We want new alliances – political, social, and humanitarian concordat. However we should begin from a foreground of fact to realize this holy grail. Our historical past as distributed in public discourses and by authorities hagiographers is basically revised and contorted to go well with pacifist narratives. We can’t paper over our previous of fissures, however we will be taught from it. Nigeria’s previous isn’t superb; the truth is, the ‘’heroes previous’’ as usually refrained in our nationwide anthem weren’t nationwide heroes however ethnic and sectional champions.
As a matter of reality, our ‘’heroes previous’’ by no means made pretensions of being nationwide heroes. Obafemi Awolowo, the late sage, acknowledged this reality when he mentioned in 1960 — after the final election: “Our struggles for independence have produced no single nationwide hero who’s held in reverence and affection by the overwhelming majority of the folks of Nigeria.”
The political institution on the time — 1960-1966 – was steeply ethnic-governed. The key political events – NCNC, NPC and AG – received elections by the energy of their ethnic complexions. As an illustration, the NPC, Tafawa Balewa and Ahmadu Bello’s occasion, received 134 seats within the Federal Home of Representatives election of 1959, polling 2,027,194 votes. About 90 p.c of the votes got here from the north. Within the east, Nnamdi Azikiwe’s NCNC received about 90 p.c of the votes simply as Awolowo’s AG received 80 p.c of votes within the west.
Even political alliances on the time weren’t solid out of ideology, patriotism or nationwide cohesion; they had been solid out of the atavistic pursuit of vendetta – to crush different teams and the opposition. In reality, it was because of this deep-seated bitterness, that Zik’s NCNC went right into a congress with Bello’s NPC towards Awolowo’s AG. In response to Zik, Awolowo’s occasion have to be stopped from taking energy on the centre as a result of ‘’it will destroy political opposition’’.
We should deconstruct revisionist fabrications and pretensions to make good of the longer term. Realizing that we began off on a defective basis ought to thrust us into consciously understanding our future. We can’t maintain on to an acrimonious previous as a precedent for the current and the longer term. We take the teachings from the previous and forge a brand new path.
We have to hammer out new alliances throughout spectrum – not solely political pacts, however social and humanitarian accords. Political ententes up to now, as I defined earlier, weren’t brokered for nationwide cohesion or unity. They had been negotiated for sure provincial designs. So, now we have to construct from the fundamentals new alliances incorporating all sections of Nigeria, not devious concords pitting one part of the nation towards one other.
We want new alliances wedding ceremony the north with the south, and the east with the west in nationwide matrimony. However to realize this, we have to have a NATIONAL DIALOGUE.
A basic flaw with Nigeria is a scarcity of consonance. We inherited a army custom the place insurance policies and directives are knocked down the throats of residents – with out their session. So naturally, residents insurgent towards the order. We now have fervid conversations and arguments on nationwide points in silos; taking sides whether or not rational or irrational. However will it not do nice good if residents converge on a nationwide colloquy to talk on their curiosity, challenges, and to resolve their very own path inside Nigeria?
All of us have one thing to say. Everyone seems to be speaking however nobody is listening. No argument is foolish. Nigerians should be heard. The #EndSARS protests that jolted the nation to its bottoms had been largely because of years of insouciance and insensitivity on the a part of the federal government whereas regulation enforcement brokers menace Nigerians.
The identical pachydermatous disposition of the management(s) is the rationale for the secessionist agitations throughout the nation. Nigerians wish to be heard. Although the agitations are mere inconsiderate gyrations, the overarching propulsion for these performances should not be dismissed. Considerations of nepotism, marginalisation, favouritism and state bigotry needs to be addressed.
We should handle our variety with ‘’care, worry and trembling’’. Any perceived bias or prejudice from the management will set off an alarm in a bit of the nation that feels short-changed. The explanation for the bedlam in all places within the nation at this time is as a result of our variety was mismanaged.
The federal government should resolve; to hearken to Nigerians or to proceed on the primrose path to doom. It’s both the management revisits the suggestions of the 2014 nationwide confab or convoke a nationwide jawing. Contemplating the massive expense that will probably be concerned in having one other grand confabulation, the federal government can resolve to implement the suggestions wholly or partially. It may additionally vogue its personal means of attaining this. A minimum of, let it’s seen that the federal government is attuned to the zeitgeist.
Nigerians wish to be heard.
By Fredrick Nwabufo; Nwabufo is a author and journalist
Fredrick Nwabufo: We want new alliances, North-South, East-West