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Six Solid Reasons Why Nigeria Should Not Disintegrate

Nigeria as a nation is under attack. There is a strong threat to its nationality. The issue of Nigeria’s disintegration has been a hot topic ever since the last general elections in 2015.

Since then it has received fuel from Pro-Biafran groups, and Pro Yoruba-nation advocates amongst others who believe the Nation-state is no longer suitable.

But should Nigeria really disintegrate? Are those Biafrans being ridiculous?

If you need points just for the sake of argument or you are still trying to make up your mind then here’s six reasons why Nigeria is better off as a nation.

To truly understand why Nigeria should stand united, let’s take a look at a few of the issues behind the call for Nigeria’s fragmentation into smaller countries.

1. Unequal Distribution of Resources

When we talk of unequal distribution of resources, one major group in Nigeria easily comes to mind. This is the Niger Delta. For several years, they have been the source of Nigeria’s Crude Oil wealth.

But despite the enormous profits the nation as a whole has gathered from the sale of crude oil, the Niger Delta region experienced abject neglect.

This region suffered from poor infrastructural development even though the continuous exploitation of its oil reserves brought devastation to its environment.

The waters became polluted; their sea-life died and farming became rather difficult because of soil pollution.

Of course this inflamed the people and caused them to act out, giving birth to the rise of militants who engaged in all kinds of activities ranging from kidnapping foreign expatriates to bursting gas pipelines.

All this they did to gain the attention of the neglectful government.

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Although the federal government has since taken measures to address the problems of the region, the memory still lingers especially since the nation experienced a shift in administration- that is the transition from Goodluck’s regime to the Present Buhari era. 

Since Buhari is a northerner it is easy to assume that his interests may not align with the interests of the Niger Deltans.

Now that’s just one instance of unequal distribution of resources which we shall use because most Nigerians are conversant with this.

The point is that these regions that feel exploited believe that severing themselves from Nigeria to form their own country(s) would best serve their interests.

2. Marginalization of Certain Ethnic Groups

Another issue that has brought about talks of Nigeria’s disintegration is the issue of marginalization. When it comes to the issue of politics, the Igbos feel marginalized.

That is they feel that they’ve been side-lined or pushed to the corner. Why? Well simply because the Igbos have not produced a president since forever.

Although Nigeria operates a democratic government and the power to elect new leaders is in the hands of the masses, it is easy for the Igbos to entertain this ridiculous notion because Nigerian politics for several years has been controlled by one major party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

This monopoly of power has created the impression that the production of the president is in the hands of the party chieftains.

Now these party chieftains are mostly from the South West or from the North. And therefore the Igbos seem to have little say in the helm of affairs.

Desperate for power, and desirous to see their son in Aso Rock, they are quick to scream marginalization.

In Nigeria, you hear ridiculous statements like the ‘south-west produced a president last tenure so it’s time for the north to produce one’ or ‘it’s time for the east to produce a president.’

We’re not going to talk about how this attitude is one of Nigeria’s biggest problems just yet.

Now apart from the Igbos, there are also several minority groups across the nation that have little influence. In other words, they get what they are given from the national cake because they are considered as minorities.  

In order to avoid adding fuel to the already very present disputes, this article deliberately avoids giving outright examples as much as possible. But hopefully you get the picture.

3. Northern Oppression

Northerners are no strangers to power in Nigeria. In fact they seem to have a monopoly on power.

Even when non-northerners were in power, like in GEJ’s regime or Obasanjo’s regime, it was clear that the northerners still held major sway.

This has engendered feelings of resentment from other ethnic groups e.g the Yorubas.

The Yorubas being highly educated do not understand why the power that comes so easily to the northerners seems to elude them.

To be fair, being in power has made the northerners seemingly untouchable. Take for example the incessant killings in -eastern and south-western communities by Fulani Herdsmen.

Up till this date, early 2017, there’s been no response from the government.

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Also in the north, large scale acts of violence against easterners have been recorded ever since the Jos 1945 killings all the way down to the Mubi killings of January 2012.

Although a lot of the more recent atrocities in the north against Igbos have been carried out by the infamous Boko Haram group, it is easy to blame the northerners because there is a prevailing belief that Boko Haram is funded by northern elites.

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Now these three points form the major reasons why there seems to be a clamour for Nigeria’s disintegration especially voiced by the so called proposed Igbo nation of Biafra.

In light of all these points, here are six reasons why Nigeria is better off as a nation.

 

 
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