NIGERIA ON THE VERGE OF DISINTEGRATION
It becomes 105 years now that we have become a nation through amalgamation. For people who have nothing in common, whose regions, religions and culture are not alike, one would wonder how come they have lived thus far. But over more than a century now, Nigeria has been managing her differences and narrowly escaping being fallen apart.
Although, most of nations with ethno-religious and inter-ethnic disagreement mostly ended up in armed conflict (Congo Dr), or later disintegrated like Yugoslavia, Sudan, Eritrea (from Ethiopia), when they failed to manage their differences.
According to Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who was reported by the Time Magazine of October 10, 1960 to have said, “There was no basis for Nigerian unity. It was only a wish of the British, indicates that no matter how united we are as a nation, Nigerians will never forget their differences.
Judging this with what is happening in Nigeria today (incessant kidnapping and other criminal activities) and ascribing them to the Fulanis or Northerners is a bad signal to the unity of this country.
How can we live as a united nation when individual values its own region, religions and berates others? We live today as Yorubas, Hausas and Igbo and not as Nigeria. Anywhere this happens the end result will be disheartening. May Allah protect this nation
Lukman Solahudeen Ayyub