What binds us together as a people


The nation right now is in the throes of ethnic bigotry, we spew hate, violence, and malice against each other on the basis of ethnicity all because we had an election, and we threw all caution to the wind.

What is a Nation

What makes us a unique nation, is not because we speak the same language or have the same cultural background, but our uniqueness is derived from the diversity that binds us together, and makes us strong, giving us a rich antecedent in the annals of history, creating a present that is spiced and a future that is promising. In the words of Deborah Day, “Our differences are an amazing gift of diversity, making this world a vibrant tapestry of cultures.”

If our diversity and differences bring vibrant colors to our world and nation, why the fear of subjugation by one tribe or region over the other? According to the great sage, the late Dr. Tai Solarin, “There’s no hope for a people who are enslaved, either by their own fear or by the fear imposed on them by others.” Why are we allowing fear to rule us? Why are we giving in to fear… and reacting in and to fear in our polity, in our interactions and engagements with people across all ethnic backgrounds?

Where and when is the origin of this fear?

I am of the opinion it started from the catastrophic fall out of the first military coup in January 1966. When it was inadvertently portrayed to be an ethnic based coup versus a nationalistic coup based on the desires and wishes of the five Majors that led the coup especially Major Kaduna Nzeogwu. And the counter coup of July 1966, and the fallout resulting in the Civil war with over One million dead, really inflamed and set the tone of what we have and have been experiencing till date.

Some will argue that it predates to the 1914 amalgamation by Lord Luggard, when he brought the Northern and Southern Protectorates together and the eventual christening with the name Nigeria.

This leads to the question, are we the only nation made up of different ethnic nationalities? Where is Canada, Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, India, Brazil, and United States… nations with different ethnic mix, culture, and customs yet provide a rich tapestry of different ideas, perspectives, and incredible insights and not at daggers drawn with each other as we are presently. Does this mean there are no occasional conflicts? Yes, there are, but the collective will and vision that binds them together holds sway and guides them into an amicable resolution without tearing each other down or heating up the polity.

Is there someone to blame for this malady that has befalling our nation? Any group to be held accountable?

There is no group or individual responsible other than we ourselves as individuals, in our respective climes and jurisdiction. 

Embracing our diversity

There is a saying that, you can’t prevent birds flying over your head, but you can prevent them building nests on your head. The sad truth is, we have allowed ourselves to have nests of hate, bigotry, nepotism, and whatever ill that exists to be built on our heads. And I refer to the quote of Dr. Tai Solarin again that,” There’s no hope for a people who are enslaved, either by their own fear or by the fear imposed on them by others”. Why have we allowed fear of our diversity and differences rule over us and be a threat to our collective existence? Whence cometh the rhetoric that, if not the same homogeneity, then they must be discriminated and reviled against? According to Dave Donavan, “Diversity is not a liability, and homogeneity is not an asset. Diversity is a strength, and homogeneity is a weakness.” 

Regardless of tribe, tongue, religion etc, God created all men and women equal…in fact, in the scriptures, Psalm 88:4-5 (AMPC), “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor.” This tells me that God did not discriminate when he created us as a people…why are we driving the narrative of discrimination and discord just to score cheap meaningless points and false propaganda? This is not animal farm where, “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” a testament to colonial mindset of the West that runs contrary to the original plan of creation and has right now, put the entire world in a mess with selective fulfilment and obedience to the original order of nature and a double standard in the field of morality and spirituality. (Topic for another day :))


The solution is not far-fetched, but it is going to be a journey of a lifetime of deliberate actions and steps to focus forward. 

Case in point is Rwanda. I am sure we do not want to go through the horrors of what befell that nation in a space of 100 days in our nation due to divisive and flammable rhetoric of a tribe or ethnicity been superior to others. According to reports, the most widely accepted scholarly estimates are around 500,000 to 662,000 Tutsi deaths…in just 100 days in a single country…and it is believed to be more. Rwanda rose from this murky past to confront the demons of nepotism and tribalism and to make their nation, one nation under God with all people…been Rwandans…no Tutsi or Hutu but just Rwandan working for the betterment of their nation. Embracing their multicultural society and living together in harmony.

We need to take responsibility for our actions and inactions as individuals…the change begins with you as a person before you try to see it in another. And below are not in any way inexhaustible:

  1. We see ourselves foremost as One Nigeria….and not south, east, west or north. “To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag” Pauline Hanson
  2. The best of the country should lead, and we be deliberate to do away with nepotistic behaviour and sentiments for the country to develop. In the words of Tai Solarin, “It is the duty of every true nationalist to work hard for the development of his country.”
  3. We should join hands to build a nation worth living in without pointing to others to build it. In the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
  4. We should take pride in our nation and stop bad mouthing, cussing, and cursing at it. According to Idowu Koyenikan, “Your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great; your country becomes great because of your pride in it”.
  5. Let us, be worthy leaders that reflect the future we desire as individuals and as a people. “Show me the heroes that the youth of your country look up to, and I will tell you the future of your country” Idowu Koyenikan.


As we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this weekend, let us bear in mind, that Jesus did not die on the cross for a particular race or ethnicity or select group of people. He died for all mankind…irrespective of status, tribe, tongue, religion race…just name it. Galatians 3:38, (AMP), “There is [now no distinction in regard to salvation] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you [who believe] are all one in Christ Jesus [no one can claim a spiritual superiority]. (Emphasis mine). If Christ did not discriminate when he died to save the world, why should we be doing likewise as a people?

President Nelson Mandela, during his presidential inaugural speech in Pretoria, South Africa on the 10th of May 1994, Nelson Mandelastated that;

“We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign.”

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. – Ronald Reagan

The New Nigeria of our Dreams…

As the elections draw closer, many Nigerians are dreaming of a “New Nigeria” – a country free from corruption, insecurity, and economic hardship. But is it really as simple as voting for the right candidate? Or is there more work to be done before we can see real change in our country?

First, we need to acknowledge the challenges that Nigeria faces. Our country has a long history of ethnic and religious divisions, which have led to violence, discrimination, and inequality. We also suffer from widespread corruption, which has stunted our economic growth and deprived many Nigerians of basic services like healthcare and education. And our security situation is precarious, with Boko Haram and other terrorist groups causing havoc in the North East, while kidnappers and bandits terrorize other parts of the country.

Given all these challenges, it’s clear that a “New Nigeria” will not emerge overnight. We need to be patient and persistent in our efforts to build a better country. But what can we do to make progress towards this goal?

First, we need to reject tribalism and religious bigotry. These attitudes have only served to divide us and weaken our country. We need to see ourselves first and foremost as Nigerians, and work together to solve our common problems.

Second, we need to fight corruption at every level of society. This means not just punishing corrupt politicians and officials, but also changing the culture that allows corruption to thrive. We need to promote transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior in all aspects of our lives.

Third, we need to invest in education and healthcare. These are the building blocks of a prosperous and healthy society. We need to ensure that all Nigerians have access to quality education and healthcare, regardless of their background or location.

Fourth, we need to prioritize security. This means not just defeating terrorist groups and other criminals, but also addressing the root causes of insecurity, such as poverty, unemployment, and social inequality.

Finally, we need to cultivate a sense of patriotism and national pride. We need to celebrate our achievements as a nation, and work together to build a better future for ourselves and our children.

In short, building a “New Nigeria” will require hard work, sacrifice, and a long-term vision. And it does not lie in the hands of one man or woman claiming to be wearing the messianic toga. It lies in our hands, if we are willing to come together as a nation and tackle our challenges head-on, and there is no limit to what we can achieve. Let us all commit to making Nigeria a better place for all its citizens, and for generations to come, trusting in God to give us grace and men whom the lust of office cannot buy. Men who have no skeletons in their cupboard and carry no baggage of the past that they can’t readily shed off.

NB: This article in no way endorses any candidate or party. It is the musings and aspirations of my heart.

Trappings of Power

Have you ever heard or read the report about a person…and you wonder either in consternation or in admiration…until your perception about this person is shattered or your reality is rocked by unknown revelations and insights about this person(s)?

I read a book very recently, “A Prisoner in His Palace” by Will Bardenwerper …stumbled upon it while reading another book, “Extreme Ownership: How U.S Continue reading

The Impartial Judge in Us


Who is an impartial judge? According to https://www.collinsdictionary.com/ “Someone who is impartial is not directly involved in a particular situation and is therefore able to give a fair opinion or decision about it”

In the court of law, this is very crucial to a free and fair hearing, the precursor to the judiciary been the last hope for justice for the downtrodden.

But it does not stay only in law, it applies to our lives especially if you are a Continue reading


Sunday 8th August, 9:30am.

Where should I start my appreciation? Really I don’t know where. But what I know is, I have been overwhelmed with love and warmth since Saturday as I marked my 40th. Family, friends, colleagues, well-wishers… you are all simply amazing.

Even though I would have loved to have a get together with friends … I must not fail to commend, celebrate and appreciate my wife for the beautiful cake and the party mood she put the whole house too. I celebrate you, love you and treasure you greatly. This journey won’t have been possible without you. And to Adeoluwa and Oluwatamilore… you made the day bam in your own unique children ways. Continue reading

The Duty of ‘The Nigerian’ II

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Federation, Confederation or What?

In the Northern region, we had the groundnut pyramids that was the hallmark of trade there with several developments and growth occurring in that region, symbolized by several institutions and in the Eastern region we had palm oil and coal, used to advance the region in terms of development and growth and symbolized by the Nnamdi Azikwe University and several institutions there. We essentially ran a federating system that ensured equity in the allocation and distribution of resources that led to equitable development of Nigeria, until the Military stepped in and introduced a Unitary system and the whole thing went south. Right now, we purportedly are running a federal system in a democratic setting, but what we run is a quasi-unitary-federal system with the states going bowl in hand to the center, Abuja to beg for allocations and the instrument of state, Continue reading