If you are a Nigerian or a friend of Nigeria, you need to read these exchanges between some friends on a whatsApp group.
Please read on patiently, be informed, learn & enjoy.
Sorry guys I know these are way up the thread of posts, but I MUST answer these comments:
“There are a lot of people from areas that would have been considered Northern Nigeria pre 1960 that are culturally, ethnically and religiously closer to people from what would be considered “Southern Nigeria”
‘NORTH & SOUTH ARE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS NOT CULTURES’
“Core north and south for starters. Let the middle belt states choose where that want to follow.”
‘WHY MUST THEY CHOOSE? SO THAT THEY CAN STUPIDLY SUBSTITUTE ONE DOMINANCE FOR ANOTHER? WHY WILL ANY MINORITY CHOOSE TO BE DOMINATED IN THE NAME OF CULTURAL SIMILARITIES.
‘AT LEAST NOW THEY ARE RELEVANT IN THE SWINGS OF POLITICAL MOODS, BEDDING STRANGE FELLOWS TO GET SOME THINGS. MINORITIES GOT A PRESIDENT IN THIS SETTING. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN IF THEY SUBMIT TO ONE DOMINANT MAJORITY IN A NORTHERN OF SOUTHERN SETTING
‘REMEMBER SOUTH SUDAN PEOPLE!!! EVEN LIBYA!! WHAT HAPPENED IN THESE COUNTRIES IS A BIG WARNING TO COUNTRIES SUCH AS OURS.
‘3 YEARS AFTER APC WON A LANDSLIDE VICTORY WE OVERWHELMING DECIDED & THEN CELEBRATED (GOD KNOWS I WARNED OF THIS) NOW WE WANT TO DIVIDED THE BED IN 2 BECAUSE THE WIFE IS HAVING HER 4 (YEARS) PERIOD.’
“SO WHAT ARE YOU PROPOSING AS A SOLUTION?”
‘Nigeria remains one. For once let us behave like a nation, close ranks & give democracy a long try. It is the only way. The western nations we admire went through this process. It is at the precipice that we bring the best out of ourselves. The literate & logical elements in this country must bond together & make true change happen. It starts with using our votes wisely & teaching others to do same’
“It’s an ideal… Great in concept of logic too, herculean in its practical execution given the complete lack of trust we have for each other.’
“What I don’t understand still from all the conversations around politics in Nigeria is.. the obsession with who occupies the office of president? Please, don’t get me wrong, I believe the office is very critical and important but I also believe that it’s on a lower level of importance wrt to creating broad, impactful and sustainable change that touches everyone.
“Is our obsession with this office to do with a residual military era mindset? Where one single individual is supposed and expected to lead all fronts of our national life.
“The NASS and the characters we vote in there is what I consider most important for our collective survival and progress. When are we going to start discussing these ones with equal vigor as we do the office of president? When are we going to realize that this constitution and current laws, which are a legacy of a military despotism, will not provide the right levers and enablers for a true democracy. When are we going to awaken fully to the fact that the will, spirit, principles and character of the judiciary and legislature is most important to the survival of a truly effective and efficient democracy?
“We have been barking up the wrong branch of this tree for too long. We must refocus on the right things to guarantee a sane and potentially prosperous future for our progeny.
“We need to fight for the edit of our common laws to strengthen the right institutions, so that they in turn can fight for the common man which we all are…
“Done correctly, the current crop of political interlopers and passengers won’t even see us coming.”