his is the time to begin to clamor for restructuring of Nigeria. The real Igbo man or woman should be rallied around to be president of Nigeria in the 2019 general election. The conmen and opportunists scouting around, and parading to represent the people from the Eastern Nigeria cannot lead good people of the East to the promised land. Secession from Nigeria is not the smart solution to regional problems. If Nigeria is a forced marriage or mere geographic expression that needs divorce, the dissolution must be done in a referendum that will bring all the stakeholders together to resolve the potent issue amicably.
The honest and unblemished truth is that, Igbo people will not unite, even if they had succeeded in this unholy fragmentation of Nigeria. They've always played into the noxious hands of other ethnic nationalities; they are either used for administrative convenience only to be abandoned by these con political players for political expediency.
In technological-know-how, Eastern Nigeria has the compendium ingenuity to siliconize or digitalise Aba, Onisha, Owerri and other parts of the East and Nigeria in general. They only need to re-invent the ingenuity of Philip Emeagwali, a computer guru based in the United States. Philip Emeagwali is a Nigerian computer scientist. He has been living in the United States for many years. An Igbo man who won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize for price-performance in high-performance computing applications, in an oil reservoir modeling calculation using a novel mathematical formulation and implementation. He is one of the geniuses and blessings from Igboland.
Proverbially, Nnamdi Kanu is an opportunist, and ardent dent to the intelligence and innovative acuity of my Igbo brothers and sisters from the East. Kanu is a manipulator. I am profoundly happy that responsible Igbo sons and daughters are discerning the mind of a secessionist. Innovative Igbo sons and daughters are magnificent representations of the progress of Nigeria. There's urgent needs for these responsible Igbos to speak out now, and with one resounding collective voice .
Meanwhile, I love entrepreneurship acumen of Igbo people. They have made a quantum leap in the progress of Nigeria through their entrepreneurship and innovative ingenuity. Their entrepreneurial signatures dotted not only Nigeria, but everywhere around the world. The stereotyped mindset of some people about Igbo people being local and international 419ers is a misnomer and unfounded. No ethnic group in Nigeria is exonerated or immune from scams, corruption and other vices that branded our nation-Nigeria.
President Buhari most Igbo people hate with unfounded passion may have his shortcomings, but Buhari is the best to have happened to this country now based on the ossified corruption oozing out of Nigeria. His failing health is a minus and our encumbrance for a beleaguered country in search of her true identity.
Furthermore, the good people of Igbo should advice other kith and kin to stop fighting unwinnable war; stop being a willing tool in the hands of people like Kanu, Atiku, Obasanjo and other sociopaths in APC and PDP. There are so many young intelligent, brilliant and resourceful Igbos who can lead Nigeria, but there have been no collective voice among them. The Igbo people's stance and utterances in the national, and international community are not helping to foster a platform for the emergence of a true leader from among them in the East.
Now, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku is trying to appease Igbo people to leverage his political ambition. Igbo people should be wise and not be willing tools in the hands of Atiku and other professional Talakawas from northern Nigeria.
Atiku Abubakar is a power monger. Rational mind can easily discern his manipulation of the fragile system. I have never liked his con-art of politics. Atiku is a spent political prostitute who shouldn't even be allowed to get close to the mainstream politics of Nigeria. He will fail woefully in 2019 presidential campaign. I suspect he is going to use Ibo people to launch his 2019 political ambition. Igbo people should beware and take heed of him.
My advice to responsible Igbo people is to come together and do a thorough mindfulness with thought provoking deliberations on how to bring other patriotic Nigerians with them to actualize their dreams of producing a president of the federation in the next political dispensation. This writer is more than willing to be part of this campaign of justice, equity and fairness of having Igbo president to bring peace and tranquility to Nigeria.
Nigerian youths from Hausa, Yoruba and other ethnic groups should support their responsible brothers and sisters from other ethnic or geopolitical zones to actualize this laudable dream. Young Igbos should refrain from denigrating others through hate speech or unpatriotic posts on social media. You cannot deliberately impugn, hate or resent other ethnic groups and expect them to support you in time of collective national decision for the highest office. This is my honest observation and admonition for true fairness and equity to prevail. I am an advocate of national cohesion, but one part of Nigeria must deconstruct their minds of the nuance of "born to rule" for unity to reign. Nigeria belongs to all of us, Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa and other ethnic nationalities should come together to be a united states of Nigeria.
Yahaya Balogun is a Law enforcement agent with the state of Arizona