LIBISPEN: NIGERIA FINE FROM A FAR BUT FAR FROM FINE; There is more that unites us as humans than what divides us because we are just a country, not a nation. We have more difference in our collective aspirations than similarities. Unity is not uniformity.
Instead of working towards unity we are just preaching oneness,the natural hate we have for our countrymen and women transcends gender, religion, region, and ethnicity… it’s an innate hatred. With phrases such as onye Hausa,malo, kafuri,innyamiri,aboki, etc. if we see ourselves as human first not along faulty lines filled with chauvinism and parochial sentiments, we will go long way in mending fences and building bridges across the Niger and social, political and societal divides.
Nigeria and Nigerians are still yet to fashion out which system of government suits their societal peculiarities due to diversity and complexity in social norms and values.
If after over 100years of amalgamation and over 57years of independence, some section of the country sees others as uncivilized, Illiterates and nuisance, others also see the other side of the Niger as a conquered territory and political slaves, then there is fire on the mountain that if care is not talking may consume the whole forest.
We bury merit at the platter of a quota system
We sacrifice competency at the altar of federal character
We have high mutual suspicion that we don’t see each other as countrymen
We are still battling with indigene /settler dichotomy
But when it’s time to share the resources we bury those divides because the beneficiaries of such illegality are few vocal minorities who decide for the silent majority.
As pessimistic as I may sound, we can seat and renegotiate our existence as a people by evaluating our past existence as single political entity..where we faired well, we should keep up and maintain the tempo… Where we have failed, we can retrace our steps and move to right direction, carrying warring parties, marginalized, discriminated fellow countrymen along.
Embracing fairness, equity, and justice as a panacea for a lasting peace
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
LIBISPEN: NIGERIA FINE FROM A FAR BUT FAR FROM FINE
Written by Kushi Libi Isaac