Are We Seeing The End Of Nigeria?

By Ikenga Chronicles June 28, 2017

Are We Seeing The End Of Nigeria?

                                                         –Uche Aguoru

Since the end of the civil war in January 1970 and the declaration of a no victor no vanquished position by the Gowon administration– a move meant to pacify the Igbo for the humongous loss incurred during the three year old civil war that saw them losing millions of lives and properties–the Nigerian government and the entire citizenry have collectively lied to themselves about the unity and coexistence of the three major tribes of Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba.

I may not want to be politically correct, but the truth stands erect against all manner of pretentious narratives aimed at forcing co-habitation of strange bedfellows in the Nigerian project. The undeniable truism known even by our British colonial masters is that Nigeria cannot be united.

The government of the day has by their actions or inactions deepened the cracks of disunity so much so that it has gone beyond patching and the resultant effect is what we are seeing today–the call by every ethnic region asking for self-determination.

The citizenry is being served political and social injustice and the mental tuning of everyone in the country today is denial and rejection by the ruling class. I do not want to sound alarmist, but the truth must be told. Anyone following the recent events in the country should know that those we see talking and shouting in the streets are not the real players, the real players are behind the scene, at our government houses, the legislative assemblies and foreign missions. Everybody in this country today innately wish that the country can disintegrate so the different ethnic regions can go their separate ways and live the way it suits them. But the challenge is, who will take responsibility for such action?

That the IPOB no matter how you look at it, has come to enjoy the acceptance of the majority of the Igbo, is simply undeniable. That the violent actions of the Arewa youths against other tribes basically the Igbo have always received the hidden endorsement of Hausa/Fulani elites is also one fact that can easily be substantiated. One doesn’t need to search too far to see that the call by the Oodua People’s Congress for the division of the country had the blessings of the Yoruba elders. The Middle Belt region has also been crying to anyone who cares to listen that they want out, while the elders and youths of the South South geopolitical zone had always insisted on resource control and had become restive because of their perceived criminal marginalization of the zone.

That the Muslim northerner and the Christian southerner have always seen each other as unclean and unworthy to occupy same geographical, religious and social space is evidenced in the number of religious violence and killings being witnessed every day in Nigeria. The country on its own has got natural boundaries along ethnic, religious, language and cultural barriers brazenly visible to all.

Nigeria is a fraudulent marriage that lacks basic trust of each partner in the relationship and at such, crash is inevitable. No matter how much we try to manage and tolerate, the contraption called Nigeria is not working,has never worked and can never work.


  • Aguoru writes from Umuahia