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

The Duty of ‘The Nigerian’

“The country was at one time very prosperous, and powerful, but there is probably no other country on this earth more torn and wasted by internal dissensions, tribal jealousies, and fratricidal feuds, a state of things which unhappily continues up to the present time.”

Dr. O Johnson, History of the Yorubas, Published 1921

This is the sad reality of our nation this day. Even though, the above quote was directed at the Yorubas as at then, it in no small measure fits into the modern reality of our beloved Nation Nigeria.

It is not far-fetched nor hearsay that our nation is on the brink of a second civil war with imminent breakup going by the various agitations all around the country and deep-seated mistrust to other ethnic groups and nationalities and amongst ethnic configuration as well.

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