Peaceful Division Of Nigeria, What Are The Benefits

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I am Nigerian and proud. And every nigerian equally is, except they stopped at some point. I will not bore you with all the grace and natural endowments nigeria is blessed it, these things are undeniably true but have all become a mirage in the face of poor leadership and human capital. The big question is where did we go wrong? If you keep an open mind, there are dozens of correct answers to the above question but for the sake of time, let's consider the most critical answer. I am of the opinion that the problem is foundational, inherent, it was perceived, premeditated and carefully orchestrated. Before the creation of one Nigeria, the major constituents of Nigeria were great kingdoms that rose from very distinct dynasties with established sense of indentity and heritage. Bear in mind that these kingdoms had their working socio political ideals in place and were already flourishing before the colonialists came and merged them for administrative purpose. I will not fall to the temptation of blaming our political fore fathers for delivering an imperfect or pseudo country to the incoming (now current) generation. I will in fact say they accomplished their own part of the struggle. It certainly behoves on the next generation to make further amends, negotiations and renegotiation till ideal nation-states would be created. Nigeria (like many other countries) is referred to as a developing country for a reason. To me, the idea is that its architecture is still subject to corrections and modifications. These corrections are the responsibility of the current generation, OUR GENERATION. 'Nigeria's unity is non negotiable' The above statement is the greatest aberration by the govt/elites of Nigeria. This however is not unconnected to the fact that they are big time beneficiaries of the faulty system as it is human nature to tend to be selfish. I lay the above foundation to put my hopes of a peaceful divorce of Nigeria in proper perspective and in the same breath, state the gains we all stand to experience if Nigeria eventually breaks up. 1. It will be a refreshing new dawn for ODUDUWA REPUBLIC, BIAFRA and even the new Nigeria which will usher in new orientation, hope and motivation for their respective peoples. The political/developmental fatigue will all be gone and we will all be rejuvenated. 2. We will witness the birth of true, viable nation-states whereby ethnic intolerance crisis will become a thing of the past and tribal marginalisation will become very minimal. 3. Religious crisis will also be drastically minimized. In my opinion, northern Nigeria is predominantly Islamic while the south-east is predominantly Christian. The southwest to the best of my knowledge is a very liberal zone (christianity or Islam, anyone goes). If these 3 regions would have their own nations, religious crisis will evidently be eliminated. 4. There will be rapid development in BIAFRA, ODUDUWA and new Nigeria as 3 different nations. 'The problems Nigeria is facing today as a country is normal, the likes of US have had similar problems and it took them hundreds of years to get to where they are today' Again, the above is another blackmail and false statement told to Nigerians to delay the country's political destiny. We are in the information age, and everything happens faster now than they ever did. Even kids of today learn and mature faster. The fact that we are a colonial country does not mean we need 250 years like the United states before we develop. China, Dubai just to mention a few did not spend up to 50year to get to where they are today. FYI China was also colonised by Britain. Like I said, we are in the age of information, and knowledge is everywhere. Blueprint for development is available to every willing nation. What it take for a country to develop are: a. More science and less religiosity b. One National identity and one direction c. Quality, merit based leadership If BIAFRA, ODUDUWA emerge, the political power brokers will lose their influence to the new order, then the above development blueprint stand a chance to be executed. Also, there will be a sort of healthy competition towards growth and development among the 3 new countries. 5. Ease of governance. If we achieve the division of nigeria, the leaders of the new countries will become more effective and productive due to moderate sizes of their nations' populations. 'Our population is our strength' Above is another terrible lie to Nigerians. A nation's ability to prosper does not depend on the size of its population. Nigeria's population is more than that of Britain and France put together, and these are giant world powers. In closing, there is a saying that 20 children cannot play together for 20 years. Let us choose peace and progress over unity in penury. I hope this meets you well.

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