When the colonial Masters conceived the idea of bringing the southern and northern Nigeria as one single entity (1914 amalgamation of southern protectorate and the northern region) They might have foreseen what a mess Nigeria will be in without such a move.
Their aim was to unite Nigerians and each Nigerian to regard a fellow Nigerian as a brother and sister respectively, Irrespective of tribe, religion,region,and political affiliation.
But what we are witnessing today is a direct opposite of such beautiful efforts. I still wonder,why the 1965 & 1966 civil war was aggressively dealt with. If we know in a near future such move would fail? Because I see no difference in us belonging to different country.
What is happening today is disheartening, even after more than a 100 years of the amalgamation of the two regions, Nigerians still regards one another as Northerner and Southerner, a Christian and a Muslim.
It goes down to even our politics, No matter how good a candidate is, so long as he doesn’t belong to our region, tribe, religion, he is regarded as politically handicapped.
And also no matter how bad or how tainted his or her hands are with inequities we will support him or her blindly simply because we see him as our own and therefore give him our mandate,whether he or she can deliver or not.
It is so bad that even the political parties now have tribes, regions and religions (Christianise and muslimise and so the followers)
Why don’t we consider substance? Why don’t we consider a man with a vision,with the interest of both Nigeria and Nigerians at heart? Why don’t we remove sentiments and move Nigeria forward?And deliver it to the greater height and beyond? without given consideration to which region he comes from, religion or party he or she belongs to.
It is disheartening that any bad or good that comes within an administration of a particular leader, is attributed to that leader. Why don’t we consider it as a part of transition?. (When America went into recession the Americans did not regards that as bad administration or attributed it to the then administration of the then president, but they consider it as a global issue and joined hands as Americans to bring themselves out of the woods)
Why don’t we Nigerians emulate such fine trends?
When are we getting there? If after a centenary of a move to unite us as one single entity we still regards ourselves as Northerner, Southerner, Christian, and Muslim? I wonder what would have happened to us if there was no such move.
Am calling on us Nigerians to keep sentiments a parts, to embrace one another as a fellow, protect the interest of one another irrespective of tribal, regional, religious or political affiliations.
Why don’t we embrace and support a leader,or a politician, who is honest, transparent, a man or woman of integrity with the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians at heart, selfless ready to take us to the greater heights?
And the truth is we have them,we only need to understand that,”men and women of substances are not covered in Gold, it is only when we scratch them that we will find gold”
It is high time,we stop been sentimental, stop been blinded,by our selfish interest but embrace one another and take our one and only Nigeria to a new horizon.
Nigeria is the only country we have ,we must therefore joined hands to salvage it.