There is this trend in our greedy and rapacious elites to always whip ethno religious sentiments whenever they are shortchanged in looting of the national treasury. Whenever the power equation doesn’t Favour them they call on their nationalities to take up arms against the state.
I saw something that irked me. A well known cleric is stoking fire of hatred which is quite disturbing. That the Igbos don’t allow other ethnic nationalisties land or shops to do businesses in their region, while the Igbos are everywhere in all parts of the country. This kind of comment is likely to create tension that may lead to violence that could target the Igbos. This is unfortunate and a disservice to our nationhood.
I have been to the East on several occasions and have seen Northerners provided land and buildings to do the trade they specialized in, namely cattle and money exchange businesses and even owning kiosks where they do Petty trading. I had an interaction with a Hausa businessman in Enugu in 1992, who owns four blocks of upstairs and each has three floors and are being rented. There are thousands of Hausas in the East whose grand parents settled there and who speak Igbos fluently and still retain their Hausa identity.
My worry is that average Nigerians have settled in all nooks and crannies of the country. They toil day and night to earn a living without any patronage from government. When the elites struggle for power and are trounced and are not factored in the political equation, they now appeal to their nationalities ,drumming it in their ears how their people are discriminating against, whipping all kinds of sentiments. Unfortunately the gullible masses who have never been factored when they share the loot are recruited in this elites intra class struggle to primitively accumulate our resources and they ignorantly take up arms and the process the average Nigerians that have been working hard to earn a living have their properties destroyed in other regions and eventually become pauperized. How long shall our unprincipled, spineless elites and politicians continue to take us for a ride.
The current trend of hatred amongst the various nationalities is becoming very frightening. Take a glimpse of houses burnt and destroyed in the fight going on between the herders and farmers, you will hardly see a house of a big man or their vehicles destroyed. Neither will you hear a son of a big man killed in the mayhem. What you see are thatch houses of innocent masses burnt and the small food items stored to keep body and soul together are equally burnt. In addition they have their precious lives wasted.
This is definitely not the country our forefathers left for us. We must find a common ground to live in peace and harmony to enjoy the bountiful resources God has deposited in our country. Our situation is not worse than Rwanda where brothers were killing fellow brothers and they lost 800000 people in a spate of 100 days. But today, they have put that behind them and presently the Rwandans have one of the fasting growing economies in the world and this is a country that is landlocked without access to sea and with little resources.
If only we can be tolerate of each other, be less greedy, be fair to each other, work hard, be less corrupt and above all imbibed the fear of God and I bet you we shall witness monumental growth and development that will be envied by all.
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