FEATURE ARTICLE

Friday, June 26, 2020
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THE COMPLEX STRUCTURE OF YORUBA IN NIGERIA'S GEOPOLITICAL PROBLEMS!

have some reservations about the clamor for the disintegration of the current unified constituents of Nigeria. What Nigeria needs now is true restructuring to address the grievances of its constituents. But the pertinent question is: who will do the restructuring? Yoruba is a geopolitical axis endowed with fertile land and human capital. Yoruba regional escapism lies in our stereotyped exposition and alter ego's superiority complex (the most educated region in Nigeria's geopolitical structures). In a nutshell, it is nerve-wracking to see that Yoruba leaders have always encouraged the government at the top to put the round pegs in square holes. Yoruba's misplaced articulation and vibrancy are her shortcomings. Yoruba is a codified structure in the Nigerian moral and political structure.

How we decode and fine-tune the Yoruba regional placement in the Nigerian complex structure should be our collective conversation. It is no longer news to see the contentious roles of Vice President Yemi Osibajo and Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the dilemma of Yoruba constituent in the Nigerian nation. Yoruba Ron. Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osibajo, and among honest other Yoruba leaders remain the prominent leaders to lead and wake the slumbering Yoruba youths. Henceforth, Yoruba must stop being pedestrian in its conversation and disposition towards a wobbling and beleaguered Nigeria.

Undoubtedly, the Yoruba region is very vibrant and accommodating but lacks the public weal and unity to transform its abode, except Lagos. Kudos to Bola Ahmed Tinubu-BAT. Tinubu's controversial political acumen is Yoruba's socioeconomic and political advantage. But the current Yoruba stakeholders have misplaced and misappropriation of priorities. Wn fi p sl, wn npa lplp. The Yoruba stakeholders don't leverage on our strength to imagine a great region. The late sage Awolowo's political gifts to his political scions have been misplaced and jettisoned for political profits and expediency. Tinubu, in spite of his political baggage, seems a remnant of the lost political estate left by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

When I wrote sometimes ago that the ethnicized Amotekun security outfit was dead on arrival, I wasn't taken seriously. The security outfit was initially a good idea but the infiltration of its good motives by the geopolitical and ethnic bigots botched its offshoot, and potential potency. Yoruba is at a vantage point to be a moral compass to other regions in terms of leadership in our geopolitics. The smart organizational structure of Amotekun would have sent a strong message to the shoddy and comatose corrupt Federal government of Nigeria, but the disuniting take-off of Ametekun is failing its strand and importance.

In reality, even if we restructure in order to address our deep divide in Nigeria, corruption is still the bane of Nigeria's growth and development. CORRUPTION is the common bond (friend and enemy) that cord all Nigerians together. When a typical Nigerian doesn't benefit from corruption, corruption becomes corruption. But when typical Nigerian benefits from corruption, he or she sees corruption as an invincible miasma to be cleaned by the nonexistent or inefficient government. There is an element of Babangida in all Nigerians. Please, honestly give us ONE Nigerian politician that can morally pass a simple test on corrupt! Each region has its geoeconomic endowments, as a result of Almighty CORRUPTION, every region has failed woefully to annex its resources for the common good of all. Diversity is a great strength anywhere, and Nigeria diversity is not her strength but her grotesque (burden) encumbrance.

The Nigerian government has failed its citizens in all areas including security. We all remember when Abacha said, "any terrorism that lasts more than 24 hours, the government knows about it." Isn't this profoundly disturbing? Every individual reading this piece should be able to interpret or process the honest statement hidden in the evil general's connotation or exposition. The more we look in Nigeria, the less we see. I have prescribed the late sage Obafemi Awolowo's and Late Professor Chinua Achebe's geopolitical and economic prescriptions in my various articles to solving Nigerian mundane problems. Until we get our (eliminate corruption) ordinance right, we will continue to lament as concerned citizens, writers, and commentators of our contrived and beleaguered Nigeria!

In conclusion, we should stop apportioning mosaic or archaic blame to the doorsteps of the brutish British and their colonial masters. It is more than half of a century Nigeria got her independence----to note that we are still preparing to crawl to utopia or promised land isn't only shameful but very concerning! Nigeria is not jinxed, the stakeholders selfishly dwelling in Nigerian cocoon are jinxed.

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