On the USA rescuing Nigeria


Ozodi Osuji

This write up is in response to the piece by Jide Osuntokun, titled: External assistance in the face of collapse of internal security.
Nigeria had a civil war and defeated Igbos. The first order of realistic business would have been to incorporate Igbos back into the corporate entity called Nigeria and make them feel part of Nigeria.
The USA had a civil war (1860-1864). Upon the end of that civil war, every effort was made to incorporate the defeated south, make them feel part of the country. Within a few years folks from the south were found at the highest level of the US government, including the presidency. Thus, though the south still resented the emancipation of their slaves, they felt a part of the USA and made the US political enterprise work.
Now, suppose that the south was ignored, do you believe that they would have tried to make the USA work? They probably would have continued working against US interests and the country would be what Abraham Lincoln called a house divided; such houses do not stand.
In Nigeria, the civil war ended in 1970. Fifty-one years after the end of that war, Yoruba and Fulani, the conquerors of Igbos, apparently assume that Nigeria belongs to them. The Fulani serves as the owners of Nigeria and the Yoruba serve as their second in command.
Apparently, they believe that if things are kept this way Nigeria will work. They keep Igbos out. Both know why they keep Igbos out.
They know that if you open Nigeria up to pure competition that Igbos probably would dominate every aspect of Nigerian life, from its academia to business, military, and government.
The Igbo is extremely competitive; he thrives wherever he can compete. He has his issues, as I have pointed out in several writings.
Despite his issues, no human being who has encountered Igbos does not recognize their amazing industry. They are found in every American state, including at the country’s top universities and corporations. They are all over Europe competing effectively wherever they are.
But in what putatively is their homeland, Nigeria, Yoruba’s, and Fulani’s deliberately sideline them. Apparently, in the minds of these two group’s Igbos should accept been sidelined.
Jide Osuntokun tells us that Nigeria is undergoing tremendous security challenges, so she should ask the USA to come in and give it security, set up its Africa command in Nigeria (perhaps, at Sokoto, why not, everything in Nigeria is in Fuilani land), use its terrorism fighting apparatus to fight Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations in Nigeria and defeat them.
The USA should work to bring security to Nigeria for Yoruba and Fulani to continue ruling it, is the implication of Osuntokun’s piece.
The man apparently does not recognize that keeping Igbos out of the political equation of Nigeria is a key issue causing insecurity in Nigeria, and Americans know it (they pay their foreign service officers and intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, to study countries and understand their structure and stress points and manipulate those for the benefit of America).
Osuntokun wants to keep the root cause of the problem of Nigeria and imagine that he can then, from above, superimpose security on Nigeria. This is unrealistic, upside down thinking.
In international politics nations pursue what is in their national interests. So, what is in the national interest of the USA to be in Nigeria and do what Osuntokun asks it to do?
Is it for the USA to become the errand boy of Fulani and Yoruba and allow itself to be used to make Nigeria secure for those two groups to rule Nigeria?
What exactly does the USA get out of providing Nigeria with the means to prevent its seeming imminent collapse? America should just come spend billions of dollars to keep Nigeria one.
Osuntokun probably thinks that it is in the US interest for terrorism to be defeated in Nigeria. Is it not in the US interest for Nigeria to collapse, if only to demonstrate that Africans are unintelligent and cannot govern themselves, as white racists contend?
One imagines that America’s foreign policy makers would ask: what caused the unstable environment of Nigeria that makes it possible for terrorists to fester there?
Osuntokun is saying that the USA should permit itself to be used for his proposed injustice of keeping Igbos out of governance of Nigeria.
The man probably assumes that there are no Igbos capable of calling the attention of the USA to the fact that the Nigerian government is composed of a bunch of 419 scammers and that those scammers want to scam America and use its resources to make Nigeria amenable to being scammed by Yoruba and Fulani scammers pretending to rule it.
The scammers want to continue their nefarious goal of having an unworkable country to allow them to keep stealing oil from the Niger Delta and not do anything to realistically address the issues causing Nigeria’s problems.
What are the issues underlying Nigeria’s problems? Nigeria was artificially put together by the British; the British put together disparate groups that do not belong together into a political contraption for their good.
Upon leaving Nigeria, the British probably figured that asking the most underdeveloped tribe, Fulani’s, to take over the governing of Nigeria is in their best interest, so they handed the reins of power to Fulanis.
Britain serves its interests. But what serves all Nigerians interests? If there are slightly intelligent Nigerians, they would have recognized that to bring about peace in their country they have to restructure Nigeria along ethnic lines.
There are many ethnic groups in Nigeria; some of them are so small that they are not even able to run a county government but can be given some autonomy in emergent large states.
There are about twelve tribes in Nigeria that can fully operate state governments. Thus, you restructure Nigeria into twelve states: Alaigbo, Yoruba, Edo, Ijaw, Efik, Benue, Plateau, Hausa, Fulani Bornu, Nukpe, Urhobo.
Nigeria is made a true federalism. Each state has semi autonomy to govern its area. Each has one hundred percent control over its resources (and the citizens pay an agreed upon rate of taxes, say, 20% of the individual’s annual income in taxes and that money is used to operate the federal government).
The central government controls the military and foreign affairs (each state, county and town/city have its own police; the local police coordinates with the federal police, as state and local police in the USA coordinate with the FBI).
You embrace a mixed capitalist and socialist economy; you have the public sector provide education at all levels to all young people and provide health care to all Nigerians; other than those two key areas and a few others, you allow the capitalist market to determine the allocation of resources in the political economy.
If Nigeria is restructured along this realistic ethnic line, it would unleash the people’s talents to do work. Instead, Nigeria is ruled by a bunch of 419 scammers where the least able occupy the best posts in their human polity.
In the UK the top universities, especially Oxford and Cambridge produce the top civil servants and politicians; in the USA, the top twenty universities that are exceedingly difficult to get into produce the top civil servants and politicians (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Caltech, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford and so on).
In Nigeria those recruited into the top civil services, military and politics are mostly Northerners who barely qualify to enter universities; in fact, the Fulani-Hausa elements in government seldom can read beyond elementary school level (Buhari is an example).
The criteria for leadership positions in Nigeria are membership in certain ethnic groups: Fulani and Yoruba.
And Igbos are supposed to accept this utterly unjust situation as the nature of reality? It is better that Nigeria collapsed than for it to exist on unjust grounds. An unjust political system should not exist, not for a day.
We are supposed not to pay attention to economic and political injustice; instead, we ought to close our eyes and allow unqualified Fulanis (and their generally well educated but cowardly Yoruba allies) to rule Nigeria.
An election is coming up in 2023. Look at who believes that he is qualified to rule the country, a US convicted drug dealer from Yorubaland or another illiterate Fulani.
Folks, apparently, assume that Igbos are not part of the Nigerian political equation because they do not matter.
And Igbos are supposed to accept this abnormal reality, right? A country that sidelines its best talents is obviously not a serious country! If you let Igbos loose in a decade, they would transform Nigeria to the level of the Asian tigers.
Listen, the rulers of Nigeria are not functioning with brains in their heads; they have feces in their heads. It is a waste of one’s time talking about Nigeria.
Mr. Osuntokun, it is better that Nigeria collapsed than for it to continue existing as the shithole Donald Trump said it is. Perhaps, out of the ensuing Somalia like chaos and anarchy, a real country would emerge; failing to do so, let each ethnic group go and govern itself.
As it stands, there is nothing positive for Igbos in Nigeria. Igbos, being rational persons, seek what is good for them.

Ozodi Osuji
May 6, 2021
(907) 310-8176

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