The way things are going, it is obvious that many nations are likely to emerge from Nigeria. When the histories of such nations that were hitherto Nigeria would be written, one name that would be scrolled in bold prints is President Muhammadu Buhari for presiding and writing the epitaph of once a country. The prophetic book “There was a country” In this vein, “There was a country,” the last book of the late literary icon, Prof Chinua Achebe, becomes prophetic. When in the early 2000, it was alleged that the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had predicted that Nigeria would fragment in 2015, there was palpable tension in the country, especially in the face of the general elections that generated so much acrimony and hatred and the country was polarised along ethnic and religious divides. The elections came and have gone, with many heaving sighs of relief believing the worst was over. Is Buhari interested in the unity of the country? True to their thoughts, the worst could have been over if the winner of the presidential election, President Buhari was interested in the unity of the country. He could have embarked on reconciliation and unification across the country so that the grievances and disappointment that attended the elections would be forgotten. Instead, he started to position people from one section of the country and equally started promoting his religion, while he saw the rest as conquered people, who should not impugn his authority even in a democracy. READ ALSO: Shocking! United Nations asked to divide Nigeria into six Events the last one year gave rise to the frenzy of self-determination by various ethnic groups. Before it was only the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the south-east and right now more groups have sprang in the region all working in synergy towards self-determination. Then, like a joke, another uprising is going on in the Niger Delta region. It started with Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), and now many other groups have come out working in the same direction for self-determination. They are holding the nation to its jugular and their persisted attacks on oil facilities in the region has reduced the nation’s crude oil export from 2.2 million barrels to about 1.2 million. The reason is that Buhari saw the south-east and the south-south as conquered people. He has been accused to have an agenda to Islamise the country and his actions and body languages lay credence to such accusation.
In his disappointing May 29 broadcast, the emphasis was how to crush militants in the Nigeria Delta and the unarmed agitators of Biafra, but he was mute over the Fulani herdsmen, who are carrying out heinous crime of genocide in the Middle Belt and the South. Should that be the position of a leader who is interested in the unity of the country? While Fulani herdsmen walk freely with sophisticated war/assault rifles, soldiers saw the gathering of Biafra agitators as an avenue to test their marksmanship; but thumb up for the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen, which the Global Terrorism Index rates as the fourth most deadly terrorist organisation in the world.
There is no way the country can stand by suppressing the other ethnic nationalities feeling the brunt of the Hausa/Fulani hegemony. President Buhari and his success in the Boko Haram war We should do a rethink before crediting Buhari with the success in the Boko Haram fight. It is on record that as at the time he was decimating the Islamic insurgent group, the military was yet to get new order for military hardware. The success was because of the cooperation of northern leaders. This is a nation of hypocrisy. We remember that when the former Chief of Army Staff, Azubike Iherijirika was crushing the Boko Haram to finish, northern leaders started shouting genocide and threatened to drag him before ICC and Buhari equally called on former president Goodluck Jonathan to stop killing their people. But what happened, the military came down heavily on the sect under the present government and the northern leaders didn’t cry genocide. Who is deceiving who
The success was because of the cooperation of northern leaders. This is a nation of hypocrisy. We remember that when the former Chief of Army Staff, Azubike Iherijirika was crushing the Boko Haram to finish, northern leaders started shouting genocide and threatened to drag him before ICC and Buhari equally called on former president Goodluck Jonathan to stop killing their people. But what happened, the military came down heavily on the sect under the present government and the northern leaders didn’t cry genocide. Who is deceiving who
source : today.ng
source : today.ng