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Reunification in Nigeria, is it possible?

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By Kenny Adetunji

Nationalism will restore Nigeria to its maximum potential, we must remain united.

Reunification in Nigeria is often thought of as a dream by many people. Some believe that it could happen one day, while others believe that it is nothing more than a fantasy. There are many factors that would need to be considered if reunification were to take place, including the various languages and dialects spoken throughout the country, as well as the different religions practiced. There are also economic concerns that would need to be addressed, such as the distribution of resources and wealth. It is important to note that Nigeria is a very diverse country, with over 250 different ethnic groups. Reunification would be a major undertaking, and it is unclear if it would be successful.

The socioeconomic situation in Nigeria has resulted in many Nigerians trying to find ways to survive. Unfortunately, due to a lack of security, Economic Stability and lifestyle, they are focused on their needs rather than on ways to improve the country’s situation. This means that many Nigerians are struggling to get by, as the country is facing a number of divisions. This has also created more political division, as citizens rally behind their local leaders in hopes for change.

Gender division in Nigeria is a contributing factor.

One example that is also the most common, is changing the constitution to reflect the needs of all Nigerians, and represent the Arewa, Oduduwa, Biafra and others as a whole. You would think this task would be easily accomplished, but not all sides are willing to change. Instead, elections impose the will of the people, the majority getting their leaders into office in order to represent their needs. One major problem with democratic elections in a divided country is, it is usually unable to produce a candidate that represents the will of all Nigerians, this is the main reason the country is divided today.

The electoral commissions recent deregistration of political parties was a step in the right direction, candidates need to have a broader spectrum of views to win the hearts and minds of today’s Nigerians. Buhari’s changes to the electoral act is also resetting the political landscape and attracting younger candidates to inspire change. Though efforts by the first lady and special interest groups advocating for women in Politics were shot down recently, showing that gender division in Nigeria is a contributing factor.

Conduct useful negotiations and produce results.

Some are fed up with the politics in Nigeria and advocate for separation, seeing this as the only avenue for the country to move forward. Thought all sides could see some benefits from doing so, the downside of doing this is much worse. Separating Nigeria at a time of financial crises will result in a complete collapse of all regions. The currency will become devalued, there will be a lack of essential resources, and the standard of living for all citizens will decline. The government will not be able to provide essential services, such as healthcare and education, to all citizens. In addition, there will be an increase in crime and violence as people struggle to survive.

Throughout the coarse of Nigerian independence, our leaders have been unable to draft a constitution that represents the will of the people. Unbiased mediation, whether domestic or international could help Nigeria conduct useful negotiations and produce results. National and regional interests are important to consider in order to maintain equality among all Nigerians. If certain groups are favored over others, it could lead to bitterness and resentment, which could eventually tear the nation apart. It is therefore imperative that all voices are heard and that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the nation’s resources.

A good chance of becoming a stable and prosperous country.

The reunification of Nigeria is important so that the country does not follow the path of other countries in the region that have experienced civil war and political instability. The breakup of Nigeria into separate states in the 1960s led to years of violence and instability, and it is only through reunification that the country can hope to achieve long-term stability and prosperity. There are many factors that contribute to the success of a reunified Nigeria, including a strong economy, a well-educated population, and a spirit of national unity. If Nigeria can address these issues, it has a good chance of becoming a stable and prosperous country.


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