- Cracks are now appearing on the national fabric of Nigeria on a daily basis
- Minority and acclaimed marginalised groups are groaning daily on the current national arrangement
- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned that if the situation persists, then it is bye-bye to one Nigeria
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday, April 15 warned the Buhari administration that the dream of one Nigeria is fast fading under its watch.
President General of the group, Professor George Obiozor, stated this during a press conference in Enugu state.
He warned the federal government to rethink, reflect and act fast before the prophecy that Nigeria won't stay together as one country in no distant time becomes a national reality and a national tragedy foretold.
The Punch quoted Professor Obiozor as saying:
“Sub-national consciousness or ethnocentric nationalism, which is a dangerous form of nationalism to national unity and empires, has taken over Nigeria; the dream of Nigeria unity is receding and fading fast with violence, crises, and conflicts.
“The result of all these is the rise of ethnic militias, agitation for secession, self-determination, insurgency, banditry among others. These are historical protracted and unwinnable wars by nations and empires and there will be no exception.
“The federal government must therefore learn a lesson from history by not fighting an unwinnable war against nationalism but seek possible peaceful options that are the only solution that guarantees national unity and peaceful co-existence.”
The latest firm stance of the group has been generating reactions from Nigerians.
Legit.ng monitored comments of some people on Facebook regarding the position taken by the Igbo socio-cultural group.
Adebanji Adejuyigbe wrote:
“The truth is bitter to swallow. The only uniting force, that brought Nigeria together as today is Nigeria Army Forces. And eventually, if there is any conventional war broken out today. There's going to be a crack in the military.
“All the affected soldiers will fall back to defend themselves and their territory. External interventions and individual interests will play a vital role. I think the Ohaneze actually understands the situations of things.”
Joe Umoren wrote:
“Perhaps the only meaningful and encouraging stance from the new Ohaneze President. Yes, let the truth be told. Hopefully, the federal government will listen and jettison whatever plan up their sleeve to ignite the fire that may get everywhere engulfed.”
John Odii wrote:
“This is my first time seeing Ohanaeze making a very reasonable statement. The government should know that their powerful allies of the 60s are dead, and the government will never muster such a coalition again.”
Falowo Simeon Olusegun wrote:
“Now that our leaders, both traditional and political are speaking out, let's all endeavor to support them and not castigate them, together we shall win.”
Meanwhile, a lot of stakeholders in Nigeria are becoming increasingly sceptical about the possibility of achieving a free, fair, and credible election in 2023 amidst the worsening security situation in the country.
With the current trend of insecurity in the different geo-political zones of the country, there is a general apprehension that things could get worse before the next election.
Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue said the much-talked-about 2023 general elections may never happen.
Ortom said the election not holding would become the reality in 2023 if nothing is done by the federal government about the menace of insecurity.