Why the northern part of Nigeria will not allow the break up of one Nigeria. God created Nigeria for us to live as one people.
Lamido – Nigeria is Too Weak to Break, the
Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state was quoted
last week as saying that Nigeria cannot break up
because members of the elite are united in
preserving their advantages over the masses
irrespective of their differences of tribe and religion.
Nigeria, he said, “is too weak to break. Who will
The ordinary person in Jigawa or the
ordinary person in Sokoto or the ordinary person in
Bayelsa? Is it the Igbo vulcaniser or the Yoruba
woman selling kerosene by the roadside or the
okada man in Delta?
They don’t have the capacity
to unite because they are burdened by poverty. We
have taken away from them their dignity, their self-
esteem, their pride and self-worth so that they
cannot even organize.
“Up there, we (elite) unite . . . we will never allow
Nigeria to break because once it breaks, we will
lose. But the common man loses nothing. What is
he losing? He is already in hell; he cannot lose
anything more than this hell.”
Straight from the horse’s mouth! A candid
admission that it is the elite, who run Nigeria’s
affairs, that have kept “the common man” squalid,
wretched and “in hell” despite the nation’s
enormous oil wealth. We see the ruling elite
quarreling and calling each other bad names—but
it’s just a game intended to fool the public: in
reality they are quite united in quietly sharing the
money and delivering little or nothing to their
various constituencies. They have a stake in
keeping the country exactly as it is—weak and
confused and easy to exploit.
Sule Lamido’s statement is a revelation; it is as if
lightning suddenly flashed, pushing aside the
darkness and revealing the entire landscape for one