Even If God Come Nigeria Cannot Unite “Divide Nigeria Now”– Northern Elder Tells Nigerian Govt
Chairman of Dialogue Group in Kaduna, Alhaji Mohammed Mahadi Shehu, has lamented the deep ethno-religious divisions in the country, declaring that breaking up the country is a welcome development.
He said, “When the amalgamation of Nigeria took place, truely everybody’s head in this country was now not up. In different words, no one realised the consequences of merging this country.
“With the passage of time, with the knowledge, with clear each day happenings it was once realized long ago that the amalgamation was once completed in haste, out of mischief besides taking into consideration the peculiarities in Nigeria.
“But earlier than it used to be realised, it had been accomplished and it had grow to be a country. Events from 1960 to date have virtually proven that the amalgamation used to be the largest mistake of that century and there is nothing wrong in righting the wrong as soon as you recognize the wrong is wrong. Amalgamation is wrong.
“Our togetherness had been fused collectively no longer via session however thru unilateral motion of the colonial masters and politicians at that time to serve their immediately needs. That used to be what happened.
“You will agree with me that from 1966 until date, precisely, it has now not been rosy and convenient for Nigeria. It has been one structure of calamity, tragedy or the other. In fact, now we are at the top of suspicion. We do no longer have confidence and agree with in every other. We are at every others’ throat and at daggers drawn. Must we enable every other hostilities to come earlier than we part?
“Let us peacefully go on the table, smash the Kola, distribute the country for everybody’s peace. If we do now not do it now, the future era will abuse us.
“It is higher for Nigeria to damage into smaller, smaller international locations as a whole lot as viable if that will enable us to store properties, lives, relationships and posterity due to the fact I do now not see any Angel coming now, in human form, to unite Nigeria.”
Shehu added, “People have long gone underneath the umbrella of Islam and Christianity to develop their political purpose solely for them additionally to journey on the identical Islamic and Christian umbrella to plant hate and venom in the mind, heart, psyche and socio-economic things to do of Nigeria such that today, that harmony is no greater there.
“If every body is pretending that there is team spirit in this country, he is on his very own and God assist him. But I am no longer going to stay in denial; all is now not well.
“All will now not be nicely till these divisions are recognized or are instead addressed by means of giving human beings independence the way they choose it.
“Ask any Yoruba man, ninety percentage will inform you he is ready for the actualization of an Oduduwa Republic. Ask any Igbo man, he is ready for the actualization of the Sovereign Republic of Biafra. Ask all and sundry from the Niger-Delta region, he is ready for the Niger-Delta Republic.
“It is solely probable in the North that there is no agenda of Arewa Republic due to the fact of our peculiarities. The Yoruba countries are greater homogenous than the North. Niger-Delta and the Igbo are extra homogenous however they all have their personal inner divisions. But in the North, we have ethnic minorities, different smaller enclaves that are no longer inclined to go with the majority ethnic tribes due to the fact of their preceding experiences and that of their great, incredible grandfathers. They have additionally misplaced believe in the larger tribes.
“The problem of electricity shift is an fascinating problem and that tells you that it is higher we divide Nigeria. One example; if you hear an Igbo man clamouring for energy shift, if electricity have been to shift to an indigenous Muslim Igbo, ask an Igbo man, due to the fact there are indigenous Igbo Muslims there; if electricity have been to shift to say, Imo State and it is shifted to an indigenous Muslim Igbo, if you ask the whole Igbo country who are no longer Muslims whether or not strength has shifted to them they will inform you no. If you ask a Yoruba man about strength shift, to say Modakeke; ask an Ife man whether or not electricity has shifted to him and the reply will be that it is now not due to the fact it is to his sworn enemy.
“If humans from Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Taraba, Middle Belt who are clamouring for energy shift, a minority from them, a Tiv Muslim have been to emerge president of Nigeria, Tiv human beings will inform you they have no longer viewed strength and that electricity has no longer shifted to them.
“In Katsina State, the Karaduwa humans have been clamouring for electricity shift to them. Governor Aminu Masari is from Karaduwa. But have been that energy fallen to an indigenous Christian in Malumfashi, Kafur, Yarabori, Askia or Funtua, the Hausa man in that location will inform you no.
“Even now as we are talking, Buhari is from Daura, ask any Katsina Central man if he believes electricity has shifted to Katsina; he would inform you no.
“So, a country the place you sense solely blissful when a man from your Church, Mosque, residence or tribe turns into president, that country is long past and it is solely a count number of time.