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VIEWPOINT: NIGERIA; A NATION AT WAR WITH SELF

If there is one event, or gathering in recent times that probably did more than anything else to convince Nigerians that 50 years after the Civil war that lasted (1967-1970), in the country overtly ended, the nation covertly remained at war with self, it is the conference organized by the Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo Lagos in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations on Monday 13th January 2020, in Lagos, and had as theme; Never Again.After listening to the various speakers, I couldn’t agree more that those factors that set the stage for the civil war 50 years ago are still alive and active on our political geography.Fundamentally, in the early stage of the meeting, I met with, and had a superficial exchange on the state of the nation with some courageous and well-foresighted Nigerians that has met resistance from their own government in the past but refused to give up in their quest to build a better Nigeria. From this brief but important conversation emerged the following thoughts.

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The nation Nigeria, in the estimation of the first group, is faced with both hard and harsh choices because we failed to apply what we have learned from the civil war. As a solution, these young but well-foresighted Nigerians declared that the time is ripe for the country to re-assess its priority, develop new vision and reforms.
Accordingly, while admitting that the nation’s sociopolitical challenge is basically rooted in gap with history, the second group explained that any nation desirous of making socioeconomic and political progress must see history as an unending dialogue between the present and the past through a continuous process of interaction between the historian and his facts. Such disposition they added, has the capacity to assist the nation improve its present and future actions based on a clearer understanding of the mistakes in the past and achievements of past.
The response of the third group was not only instructive but characterizes the image of the nation’s present ‘philosophy’. In their understanding, the solution to the nation’s present predicament is for the masses to demand accountability and transparency from ‘predator’ called leaders who see public office not as an opportunity for public gain but as an avenue for private gain. The second option is to ‘borrow or steal’ from developed countries the modern leadership styles. Until such step is taken, they submitted, the nation will remain a political geography where political leaders will continue to disjoint the amalgams and fracture our nation’s geography into polarised ‘ethnosyncrasies’ and idiosyncrasies-leaving the masses in dearly rift and discord.
Indeed, while I disagree on the position of outright ‘borrowing or stealing’, as governance/leadership like every other human endeavours are the products of continuous experimentation and research which cannot easily be borrowed because they are creation of knowledge and as such must be dynamic; and can only be transmitted to Nigeria through a long, continuous learning and experiment, I must in absolute terms admit that the claim about endless rift, discord and wars is evidently manifesting in the wave of secessionist sentiments sweeping across the country with restive youths in the South east and South South demanding that the marriage of 1914 be ended as the basis for its continued existence have severely been weakened. However, the very vociferous agitation for Biafra’s restoration by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, led by youthful Nnamdi Kanu has been the loudest of the separatist movements.
Though separatist bug has also caught some sections of the country, there is no denying the fact that even with the defeat of the Igbo in the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, majority of the people, especially those born after the war harbor immense sentiment for separate political and cultural identity for the Igbo nation in the mould of restoration of the short–lived Republic of Biafra.
However, there is another account that probably did more than anything else to capture the frustrations, disappointments of Nigerians against their leaders- the comments by the keynote speaker- , Professor (Senator) Banji Akintoye of which the content will majorly form the plots and portion of this piece.
From his carefully prepared note, properly framed arguments, it was clear that what made the gathering crucial was not the celebration of the end of the civil war in Nigeria but how well their message necessarily served the interest of the masses. He established how the Government of our Country is being managed in ways that make it look like an exclusive preserve of a particular minority. Pointing out what has been on the minds of Nigerians that there seems to be an agenda being pursued to establish this minority in all positions of command in the Executive, Administrative, Judicial and Security Services of our country.
The voices of the majority register protests continually and are continually disrespected and ignored. The state of law is patiently being subsumed to the needs of that agenda, with seriously damaging effects on human rights. These situations are inevitable fostering, among the Peoples of the Middle Belt and South of our Country, the feeling that they are being reduced to the status of conquered Peoples in Nigeria.
Some persons belonging to the would-be minority conquerors are loudly threatening to overrun and seize the ancestral homelands of the said Peoples of Nigerian Middle Belt and South, and are actually pushing for that conquest with their acts of destruction of farms and villages, acts of wanton killings of People, acts of kidnapping, acts of intimidation, and the act of bringing of masses of their ethnic kinsmen from Countries beyond Nigeria to seize and possess land by force and intimidation in Nigeria. And meanwhile, the Government of Nigeria seems to be purposed, not to defend the threatened People of Nigeria, But to aid the processes of the conquest, The outcome of all these, is that our Country is divided into two hostile parts – the minority that seems bent on conquest and ethnic cleansing, and the majority that is striving with great handicaps to preserve their Homelands and their existence and integrity as Peoples.
Despite these challenges, the speaker noted that in the spirit of Never Again, we will not plunge our Country into Civil War, we can, and we must, terminate all this descent towards horrific war; we can and we must, speedily move our Country into the state of law, the state of mutual respect among our hundreds of Nation and the state of order and peace in our Country.
The steps needed to accomplish this new order of existence for our Country are obvious. First, the Nigerian ethnic nation that has been threatening other Nigerian ethnic nations, that has been engaging in invasion, destruction, disruption and barbarous rampages in the homelands of other Nigerian ethnic nations, and that has been mobilizing external forces to assist the conquest, subjugation and ethnic cleansing of other Nigerian ethnic nations, must now, immediately, stop and renounce this agenda to the satisfaction of all of Nigeria, and to the satisfaction of the civilized World.
Secondly, after that, we Nigerian’s must restructure our Country, with the objective of giving our Country a true and generally acceptable Federal Structure under which the different sections of our Country will be able to develop their resources for the conquest of poverty in their domains, for the elevation of the quality of life of their citizens, and for their contributions to the overall prosperity of our Nigeria.
To make Restructuring produce a full and abiding good for our Country, we must now, for the first time, correct a serious mistake which we have been making from the beginning, especially from the beginning of independent Nigeria. That mistake is that we have been ignoring the fundamental fact that underlies our Country. The fundamental fact is that Nigeria is a country of many different Nations, of Nations that are in some respects radically different – in their cultures, their political traditions, their perceptions of acceptable reality, their expectations, and their desires and goals. Ignoring this fundamental point, we have almost continuously let our Country wobble and teeter on the brink of violent implosion, and we have continually inflicted serious pains upon ourselves. We fought and ended a Civil War, but we have never really moved measurably away from the brinks of Civil War.
We have if there is one event, or gathering in recent times that probably did more than anything else to convince Nigerians that 50 years after the Civil war that lasted (1967-1970), in the country overtly ended, the nation covertly remained at war with self, it is the conference organized by the Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo Lagos in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations on Monday 13th January 2020, in Lagos, and had as theme; Never Again.
After listening to the various speakers, I couldn’t agree more that those factors that set the stage for the civil war 50 years ago are still alive and active on our political geography.
Fundamentally, in the early stage of the meeting, I met with, and had a superficial exchange on the state of the nation with some courageous and well-foresighted Nigerians that has met resistance from their own government in the past but refused to give up in their quest to build a better Nigeria. From this brief but important conversation emerged the following thoughts.
The nation Nigeria, in the estimation of the first group, is faced with both hard and harsh choices because we failed to apply what we have learned from the civil war. As a solution, these young but well-foresighted Nigerians declared that the time is ripe for the country to re-assess its priority, develop new vision and reforms.
Accordingly, while admitting that the nation’s sociopolitical challenge is basically rooted in gap with history, the second group explained that any nation desirous of making socioeconomic and political progress must see history as an unending dialogue between the present and the past through a continuous process of interaction between the historian and his facts. Such disposition they added, has the capacity to assist the nation improve its present and future actions based on a clearer understanding of the mistakes in the past and achievements of past.
The response of the third group was not only instructive but characterizes the image of the nation’s present ‘philosophy’. In their understanding, the solution to the nation’s present predicament is for the masses to demand accountability and transparency from ‘predator’ called leaders who see public office not as an opportunity for public gain but as an avenue for private gain. The second option is to ‘borrow or steal’ from developed countries the modern leadership styles. Until such step is taken, they submitted, the nation will remain a political geography where political leaders will continue to disjoint the amalgams and fracture our nation’s geography into polarised ‘ethnosyncrasies’ and idiosyncrasies-leaving the masses in dearly rift and discord.
Indeed, while I disagree on the position of outright ‘borrowing or stealing’, as governance/leadership like every other human endeavours are the products of continuous experimentation and research which cannot easily be borrowed because they are creation of knowledge and as such must be dynamic; and can only be transmitted to Nigeria through a long, continuous learning and experiment, I must in absolute terms admit that the claim about endless rift, discord and wars is evidently manifesting in the wave of secessionist sentiments sweeping across the country with restive youths in the South east and South South demanding that the marriage of 1914 be ended as the basis for its continued existence have severely been weakened. However, the very vociferous agitation for Biafra’s restoration by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, led by youthful Nnamdi Kanu has been the loudest of the separatist movements.
Though separatist bug has also caught some sections of the country, there is no denying the fact that even with the defeat of the Igbo in the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, majority of the people, especially those born after the war harbor immense sentiment for separate political and cultural identity for the Igbo nation in the mould of restoration of the short–lived Republic of Biafra.
However, there is another account that probably did more than anything else to capture the frustrations, disappointments of Nigerians against their leaders- the comments by the keynote speaker- , Professor (Senator) Banji Akintoye of which the content will majorly form the plots and portion of this piece.
From his carefully prepared note, properly framed arguments, it was clear that what made the gathering crucial was not the celebration of the end of the civil war in Nigeria but how well their message necessarily served the interest of the masses. He established how the Government of our Country is being managed in ways that make it look like an exclusive preserve of a particular minority. Pointing out what has been on the minds of Nigerians that there seems to be an agenda being pursued to establish this minority in all positions of command in the Executive, Administrative, Judicial and Security Services of our country.
The voices of the majority register protests continually and are continually disrespected and ignored. The state of law is patiently being subsumed to the needs of that agenda, with seriously damaging effects on human rights. These situations are inevitable fostering, among the Peoples of the Middle Belt and South of our Country, the feeling that they are being reduced to the status of conquered Peoples in Nigeria.
Some persons belonging to the would-be minority conquerors are loudly threatening to overrun and seize the ancestral homelands of the said Peoples of Nigerian Middle Belt and South, and are actually pushing for that conquest with their acts of destruction of farms and villages, acts of wanton killings of People, acts of kidnapping, acts of intimidation, and the act of bringing of masses of their ethnic kinsmen from Countries beyond Nigeria to seize and possess land by force and intimidation in Nigeria. And meanwhile, the Government of Nigeria seems to be purposed, not to defend the threatened People of Nigeria, But to aid the processes of the conquest, The outcome of all these, is that our Country is divided into two hostile parts – the minority that seems bent on conquest and ethnic cleansing, and the majority that is striving with great handicaps to preserve their Homelands and their existence and integrity as Peoples.
Despite these challenges, the speaker noted that in the spirit of Never Again, we will not plunge our Country into Civil War, we can, and we must, terminate all this descent towards horrific war; we can and we must, speedily move our Country into the state of law, the state of mutual respect among our hundreds of Nation and the state of order and peace in our Country.
The steps needed to accomplish this new order of existence for our Country are obvious. First, the Nigerian ethnic nation that has been threatening other Nigerian ethnic nations, that has been engaging in invasion, destruction, disruption and barbarous rampages in the homelands of other Nigerian ethnic nations, and that has been mobilizing external forces to assist the conquest, subjugation and ethnic cleansing of other Nigerian ethnic nations, must now, immediately, stop and renounce this agenda to the satisfaction of all of Nigeria, and to the satisfaction of the civilized World.
Secondly, after that, we Nigerian’s must restructure our Country, with the objective of giving our Country a true and generally acceptable Federal Structure under which the different sections of our Country will be able to develop their resources for the conquest of poverty in their domains, for the elevation of the quality of life of their citizens, and for their contributions to the overall prosperity of our Nigeria.
To make Restructuring produce a full and abiding good for our Country, we must now, for the first time, correct a serious mistake which we have been making from the beginning, especially from the beginning of independent Nigeria. That mistake is that we have been ignoring the fundamental fact that underlies our Country. The fundamental fact is that Nigeria is a country of many different Nations, of Nations that are in some respects radically different – in their cultures, their political traditions, their perceptions of acceptable reality, their expectations, and their desires and goals. Ignoring this fundamental point, we have almost continuously let our Country wobble and teeter on the brink of violent implosion, and we have continually inflicted serious pains upon ourselves. We fought and ended a Civil War, but we have never really moved measurably away from the brinks of Civil War.
We have now seen enough to be convinced that we must not continue to ignore the fundamental. The fundamental will not go away; it is we who must harmonize the Structure and Management of our Country with the fundamental. Refusing to recognize and harmonize with the fundamental would certainly continue our Country’s slide towards dissolution, and might soon complete that process. Consciously recognizing and harmonizing with the fundamental would almost certainly give our Country a long and stable lease of life. But that means that if we do agree and choose to continue to live together as One Country, then we all (all sections of our Country) must together work out, agree upon, and thoroughly respect the agreed conditions and demands of our living together as One Country.
To catalyze the process, must now, absolutely, and without further delay, address our fundamental and let our Country, our Nations and our People have peace. The mounting mood of our younger generation and our youths – the overwhelming and most heavily distressed majority of our Country’s population – is deafeningly, and increasingly impatiently, demanding this. We are already in a crisis. If we, in our sober difference to reality, find that we can no longer hold together as one entity, then let us Never Again plunge into any kind of War among us. It is subhuman to continue to suffer pain and brutalization without trying to get rid of it. And it is insanity to keep doing a thing the same way over and over and expect a different outcome.
ow seen enough to be convinced that we must not continue to ignore the fundamental. The fundamental will not go away; it is we who must harmonize the Structure and Management of our Country with the fundamental. Refusing to recognizIf there is one event, or gathering in recent times that probably did more than anything else to convince Nigerians that 50 years after the Civil war that lasted (1967-1970), in the country overtly ended, the nation covertly remained at war with self, it is the conference organized by the Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo Lagos in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations on Monday 13th January 2020, in Lagos, and had as theme; Never Again.
After listening to the various speakers, I couldn’t agree more that those factors that set the stage for the civil war 50 years ago are still alive and active on our political geography.
Fundamentally, in the early stage of the meeting, I met with, and had a superficial exchange on the state of the nation with some courageous and well-foresighted Nigerians that has met resistance from their own government in the past but refused to give up in their quest to build a better Nigeria. From this brief but important conversation emerged the following thoughts.
The nation Nigeria, in the estimation of the first group, is faced with both hard and harsh choices because we failed to apply what we have learned from the civil war. As a solution, these young but well-foresighted Nigerians declared that the time is ripe for the country to re-assess its priority, develop new vision and reforms.
Accordingly, while admitting that the nation’s sociopolitical challenge is basically rooted in gap with history, the second group explained that any nation desirous of making socioeconomic and political progress must see history as an unending dialogue between the present and the past through a continuous process of interaction between the historian and his facts. Such disposition they added, has the capacity to assist the nation improve its present and future actions based on a clearer understanding of the mistakes in the past and achievements of past.
The response of the third group was not only instructive but characterizes the image of the nation’s present ‘philosophy’. In their understanding, the solution to the nation’s present predicament is for the masses to demand accountability and transparency from ‘predator’ called leaders who see public office not as an opportunity for public gain but as an avenue for private gain. The second option is to ‘borrow or steal’ from developed countries the modern leadership styles. Until such step is taken, they submitted, the nation will remain a political geography where political leaders will continue to disjoint the amalgams and fracture our nation’s geography into polarised ‘ethnosyncrasies’ and idiosyncrasies-leaving the masses in dearly rift and discord.
Indeed, while I disagree on the position of outright ‘borrowing or stealing’, as governance/leadership like every other human endeavours are the products of continuous experimentation and research which cannot easily be borrowed because they are creation of knowledge and as such must be dynamic; and can only be transmitted to Nigeria through a long, continuous learning and experiment, I must in absolute terms admit that the claim about endless rift, discord and wars is evidently manifesting in the wave of secessionist sentiments sweeping across the country with restive youths in the South east and South South demanding that the marriage of 1914 be ended as the basis for its continued existence have severely been weakened. However, the very vociferous agitation for Biafra’s restoration by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, led by youthful Nnamdi Kanu has been the loudest of the separatist movements.
Though separatist bug has also caught some sections of the country, there is no denying the fact that even with the defeat of the Igbo in the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, majority of the people, especially those born after the war harbor immense sentiment for separate political and cultural identity for the Igbo nation in the mould of restoration of the short–lived Republic of Biafra.
However, there is another account that probably did more than anything else to capture the frustrations, disappointments of Nigerians against their leaders- the comments by the keynote speaker- , Professor (Senator) Banji Akintoye of which the content will majorly form the plots and portion of this piece.
From his carefully prepared note, properly framed arguments, it was clear that what made the gathering crucial was not the celebration of the end of the civil war in Nigeria but how well their message necessarily served the interest of the masses. He established how the Government of our Country is being managed in ways that make it look like an exclusive preserve of a particular minority. Pointing out what has been on the minds of Nigerians that there seems to be an agenda being pursued to establish this minority in all positions of command in the Executive, Administrative, Judicial and Security Services of our country.
The voices of the majority register protests continually and are continually disrespected and ignored. The state of law is patiently being subsumed to the needs of that agenda, with seriously damaging effects on human rights. These situations are inevitable fostering, among the Peoples of the Middle Belt and South of our Country, the feeling that they are being reduced to the status of conquered Peoples in Nigeria.
Some persons belonging to the would-be minority conquerors are loudly threatening to overrun and seize the ancestral homelands of the said Peoples of Nigerian Middle Belt and South, and are actually pushing for that conquest with their acts of destruction of farms and villages, acts of wanton killings of People, acts of kidnapping, acts of intimidation, and the act of bringing of masses of their ethnic kinsmen from Countries beyond Nigeria to seize and possess land by force and intimidation in Nigeria. And meanwhile, the Government of Nigeria seems to be purposed, not to defend the threatened People of Nigeria, But to aid the processes of the conquest, The outcome of all these, is that our Country is divided into two hostile parts – the minority that seems bent on conquest and ethnic cleansing, and the majority that is striving with great handicaps to preserve their Homelands and their existence and integrity as Peoples.
Despite these challenges, the speaker noted that in the spirit of Never Again, we will not plunge our Country into Civil War, we can, and we must, terminate all this descent towards horrific war; we can and we must, speedily move our Country into the state of law, the state of mutual respect among our hundreds of Nation and the state of order and peace in our Country.
The steps needed to accomplish this new order of existence for our Country are obvious. First, the Nigerian ethnic nation that has been threatening other Nigerian ethnic nations, that has been engaging in invasion, destruction, disruption and barbarous rampages in the homelands of other Nigerian ethnic nations, and that has been mobilizing external forces to assist the conquest, subjugation and ethnic cleansing of other Nigerian ethnic nations, must now, immediately, stop and renounce this agenda to the satisfaction of all of Nigeria, and to the satisfaction of the civilized World.
Secondly, after that, we Nigerian’s must restructure our Country, with the objective of giving our Country a true and generally acceptable Federal Structure under which the different sections of our Country will be able to develop their resources for the conquest of poverty in their domains, for the elevation of the quality of life of their citizens, and for their contributions to the overall prosperity of our Nigeria.
To make Restructuring produce a full and abiding good for our Country, we must now, for the first time, correct a serious mistake which we have been making from the beginning, especially from the beginning of independent Nigeria. That mistake is that we have been ignoring the fundamental fact that underlies our Country. The fundamental fact is that Nigeria is a country of many different Nations, of Nations that are in some respects radically different – in their cultures, their political traditions, their perceptions of acceptable reality, their expectations, and their desires and goals. Ignoring this fundamental point, we have almost continuously let our Country wobble and teeter on the brink of violent implosion, and we have continually inflicted serious pains upon ourselves. We fought and ended a Civil War, but we have never really moved measurably away from the brinks of Civil War.
We have now seen enough to be convinced that we must not continue to ignore the fundamental. The fundamental will not go away; it is we who must harmonize the Structure and Management of our Country with the fundamental. Refusing to recognize and harmonize with the fundamental would certainly continue our Country’s slide towards dissolution, and might soon complete that process. Consciously recognizing and harmonizing with the fundamental would almost certainly give our Country a long and stable lease of life. But that means that if we do agree and choose to continue to live together as One Country, then we all (all sections of our Country) must together work out, agree upon, and thoroughly respect the agreed conditions and demands of our living together as One Country.
To catalyze the process, must now, absolutely, and without further delay, address our fundamental and let our Country, our Nations and our People have peace. The mounting mood of our younger generation and our youths – the overwhelming and most heavily distressed majority of our Country’s population – is deafeningly, and increasingly impatiently, demanding this. We are already in a crisis. If we, in our sober difference to reality, find that we can no longer hold together as one entity, then let us Never Again plunge into any kind of War among us. It is subhuman to continue to suffer pain and brutalization without trying to get rid of it. And it is insanity to keep doing a thing If there is one event, or gathering in recent times that probably did more than anything else to convince Nigerians that 50 years after the Civil war that lasted (1967-1970), in the country overtly ended, the nation covertly remained at war with self, it is the conference organized by the Nzuko Umunna and Ndigbo Lagos in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations on Monday 13th January 2020, in Lagos, and had as theme; Never Again.
After listening to the various speakers, I couldn’t agree more that those factors that set the stage for the civil war 50 years ago are still alive and active on our political geography.
Fundamentally, in the early stage of the meeting, I met with, and had a superficial exchange on the state of the nation with some courageous and well-foresighted Nigerians that has met resistance from their own government in the past but refused to give up in their quest to build a better Nigeria. From this brief but important conversation emerged the following thoughts.
The nation Nigeria, in the estimation of the first group, is faced with both hard and harsh choices because we failed to apply what we have learned from the civil war. As a solution, these young but well-foresighted Nigerians declared that the time is ripe for the country to re-assess its priority, develop new vision and reforms.
Accordingly, while admitting that the nation’s sociopolitical challenge is basically rooted in gap with history, the second group explained that any nation desirous of making socioeconomic and political progress must see history as an unending dialogue between the present and the past through a continuous process of interaction between the historian and his facts. Such disposition they added, has the capacity to assist the nation improve its present and future actions based on a clearer understanding of the mistakes in the past and achievements of past.
The response of the third group was not only instructive but characterizes the image of the nation’s present ‘philosophy’. In their understanding, the solution to the nation’s present predicament is for the masses to demand accountability and transparency from ‘predator’ called leaders who see public office not as an opportunity for public gain but as an avenue for private gain. The second option is to ‘borrow or steal’ from developed countries the modern leadership styles. Until such step is taken, they submitted, the nation will remain a political geography where political leaders will continue to disjoint the amalgams and fracture our nation’s geography into polarised ‘ethnosyncrasies’ and idiosyncrasies-leaving the masses in dearly rift and discord.
Indeed, while I disagree on the position of outright ‘borrowing or stealing’, as governance/leadership like every other human endeavours are the products of continuous experimentation and research which cannot easily be borrowed because they are creation of knowledge and as such must be dynamic; and can only be transmitted to Nigeria through a long, continuous learning and experiment, I must in absolute terms admit that the claim about endless rift, discord and wars is evidently manifesting in the wave of secessionist sentiments sweeping across the country with restive youths in the South east and South South demanding that the marriage of 1914 be ended as the basis for its continued existence have severely been weakened. However, the very vociferous agitation for Biafra’s restoration by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, led by youthful Nnamdi Kanu has been the loudest of the separatist movements.
Though separatist bug has also caught some sections of the country, there is no denying the fact that even with the defeat of the Igbo in the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, majority of the people, especially those born after the war harbor immense sentiment for separate political and cultural identity for the Igbo nation in the mould of restoration of the short–lived Republic of Biafra.
However, there is another account that probably did more than anything else to capture the frustrations, disappointments of Nigerians against their leaders- the comments by the keynote speaker- , Professor (Senator) Banji Akintoye of which the content will majorly form the plots and portion of this piece.
From his carefully prepared note, properly framed arguments, it was clear that what made the gathering crucial was not the celebration of the end of the civil war in Nigeria but how well their message necessarily served the interest of the masses. He established how the Government of our Country is being managed in ways that make it look like an exclusive preserve of a particular minority. Pointing out what has been on the minds of Nigerians that there seems to be an agenda being pursued to establish this minority in all positions of command in the Executive, Administrative, Judicial and Security Services of our country.
The voices of the majority register protests continually and are continually disrespected and ignored. The state of law is patiently being subsumed to the needs of that agenda, with seriously damaging effects on human rights. These situations are inevitable fostering, among the Peoples of the Middle Belt and South of our Country, the feeling that they are being reduced to the status of conquered Peoples in Nigeria.
Some persons belonging to the would-be minority conquerors are loudly threatening to overrun and seize the ancestral homelands of the said Peoples of Nigerian Middle Belt and South, and are actually pushing for that conquest with their acts of destruction of farms and villages, acts of wanton killings of People, acts of kidnapping, acts of intimidation, and the act of bringing of masses of their ethnic kinsmen from Countries beyond Nigeria to seize and possess land by force and intimidation in Nigeria. And meanwhile, the Government of Nigeria seems to be purposed, not to defend the threatened People of Nigeria, But to aid the processes of the conquest, The outcome of all these, is that our Country is divided into two hostile parts – the minority that seems bent on conquest and ethnic cleansing, and the majority that is striving with great handicaps to preserve their Homelands and their existence and integrity as Peoples.
Despite these challenges, the speaker noted that in the spirit of Never Again, we will not plunge our Country into Civil War, we can, and we must, terminate all this descent towards horrific war; we can and we must, speedily move our Country into the state of law, the state of mutual respect among our hundreds of Nation and the state of order and peace in our Country.
The steps needed to accomplish this new order of existence for our Country are obvious. First, the Nigerian ethnic nation that has been threatening other Nigerian ethnic nations, that has been engaging in invasion, destruction, disruption and barbarous rampages in the homelands of other Nigerian ethnic nations, and that has been mobilizing external forces to assist the conquest, subjugation and ethnic cleansing of other Nigerian ethnic nations, must now, immediately, stop and renounce this agenda to the satisfaction of all of Nigeria, and to the satisfaction of the civilized World.
Secondly, after that, we Nigerian’s must restructure our Country, with the objective of giving our Country a true and generally acceptable Federal Structure under which the different sections of our Country will be able to develop their resources for the conquest of poverty in their domains, for the elevation of the quality of life of their citizens, and for their contributions to the overall prosperity of our Nigeria.
To make Restructuring produce a full and abiding good for our Country, we must now, for the first time, correct a serious mistake which we have been making from the beginning, especially from the beginning of independent Nigeria. That mistake is that we have been ignoring the fundamental fact that underlies our Country. The fundamental fact is that Nigeria is a country of many different Nations, of Nations that are in some respects radically different – in their cultures, their political traditions, their perceptions of acceptable reality, their expectations, and their desires and goals. Ignoring this fundamental point, we have almost continuously let our Country wobble and teeter on the brink of violent implosion, and we have continually inflicted serious pains upon ourselves. We fought and ended a Civil War, but we have never really moved measurably away from the brinks of Civil War.
We have now seen enough to be convinced that we must not continue to ignore the fundamental. The fundamental will not go away; it is we who must harmonize the Structure and Management of our Country with the fundamental. Refusing to recognize and harmonize with the fundamental would certainly continue our Country’s slide towards dissolution, and might soon complete that process. Consciously recognizing and harmonizing with the fundamental would almost certainly give our Country a long and stable lease of life. But that means that if we do agree and choose to continue to live together as One Country, then we all (all sections of our Country) must together work out, agree upon, and thoroughly respect the agreed conditions and demands of our living together as One Country.
To catalyze the process, must now, absolutely, and without further delay, address our fundamental and let our Country, our Nations and our People have peace. The mounting mood of our younger generation and our youths – the overwhelming and most heavily distressed majority of our Country’s population – is deafeningly, and increasingly impatiently, demanding this. We are already in a crisis. If we, in our sober difference to reality, find that we can no longer hold together as one entity, then let us Never Again plunge into any kind of War among us. It is subhuman to continue to suffer pain and brutalization without trying to get rid of it. And it is insanity to keep doing a thing the same way over and over and expect a different outcome.
the same way over and over and expect a different outcome.
e and harmonize with the fundamental would certainly continue our Country’s slide towards dissolution, and might soon complete that process. Consciously recognizing and harmonizing with the fundamental would almost certainly give our Country a long and stable lease of life. But that means that if we do agree and choose to continue to live together as One Country, then we all (all sections of our Country) must together work out, agree upon, and thoroughly respect the agreed conditions and demands of our living together as One Country.
To catalyze the process, must now, absolutely, and without further delay, address our fundamental and let our Country, our Nations and our People have peace. The mounting mood of our younger generation and our youths – the overwhelming and most heavily distressed majority of our Country’s population – is deafeningly, and increasingly impatiently, demanding this. We are already in a crisis. If we, in our sober difference to reality, find that we can no longer hold together as one entity, then let us Never Again plunge into any kind of War among us. It is subhuman to continue to suffer pain and brutalization without trying to get rid of it. And it is insanity to keep doing a thing the same way over and over and expect a different outcome.

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The Chairman, Ika Landlords\Landladies Association, Mr. Vincent Arimokwu has said that the association stopped the …

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