think out of the box, explore the hard options and generally ask the questions perceived as ‘taboos’ in our social and political lives. This writer has laid out some facts we should never deny. One that stands out is that Nigeria is simply not working as it is. Every part of Nigeria is too blessed to be struggling economically the way they are doing now. I believe Nigeria should be restructured politically and fiscally but the break up option is not my favorite. We should however not make it a ‘taboo’ subject to discuss and consider.

  5. @Bukhari Muhammed Bello, you are such a joke. You argued about the so called northern advantages but ended up still wanting nigeria to remain one. If you think the north has all the advantages you listed why do you still want one nigeria? A people who have a lot of advantages if they are on their own would naturally be looking for separation but the north wants to remain glued to nigeria because the truth is the that the north is the most disadvantaged part of nigeria, even the so called unity of the north will dissipate once they are on their own with muslims and muslim sects killing each other and killing christians. Talking of morality by a northerner is laughable because northern leaders institutionalised corruption.

  6. Mr Chinude, i really find your intervention very interesting and your solution very fascinating. As a man of knowledge that you claim to be, you decided to offers a one sided analysis that end up showing ur ignorance of the Nigerian project. Yes, Nigeria is facing challenges of governance and the current killing and impunity in the hands of a Southern President only shows the general lack of leadership temperament from the so called people who claimed they know it all. I really support your idea of divorce between the North and the South, because, staying in this contraption have destroyed the Northern region, politically, economically, socially, and morally.
    You mentioned of the fact, that, the north contributes nothing to Nigeria, which am not sure if you have cross check your findings or read the recent report of increase in GDP from agricultural surplus produce from the north. Anyway, i dont need to waste my time on that, but, may be if you have think deeper and reflected on this beautiful nonsense you are proposing, thinking it will hurt the northerner region as most of you wish, then, you will understand, that, the northern region has more comparative advantage if Nigeria is divided; But, for simple reason of enlightenment let me give you some key points to reflect on:

    1. Agriculture and Landmass: All over the world agriculture is the major instrument of development. The arable land in the northern region, if put into use, is enough to feed the whole of Africa. There is no region that has the comparative advantage in agriculture like the northern region. But, you know government policy and oil have made this most important sector underutilized. One wonders what will happen to the south if the northern farmers and business stop selling foods items and meats to the region. May be u fail to remember February 2010, when the northern Business men and women refuses to enter the southern market with their tomatoes, pepper, onions, cows, sheep and goats and everything skyrocketed and that single action had to force the Governors to come over to the border town and plead for the protesting business men and women to shelve their strike.

    i believe from the name you are Igbo from the South -East, in term of landmass one wonders where is the land that will accommodate the millions of Igbos that will be send packing from the northern part of the country. Land and demography alone will destroy the whole of South-East. So, with abundant landmass, we can accommodate returnees from the Southern part of the country

    2. Solid Mineral And Petroleum Resources: The areas in Nasarawa, Plateau, Zamfara, Taraba, Adamawa, Sokoto, Bauchi, Gombe, Maiduguri, Yobe, Kebbi etc are blessed with solid minerals and oil that are currently underutilized by the government. Sokoto, Bauchi, And the Chad basis in Borno State have abundant oil and gas, but, it is the policy of Federal Government not explore oil in that region, with the break up oil exploration will begin in the region. While the region can always import oil from Niger Republic before the completion of the one in the region. After all what is the different with Nigeria that has oil and yet import large oil and gas from less endowed states.

    3. Population: All over the globe, population is a source of power and prosperity. The reason some people are happy and over fed and have guts to insult the rest of us, is because, they produce goods and services that are largely consumed in the northern region. All the companies and industries in the South are sustain by the northern populations and patronage. So, one wonders where Mr Chinedu friends and parents will sales their imported spare parts and goods and services. The population of the Northern region can be turn into a productive population through mechanization of the agricutlural sub-sector, employment generations and social reorientation. The reason for the development and dominance of China and India is their population, same can happens in northern Nigeria.
    4. Culture, language and Religion: yes, the role of culture, language and religion in the development of any society cannot be underestimated. Culture and language plays an important role in translating development in any society into a language people understand and appreciate. Today, we can say, all nations that are at the peak of their development is as result of the role culture and language plays in the life of their people. No nation grows with a foreign language; for the northern region, the people have held their culture and language strongly, not even the evil of westernization could shift the people from their cultural and language heritage. So, it is easier to find large population of people who could read and write in Hausa Language without necessarily going to school. If the basis of calling someone an illiterate, is his inability to read and write in English then French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Arabs, Malaysians etc are all illiterates. So, break up will afford us the opportunity to adopt Hausa Language as the official language and use it to wake up people who feel deprived with the English language into agents of development.
    We are people of Religion. Even if religion have been abuse by politicians and some friend from the southern region who instigate fighting among Muslims and Christian, religion till remain a tool of our existence. It builds the moral basis of the society. No doubt Islam is a tool of unity among us; we are members of different tribes, but, Islam have unite us and our enemies are afraid of such unity, that, is why they keep creating problems and groups to discredit it. The south no doubt has been destroyed with disco dancing, nakedness, prostitution and immorality. But, for the sake of Islam, the north still maintains her sanity and morality. It is still a society where moral and religious believe hold supreme. So with little adjustment and holding the region destiny we can takia of outside interests against us and have profane respect and protection for our Christians brothers and sisters from the northern region.

    5. Leadership by Example: I strongly, agreed with you, with separation, the north will experience revolution in leadership in the region. The leaders that will emerge will no doubt be peoples’ choice and are people with good examples. The reason we are having leadership crisis in the region is as result of imposition of spoils brats from Abuja, Lagos, P/H and Enugu. People who have no understanding of their society; people who are so consume by the immorality they learn from the Southern part of the country; People who lack moral, cultural and religion understanding of their society. No doubt, people will not accept the nonsense they are experience with all the Federal Government support. So, leadership will be by example. You know the role of conservative society in building passionate and strong leaders.

    6. Building Dry Sea Ports, Cargo Ports and Dredging of River Niger: We dont need the sea ports in the South, because, we can build dry sea ports and cargo terminals and import our goods from there. May, be u failed to see and understand that; also, river Niger is equally important, so, the southern politicians and intelligentsia knew the economic viability of Dredging river Niger, that, is why they had been persistent policy somersault and policy flip flog whenever the issues come up. Late President Yar’adua was courageous enough and awarded the contract, but, as usual, President Goodluck Jonathan has withdrawn the funding and everything is stagnating.
    7. People of History: The northern region have a rich history of governance and justice and legal code that is superior to any law in the world. Yes! the Sharia that you are afraid to here, because, of it potentials to stop all the abnormalities in the society. Sharia legal system is God laws and has been found to offer man justice and felicity. It was used historically by the Sokoto Caliphate during the time of Usman Dan Fodio and when the British came they also found it to be an instrument they can use to rule over. So, the northern region has a history of justice, governance and legal instrument, which make it easier to fine-tune and project the society into progress. Laws and orders are major indices of progress in any society. So, you see what this contraption is denying us.
    8. Unity: No doubt, there is no region that enjoys unity of purpose like the northern region. That is why from pre-independence to date the like of Awolowo and now Obasanjo and Goodluck are trying very hard to break that unity of purpose among the people of the region, by using the Christian minority against the larger group and now using BOKO Haram mantra and burning of churches against people who enjoys good time together. But, whatever, the conspiracy, the northern region enjoys and will continue to enjoy unity of purpose and understanding among them, because the thing that unites them is more powerful than the thing that divides them.
    9. Resistance to Slavery and Recolonization: No doubt the conservative nature of the northern region and their strong hold to their religion and culture will make them to resist mental slavery and recolonization by the western country. No doubt; westernization is evil in this part of the country n people are resisting the encroachment of westernization in their homes and life, because they have identity and culture and religion that gave them self esteem and confidence. Unlike what we are seeing in southern region where westernization have destroyed the society and now the society is saturated with half naked and half crazy disco dancing youth who dont understand their purpose in life. The Almajiri even think better than most of them, because, he protested against slavery and incompetence of President Goodluck Jonathan because he saw it coming, while the highly educated people chains of degrees couldnt see it but mobilise themselves to it.

    9. When the Common Enemy Fizzle Out: The question i wish to ask you Mr Chinude, where lies the unity of Southern Nigeria when the common enemy “North” fizzle out? do you think the South can form a unity of purpose? Historically that has never happen, because, i dont see how the various nationalities in Niger-Delta can co-exist with one another if the history of killing and violence among them is anything to go by. What about the Igbo? I really pity the igbos, because, they have a culture of lacking leadership, then who led the igbo race in the larger Biafra Republic? with ego adventurism and arrogance display of perfidy how can igbos co-exist in the absence of a common enemy? where is the resource to sustain the region? only land dispute alone in Ebonyi kills a whole community, talkless of millions of igbos returning from their exile and other places in Nigeria. The reason for the semblance of unity among the Southern region is because they have a northern region they see as enemy that need to be contained and crushed at cost.

    10. Northern Beneficence and Benevolence: No doubt, the northern region and people have been benevolence to alot of our southern brothers and sisters in decades. The Northern assistance and support to Southern Businessmen and women is awesome. It is only in the northern region people can freely do their businesses and build houses and make wealth without anybody envious about them. The current challenges we know who are behind them, and we know it is plot to discredit the northern region but it will fail God willing. We know how many people that have been assisted by northerners against even their own fellow northern brothers and sisters in all spare of life. Some of them are now billions and prominent members of the society. Pity you Chinude, because, i dont know where your business men and women will get the opportunity to grow their businesses; as most of the contractors that are making money in the northern region are igbos against the northerners who equally have same expertise, but are patronised by northern establishment. Most of people who are making silly noise here and there once schooled in the northern region. No doubt, the northern region offers them opportunity to be something in life; so, for someone to say, the northern leaders are killing educational system because their people dont go to school is not only hypocritical about it but, shows lack of knowledge of the statistical indicators of performing states in education. For the past five years, Bauchi, Katsina and Adamawa always emerged as the best performing states in term of Universal Basic Education funding; Bayero University Kano in two conservative years emerged the best University in Nigeria. Please check your records before unleashing your ignorance.
    Ask your Igbos billionaires who was the secret of their success, and you will get a shocking revelation; it is the benevolence of northern elite and people. I remember having chart with a friend from the Southern part of the country, i was amassed, when she told me, that, she never date her igbos brothers because, they are stingy and will like to remove every penny they spend on her from her body. But, dating northerners especially Alhaji is nice, because, he spend alot and demand little. Then, i realise even in immorality, the naked women from the southern part of the country are sustain by the stupid benevolence of northerners. Then i understood the chains of events if Nigeria should disintegrate even the prostitute and naked women from the Southern part of the country will migrate to the northern region as sex workers akin to what we see in Italy and other place. Also, remember, a spare part seller in Gudu market a suburb in Abuja telling me, if Nigeria, disintegrate he will become a Muslim and continue his business in Northern region, because, there is nothing for him in the south-east; also remember reading an article by Chimmanda Anchie (hope i get this right), the author of “Half of Yellow sun” lamenting the pathetic situation of her uncle who was a book seller in Maiduguri, but was force to migrate back to east, is not finding it difficult to feed his family and even pay his shop rate; then i remember writing to say, this is just perusal to the formal disintegration and destruction of all of us.
    11. Mr Chinedu, may be you fail to realize the economic lost that will happens to mostly igbos if Nigeria disintegrate today. Please what is the net worthy of the properties and investments of northerners in the Southern region especially in south-east. Compare that, with the ones your brethren have in Northern region. In Abuja the net worth of investment of Igbos in real estate alone is in trillions, what of in other part of the northern: or are you thinking if we disintegrate someone will continue to hold unto his properties and investment. Disintegration means complete dislocation and reorganization abi? So, please, who stand to gain and who stand to loss in this forceful divorce?
    So, you see, the sacrifice and lost opportunity the northern region have been missing all this years. The feeling among the people and the youth is we hope for the day we will go our separate ways, so that, adage necessity is the mother of all inventions will take it shape. The pensioners in our various government houses, who go to Abuja to beg and collect from handout from oil proceeds, will not have a place in our future plans.
    Finally, the north is not afraid of disintegration of the Nigeria state, but, the north due to their orientations and culture always believe that God has a reasons for making us into a nation; just because, things are not working, that, is not the reason for us to dissolve this union. But, if people especially does in Diaspora, who have nothing to do, than, to be advocating for violence n disintegration of a nation which hold alot of promises, then we say to then, we wish them luck. The irony, is that no matter how long they stay or how integrated they feel they have become in their self imposed exile, they dont have any country like Nigeria. After all we know some of them are nothing but agents of countries who dont wish Nigeria well and are head bent on destroying the country for their economic gains.

    This is just a synopsis please, we have the full road map and economic and socio-cultural strategies for the northern region. Mind, we are equally ready and preparing very well fro the uncertainty, because, we know the man with the hat is ready to crash the country if his interests will not scale through. Dont think we are afraid. We are tire of this insult and we are coming out boldly and confidently to tell all that care to listen and ready that we are ready and capable. Excuse us please

    I wish you well in your campaigns and let hope it move very fast. I believe the people with the last stamina win the race.

    Bukhari Muhammed Bello Jega
    Youth Activist/Social Commentators
    Based in Abuja

    • i’ve always being made to understand that the ‘most ignorant’ of people within a community are the ‘forcefully educated’ or rather made simplistic, half educated. Unfortunately, Bukhari Muhammed, you single handed put this saying into Law. Having carefully made a read through of your intelligent nonsense write up, which must have taking you a life time of better deeds to scribble, the most pronounced of vice put out are as follows, 1) Religion Intolerance: This you displayed via your scribble, it is simply anything but Islam. Islam is a religion of Peace & it’s self explanatory, it shouldn’t be defaced or purged by sad examples as yourself. i’ve always put into context without reservation, that the North are the worst ambassador for Islam, absolutely, without a doubt. i wish to concede to this if i could be proved otherwise. 2) Contrary to the elephant page of misconception, the North is anything but a homogeneous society. The land region which defines the land space is defined by more than 75 tribes & of course more than 120 dialects, also, lauding the fact that the communicable, non interjecting platform that(will) can bring the North nation together is Islam, reminds me of a recent argument that currency note, is the best means of exchange rather than precious metal. This of course could have been a beautiful truth, if not more than the fact that several millions of Northern sons & daughters share a different belief(religion), states like Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Kaduna etc, make this a regrettable myth. 3) This, i find most facinating, if for nothing but simple Economics, you stressed about the North been the single most single important trade platform, single? This is indeed laughable in least, where does Lagos play a role in your valuation or poor statistics? The only one point i’ll put to you is, Lagos State was recently put as the apex of commercial centre, not just in our beloveth country, but Africa, as a whole. 4)Finally i’m not going to doable into your selected insults of several tribes & utopia that have been able to produce legendary figures & mechanism that has either motivated a generation after them or brought benefits to the Nation at large, cause one thing is for sure, we have all contributed EqUaLly, positives & vices that our Nation is tagged along. i’ll rather you carefully separated the grain from the shaft & quit general tagging a whole people, it’s simply bigotic. Use your talent into a proactive concept, sad enough, your clan folk(i.e deeza & Adam Baba Yamani), don’t fall victim of dark referenced. Rather than pouring out anger which mechanically makes you vulnerable, or making an atom weight of your dark self out mask the the larger aptitude part, is sad. The mind is a terrible thing to waste!

    • B M Bello Jega
      Thanks for your enlightening and educating piece, it’s highly encouraging write up, may Allah protect you for brainstormingly showing us a new face to proudly holding our head high as Northerners, proudly Dan Arewa.

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