four decades after the fact, another General; David Ejoor
toots the same prophesy of gloom and doom. When General
Gowon told the world that there was “no basis for
Nigerian unity,” very few people believed that Nigeria
would live to this day. Well Gowon could argue that his
was an ambition of a separatist-minded young army officer
surrounded by uninformed and bloodthirsty avenging angels
who eventually ruled Nigerian into a muddy stand-still.
The General went to school after his civil war atrocities
and now he knows better and thus we now see that a politically
born-again Gowon “cautions politicians against acts
inimical to our democracy.” And that is good only
if he could also condemn the pogrom.
But General David Ejoor is elderly enough to know better
than to scare us with his “no basis for unity without
a restructured true federalism.” Surely David is
toeing the line of his kinsman the elderly statesman Chief
Enahoro and a few others, who had in the past two years,
advocated for the much-lauded Ethnic Conference for a
restructured true federalism. Whenever these elderly gentlemen
loathe the manner of their exclusion from the pathways
through which the almighty naira flows, they call for
Ethnic conference; they agitate and scream bloody gloom
and doom as they watch their opportunities for the presidency
slip away unfulfilled. The elderly statesman Enahoro has
specified his ‘true restructured federalism’
in a document, which he called “the constitution.”
In it, true federalism will accommodate separate Ethnic
Sovereign nationalities with whatever separate constitutions
they may have. But insightful Nigerians have seen through
the cheap and thin reasons for a call for restructured
true federalism; vis-à-vis, the desire for a separate
kingdom to rule in order to replenish a depleting self
If I were his Excellence President Obasanjo I would not
as long as I am president allow such a conference unless
convened by “the representatives of the peoples’
will” (Ojukwu). Instead, if I were Obasanjo, I would
immediately through PDP, introduce genuine strategic applications
for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction for 2007 not
as of a quota but as of the efficacy for statesmanship.
Such would not only be the beginning but also the best
response for any agitation for “restructured true
federalism.” What these agitating elderly men want
is the opportunity to lead at the federal presidency.
They do not love us any more now than they did when they
were the adjutants in the death of the first republic.
Moreover, the subject title; “Sovereign Nationalities
Conference,” underscores the intent and makes it
unsavory to those who prefer a united federal Republic
of Nigeria. This preference is not only shared by many
Nigerians but also by the wider world diplomats and political
strategists who see Enahoro’s conference as a call
to dismantle Nigeria.
If further decentralization is the solution, what happened
to the six zones with 36 states? How far have our leaders,
David Ejoor, Elderly Statesman Enahoro and co, in good
faith tried to maximize for our unity and stability, the
advantages of the new political formulation which they
themselves were co-creators? I mean the Six-zone-36 States
the problem is the inequitable allocation of the resources
and the wrong application thereto; why can’t the
good general ask the governors why they vehemently oppose
any attempt to make them accountable for the much the
federal government allocates to them? Why do the LG chairmen
reject accountability for the much they receive for the
masses in their respective
governing areas? What stops the States created by Gowon
and others thereafter from gaining solvency?
surely will own my naiveté and lack of vision when
all ends well and a restructured true federalism according
to David Ejoor, Tony Enahoro and Co, emerges from the
conference and solves all the Nigerian socio-economic
and political malfeasance.
will do a little mind-reading here particularly on what
prompts the minds of those who agitate for a conference
for restructured true federalism. In doing so, I present
me respectfully offer the gentlemen General David Ejoor,
Chief Enahoro and company my first scenario of optimism
which their envisaged conference would bring to this entity,
which many of us prefer to remain as ‘Nigeria’
no matter how poorly organized.
this futuristic optimism, the conference will end well
and all nerves are soothed. The nationalities will go
home with some sort of autonomy short of secession and
yet retain their “sovereignties in a unique federalism
whatever that means.” Therefore, the definitions
and euphemisms with the words ‘Restructured,’
‘true,’ Ethnic’, ‘nationality’
‘sovereignty’, ‘secession’, ‘federalism’
and ‘modality’ will not present any problem
we cannot interpret or solve. The advocates will rejoice
because the floodgates of our goodness will then open
up, as all native religious protagonists, pagans, Christians
and Muslims will co-exist in utter harmony. There will
be no more hostilities, as our genteel and forgiving disposition
will behest the new law-abiding citizens of the “restructured
true federalism.” New political parties will emerge
and better alliances secured. There will be a new Nationalism
and unprecedented patriotism. There will be better trust,
as our manner of conducting elections will immeasurably
will be no election frauds. Domestic corruption and international
fraud will disappear. Our leaders will no longer siphon
the nation’s resources to foreign banks. As per
recent revelation, there are $170 billions of peoples’
money stacked away in foreign banks by some of our leaders.
We will go back and reinstate the virtues of our tradition
and originality which we had long abandoned for everything
foreign. We begin to move freely from one corner of the
country to the other without indigene restrictions. We
will eliminate greed; restore EQUITY in resources allocation
and eradicate marginalization at every tier of the government.
We will immediately begin to apply to our every endeavor
our ingenuity and our limitless potentials at home and
abroad without crude jealousy. Armed robbery and highway
banditry will cease. The Armed forces will become superbly
disciplined, including the police. Bribery will be eradicated.
We will cease to kill our leaders and ourselves. Surely,
a restructured true federalism will create new friendships
and new accommodations.
OPC will cease to kill other ethnic Nigerians because
we now have a restructured true federalism. The MASSOB
will recant its militancy while honoring the restructured
true federalism. ACF leaders will ensure co-existence
and equality with other non-Muslim ethnic groups. Our
leaders will become better listeners and care more for
the masses because we now have restructured true federalism.
Above all, our economy and the associated commercial activities
will flourish and so will our agriculture and education
revamped because we now have restructured true federalism.
The northern leaders will begin to preach “live
and let live” in their domains of hegemony and thus
stop the sporadic slaughter of Igbos in the North. Above
all, our manners of treating one another will rebound
to accentuate all positives because we have talked well
and enough at the conference. All inter-ethnic hatred
will disappear because we have forgiven one another as
we transform from heartless butchers, modeled by the inordinate
civil war culture, to angelic personages because we now
live in constitutional restructured true federalism. The
intra-ethnic barbarism will equally disappear, as there
will no longer be assassinations because we now have true
federalism. We will reclaim our youth and remodel them
in the manners of commonsense decency, honor and responsibility
simply because of a restructured true federalism.
few of the new sovereign nations of the south will enter
a separate FOOD FOR OIL pact with the new sovereign nations
of the north for which the south-north routes will remain
open. The Nigerian Patriots will rejoice for we have honored
them with the conference on “restructured true federalism,”
and in their new wisdom brought about by the social baptism
of restructured true federalism, will begin to see and
advise us better. We begin to talk to one another as equals.
In other words we begin to conduct our affairs as civilized
humans. All of the above will be the inevitable outcome
of the Sovereign Conference of Ethnic nationalities to
determine constitutional modalities and will formulate
the BASIS for the new UNITY which general Ejoor and Chief
Enahoro anticipate. In other words we have created a “Restructured
True Federalism.” Tell me that all that will happen
without the awareness that tolerance, love, goodness and
brotherliness are the fundamentals of the moral re-armament
we need for a peaceful co-existence. As a matter of fact
the nature of “truth” is philosophically far
beyond its application to qualify the word federalism.
The word “restructured” could have remained
quite nebulous had we not been able to see through the
thin veneer of reason for the call for Ethnic conference
of sovereign nationalities to determine constitutional
stuff isn’t it? The great General must accept that
the discordant nature of the present day Nigerian polity
was created by the insatiable era of banditry in which
he played a major role. He was among those who held our
civility at bay and constricted our intellectualism. Now
he is telling us what needs to be done or he and his co-conspirators
will dislodge the system a second time.
see the conference is the panacea for all that went wrong
in forty-four years of independence. And immediately after
the conference the good and merciful God/Allah will see
all this and will bless us because we have evolved a restructured
the gentlemen David Ejoor, Chief Enahoro and all others
including the select Patriots will own their naiveté,
deception and misguidance and owe it to Africa if their
venture led to the dismantling of Nigeria, creating conditions
as might occur in my second scenario.
you agree that the probability of my futuristic optimism
is slim and too rosy, then you have no alternative but
to examine the improbability. I mean the poor chance,
the darker side, call it pessimism if you may because
there will be no riveting restructured true federal constitution,
as nothing short of sovereignty will satisfy the diehard
elements of some ethnic nationalities. Consequently Nigeria
will cease to exist, as every major ethnic group will
go home declaring secession or better-coated, autonomy.
There will be approximately some 250 new sovereign nationalities,
as every enclave will return to inter-ethnic boundaries
with misconstrued sense of freedom. Most, if not all the
agitating old leaders will then emerge in the new nations
to assert their might and privileges for bringing the
new independence to their various nationalities. In the
struggle for power, the powerful will brutally kill one
another. Consequently anarchy and militant fascism will
emerge in the newly acquired sovereignties in order to
handle effectively the concomitant troubles of separation
from the entity formerly known as Nigeria.
first call of duty in the new sovereignties is to execute
all who advocated one Nigeria. There will be hostilities
between boarder nations as there will be wars to determine
true demographic boundaries to secure natural resources.
The blood of our youth will stream down our dirty gutters.
Borders will be closed at most strategic links. Both the
Niger and the Benue bridges will remain open only for
a short time to allow non-indigenes to return to their
new sovereign nations. This is if they are not summarily
killed before departure. Then the bridges will be closed
finally and manned by armed killers to avoid territorial
incursion. The Nigerian armed forces will cease to exist
and enlisted men asked to return to their new nations.
Intra-ethnic wars will erupt when it becomes clear that
some personages and particular groups are usurping the
power to allocate resources inequitably thereby entrenching
a new culture of marginalization. With the communal culture
of inferiority complex which we have accepted by the low
regard we place on our African life, the peoples of the
new sovereignties will unleash unprecedented massacres
of our peoples that will see the Biafran pogrom and the
Rwanda episode as trifles.
and fraud both domestic and international will reach a
new crescendo that will baffle the world. The new nations
will scramble for the United Nations’ recognition.
The north may disagree and may claim to be the standard
bearers of the territorial integrity of one Nigeria. Some
other minority new sovereignties which may see their resources
insufficient for self survival may merge and form alliances
with the north and thus declare war to keep the Nigerian
federalism better glued. If so, the new alliances will
seek to block any application for recognition by the United
Nations, and may get military help from the Islamic world.
African leaders may back whosoever is preaching Nigerian
unity. The Christians of the southern sovereignties will
have hope as they expect help from new friends in Europe
and the Americas. But the manna may not fall easily because
Britain and America will not compromise their mutual interest.
other words a complicated form of neo-colonialism will
return with intricate oil diplomacy and the promise of
weapons of war. On the surface, neo-colonialism will seek
to mediate between the Muslim North and the Christian
South and I dare say that the middle-east oil will influence
such negotiations and diplomacy will be stunted in order
not to infuriate any potential foreign allies of the warring
sovereignties. Selective sanctions will become the tools
for effective diplomacy. Propaganda, clandestine and psychological
warfare will be employed to undermine any new sovereignty
seen as a hindrance to neo-colonialist interest.
South-east riverine sovereignties will negotiate with
whomsoever they choose in the world and providing sea
routes for the new inland nations will be on their terms.
Hunger and pestilence will increase and millions will
die during the ensuing hard times. The western sovereignties
of the dismantled Nigeria; now the new O’odua Republics,
will return to a desired communication with the British
and make amends with the benefactors in London because
the sea route is open. Aviation will present a major problem
for some of the new sovereignties. The sea route to Ghana,
Liberia, Guinea, Gambia and to other African countries
will remain open but not to all the new sovereign nations.
In the next fifty years or more, commerce and industry
and surely the economy of the new sovereign nations will
who is in doubt must simply look back at the states that
Gowon created some four decades ago, which remain insolvent
to this day. The various sovereign nationals in Diaspora
will become the expedient philanthropists for their respective
new sovereignties. Initially they may succeed in sending
both money and arms home. But this will stop with time
when international Human rights organizations begin to
probe the atrocities in the new sovereign nations. When
this happens, arms smugglers will emerge to create a bloody
lucrative commerce. The Philanthropic Organizations of
the western world will be overwhelmed with solicitations
for help to ameliorate the new wave of hunger and suffering.
It will be a human tragedy. Africa will be devastated
and may return to a second epoch of darkness because brute
force will prevail over intellectualism. And there will
be etcetera, etcetera, and etcetera, in what may come.
what about seeking a common ground from the two extremes
you may ask? With the current humanity or lack of it in
our sociology, this author does not believe that the Nigerian
leaders are capable of seeking and finding a better common
ground than what we have now as a democracy no matter
how ineptly organized. If they cannot find a common ground
now in the manner they interact with the leadership and
one another, they will never find a common ground when
they cruelly instigate masses against masses with the
most sophisticated and deadly weaponry that will be introduced
by those who want to see Africa perish.
a conference of this magnitude in disregard of the Representatives
of the peoples’ will is not, in my opinion, a step
to a common ground. I would never allow such a conference
were I a member of the Nigerian Houses of Representatives
for it would constitute an abdication of my legitimate
constituted representative authority.
I call on the good General David Ejoor and the elderly
statesman Chief Enahoro and co to make a choice because
they will either have the glory or they rue the misguidance
they call for. They will not have it both ways. Please
make a choice!