African literature giant, Chinua Achebe who authored several books including ‘Things Fall Apart’, wrote a masterpiece titled ‘There Was A Country’ before he passed on.
Achebe must have been a prophet of doom as just a few years after he put up the book, Nigeria appears to be gradually falling apart.
By definition, a country ought to comprise of people from diverse ethnic groups who live in a particular territory with a government that oversees the affairs of the people.
In recent times, unity has become a luxury in Nigeria, as there are obvious divisions across ethnic, religious and social settings.
Save for the widely travelled and well exposed, it is easier for an elephant to pass through the eye of a needle than to see an Igbo person who easily got married to people from other ethnic backgrounds without the kinsmen making much ado about nothing.
An ideal nation cannot thrive well without unity, typical of the illustration made in the popular adage that says, ‘United we stand, Divided we fall.’
The Biafra agitation from the Igbo secessionists is even making the entire situation worse as peace may be a forgotten term if they fail to ‘sheath their swords’.
The Buhari-led administration is obviously the least fan of the entire agitation as the Director Biafra Radio and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB group, Nnamdi Kalu, has remained in the confines of the Kuje Prison, Abuja, despite various court orders that ruled for his release.
While Buhari has refused any notion of division in Nigeria, Kalu’s supporters have continued to heat up the already volatile atmosphere with their continued agitation for their leader’s release.
Both parties have refused to see negotiation as an option, hence the deadly over stretch of the entire struggle.
More crazy is the fact that a couple of IPOB members no longer believe that they are a part of Nigeria which they often refer to as a zoo.
With the determination and zeal of this group, would it be safe to conclude that Achebe’s assertion is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode?
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