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This South, North Divide: How Good To Us As A Nation?

Dear elite Nigerians,

What I'm about to write now is purely my opinion as regards the HATE MESSAGES

we have been dishing out on this forum. Yes I called you an elite because if you

are like the majority on the street, you will not have the articulation to comment

on issues the way you have been doing.

What you don't know is that is that we are surreptitiously spreading HATRED, I

have travelled round the country to know that simple comments can ignite fire

that will leave hundreds dead if not thousands. Have you considered the damage

some of the things you have posted about the Northerners have done to their pride.

What of the post against the Niger Deltans, The Easterners and Westerners.

I cannot forget Gideon Orkar's coup in a hurry. Some of us maybe we find it easy to

say what we say beause we live in our own enclosure. But have you considered your

relatives who live in the midst of those people you speak against.

Finally, remember that other nationals visit this forum, are you not disturbed that you

an elite make them to see us as easy prey, because a single broom is usually easy to break.

I therefore[b] I appeal to Seun to check what some of us post on this forum for the good

of our nation and for the good of us all. God bless Nigeria and her people[/b].

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Does anyone here know a city called "ODEGE MBEKI"

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That's the spirit my dear, thumbs up.

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How many politicians died under the hand of the Obasanjo Regime.

Note I said under Obasanjo's hand and not dirty polititians

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thats funny cause i was thinking obasanjo is the biggest tyrant we have ever had plus i have served in the west fiditi in oyo to be precise and thats about the most illiterate infected place i have ever been to

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ONE NIGERIA FOR LIFE.

LONG LIVE THE GREAT CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT NATION.

LONG LIVE THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

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I don't think we are going to survive this storm, especially when the oil starts depleting. Its all good now cause people are chopping money. I hope I am still alive to see this natural resource deplete. then eye go clear. let me give you examples of countries that are similar to Naija in terms of history and politcs

North/South Korea

North/South Vietnam

Pakistan/India

Russia/Poland

Russia/Georgia

Russia/Ukraine

The people in the southern part of Nigeria are too educated and mobilized to allow tyrants to thrive whereas the north will codone it in the name of Religion, indoctrinated and illiteracy, mark my words

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I don't believe that most of the posters meant the bad things they are posting, I think some are actually showing how versed they are on Nigeria and things concerning her. So please don't take it on anybody, we will survive this storm.

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That's exactly my worries, they are educated minds, decision makers and people of influence. One educated mind in any region with educational disadvantage can mean thousands of other illiterates because whatever he says is viewed as the best. That's why we the 'elite' have to tone down and begin to look at each other more constructively, this will help us see the hidden goodness we have over looked all this while.

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Back to where I left off, take a look at the people living with you, are they all smart? Never go wrong? I mean they have their faults but you accomodate them, live with them. Those same people could start irritating you if you begin to dwell on their faults and short comings. Believe me this thing is real, it happens.

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the real issue is, should we be together. ? And the south have stated it clearly they do not want to be with the north. And the not should respect their view.

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people look 4 a scape goat during bad times. so it's not a surpise each group are passing the blame to each other. the e-millitants on NL are all talk and no action

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I NEVER get into debates for the sole purpose of WINNING. In fact, it is NEVER really about winning for me, when discussing such issues as these. Now, there are those who propose to READ MY MIND in here who will tell you otherwise. I can not tell you how they came about that information, but my reality is what I state here.  So do not be worried about my perception of your response, or my intention here as I do ENJOY debating ideas and views.

To be honest with you, as much as I hate the fact that there are many in the countries, who HATE others from different tribes, I actually believe that speaking of it helps. Allowing them vent opens the door for dialogue and maybe understanding. Sure it could go both ways but as a whole, I don’t believe pushing the anger and animosity down but posting SWEET words (**coughs** LIES) in a forum will help us deal with the issue.

If you notice, it is not just coming from one side. It is from both sides meaning that this intolerance is not limited to people of one tribe but affects all tribes. Until we start educating ourselves as a people, we will have to continue dealing with the same and when I say educating, I do not mean obtaining scholarly degrees and what not, as you can see that many of those spewing hate in here are educated minds as well. We do not have a general understanding of what it means to respect every humans right to an opinion/view. We start there and maybe miracles will happen.

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You guys should give me a break pls!

Are the people in government not human beings? Which region are they from? Is the government that tell those 'almajiris' to slaughter their fellow human whenever there is a little opportunity to do so?

In fairness to you tho, the government's impoverishment of the masses may have contributed to the animosity, but we all know that it goes beyond that.

We are no fools please!!!

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Can we say we are dealing with the hate judging by the way we have handled issues on this forum? Don't get me wrong I'm not out to win an arguement. Like I said I pointed out rather than deal with the hate we are fueling it to say the least. In this forum we have topics like "why do south hate north", "to hell with your oil north tells south" this things are not good for us.

On your second paragraph , I think we agree on something there, it is the government, that is the issue.

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So, no need to deal with the hate, all we need to do is start saying nice things in public even if when we are in our closed spaces away from the same, we plan to kill the same? If saying nice things were the only solution, we would have rid the world of evil by now but you and I know there exists even in the same house people who speak nice things of each other with their tongues but plot to kill the very same in their hearts. I don’t think God says SAYING NICE THINGS is solution to animosity that exists between people of different creed/gender/religion etc.

This to me is a situation where we have people of same/different tribes hating/harboring some sort of bitterness against the other. Usually the one group blames the other for one issue or another. We have the same problem exists AMONG Yoruba’s, Ibos etc. So it is not a surprise that it exists between the south and the northerners (who, by the way, are not all Hausas). The political situation in the country has more to do with it than anything else and I believe when people start to recognize the fact that the blame for the problems in the country does not lie on one tribe or another but on government simply being inept, the focus will shift from the north/south to where it ought to be and maybe we have progress then.

I do believe in people respecting the views of others, especially when it does not align with their own ideologies, but I believe what we have here is serious issues of intolerance and misplaced anger. As you can see, many of those who post on here against one group or another post flimsy reasons for their hate. You read reasons like they are poor and diseased, they are not as educated as we are, they are lazy or do not go for careers we do, the list goes on. These reasons are ridiculous and made mainly out of ignorance and intolerance. Replacing these reasons with nice “WORDS” will not cure or rectify the situation. It is deeper than that, in my opinion.

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instead of complaining and posting insignificant maps about why not go back to your village and initiate the break away of the south for a southern autonomy

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If we begin to say good things about one another I can tell you that we will begin to see those good we talk about those people. I know what I'm saying every tribe has some wonderful trait that are very good, to be fair. I also know that after creation God said that all his creatures are good.

Mutual respect is exactly what I'm preaching here my dear Eziachi

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The divide between north and south of Nigeria is not about like or dislike, neither about love or hate. It has everything to do with the fact that we are different and down in the south we are also slightly different. We have our ways of doing things, we appreciate things differently and our attitude even to the sanctity of life is different, so when people yap that Nigerian diversity is our streight, it makes you think if these people are really honest to themselves.

Nigeria is like a smaller version of United Nations, where nothing works, where the tiniest thing grows into an elephant because it became a pot where divergent of opinion, culture and aspiration comes to a melt down. And everybody out of instinct try to get one over one another or to score a cheap point. Few months ago, the U.S.A and their allies celebrated the independent declaration by the Kosovan with consternation of Russia, a traditional ally of the Serbians.

But the West never thought that few months down the line, that Russia in retarliation will be pushing the people of Ossettia and Ahbkazia towards independent from Georgia, a Western ally.

The same with Nigeria ruling elite comprising mainly of the core north and their Yoruba friend plus few Igbos and other minority hang-ons. They were willing to slaughter Igbos and starve even babies to death to maintain a one Nigeria but the same group has no qualms in handing the people of Bakassi-Abana to Cameroun even when they are desperate to be Nigerians. Will Nigeria ever to become a successful one big nation with out all glaring differences? Not a chance in hell based on factual evidence but we could had been good neighbours and partners to each other, where everybody knew their bounderies, limits and strong points. No nothing brings progress more than mutual respect and not through forced respect.

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What good does it really do is if we decide to say good things ( LIE THROUGH OUR TEETH) about any one tribe when we have nothing but hate for the same within us?

I do not subscribe to such( in my opinion) VAIN endeavours.

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My dear I love your response but can I tell you from experience, the masses have no problem. They simply respond to what the elite tell them. It is the elite that knows what goes on in government, it is the elite that forge figures, it is the elite that tell them that so and so because he is from xyz tribe he is less a human. I mean elite from North and South. I believe we can tone it down and chart a new course for our people by saying nice things about each other. Some of us good things about the Arabs, others say good things about the Americans why not about the Hausa, Igbo, Ijaw, Urhobo and Yoruba man. Honestly, we can change it is possible to say good things about one another.

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My response to your statement is that obviously from the numerous threads and responses concerning this topic leads any intelligent person to understand there is a serious problem broiling between North and South irrespective of how one thinks these are simple sentiments of hate.

I for one do not hate northerners and respect everyone's right to life BUT it is evident that the individuals who inhabit that region of Nigeria be it the Elite class or the masses have a very different view point in life in regards to their way of life and how a country charts it vision of progress. Unless these are reconciled the two divides will have serious issues concerning cohabiting together as a country

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I'm just like you my dear there is no difference, I'm not that kind of elite neither do I

belong to any party. I'm just you, repeating for emphasis

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Your comments by the way sound very politically Elitist!

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