Welding the divided parts of Nigeria into an organic whole remains a will-o’-the-wisp. Since the 1960s, Nigeria has struggled with the possibilities and importunities of unity. The founding fathers of the country longed for a time when a diverse people would become an unbreakable and solidified composite. They did not live to see this happen; However, many years later, Nigeria is still far from what the good parents envisioned.
Over the years, threats of secession, insurgency, and outright intolerance have become more prominent. The falcon can no longer hear the falconer. There seems to be a general lack of consensus on any issue. But to what do we owe this dangerous state of affairs? I believe that there is the place of leadership; there is the place of our predatory politics, and there is the place of atavistic leanings, in Nigeria’s dilemma.
The checkered experience of the past seven years has shown that politics is the material source of conflicts in Nigeria. Our politics are tainted with vile and sinister undermining, machinations and mischief. Not long after President Muhammadu Buhari came to power, conspiracy theories stemming from his ethnicity and religion permeated and dominated public discourse.
One notorious conspiracy theory was that banditry was the surreptitious agenda of a powerful cabal in the government that was working to conquer territory and forcibly convert Nigerians to Islam. Another was that the government was figuring out how to seize land from citizens and hand it over to the Fulani, fueling the crisis.
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Manipulated videos and fake photos spread on social media that allegedly showed the military dropping weapons and supplies from helicopters at the bandits. Bandits were alleged to enjoy protection as auxiliaries of the government. Lies! Fallacies! But all for what? Politics. Everything was political.
The reality is that those who lost the 2015 elections retreated into covens and deployed propaganda as a way of taking revenge on the government, casting a spell over the nation.
Today, no Nigerian has been Islamized. And no part of the country has been so-called or annexed by any of the so-called ethnic militias. Conspiracy theories are the palm oil of Nigerian politics. They flavor falsehood, tension, fear and restlessness. And often, they are eaten, regurgitated and vomited by the unsuspecting out of ignorance.
Nigeria needs to heal; it needs to be cured of the corollaries of dirty politics; and needs to heal from ethnic and religious antagonism. 2023 is for national healing, for closing the gap and forging new ties.
As I said in: “Nigeria needs a Nigerian President in 2023, not Igbo, Hausa or Yoruba”, the country needs a doctor to heal the country and it needs a carpenter. You also need a builder and an architect to better rebuild the country. You need an all-in-one chair. Yes, Nigeria needs to heal from seven years of hate, recriminations and animosity. I think Nigeria needs Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate.
Tinubu is Nigeria’s best chance to become an organic whole. He is well versed in politics and understands the complexities of dealing with a house of chaos. His political track record makes him the best breed of statesman to administer Nigeria. Lagos, where he was governor for eight years, is a facsimile of Nigeria with its complexities and diversity. So naturally he has the experience to manage the diversity of Nigeria. He has lived the experience.
Tinubu had a diverse cabinet as governor; in fact, he is reputed to be one of the few governors who appointed non-natives to state cabinets at the time, when it was unattractive to do so. This expansive quality should by no means be taken for granted. It bears repeating over and over again: to know Nigeria for what it is where ethnic prejudice trumps reason.
Over the course of the campaigns, the APC presidential candidate has shown that he is attuned to the complexities of Nigeria and has dedicated himself to addressing the specific needs of Nigerians in all areas.
Speaking of the need in the southeast area, for example, Tinubu said: “We will build an ecosystem where merchants will have access to credit facilities and create more and better jobs for our youth, as well as support more high-quality local producers. estate. My government will build new industrial centers in Aba and Owerri. We will establish policies that broaden horizons and broaden business reach, while ensuring that the Owerri-Port Harcourt and Aba-Port Harcourt corridors become more active and lucrative manufacturing and business corridors.”
I believe that “a change will come” in behavior and inter-ethnic relations in Nigeria. It will happen. If change could come to Rwanda after that hellish episode in its history, it will come to Nigeria. Bold leadership is needed to eliminate the contours that accentuate ethnic differences.
We must absorb and live according to the truths of One-Nigeria. We are all connected in the same cycle of challenges, whether they are political, economic or security. We are a nation with a common destiny. Nigeria will heal, with Tinubu.
Federico Nwabufo; Nwabufo, also known as Mr One-Nigeria, is a writer and journalist.