Are we on the precipice of disintegration in Nigeria?
July 14, 2014
It is very sad indeed that over five decades since Nigeria gained independence, we’re still at such a precarious and uncertain stage with regards our development, or otherwise, so much so that our continued existence as a single indivisible country cannot be foreclosed as a guaranteed end point in our evolution process.
When some few years ago the United States released a report that predicted that the geographical entity known as Nigeria might slide into extinction by 2015, many of us including myself thought it was a most improbable situation, almost unthinkable in fact that Nigeria could ever get to a point where we would divide and form separate countries. More especially so, since we have already survived the scare of one macabre civil war in our juvenile history as an independent nation, although many would argue against the use of the term ‘nation’ for Nigeria.
However, looking at the current prevailing realities in our beloved Nigeria today, the ominous possibility of a break-up is staring us very coldly in the face, yet all we can just do is hope and believe that the seeming divine hands that has kept us together for this long, despite various crises of monumental proportions which would have tipped many countries over the edge, will continue to see us through these hideous days. As it is now, if the Boko Haram crisis ravaging the northern parts of our country should ever find a way of spreading down to the south, or to Lagos more especially, the likelihood of this menace escalating into a full-blown ethnic cum religious war would be too high. As such, only God will be able to prevent an imminent collapse of what we know as Nigeria today, should those dastardly cowards ever venture down south with their colossal evil machinations.
It is for this reason that we can no longer discountenance America’s prediction of our possible break-up by 2015, given how this Boko Haram menace will be a major factor in the political equation leading up to the approaching general elections next year. As of this moment, it remains quite difficult to imagine how elections will hold across the country as a whole, especially in the terror infested regions of the north. Except if this Bokononsense crisis has somehow been sufficiently tamed before then, which is equally very difficult to contemplate, given the way the deadly monster has been allowed to spiral out of control thus far.
The most annoying thing about this unsavoury situation is that as individual citizens, there appears to be little or nothing at all that we can do to save our nation from this untold haemorrhaging, from the possible disintegration of our beloved fatherland. However, the truth is that we have far more to gain from being one big and diverse nation than we could ever gain as smaller individual countries. The benefits of Nigeria remaining one indivisible country far outweighs whatever advantages each divided unit could gain from going it alone, even the oil-rich Niger Delta region. Our population alone is a massive positive factor that could be harnessed to help us become the great country we could easily be. Besides, there is so much strength that could be derived from our diversity, if only we can learn to see ourselves as offsprings of the same father.
As much as there is not much we could do to stop Boko Haram from perpetrating their campaign of terror as individual citizens, we still owe our country the responsibility of shooting up the right kind of leadership that would help to steer the ship of state onto the promised land. The upcoming 2015 general elections presents yet another opportunity to make our voices heard where it matters most, supposing of course that providence will permit a relatively violence-free polls.