Negotiability of Nigerian Unity

Negotiability of Nigerian Unity

That Nigeria is not yet a nation and that its national sovereignty is 100% negotiable is a fact not debatable. There is nothing sacrosanct about one-Nigeria or its unity. The truth is that Nigeria is already divided. And so, the apologists for one-Nigeria, its sovereignty, unity and non-negotiability are very dishonest and hypocritical individuals.

As a matter of fact, Nigeria is currently held together by a coward and corrupt political elitist sect that do not see or simply ignoring the yearnings and frustrations of the youths and various ethnic groups that were bundled together to form a country that has not worked since its amalgamation 103 years ago.

Unfortunately, since Muhammadu Buhari became president in May 2015, he has missed the opportunity to become a great leader. His misguided leadership, unguarded comments and unwise actions have rather helped to deepen the divide between the various ethnic groups and peoples of Nigeria. His imperialistic leadership style has essentially divided Nigerians more than before.

The escalating call for Biafra independence, the Niger Delta Avengers, jihadist Boko haram call for Islamic State, the marauding murderous above-the-law Fulani herdsmen mayhem around the country, and off-course the hopelessness that pervade the entire nation are mostly due to ethnic and tribal politics of President Buhari and his Fulani brethren.

Without rehearsing the awful history of Nigeria, the nation was divided long time ago but in principle in 1999 when former military dictators and heads of State, Generals Sani Abacha and Abdulsalami Abubakar assembled political puppets to put together the current Constitution, which does not embrace the common aspirations of every Nigerian citizen or soundly embody the system of governance practiced today.

The 1999 Constitution was designed to favor the North and promote Muslim aspirations and Islamic interests more than non Muslims and other religious expressions in Nigeria. It was shocking to notice that words and phrases such as Islam, Muslims, Koran, Prophet Mohammad, Sharia, Mosque, etc. were littered all over the Constitution without a single mention of Christian, Christianity, Church, Bible, Jesus Christ, etc. That alone is an eye-opener that Nigeria is not one.

It is absolutely ridiculous that the nation’s supreme document was written to favor one group of people and religious expression. It is even more ironic a country that boasts of many trained lawyers and constitutional experts at home and abroad could not come up with a constitution that embodies and embraces the

 

 

 

common aspirations of every Nigerian citizen and truly reflects and represents the presidential democratic system of government being practiced in Nigeria currently.

Today, Sharia Law - a religious-political of Islam is practiced in all the Northern states of the federation. And off-course, the North considers Islamic Sharia Law supreme to the Constitution of the Federation. That in itself without other clauses and stipulations in the 1999 Constitution, is sufficient reason to divide Nigeria.

And so we have such an ignorant, coward citizenry and corrupt legislative Assembly and Senators – especially the ones from the South who continues to talk about one-Nigeria, its unity, indissolubility and indivisibility because of greed, selfishness, or simply afraid of the North. The legislators and senators are suppose to be experts of the law and constitutional matters, yet they look away while the nation and her citizens wobble and flounder into abyss.

How can a nation that claims to be democratic and practicing presidential system of government have two constitutions: Secular/Common law and Islamic Sharia law? Almost half of the country practices Sharia. And we have people who call themselves leaders! What a joke!

By the way, it was former President Olusegun Obasanjo who allowed Sharia when it reared up its ugly head in 1999 in order to pacify the north for allowing and voting for him to be president. This is the same weak and coward leadership that has been destroying Nigeria.

One-Nigeria is a myth. Nigeria’s unity does not exist in paper and practice. Nigeria is not yet a nation yet and may never be one without fundamental restructuring or out-right division of the country. The apologists for one-Nigeria, who continue to defend Nigeria’s unity with violence and bullets are wasting their time. In fact, it is the corrupt and coward political elitist sect that are holding Nigeria and Nigerians in bondage.

The current agitations for independence coming from many quarters: Islamic State by Boko haram, Biafra State by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and others, Niger Delta, Middle Belt, Oduduwa and even Arewa simply justify that these variant groups of ethnicities held together by colonial amalgamation is not working and will never work without a national identity, new kind of governance and political leadership.

Today, it is not only appalling but ridiculous.

 

 

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