aving listened and read much about the resent brouhaha, which I call the snippet of Nigerian realities over the so called deportation/reintegration of some Ibos to their place of origin Anambra, I started thinking, which other countries parallel Nigerians experience and what has become their faith? It hit me, the old Soviet Union closely parallels our. In the Soviet's case it was simple a matter of time and the Soviet Union collapsed under its own weight because it was never a country but a geographical construct. 15 independent states emerged out of the old Soviet Union. I see the same for Nigeria, not 15 but about 5 independent states. it is a matter of time, whether it happens in our life time or not, the reality is that Nigeria has no choice but to collapse under its own pretenses.
Now, having said that you would have thought that those that believe that Nigerian is a country would have also understood how citizens and states within their country boundaries are supposed to behave and as well as how they are suppose to be treated. You would also could have imagined that most of these believers in one country Nigeria will be the first ones to cry bloody murder, expressing shock and disappointment that such policies like the Lagos state's are perpetrated in their beloved country. Unfortunately that has not been the case because the simple issue of citizenship is so complicated for so many people to understand that they are all over the map, lost in the essence of the conversation of citizenship.
On the other hand, you will also have assumed that those that believe that Nigeria is not a country but three independent countries would have understood that by the fact that Yoruba land is one of those independent countries that Fashola and the Lagos State were acting accordingly against citizens of one of the other independent countries by deporting them to their country. But that is not happening either, those believers are also all over the map lost like their counterparts. Then you find the fence sitters who believe in one country and as well as in the three countries school of thoughts. This is a reflection on how badly the foundation of the so called country Nigeria was constituted and the great challenges awaiting the so called Nigerian citizens who are without permanent residence or portfolio. Kudos to the British shenanigans.
A country has the right to remove individuals they deemed not to be their citizens just like the Lagos state did. This is what countries do if need be in a humane way, though the word humane might be lacking in the Lagos handling of the Igbos particularly the three p.m. dumping. America does that too when they believe that a none citizen is constituting a nuisance. But countries can not and have not been able to remove their own citizens to anywhere within the boundaries of their country because no reason will suffice, whether destitute or not. Can Lagos state remove a Yoruba person considered a Lagosian from Lagos under any pretenses, of course not but that exactly goes to the heart of citizenship. If anybody can be removed under any pretenses that places the persons citizenship under question. Can anyone imagine the state of New York state removing a United States citizen to Maryland state because the person was born in Maryland under any justification, pretext or rational? Of course not. I guess we can all agree on that. Obviously, Nigerians do not understand citizenship because the country Nigeria is not a county, if Nigeria were to be a country understanding citizenship might come easily.
What has escaped many people for whatever reason is that these three countries that supposedly constitute the country Nigeria particularly the northern nation has never been part of Nigeria for all intents and purposes. For that reason the north has been engaging in similar and more outrageous in your face behaviors for many years and to a lesser degree the Yorubas nation. These countries did not start acting like independent countries starting from Fashola, these three independent countries have been acting like independent countries even before the White man showed up, they were acting the same way before independence and they are still acting the same today. The unfortunate delusion and the unfortunate lie that most Nigerians have chosen to wallow in is the idea of calling Nigeria a country which has obviously compounded the Nigerian succubus. By insisting that Nigeria is a country when all indications and actions on the ground from the Hausas, Yoruba and Igbo countries speak the language that they are independent countries is a disservice to everyone within the confines of that mirage called Nigeria.
It is interesting that folks are talking about Fashola and the Lagos State policy of repatriation of Igbos, but the North has been more flagrant in their declaration of their independence since before the civil war by prohibiting the hiring of any citizens of the other independent states-Igbo and Yoruba countries in any of the northern states instead the positions are left vacant. To further establish the northern independence and in an effort to authenticate such in an unmistakable way, the north declared the supremacy of the Koran to the said constitution of the republic of Nigerian. Boko Haram on its part is doing nothing but instantiating the forceful removal of none citizens of the independent north.So what is new here? Nothing is new except the crippling and destruction lies that some have bought into that Nigeria is actually a country.
The reality is that Nigeria can never be a country but nothing stops us from dreaming and pretending that it is as we have been doing for the past fifty years with nothing to show for it except reaping one disaster after the other, except moving from bad to worst. The truth is that the necessary centripetal forces are none existent in Nigerian context while the centrifugal force are abound. In other words what these independent countries have in common are few to nothing except their humanity while factors that militate, divide and factors that separate them are numerous like; Tradition, language, economics, philosophy, ethos, ethics, apercu and afflatus, creative and innovative drives, education and the perception of education, world outlook, ambulatory inclinations, perseverance and hard work, meritocracy and reward system. These are the centrifugal forces that can not be bridged. Again most of us are masters in delusion and mirage, those that believe that with time this chasm will be bridged, these folks I would have like to wish the best of luck if not for the fact that their dreamlike stupor is consuming everybody within the geographical construct called Nigeria.
It is interesting that we tried the westminster style parliamentary democracy and failed and some speculated that it failed because it was the wrong system for our people. I will beg to disagree, the parliamentary democracy failed because there was no country in practice called Nigeria to situate the parliamentary democracy on. It works for the British because Britain is a country. Nigeria exits in name only not in practice and if Nigeria ever becomes a country not only in the spirit of the construct Nigeria but in practice the system will work. The British governors in Nigeria knew it and most of us know it. Again because Nigeria is a pretense and not a country the American republican representative democracy we have adopted is failing and on its death bed for the same reason. No system can work for the present Nigeria construct until you have a country. Afghanistan is failing despite all American efforts for the same reason that Afghanistan is not a country yet.
Each federating country in Nigeria has been speaking the language of separate and different countries for the past fifty years and they are still speaking them today. Fashola only spoke one of them. Listen to these languages below and decide for yourself if they are languages used within countries like Britain or America recognizing some lingering racism left over from the past.
- Igbo nation, Hausa nation and Yoruba nation
- They can not move from their states (they actually meant nations) into other peoples states
- If they do not like it they can leave
- Settle in another man's land
- Go back where they came from
- Respect their hosts state (if you are being hosted then you are perpetual visitor and you do not belong)
- Recognize their visitor's status
- They can not afford to offend their hosts
- They are ungrateful
- They should be glad that we are tolerating them
- You or they do not belong here
- Go back and develop your own states (you will think that which ever state you find yourself in or decide to go to becomes your state by definition of citizenship. In the event that you can not achieve full citizenship in any of the thirty six states then you are in the wrong country)
- Our land not their land
- The absence of the so called visitors in elected office outside their state of origin
- The absence of cabinet appointments for the so visitors
Do I need to say more, Res ipsa loquitor. There is no question that these languages are languages applied to foreigners which Igbos are in the SW -Yoruba land and the North - Hausa land perpetual visitors and to some degree Hausas and Yorubas are also visitors in the SE - Igbo land and that is to the extent that Hausa and Yoruba believe that Igbos are visitors in their land, therefore they have no choice but to feel like visitors in Igbo land.
The question however is how long can we as three independent countries continue to bang our heads against the wall to force the impossible to happen. How long can we continue to leave the lies that we a country when the realities on the ground are at variance with one Nigeria. We are not a country period. Isn't it time to accept, embrace and reconcile with that reality.
That is my wish.