You are so right!! Tribalism, Nepotism, Fraud, Ignorance, embezzlement are all a killer of National Unity. As long as there are the aforementioned reasons like you said, Nigeria will not succeed. The British created Nigeria because they had a fore site that the North is good for the south and the South is good for the North, but unfortunately it is taking a lifetime for Nigerians to understand the underlying principle in the creation of Nigeria. For any economy to succeed it has to be diversified and Nigeria has a lot of other resources other than the oil. Should the mass turn their back on the oil money and explore other available resources, Nigeria would succeed. PREJUDICE IS A RESULT OF IGNORANCE.
That's what frustrates me the most about being from the West. Why cant they just use their heads and realise that the toast is burning?
I keep wondering what our nation would have been like to have benefited from an Awolowo, Abiola, Falae, Bola Ige presidency with Gani as Justice minister instead of these cattle rearing thieves and mauraders.
Do you mean the lazy and ogogoro-drinking Niger deltans instead? BTW, Abia has recovered a whoppoing 48 oil wells from Rivers and 52 more are awaiting recovery. The yet to be touched oil in Anambra and Enugu will dispel your idiotic logic. The East has nothing to lose by splitting. Infact they are the only region ready to go, any time, any day. So cut the crap about oil.
Nice to have you here. I guess you're from Belgium, rite? Thanks for the clarification. But reading between the lines of your entry, I noticed we're practically saying thesame thing.
Botton line is that until such a time that Nigeria set forth to practice true federalism, peace and unity will continue to elude us.
Now, what is the major obstacle to the practice of true federalism in Nigeria?: The presence of oil in the Niger Delta. Will the oil ever dry up in the Delta so that Nigerians can start thinking of true federalism again?: Unfortunately, research has shown that the oil will not dry up - going by the present geological processes going on in the place.
I would love it if Nigeria splits.
Most countries in Europe did it when they realized that staying together was just a mere waste of time; now look at them, they’re all doing fine.
Let’s not deceive ourselves Nigeria is a disunited country; we keep on encountering the same problem of tribalism and lots of ethnic clashes across the nation. If we can’t stay together then why should we deceive ourselves?
Imagine common marriage if the guy or the girl isn’t from the same tribe you would have to go through hell just to convince the parents. I mean we should stop deceiving ourselves by saying Nigeria is united. We really need a breakup I think that would be much better.
Nigeria cannot split because the other regions need the oil in one region to survive. To those talking about groundnut and cocoa, please,
oil is the in thing now and not groundnut.so till another source of energy is discovered Nigeria will remain as it is because the other regions will be poor for lack of oil and the Niger delta will be a war zone if there is a split
The Belgians sure are discussing about splitting up, because matters of governance in the country have gotten to a head. And they're genuinely discussing a way forward for governing the different ethnic groups that make up Belgium. Each ethnic group wants to protect their interests in a united or divided Belgium.
Herein lies the difference between Nigeria and Belgium. While the Belgians are doing this for the very first time, I believe, and will most likely implement the decisions of the participants of that discussion, Nigerians have held several political conferences in the past, written myriads of reports on the recommendations of participants of these conference but have never implemented any of the recommendations.
So, while Belgians are discussing a way forward for their country, and the ethnic groups making up the country are wont to progress with what they have, here in Nigeria as soon as the matter of oil comes up at any conference, Jihadists and pretenders rally round their people to pour cold water on any recommendation. Oil is a no-go area for discussion. The Niger Delta people can rotten where ever they are. No one (Jihadists and pretenders alike) will part with that oil in that place. They must realise the full benefit of oil being located in a united Nigeria. Until then, Nigeria must remain as one.
Brings us back to David's entry. It's oil that's keeping us together.
your thread title is misleading, the Belgians are discussing splitting up, they are not necessarily splitting up. A debate on whether to split up is totally different thing entirely from splitting.
If what you are proposing is the discourse on the nature of our union, then yes. As far as I know, apart from elements of discontent in certain regions, majority of Nigerians have not decided that they want to split up. If and when that issue comes up for discussion, let it be thrashed out by the people's representatives at various levels.
the linguistic persuasions leading the splitting discourse in Belgium is completely inapplicable in our case. As one poster asked - how many nations will result from a nation of over 300 languages and countless dialects? The real resource that makes a nation is no doubt people, but the lack of unity and other issues cannot be treated in isolation, people thought state creation would solve these problems, it didn't. What is the basis of this 'split' you are advocating?
LOl, split up. I find it very integring that you lot would even consider us to split up. As one unit we can stand, so how can each region/privince/state stand on their own if we split. I still think one nation we have more chance of becoming a global power. What is needed is a leader that is educated and looks beyond this balck gold called oil, as our primary source of national income.
I can still oil being a crucial energy source this time in 100 years, hence my dear friend splitting is not going to come anytime soon. Moreover I dont see the oil companies(shell, chevron, Texaco) to mention a few moving on to another source of income.
If you guys ever make mention of this subject again, I would arrest you guys, well just joking. Well its good that at least as one nation we do respect each other freedom of speech.
David has given the obvious truth of the matter. Na oil dey keep us together. As soon as the oil dries up, we can then think of splitting up.
But, I just finished attending one course like that in PE. There, it was made explicitly clear that oil generation in most parts of the Niger Delta is an ongoing process. The oil cannot dry up just like that. So, when are we going to split up as a nation?