THE SOURCE OF NIGERIA’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND SECURITY DILEMMA REVEALED

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The Builders of the Nigeria Nation

By
JB FAGOYINBO

Okonkwo (2013) declared “there are elders and there are elders. Prof. Ango Abdullahi is not an elder. A real elder does not pursue a rat while his house is on fire”. This is a true saying but there is a need to exercise caution when addressing elders. Elders are human and can make errors particularly when they do not take the time to hear the views of the young ones before making comments: this, however, should not be used as an excuse to insult elders.

There is a need to recognize that while an accusing finger is directed to others, at least three others point to the owner; the fifth, specifically the thumb, informs you that there are others who have committed worse errors. Sentiments and religious prejudice cannot be completely removed from politics but should not be allowed to jeopardize the peace and solidarity of a nation. On the strength of population, the Hausa-Fulani ethnic group had made it clear that there is a ‘core North’ and the ordinary North. The ordinary North and other none-core North (non-Muslims, Southerners and non-Hausa-Fulani) are the ones being attacked by the Boko Haram sect, and the ones whose farms are being ravaged and citizen are being killed by the Fulani herdsmen. They are also the ones who are abandoned in times of pain as declared by Alhaji Bulama Mali Gubio but sought after in times of needs for votes (Olugbode, 2013).

Many of the Boko Haram boys are major of the Hausa-Fulani stock from Nigeria, Mali, Sudan and Niger Republic. However, there are millions of Hausa-Fulani men and women who are highly responsible and sympathetic towards the other ethnic and religious groups in this time of crisis.

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