“Nigeria is not a nation. It is a mere geographical expression. There are no ‘Nigerians’ in the same sense as there are ‘English,’ ‘Welsh,’ or ‘French.’ The word ‘Nigerian’ is merely a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who live within the boundaries of Nigeria and those who do not.” [From Path to Nigerian Freedom by Obafemi Awolowo]
How true is the aforesaid statement to you as a Nigerian? Somebody once's said ... "We really all must sit down and devise a better way for the peoples currently in Nigeria to live well (survive) without worrying about the geography called Nigeria. The human beings must come first before the esoteric issues like sovereignty, national unity. indivisibility and the rest of the man made slogans".
Nigeria is not only a great nation in Africa but one of the major eyes of Africa and the world. May this celebration (Independence Day) not only be a merry one, but also a reflecting juncture for many to put peace and Unity were it originally belongs in Nigeria. - Unity, peace and development seems to be synonymous.
If a multi-ethnic society affects the bacillus of nationalism, it loses its strength and durability. And we need to understand how far-reaching effects can cause condoning attempts to stir up ethnic hatred, and hatred toward people of another culture and another religion. Shakespeare ones said; "There is tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune".
Many people are so unrested in their fears and hating peace is the most threatened thing they can imagine. One thing i know for sure is that, the pursuit of peace sometimes comes with a steep price.
Civil peace and inter-ethnic accord - it is not established once and forever a frozen picture. On the contrary, it is a constant dynamic, dialogue. It is a hard work of state and society, which requires very delicate decisions and wise policy that is capable of "unity in diversity." We must not only respect mutual obligations,...
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