Nigeria @ 60: Separation not Solution to the Nation Malaise – Rights Monitors

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The Human Rights Monitoring Agenda, a mass based leading Human Rights group with headquarters in Nigeria has cautioned against the separatist agenda being propagated by some elements within the country. In the official statement issued to celebrate the 60th independent anniversary of Nigeria and signed by the group Chairman Board of Trustees, Attorney Lekan Alabi and Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, the Executive Director respectively, the group maintained that although the consequence of the economic injustice and inequitable distribution of wealth has resulted in recurrent and endless insecurity, economic and political banditry, kidnapping, commercialized democracy and other obvious ills plaguing the country without light behind the tunnel, the solution to the Nigeria malaise is not in balkanisation of the country into different entities as this will certainly multiply the malaise of our people.

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The statement titled Elephant With Clay Feet @ 60! It reads:

“The product of political imposition for economic subjugation called Nigeria turns 60.
Nigeria a potentially great country was designed to satisfy the political and economic curiosity of our colonial impostors when the peoples of diverse anthropological backgrounds were fused together by fiat of Proclamation. No consultation or consensus before Nigeria was consummated and given birth to by Colonialists.
The sustained agitation for political independence by Trade Unions and Unionists, Students ‘Union bodies and political elites led to Flag Independence on the 1st of October, 1960.

“Since independence, it has been sorrow, tears and blood. It is a sad irony that our past years have been better than our current years. All the indexes of development are in parlous states if not completely collapsed. The unapologetic philosophy of our rulers particularly the military oligarchs and their civilian wings for neo liberal ideology has made Nigeria to a hell on the earth.

“As it is, a naturally endowed country, sadly, is incapable of achieving basic things like water, food, shelter and light.
It is unfortunate that the blood and toils of the masses pay for the opulent life of the few. The wealth of majority of the populace is squarely in the hands of the minority. The consequence of the economic injustice and inequitable distribution of wealth has resulted in recurrent and endless insecurity, economic and political banditry, kidnapping, commercialized democracy and other obvious ills plaguing the country without light behind the tunnel!

“What is to be done?
The solution to the Nigeria malaise is not in balkanisation of the country into different entities. This will certainly multiply the malaise of our people. We must come together and identify people who want another Nigeria where there is economic justice, equitable distribution of wealth, of course these people are the oppressed and engage the owners of the current Nigeria who are the oppressors.

“If we struggle, we may have another Nigeria. But for now, Nigeria remains an elephant with a clay feet.”

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