OUR FEAR OF UNITY AND THE NEW NIGERIA #SUPERBLOGGERS

Published:3 Mar, 2012

20120303-061605.jpg

Elder Statesman and former Biafran warlord the late, Ikemba Emeka Odumegwu_Ojukwu, once said, “the source of our (Nigeria) problem is our fear to unite”
This statement got me thinking. Tried as I may to understand the level of disunity and distrust amongst us as a nation has drained me off.
Nigeria as a nation has become so polarized to such nauseating dimensions that one might be tempted to believe that our continued stay together as one sovereign entity is but a mere waste of time. The deep into anarchism is open to every conscious observer.
The call for a Sovereign National Conference is becoming louder by the day. The security challenges facing the entire country needs no mentioning. Regional sentiments have climbed to high heavens with calls from ethnic bigots for separate entities. Some criminal elements (Boko Haram Terrorist) have even gone too far as to give ultimatum for Southerners living in the North to leave, imagine that. As a Nigerian from the North and a Christian, I make bold to say majority of Muslims nationwide don’t share the bigoted views of these hoodlums.
The assumption that the mostly Christian South is tired of living in a forced marriage to the mostly Muslim North is to my way of thinking a mere political game played by some people to gain cheap political point. I might concede that on the surface, it might appear as though unity amongst the diverse peoples, tribes and cultures in Nigeria is likely impossible but if one cares to look deep into it, the words of Abraham Lincoln comes true, “what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart”
Yes, I make bold to say our similarities are so great that we can afford to appraise our differences with candor and approach them with hope of building a stronger wall of defense
It is true that we have had inter-tribal and religious conflicts and are still having, but we should also take into cognizance of the fact that we have had inter-tribal and religious marriages as well.
Most of us have landed properties in states that are not our ‘state of origin’.
We get our sense of livelihood from businesses and jobs situated in places order than our ‘state of origin’
The truth of the matter is that regardless of what religion, tribe or culture you associate with, the hierarchy of needs theory as propounded by Professor Abraham Maslow is valid to you. This theory cuts across tribe, religion and culture and is majorly the reason why migration to other places for greener pasture still holds.
Now, if Nigerians will endeavor to strengthen the things that binds us together alone these lines, we might not solve every problem we have as a people, but most certainly, we can get something meaningful done.
To march the magnitude of this task of uniting the nation for better days ahead, we need the energies, uniqueness, and potentials of our people. Yes, we must enlist the splendid efforts in various endeavors of the life of the different ethnic groups (Ijaw, Kanuri, Bachama, Jukun, Igala, Tiv, Birom, Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, etc) spread across the breadth and width of this great country.
As we learn to go forward and secure greater prosperity for generations to come, let us take stock of our goal- where peaceful co-existence is lacking, welcome it; where growth and development is fragile; make it strong; where dishonesty and corruption is thriving, suffocate it.
Welcome to the new Nigeria!
Calvin Lawan, Abuja
  • obi 1

    I think its easy to say we should live together,we need more action,our problem really is d Enthronement of corruption beyond every other thing…good piece!

  • I am a Corps member teaching government in my PPA, I once taught my students the difference between a state and a nation. I expressly told them that Nigeria will Nigeria will attain nationhood only at the point where they (students) stop addressing themselves first as Yoruba, Ibo or Hausa before Nigerians. A Nigerian is first a Nigerian before he is Yoruba or Ibo. We lay a lot of emphasis on our differences that we forget the umbilibal cord that binds us together and that in the end we are not much different. This is why I’ll always subscribe to Achebe’s suggestion in ‘The problem with Nigeria’ that the provision for ‘State of origin’ should be extant and unnecessary.

  • This is a very wonderful piece. It is a true reflection of the realities on ground.

  • ibrahim

    The calls for SNG are elitist. The elitte are the problem with this country. Tthey want an SNG where they can go and feather their nest and talk without solutions.Good piece.

  • toyin

    A dream that can be realized, from grass root to the top. Good job

  • lokozo

    Calvin, thanks for the motivational write up, but the truth is we are not one, if you are convinced we are, pls tell me why Hausas resident in the south can only be found in clustres around sabos. Tell me why they only patronise fellow hausas for food, why they prefer to walk kilometres just to pray in a hausa led mosque. How can u justify the massive employment of hausa graduates at the expense of southerners, a Hausa frend of mine once seeked my advice on which he should choose btw custom, airforce and immigration, opps like these re hard to come by for we southerners. This and many other injustices are occasioned by imbalance in the system which can only be corrected by a round table discussion (SNC)
    The more we try to cement the cracks of this forcefully joined togeda country, the more we mark our individual boundaries. The earlier the bettr

  • ..

    @Lokozo, calvin has made a great point in all he has said but you tend to savour his efforts. I am hausa by tribe n pls dnt judge it base on tribe. the 2011 list for Marine Academy at calabar says it all please talk with facts n not speculations. we are tryin to build a greater nigeria wot u are doing is digging a bottomless pit. All tribes are guilty of such crimes b it YORUBA, HAUSA, IGBO or any oda dialect. so please NIGERIA first I implore u to b a leader not a segregationist

  • Good post and a great blog. Ive been searching for something like this. Thanks!

  • Amazing points=) I am going to take a bit of time to toy with the post.

  • Ive been meaning to read this and just never acquired a chance. Its an issue that Im very interested in, I just started reading and Im glad I did. Youre a good blogger, one of the finest that Ive seen. This blog absolutely has some details on topic that I just wasnt aware of. Thanks for bringing this things to light.

  • very nice site, its great

  • Hi Nakita,You get all this wrong! In the last post you can see the propper explanation understandable.

  • You make some good points. I guess it depends on your standpoint. In two words, im possible. Samuel Goldwyn 1882 1974

  • Hi webmaster, commencers and everybody else !!! The blog was absolutely amazing! Lots of impressive information and inspiration, both of which we all need! Maintain them coming You all do such a amazing job at such Concepts cant tell you how much I, for one appreciate all you do!

  • htdRqde Phentermine

  • Amazing post! I initially found your blog a week or so ago, and I subscribed to your RSS feed the very same day. I have several cool ideas for some upcoming posts you could write. Ill send you an email shortly. Keep up the great work.

  • Any of you guys used Auto Blog System X? I have been using it for about two weeks now and made $3,000. Anyone can do it really, if you like blogging then you will find it very easy. It teaches you about a $100,000,000 loophole you can make money from on AutoPilot. Check their site out, they guarantee you will make $1000 within 1 week or your money back Auto Blog System X

  • The moment I saw this page was like wow. Thanks for putting your effort in publishing this article.

  • Well I sincerely enjoyed reading it. This tip offered by you is very constructive for proper planning.

  • ???? ? ????????? ??????????? ???????????? ?? ????????.

  • sheet accompanies groupsme anita promoting picme khushbooec academies thousandth arlington accomodation little

  • Man Im glad I ran into you here. I did use them to do my gutter cleaning. Too high.

  • Linceys World

  • Es la imagen que saldría de mi cabeza cuando me despierto 5 minutos tarde, una peazo exclamación al estilo Metal Gear.

  • This site appears to recieve a good ammount of visitors. How do you advertise it? It offers a nice unique spin on things. I guess having something useful or substantial to post about is the most important factor.

  • gfHnIZ Valium

  • Yo Brothankz, awesome stuff

  • zzxlzxsfahzwzdfykrzr, ????? ????, nCpkCop.

  • Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus offers powerful new ways to deliver the best work whether youre at work, at home or in school the computers web browser, or smartphone. Engage your audiences attention and provide them with their ideas with enhanced tools. Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus include: Access, Excel, Infopath, Onenote, Outlook, Power Point, Publisher, Word.

  • Thanks for taking the time to discuss and share this with us, I for one feel strongly about it and really enjoyed learning a lot more about this topic. I can see that you possess a degree of expertise on this subject, I would quite much like to hear much more from you on this subject matter – Ive bookmarked this page and will return soon to hear additional about it.

  • Youre not the regular blog writer, man. You surely have something important to add to the World Wide Web. Such a wonderful blog. I will come back again for more.

  • tv online – great information, thanks!

  • I stumbled upon your web site and it is fantastic for I need. It contains excellent and useful posts. I read through most of them and got so much from them. In my opinion, youre accomplishing a wonderful work. Keep it up! Id like to grate you for generating such a great web site.

Related Posts

Recent Posts

Trump’s Philosophy And Greatness For America Is Delusional, Myopic, And Dangerous – By Dr. Wumi Akintide

You can only solve a problem you fully understand. I am not so sure that Trump fully understands the true meaning and importance of governing a complex country like America and making peace with his critics if the word “enemy” is just too strong. There is no question that Trump is a very smart man, but like Adolf Hitler, he is a devil in his heart. He thoroughly understands the twists and turns of running a business which is...

UK gets evidence against Diezani, as EFCC set to proceed with interrogation.

The United Kingdom (UK) is now in possession of a pile of evidence against former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, courtesy of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). A team of EFCC detectives was on standby yesterday to proceed to London to interrogate the ex-minister. Sources familiar with her investigation by the EFCC told The Nation that all the evidence gathered by the anti-graft agency on Diezani had been handed over to UK investigators. The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu...

The Righteous Nigerian And The Rationality of Corruption – By Pius Adesanmi

Can Nigeria overcome corruption? Will Nigeria survive corruption? The optimistic, overconfident Nigerian who offered me a “no shaking yes” to both questions was only able to do so because he successfully outed me as I tried to remain incognito and maintain a low profile at the hotel pool in Lagos. Retreating incognito to a hotel in Lagos to assess our war front strategies in matters Nigeriana is something I often do with Omoyele Sowore. This time in the summer of...

VANGUARD: How 21 States Spent N37.4billion On Pension For 47 Ex-Governors

 Former governors are exerting pressure on the finances of state governments with pension payments and other entitlements draining billions of naira every year from developmental funds for the states.   Over N37.367 billion was, according to Vanguard findings, expended on servicing 47 former governors from 21 states in pension payments and provision of...

Enyeama named among Ligue 1’s top African footballers of the week

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has been named as one of the top five African Players of the Week in the French Ligue 1.   According to the list ,published by France Football on Monday, Enyeama is the third of the lot.   His selection is as a result of his brilliant performance for Lille in their 0-0 away draw against Dijon on Saturday.   With the help of his two centre-backs, Marko Baša and Simon Kjær, Enyeama kept 11 consecutive clean...

EFCC nailed me with fake documents, says Jonathan’s former aide Waripamo-Owei Dudafa

Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, a former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday told a federal high court in Lagos that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) forced him to implicate the immediate past president.   Dudafa, who is standing trial for alleged corruption, told the court that the anti-graft agency obtained statements from him under duress, and “nailed” him with “fake documents”.   He said his oral and written statements were all extracted through the use of force during his detention in...

Barrow names Jammeh’s ex-minister Fatoumata Tambajang as vice-president

President Adama Barrow has appointed Fatoumata Tambajang as vice-president, Halifa Sallah, his spokesman, disclosed on Monday.   Tambajang once served as minister of health under former President Yahya Jammeh.   Tambajang is a prominent pro-democracy activist. She was the driving force behind forming a coalition of opposition parties that rallied behind Barrow during the December 1 presidential election.   Barrow, who is currently in Senegal, where he took his oath of office, will return to Gambia on Tuesday.   He is returning to the country after the exit...

Nadal survives Monfils fightback to reach quarter-finals

Rafa Nadal has returned to the Grand Slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that former champion Nadal had not reached the last eight in a major since the 2015 French Open. This explains why he celebrated wildly after closing out the two-hour 56-minute clash at a packed Rod Laver Arena. It was not the most convincing of wins for...

President Buhari has released N72bn for Lagos-Ibadan railway – Amaechi

President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has released N72 billion counterpart funding for the construction of Lagos-Ibadan modernisation railway project.   Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, made this known at the quarterly presidential business forum, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential banquet hall, Abuja, on Monday.   The rail project, which was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, would cost about $1.5 billion (N458 billion).   Amaechi commended Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, for ensuring full release of the counterpart funds...

Buhari Begs Senate on Behalf of SGF Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a plea to the Senate to reconsider its stance that Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal should resign. He has also urged the upper legislative chamber to confirm acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for the position, it was learnt yesterday. Acting on the interim report of its ad hoc committee on the humanitarian activities in the Northeast, the Senate indicted the SGF...

REUBEN ABATI: Once upon a time in Gambia

I have very vivid memories of my last visit to The Gambia. This was in 2013 when President Goodluck Jonathan paid a two-day visit to the country. In the course of that visit, President Jonathan commissioned the new Chancery of the Nigerian Embassy in Banjul, and also met with the Nigerian community, in addition to the usual bilateral meetings. Nigeria and The Gambia have very strong cultural and diplomatic relations.   We were quartered at a very nice, hospitable sea-side hotel,...

FG to sack teachers not registered with TRCN this year

The Federal Government has said it will sack any teacher found in classrooms without the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria’s (TRCN) certificate and licence before the end of this year. Minister of State for Education Prof. Anthony Anwukah said this at the maiden induction ceremony for teachers in Imo State University. Anwukah, who was the chairman of the occasion, said in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by Head of Information at TRCN, Ojewuyi Muyiwa, that there would be no...

Senate to focus on 2017 Budget this week

This week, the Senate is set to begin debate on the 2017 appropriation bill submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari. Both chambers of the National Assembly had last week passed the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Fiscal Strategy Paper for 2017 to 2019, paving the way for the consideration of the 2017 appropriation bill. In the Notice Paper for the week from January 23 to 27, issued by the office of the Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, Senator...

Brazil inmates dug three tunnels out of Alcacuz jail

Police searching a prison in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte say they have found three unfinished escape tunnels. The discovery comes just days after at least 26 inmates were killed in a riot at the jail in the city of Natal. Officials said inmates at Alcacuz jail had taken advantage of heavy rains to dig the tunnels in the softened ground. But they insisted that none of them had been finished and that no prisoner had managed to...

I’m ready to help Gerrard become the best manager he can be – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has labelled Steven Gerrard’s decision to join Liverpool’s Academy staff as “wonderful news for football” as he builds a base to enter management. The 36-year-old called time on a stellar playing career last November and will help shape his boyhood club’s next generation as a coach at the same youth system that developed his talents. The former Reds skipper will begin his duties at Kirkby in February, initially in a floating role, and Klopp commended Gerrard’s willingness to swerve...

Why Buratai Sued Premium Times – Army

The Nigerian Army on Monday said the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, sued the Nigerian online newspaper, Premium Times, for libel after it failed to retract a story published on its medium. In a statement on Monday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the Army explained that the suit “is between the person of Lieutenant General TY Buratai and the Premium Times and not the Nigerian Army” adding that the case had...

JUST IN: LAUTECH receives N500 million to pay salaries – Vice Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Suleiman Gbadegesin, on Monday said the institution had received N500 million from Osun and Oyo State governments to pay the salary arrears owed workers.   Mr. Gbadegesin disclosed this in Osogbo when he appeared before the State House of Assembly to defend the university’s N9.9 billion budget for 2017.   He said the institution received alert of N250 million each from the two owner states.   While thanking Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and his...

BREAKING: Donald Trump withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that covers 40 percent of world’s economy

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order formally withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, following through on a promise from his presidential campaign. "We've been talking about this for a long time," Trump said as he signed the executive order in an Oval Office ceremony on Monday. He also called the order a "great thing for the American worker". In the same ceremony, Trump also signed an order imposing a federal hiring freeze and a directive...

Moses Doing Great Job For Chelsea – Alonso

Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso has paid tribute to Super Eagles forward Victor Moses for his impact for the English Premier League leaders so far this term. Moses has been a regular in the Chelsea team this term and has been one of the key performers in Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 formation. The Nigeria international had previously struggled to make much of an impact at Stamford Bridge but seems to have blossomed under the former Juventus manager, scoring three goals in 21...

Zambian police married to foreigners warned: Your spouse could be a spy.

Police in Zambia have been banned from marrying foreigners, according to a memo by police inspector general Kakoma Kanganja circulating on social media. The memo, dated 11 January, said those who were already married to foreigners should declare this within a week. It said failure to do so would "attract disciplinary action". Police spokeswoman Esther Katongo said: "Issues of security are delicate. If not careful, spouses can be spies and can sell the security of the country." Ms Katongo told the BBC...

Okorocha Urges Igbos To Join APC.

The Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged his fellow citizens and Igbos in the south-east to register in large numbers with the All Progressives Congress (APC) during its ongoing nationwide registration of members. The Governor made the call at a meeting with APC members and state development council members at the Sam Mbakwe executive chambers in the government house in Owerri, the state capital.   He said that the All Progressives Congress in Imo state was hoping to register not less...