A NEW NIGERIA IS POSSIBLE.
By Ndubuisi Precious Umebei.
1914 marked the beginning of a new era. The beginning of a revolution. A new nation was born. The northern protectorate and the southern protectorate were amalgamated to give rise to a nation called Nigeria.
A newer revolution began with Herbert Macaulay. Nationalism in Nigeria begun. There must be a new Nigeria. A Nigeria free from the bondages of British oppression. A Nigeria free from British exploitation. There must be a new Nigeria because it was necessary for progress. Seeing the situation at hand, everybody rose up as one regardless of religion, tribe or ethnic influence.
1953 saw a new turn in the revolution when Anthony Enahoro moved the motion for the independence and self government of Nigeria. The motion received negative reviews and remarks from the parliament but notwithstanding, the motion was received by a Nigerian that was glued together as one and pressure was mounted on the British to set Nigeria free.
Eventually, Nigeria gained independence in 1960; not after efforts from all the tribes stood together as one. In 1963, it declared itself a Federal Republic. The unity of the nation was making them go places until problem struck in 1967 when a bloody coup occurred. The majors who carried out the coup were crowned heroes by the southeast but the north were against it. The north insisted that the majors be put to death and the real problem begun. Tribal hate.
The JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi Federal Military Government was however unable to suppress the tension caused by tribal and ethnic wars. This led to another coup. Yakubu Gowon took over but the high rate of homicide and the massacre of the Igbos residing in the north by the northerners led a huge number of Igbos to return to the southeast.
Secession became the word in the lips of every Igbo. Lt. Col. Emeka Ojukwu who happened to be the military governor of the Eastern region declared an independent state called the Republic of Biafra. This resulted in the Civil War of 1967. The war which would forever remain in the history of Nigeria forever caused the death of approximately 3.5 million people with children suffering the worst fate as a result of starvation.
The war ended. Coups changed government from time to time. Military governors ruled and did their own share in ruling Nigeria to make history. In 1998, when the then military head of state, General Sani Abacha suffered from heart failure and died, General Abdulsalami Abubakar took over. He made a new turn in the revolution when he gave way first a new type of government. The civilian type of government. The democratic government.
In May 1999, Olusegun Obasanjo inherited a Nigeria filled mainly with tribalism, ethnicity and religious chaos. Obasanjo tried. Yaradua succeeded him. Goodluck Jonathan also took over. Buhari was elected in 2015. All of them tried to quell this same ethnic and religious disunity but all their efforts seemed like carrying a basket to a river to fetch water. Who then would be able to solve this problem? What can make a new Nigeria possible?
This problem can be solved with a revolution! A revolution for for a new beginning where tribal wars and ethnicity becomes a thing of the past! A revolution where an Igbo man sees a Yoruba man as more than a brother! A revolution where tribe and religion does not cause commotion! A revolution where an Igbo may sleep in the north with both eyes closed with no fear! A revolution that will make our founding fathers proud wherever they might be! A revolution that does not put the efforts of our founding fathers to waste! A revolution for change! A revolution for a newer Nigeria! A revolution that would take the world by storm! Surely, a new Nigeria is possible.