Friday, 23 June 2017 10:34

Solve igbo demands realistically to retain Nigeria

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THE IGBO ISSUE MUST BE SOLVED FOR THERE TO BE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

Nigeria is like an ostrich that buries its head in sand while its house burns. The fact is that if there is fire it must be put out. The real question is how best to put out that fire. Igbos feel that they are marginalized and held back in Nigeria. They feel that if they have their own country that they would be advancing at a much greater rate than they currently are. They feel that they are held down by other Nigerians and that without them they would have attained the level of South Korea in economic development by now.

I do not know if their belief is true or false but as long as they so believe they will feel angry being held down. The question is how to free them and let them do their thing. Under what conditions are they best able to do their thing?
Some Igbos believe that they need total break from Nigeria, they want to go form what they call Biafra (better called Republic of Alaigbo), whereas others feel that they ought to stay in Nigeria and have Nigeria restructured with each ethnic group more or less independent and develop according to their desires, kind of like Switzerland.

I am a believer that Igbo land is too small and need to be part of a larger confederation or federation. I want Nigeria reconfigured into twelve states (Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Edo, Ijaw, Efik, Urhobo, Idoma, Nape, Hausa, Kanuri, Borno etc.) with each state having total control over its resources and having its citizens pay, at least, 20% annual flat income tax with which the federal government is run.
If the federal government is run with tax money, politicians would no longer go to office to go steal the people's tax money. As for local money the centre would have the moral authority to insist that the leaders spend their people's moneys properly or they are sent to jail.
I believe that 36 states are simply unsustainable. We spend too much money maintaining the various governments and bureaucracies. We can reduce the amount spent on government by having twelve states and the rest of the money devoted to economic development.

We ought to try a restructured Nigeria before we talk about breaking it up. However, pretending that the present structure is tenable is playing with fire. You cannot allow only Hausas and Fulanis to rule Nigeria in perpetuity and expect Igbos to be happy with it.
Igbo's and Yoruba's fought for Nigeria's independence and now you want them to be happy to have their fellow Africans to rule them in perpetuity. If you think that they will allow that to exist you are not a thinking person. Igbo's are not slaves; they desire freedom.
If you think that you can cage them forever and ever you have no understanding of human nature. A caged bird is not a happy bird and will fly way if there is a crack in the cage. Moreover, if you cage a people they do not always work for the polity's good.
If you keep the present political structure in Nigeria you will have frustrated people working against the political system and the result is corruption and poor economic management of the nation's resources.

Let us for once try something that common sense calls for not the present unworkable structure that is designed to enable one tribe to rule others. If the rulers of Nigeria refuse to change things clearly Nigeria will collapse and I do not like that to happen.
I happen to believe that Nigeria needs to survive but structured so that all Nigerians feel happy in their country. For Christ's sake let Nigerians and Africans resolve to do the right thing for once in their chequered existence. Good news ought to come out of Africa instead of always bad news.

Ozodi Osuji
June 23, 2017
www.centerformindscience.org

 

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176